Invitation to the Hybrid NCDA Event of 2022: the Global Career Development Conference

By Mary Ann Powell, NCDA Conference Director

Innovative Career Development Strategies to Embrace Change: Moving Forward with Resilience is the theme of the 2022 conference scheduled for June 27 – June 29. We can’t think of a better and more joyful location than hosting the NCDA Global Conference in Anaheim, California to celebrate our resilience and begin moving forward together and in-person!


Convened by the premier career development association for many years, the NCDA conference is an annual opportunity to learn, earn continuing education units, network, meet leaders in the association and the field, explore a vibrant city, and gain significant professional and personal resources for another year of service to clients, students, and ourselves. The collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations makes this three-day event (or four, if professional development institutes are added on) full of presentations, keynote sessions, constituency and committee meetings, receptions, and exhibitor interactions. Full details are posted on the NCDA conference website - visit www.ncdaconference.org for information on how to register, make reservations at the conference hotel, the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, become an exhibitor and much more.

Options for Flexibility and Resilience

The last two years have brought about many changes to how we work, including how we gather as a professional association. Zoom calls, webinars, virtual conferences, plans made then changed... it may feel overwhelming. To demonstrate resilience and accommodate all the changes, NCDA will be offering this year’s conference in new ways. Specifically, the NCDA Global Conference will be available to attendees in multiple formats.

In-Person Participation: Participants can choose to attend the event fully in-person June 27 – June 29 in sunny California at the beautiful Anaheim Marriott Hotel, located next to the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland. By attending in-person, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • earn 15 continuing education hours, more if you attend the in-person Professional Development Institutes,
  • see your colleagues and friends face-to-face,
  • enjoy sessions that are only available to in-person attendees,
  • learn about the latest trends in career development from approximately 150 different presentations,
  • hear from three well-known keynote speakers who will inspire and motivate,
  • interact with career development professionals from around the world,
  • network with premier career development vendors and see their latest products and offerings,
  • enjoy sunny California and all it has to offer.

Hybrid Participation: attend the event in-person AND access the virtual event. Hybrid means you can

  • enjoy all the benefits of the in-person conference,
  • access new sessions that are only available virtually,
  • earn 25 continuing education hours, more if you attend the in-person Professional Development Institutes,
  • network both in-person and virtually with the premier career development vendors and see their latest products and offerings,
  • enjoy the convenience of watching recorded sessions at your leisure for up to 90 days following the virtual conference.

Virtual Participation: Participants can choose to attend only the virtual event July 20-21, 2022 (note the date is later than the in-person conference). If you simply can’t make it to California due to travel restrictions, reduced budgets, or personal reasons, you can still gain access to amazing career development content. The virtual event allows you to:

  • earn 15 continuing education hours,
  • access to approximately 110 sessions, on-demand,
  • enjoy the recordings of the keynote speakers
  • view exclusive sessions – about 50 of the 110 sessions are only available to virtual attendees,
  • network with the premier career development vendors to see their latest products and offerings – you can even arrange virtual face-to-face meetings,
  • enjoy the convenience of watching recorded sessions at your leisure for up to 90 days following the virtual conference.


Quality Presentations

NCDA received over 220 proposals for presentations. From these, the conference program committee, chaired by Melissa Venable, had the difficult job of selecting the most valuable and unique to be a part of the conference. NCDA appreciates the extensive efforts of this committee (see members listed below). The NCDA President, Dr. Sharon Givens, personally selected the following keynote speakers:

Gregg BrownGregg Brown is a sought-after change and future-of-work strategist, author, and speaker who advises leaders and teams on how to lead and navigate the future of work, strategically and decisively. Gregg's interactive keynotes combine organizational psychology, behavioral science, change management, and talent development - with a healthy dose of humor - to help you create the best future of work for you and your team. He shows audiences that even in the midst of challenging situations, we can look for the opportunities that are available to serve our organization and the planet.
James Moore Dr. James L. Moore III is the vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at The Ohio State University, while serving as the first executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male. Additionally, Dr. Moore is the inaugural Education and Human Ecology (EHE) Distinguished Professor of Urban Education. Dr. Moore is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. He is frequently quoted, featured, or mentioned in popular publications such as The New York Times, Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. He has co-edited five books; has over 100 publications; obtained over $16 million in grants, contracts, and gifts; and given over 200 scholarly presentations throughout the U.S. and Internationally.
Scott PulsipherScott Pulsipher has served as President of Western Governors University, the nation’s premier nonprofit competency-based university, since April 2016, leading all academic, operational, and organizational functions. He cultivates a student-first environment by using technology and data to improve learning outcomes, graduation rates, employment, and overall student wellbeing. Prior to joining WGU, Scott led several technology-based, customer-focused businesses, including Amazon, Sterling Commerce (now part of IBM), and two successful startups that traverse retail, supply chain, banking, payments, and manufacturing sectors.


