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The Aspire Program

The Aspire Conference

Tuesday, Oct. 13-Friday, Oct. 16, 2020
A Virtual Conference Experience

Explore, network, and ignite crucial career- and life-building skills at the next annual campus-wide conference in fall 2020.

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The Aspire Conference is a zero-cost, high-benefit experience for Carthage students, faculty, staff, and community members. Whether you have 5 minutes or 2 hours, you can participate in activities and sessions built with your schedule in mind.  

This year’s conference is 100% virtual and utilizing a virtual event platform to take the conference beyond the standard zoom webinar. 

Conference Registration is now open and free for all participants!

The Aspire Conference is free for Carthage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.
Pre-registration for the conference is preferred, though you can register on the day of the conference.

If you’ve already registered, our virtual conference host has sent you an email titled, “Carthage College’s Aspire Conference - IMPORTANT Next Steps & Welcome to Cadence”. Please check your email and follow the directions given in the email to access the conference platform. Don’t forget to check your spam folder, in the event that it inadvertently goes there. Take the next steps and join us! 

Conference Highlights

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

NatterDoodle6 p.m. — Opening Keynote: Natalie Keller Pariano of NatterDoodle
Engage in a conversation about building community and joy during times of uncertainty while coloring custom-designed Carthage coloring pages. 

Natalie’s thoughtful, researched, and authentic approach — coupled with her sense of humor and knack for fun make her a dynamic voice for salient learning and development.


Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

Rose Halama8 a.m. — Yoga for Social Justice Fatigue

Many of us are dealing with stress, anxiety, and fatigue from witnessing the injustices in our society. As a result, we may experience a variety of emotions that can get stuck in the body. Without moving these emotions through, we may feel a deep sense of brokenness personally, culturally, politically, socially, and spiritually.

This yoga session is an invitation to feel our emotions, release the pressure, and calm our nervous system through yoga sequences, mindfulness, and deep breathing.


In this session, you will learn:

  • How the trauma of injustice (vicarious or secondary trauma) impacts our bodies and minds
  • How to use yoga and breathing techniques to help calm the nervous system
  • How to set an intention to help guide you through your practice and recommit to skillful action

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

Culture Kitchen6:30 p.m. — Culture Kitchen
Culture Kitchen is a fun, interactive online team workshop. The program uses state of the art cloud gaming to put you in situations to practice interdependent team work. You take the role of one of four chefs running a fictional restaurant. While every chef can do any task, no chef can do every task! You have to work together.



Register for The Aspire Conference today!

Questions about The Aspire Conference? Please contact or call 262-551-5959.

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