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 Recruiter Conference
May 4-5, 2023

Wondering how to shift your recruitment strategies to better reflect your company’s values and mission through our changing economic climate? Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging continue to be imperative and should be top of mind when working to recruit and retain early talent.

Join the University of Miami Toppel Career Center, students, faculty, and employer partners for 2 days of learning, collaborating, and discussing all things DEIB. Register here!

Day 1 

Breakfast: 9:00am - 9:30am 

Welcome & Introductions: 9:30 -10:00 am 
Ali Rodriguez, Executive Director 

Keynote Speaker: 10:00 - 10:50 am 
Four A’s of DEI Recruiting: Attract, Assess, Acquire, and Action
Jennifer Kaplan, Head of Campus and Diversity Recruiting at Schonfeld 

Fireside Chat: 11:00 am -12:15 pm 
Toppel’s very own Associate Dean and Executive Director, Christian Garcia, will be joined by keynote speaker Jennifer Kaplan and Bloomberg Campus Recruiter, Alexis Polanco. They will dive deeper into how you can develop more inclusive recruitment, onboarding, and retention strategies.  

Lunch: 12:15 – 1:30 pm  

Session on Student Mental Health: 1:30 -2:15 pm  
Led by Rene Monteagudo, Executive Director of the University of Miami Counseling Center  

Student & Faculty Panel: 2:30 – 4:00 pm 
Engage with UM students and faculty and discuss techniques to transform your recruitment strategy. 
Faculty Panelists:
-Mark Shapiro, JD, Professor of Professional Practice in Business Law and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Career Advancement at the Miami Herbert Business School
-Lokesh Ramamoorthi, Lecturer at the College of Engineering   
Student Panelists: 
-Justine Joseph, Senior Computer Engineering (Software)

Moderator: Maria Galli Stampino, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Miami 

Reception: 4:00-5:30 pm 
Wind down and network with UM students, faculty, and staff! 

Day 2

Miami Breakfast 8:30 – 9:00 am 

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

Guided Campus Tour: 9:15 - 9:45 am
Enjoy a guided campus tour and explore our campus. 

This Isn't Career Development, This is Rocket Fuel: 10:00 – 10:30 am 
Deep dive into the Toppel Career Center and how we support our mission of preparing students to make educated decisions as they explore the ever-changing landscape of careers. Presented by Toppel’s Keashla Marengo, Associate Director of Career Readiness, and Rachel Amezcua Bahadue, Assistant Director of Career Connections.  

Roundtable with Student Leaders: 10:30 am -12:00 pm 
Engage in a roundtable with University of Miami student leaders who will share their expertise and insight into the recruitment process.
- BJ Michelle Oke, Sophomore, Health Management & Policy
- Mary Gorski, Senior, Architecture
- Justin Valladares, Junior, Economics and Political Science  
- Rachel Bergeron, Senior, Biochemistry
- Ashley Chavarria, Sophomore, Accounting & Finance

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 Testimonials

"HireACane Academy allowed us to truly gain insight into what attracts candidates to the workforce."
Southern Glazers (SGWS)

"Connecting with other private sector and government employers was a big plus!" 

"Learning about the qualities that students look for in employers and actually hearing their concerns and feelings...that is priceless."
Ingram Micro

"HACA jumpstarted our recruitment efforts resulting in our ability to hire 17 University of Miami students into our intern and full-time campus programs."
Bank of America