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Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling Conference

April 21-22, 2021

Thank you for attending the IACAC Conference. We hope to see you next year!


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Gold Sponsor

Degree ensures that an individual’s investment in higher education actually pays off. We do this by guaranteeing a minimum floor of earnings in the 5 years following graduation.  For example, a physics major might be guaranteed $60k/yr, an econ major, $51k/yr and an English major, $41k/yr. If a student earns less than what was promised, then we make them whole.

Our objective:

  • Raise current and prospective student confidence in the ROI of their degree
  • Provide an “equal earnings for equal study” safety-net across all student demographics
  • Increase persistence & graduation rates by providing students with guaranteed earnings after completion

Bronze Sponsors

Niche is where students choose their college. Whether a school is already on their list or the perfect fit they haven’t yet discovered—Niche connects students to the colleges that are uniquely right for them. Our enrollment marketing solutions enable our 1,700 partners to build genuine connections that nurture interest into visits, applications and enrollment. By supporting over 27 million students and families, Niche is changing how colleges and universities build their future classes.

For more information please contact Tym Levine, Senior Higher Ed Partnerships Manager, at or at 224.232.9800.


SchooLinks is a modern, AI-powered platform that supercharges counseling departments while delivering a fun and personalized experience to students and families. They streamline all post-secondary planning activities from career interest inventory all the way to post-secondary outcome tracking, including Illinois specific ILP and CCRI.

For more information please contact Katie Fang at or at 512.710.9922.


Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit graduate and postgraduate educational institution specializing in the health sciences with two campuses located in Illinois & Arizona. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to nearly 3,000 students and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; the College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove; the College of Health Sciences-Illinois; the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois; the Chicago College of Optometry; and the College of Graduate Studies-Illinois. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information please contact the Office of Admissions at or at 630.515.7200.


At Iowa, art and science are brought together to create a truly unique interdisciplinary education on a campus that seamlessly blends into the heart of downtown Iowa City. From inside our world-class medical center to the most prestigious creative writing program in the U.S., students have access to quality academic support and are equipped with the tools they need to stand out in a competitive workforce.

A link to a virtual campus tour is available on our homepage at

For more information please contact Sheila Schechinger, Associate Director, at or at 319.335.1566.


SCUTA is used by school counselors and school districts to develop a data-driven, evidence based school counseling program. It follows the ASCA National Model® recommendations and offers confidential, comprehensive documentation and use of time analysis system. It is an invaluable tool for School Counselors who want to do best practice, keep accurate records and develop a data driven school counseling program.

School Counselors using SCUTA, have the ability to clearly illustrate the nature of their work and school needs with supervisors and stakeholders.

For more information please contact Cathy.


DialCare is a virtual and telephonic counseling service. You can give your students ages 11 and older access to mental health assistance no matter where they are. Members can use their phone, tablet or computer for sessions with mental health professionals from the comfort of their home or on the go. Let our mental health professionals help give you peace of mind.

For more information contact Becca Bean, Assistant Vice President via email.


Naviance is a leader in college, career, and life readiness, Naviance by PowerSchool helps more than 10 million students identify their strengths, explore careers, discover best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their academic and life goals. Over 13,000 K-12 institutions leverage Naviance for the success of students.

For more information contact Blake Van Fleteren, Product Marketing Manager via or 703-859-7591.


ACT® | NRCCUA® is an educational data science & research organization serving over 2,000 higher ed institutions. Through Encoura® Data Lab, the company combines data science, advanced analytics, research, & predictive modeling so institutions can meet their enrollment goals & improve student success & outcomes.



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Identity Leadership

Stedman Graham

Wednesday, April 21st | 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO: Stedman Graham is a bestselling author, leadership development expert, entrepreneur, and chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. As a businessman, educator, and speaker, he presents, consults, and conducts training with corporations, organizations, and nonprofits on the topics of identity development, maximizing leadership, achieving success, and personal and professional branding.

Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers. His latest release, Identity Leadership provides insights on becoming a passionate, purposeful, and meaningful leader through identifying who you are, your desires, and your abilities.

Graham is a current adjunct professor for several universities around the country. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University. He received a master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Stedman as he presents Identity Leadership. Participants will learn the principles of Identity Leadership through The Nine Step Success Process®. The Identity Leadership program is based on the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their success or failure.

Stedman Graham will also be presenting a breakout session.

Wednesday, April 21st
A Session | 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Building on our keynote message, join Stedman Graham in a more intimate session as he continues the conversation of Identity Leadership and how the program and its values can best serve you in your personal and professional lives.


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Inclusion, Access & Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel

Dr. Marcus Campbell, Roger Moreano, & April Greer

Wednesday, April 21st | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Marcus Campbell has served as the Assistant Superintendent/Principal at Evanston Township High School since 2013. As part of his role for District 202, Dr. Campbell provides leadership in the development of district strategy and organizational change, impactful diversity and equity initiatives, and responsive programs and services. He oversees the implementation of all District equity transformation programs, training, and initiatives to help improve the overall school culture for all students and to eliminate barriers to the equitable education of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Dr. Campbell earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National College of Education, National Louis University. He also holds an M.A. in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign with a major in English and a minor in African American Studies.

