2024 Annual Conference

2024 Annual Conference

May 29 – 31, 2024
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
1401 K St
Sacramento, CA 95814

Register as an Attendee

Sponsor our Conference

Please note: The WACAC Sacramento College Fair will take place on the evening of May 28, 2024. 

The WACAC Conference Team is excited to see you in Sacramento in May 2024! Please visit this site over the coming months to learn more about our conference, registration information, exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities, sessions, and more. 

Conference-at-a-Glance

Preview our Selected Sessions

Preview our Pre-Conference Sessions

For questions on the Annual Conference, reach out to Annie Mills and Molly Ingram at wacacconference@wacac.org.

For Exhibitor and Sponsorship information, reach out to Chris O’Sullivan at chris-osullivan@uiowa.edu.

Keynote Speaker

WACAC is excited to welcome Nitzan Pelman as this year’s keynote speaker! In 2018, LinkedIn put a referral button on their platform. They learned that the vast majority of job seekers secured employment through networks and relationships. Nitzan Pelman was an Entrepreneur in Residence at LinkedIn when these insights were discovered. Quickly, she became obsessed with finding ways to unlock networks and social capital for job seekers who come from disadvantaged communities. She founded Climb Hire, a workforce and upskilling organization that focuses on building social capital alongside of in demand skills because “who you know matters almost as much as what you know.” Over 70% of the low wage job seekers in the program increased their wages dramatically.

Building on this success, Nitzan recently launched Climb Together — a sister organization dedicated to sharing the insights, learnings, and curriculum related to social capital developed at Climb Hire with peers in the workforce, community college, and four-year university ecosystem.

Prior to Climb Hire and Climb Together, Nitzan founded ReUp Education which has enabled 100,000 students to return and complete their college degrees. She also founded the New York region of Citizen Schools. Nitzan is currently a Presidential Leadership Scholar, an Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow and a LinkedIn Top Voice Influencer. Prior to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Nitzan worked at the Department of Education in New York City, KIPP, and Teach for America. Nitzan holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a BA from Stern College for Women.

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MAIA

Tower Sponsor

Guidebook

Delta Sponsor

StriveScan

Delta Sponsor

Emerson College

Opening Reception Sponsor

Attendee Conference Costs

Register as an Attendee or Exhibitor

Full Conference

  • Member Registration Costs
    • Early (through March 15 Extended to April 1!): $350
    • Regular (March 16 – April 30): $450
    • Late (on or after May 1): $550
  • Non-Member Registration Costs
    • Early (through March 15 Extended to April 1!): $425
    • Regular (March 16 – April 30): $525
    • Late (on or after May 1): $625

One Day

  • WACAC Member One Day (5/30) 
    • Early Bird – $175 (through March 15 Extended to April 1!)
    • Regular – $225 (March 16 – April 30) 
    • Late/Onsite  – $325 (on or after May 1)
  • Non-Member One Day (5/30)
    • Early Bird – $250 (through March 15 Extended to April 1!)
    • Regular – $300 (March 16 – April 30)
    • Late/Onsite  – $400 (on or after May 1)
  • Counselor College Fair (Thursday, May 30) costs $150 early bird/regular or $250 on-site for college reps to purchase a table
  • Pre-Conference sessions cost $125 (through April 30) or $150 (on or after May 1)

While you may notice that the registration costs are higher this year than previous WACAC registration costs, please note that WACAC has proudly maintained affordable registration rates for conference attendees for over 10 years.

As a result of inflation and the rising cost of food and other expenses, WACAC Conference registration fees are higher for Sacramento 2024, in order to ensure all attendees have a quality conference experience consistent with WACAC standards.

Not a member of WACAC (yet) but planning to attend the conference? We encourage you to consider becoming a member of WACAC today! Not only will your membership provide you with access to professional development opportunities and other valuable WACAC resources, but you will also save money on conference registration as a member (a cost savings of $75!).

Host Hotels

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Please register using the hotel link when it becomes available. Note that these hotels will have special contracted conference rates that help defray the cost of the conference for our members.

Counselor Tours

Sacramento State University and UC Davis are hosting a joint counselor tour and California Northstate University is hosting a counselor tour on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 for registered attendees of the WACAC Annual Conference.

More information on the tour including the counselor interest form, interest form deadline, and approval timeline will be emailed to registered CBOs, IECs and High School Counselors in early April and again in late April.

Please note that completing the interest form does not guarantee participation in the tour.