A State Chapter of the
National Career Development Association (NCDA)


Upcoming events

    • Friday, March 16, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Emory University

    GCDA Mini-Conference

    "Reimagining Career Development: New Trends and Best Practices"

    An all day professional development opportunity for career development professionals.


    Friday, March 16, 2018


    Check-In: 8 a.m.


    Emory University Goizueta Business School

    1300 Clifton Road

    Atlanta, GA 30322

    Free parking on site is available for all attendees. Directions to parking deck may be found here.


    4.5 Expected


    Through February 9:

    Members: $130

    Non-members: $145

    Students: $50

    After February 9:

    Members: $145

    Non-members: $170

    Students: $50

    New member special: $119 -- Renew or begin a new GCDA membership and get a discounted rate for the Conference! After renewing or joining, please email kdewald@uga.edu to verify your membership. You will then receive a special promo code to sign up with.

    All prices include breakfast, lunch, parking, and CEUs

    About the Keynote

    Reimagining Career Development: Helping our clients move forward in their career transition  

    This interactive and video enhanced presentation will engage participants to examine their own career transitions as they evaluate tips, tools and techniques useful in helping clients navigate a lifetime of transitions.

    About the Speaker

    Rich Feller Ph.D (richfeller.com) has served as NCDA President, consultant to NASA, UN, NFL, AARP, and international and small companies. Lead trainer for the JCTC/JCDC Coach Certificate held by 8K coaches (http://www.careernetwork.org/Training-Certification-2.cfm ) , and Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University he’s co-authored 3 books, 6 film series, and the Who You Are Matters! (onelifetools.com) game. Chief Scientist to www.youscience.com and thought leader for www.lifereimagined.org he’s presented in all 50 States and on six continents.  

    Conference Schedule at a Glance

     Check-in, Breakfast, Introductions:   8:00AM-9:00AM
    • Dr. Rich Feller: "Reimagining Career Development: Helping Our Clients Move Forward in Their Career Transition:
     Break/Networking:   10:30AM-10:45AM
     Breakout Session #1 (choose one)
    • Andrea Holyfield: "The Career Coaches Guide to Modeling Effective Networking
    • Kim Meredith and Lanie Damon: "Enhancing Professional Identity: How We Practice Our Own Career Development"
     Lunch  11:45PM-12:45PM
     Breakout Session #2 (choose one)
    • John Long: "Coaching Interventions for a More Mindful Career"
    • Tamara M. Allen: "Entertain to Retain: Creative Approaches to Career Services Presentations"
     Break/Networking  1:45PM-2:00PM
     Breakout Session #3
    • Dr. Rich Feller

     Closing and Conference Adjourns  3:00PM

    Program Details

    Coaching Interventions for a More Mindful Career

    John Long

    Summary: Offer your students/clients a practical path to a more mindful career journey — whether they are just starting out in the working world, in a mid-career change, or even aiming to retire and do something entirely different. Provide very real-world guidance that your students/clients can put into practice immediately, while helping them be mindful of the process of positive change.

    Learning Objectives:

    Help your clients/students to shift their mindset and become more mindful of the value in...

    1. Nurturing and communicating a distinct brand,

    2. Exploring options to define and target better, best fit career roles, and

    3. Embracing a growth mindset to continue learning and evolving from one career role to the next.

    Bio: John is a professional coach, university instructor and program facilitator. His private coaching practice has offices in Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL. John specializes in career and life coaching, and is the author of the August ‘17 book, Career Judo – The Martial Art for the Mindful Career. He also teaches undergraduate courses in education, human services and psychology. John is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he completed an educational specialist degree with a major in counseling and educational psychology. He also holds a master of science degree with a concentration in career development. His professional credentials include: Board Certified Coach, Certified Master of Career Services, Certified Career Services Provider, Global Career Development Facilitator, Certified MBTI Practitioner, and qualified Strong Interest Inventory Practitioner. John’s work with students and clients takes a strengths-based approach blended with elements of positive psychology and solution focused change.

    John has been a contributor to NCDA’s Career Convergence and Career Developments publications and has presented at multiple NCDA Annual Global Conferences. John currently serves on the NCDA Credentialing Commission and the NCDA Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion.


