12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Director’s Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   Arrival, Registration & Snacks
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Conference Welcome & Keynote Address (see details below)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Cocktail Reception sponsored by the Brandeis International Business School
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Dinner Buffet Open


7:00 a.m.  (optional) Morning walk/jog around Babson’s campus (weather permitting) – meet at BECC Front Desk
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   “Career Peers” Roundtables
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Session I

  • Designing & Aligning for First Generation College Students
  • Communicating with Middlebury College Students: Findings and Implications from the CCI
  • Star Narratives: Adventures Integrating Career into Academics

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Session II

  • Confessions of Higher Ed Outsiders
  • Creating Critical Career Connections: Bringing Students to Alumni and Alumni to Students
  • Graduate School Advising: Sharing Best Practices

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.   Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Session III

  • The Role of Passion v. Purpose in Career Development – Must We Decide?
  • Going Home: Preparing International Students for a Global Career
  • First Destinations: Collecting Meaningful Data and Telling Your Story

2:30 p.m.  Afternoon Activities

5:30 p.m.   Bus departs for Boston/Red Sox (meet at BECC entrance)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Dinner Buffet Open



7:00 a.m.  Morning walk/jog around Babson’s campus (optional, weather permitting, meet at BECC Front Desk)
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast Buffet Open
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   TEDx talks

  • Breaking the Mold: Career Development, Enrollment and Student Success
  • Career Theory Must Die

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.   Session IV

  • True Life: We Survived an External Review
  • The (Re)evolution of the Oldest Job Shadow Program in the Land
  • Parents and Family Partners – Allies, Employers and Career Volunteers

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.   Morning Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Closing Remarks & Conference Conclusion
12:00 p.m.   Lunch Buffet Open/Departure


  • Hotel check in starts at 4:30, but guests can call Babson (781-239-4000) to request an earlier check-in, based upon availability


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Jamele Adams, Dean of Students, Brandeis University

Jamele Adams came to Brandeis University to join the student affairs group as an Assistant Dean in July of 2005.  Though Jamele came to Brandeis through a search for an assistant dean with special responsibilities supporting programs that celebrate and enhance campus pluralism, he came with solid generalist dean level experience  and now serves as Dean of Students.

Dean Adams came to his position after several years as the Director of the Jeter’s Leaders, a program in the Derek Jeter Turn 2 Foundation.  In this role Jamele oversaw a unique leadership program that supported high school age students in the New York City area.

Jamele had previously served as Academic Advisor to First Year students at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and before that as Assistant Dean of Students at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Jamele Adams remains very well known in the New York City area in slam poetry circles.  Known as Harlym 125, Jamele was a frequent and highly regarded figure in competitions in New York and beyond.  Since coming to Brandeis, Jamele has become a part of the Boston area poetry scene and joined a team of poets who have won numerous competitions regionally and nationally.

Jamele has also become well known in the Boston area for his work leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity.  Several times in the last couple of years, Jamele has been called to local high schools to help calm student communities after racial incidents have happened.

Known for his work, Jamele is asked to be a panelist or to give presentations on a broad range of topics regarding diversity and pluralism, and also is asked to prepare presentations in response to very specific incidents or conditions.  Jamele appears at dozens of college campuses every year.  Most importantly, Jamele has become a student and faculty favorite at Brandeis, known and recognized by everyone.  He has enhanced the visibility and reputation of our entire division of Student Affairs.