WACUBO 2024 Schedule-at-a-Glance

The 2024 Annual Conference Program is on its way! The program combines insightful sessions, compelling workshops, stimulating panel discussions, and incredible networking opportunities among fellow industry professionals. Share best practices, common knowledge, and fun new experiences.

CPE Credits Pending*

Attendees can earn up to 3.5 CPE credits during the Pre-Conference workshops and up to 16.5 CPE credits during the conference.*


Saturday | April 27

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Registration Desk Hours  | Center Lounge



Sunday
April 28

8:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Registration Desk Hours | Center Lounge

7:30 AM – 2:00 PM 

WACUBO Annual Golf Tournament Oak Creek Golf Club

The bus leaves at 6:15 AM. Please meet at the Main Disneyland Hotel entrance. Breakfast is at 7:00 AM, with a shotgun start at 7:30 AM.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

Pre-Conference WorkshopSafari

Breakfast is from 8-9:00 AM.

Debrief Lunch is 12-1:00 PM.

Jean Vock, Matt Crawford, Kyle Sauvageau, Nicole Salazar, Ruth Johnston, Matt Skinner, and Lars Kontz

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Career Coaching with Carina Celesia MooreExplorer

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM 

Concurrent Sessions A


CS1: What you should know about DEI! | Magic Kingdom 1
Eligible for 1.5 Behavioral Ethics CPE Credits

Jay Budner and Stephanie D. Brown


CS2: Increase Engagement by Focusing on Strengths | Magic Kingdom 3
Eligible for 1.5 Personnel/Human Resources CPE Credits

 Amy Shuman


CS3: LSS vs AI – The Process Improvement Battle of the Century! | Magic Kingdom 2
Eligible for 1.5 Information Technology CPE Credits

Antonio Nava


CS4: Innovation in Student Housing: Creative Solutions for a Critical Need | Magic Kingdom 4
Eligible for 1.5 Specialized Knowledge CPE Credits

Meghan Gutekunst, Dr. Hemlata Jhaveri, and Rebecca Moses


CS5: Challenges for Community Colleges: Roundtable Hosted by the Community College Constituent Committee Roundtable | Monorail

Linda Cordier, Debbie Baker, Wendy Davis, Leda Johnson, Darren Marshall, David Tamanaha, and Sandy Valdez


CS6: Challenges for Small Colleges and Universities: Roundtable Hosted by the Small Institutions Constituent Committee / Small Institutions Constituent Committee Roundtable | Castle
Eligible for 1.5 Personnel/Human Resources CPE Credits

Lynn Valenter, Lori Seager, Ian Higgins, and Heather Heersink


CS7: It is a hostage situation! What do you do when your systems are locked out or your data is stolen? Cyber and Data Security on Comprehensive, Doctoral, and Research Campuses (CDRIC) | Adventure
Eligible for 1.5 Information Technology CPE Credits

Linda Kosten, Jeff Ratje, Jennifer Radke, Erin Hutchinson, Eric Hartman, CISM, and Christian Schreiber

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

WACUBO Mentoring Program | Mississippi

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday Special: A Conversation with NACUBO President Kara D. Freeman | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Kara Freeman, NACUBO President

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Business Partner Showcase | Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Gallagher

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM 

New to WACUBO | Rose Court Garden

First-time annual conference attendees are invited to meet other first-time attendees and our WACUBO Board members. Learn how to make the most of your annual conference experience and get the chance to win an original Disney drawing!

Sponsored by Alliant Insurance Services

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Opening Reception | Adventure Lawn

Get ready for our opening night event, California Dreaming, and dress the part in your favorite California Beach/Casual attire. Catch up with friends or make new ones over dinner and drinks under the stars. Join friends in the photo booth or have your picture taken with Mickey and friends. 

Sponsored by Moss Adams

9:15 PM – 11:00 PM 

World of Color Viewing | California Adventure Park

To finish off this magical night, join us as we head to Disney California Adventure Park to see the exhilarating nighttime extravaganza, World of Color- ONE.

Please note: Conference Attendee name badge or guest name badge and a wristband are required. This evening's event is included in your conference registration.

A group escort will leave the Rose Court Garden at 9:30 PM promptly. It will take approximately 15 minutes to walk to the seating area inside California Adventure Park. Viewing begins at 10:15 PM. You must have a wristband, and you must enter the Park as part of the escorted group. The show concludes at 10:40 PM.

Sponsored by Follett

  

Monday | April 29

7:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Registration Desk Hours | Center Lounge

7:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Career Coaching with Carina Celesia MooreExplorer

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM 

Business Partner Showcase Breakfast | Exhibit Hall

Attendees are invited to grab breakfast and coffee in the Showcase and to meet our Business Partners.

