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President’s Corner — Spring Forward

May 25th, 2018 No comments

This has been a crazy spring following an unpredictable winter. We were just shoveling ourselves out of a record-breaking snowstorm, and now, a few weeks later, we in the Twin Cities are enjoying 90-degree weather. I don’t know what this spring and summer will bring, but I know the warm weather has revitalized many of […]

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MCDA Honors New & Experienced Career Professionals

May 8th, 2018 1 comment

by Gordon Helle, MCDA President Elect Each year, MCDA honors select members whose contributions to some aspect of career development are worthy of recognition. Congratulations to the four honorees listed below. The MCDA Awards ceremony was part of the 2018 Careers Conference on April 27. The Jules Kerlan Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an individual’s lifetime […]

Navigating Transitions by Turning to One Another

May 7th, 2018 No comments

A Summary of April’s RoundTable By Elizabeth Stangeland The MCDA Roundtable on April 11, 2018 examined concepts from Margaret Wheatley’s book, “Turning to One Another.” The evening, facilitated by Elizabeth Stangeland and Vic Massaglia, included an overview of the book, breakout sessions to practice initiating meaningful conversations, and discussing what that process was like. “Turning […]

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February RoundTable — The Authentic Professional: Redefining Workplace Culture Norms

February 15th, 2018 No comments

Date: Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 Time: 6:30-8:00 pm Location: Davannis, 6345 Penn Ave S, Richfield, MN 55423 The Authentic Professional: Redefining Workplace Culture Norms

President’s Corner – Employment is a Social Justice Issue

January 16th, 2018 1 comment

As long as the people have had a voice, we have advocated for family-sustaining wages, safe working conditions, and many “benefits” that most of us now take for granted, like 40-hour workweeks. Modern social justice advocates also call for equal access to interesting or fulfilling work for all employees, and equitable pay based on work […]

Look Back to Move Forward – President’s Message

December 8th, 2017 No comments

Happy Old Year, everyone! You probably don’t hear that too often – someone giving well wishes for months gone by not the year to come. As we ready ourselves for 2018 – and help our student and job seekers to set New Year goals – December is the perfect time to reflect on all we’ve […]

May RoundTable: StrengthsQuest / StrengthsFinder

May 10th, 2012 No comments

Date: May 16, 2012 Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Where:  Davanni’s Meeting Room 2500 Riverside Ave Minneapolis, MN 55454 Presenters: Laura Lankton and Jennifer Kaysen Rogers Description: StrengthsQuest/StrengthsFinder (SQ/SF) books and concepts have been taking corporations by storm since they came out. Based on the Positive Psychology movement, the Gallup organization developed an assessment of sorts to help […]

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MCDA Happy Hour – March RoundTable

March 19th, 2012 No comments

The March MCDA RoundTable is a networking Happy Hour on Thursday March 29 at Axel’s in St. Paul from 5-7pm. Happy Hour specials at Axel’s go until 6pm and features 1/2 priced pizza and appetizers and $2.00 off drinks. For more information about the restaurant visit: When: Thursday, March 29. 5-7pm Where: Axel’s in […]

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February RoundTable – Helping Job Seekers with Low Computer Skills

February 21st, 2012 No comments

** This month’s RoundTable is POSTPONED due to weather. The new date is Tuesday, March 6, 2012 **   The Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA) offers monthly RoundTable meetings that focus on selected career development topics to help us become better practitioners.  Round Tables also serve as a time to network with colleagues working in […]

December RoundTable: Best Practice Approaches to Training for Career Development Professionals

November 22nd, 2011 No comments

Facilitators: Allison Hembd and Vic Massaglia Date: December 14, 2011 Time:  6:00- 7:30pm Place:  University of Minnesota Law School, Room 465 ( RSVP: Bernice Hillukka,  Best Practice Approaches to Training for Career Development Professionals According to Richard Hawk, “’Best’ can be defined as most productive; and ‘practice’ can be defined as an actual performance […]

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