Professional Development Institutes

For those interested or needing more continuing education, NCDA offers the option to register for Professional Development Institutes (PDIs) for a more in-depth look into specific career topics. (PDIs require additional registration fees and are only offered in-person in Anaheim, CA.) The June 26 PDI options are listed here, with complete details posted online.

June 26, 2022, 7:45 am – 12:00 noon

PDI #1 Group Career Counseling: Principles and Practices
PDI #2 Finishing Strong: Tips and Tools for serving the 50+ Population
PDI #3 Military Culture and Its Impact on Career Development
PDI #4 CTE Student Success: Mitigating the Impact of Mental Health Conditions through the Development of Accommodations

June 26, 2022, 1:00 – 5:15 pm

PDI #5 Hands-on Tools for Career Counseling: Military Veterans
PDI #6 The Resilience Advantage: Careering through Times of Change
PDI #7 A Multigrade, Multimode, and Multisensory Exploration of K12 Career Development Learning


Career Development Vendor Connections

The NCDA Global Career Development Conference welcomes exhibitors and sponsors from public and private corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and professional associations who offer career-related products and services such as books, media, computer-based systems, assessment instruments, and online services. More details about in-person and virtual exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are posted on the conference's Exhibits webpage at www.ncdaconference.org or contact Alicia Cheek at acheek@ncda.org.


See you in Sunny Anaheim, CA

If professional development and networking are not enough to pull you from your desk, just think of Anaheim! It is in beautiful, southern California, the perfect place to get away and relax. The Anaheim Marriott Hotel will house all conference events. The hotel is ideally positioned for your enjoyment of

  • walking to the Anaheim GardenWalk, with restaurants and shopping;
  • Disneyland!
  • Downtown Disney with Disney-themed shopping and more restaurants;
  • a short drive to Los Angeles and several California beaches.

With abundant sunshine and average temps in the low 80s, you may want to bring your family and enjoy all that Anaheim has to offer.

Happy, Engaged, Learned Participants

Career development practitioners, facilitators, counselor educators, counselors, specialists, and more participate in the annual conference. Graduate students are very much welcomed and encouraged to attend. NCDA Board members, committee chairpersons, state career development association leaders, and honored award winners are all an active part of our conference. NCDA looks forward to seeing you and your career development contemporaries IN-PERSON and/or VIRTUALLY for the 2022 Global Career Development Conference.



Mary Ann Powell Mary Ann Powell has been the NCDA Conference Director for over 10 years, in addition to directing NCDA special projects for 20 years. Questions about the conference may be directed to mpowell@ncda.org





2022 Program Review Committee

Program Chair: Melissa Venable

Committee Members:



Al Ma'awali

Pennsylvania State University


Al Yafei

Qatar Finance and Business Academy



Penn State World Campus



University of Illinois Springfield



University of Arizona



Choice Career Counseling, LLC and Front Range Community College



The Next Step Career Coaching and Forsyth Technical Community College



Pennsylvania State University



The George Washington University



Cornell University



Richland Library



Pennsylvania State University



Rock Springs



Kennebuck Career and Wellness Counseling



Pennsylvania State University



Janae Hunderman Coaching, LLC



Global Career Guy



Florida State University



KauffmanNCareers, LLC



Pennsylvania State University



TAMER Saudi Arabia



Columbia College Chicago



Florida State University



Career Connector



WorkNet Solutions



Radford University



Florida State University



Pennsylvania State University



University of Wisconsin-Parkside



Radford High School, Radford, VA



Smithfield-Selma High School, Smithfield, NC



Tullier Consulting, LLC



Lee Hecht Harrison and Resume Illuminations, LLC



Turning Point Solutions



The Virginia Community College System



Lexington School District One, Lexington, SC



University of Alabama Birmingham



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