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WCDA Events

The Washington Career Development Association (WCDA) hosts regional and statewide events for our members and prospective members. These events, whether social mixers, webinars, or development events, are excellent opportunities for Career Development professionals to network and expand their knowledge of the field. 

Past events have included NCDA recaps, guest speakers, and annual Professional Development Institutes. If you have suggestions for upcoming events, please email info@mywcda.org with your feedback. In the meantime, please check out our calendar and quarterly newsletter for information on upcoming events.

Quarterly Professional Development Opportunities
As WCDA continues to grow and expand we will strive to offer our members quarterly professional development events. Watch our events listing for upcoming events near you or email us to host your own training or event. 

Annual PDI Conference

The WCDA hosts an annual Professional Development Institute (PDI) featuring internationally known and respected career counselors and trainers. This event provides skills development to career professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming Events

    • 13 Apr 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom

    Webinar: Life Design with Kathleen Lindenmayer – Thursday, April 13, 2023, 11AM Pacific Time (90 minutes – 1 hour for presentation, 15 minutes Q&A)

    Topic: Life Design

    Our invited speaker will help participants understand the principles of Life Design, develop skills to support students and clients in Life Design, and explore ways to incorporate Life Design into your career development curriculum and practice!

    About the Speaker:

    Captain Kathleen Lindenmayer spent 26 exciting years in the U.S. Navy as an Intelligence Officer. In 2016, she became the Director of the Western Connecticut State University Career Center. After strategic rebranding, aggressive team building, and university-wide collaboration, the WCSU Career Success Center has developed and integrated some amazing new capabilities to help students and alumni obtain outstanding support and gain confidence on the road to their exciting career destinations.

    Registration Fee:

    • If you live in or work in the state of Washington, there is no charge to attend the webinar (courtesy of the East Chapter of WCDA).
    • If you live AND work outside the state of Washington, there is a $10 registration fee.

    CEU: ESD 112 and NCDA have approved this webinar for 1.5 clock hours.

    The zoom meeting link will be provided to registered attendees in the confirmation email.

    For additional information: EastWCDA@gmail.com

    • 19 May 2023
    • (PDT)
    • Central Washington University - Ellensburg



    "Today’s Career Competencies

    for Practitioners & Clients"

    May 19th, 2023

    IN PERSON, CWU Campus, Ellensburg, WA

    Asynchronous Virtual option pending*

    Carpool sign up

    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. ;)

    4.15 NCDA CE units application pending; 8 K12 Clock Hours Approved; Sign up onsite

    Student scholarships are available (see below).

    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.

    * We hope to record all sessions except Roundtables and make them available after the conference for an affordable fee. Sign up to be notified when we know more.


    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, more to come….

    K12 Table: High School & Beyond Plan (Legislation re: State-wide vs. District Implementation)

    Host: Natalie Powell, College & Career Counselor and Partnership Coordinator, Vancouver Public Schools


    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

    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 WCDA Business Meeting, Cal Crow Award

    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)

    Standard: Member $100.00 | Non-Member $140.00| Member Student $75.00 (*5 scholarships available)

    Cancellation deadline May 11. 

    Save by becoming a member of WCDA and taking advantage of our members-only event pricing!

    Annual WCDA Membership ($25 auto-renew)

    Join WCDA today!

    *Student Scholarships

    The Washington Career Development Association is pleased to offer five scholarships to the 2023 annual WCDA Professional Development Institute. These scholarships cover the cost of the PDI registration and are available to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students with a demonstrated interest in career development work.

    Scholarship recipients will be responsible for the $15 annual student membership fee (if they are not already members of the WCDA) and must agree to limited volunteer duties including: checking in PDI attendees, providing technical assistance to speakers, or setting up the rooms. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

    Applications are due April 14 and scholarship recipients will be notified by April 18, 2023. Apply now!

