We’re Back! Career, Community, & Connection In Person
This year's spring conference is a special one as it will be the first in-person CCDA event since 2019. We cannot wait to gather from across the state, catch up with friends we haven't seen face-to-face in years, and make new connections! As much as we've all been deeply thankful that virtual events have been an option, there's a connectedness that's simply not as attainable across the zoom screen and we're thrilled to experience it again. We would love to see you in Longmont on April 14th for a day to connect, learn together from three experts in their fields, and sharpen/encourage one another as fellow career practitioners in Colorado!
The conference will consist of four major elements (bios and content details below):
- We will enjoy a keynote and workshop by Marie Zimenoff, a highly respected career thought leader who has been contributing valuable content to our discipline for years. She will speak and provide training around the topic, "Career Choice and Change: New Models for the Future of Work."
- We will have the privilege to hear from an NCDA board member, Dr. David Julius Ford, who has incredible insight about serving minoritized populations and incorporating DEI efforts into the work that we do. He will provide training about Critical Race Theory and its implications for career development work.
- We will receive an update about career development in the state of Colorado and how the state's efforts could benefit the demographics we serve. The update will be delivered by Lauren Jones, a program director in Career & Technical Education (CTE) in the Colorado Community College System.
- We will connect with fellow career practitioners to share best practices, problem-solve, and encourage one another in this beautiful (and demanding) work that we do.
A full agenda will be disseminated in the coming months, but please plan for a 8:30am-3:30pm event. Coffee will be available in the morning, lunch will be provided, and parking free. Register by March 27th for an early bird rate and either become a CCDA member or renew your membership for a significantly discounted membership price.
Reach out to Amy Kozlarek (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about registration. For membership queries, email Nena Davis (email@example.com).
Training Details & Speaker Bios
Career Choice & Change: New Models for the Future of Work
Recent research from Dell indicates that 80% of the jobs available in 2030 have not been invented yet. New ways of working, novel career options, and rapid technology adoption demand an evolution of proven career tools to serve clients better today and help them plan careers for a largely unknown future.
In this data-driven keynote, we'll uncover the forces behind these shifts, including technology, and predictions we can use to better guide clients in career planning today and beyond. We'll also look at new research guiding corporate programs in purposeful work and skills-based hiring that we can use as models to adapt the traditional career development frameworks.
During the hands-on workshop, participants will have an opportunity to experience and integrate practical tools they can use with clients tomorrow to figure out their next career step while setting a foundation to adapt in a fast-changing future. Together, we'll explore tools to guide career choice, enable career change without starting over, evaluate trending remote and freelance work options, bring structure aligned with neuroscience to goal setting, and tap into the power of positive psychology to manage constant change in our future careers.
Marie Zimenoff knows career services have the power to change lives. She began her career as an advisor and recruiter in higher education while completing her M.Ed. in Human Resource Studies and Career & Counseling Development. In 2008—the peak of the Great Recession—Marie left the university to start her business. Inspired by a passion for making a difference in the industry, as CEO of Career Thought Leaders and Resume Writing Academy, she trains career professionals around the globe in resume writing, career coaching, and business development. She has delivered hundreds of career and leadership development programs, designed curricula, and provided staff training in workforce, corrections, university, community college, and business environments. She has been quoted in Forbes, Fast Company, Dice, Yahoo!, MarketWatch, and other regional and national news outlets on careers topics and hosts a weekly radio show, The Career Confidante, on VoiceAmerica radio.
Critical Race Theory and its Implications for Counseling and Counselor Education
Dr. David Julius Ford
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a buzzword and highly politicized. The teaching of CRT has been attacked and banned via legislation in P12 and Higher Education settings. The purpose of this workshop is to explain CRT’s origins, what CRT is, how it relates to government structures, where it is taught, how it relates to Counseling and Counselor Education.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
Understand the history of CRT
Understand what CRT is and what it is not
Understand the legal and ethical implications of CRT
Understand how it impacts the counseling profession in general and in various settings
Understand how it impacts counselor education and supervision
Dr. Ford's Bio:
David Julius Ford, Jr., holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, both from Wake Forest University. In May 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University. Dr. Ford is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in North Carolina and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and New Jersey. He is a Board-Certified Counselor (NCC) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Ford taught for four years at James Madison University and is now a Tenured Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University, where he is in his fifth-year teaching.
Dr. Ford’s professional interests are Black Greek life; multicultural issues; college students; Black men in higher education; career counseling; addictions counseling; supervision; group work; qualitative research; queer and trans BIPOC; Intersectionality; and persons living with HIV/AIDS. He has experience as an instructor for undergraduate human services courses and has taught graduate courses in counseling skills, multicultural counseling, career counseling, testing and assessment, clinical mental health counseling, addictions counseling, practicum supervision, lifespan development, and group counseling. He has also taught a doctoral-level dissertation course and a doctoral-level course in grant-writing and program evaluation and advanced theories. Dr. Ford is a classically trained pianist and is a proud, active, and financial member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. As an undergraduate, he had the privilege of taking a class taught by the late Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Ford currently lives in Ocean, New Jersey.