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Fall 2021 Conference

Career Development After Covid

Friday, October 22, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:00am & 2:00pm - 4:00pm (MT) | Virtual

Conference Schedule

 9:00am   Welcome Remarks
 9:05am - 10:00am   Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sharon Givens

 10:05am - 11:00am

   Creative Career Conversations (small group discussions)
 11:00am - 2:00pm   Lunch & Extended Break
 2:00pm - 2:55pm   Breakout Session (select one of three)
 3:00pm - 4:00pm   Keynote Speaker: Kevin Glavin, PhD, LPC

Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Address (9:00am - 10:00am)

Dr. Sharon Givens

CEO & Director of Visions Counseling and Career Center LLC

Dr. Sharon Givens

In addition to being a therapist, Dr. Givens is a life coach, career counselor and a prominent career development consultant that has presented at global and national conferences speaking on the topics of self concept, career exploration and integrating mental health and career development. Sharon is also the new President of the National Career Development Association, the largest career development association in the world.

Session Description

The current context under the threat of COVID19 is causing a series of transformations in the different spheres of social, educational, political, labor and economic life. Specifically, in the paradigm shift that is assuming the transfer from face-to-face to online to an invasion of artificial intelligence. Career development professionals must adapt to the new l modalities.

The presentation will explore ways career development professionals can strive to develop innovative strategies that foster forward-thinking and recognize the importance of staying nimble. By acquiring knowledge and ideas from cutting edge of career development practices and research, maintaining a willingness to experiment, and committing to listening closely to constituents, this can ensure that they receive the optimal service they deserve.

Afternoon Keynote Address (3:00pm - 4:00pm)

Kevin Glavin, PhD, LPC

Founder & CEO of "Create Your Why"

Dr. Glavin works as a career coach, consultant, and educator. He teaches career counseling for Nova Southeastern University in Florida, USA. Dr. Glavin holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as degrees in Business Information Technology, Math, and Economics.

Session Description

A global pandemic and a business world now commonly described as VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous have ushered in a new world of work. Workers are having to adapt to a paradigm shift where “The future is not what it used to be” (Yogi Berra). When faced with ambiguous situations we need a ‘model’ to determine how we should react. Join us to learn a powerful 15-minute career intervention using the role model question from the Career Construction Interview, which can be used to help individuals develop adaptive strategies, hope, and resilience in the face of transition.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will occur from 2:00pm - 2:55pm. Attendees will be able to select one of the three concurrent sessions below:

The Pathway to Quality Jobs

Presented by Bobbie Wolfe (Career Pathways Associate, CWDC) & Thomas Hartman (Talent Development Consultant, CWDC)

A facilitated conversation using Colorado's Job Quality Framework and leveraging competency based career pathways that will enhance career conversations.

We will share Colorado's Job Quality Framework and information about the platform, My Colorado Journey.

Employment Coaching for New Americans Amidst Uncertain Times

Presented by Allie Needham (Adult Education Program Coordinator/Lead Career Coach, Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning)

New Americans represent a disproportionate amount of frontline workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, often in positions of intense physical demands such as housekeeping or stocking (Center for Economic and Policy Research). According to a 2021 report by Urban Institute, “51.8% of immigrant adults in low-income immigrant families reported that the pandemic negatively affected their or a family member’s employment.” Many of these frontline workers are now suffering from the virus’s long-term health effects, forcing numerous individuals to leave labor-intensive work for the unknown. Over the past year, Spring Institute has assisted many individuals suffering from the effects of the pandemic with employment navigation.

This presentation will outline Spring Institute’s efforts to support immigrant career pathways over the course of the pandemic through career coaching services. The presenter will share an overview of the career coaching program, follow the story of a former client, and engage participants in sample skills-based methods and coaching strategies used to support career transitions of New Americans from labor intensive jobs into sustainable, growing career pathways.

The presentation slides and additional links to materials used during the presentation will be shared electronically after the session (no paper handouts/materials will be shared).

Master Storytelling for Job Interviews

Presented by Danielle Menditch Roessle, LCSW, GCDFI, CCSP (Founder, Inner Compass Coach), Keith Bailey (Co-Founder, Articulated Intelligence) & Alyce Blum, CPC, ICF, iPEC (Co-Founder, Articulated Intelligence)

In our post-pandemic world, creating connections quickly in a virtual setting has become more important than ever before. We know that stories create connections and help job interviewees stand out and get hired. Yet when many of our clients get in the hot seat, they struggle with what to say and try to memorize their responses.

During this interactive and virtual session, Inner Compass Coach and Articulated Intelligence will share their gamified and easy to learn system to search, shape and share relevant career stories during job interviews.

During this session, you will learn:

    • How the With 1 Word® story game helps your clients find the most relevant stories for their interviews
    • How to guide your clients in mapping out their career stories in a concise, specific, and memorable format
    • A technique to help your clients move away from memorization to one word associations, while allowing their authenticity to come through

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