    The Career Coaches Guide to Modeling Effective Networking

    Andrea Holyfield

    Summary: Anyone involved in career exploration, development or management spends a great deal of time encouraging their clients to network, but many professionals find it hard to remain active in networking activity. This presentation will provide participants with a clear, easy to follow model for networking that will allow them to be a more efficient service provider.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will leave with tools for assessing their current networking strategy

    2. A strategy for online networking

    3. Tools for creating an effective face-to-face networking plan

    Bio: Andrea Holyfield is a managing consultant with more than ten years of experience in career management, coaching and consulting. She is a sought after facilitator on topics such as brand management, networking and navigating change.

    In December of 2017 Andrea joined Warren Averett Workplace as a consulting manager where she is charged with leading business development and client engagements for the Atlanta market. Prior to that she worked in private practice assisting mid-level professionals through career exploration and transition while supporting a global career transition as a career consultant.

    Andrea’s diverse background includes experiences in non-profit, higher education and corporate outplacement. She is an active volunteer in her community.

    Andrea has a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University and a M.S. in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She also holds a post masters certificate in Women’s studies from Georgia State University.


    Entertain to Retain: Creative Approaches to Career Services Presentations

    Tamara M. Allen

    Summary: Career Services can be information overload, and many students consider it to be a tedious aspect to their educational process although one of the most valuable. As a result, workshops and seminars receive minimal attendance and/or those who attend fail to retain the provided information based on employer feedback. Career Services professionals have to evaluate reasons for a lack of turnout and retention of the resources offered as well as how to change this dynamic.

    This session will address how to approach career services presentations, workshops, and

    seminars from a creative perspective that will ensure student attendance, interactivity, and execution of supplied resources. We will compare and contrast applications like Prezi and PowerPoint in determining effectiveness as a presentation tool. Additionally, this session will explore various components of successful student-driven presentations such as the use of technology, interactivity, creative titling, humor, real-life scenarios, social media, and reinforcing engagement. These techniques have been vital to successful student encounters that assist with relationship building post-graduation. Included will be a discussion on topics that should be presented, certifying all aspects of career development have been disclosed.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Increase attendance for Career Services events through strategic and target marketing

    2. Ensure student information retention of valuable that translates into employment opportunities

    3. What should be covered during presentations and creative methods of delivery

    Bio: Tamara M. Allen is a Lean Six Sigma certified professional life coach, career consultant, public speaker, workshop facilitator, and licensed officiant dedicated to improving growth and development of individuals, organizations, and communities. As graduate of the University of Kentucky, she brings the ability to develop and implement programs as well as skillfully educate/guide underrepresented individuals. Her mission is to be an educational leader, providing quality services that promote diversity and inclusion, driving the ultimate goal of individual success for a better community.


    Enhancing Professional Identity: How We Practice Our Own Career Development

    Kim Meredith and Lanie Damon

    Summary: This presentation will emphasize peer consultation, identity and efficacy for career development professionals. In an experiential activity, participants will have an opportunity to experience peer consultation. The conclusion will summarize strategies that participants offer for keeping current with the world-of-work and connecting practices to better serve clients.

    This presentation is the result of recent professional collaboration and consultation between two long-time GCDA members. We will share our process of peer consultation, which led to this program, examine the background/resources of professional efficacy for career counselors and other professionals, and provide an experiential activity for participants to experience peer consultation. We intend to conclude with a practical summary of strategies used to stay current with perpetual change in the contemporary work world engaging us and our clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    To share the discipline of peer consultation, and:

    • Encourage participation at all levels in professional organizations

    • Explore strategies for keeping current in the changing world-of-work

    • Emphasize the role of continuous learning, integral to our own career development


    Elaine M. (Lanie) Damon, M.S., NCC, LPC, DCC

    Lanie has worked in career management and development for more than 20 years, counseling adults and students to career decision making and career transition.

    Her professional background includes teaching at the undergraduate and middle school levels, recruiting, sales, consulting, supervising career counselors, and counseling. She has worked in small entrepreneurial environments, for major Wall Street firms, in for-profit and private educational settings, the federal government, and in public universities. Her experience from these varied work settings and roles creates a broad base from which to ask probing questions and make suggestions for exploration. She particularly enjoys working with clients around values and values clarification.

    Lanie holds an M.S. in counseling and a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Kansas. She certified as a Distance Credentialed Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, to interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory and the Birkman First Look, has worked with the DISC, and is a Highlands Company affiliate, certified to interpret the Highlands Ability Battery. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, and the National and Georgia Career Development Associations.

