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Cal Crow Leadership Award

The annual Cal Crow Leadership Award was established in 2021 to provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the career development field in our state.

Often, these people are quietly making a difference and do not receive a great amount of attention, but you know who they are! We need you (any WCDA member) to bring them to our attention! The person for whom we are looking:

  • May be an individual or group
  • Is someone who has demonstrated a strong commitment to career development and made a significant contribution to the field, especially within the state of Washington.
  • The contribution may be at a local level or a broader, statewide level.
  • Relevant information considered includes length of experience in the field, leadership role(s), breadth of influence, specific accomplishments/contributions, and impact.
  • Recipient cannot be a current WCDA board member.

To nominate someone, complete the WCDA Award Nomination Form, write a letter detailing the contributions made by the nominee, and get one other person (does not need to be a WCDA member) to do the same.

Email these three items to Chuck@careerchek.com and label the subject line as “Award Nomination.” That's it! The deadline for receiving nominations is April 30.

The recipient is chosen by the WCDA Executive Board or a committee designated by the board. The award recipient is announced and recognized at the annual PDI.

About Cal Crow

Dr. Cal Crow has been an integral part of the career development field for more than four decades. Cal’s commitment has influenced many individual career practitioners and contributed to the career development field in many settings including education, corrections, workforce development, and veterans’ affairs.

He has served in a variety of positions such as high school teacher and counselor, counselor educator, program director, career counselor, trainer, and consultant.

His influence has not been limited to our state of Washington. He has consulted, trained and presented on a variety of topics in more than forty states, all five territories, and various countries around the world. He has sought to serve those who struggle most to lead successful lives including at-risk youth, public assistance recipients, individuals who are or have been incarcerated, veterans, and dislocated workers.

He was one of three individuals selected to revise the National Career Development Guidelines and at one time, even served as president of the Washington Career Development Association. Numerous awards have acknowledged his dedication. The Cal Crow Leadership Award seeks to recognize and encourage commitment such as his in the lives of others.

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