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The Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA), a State Division of the National Career Development Association, is committed to offering high quality, accessible professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners throughout the state.


Welcome to the Pennsylvania Career Development Association. We offer high quality, accessible, affordable professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners in outplacement, talent development, higher ed, K-12, workforce development, private practice, public/private agencies, and NFP settings.

PACDA’s strategic focus in 2022 is on member value enhancement (membership growth, exceptional programming, and expanded resources). We remain committed to:

  • Diversity in membership/presenters along every dimension: geography, age, gender, orientation, ethnicity, religion, etc.
  • Delivering positive value to career practitioners throughout PA, border communities, and, for virtual offerings, nationwide.
  • Responding to constituent needs.

By enabling robust interactions, deepened relationships, and impactful programs, PACDA continues to magnify the significant positive impact its members have on career services delivery to individuals and their families, communities, colleagues, and employers.

Safiya Edwards

President, PACDA



It is the policy of the Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA) to maintain a safe, comfortable environment by prohibiting the solicitation of funds or business, the distribution or posting of materials, and/or the promotion of products or services not specifically approved by or belonging to PACDA, as outlined below:

  • Individuals, organizations, and companies are prohibited from soliciting funds, distributing literature or gifts, pitching merchandise or services, or engaging in any other solicitation, distribution, marketing, or similar activity except when approved in writing by PACDA.
  • Use of PACDA email addresses, meetings, or social media for marketing purposes, e.g. posting or distributing materials or announcements, is permitted only when authorized by the Executive Board of PACDA.

Questions may be submitted to info@thepacda.org.


Register now for our upcoming event...

Coaching Clients on Building their Personal Brand and Value Proposition

Tuesday, May 17, 12:00 - 1:30 pm EDT

Learn how to coach your clients to build their personal brand, determine what employers are looking for in new hires, and best present their value proposition to land their next job.

Click here for more info and to register:

Game Show Recap of PACDA Professional Development Programs

June 21, 4 – 6 PM

Coaching Clients in Salary Negotiations

July 19, 12 – 2 PM

Networking by Affiliation


Talent Development Strategies


If you have someone to recommend as a speaker/presenter/panel member for future events, please email programming@thepacda.org


See more Partner events on our Partner Organizations page.

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