Sponsored by Compass/Chartwells/SSC

8:30 AM – 9:00  AM

Welcome Address | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Keynote Session | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

Sponsored by TIAA

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Business Partner Showcase Refreshment Break | Exhibit Hall

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions B


CS8: Leading through Transition: Inspiring Those Around You When the World Won't Stop Changing | Magic Kingdom 3
Eligible for 1.5 Personal Development CPE Credits

Sara Reed and Megan Glide Villasenor


CS9: A Year in the Life of Strategic Financial Planning | Magic Kingdom 2
Eligible for 1.5 Finance CPE Credits

Ruth Johnston and David Maddox


CS10: Friendly AI or Terminator: Introducing AI into UCI’s Digital Transformation Culture | Magic Kingdom 1
Eligible for 1.5 Information Technology CPE Credits

Patricia Morales, Darren Endo, Bryan Jue, Courtney Sidler, and Huma Madinawala


CS11: Protecting Minors in the College Setting: The $2B Blindspot | Magic Kingdom 4
Eligible for 1.5 Specialized Knowledge CPE Credits

Ashley Cheri, Ed.D, Christopher Richmond, J.D, James Bourgeois, J.D, and Patricia Realo Anderson, MPA


BP1: Delivering a Boulder Plan: Building a connected budget planning solution at the University of Colorado Boulder | Monorail
Eligible for 1.5 Finance CPE Credits

Edward "Teddy" Niedermaier, Susan Nasher, Mela Fezzey

Sponsored by True Ed Consulting


BP2: Cryptocurrency in Higher Education: Recent Updates and Best Practices | Castle
Eligible for 1.5 Finance CPE Credits

Ali Chalak and Michael Dymond

Sponsored by Moss Adams


BP3: New Evidence on Gaps, Opportunities and Challenges in a Diverse America

Shelly-Ann Eweka

Sponsored by TIAA

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM 

WACUBO Lunch Disneyland Grand Ballroom

All attendees are invited to lunch as we recognize the many dedicated WACUBO volunteers who begin planning 18 months in advance to provide a premier Annual Conference experience. This includes the Host Committee, the Program Committee, the Business Partner Steering Committee, and the WACUBO Board.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM 

Business Partner Showcase Dessert | Exhibit Hall

Attendees are invited for dessert and to meet our Business Partners.

Sponsored by KPMG

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions C


CS12: Strength, Power, and Positionality: Defining Your Identity in the Workplace | Magic Kingdom 1
Eligible for 1.5 Personal Development CPE Credits

Ashley Cheri, Ed.D


CS13: The Future of Work and Campus Space | Magic Kingdom 2
Eligible for 1.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits
Shannon Lunsford, Roberto Garza, and Paula Alvarado

CS14: A Successful Transition to a New CFO | Magic Kingdom 4
Eligible for 1.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits

Linda Kosten, Leslie Brunelli, Lori Seager, and Ken Kline


CS15: Transitioning to the Next Journey | Monorail 
Eligible for 1.5 Personal Development CPE Credits

Ruth Johnston, Gregg Goldman, Robert Moore, and Jean Vock

BP4: Focusing on the Analytical, Not the Transactional | Magic Kingdom 3
Eligible for 1.5 Information Technology CPE Credits

Harold Hewitt, Daniel Peterson, and Michael Nicolescu

Sponsored by Synario


BP5: Clean-Energy Tax Incentives for Colleges and Universities | Castle

Brittany Elliser, Anu Varadharajan, Jessica Libby, and Fred Morris

Sponsored by KPMG, Los Angeles


BP6: Bringing a Campus Brand to Life: How to Plan, Design, and Reinvent the Store Experience | Adventure
Eligible for 1.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits

James Dwyer, Mary Perry, and Rudy Bellavia

Sponsored by Follett

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM 

General Session Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Tia Brown McNair

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Business Partner Showcase Wine & Cheese Reception with Poster PresentationsExhibit Hall

Attendees are invited for a Wine & Cheese Reception and to meet our Business Partners.

