On March 13, 2020, MCDA will host its annual conference with a theme of Supporting All Generations in the Workforce. This conference is a full day event, attracting a diverse range of 120 – 150 participants working in all areas of Career Development, including private practice, higher education, government, community organizations and private industry.

The MCDA Conference Committee is seeking presentation proposals for breakout sessions that complement the conference theme. Today’s workplace is the first to include five generations working together. Each of these generations has different perspectives, expectations, attitudes and styles. How can we as career counselors meet the needs of these differing generations? How can we help the different generations maximize their strengths, facilitate effective job/career transitions, appreciate one another and be successful in the workplace?

MCDA conference attendees are looking for presentations that are engaging, educational, enjoyable, and applicable in the “real world. They want leading-edge information and emerging trends in the field, practical strategies for improvement and innovation, non-traditional approaches, “How to” best practices and case studies, tangible tools and demonstration of measurable impact.

By presenting a breakout session, your colleagues will benefit from your experience while you make a valuable contribution to our profession. All MCDA members and Career Development practitioners are invited to attend and participate in the conference program, sharing their ideas and expertise.

Three aspects of the 2020 theme: Supporting All Generations in the Workforce are highlighted in the tracks below. Proposals are requested that can address, explain, highlight and support the content and activity for one or more of the tracks: Breakout sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Track 1: Equity and Inclusion: A core MCDA value

  • Best practices, models, process, tools, data

Track 2: Career Development Approach and Practice

  • Models for coaching different generations
  • Building a coaching practice serving one or multiple generations
  • Assessment, job search, exploration, technology

Track 3: Workplace Dynamics

  • Competencies employers are seeking, for example, expectations of hiring managers of employees and job search candidates, how hiring manager expectations might differ depending on their generation
  • Employer recruiting practices
  • Workplace trends, marketplace data and statistics, impact of outside factors in the workplace
  • Managing different generations in the workplace

To submit a proposal, please complete the form at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPGNvYpvD1goX92cWGiptUU41Mf2libIeFV6WLSgr5o-Gd9w/viewform?usp=sf_link. Submission deadline is February 12. 2020.

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