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The Aspire Conference is days away — Register now!

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Sarah Gorke

September 22, 2019

We’re one week away from the inaugural Aspire Conference, where you will explore, network, and ignite crucial career and life-building skills at the campus-wide conference on Sept. 26-27. 

You can pre-register for the conference or register the day of. 

Registration for the free lunch ends Friday, Sept. 20!

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

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, Sept. 26

Registration, networking, and hor d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m., TWC Jockey Club Rooms

Opening Keynote: Alumnus Bill Blagg ’02
7:30 p.m., TWC Jockey Club Rooms

Carthage Creative Space
8:45 p.m., Campbell Student Union 


Friday, Sept. 27

Registration, grab-and-go breakfast
8:15 a.m., TWC Lobby

Grab-and-go breakfast
8:45 a.m., Campus Drive 

Activity hubs
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Various locations 

Education Block (panels, workshops, fireside chats, etc.)
9:15 a.m., Various locations

Education Block (panels, workshops, fireside chats, etc.)
10:30 a.m., Various locations

Living Your Aspire Story: Alumni Panel + Lunch (pre-registration required)
Noon, TWC Jockey Club Rooms

Drop-in dessert and advice from alumni
Noon, Various locations

Education Block (panels, workshops, fireside chats, etc.)
1:30 p.m., Various locations

Education Block (panels, workshops, fireside chats, etc.)
2:50 p.m., Various locations

Next Step: From Aspiration to Action
4:15 p.m., TWC Jockey Club Rooms

See more details about the Aspire Conference

Programming Details

Education Blocks

Dive into deeper learning by participating in panel discussions, hands-on workshops, and engaging presentations facilitated by alumni, faculty, and staff. Education Blocks will happen between 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, are tailored to the academic class schedule, and are located throughout campus.

Activity Hubs

Engage with and learn from industry experts, alumni, and your peers in a hands-on and fast-paced drop-in environment. Activity Hubs will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and will be located in the Todd Wehr Center Lobby, Donna’s Bytes (Einstein’s), Clausen Atrium, and the Lentz Hall Lobby.

Fireside Chats

Grab a cup of coffee with accomplished alumni at the Campbell Student Union fireplace for down-to-earth conversations about each other’s experiences, dreams, and goals. Fireside Chats will run throughout the day on Friday, Sept. 27.


The magic behind career-building is revealed at Carthage’s first campus-wide conference. Magician and Carthage alumnus Bill Blagg ’02 will use magic and storytelling to illustrate how Carthage fueled his rise to popularity as nationally touring magician and illusionist.
Location: Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Club Rooms


Facilitated by Pastor Kara Baylor, hear from some of our notable alumni on how their student experiences at Carthage and the realities they faced led them to live “the Aspire Story.” Key elements of the panel discussion will include how the development of creativity, leadership, entrepreneurship, and career development were essential in navigating new opportunities.
Location: Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Club Rooms*
*Pre-Registration Required.
Registration Link: Open Soon


Is there a cost to attend?

No, the conference is free for students, faculty, and staff. The Friday Alumni Panel Discussion/Lunch is the only portion of the conference that requires pre-registration with limited seats, so be sure to register at when registration opens in September. Students will have first priority.

What do I wear?

Come as you are. We hope you will attend in between your classes and practices, so no need to bring extra clothes. If you would like to practice wearing your professional attire, please feel free to wear business casual or business professional attire as there are many formal and informal networking opportunities.

Is this required?

Whether you have five minutes or two hours to participate, we welcome your participation and look forward to you being there. While not “officially” required, you may have some professors that will incorporate elements of the Aspire Conference into the scope of your academic work.

What if I have class?

We anticipate many faculty members are eager to blend the conference sessions with your classroom experiences, so follow the direction of your faculty members. Given the flexibility of the Aspire Conference schedule, you should NOT plan to skip class to attend the conference. Your coursework comes first.

Do I need to pre-register?

Yes, there are some perks! Registrants receive free conference swag and insider information. While pre-registration is encouraged, the free alumni panel lunch is the only event requiring pre-registration, and you need to register for the free lunch by Friday, Sept. 20. Same-day registration is available for all sessions, except Friday lunch, in the TWC Lobby, and feel free to drop-in and participate in the Activity Hubs situated across campus.

How do I get the most out of the conference?

Be eager to step into new spaces with new people, and allow yourself the space to explore and learn. We also encourage you to read the full schedule in advance and think about the varying opportunities to engage throughout the conference that may seem to spark a unique interest for you.


We appreciate your understanding that, while the conference is meant to be a fun and engaging experience, you are expected to be a positive representative of the Carthage community.