2018 Conference

DATES: June 12 – June 16, 2018
LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI
HOTEL: Hyatt Regency Milwaukee ($169/night plus taxes) – book early, because our room block is likely to fill completely. You can book online or call 888-421-1442 and ask for the CIVSA conference rate
SCHEDULE:Tentative conference schedule
BROCHURE: Download here


February 1-May 1: $540 Member/$665 Non-Member

Chancellor Deborah Ford – Opening Speaker
Dr. Debbie Ford, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is a strong believer in community engagement and building partnerships. In addition to her responsibilities leading one of the most vibrant and diverse learning communities in the UW System, Dr. Ford serves as a board member for community and economic-development organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Racine County Workforce Development Board, the Milwaukee 7, and the Froedtert Health Board of Directors.  Nationally, Dr. Ford is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) Board and recently completed a term on the NCAA Division II Presidents Council.  Dr. Ford holds her B.S. from the University of Louisville, her Master of Education from Indiana University, and her Doctor of Education from the University of Louisville.


Bill Capodagli – Keynote Speaker
In the past decade, Bill Capodagli has become the most sought after keynote speaker on the cultures of Disney and Pixar, specifically how Walt Disney’s original success credo – Dream, Believe, Dare, Do – may be implemented in organizations from manufacturing to banking to government. He is the best-selling co-author of The Disney Way (now in its 3rd edition), The Disney Way Fieldbook, and Innovate the Pixar Way. For over thirty years, Bill has benchmarked The Walt Disney Company and has assisted scores of organizations create a customer-centric culture, develop their leadership, and instill a long-term innovative spirit within their employees at all levels. Prior to co-founding Capodagli Jackson Consulting in 1993, Bill held managerial positions at the consulting firms of AT Kearney, and Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst and Young). Bill was a director on the Extended Services faculty of the University of Southern Indiana from 1991-1993 and presented The Disney Way principles to a vast client base. Bill holds degrees in economics and mathematics from Illinois State University.


Tim Hoelter – Closing Speaker
Tim Hoelter retired from Harley-Davidson after a distinguished 30 year career, serving as Harley’s first General Counsel and later as Vice President, Government Affairs. He was the only outsider among a group of executives who purchased Harley-Davidson in a leveraged buyout in 1981. The turnaround achieved by that courageous group is one of the most inspiring comeback stories in US business history. Tim’s motivational firsthand account of the obstacles they overcame to turn Harley-Davidson into an American Success Story is full of lessons that resonate with leadership teams facing seemingly impossible challenges. Tim received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. from Harvard. Currently, Tim is president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the City of Milwaukee, Treasurer of Harbor District Inc. and a guest lecturer at Georgetown Law.​

The opening session and a campus tour of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is included in the registration price. Optional pre- and post-conference tours will be available for $15 each. Pre-conference tour choices on June 12 are Concordia University (100 person capacity) or Milwaukee Area Technical College (50 person capacity). Post-conference tour options on June 16 are Marquette University (75 person capacity – now SOLD OUT) or Milwaukee School of Engineering (20 person capacity).

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. As one of the most diverse institutions in the University of Wisconsin System, UWM educates more than 26,000 students — evenings, weekends, online and on campus. UWM is a top–tier doctoral research university, one of only 115 universities out of 4,600 in the nation to receive R1 status, the highest rating for a research institution. Offering more than 191 degree programs, with 92 of those being undergraduate majors, UWM works extensively within Wisconsin’s largest job market to provide students internship opportunities and connections to real-world job experiences. UWM offers 15 NCAA Division I athletics programs, over 300 student organizations and a full array of support services for students.

Our host hotel this year is the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, located at 333 West Kilburn Avenue in Milwaukee. The rate is $169/night plus taxes, which includes complimentary in-room internet.

To receive the conference rate you can make your reservation online or by calling 888-421-1442 and asking for the CIVSA conference rate. The deadline to make reservations in our room block is May 22, 2018. We recommend you reserve as soon as possible, as the block will likely fill early.

More information about the hotel, including ammenities, parking, and driving directions can be found at https://milwaukee.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/our-hotel/map-parking-and-transportation.html

Travel to Milwaukee
Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is located 10 miles from our conference hotel. The average taxi rate between the airport and hotel is $30. Milwauke is also served by Uber and Lyft. Additional information about ground transportation between the airport and hotel can be found at https://www.mitchellairport.com/parking-transportation/ground-transportation#RideShare

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.

A credit for all fees paid less a $50 administrative fee will be issued if requested in writing by March 1. The registration credit has no cash value, and is valid for the next CIVSA Annual conference only. Cancellation requests must be submitted to events@civsa.org and include the registrant’s name, email address, and amount paid. No credits will be issued after March 1.

A registration may be transferred to another representative from the same institution if requested in writing by May 1. If the member registration fee was paid the registration must be transferred to another CIVSA member. If transferred to a non-member a $150 transfer fee will apply. No name changes or substitutions will be made after May 1.

Credits will not be offered for campus tour registrations.

Promote your business and increase brand recognition with campus visit and information services professionals by sponsoring the 2018 Annual Conference in Milwaukee. We offer a number of sponsorship opportunities and are happy to work with you to develop advertising suited to your needs. For more information please contact Lindsey Darling, Sponsorships Chair, at sponsorships@civsa.org or explore opportunities on our sponsorships page.

The 2018 Annual Conference Committee can’t wait to celebrate 25 years of excellence with you!

CIVSA gratefully acknowledges our sponsors for this year’s conference!

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