    Travel Information

    Parking and Directions: Free parking will be available for all attendees


    We welcome constituents from all across the region to the GCDA Mini Conference! The following hotels are a only short (5-10 minute) drive from the site of the conference:

    Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Ne - I-85 Clairmont

    Address: 2920 Clairmont Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

    The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

    Address: 7 Concourse Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30328

    Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Perimeter Center

    Address: 1501 Lake Hearn Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319

    Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center

    Address: 769 Hammond Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30328

Past events

Friday, December 08, 2017 Canceled: GCDA December Networking Breakfast
Friday, October 27, 2017 GCDA October Networking Breakfast
Friday, September 22, 2017 Fall 2017 Kickoff: An Introduction to the Career Construction Interview
Thursday, June 29, 2017 GCDA Meetup at 2017 NCDA Conference
Friday, March 10, 2017 GCDA Mini-Conference 2017
Friday, December 16, 2016 Webinar: Designing & Delivering Effective Career Services
Friday, December 09, 2016 GCDA December Networking Breakfast
Friday, October 14, 2016 GCDA October Networking Breakfast
Friday, September 23, 2016 Fall 2016 Kickoff: Dr. Michelle Tullier: "Cultivating Purpose and Pivot in Clients: the Outward-Inward Career Model"
Thursday, June 30, 2016 GCDA Meetup at 2016 NCDA Conference
Friday, April 22, 2016 GCDA Mini-Conference 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016 Cross Keys High School Career Day
Friday, February 26, 2016 Spring PDI: An Ethical Dilemma: Bias and the Implications for Career Development Professionals w/ Dr. Marian Higgins
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Webinar: PayScale.com's Lydia Frank
Friday, November 13, 2015 Marietta Performance Learning Center Resume Reviews
Friday, November 06, 2015 Fall PDI: Chaos Theory of Careers: Implementing Theory Into Practice
Friday, September 25, 2015 GCDA Fabulous Fall Networking Breakfast
Friday, June 05, 2015 Spring PDI: Helping Clients Find Their Ideal Careers
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 Webinar: A Guided Tour of Glassdoor.com
Friday, January 30, 2015 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Webinar: Telecommuting and FlexJobs Trends
Friday, November 07, 2014 Top Ten Strategies for Managing Your Career
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 GCDA Fall 2014 Kick-Off Networking Event and Author's Panel
Friday, April 25, 2014 Spring 2014 GCDA Professional Development Institute: Developing Personal Resilience
Friday, March 28, 2014 Special GCDA Webinar Event: Labor Market Outlook
Friday, January 17, 2014 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, November 15, 2013 GCDA Panel Discussion on Using Social Media for Job Search, Networking and Branding
Friday, September 06, 2013 GCDA Fall 2013 Kick-Off Networking Event and Author's Panel
Monday, July 08, 2013 Summer 2013: National Career Development Association Annual Conference
Friday, June 14, 2013 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, April 26, 2013 Spring 2013 Professional Development Institute Integrative Career Counseling: Working with the Whole Client
Thursday, March 07, 2013 March GCDA Networking Lunch! Lunch. Learn. Network.
Friday, February 22, 2013 GCDA February 2013 Workshop: "Launching, Leveraging, and Landing: Helping your clients take the next meaningful plunge!"
Thursday, November 15, 2012 "Inspiring Careers" Breakfast
Friday, November 02, 2012 November 2012 Workshop: Multicultural Dynamics in Career Counseling
Friday, August 24, 2012 GCDA Fall 2012 Kick-Off Networking Event and Author's Panel "Use What You Have to Get What You Want"
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, January 20, 2012 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, November 18, 2011 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, September 16, 2011 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, May 20, 2011 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, February 18, 2011 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, January 07, 2011 Dr. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler's "The Introvert’s Path to Career Success"
Friday, November 19, 2010 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, October 08, 2010 Richard Knowdell: The Changing Dynamics of Career Counseling
Friday, August 20, 2010 GCDA Fall 2010 Kick-Off Networking Event
Saturday, June 19, 2010 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, May 14, 2010 Becoming a LifeStyle Editor, Dr. Pam Brott
Saturday, February 13, 2010 Career Paths: The Entrepreneurial Option
Friday, December 18, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, November 20, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, October 23, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, October 16, 2009 Leigh Moore, Government Job Processes & Opportunities
Friday, September 18, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, August 28, 2009 Online Networking/Personal Branding
Friday, August 21, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, July 17, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, June 19, 2009 GCDA Networking Breakfast
Friday, May 15, 2009 Dr. John Krumboltz author of Social Learning Theory of Career Decision-Making (SLTCDM) Happenstance Learning Theory
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 “Career Coaching Intensive” Workshop
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