Colorado Career 
   Development Association

Conference Concluded

Our Fall 2022 Conference has concluded.

Attendees, please check your email for a post-conference survey and resources shared from breakout sessions.

Fall 2022 Conference

Finding Hope in Times of Uncertainty
Featuring Keynote Speaker Gregg Levoy

Friday, October 21, 2022 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | Virtual (Zoom)

Conference Schedule


 9:00am   President's Welcome
 9:15am - 10:00am   Keynote Session with Gregg Levoy · The Call of Uncertain Times 
 10:00am - 10:45am   Keynote Discussion Groups 
 10:45am - 11:00am   Short Break 
 11:00am - 12:30pm   Workshop with Gregg Levoy 
  
 12:30pm - 1:30pm   Lunch Break 
  
 1:30pm - 2:20pm   Breakout Session (select one of two)
 2:20pm - 2:30pm   Short Break 
 2:30pm - 3:20pm   Breakout Session (select one of two)
 3:20pm - 3:30pm   Closing Remarks 

Keynote Session & Speaker

Invitation to CCDA's Fall 2022 Conference featuring Gregg Levoy. Gregg is pictured and a stock photo of snowy mountains is in the background.

Session Description

Friction is a fundamental property of nature and nothing grows without it—not mountains, not pearls, not people. It's the capacity and willingness to be shaken up that ironically is the key to growth. And these past few years of upheaval— pandemic, political, financial, vocational—have offered us an AP class in getting shaken up.

The CCDA Fall Conference of 2022 keynote is about using that insight to your advantage, that same wisdom which undergirds every coronavirus vaccine and the entire science of immunology: we introduce a little chaos into the system in order to strengthen it, shake it up in order to help it evolve.

Through self-reflective questions, sharing, discussion, and small-group work, you'll explore how your own life and work might grow and evolve as a result of the friction of these uncertain and opportune times, and what they're calling-for from you. It might be a reset of some kind, a passion that's been given an entrance cue, a new creative or professional venture, or a deeper course-correction in your priorities.

Some of the questions you'll explore:

  • How have these uncertain times impacted you, for better and worse?
  • What wants to emerge or awaken?
  • How adept are you at “trusting the universe”?
  • What is your relationship to “falling up”—the phenomenon of setbacks leading to breakthroughs?
  • How do you ground yourself amidst turmoil?

As the novelist Wendell Berry says, “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”


Presenter Bio

Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group and a text in various graduate programs in Management and Organizational Leadership—and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), is the former “behavioral specialist” at USA Today, and a current blogger for Psychology Today.

He has Keynoted at the CCDA Conference, NCDA Conference, International Association of Career Management Professionals Conference, National Association of Colleges and Employers Conferences, International Coach Federation, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Conference on Positive Aging, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, and others, and has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

Keynote Discussion Groups & Keynote Workshop

Keynote Discussion Groups will occur after the Keynote from 10:00am – 10:45am. These will be facilitated small groups to connect with other professionals and discuss your keynote takeaways before returning to a follow-up session with Gregg Levoy.

In the follow-up workshop (11:00am – 12:30pm), Gregg will share strategies to implement the concepts from his Keynote in both our personal lives and in our work with clients.

Breakout Sessions

There are two sets of breakout sessions occurring from 1:30pm – 2:20pm, then 2:30pm – 3:20pm. Attendees will be able to select one of the two concurrent sessions from each group; attending two breakout sessions, total.


Breakout Group 1 · 1:30pm – 2:20pm

  • Why Self-Care Matters in Your Life & the Life of Your Clients
    Presented by Mark Danaher

In a world where nothing stops and everything is open and accessible 24/7, the human race is burning the candle at both ends. Sit back and relax as you experience and learn simple ways to incorporate self-care incorporate your work and personal life. Each participant will walk away with a handout of 50 different ways to take a moment and care for themselves. This can be shared with their clients.

At the end of this interactive session, all participants will be able to:

  • Define what self-care is
  • Describe what self-care practices they are already using
  • Describe new self-care practices
  • Describe the benefits of incorporating daily self-care practice in their lives
  • Describe ways to share these self-care practices with their clients.
  • A Glimpse Inside the Therapy Room & Career-Related Topics that Surface There
    Presented by Maggie Graham
Ever wonder what happens when you refer clients to a therapist to explore issues that seem outside your scope? Where’s the line between what’s appropriate for you to support and explore with clients and the content that belongs in the hands of mental health professionals? The answers may surprise you, liberate you, and give you confidence about what fits well within your lane. Together we’ll draw a clear line, delve into anecdotes that protect clients’ privacy while offering you clear insight into what surfaces in the therapy room and how clients find hope and healing there.


Breakout Group 2 · 2:30pm – 3:20pm

  • Retire with Meaning: Helping Your Clients (or Yourself) with the First Steps Toward a Fulfilling Retirement
    Presented by Larry Dutmer
Over 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the US. Many have made financial plans for retirement but few have considered what it takes to experience fulfillment in this new stage of life. This session is a look at some of the critically important, often overlooked, non-financial aspects of retirement. You will learn some vital topics to discuss with your clients who are approaching retirement.
  • Hot Pink Mac n Cheese: The Hidden Ingredients of Career Development
    Presented by Claire Benton & Laura Novak
Ever add spinach to a smoothie, zucchini to a batch of cookies, or beets to make a dish pop with color? Within career development, there is the opportunity to incorporate new or unlikely “ingredients” into familiar concepts like career exploration and job search. Ingredients such as self-awareness, emotional intelligence, imagination, perspective, growth mindset, connection, and hope can fuel a job search, engage and inspire a job seeker, build resilience and confidence, and enable someone to move forward within their career journey. Join Claire Benton and Laura Novak from Workforce Boulder County to explore some of these unlikely ingredients and learn prompts and activities that you can add into your current career services to add that hot pink color pop!

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