Michigan Ross is looking forward to hosting ABSAP members this July for the annual ABSAP Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Enjoy three days of professional and social events that encourage information sharing on best practices from the various schools represented. Attendees are able to brainstorm ideas that provide a much-needed surge to go back to their respective campuses with a fresh approach to their profession.

Frequently asked questions on travel and more

When Should I Plan to Be in Ann Arbor?

Plan on arriving Tuesday, July 17th for registration, welcome, and a reception. We have programming that lasts through Friday morning, but if you're interested in exploring Ann Arbor, we encourage you to stay longer.

What topics will be discussed at this year's conference?

The planning committee is hard at work putting together speaker panels, moderated sessions and team presentations.  Below are topics that speakers are being sourced for:

  • Strategic Planning in Alumni Relations: What does this look like for your team?
  • Alumni Outreach: Do you communicate differently with alums based on different segments (degree, age  brackets, etc)?  What means of communication are you using for each?
  • Metrics & How are Schools Managing Success in Alumni Relations
  • Technology Breakout Sessions
  • Alumni Boards: How to Make them Effective
  • Tips & Tricks
    • What are you using to be effective and productive in your day-to-day work? 
    • What things do you do to help your team succeed?
  • The Intersection of Alumni Relations and Major Gifts: How to Partner Together to Meet Goals on Both Ends
  • Failures: They Happen
    • Failing fast and learning from the experience.
  • Connecting Students & Alumni: Student Management
  • Collaboration with other Internal Units
    • Career Services
    • Student Services
    • Annual Fund
    • University Partners
  • Successes
    • What have you implemented over the past year that has been extremely successful? 
    • What did you take away from ABSAP that you have implemented?


*Please note these may change based on speaker / panelist response.  A final schedule will be posted when complete.

What is the registration fee for 2018?

The registration fee is $450 per registrant.  Registration will be open soon- April 2018.

How do I get to/from the airport?

You are responsible for your own transportation to/from Detroit Metro Airport.

Detroit is a Delta airlines hub, but it is also served by most major airlines. It is a 35-minute drive from the U-M campus.

An Uber or Lyft ride from the airport to Ann Arbor typically cost $35-$45.  Taxis are also readily available at the airport.

There is a group ride share option through AirRide/Michigan Flyer, which offers one-way fare of $12. The bus picks up/drops off at the Blake Transit Center near central campus (about a 15-minute walk from Ross).



Where should I stay in Ann Arbor?

Hotel accommodations can be made at two local hotels.  The Executive Learning and Conference Center is located on the Michigan Ross campus and connected to the buildings our conference will take place in.  This is the hotel that our Executive Education and Executive MBA participants stay in when on campus for their courses.  Due to residencies for Executive Education we have about 20 rooms available for booking at the Executive Learning and Conference Center.  Please note that the hotel rooms are European boutique style and have one full bed in each room.  Please find hotel information below.

Hotel: Executive Learning and Conference Center

  • Address: 710 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
  • Reservations Phone #: 734-764-7677
  • Group Block Name: ABSAP Conference
  • Rate: $157 per night
  • Online Booking Link:  Book Your Room Here!

The second hotel option is at the Graduate Ann Arbor located on campus and a 15 - 20 minute walk to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Hotel: Graduate Ann Arbor

  • Address: 615 E Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Reservations Phone #: 734-769-2200
  • Group Block Name: ABSAP 2018 U of M
  • Rate: $199 per night (king beds and doubles available)
  • Online Booking Link: Book Your Room Here!

What should I wear?

Business casual attire is appropriate for our conference sessions. 

July tends to be rather warm, so plan on summer clothes for your Ann Arbor evenings!

What to do in Ann Arbor

Eat, play and stay in Ann Arbor!  In the evenings you will have some time to explore all that Ann Arbor has to offer.

EAT - From authentic Ethiopian to American classics Ann Arbor has a diverse international food scene.

PLAY - Explore the outdoors at the Arb, shop the unique stores of Kerrytown's historic market district or explore campus, there are plenty of things to do.

One block from Michigan Ross is a beloved establishment called Dominick's.  Known for its sangria and relaxed atmosphere Dominick's is popular place for all to unwind, and enjoy each others company.


Who is on the ABSAP 2018 Planning Committee?

This year the following ABSAP members are working to create a meaningful conference experience:

  • Katharine Burks, Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida
  • Susan Evans, Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Heather Hanson, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Caitlin Johnson, Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Samantha Johnson, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Andrew Krueger, Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington
  • Amber Perkins, Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
  • Meg Roundy, Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley
  • Katie Thomasson, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
  • Kaitlin Walukonis, Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland
  • Emily Williams, MIT Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Who's Coming?

Here is the list of registered attendees:

  • Angela Blunden, Associate Director of Alumni Career Development, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Cindy Charlesworth, Associate Director, Yale School of Management
  • Wendy Correll, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement & Development, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Erin Fisher, Associate Director of Student & Young Alumni Programs, Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Cara Hanelin, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Stanford Graduate School of Business 
  • Caitlin Johnson, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Tracy McCabe, Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago
  • Tawnee Milko, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Angel Valentine, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • Amber Watkins, Director of Alumni Relations, Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
About This Event

July 17-20, 2018


Ann Arbor, MI


Stephen M. Ross School of Business
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Questions? Please email Caitlin Johnson at mcclungc@umich.edu