Conference Opportunities for College Staff

It takes a LOT of different people serving different functions to make a college run! And professional development is a strategic part of building skills, improving efficiencies, and helping increase our flexibility and readiness to take on new challenges as we continue to serve our students!

You’ll see in our blog, a growing list of opportunities for conferences and seminars with more added all the time. Check back on our Conferences page, or use our Categories or Tags to find posts that may be relevant to your interests.

Here are a few upcoming Conferences Opportunities for Administrative and Support Staff. September is a very busy month for these activities! A few additional ones are included here for your planning. But you should also check out the more complete list. Many conferences that appear to be for Faculty actually have some great opportunities for Staff as well!



September 17-19, 2014
Conference for Community College Advancement

Sacramento, CA
Join colleagues from throughout North America for the Conference for Community College Advancement. This special conference will bring together professionals from all areas of advancement—fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications, and government relations—for unparalleled programming, professional development and networking opportunities.

September 25-27, 2014
Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals Annual Conference
Biloxi, MS
Successful careers are built on successful relationships. This day and a half program will help you become a more “conscious communicator” in your daily business and personal lives. You will return to work prepared to build stronger boss/team, member/peer relationships by learning how to analyze situations and consciously use professional productive strategies.

September 30-October 3, 2014
2014 Conference For Executive and Administrative Assistants

Las Vegas, NV
We focus on what counts: Administrative Competencies. Very few Conferences for Administrative Professionals focus specifically on the competencies necessary to be successful at adding value every day within the administrative arena. Office Dynamics International is the premier leader in the development and presentation of sophisticated training programs and information for administrative professionals.

September 28-October 1, 2014
APC – 22nd Annual Administrative Professionals Conference
National Harbor, MD
You will thrive in the atmosphere of professionalism and learning that the Conference provides as you join hundreds of other multi-talented assistants at every stage in their careers. More than 75 learning sessions are presented by professional trainers, and your registration includes most meals, networking events, Conference materials, and inspirational keynotes. No other training event for Administrative Professionals delivers the value of the APC.

September 28-30, 2014
CUPA-HR Annual Conference

San Antonio, TX
At the annual conference, choose sessions from a variety of topics such the ACA, diversity and inclusion, conflict management, faculty issues and more. Online registration is no longer available. But you can still register on-site.

September 29-October 2, 2014
EDUCAUSE 2014 Annual Conference

Orlando, FL & Online
Discover solutions by exploring the 270+ exhibiting companies that provide innovative products and services for your institution. Engage in interactive sessions and special topic discussions as part of a robust, member-driven program. Focus on content that’s important and relevant to you—sort the program by overarching content domains, topical themes, or specific speakers. Network with peers from around the world who share similar interests and challenges—excellent resources for ideas and experience. Extend your conference experience by gathering with peers and take in a restaurant, evening entertainment, or explore the richness around where you’re attending.



October 23-24, 2014
CUPA-HR Michigan Chapter Fall Conference – “HR Excellence: Made in Michigan”

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
HR professionals must be knowledgeable, innovative and resilient to navigate the rapidly changing environment. The Fall MI CUPA-HR conference provides an opportunity for Michigan higher education professionals to network and connect on topics that prepare us to shape our campus strategy and culture. Learn and share ideas on recruiting, developing and rewarding talent in the Great Lakes state. Keynote speaker will be Joe Caruso, author of the best-selling book, The Power of Losing Control.



November 24, 2014
The Lansing Administrative Assistants Conference
Lansing, MI

You’ll learn to build and strengthen your people skills; manage multiple projects, responsibilities and bosses; get more done in less time; and become an indispensable star assistant! Boost your communication skills, your productivity, your professional development and your satisfaction! In this era of dramatic change in the business world, assistants have never been more challenged … more stretched … than they are today. You’re expected to do whatever it takes to keep the “train moving” amidst the confusion brought on by re-engineering, restructuring, new technology—whatever changes you’re up against. In this valuable conference, you’ll learn new, practical skills that will enable you to manage your job and your career with new professionalism, new authority and new success.



January 28-30, 2015
San Diego, CA
EDUCAUSE Connect creates highly interactive, action-driven professional development experience focused on finding workable solutions, connecting people’s experiences, building professional networks, and growing individual and collective understanding of higher education IT issues. Connects are events for anyone who wants to move ideas, understanding, and the profession forward.