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Minnesota Career Development Association

MCDA Fall 2014 Newsletter

In this issue:

President’s letter

Career Practitioner Institute

Professional Development Institutes


Greetings, MCDA Members!

It’s hard to believe that with recent summer-like temperatures, that autumn has actually arrived. Evidence is appearing in those brightly colored leaves that I see on my morning drive to work. As the fall colors emerge and summer comes to a close, I hope that this new season finds you well and refreshed, and ready for the upcoming year ahead!

As the new MCDA president, I am tremendously honored and humbled to serve in this wonderful organization, filled with such a passionate group of hard-working professionals. This year, I would like to personally welcome the 2014-2015 new and returning board members: Shonda Allen, Jessica Ayub, Tom Colosimo, Cindy Edwards, Cindy Hinderks, Nancy Fraasch, Janice Kalin, Darren Kaltved (Past-President), Susan Larson, Kim Marrone, Vic Massaglia (President-Elect), Andrea Obrycki, Sally Power, Irene Rossman, Simona Suen (Secretary), Anne Templeman, Rachel Vilsack, Gail Waller, and Kathy Ward.

Furthermore, I would like to thank our exiting board members and thank them for their service during the last year: Christopher Feider, Ben Hansen, Sue Holm, Shelley Jensen-Decker, Maureen Laufenberg, Janine Knutson, as well as to John Merladet, who recently stepped down as our Treasurer.

We held our kick-off board meeting a few weeks ago. After many fun introductions, business discussion, conversation, and laughter, I left this initial meeting of the year energized and excited for what is to come. I felt as though we were gelling as a team, preparing to work together and collaborate, laying a solid foundation for MCDA’s future.

Last year at this time, your President (Darren Kaltved) shared with you some goals which I would like to echo this year as well: To continue serving as a strong advocate for the field of career development and help MCDA communicate the important value of our organization, its mission and services and programs we provide; and to work collaboratively, in shared leadership, with our members toward advancing the association and the value, knowledge and opportunities it provides by improving resources, services and programs that ultimately help build a better quality of life and experience for the MCDA community.

Collaboration, advocacy and shared leadership. These are critical to us as a volunteer-based organization. As I look to this coming year, if I could give a theme, it would be “engagement”. As your leader, I would like to see everyone play an active role in MCDA – whether you are a member participating on a committee, attending an event, hosting a roundtable, helping organize an activity, participating in the mentorship program, or even preparing to run for a future board position…there are many ways for everyone in our organization to get involved. If each of us contributes just a small part, together we will build an even more robust engine pushing forward towards career development and enhancement for ourselves, the profession, and all whom we touch. That said, I encourage each of you to consider how you might get involved with MCDA this year…even if it means starting a discussion on the LinkedIn page. And as always, if you have an idea for MCDA, I welcome you to bring those forward!

In addition to fostering engagement amongst our members, I would like to pursue a few initiatives this year:

  • Prepare for strategic planning during the 2015-2016 timeline.
  • Discover new ways to further develop our programming benefitting our diverse members.
  • Continue with last year’s board’s initiatives while remaining fiscally responsible.
  • Explore new ways to further engage MCDA members.

In the spirit of trying new things and finding new ways to benefit our members, next week on October 2-3, we welcome members of NCDA right here in Minnesota for the Career Development Institute, which will serve as our fall event. This is really a unique opportunity for MCDA members – friends and colleagues from the National Career Development Association will be here for meetings, presentations, networking, and more. This will be a great opportunity for you to spend a full day in sessions, gaining new knowledge and meeting new professionals. I especially would like to thank our own Paul Timmins and Elizabeth Craig, along with our colleagues from NCDA, for their energy and time in helping bring this event here in our own backyard! We hope to see you there. And there’s still time to register…Register for Thursday, Friday or both (remember that each of you will get NCDA member rates, even if you are not an NCDA member).

Together, your MCDA board hopes to serve you and the MCDA community. Please do not hesitate contact any of us – we would love to hear your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for bettering our great association.

Here’s to a fantastic year ahead!

Jennifer Rosand, M.Ed.

MCDA President, 2014-2015



“Practical Techniques and Strategies for Career Development Practitioners”

Conference App

Check out the CPI Conference App for your desktop. It’s a quick and easy way to navigate the Career Practitioner Institute! Users can view the desktop version or can visit the Apple Store or Google Play store to download to on their smart devices.

