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(Pictured: Janet Rachel, Elizabeth Ancarana, Candy Lindsay, Nancy Aebersold, Richard C. McCarty, Dawn Turton, Anita J. Jenious, Traci Nordberg)

The inaugural meeting of the Tennessee Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) was hosted at Vanderbilt University on Thursday, April 10, supported by a grant from HERC’s central office. 

Vanderbilt leaders Traci Nordberg, Chief HR Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor and Richard McCarty, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost both gave rousing opening remarks about the need for a consortium that will help institutions in the region collaborate on dual-career hiring issues. HERC’s Executive Director, Nancy Aebersold and HERC Board Member and Assistant Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University, Elizabeth Ancarana both spoke about the value of HERC membership, particularly in assisting dual-career couples and increasing the diversity of applicant pools.

Participants from the following 15 institutions were in attendance:

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • LeMoyne Owen College
  • Lipscomb University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Nossi College of Art
  • Rhodes College               
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tenessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • UT Health Sciences Center – Memphis
  • Vanderbilt University

An Advisory Board was formed at the meeting consisting of:

  • Janet Rachel, Talent Acquisition Manager, Diversity, Relocation, Career Navigation, Vanderbilt University
  • Jewell Winn, Chief Diversity Officer, Tennessee State University
  • John Zomchick, Vice Provost for Faculty Affiars, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Donna Gwaltney, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Belmont University
  • Dax Gomez, Career Services Director, Nossi College of Art
  • Claire Shapiro, Director of Human Resources, Rhodes College

With continued support and collaboration from institutions in Tennessee, the TN HERC plans to officially launch in September 2014. For more information about joining the TN HERC, contact Janet Rachel.

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Red Oak Relocation is HERC's newest corporate partner.  We connected with Red Oak's president, John Clough to learn more about the company and how its services benefit Higher Education Institutions.

1. If you had one word to describe what your company is all about, what is it? Partnership.  Red Oak Relocation is truly an extension of the HR department for the institutions we serve.  

2. What makes your service stand out in the higher education recruitment and retention field? We strongly believe that offering relocation services advances the effort of attracting recruits and that a successful relocation promotes increased employee retention.  

3. What is the tool or resource you provide to clients that wins you the most accolades? Our New Roots web-based relocation program complements our service by providing a secure site for employees to manage contacts, documents and expenses; and to upload receipts, download applicable tax forms, and more.

4. What is a trend you see in your field that affects higher education recruitment? Many relocation providers are moving away from servicing small volume move producers such as colleges and universities.  At the same time, more higher education institutions are recognizing the competitive value of offering relocation services to recruits.  

5. Does your company have any new initiatives or products that would be of interest to HERC members? Our New Roots program is unique in that it allows us to offer our services at no cost to HERC member institutions or their transferring employees.  We generate revenue when our service partners are utilized though using them is not required.

6. Why is partnering with HERC important to your company? Partnering with HERC allows us to remain current on the recruiting challenges that our clients face every day and provides the visibility to assist them.  

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HERC recently partnered with iRelaunch, a leading producer of career reentry programs, events, and content for employers, universities, organizations, and individuals. The mission of iReluanch is to help women and men relaunch their careers after a hiatus, and to help employers hire from the relatively untapped talent pool of women and men who are on career break.

iRelaunch’s signature product is the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, which is held annually in the fall in New York City, and brings together high-caliber, primarily female, professionals seeking to return to the workforce.

iRelaunch also creates customized career reentry programs and recruiting events for employers and recently launched a Jobs! page on the iRelaunch website.  For women and men seeking to relaunch their careers, in addition to the Conference and other events, iRelaunch offers a wealth of resources on the iRelaunch website, as well as an iRelaunch Return to Work Boot Camp workshop series led by a trained career coach.

iRelaunch was founded in 2007 by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, two Harvard Business School alumnae who co-authored Back on the Career Track: a Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms who Want to Return to Work. Carol and Vivian have presented their career reentry strategies to over 11,000 people at more than 165 events, both nationally and internationally, since 2006. They have nine children between them, and both returned to the workforce in different ways after multi-year career breaks.  Carol's return to work at investment firm Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. They are recognized experts in the career reentry space and are regularly quoted on the topic in the national press.

Recommended Links

1) “The 40-Year-Old Intern,” an article by Carol Fishman Cohen published in Harvard Business Review November 2012 and recognized as an “HBR Article That Changed the Way I Think” as part of HBR’s 90th Anniversary.

2) “Today” Show, January 4, 2013. Carol Fishman Cohen talks about internships for returning professionals.

3) “Today” Show, June 11, 2011. Carol Fishman Cohen advises relauncher Tracy Shapiro.

4) iRelaunch’s gallery of over 200 success stories, organized by industry and function.

5) iRelaunch’s Comprehensive List of Career-Reentry Programs Worldwide.

6) iRelaunch Research Report on Returning Professional Internship Programs: Abstract and Table of Contents

SCG TX HERC LogoThe South Central Gulf Texas (S-C-G TX) HERC held its fall 2013 membership conference at Lone Star College on November 15, 2013. The conference focused on diversity including the following: a Diversity Initiative Case Study, co-presented by David Cross, Director, Office of Institutional Equity, Houston Community College; Employing ABILITIES - ADA Update and Community Rehabilitation, presented by Alma Duldulao-Ybarra, Manager of Mission Services, Goodwill Houston; The 10 Commandments of Communicating with Someone Who Has a Disability, presented by Sandy Patton, Director of Disability Services, Lone Star College System; and Recruiting Veterans – The Texas Medical Center Approach, presented by Willie French, Director of Talent Acquisition, Methodist Hospital, Committee Chair, Texas Medical Center Veterans Recruitment Initiative.

Representatives attended from following member institutions: Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College System and its component campuses, MD Anderson, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M Central Texas, Texas A&M College Station, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, University of Houston Clear Lake, University of Houston Main Campus, University of Texas System, and Wharton County Junior College.

ABRCMS booth photo 2013

HERC booth a big success at 2013 Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Great foot traffic and interest in using HERC's job search tools with faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and more. Several dual-career couples were especially glad to learn about HERC's commitment to assisting dual-career couples find jobs within a commutable distance.

Pictured above: HERC's Executive Director, Nancy Aebersold, and Danielle N. McKeithen, BS, MPH, Doctoral Student of Biological Sciences at Clark Atlanta University.

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