Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising, career services & learning support communities

UW-Madison Academic & Career Success Conference

The Academic & Career Success Conference will return March 12, 2025!

Join your advising, career services, and learning support colleagues for a conference experience that is refreshing and restorative, engaging, centered on community and connections, accessible, relevant, and fun!

See details of the 2023 conference below. More information on the 2025 conference coming soon!


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About the Conference

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How can I register for the Conference?

Registration for the 2023 conference is now closed.

Will the conference be in-person or virtual?

There will be both in-person and virtual events.

  • Tuesday, March 7 | Virtual Keynote & Welcome
  • Wednesday, March 8 | Community Building Sessions
  • Thursday, March 9 | In-Person Breakout Sessions & Closing at Gordon Dining & Event Center

View the Conference Schedule

Will sessions be recorded?

  • The virtual keynote presentation will be recorded.

Who can attend this conference?

The conference is designed for the UW-Madison advising community and career services professionals to support their professional growth.

At this time we are unable to open the conference to non-UW-Madison employees but it is something we’re considering for future years.

Is there a cost for the conference?

No, the Advising & Career Services Conference is offered to the community free of cost.

What will Conference sessions focus on?


Some examples may include: Holistic student support, support in a hybrid model, theory & practices of advising, faculty connections, supporting our sophomore students, etc.

Career Services

Some examples may include: Employment outcomes, international student career development, working with employer partners, barriers to internship participation, etc.

Leadership and/or Supervision

Some examples may include: Successful hybrid work models, supporting supervisee success, strong office culture, seeking team feedback, etc.

Personal & Professional Development

Some examples may include: Professional organization involvement, individual career satisfaction, financial wellness, work/life boundaries, employee wellbeing

Who hosts the conference?

This year the Advising & Career Services Conference is planned by the Office of Undergraduate Advising in consultation with the Advising Training & Development Team (ATDT) and Career Services Council Professional Development (CSCPD).

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 7 | Virtual Welcome, Keynote & Reflection with your Unit/Office

Wednesday, March 8 | Community Gatherings

Thursday, March 9 | Breakout Sessions & Lunch at Gordon Dining & Event Center

View the Conference Schedule

2023 Keynote | The Caring University: A Roadmap to Reimagining the Higher Education Workplace

Dr. Kevin R. McClure is the Murphy Distinguished Scholar of Education and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He also serves as Director of Public Engagement for the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges. He is an expert on college leadership, management, and finance, especially at broad-access institutions. He is the co-editor of Regional Public Universities: Addressing Misconceptions and Analyzing Contributions and Unlocking Opportunity through Broadly Accessible Institutions.

Dr. McClure’s public scholarship covers a range of topics, and throughout the pandemic he has written viral articles on morale, burnout, disengagement, staffing, and leadership in higher education. One of his most popular articles was published in September 2021, “Higher Ed, We’ve Got a Morale Problem — And a Free T-Shirt Won’t Fix It.” He is currently working on a 3-year research project to improve the higher education workplace.


Please reach out to the Advising & Career Services conference co-chairs:

Kala Grove, Assistant Director for Advising Training and Professional Development

Tara Milliken, Assistant Director for Career Services Training and Communication

For general questions or accommodation requests, contact 

“Every year I look forward to this conference! It does an amazing job of bringing together our community, informing us about trends and allowing time for reflection.”

2017 Advising Conference participant

“All of the sessions I attended included concrete, actionable information. I also very much enjoyed the cohesiveness of the advising conference around the [wellness] theme.”

2018 Advising Conference Participant

“The information shared by colleagues (and students) was invaluable! I am always impressed at the quality of presentations and the knowledge on our campus in ALL circles”

2022 Advising & Career Services Conference Participant