Roger Moreano
 is currently the Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Equity and Inclusion, and the Director of the Equity and Inclusion Committee at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Roger has 24 years of experience in higher education. Roger’s most extensive experience is in diversity, equity, and inclusion. His work has focused on the retention of students of color, first-generation students, and underrepresented groups.

Prior to his current position at Carthage College, Roger spent 12 years as the Director of Intercultural Student Affairs at Elmhurst College. Roger is also the Founder of BRIDGES Consulting and conducts organizational leadership, LGBTQ, and anti-racism training for K-12 schools. Roger has also served as a Co-Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc. and on the Village of Gurnee, Illinois Diversity Steering Committee.

April Greer
 is the freshman/sophomore Dean of Students at DePaul College Prep, a Catholic private high school located on the northwest side of Chicago. For over 30 years, April has been a champion for students whose voices are systemically not heard, faces systemically not seen


ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join us for the Inclusion, Access & Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel! Being an Ally is the way you unite with your students. The Allyship Panel consists of three student-facing voices who will share their best practices for improving our role as allies for underserved students.

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Thursday, April 22nd
D & E Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

We are thrilled to bring Factuality to IACAC this year!

FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and interactive experience, that simulates structural inequality, in the United States. Participants assume the identities of a diverse group of characters, encountering a series of fact based advantages & limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age, and ability.

Please note: This session will require pre-registration. After you register for the Conference, your confirmation email will provide more information and the opportunity to register. Space is limited.

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Representative Ruben Gallego

Thursday, April 22nd
F Session | 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

SPEAKER BIO: Congressman Ruben Gallego represents the 7th District of Arizona, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Gallego is First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Vice Chair and Tribal Liaison of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus. Ruben Gallego was born in Chicago, and is a first generation American. Growing up, his family eventually moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois, where he graduated from Evergreen Park Community High School. The Congressman’s session will cover current issues in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: We will be hearing remarks from Representative Ruben Gallego.

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Where Do We Go from Here?

Anne Kremer, D.J. Menifee, & Jon Boeckenstedt

Thursday, April 22nd | 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.



Anne Kremer
Anne Kremer currently serves as the Dean of Admission at Drake University. Prior to her time at Drake she worked in admission offices at several other institutions including DePaul University, Northwestern University and Bradley University. Anne is a Past President of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling. Anne received her master’s in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and bachelor degree in marketing and management from Iowa State University.

D.J. Menifee
As Vice President for Enrollment, DJ provides leadership to the enrollment division, which includes admission and student financial services, and serves as a member of the president’s senior leadership team. He has worked in the field of college admission for the past 13 years, most recently serving as director of admission at Butler University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to that he served as associate director of admission at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Menifee earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2007 from Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina and his master’s degree in instructional design and technology from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois in 2013.
Menifee currently serves as a director on the board for the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and has served on the executive boards for Indiana and Illinois Associations for College Admissions Counseling.

Jon Boeckenstedt
Jon Boeckenstedt is the Vice Provost of Enrollment Management at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where he has been since July, 2019.  Prior to that, he was Associate Vice President at DePaul University in Chicago, for seventeen years.
He has over 35 years of experience in enrollment management and admissions, and has worked at a wide range of colleges and universities, from non-selective to highly selective, and from very small to very large.  He has special interest in data visualization and the appropriate application of corporate strategy to higher education, and is the author of two blogs: One on higher education data, and one on important trends and topics in admission and enrollment management.
Jon is an Iowa native, and holds a BA in English and an MS in Marketing and Management.


ABOUT THIS SESSION:Join us for Where Do We Go from Here? as we discuss what we have learned from this very strange 12-15 month pandemic stretch. How have schools and admission offices pivoted to meet the needs and demands of their students and families? What has worked well? What has changed forever? What GOOD has come from this, from an enrollment/higher ed perspective?


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
LGBTQ+ Counselors
Latinx/Hispanic Counselors
Christian Fellowship

8:25 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Office Chair Yoga

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote Session
Stedman Graham

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

A Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Office Chair Yoga

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

IACAC Reads & 1st Timers

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

B Sessions

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

C Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Inclusion, Access & Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel
and Raffle Pull #1

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Charcuterie Board Building 101

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Project Reach Fundraiser with Virtual Tastings

Thursday, April 22, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
Black and African Diaspora
Learning Differences
Community Based Organizations

8:25 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Office Chair Yoga

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

D Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

E Sessions

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

F Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Office Chair Yoga

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)
Women in Admissions
AAPI Counselors
Rural and Small Town

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

G Sessions

2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Closing Session with End Note Panel
Where Do We Go From Here?
and Raffle Pull #2

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Post-Conference Happy Hour and Celebration


Conference participants may receive ISBE PD hours by filling out a form that will be on the online platform. A form must be submitted for each session attended. The opening session, sessions A-G, 3 Special Interest Groups (SIGS) IAS session, and closing session qualifies for PD credit. Once you submit your forms please allow 72 hours for your evidence of completion to be emailed to you for your records.


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Professional: $95
Graduate Student: $25

IACAC Conference April 21-22, 2021


Professional: $115
Graduate Student: $45

*To qualify for Member Registration Rates, your membership must be good through April 22, 2021.