Events for career service professionals, internship managers, campus recruiters, employers and job-seeking students.


In addition to our annual Connections Conference and Focus Forums, GradLeaders attends and sponsors a wide variety of industry-related events throughout the year.

Here are the events on our schedule this year:

2021 Thought Leaders Symposium

January 22, 2021 - Virtual  

This is the premier professional learning and sharing event in North America for college & university career centers. Each session is focused on cutting-edge topics impacting the career services industry. This year's Keynote Speaker is Jeff Butler. Jeff is the author of two provocative books – The Authentic Workplace and The Key to the New You and CEO of JButler International. Having written over 100 articles on workplace dynamics, his insights have been featured in dozens of media outlets such as Forbes and HR News. In addition, he has appeared on TEDx in both 2016 and 2017 with both talks focusing on psychology.

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CEIA 2021 Annual Conference 

April 19-21, 2021 VIRTUAL 

Due to the continuing Pandemic, CEIA has made the decision to move the Annual Conference to a virtual format. The Conference Committee and Board of Directors are working hard to create a full experience delivered virtually for your professional development needs. 

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SHRM Talent 2021 Conference and Expo 

April 19-21, 2021, Las Vegas, Nevada 

SHRM's Talent Conference & Expo is the can't-miss event for all things talent. Join us--in person or virtually--to learn innovative talent strategies tailored to the realities of the world of work. Learn from engaging speakers and takeaway tips to enrich your workplace. Network with other recruitment and talent management professionals on the latest trends in recruiting and best practices to retain engaged employees at every level of your organization. 

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The AIR 2021 Annual Conference 

May 24-28, 2021, Washington, D.C. 

The AIR Forum, the Association for Institutional Research's (AIR) annual conference, is the largest global gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields. This five-day conference includes more than 300 presentations by colleagues and thought leaders representing all sectors of higher education and an Exhibit Hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision making. The AIR Forum presents a unique opportunity for networking with peers, sharing best practices, and learning from practical workshops and sessions led by the field's leading experts. The AIR Forum is the “must attend” event for both seasoned and early-career professionals. 

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NACE 2021 Annual Conference 

June 6- 9, 2021, Austin, Texas 

NACE annual conference is a national annual conference in the education industry. This event will be taking place in Austin Texas this year and hosted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  

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The SHRM Annual Conference and Expo 

June 20-23, 2021, Chicago, Illinois  

Join thousands of your colleagues- in person or virtually- in the Windy City for the best in-class programming and skills development. It’s the largest gathering of HR professionals in the world, and it’s the one conference you won’t want to miss! 

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MBA CSEA 2021 Global Conference 

June 22-25, 2021, Portland, Oregon  

MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance conferences are the professional development highlight of the year for our members! We invite you to participate in these events, which bring together career services professionals and employers from across the world for great programming and networking. 

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NCDA Global Career Development Conference 

 June 30 - July 2, 2021, Atlanta, Georgia 

The National Career Development Association intends to meet in-person for the 2021 NCDA Global Career Development Conference scheduled for June 30 – July 2, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is scheduled to be held at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Atlanta in downtown Atlanta. We are a personally and professionally diverse group of professionals. Putting together our own forms and shapes creates a wide array of career interventions and research designed to address a continually evolving landscape of career development. Whether you are an advisor, coach, counselor, educator or researcher, you have an important voice in shaping our understanding of career development. 

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EACE21 Annual Conference 

August 4-6, 2021, Atlantic City, New Jersey  

For more than 20 years, the EACE Annual Conference has been the region's premier professional development and networking event. Each year, choose from more than 30 workshops (many of which offer continuing education credit!), discover new and exciting products and services that benefit your organization in the exhibit hall, and enjoy some of the best social events to expand your network. 

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Stay tuned for more information about other upcoming conferences and events.

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