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The MCDA Wellspring July, 2015


President’s Letter

By Susan Gordon


Newly elected MCDA President greets the new

team and asks for your feedback.

Link to President's Letter

Welcome to the 2015-2016 MCDA Officers!

By Carolyn R. Owens


Outgoing President welcomes new officers and encourages you to stay in touch.

 Link to Carolyn's Letter

Presenting at the MCDA  Conference: Reflections

By Caitlin Magidson and Rebecca Bonco


Two career coaches share their thoughts on being first-time presenters at the MCDA Conference.

Link to Reflections

MBA CSEA Global Conference: Highlights

By Krasi Shapkarova


Insights and information learned at the 2015 MBA CSEA Global Conference in Dallas, TX.

Link to CSEA Conference Highlights

NCDA Annual Conference


A shout-out to MCDA members attending the conference in Denver, CO.

Link to NCDA 

Looking for Newsletter Contributions

By Krasi Shapkarova


Call for newsletter submissions.

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President's Letter

by Susan Gordon



It is a true joy to begin my presidency of the Maryland Career Development Association. I've been a career counselor for 20 years now, and I began my affiliation with MCDA around the beginning of this career- so I have a long history of membership and participation with the board. This is a great association with a mission to provide professional development opportunities to career development professionals; I am honored to lead this organization.

I want to take a moment to thank our now Past-President, Carolyn Owens, for her year and half of service as president. Carolyn has deftly led us through the planning of two very successful conferences, while looking ahead toward the future goals of MCDA. I look forward to continuing her legacy. Many thanks to Carolyn.

I welcome to the board our President-Elect, Ronda Anstad. Ronda is a career consultant with a particular interest in non-profits and international development. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Ronda just completed a doctorate in management from the University of Maryland. Welcome, Ronda!

Many thanks as well to our continuing officers, Maria Schaeffer as treasurer and Rebecca Benner as secretary. It takes all hands to keep our association moving forward, and without the contributions of these ladies and all of our board members, we could not provide the events and conferences our members enjoy.

Looking ahead to the next year, I will be leading the board through strategic planning. Overarching questions for the year will be:

·     Who are we and how do we meet the needs of various constituents? Our members include GCDFs,  career counselors and coaches, and more.

·     How do we meet the needs of members across our geographically large state? 

·     How do we continue to maintain and grow MCDA as a strong association?

If you have thoughts about any of the above questions, let me know by emailing gordonMCDA@gmail.com. MCDA is a member-driven organization, and as such I deeply want to hear your thoughts.

As we enter the new fiscal year, we are in good shape. We have strong resources, both financially and through member engagement. Stay tuned to learn more about upcoming events and the spring conference. 

I look forward to working for and with the members of MCDA!

Best regards,


MCDA President 2015-2016


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Welcome to the 2015-2016 MCDA Officers!

by Carolyn R. Owens

Dear colleagues,


It is with great pleasure that I announce to you the 2015 - 2016 MCDA Officers:

President Susan Gordon

President-Elect, Ronda Ansted 

Secretary, Rebecca Benner

Treasurer, Maria Schaeffer

Immediate Past President  - Carolyn R. Owens


It has been an honor to serve as President of such an outstanding association. I look forward to providing continued support in my role as Immediate Past President over the next year. I encourage you to consider getting involved by becoming a member if you are not one already, serving on a committee and/or by attending events starting with a kick-off networking event in the fall (look for an announcement about the event later this year). If you are not already doing so, follow MCDA on social media at: Twitter - https://twitter.com/MCDAssoc, Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MDcareers, and LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Maryland-Career-Development-Association-38105

Thank you for all your support and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.


Carolyn R. Owens


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Presenting at the MCDA Conference: Reflections

by Caitlin Magidson and Rebecca Bonco


It was such a pleasure to contribute to MCDA this year as first-time presenters at the annual conference that took place in April. Both of us had attended the conference the past two years and were impressed by the opportunity to share best practices and network with those in the profession on a local level. The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has been working on exciting initiatives to adapt to the needs of incoming international students and we learned a lot this year; we were ready to share!

