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Registration for the 2024 Career Conference is now closed. Due to overwhelming interest, we have reached our maximum capacity for attendees. Thank you for your interest!

MCDA and NCC’s Career Development Conference

Friday, April 26 | In-Person | @ Normandale Community College

Co-sponsored by the MCDA & Normandale Community College GCDF 

Check-in begins at 8 a.m.  Program is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote Speaker – Jeremy Schifeling, “ChatGTP for Career Coaches”

Jeremy is a job search expert, national speaker, and bestselling author. His presentation will focus on the AI tool ChatGPT and how career coaches can utilize and leverage its capabilities for identifying a career path, building resumes/cover letters, and interviewing prep. He is Marketing Director for Khan Academy, previously a Product Marketing Manager for Google Maps, and a LinkedIn for Education leader.

Expert Panel – “Resilience and Renewal: Career Coaching the Experienced Workforce”

George Dow, Denise Felder, Kate Schaefers, and Mary Jo Schifsky will share practical advice, anecdotes, and strategies to empower older workers in their journey towards resilience and renewal in the ever-evolving career landscape. Rebecca Dordel will moderate the panel.

Breakout Sessions

The event will feature two sets of breakout sessions, allowing you to delve into a choice of topics including:

1. Navigating Career and Personal Well-Being5.  Generative AI: Tool for Equity
2. Putting Your “Counselor Feet” into a Client’s Shoes6.  Firing Up Client Motivation Through       Neuroscience
3. Navigating Career Shocks7.  Professional Development by the University for       Hiring Organization Recruiters
4. What Employers Want in A Job Candidate 

World Café Experience

Facilitated by Vic Massaglia and Rachel Nihart, this interactive session offers an opportunity to connect  with colleagues, exchange ideas, and explore solutions to real-world career development issues.

Cap Off the Day’s Experience – Connect with Your Peers

At the end of the day, network with career colleagues and indulge in delightful desserts and tasty charcuterie where you are sure to elevate your spirits and replenish your energy!

Additional Information

Coffee and pastries will be provided in the morning and lunch will be served midday.

CEU’s will be awarded for this conference.


Registration Fees and Membership Options

  • $59       Current MCDA Members
    • $49       Students, Retirees and Career Professionals in transition
    • $89       Non-MCDA Members

Consider being an MCDA member

  • $70 Annually for Regular Membership
    • $35 for Graduate Students and Retirees

Great Savings!

  • If you become a member or renew prior to and register for the conference, your total cost for membership and the conference is $70 + $59 = $129 (a $30 saving on the membership fee)
    • If you become a member as a retiree, student or professional in transition, your total cost for membership and the conference is $35 + $49 = $84

All payments must be made via credit card