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MCDA and NCC’s Career Development Conference

Friday, April 26 | In-Person | @ Normandale Community College

Check-in begins at 8 a.m.  Program at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the MCDA & Normandale Community College GCDF 


Keynote Speaker – Jeremy Schifeling, “ChatGTP for Career Coaches”

Jeremy is a job search expert, national speaker, and bestselling author. His presentation will focus on the AI tool ChatGPT and how career coaches can utilize and leverage its capabilities for identifying a career path, building resumes/cover letters, and interviewing prep. 


Expert Panel – “Resilience and Renewal: Career Coaching the Experienced Workforce”

George Dow, Denise Felder, Kate Schaefers, and Mary Jo Schifsky will share practical advice, anecdotes, and strategies to empower older workers in their journey towards resilience and renewal in the ever-evolving career landscape. Rebecca Dordel will moderate the panel.


Breakout Sessions

The event will feature two sets of breakout sessions, allowing you to delve into a choice of topics including:

Navigating Career and Personal Well-Being

2. Putting Your “Counselor Feet” into a Client’s Shoes

3. Navigating Career Shocks

4. What Employers Want in A Job Candidate

5. Generative AI: Tool for Equity

6. Firing Up Client Motivation Through Neuroscience

7. Professional Development for Hiring Organization Recruiters by the University


World Café Experience 

Facilitated by Vic Massaglia and Rachel Nihart, you will engage in a sharing and learning methodology designed to explore topics from various perspectives, foster inclusive conversations, and create new connections among participants. 


Cap Off the Day’s Experience - Connect with Your Peers

At the end of the day, network with career colleagues and indulge in delightful desserts and tasty charcuterie where you are sure to elevate your spirits and replenish your energy!


Additional Information

Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served midday.

CEU’s will be awarded for this conference.


Registration Fees and Membership Options

  • $59 Current MCDA Members (must login in top left corner)

  • $49 Students, Retirees 

  • $89 Non-MCDA Members

Members! Login as a member (top left corner) to access registration form and reduced prices


Consider being an MCDA member 

  • $70 Annually for Regular Membership

  • $35 for Graduate Students and Retirees


Great Savings!

  • If you become a member or renew prior to and register for the conference, your total cost for membership and the conference is $70 + $59 = $129 (a $30 saving on the membership fee) 

    • If you become a member as a retiree, student or professional in transition, your total cost for membership and the conference is $35 + $49 = $84


MEMBERS -  login in the top left corner to access registration form and reduced prices. 

NON MEMBERS - use the "Register Now" button BELOW 

All payments must be made via credit card