CCSA Fall 2016 Conference
November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016, 8am – 5pm
Colorado School of Mines Student Center, Golden, CO

No registration refunds can be given after Friday, November 4 but registrations can be transferred to another CCSA member

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CCSA Fall Meeting Agenda

8 – 8:30am:  Arrival and Breakfast

8:30 – 9am: Welcome

9 – 10:15am: Morning Keynote – Disability Discourse: The Disclosure Conundrum and Other Considerations on the Pathway to Employment by Jennifer Mayhew, Assistant Director for Complaints and Disabilities at Colorado State University

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to remove barriers to employment encountered by individuals with disabilities.  Though the ADA opened doors that previously were closed, 26 years later, individuals with disabilities still encounter challenges not only in the workplace, but also in preparation of embarking on a career trajectory. Questions arise such as: “What are my legal rights?,” “Do I disclose my disability, and, if so, when?” “What can I be asked in an interview about my disability?,” “How do I request a reasonable accommodation?,” “What do I do if I disclose my disability and am treated differently or fired?,” “Can I be fired if I am an individual with a disability?,” and more. Collegiate career services professionals charged with preparing individuals to enter the workforce may face these questions and wonder how best to respond to ensure individuals with disabilities are armed with the knowledge and tools to navigate the employment process. The goal of this presentation is to provide information on the legal framework relating to employment and individuals with disabilities to enable career services professionals to coach and guide individuals with disabilities on achieving employment. Topics include voluntary disclosure, the interview process, transition from student with a disability to employee with a disability, disabilities in the workplace, and insights on how to answer disability questions that arise from disabled job seekers.

Speaker Bio
Jennifer Mayhew grew up in a small town in Indiana.  While in the Midwest, she obtained a B.A in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a J.D from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.  After working as a defense litigator for seven years in Chicago in many areas of law including fraud investigation, civil rights, and workplace discrimination and harassment, she relocated to Colorado.  Jennifer previously taught Education Law & Policy to educators seeking a Masters in Educational Leadership for a Distance Learning program, served two terms as a Section Coordinator for Colorado State University’s online MBA program, and worked as a Workplace Investigator for a non-profit organization. Now, Jennifer applies her skills and knowledge in CSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity as the Assistant Director for Complaints and Disabilities where she assists employees and faculty members seeking reasonable accommodations due to disability, helps the campus community understand CSU’s policies, and assists with complaints relating to discrimination and harassment based on protected status. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, playing tennis, reading, and pretending she is a modern-day Ethel Merman.

10:15 – 10:30am: Break

10:30 – 11:45am: Breakout Session (Choose one to attend)

State of Career Services: Leadership Panel
Hear from a few of our career services leaders regarding the current state of our field from their perspective. They’ll speak to what their strategy is in advancing career services at their institutions, what their biggest challenges are and how they are working to overcome them, and what they see the future of career services looking like here in Colorado and Wyoming. Audience questions will also be welcomed so come prepared to engage!

  • Brent Vogel, Director of Career Services at Regis University
  • Katie Connor, Executive Director, Undergraduate Career Development at CU Leeds School of Business 
  • Lisa Severy, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs & Dean of Students at University of Colorado, Boulder  
  • Jo Chytka, Director of Career Services at University of Wyoming  
  • Jeremy Podany, Executive Director, Career and Corporate Services at Colorado State University


Understanding the Startup Ecosystem and Job Search by Jenn Yee, Assistant Director for Internships and Experiential Learning at Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Startups are among the fastest growing companies in the region, but searching for a startup or high-growth tech job is filled with nuances. We’ll talk about why students are so drawn to the tech industry, how career services professionals can help students narrow their search, and how we might think about translating “non-technical” majors into relevant functional roles.  

Speaker Bio
Prior to Jenn’s role at CU, she launched the Chicago campus and served as the Founding Director of the Startup Institute, an immersive education company that helps individuals to develop the skills, mindset, and network to get jobs and thrive in high-growth tech companies. She has spoken on topics such as the startup ecosystem, the high-tech economy, millennials and the job market, appearing on outlets such as WBEZ Public Radio, TastyTrade Network, and as a featured panelist at Chicago Ideas Week, Glappitnova and e@NU at Northwestern University. She lives in Boulder with her husband and son.

11:45am – 1:15pm: Lunch, Tours and Networking  

1:15 – 1:30pm: Business Meeting

1:30 – 2:30pm: Trends in Recruiting: Employer Panel
Regional employers will share about the latest trends and challenges in recruiting. Audience questions will also be welcomed so come prepared to engage!

  • Ashyra Jones with Haliburton
  • Katia Olivera with Sovrn
  • Clara Woodmansee with State of Colorado
  • Natasha Garza with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment
  • Lizelle van Vuuren with Effectively

2:30 – 2:45pm: Break

2:45 – 4pm: Move Over Millennials, Gen Z is the New Emerging Professional by Summer Shaffer, Associate Director for Marketing, Communications and Outreach at Colorado State University  

Media has never covered a generation as much as they cover Millennials.  But Gen Z professionals are now emerging in the workplace and they are different from their Millennial peers.  Find out what makes Gen Z tick, where they are different than other generations in the workplace.   Hear emerging trend and expectations that help define Gen Z’s college to career experience.  This isn’t your standard generations presentation – get ready to experience the world through the eyes of a Gen Zer. 

Speaker Bio
Summer Shaffer has a diversebackground in training and development, marketing and non-profit leadership.  She has worked with large organizations such as Universal Studios to help transform their employee engagement and retention programs.  Ms. Shaffer began her research of multi-generational workplaces and how generational differences impact on the work environment over 18 years ago.  Her work with organizations has helped work teams better understand multigenerational work environments; and transform their programming, organizational support structure and workplace solutions to better engage generational strengths while leveraging open conversation about generational sticking points. 

4pm – 5pm: Networking Reception
Wrap-up the day and join your colleagues for drinks and appetizers (PLEASE RSVP WHEN REGISTERING). 

CCSA Fall Accommodations

Many lodging options exist in the Golden area, below are few options. Mention you are a guest of Mines for a discounted rate:

  • Hampton Inn – Denver West/Golden: (303) 278-6600, 17150 W. Colfax Avenue,  Golden, CO 80401
  • Courtyard by Marriott:  (303) 271-0776,  14700 W. 6th Ave Frontage Rd.  Golden, CO 80401
  • Denver Marriott West:  (303) 279-910,  1717 Denver West Boulevard,  Golden, CO 80401
  • Fairfield Inn: (303) 231-9939, 11907 W. 6th Ave, Golden, CO80401