Co-Presented by:

Minnesota Career Development Association &
Normandale Community College GCDF

Session Descriptions & Room Numbers

MCDA’s Spring Conference: “Finding Purpose in an Ever-Changing World”

Friday, April 21 | In-Person | @ Normandale Community College

Co-sponsored by the MCDA & Normandale Community College GCDF 

Morning Keynote Speaker:
Ken Barr Jr., Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
Author of Turning Talents into Strengths: Stories of Coaching Transformation
In addition to being a Strengths Coach, he is also a licensed professional counselor, career coach, and organizational consultant.  Currently he works with groups and professionals in HR, Talent Management, higher education, and career development and coaching. His interactive program will cover: Gallup Wellbeing model that highlights career and purpose as the most important component; How to use the model and Strengths in working with clients to find purpose in their career planning;  Ideas on how career development professionals can use the information when thinking about their own sense of purpose in their careers and work.

Afternoon keynote speaker:
Nick Alm, Founder and CEO of Mossier
Mossier ( is an organization that is, “Creating Workplace Equity for Everyone LGBTQ.”  Nick will focus on the important work of Mossier with the LGBTQ community and employers to “help employees design the way they want their workspaces to work for everyone.”


Current MCDA Members: $59

Students, Retirees & Career Development Professionals-in-transition: $49

Non-members: $89



Annual Membership for MCDA (Consider a Membership for MCDA)

$70 Annually for Regular Membership

$35 for Graduate Students and Retirees

    • If someone is not a member but becomes a member or renews prior to the conference, and registers for the conference their total cost for membership and the conference is $70 + $59 = $129 (a $30 saving on membership fee) 
    • If a person becomes a member as a retiree, student or professional in transition, their total cost for membership and conference is $35 + $49 = $84 (a $30 saving on membership fee) 



Please send questions, comments and/or notes of interest in assisting with the conference to Tina Wagner at  Spring Conference Committee members: Margie Giauque, Nicole Morgan, Tina Wagner, Velvet Walker, Nancy White.