Midwest ACE Webinars

Midwest ACE places education and knowledge at the forefront of member benefits. Not only do our members receive opportunities to boost their skill sets and those of their team during the Regional ACE webinars, they can show off their knowledge of the industry during one of Midwest ACE's webinars.

The Midwest ACE Professional Development Committee is devoted to providing members with information that impacts their industry. In order to share the value of Midwest ACE with industry leaders and prospective members, webinars will be available to both members and non-members. Members can register to attend for free and non-members will be charged a $30 fee.

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Upcoming Webinars


Connecting Small Business to Career Services - A Vital Linkage!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Central

Small business is a critical component in the hiring process for many students and career offices. Effective techniques and strategies to connect employers and career offices will be discussed by a panel of small business owners/members and a director of a Small Business Development Center (SBDC).


  • How to identify small business - resources.
  • How small  business can be effectively contacted to recruit college students/graduates/alums.
  • Suggested practices for small business to effectively work with career services offices and staff.


Jerry Donahue, College of Lake County (IL)
Jerry has had a long career in career services, and has been a director of career services offices at Indiana University Northwest, Canisius College, Moraine Valley Community College, and St. Norbert College. His experience as a civil engineer in the headquarters of Navistar, formerly International Harvester Co., in Chicago provided a solid background for his work with engineering and computer science students at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Michigan - College of Engineering and co-op engineers at the University of Detroit Mercy. Currently, he is working as a Career Specialist with the career technical programs at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. His involvement in professional associations has included leadership roles in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the Northwest Indiana and Green Bay, WI chapters. He was a co-author of a National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), formerly CPC, monograph on "Small Employers Connection to College Career Centers." In addition, he has been in leadership roles with the Midwest Association of Colleges & Employers (MWACE) including co-chairing both an annual conference and a Trends in Recruiting Conference held in Chicago. He has received from MWACE Founders Award and the J W Paquette Leadership Award
Mitch Bienvenue, Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center (SBDC/ITC)
Mitch Bienvenue is director of the Illinois Small Business Development & International Trade Center (SBDC/ITC) at the College of Lake County. He has over 30 years of business experience, more than half of them spent as an entrepreneur starting and growing multiple enterprises. He and the SBDC/ITC team provide Lake County business owners with advising, tools and training programs to ensure their companies are successful.

Tiffany Friend, Senior1Care & Legacy CNA Training

Tiffany is the Director of Recruitment & Business Development at Senior1Care & Legacy CNA Training. Senior1Care is a family-owned organization in Indiana that offers in-home care to senior citizens. Tiffany grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from Texas State University. Since moving to Indianapolis with her husband in 2014, she has held positions in long term care and hospice care. Her passion for working with seniors and caregivers comes from a special and close relationship with her grandparents. As a recruiter, she often works with local colleges and universities to hire students looking for hands on healthcare experiences prior to their graduation.

Ryan Fox, Ash Brokerage
Ryan graduated from Ball State University in 2002 with a degree in Management Information Systems. After graduation, he moved to Boston and began working in retail operations management with Gap, Inc. and Tiffany & Co. With the loss of his position at Tiffany’s in 2009 due to downsizing, Ryan made a career shift and relocated to Fort Wayne to join Vera Bradley as a Recruiting Specialist in 2011.

Since 2011, he has recruited for Vera Bradley, Johnson & Johnson, and currently with Ash Brokerage. In his current role, he is responsible for all positions in the company, as well as our annual headcount and compensation planning, employee engagement survey process, and their university relations and internship program.

Dr. Hope Zeller, DistinXion, Inc
Vice-President of Talent Development

Shannon Zengler, SHRM-CP, Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC
Shannon Zengler, SHRM-CP, is the Director of Human Resources for Valeo Financial Advisors LLC and is responsible for managing all recruiting and employee development initiatives. Prior to joining Valeo, Shannon served as a staff development analyst for GEICO and developed the service and training standards for over 3,000 associates. In possession of a BA from Stephens College, Shannon also serves on the advisory committee for Indiana INTERNnet and is passionate about empowering the next generation through experiential learning opportunities and mentoring.


Past Webinars

Navigating Student Resumes and Applicant Tracking Systems in Uncertain Times 

Friday, May 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 12:00 pm Eastern/11:00 am Central

In these times of economic uncertainty and rising unemployment, new grads are facing many challenges to employment. In this webinar hosted by the University Partnerships team at Jobscan, We’ll share insights on how to navigate applicant tracking systems (ATS) in these difficult times.


  • Identify if an organization uses an applicant tracking system
  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks to ATS
  • Learn how to help your students navigate their applications


 Amanda Rubenstein, Jobscan 
University Partnerships Manager
Amanda is responsible for launching all things B2B at Jobscan. Prior to Jobscan, Amanda led business development at Openbox, an innovation and design consultancy in NYC specializing in education. Amanda has worked with clients like Black Girls CODE, City College of New York, Institute of Design, and 100kin10, and more. Amanda earned her BA in English and Dance from Skidmore College.




Collins Marshall, Jobscan 
University Partnerships Manager
Collins grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated college with a degree in Finance. He spent about ten years in the financial industry between research and customer-facing roles, and decided to move over to Jobscan to help people on a much larger scale.



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