Sponsored by Bank of America

6:30 PM 

Dinner on Your Own

 

Tuesday | April 30

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

Registration Desk Hours | Center Lounge

7:00 AM 

Career Coaching with Carina Celesia MooreExplorer

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM 

Business Partner Showcase Breakfast | Exhibit Hall

8:15 AM – 9:45 AM  

Keynote Session Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Maria Elena Salinas

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM 

Business Partner Showcase Refreshment Break | Exhibit Hall

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM 

Concurrent Sessions D


CS16: Women in Senior Leadership Roles: The Transformational Leader! | Magic Kingdom 2
Eligible for 1.5 Personal Development CPE Credits

Dr. Giselle Flores Martin


CS17: Work Reimagined: The New Employee Value Proposition | Magic Kingdom 3
Eligible for 1.5 Personnel/Human Resources CPE Credits
Ramona Agrela and Michelle Quint


CS18: Building Your Innovation Model for The Age of AI Magic Kingdom 1
Eligible for 1.5 Information Technology - Technical CPE Credits

Tom Andriola


CS19: Has Anyone Called the Lawyers? Why developing relationships of trust with legal counsel matter to an effective and efficient business operation | Monorail
Eligible for 1.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits

Andrea Cortinas, J.D., Lisa Loo, and Priscilla Castillo

Lori Seager, Sarah Hintz, Joyce Lopes, and Jean Bushong

Sponsored by CLA


BP8: Improving Campus Cost Efficiency: How to Close Your Deferred Maintenance Gap While Challenged with Skilled Trades Staffing Shortages | Castle
Eligible for 1.5 Management Services - Technical CPE Credits

Mic Sternard, Stephanie Bauer, and Bryan Urton

Sponsored by TD Industries


 BP9: Budgeting Strategies in Higher Education | Adventure
Eligible for 1.5 Finance - Technical CPE Credits

Loren Den Herder and Tammy Lohr

Sponsored by Moss Adams

11:45 AM – 1:30 PM 

WACUBO Member Appreciation Lunch | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

During today's luncheon, we will showcase our some of our local culture with mesmerizing performances by Las Colibrí or The Hummingbirds, who have a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. These women are flying into new territory as one of the most unique ensembles of its genre by returning to the all-string instrumentation of the early 20th-century mariachi tradition and the colorful, feminine costumes of the Mexican cinematic divas of the 40s and 50s.

Also performing is, KISHIN DAIKO with the dynamic, powerful, and heart-stopping sounds of taiko (Japanese percussive-style drumming). The group’s performances embody the translation of Kishin, which is energy, spirit, and heart. Kishin Daiko’s music consists of traditional and adaptations of traditional Japanese taiko pieces, along with original compositions by contemporary musicians and Kishin members.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM 

Showcase Break and Grand Prize Drawing | Exhibit Hall

Attendees are invited to meet our Business Partners. The winners of Business Partner raffles will be announced including the Grand Prize Drawing.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM 

Concurrent Sessions E


CS20: Washington Update | Magic Kingdom 3
Eligible for 1.5 Specialized Knowledge CPE Credits

Ashley Jackson


CS21: Positive Vibes: Inspiring Healthy Team Culture While Promoting Employee Retention Through Organizational Socialization and Onboarding | Magic Kingdom 2
Eligible for 1.5 Personnel/Human Resources CPE Credits

Bonnie Taylor and Autumn Cleveland


CS22: Lean Six Sigma, How Doers Get Things Done | Magic Kingdom 1
Eligible for 1.5 Business Management & Organization CPE Credits
Jeffrey Ratje and Taylor Grogg

CS23: Continuous Academic Program Improvement Utilizing Program Prioritization Principles | Magic Kingdom 4

Ken Kline and Denise Aberle-Cannata


BP 10: Leveraging your Warehouse Footprint on Campus | Monorail

Erik Reinold and Pat Fitzpatrick

Sponsored by McMurray Stern


BP 11: Accommodating Student Needs and Elevating Student Satisfaction | Castle

Nikki Hamzaeff

Sponsored by Chartwells


BP 12: Inspiring Action and Instilling Ownership: The Practice of Leading and Managing Others | Adventure

Howard Teibel and Lupe Valencia

Sponsored by Teibel Consulting

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 4:35 PM

General Session | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Michelle Deutchman

4:35 PM – 5:15 PM 

General Session | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Master Sergeant Cedric King

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  

WACUBO President's Toast | Rose Court Garden

All attendees are invited to join WACUBO President Guadalupe Valencia for a toast as we celebrate her presidency and welcome the new WACUBO President for 2024-25 Michael Clune.

Sponsored by SageView

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  Dinner on Your Own
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM 

WACUBO After Dark | Adventure Lawn

Connect with your colleagues at a fun-filled after-party with the high-energy Lucky Devils Band, dancing, an after-dinner bar, and fun desserts!

Sponsored by Synario

 

Wednesday | May 1

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Registration Desk Hours | Center Lounge

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM 

Breakfast Buffet | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

 8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

General Session Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Deb Wallace, Matt Unterman, and Leslie Brunelli 

Sponsored by Grant Thornton

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

Break 

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM 

Keynote Session Disneyland Grand Ballroom

David Epstein

Sponsored by Follett

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Closing Remarks | Disneyland Grand Ballroom

Followed by a book signing by David Epstein at 11:30 AM

 

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