Past Events

14 Mar 2023 Central Washington Chapter Winter Gathering
25 Jan 2023 FCD Training for WCDA Members
14 Dec 2022 FCD Training Course Information Session
04 Nov 2022 WCDA Central Chapter Fall 2022 Meet & Greet
28 Sep 2022 N. Puget Sound Chapter Career Café
20 May 2022 WCDA Professional Development Institute
29 Apr 2022 Tour Pacific Northwest University in Yakima!
22 Mar 2022 Position Your Authority by Building a Dynamic Brand
15 Feb 2022 Create Conversations that Excite, Motivate and Inspire!
07 Dec 2021 Why and How to Make a Presentation Proposal
17 Aug 2021 Fall Central Chapter Meet-up, featuring Career Connect!
21 May 2021 2021 Professional Development Institute
04 May 2021 SW Chapter Spring Meetup
30 Mar 2021 Trauma Informed Career Development: Building Self-Efficacy in Trauma Survivors
21 Jan 2021 Economic Influences for Career Development Innovation
05 Nov 2020 Motivational Interviewing for Career Practitioners
13 Oct 2020 Stages of Change: Helping People Take Action
04 Aug 2020 SW Chapter Summer Virtual Meeting: Meaningful Work in the Midst of Change
15 May 2020 WCDA Virtual Career Development Conference
22 Apr 2020 SW Chapter Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 Regional Workforce Impact and Response
14 Apr 2020 WCDA-Central Washington Networking Event
29 Jan 2020 Lunch and Learn Webinar: Empowering Students to Determine their Ideal Internship
19 Nov 2019 Guiding Career Pathways: Southwest WA Career Development Meetup
24 Oct 2019 Ellensburg Fall Career Development Meetup
21 Oct 2019 Yakima Fall Career Development Meetup
17 May 2019 4th Annual Professional Development Institute
30 Apr 2019 Webinar--Beat the Bots with Amanda Ostrove of JobScan
26 Feb 2019 Webinar- Aptitude Testing and Research with Anne Steiner, Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation
30 Jan 2019 SW WCDA Winter Kickoff
13 Dec 2018 Puget Sound Chapter Holiday Gathering
05 Dec 2018 WCDA Webinar: LinkedIn for Job Seekers and Career Professionals
05 Dec 2018 Central Washington Fall Career Development Meetup
06 Nov 2018 Washington Workforce Conference 2018: Powerful Partnerships: Building the Talent Pipeline
30 Oct 2018 SW WA Career-Workforce Development Meeting
26 Oct 2018 NCDA Career Practitioner Institute
19 Oct 2018 Puget Sound Chapter Networking Social
15 Sep 2018 Planning Party! Puget Sound Chapter on Saturday, Sept 15th
08 Feb 2018 What's New with Dependable Strengths Webinar on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
02 Feb 2017 How to Negotiate a Job Offer
04 Feb 2016 Bestselling Author, Daniel Seddiqui
08 Jan 2016 Sport Sales Summit
07 Dec 2015 "Fixing the American Workforce" with Steven Hill at Seattle Town Hall, followed by a Social
05 Nov 2015 Keynote with Regional Labor Economist, Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman
01 Oct 2015 Kick-off Meeting for 2015/2016 Season
25 Aug 2015 Best of NCDA Webinar on Tues, Aug 25 3 pm to 5 pm
07 May 2015 Networking Meet-Up with the Washington Career Development Association
05 Mar 2015 Overcoming the Career Obstacles of the Bottom 25%
07 Feb 2015 Gates Foundation Visitor Center Tour
08 Jan 2015 Recruiter Panel
06 Nov 2014 A Coaching Workshop: Creating results with those who matter to you
02 Oct 2014 Dana Manciagli, Global Career Expert, Speaker, Private Coach, and Author of Cut the Crap, Get a Job
21 Sep 2014 Join us for a social!
05 Jun 2014 Inside Puget Sound Business Journal
01 May 2014 Live Your Truth Workshop: Discover Your Essence by Stacy Duhon
05 Apr 2014 Best Practices--Saturday, April 5th
06 Mar 2014 Second Chances: Providing Career Assistance to People with Criminal Records
06 Feb 2014 Serving People in the Disability Community
09 Jan 2014 Webinar--Facilitating Use of ONET Occupational Information by Career Changers
04 Dec 2013 Centerpoint hosts "Listening to Losses" with Trudy James
07 Nov 2013 Recruiter Panel
03 Oct 2013 PSCDA Kickoff Meeting - The Time between Dreams - Oct. 3
27 Jul 2013 Join us for a summer social!
06 Jun 2013 Using Social Media in The Job Search
02 May 2013 Mature Workers Panel
06 Apr 2013 Spring Best Practices Meeting
02 Mar 2013 Personal Branding Workshop - a special mini-conference with Maren Finzer
07 Feb 2013 Networking - Just do it!
03 Jan 2013 The 6 Important Things Every Career Professional Should Know about LinkedIn.
06 Dec 2012 Economic and Occupational Trends in King County
01 Nov 2012 Helping Veterans Find Their Place: Identity, Transition, Employment
04 Oct 2012 Recruiter Panel
07 Jun 2012 Personal Branding
03 May 2012 In Pursuit of the Perfect Career
07 Apr 2012 Best Practices: Learn from your colleagues!
01 Mar 2012 Online Career & Job (Hunt) Resources: Treasure Trove for Career Professionals and Their Clients, Students, Job Seekers, and the Career-Perplexed
02 Feb 2012 February Interviewing Panel
05 Jan 2012 New Year's Professional Networking Event
01 Dec 2011 Dying to Go On with Tracey Conway
03 Nov 2011 Career Victory Today with Tom Jackson
06 Oct 2011 Recruiter Panel
02 Jun 2011 PSCDA Benefit Dinner: Influencing Your Success and Others
02 May 2011 Changing Careers During Changing Times: Helping Clients Through Transition
02 Apr 2011 Best Practices Practices Saturday
03 Mar 2011 What Coaching and Counseling Contribute
03 Feb 2011 Grow Your Career and Business with Podcasting
02 Dec 2010 Recruiter Panel
04 Nov 2010 Clients Benefit From the Amazing Power of Career Contentment
07 Oct 2010 Puget Sound Industry Cluster Insights and Opportunities
03 Jun 2010 Annual Networking Dinner: Marilyn Richards
25 May 2010 Help Wanted on Main Street: Green Jobs and Growing Industries
01 Apr 2010 Resiliency in Times of Challenge with Cal Crow
13 Mar 2010 PSCDA Presents "Best Practices"
04 Feb 2010 Prepping Your Client to Get the Job: Telemeeting with Lou Adler
03 Dec 2009 Dan Keusal at CCMV
05 Nov 2009 Linda Panter Telemeeting
07 Oct 2009 Sarah Van Gelder at CCMV
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