2018 GradLeaders Conference

May 8-10, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio


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Meet other GradLeaders users from our partner career centers, institutional research offices and employers to share best practices and discuss industry trends and relevant issues.


Get first-hand user advice, receive advanced system training, learn best practices, and see what’s coming for the 2018-19 academic year and recruiting season. This year’s conference also features a keynote from celebrated local author and educator, Mark White.


Spend time getting to know your industry peers over drinks, dinner and other social events throughout beautiful Columbus, Ohio. Get out of the hotel and see more of “America’s Next Silicon Valley!” We’ll show off a little bit of Columbus so you can see why we love our home town.

2018 GradLeaders Conference

Tuesday, May 8

  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 9

  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Conference Welcome
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: KeynoteThriving in Disruptive Times: Tips for Managing Hyper-Change, from Mark White, Author
  • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Breakout Sessions
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Evening Networking Activity at COSI (Center of Science and Industry)

Thursday, May 10

  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Yoga & 5K
  • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Breakout Sessions
  • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM: GradLeaders Update
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Optional Networking Sessions 

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Join us on Wednesday evening for an open house experience at COSI. Network, socialize and enjoy some time out with your colleagues and the GradLeaders team. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

COSI, Columbus, Ohio’s dynamic Center of Science and Industry, inspires the scientists, dreamers, and innovators of tomorrow. Opened in 1964 in downtown Columbus, COSI moved in 1999 to a new 320,000-square-foot home, creating one of the largest modern-built science centers in the United States.

“COSI provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth.”

Learn more about COSI


Located at the beautiful Renaissance Columbus hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio.


Renaissance Hotel Reservation Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel at the rate of $149 for a King Room. To take advantage of this group rate, make your hotel reservation in one of the following two ways:

  1. Book online
  2. Call Renaissance Enhanced Group Reservations at 877-901-6632. Ask for GradLeaders Meeting May 2018 Room Block to receive the group rate of $149 for a King room.

Find the Renaissance Hotel on Google Maps.  Information about the area.


Take the ramp to I-670 W/US-62 W. Take exit 5 to merge onto I-71 S. Take exit 108B for US-40/Broad St. Turn right onto US-40 W/E Broad St. Turn right onto N 4th St. Turn left onto E Gay St. Turn left onto N 3rd St. Destination will be on the left.

PARKING:  Renaissance hotel valet parking, fee = $26 daily. Nearby surface lots and parking garages available, rates vary.


John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)

Airport Phone: +1 614-239-4000
Hotel direction: 8 miles SW
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 18 USD (one way)
  • Uber & Lyft available
Visit CMH airport website

This year’s conference will be the biggest and best event yet! Here’s what to expect:

  • Conference Opening Night Reception on the Rooftop Pool Bar & Cityview Terrace

  • Keynote Presentation: Leading in Disruptive Times - How to Survive Hyper-Change

  • Sunrise Yoga on the Rooftop Cityview Terrace + Riverside 5K Fun Run at the Scioto Mile

  • 4th Annual GradLeaders Awards + Conference Prize Giveaways

  • Networking Sessions: Regional, Industry, Program, and Solution-Based Breakouts

  • Private Social Event including Dinner & Drinks at our Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and new American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery

  • Multiple Basic User Training and Advanced Best Practice Training Sessions


Here are some of the initial “Best Practice Training” session topic considerations for the main Conference to give you an idea of what to expect from the breakout and networking sessions:

  • How to engage the next-generation of students
  • Taking advantage of real-time job market data
  • Improving retention rates by working more closely with career centers
  • Tools and resources for supplemental, virtual career guidance
  • Solving today’s diversity and global hiring issues
  • Utilizing career assessments for career development and hiring
  • Next-gen employment branding tools for campus hiring
  • Keeping students and employer partners in-the-know
  • Creating talent personas as part of your recruitment strategy
  • How to achieve 100% response rates for employment and outcomes reporting
  • Designing effective KPI metrics scorecards and ad-hoc reports using Looker’s advanced data management solutions
  • How to set-up an award-winning co-op/internship program
  • Using big data in career services & campus recruitment
  • Keeping it personal in a virtual world
  • Running an effective corporate sponsorship program on campus
  • Using “Super Admin” user configuration permissions to customize and configure your platform
  • How marketing technology plays a key role in the student recruitment process today
  • Best practices for career fairs, on-campus interviews, coffee chats, and other OCR events
  • Building lasting school + employer partnerships
  • Writing more effective job postings
  • Resume and online job-seeker profile review suggestions
  • How to effectively recruit military veterans
  • Building an effective end-to-end student recruitment process
  • Managing a decentralized global recruitment team
  • Preparing for your migration to GradLeaders Career Center
  • Using first destinations outcomes data in student recruitment
  • The importance of standardized data when working with diverse, global populations
  • How first destination studies help institutions and career centers tell their stories

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Note: This event is not open to search firms.


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