Download the Program Book NOW! Career Practitioner Institute – Minneapolis Program Book

Institute Registration: 

Downloadable Registration Form Career Practitioner Institute – Minneapolis Minnesota


Online hotel reservations can be made at:
National Career Development Association – Embassy Suites Minneapolis

Rate: $139 plus current tax rate of 14.275% (subject to change without notice).



Professional Development Institutes (PDI) – Thursday, October 2, 2014

Optional Pre-Conference Professional Development Institutes (additional fee required to participate); 4-8 Continuing Education Units


8:00 am – 12:00 pm    PDI #1: Private Practice and Career Consulting 101 
For anyone interested in getting help and support in launching or strengthening a private practice, this workshop will provide practical information and inspiration. Instructors are an experienced group of private practice coaches and counselors. Topics will include developing a clear vision, marketing, and best business practices.

Topics include:
Elizabeth Craig – Setting the Stage – What’s Your Ideal Practice/Business
Dean DeGroot – Thriving for 25 Years: Ten Practices for Running a Successful Career Management Business
Carmen Croonquist – Maximizing Your Professional Career Portfolio for Personal Branding, Clarity, and Communicating Your Story
George Dow – Networking Best Practices: Building Your Business, Teaching Your Clients
Nancy Branton – Multiple Streams of Income
Anne Pryor – Online Branding for Business Success
Elizabeth Craig, ELC Global; Dean DeGroot, Innerview Consulting; Carmen Croonquist, Intentionaliti Coaching & Consulting Services; George Dow, George Dow Consulting; Nancy Branton, Workplace Coach Institute; Anne Pryor, meaningful Connections Consulting


1:30 – 5:30 pm            PDI #2: Brain-Savvy Career Coaching
One of the most frequently used—and most misused—tools for career guidance is personality type, popularized by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® tool. Yet the framework on which it is based, Carl Jung’s theory of psychological types, does indeed describe patterns in career choices, job search methods, and productivity needs. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn:
-Ethical tools for exploring type for non-certified practitioners
-The latest neuroscience findings on personality type and how career practitioners can put them into action
-How to use personality type to focus rather than limit career exploration
-The role of motivation and purpose in evaluating career options
-Complimentary tools that keep clients from feeling boxed in by 16 type framework
Jane Kise, Differentiated Coaching Associates, LLC



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Professional Development Institutes (PDIs)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm PDI #1: Private Practice and Career Consulting 101 

12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own

1:30 – 5:30 pm  PDI #2: Brain-Savvy Career Coaching


Friday, October 3, 2014

8:30 – 9:45 am Opening General Session

10:00 – 11:00 am Presentation Series I (3 presentations per series)

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Presentation Series II (3 presentations per series)

12:15 – 1:30 pm Welcome Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 pm Presentation Series III (3 presentations per series)

2:45 – 3:45 pm Presentation Series IV (3 presentations per series)

4:00 – 4:30 pm Closing Session

Keynote Speaker –

Jane Kise, Differentiated Coaching Associates, LLC

 Meaningful Work AND Marketplace Realities

Fulfillment flows from purposeful work, yet people also need confidence that they can meet their financial obligations. Too often, though, clients feel forced to choose between meaning and money, perhaps because of the “Welcome to the Real World” advice that swirls around college students, displaced workers, and those seeking to change careers.

Instead of this “either/or” thinking, career development practitioners can help clients take a rich “both/and” approach. In this session, we’ll explore how a simple yet profound tool—polarity thinking—can guide people through the maze created by their dreams and fears, the job market, and financial realities. The result? Action steps custom-designed to help them find that sweet spot that incorporates making a life and making a living.

Jane A.G. Kise, Ed.D., is an executive coach and author or coauthor of over 20 books, including LifeKeys: Discover Who You Are, Working With Purpose, Intentional Leadership and Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences. She coaches individuals and organizational teams in the United States, Australia, Europe, Saudi Arabia, and other countries, especially in the areas of communication, change and conflict resolution. The LifeKeys program, now in its 20th year, has helped hundreds of thousands of people find that intersection between what they do well and what needs doing in the world.

Kise holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Leadership, Policy and Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She is a Past President of the Association for Psychological Type International and taught the MBTI certification program for over 15 years. She frequently keynotes and delivers workshops around the world. Current and past clients include NASA, Minneapolis Public Schools, The Bush Foundation, Independent Schools Queensland, and numerous large and small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Presentation Series

Presentation Series I, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Presentation Series II, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Presentation Series III, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Presentation Series IV, 2:45 – 3:45 pm




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