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

The Background Investigation Process and Bias

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central




Delta Air Lines paid $2.3 million and Frito-Lay paid slightly more to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged it failed to provide applicants with proper background check disclosure, violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Approximately 5 million people who once applied to Walmart filed a class action lawsuit relating to FCRA violations.

A new class action alleges that Macy's rejects job applicants, revokes job offers and terminates the employment of people with criminal histories, even when the convictions are old, minor and/or unrelated to the job in violation of EEOC guidelines. Background vendors face class action lawsuits due to improper criminal checks and their failure to follow FCRA reporting guidelines.

The list of corporations that have run afoul of the FCRA for decades is overwhelming. When employers violate the FCRA and EEOC guidelines, candidates are affected, job opportunities are lost and employers fail to provide an equal opportunity for individuals to succeed. This webinar will discuss the employer’s responsibilities and how candidates can proactively mitigate their risk.

Our webinar will review FCRA and EEOC guidelines to help employers confirm their recruiting processes are compliant and not only how to avoid litigation but, improve your candidate experience and your brand. For career centers, the review will also include the candidate’s rights under the FCRA, and how candidates can proactively approach the background investigation and improve their outcomes.

Due to the adverse impact a criminal record may have on a student to obtain an internship, employment, or an opportunity to obtain practical experience at a healthcare facility for students in the healthcare field, this webinar will review the proactive steps that students can take to expunge their record.

The webinar will review “The Box” on the application that requests self-reporting of prior offenses that is in effect in one form or another in many states, counties and cities. In most cases, The Box doesn’t actually ban self-reporting a criminal history in most cases. It merely moves it to another part of the recruiting process. The confusion over what is often onerous legislation or the outright failure of employers to comply, often results in disparate actions. We will discuss a movement that is long overdue. Employers should voluntarily ban the box altogether regardless of state or local legislation.  

Is technology improving outcomes? Employers are increasingly relying on Artificial Intelligence and Applicant Tracking Systems to assist with the recruiting process and narrowing down the field of potential candidates. The webinar will discuss how technology has resulted in class action lawsuits against Facebook, Amazon and others relating to algorithms that resulted in bias and discriminatory practices.

careerandtalenthub and TABB INC. will host a free FCRA compliance webinar conducted by employment law specialist, Montserrat Miller, Esq., Partner at Arnall Golden Gregory on December 9, 2020 at 1PM EST to ensure your hiring processes meets or exceeds FCRA guidelines.


Brian Bodkin Sr., Career and Talent Hub

Brian Bodkin Sr. graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Brian founded TABB INC. in 1994, a company specializing in background checks for the health care industry and colleges. He has been in the background screening industry for more than thirty years and has extensive experience working with clients to develop FCRA complaint background screening programs. Brian co-founded careerandtalenthub.com, a software platform that works with candidates to engage references and obtain digital recommendations. The URL to the recommendations can be included in a resume or submitted with an application to confirm experiences at the earliest stage of the hiring process for review by recruiters and hiring managers.




Leadership: This could be you!

Monday December 15, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern/12:30 pm Central

How do you lead through adversity and ambiguity? What skills are necessary to be an effective leader? Who moves into leadership roles and how? Where can I build the skills I will need to advance my career?
Join us to discuss these questions and more with six Midwest ACE former presidents and institutional leaders.


Nell Madigan, Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Labor & Employer Relations (facilitator)
Kerri Boivin, Director, Michigan Engineering Career Resource Center
Drew Butts, Group Talent Manager, Enterprise Holdings
Laura Kestner-Ricketts Executive Director, Augustana College Career & Professional Development
Tim Luzader, Executive Director, Career Success & Director, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue University
Gail Rooney, Former Director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Career Center

Past Webinars

Online Career Development & Recruitment - Staying Engaged while Staying Safe  

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Central

What are you currently doing to accommodate the career development and recruitment of students while navigating the online environment? COVID-19 has abruptly forced all of us to adapt to change and determine best ways to continue in our work remotely. Prior to COVID-19 online education was already trending upwards, however, traditional on-campus resources such as on-campus recruiting and career treks were not designed or ready to go completely online. In this webinar you will hear from administrators within the School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in regards to the career development resources that were provided to the online students prior to COVID-19, as well as an assortment of virtual internship projects and recruitment efforts tackled after COVID-19 forced everyone online. This session will be a great opportunity to not only learn what has worked for LER, but will also allow for you to share best practices that have worked for you and your organization.


Cory Hatfield,  University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Cory is the Chief Advancement Officer for the School of Labor and Employment Relations and leads all of LER’s fundraising and alumni activities. Charged with establishing and leading LER’s fundraising priorities and campaign goals, he also manages annual giving, stewardship and all alumni marketing communications.  In addition to fundraising, he organizes and hosts a wide variety of alumni gatherings and engagement opportunities across the country.

With his career background being in sales and marketing, his relationship building skills have led to multiple leadership positions within not-for-profit organizations throughout Champaign County and is currently on the executive committee for the United Way of Champaign County’s Emerging Community Leaders Program. 

Eden Haycraft, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Eden serves as a student advisor within LER and leads the online program through student recruitment and curriculum growth. Prior to LER, Eden spent over 8 years working in career development within university settings. In her various roles within career services Eden’s primary role was building relationships with employers seeking talent.

Eden has been involved with Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers since 2015, and has held various leadership roles within the association. Her involvement started as a member of the membership committee and grew into holding roles such as Co-Chair of the 2018 Annual Conference and Director of College Membership. Eden currently serves as the President-Elect of the association.


Nell Madigan,  University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Nell is the primary contact for corporate relations and student career-related activities at LER. She holds primary responsibility for building relationships with new corporate partners, and manages ongoing relationships with long-time partners across a variety of industries, including Boeing, Cummins, ExxonMobil, PepsiCo, and General Mills.

Nell has held a variety of leadership positions with the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers, serving on the assembly from 2006-2008 and the executive board from 2009 – 2016. She received the 2010 Midwest ACE President’s Award for meritorious leadership, the 2015 JW Paquette Superior Leadership award, and the 2017 Founders Distinguished Service Award.


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