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MNYCCPOA Spring 2019 Meeting: Alva Cooper Awards for Best Practices in Career Services & Artificial Intelligence in the Recruitment Process

  • 05/03/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Career Design Lab, 729 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor


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MNYCCPOA Spring 2019 Meeting 

Alva Cooper Awards for Best Practices in Career Services & Artificial Intelligence in the Recruitment Process


Friday, May 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies

Career Design Lab, 729 7th Avenue (@ W49th St.), 3rd Floor



9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast (Sponsored by Purple Briefcase)

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Welcoming remarks:

·  MNYCCPOA President, Cheretta Robson,
·  MNYCCPOA First Vice President, Diana Mendez
·  Columbia Career Design Lab Executive Director of Career Strategy and Industry Relations, Hassan Akmal 

10:15 a.m. - 10:30.: Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Alva Cooper Awards presentations, exhibits, and networking  


·  Best Existing ProgramGrad Boot Camp (Mock Hiring Committee), NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development

·  Best New Program: Work-Ready Seawolves: Career Readiness Campus-Wide Integration, Stony Brook Career Center

·  Best Innovative ProgramEscape the (HauntedCareer Center, Hofstra University, The Career Center

·  **Special Mention: The Career Peer Program Independent Project,Saint John’s University (Queen’s Campus) 

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Presentation from our sponsor, Purple Briefcase:

· Dr. Thomas D. Iwankow, Account Manger  

Successful job placement and career development are increasingly important student outcomes. RNL Career Services powered by Purple Briefcase™ helps students and alumni find jobs that align with their career goals and passions, helps college career administrators monitor and facilitate student career development, and ultimately helps employers find the best candidates at our client institutions. We do this via Purple Briefcase, the best-in-class career services platform.

Purple Briefcase' cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform provides:

· Management solutions for career services administration

· Student-facing tools for jobs, internships, and mentor networking

· Employer access to top quality new talent

Dr. Thomas D. Iwankow has been a higher education professional for almost 17 years.  He has served various roles within Admissions, Enrollment Management, Career Services, and Strategic Planning.  He has presented at regional and national conferences primarily on higher education trends, policies, and student success.  In November of 2018 he joined Ruffalo Noel Levitz as part of Purple Briefcase.

12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch and Networking

1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Business Meeting and presentation of new Executive Board

1:45 p.m.- 2:45 p.m: Fireside Chat about AI in recruitment practices, and how this technology is changing the future of the workforce:

Oliver Christie is an AI expert who helps both companies and governments innovate, apply and build advanced technologies. He has worked in multiple industries including finance, real estate, healthcare, transportation, and defense. He is a recent winner of a Google Moonshot and the IBM Watson Prize for Innovation. Oliver is an AI strategy advisor for Dell and SAP, a board member for Tech Transfer Days, NYAI, and Disruptive Technologists. He is currently helping to build the next generation of AI, based upon quantum physics and human cognition

2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Closing remarks from Director of Programs, Diane Schults, and instructions for Happy Hour

3:30-5:00 p.m.: Happy Hour, appetizers, and raffles at Tonic Times Square (727 Seventh Avenue, between W48th and W49th Streets), just steps away from the Columbia SPS location! 


If you have any questions about this event, please contact:

· Diana Mendez (, First Vice President

· Diane Shults (, Director of Programs

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