University of Wisconsin–Madison
Providing central coordination for the undergraduate advising and career services communities

2023 Advising & Career Services Conference Schedule

The UW-Madison Advising & Career Services Conference is the largest advisor and career services professional development event of the year, attended by 300+ advisors and career services professionals form across the university.

The conference, spanning over three days, will feature a keynote speaker, opportunities to connect in community, and breakout sessions. Please note that we will adapt plans closer to the event date, if needed, depending on the evolving public health situation.

Day 1  |  March 7                 Day 2  |  March 8                Day 3  |  March 9

Tuesday, March 7 | Virtual

  • Virtual Conference Welcome | Time TBD

    Session Title: Conference Welcome

    Time: TBD

    Session Description: Join our virtual Conference Welcome and learn more about the upcoming Conference schedule and opportunities for learning, connection, and fun!

    Will breakout rooms be used? No

  • Virtual Keynote | Time TBD

    More information coming this winter!

  • Reflection with your unit/office | Time TBD

    Spend time with your office/unit reflecting on the keynote.

    OUA will provide:

    • Reflection questions to get you started in your conversation. 

    Unit leaders can provide:

    • Physical or virtual space for staff to connect & discuss
    • You may consider breaking into two spaces based on supervisor roles (one for folks who are supervisors, and one for folks who are not)

     If you do not have a unit to connect with, the reflection questions will also work for individual reflection.

    Reflection Questions

Wednesday, March 8

OUA will be providing spaces for reflection and discussion to several different communities on day two of the conference. If you identify with any of the following groups, please join!

  • Leadership and Supervisors

    OUA will provide a space for leaders and supervisors to connect and reflect together.

    Time: 9-10:15am

    Location: Union South

  • Individual Staff

    This space is reserved for individual staff members without a unit to join each other in reflection and discussion.

    Time: 9-10:15am

    Location: Union South

  • BIPOC Staff

    BIPOC staff are invited to connect, reflect, discuss, and be in community with one another.

    Time: 12-1:30pm

    Location: Memorial Union – Wheelhouse Studios


    New Advisors and Career Services Staff Academy (NACSSA) will be meeting to discuss and reflect on their first advising and career services conference.

    Time: 1:30-3pm

    Location: Union South, Industry (3rd Floor)

Thursday, March 9 | Gordon Dining & Event Center

  • Breakout Sessions

    Breakout sessions will be held at Gordon Dining and Event Center.

    Block One: 9-10am

    Block Two: 10:15-11:15am

    Lunch: 11:15am-1pm

    Block Three: 1-2pm

    Block Four: 2:15-3:15pm

  • Conference Closing Program

    Conference Closing, Raffle, and Fun!

    Time: 3:30-4:30pm

    Location: Symphony in Gordon Dining & Event Center

For questions and accommodations, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Advising at

Topic Areas


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

Leadership & Supervision

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

Career Services

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

Personal & Professional Development

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