To empower career development professionals by providing them with resources and opportunities for professional development, networking, and advocacy.
To increase public awareness of the importance of career development.
To promote professionalism in the field of career development.
To increase awareness of the importance of counseling in HR fields.
To provide networking opportunities.
To exchange information, best practices, and trends in the industry.
To maintain quality in our knowledge and skills as changes occur in the workforce.
To assist with credentialing.
GCDA began in January 1998 when seven individuals met with Jennifer Kahnweiler, the NCDA Southern Regional Trustee and Jane Goodman, a Past President of NCDA, with the goal of forming a state division devoted to promoting career development in Georgia. On that day, officers were elected and objectives were developed for the Georgia Career Development Association. Planning began for a Professional Development Institute to be held at Motorola Corporation, speakers were obtained, and registration material sent to members of NCDA residing in Georgia. The response exceeded expectations, and GCDA became a reality. Jewell Craig Meringer was elected President. Other officers included: Janis Ashkin, Mary Lee Tripoli, Jackie Twiggs, and Lanie Damon. As a result of the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of the first members, GCDA won NCDA's Outstanding State Division Award that first year.
GCDA has continued as a dynamic organization. Listed below are the Professional Development programs and other accomplishments of the organization to date.
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Jewell Craig Meringer 1998-1999
Mary Lee Tripoli 1999-2000
Janis Ashkin 2000-2001
Jacqueline Twiggs 2001-2002
Betsy Johnson 2002-2003
Frankie Placide 2003-2004
Phil Rockwell 2004-2005
Paul Bredderman 2005-2006
Paul Bredderman 2006-2007
Lisa Littlefield 2007-2008
Lisa Littlefield 2008-2009
David Harris 2009-2010
Charlotte Hayes 2010-2011
Betsy Johnson 2011-2012
Robbie Brawner Ouzts 2012-2013
Andrea Holyfield 2013-2014
Andrea Holyfield 2014-2015