HireACane Academy

Student Panel at HireACane Academy
Audience engaged at HireACane Academy
Fireside chat at HireACane Academy

HireACane Academy (HACA) is Toppel’s recruiter conference and retreat where recruiters come together to discuss critical topics and recruiting trends. Employers and UM representatives create interactive presentations, and faculty and students share their expertise and insight into the recruiting process.  Past topics include diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruiting, branding your organization on campus, faculty engagement, and more. 

HireACane Academy: Bold Moves
May 5-6, 2022

If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that Bold Moves are necessary! HireACane Academy (HACA) is the University of Miami's annual recruiter conference and retreat, hosted by the Toppel Career Center. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from UM faculty, staff and student leaders to understand the full scope of on-campus and hybrid recruitment. Participate in an Employer Showcase with our student leaders, and gain one-of-a-kind insight and valuable tips on building your recruitment strategy. This setting will provide a unique outlook on the future of hiring and innovative ways to recruit at the U!

Join us on the beautiful University of Miami campus for a day and a half of engaging and bold sessions! 

May 5, 2022 

Welcome & Introductions: 10:00 -10:30 am
Ali Rodriguez, Executive Director

Fireside Chat: Making Campus Connections: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Light a flame and get your burning questions on the student experience answered, from admission to matriculation and graduation.

Moderator: Christian Garcia, Associate Dean & Executive Director, Toppel Career Center


  • Maria Stampino, Dean of Undergraduate Affairs 
  • Kennedy Robinson, Assistant Director, Programs, Multicultural Student Affairs 
  • Nate Crozier, Assistant Vice President, Undergraduate Admissions and Marketing 

Toppel Jeopardy - Recruiter Edition: 12:00-12:30 pm
Test your skills and knowledge on recruiting at the U hosted by our very own Toppel staff!

Lunch: 12:30 -1:15 pm 

Bold, Bolder, Boldest - A NACE Perspective: 1:15-2:15 pm
David Ong, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, at MAXIMUS and President of NACE will share data from the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) on hybrid recruiting, equity issues, and the future of hiring.

Day 2 Employer Showcase Preparation: 2:15-2:30 pm 
Learn more about our Employer Showcase and get ready for Day 2.

Faculty Panel & Breakout Sessions: 2:30 - 3:55 pm
Engage with UM faculty and discuss techniques to adapt your recruitment strategy.

Reception: 4:00-5:00 pm
Wind down and network with UM faculty and staff!

May 6, 2022

Welcome & Opening Activity: 9:00 - 9:15 am

Guided Campus Tour:
9:15 am-10:15 am
Enjoy a guided campus tour and explore our campus.

Employer Showcase with Student Leaders: 10:15 am-11:55 am
Engage in a roundtable with student leaders followed by an opportunity to showcase the bold moves your organization is making in recruiting. You will also get concrete feedback to enrich your approach to recruiting at the U!

Closing: 12:00 pm


  • 2 Day Corporate: $249
  • 1 Day Corporate $199
  • 2 Day Government/Non-Profit: $199
  • 1 Day Government/Non-Profit: $149

Employer Testimonial

“One of the best resources for a campus recruiter is partnering with career services. Toppel goes above and beyond with HireACane Academy. HACA 2020 gave me the opportunity to hear from not only career services, but faculty, students, and other campus recruiters. HACA jumpstarted our recruitment efforts resulting in our ability to hire 17 University of Miami students into our intern and full-time campus programs. We are looking forward to attending again this year to gear-up for another successful season!”

  • Rachel Johnson, Bank of America and Recruiter of the Year (2021 Toppel Awards)