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2023 Professional Development Institute (PDI)

  • May 19, 2023
  • Central Washington University - Ellensburg


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"Today’s Career Competencies

for Practitioners & Clients"

May 19th, 2023

IN PERSON, CWU Campus, Ellensburg, WA

Registration/Cancellation deadline May 11. 

New! Lodging discount details (bottom of page)

8:00 am-4:05 pm

Join the Washington Career Development Association in this in person event featuring industry-leading professional speakers, interactive discussion, and professional networking. This PDI, our first in-person in three years, combines new and updated career development topics with the latest trends in Washington State and our region.

Registration includes coffee, tea, continental breakfast and a delicious hot lunch (Italian dishes incl. vegetarian option, dessert), and afternoon cookies. No cold sandwich bar for us. ;)

4.5 NCDA CE units awarded; 8 K12 Clock Hours Approved; Sign up onsite with completion of evaluation

Today’s Career Competencies for Practitioners and Clients

No matter where you work in Pacific Northwest career development, you want to stay on top of today’s core career competencies. These competencies, defined a little differently in K12, Higher Education, Business and Industry, and Workforce Development, share two common goals:

  1. Success in a continuously changing workplace, and
  2. Acquisition of lifelong career management skills.


Image of Bill ProvaznikDr. Bill Provaznik, Director, CWU Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management. He is a popular speaker and teacher @CWU, known for his engaging and interactive approach.

“Thriving in Chaos:

Strategists' approach for a winning career in times of accelerating change

Businesses, governments, and individuals are sharing increasing concern over the accelerating technological, social, and political change. How does one make five/ten-year plans in an environment where it is impossible to predict the future six months ahead? Conventional planning is becoming more difficult, and increasingly overlooks new opportunities, and underestimates new threats.

Using frameworks from the field of strategy, we will build effective approaches to leverage uncertainty as a source of opportunity through combining principles from strategy, psychology, and sociology research.

Breakout Sessions and Speakers

Combating Ableism: Simple Ways to Improve Workplace Accessibility and Inclusivity

Aimee Elber, Regional Transition Consultant, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Social and Health Services.

This session will focus on Ableism within the context of the workplace. The conversation will highlight both visible and invisible disabilities, with discussion on simple ways to minimize Ableism at work, building awareness about Ableism and offering best practices for supporting staff and colleagues with disabilities. Participants will engage in interactive discussions - learning about the Medical vs. Social/Human Rights models of disability, the various forms of Ableism and how they may apply in the workplace, Ableist stereotypes, and guidelines for reducing Ableism.

Strengthening Career Well-Being in Accelerating Change from AI, Automation

Juliet Jones-Vlasceanu, GCDF, J.D., CEO, Career Key

We must help our students and clients prepare for accelerating change in the world of work. We want them to not only survive, but thrive. Learn how individuals, with your support, can apply a holistic career well-being framework to career planning in the age of generative artificial intelligence (ChatGPT), automation and industry-wide occupational disruption.

Central Washington and Washington State: A Current Labor Market Analysis

Donald W. Meseck, Regional Labor Economist, Data Architecture, Transformation, and Analytics (DATA) Division, WA State Employment Security

Don will provide a current analysis of the labor markets in Washington State and in the two Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) he serves; the Yakima MSA and the Wenatchee MSA (i.e., Chelan and Douglas counties). In this session, practitioners will also learn ways to identify local labor market data they can use to advise students and clients.

Current Roundtable Topics and hosts

Table #1 - Higher Ed, K12: Supporting First-Generation College Students (and their family members) in career readiness

First-Generation students are less likely to take advantage of campus career services, primarily because they do not know they exist. As colleges and universities see a rise in first-generation college students, let’s brainstorm how can we work together to support and inform first-generation students.

Host: Carissa Bane, M.Ed., NCC; Career Counselor, Western Washington University

Table #2 - Private Practitioner, Higher Ed: Using Myers-Briggs for Career Exploration

Host: Chuck Zimchek. M.Ed., Career Counselor, Central Washington University

Table #3 - All Audiences: Career Decision Needs: Barriers to Career and Education Decision Making

Host: Juliet Jones, GCDF, JD., CEO, Career Key 

Table #4 - All AudiencesHow Identity Can Influence Communication and Connection.

Host: Katrina Whitney. M.Ed., Director, Career Services, Central Washington University.


8:00 – Registration, Refreshments, Continental Breakfast

8:45 – Welcome/Introductions

9:00-10:15 – KEYNOTE: Dr. Bill Provaznik

10:30-11:45 – ROUNDTABLE Session (25-minute sessions, three rotations) 4-5 topics, multiple constituencies (K12, Higher Ed, Private Practitioners, Workforce Dev).

12:00 - 1:15 - LUNCH and social time, networking, WCDA Business Meeting, Cal Crow Award

1:15-2:05 – BREAKOUT Session ROUND 1 (2 rounds of 3 50-minute sessions)

2:20-3:10 PM – BREAKOUT Session ROUND 2

3:25--3:35 PM – Final comments and adjourn

3:35-4:05 PM – Coffee, Cookies and Netoworking

Accessibility is important to us

The Washington Career Development Association (WCDA) values equity, diversity, and access as it demonstrates our commitment to creating an inclusive community. If you require an accommodation request for this event, please reach out. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by May 4, 2023 to Juliet Jones, WCDA Technology and Communications Chair, 206 850-6195, julietjones@careerkey.org.

Event Pricing (unchanged since 2017)

Member $100.00 (Sign into myWCDA website 1st before registering to access your discount - top right of any page)

Non-Member $140.00

Member Student $75.00 (*5 scholarships available)

Registration/Cancellation deadline May 11. 

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We have a conference rate agreement with TownePlace Suites Ellensburg for $98 (+ taxes) and a block of 12 rooms reserved until April 18. After that, the conference rate will be honored until there are no longer rooms available. To make a reservation call the number provided and tell them you are with the Washington Career Development Association for May 18. They should give you the conference rate.

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