We uncovered our “Core Competency Model” which focuses on 9 core competencies, or skills, that employers in today’s global job market are looking for: adaptability, communication, creativity, emotional intelligence, ethics, leadership, professionalism, resilience, and self-understanding. We talked about the growing need for students to build these skills through experiential learning and introduced the US Culture Challenge, a roadmap of activities that targets the enhancement of each of these core competencies.


In addition, we shared our story of a start-up Career Development team that has grown in size and developed a new philosophy to guide our work so that it aligns with recent trends. We want to be part of the education students need to be successful in a global job market and believe that through transformational coaching and programming we can be guides in professional development.


We were grateful to have attendees in our session from various universities and areas of the field and appreciated the positive feedback. If we were to do it again? We’d be in two places at once so we could enjoy the concurrent presentations!

Thanks to MCDA and conference organizers, we were able to share takeaways from this past year and invite the professional community to consider how they might prepare the international students to immerse themselves in a new culture to launch successful careers.

If you would like to learn more about the US Culture Challenge, contact Caitlin at cmagids1@jhu.edu, and if you want to know more about the Core Competencies Model, contact Rebecca at rbonco1@jhu.edu.


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MBA CSEA Global Conference 2015: Highlights

by Krasi Shapkarova


Last week, 10 members of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Career Development team attended the 2015 MBA CSEA Global Conference and spent four days connecting with career professionals and employers from across the country and the world. The conference took place in Dallas, TX--one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States.

The amount of information presented and learned at the conference was astounding, and here are a few highlights.

  • Stacy Donovan Zapar, a 16-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 tech companies, shared data and insights on Zappos’ quite successful Insider program, a proactive sourcing/talent pipeline model that eliminated job postings for most positions. During her talk, she emphasized that the insider program helps the company hire both for aptitude and attitude; in fact, culture fit is 50% of the equation.
  • Ashley Goodall, Director of Leadership Development at Deloitte Services LP, spoke about evaluating talent. After much research, Deloitte found that top performing teams share three characteristics: (1) team members have a chance to use their strengths every day; (2) team members are enthusiastic about the organization’s mission; and (3) each team member knows what is expected of him/her. Top leaders meet with their team members for regular check-ins that are strengths-based and are changing the conversation from “what you are doing wrong” to “what you are great at doing.”
  • Speaker, author, and executive coach Sara Canaday reflected on the difference between who you think you are and how others see and experience you. She identified strategies to help people enhance their professional reputation and those include boosting self-awareness, getting feedback, and closing the gap between what you want to be as a professional and where you are now.
  • Craig Fisher, CEO of TalentNet, shared tips on how best to present your professional self online. What he highlighted is that people often remember you as a person so it is important to add a bit about yourself on your professional online profile. Love photography? Perhaps a display of your work on LinkedIn can give viewers a glimpse of who you are outside the office.
  • Best-selling author and technology entrepreneur Ben Casnocha pointed out the currently broken employee-employer relationship and discussed solutions as outlined in his recent book, The Alliance. He suggests that employees should be viewed as allies on a "Tour of Duty" who trust that employers will respect their independence. He also indicated that one of the most transformational ways in which an employer can help employees is not by giving them new titles but by introducing them to a valuable network of influencers in the field.

The above represents a small sample of the remarkable content featured at the packed and engaging conference. The platter, both the metaphorical and literal one (Did I mention the delicious food of Texas?), was quite full and I am pretty certain we all came out of the event with a few added pounds and a lot of valuable knowledge.



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 NCDA Annual Conference


Today is the last day of the NCDA Annual Conference taking place in the beautiful Denver, CO and we would like to give a shout-out to the Marylanders representing MCDA. Congratulations to Janet Wall, who has been named an NCDA Fellow, and Diana Bailey, who won a Merit Award for her significant contributions to the field of career development.


You make us proud!

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 Looking for Newsletter Contributions
by Krasi Shapkarova, MCDA Newsletter Editor


Greetings MCDA colleagues!

I hope your summer is off to a good start. As we prepare for a new and exciting year, and learn more about who we are and who our constituents are, it would be of great advantage to all of us if we share insights, tips, and recommendations about best practices we come across on a regular basis. 

If you are interested (and I hope all of you are!), check out the submission guidelines here and/or email me directly at k.shapkarova@jhu.edu with questions, comments or concerns.


Krasi Shapkarova


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