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
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!
MCDA President 2015-2016
by Carolyn R. Owens
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
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.
Sincerely,Carolyn R. Owens
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
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.
you would like to learn more about the US Culture Challenge, contact
Caitlin at email@example.com, and if you want to know more about the Core
Competencies Model, contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com with questions, comments or concerns.