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Welcome Friends!

It is with great pride that I cordially invite you to attend the PACDA's First Annual Symposium: How the World of Work is Changing on Friday, March 13, 2020. The event will be held at Delaware County Community College in partnership with Pennsylvania CareerLink Delaware County, and I couldn't be more excited to bring together career educators and practitioners from across the state to discuss this important topic.

The PACDA First Annual Symposium is sure to be an engaging day of robust dialogue, professional development, and community building for our PACDA Charter Members, fellow career professionals, and friends. We would love for you to be a part of it!

I am thrilled to announce that W. Gerard "Jerry" Oleksiak, Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will kick-off our inaugural symposium as our Keynote Speaker, and we have lined up a dynamic group of industry leaders to round out the morning events. In the afternoon, attendees will have time to connect with fellow career professionals from K-12, Higher Education, Talent Management, Outplacement and Private Practice in Constituency Roundtable discussions that launch from our morning discussions.

Below you will find the schedule, information on our speakers, and logistical details including directions, parking and hotel information.

Please feel free to contact us at Symposium@thePACDA.org if you have any questions or if you're interested in volunteering to support the event's success.

I look forward to welcoming you on March 13th for the First Annual Symposium!


Jacqueline Tusman
Chair, PACDA Symposium 2020


 8:30am - 9:15am   Registration & Networking Breakfast
 9:15am - 9:30am   DCCC Welcome
 PACDA President's Welcome
 9:30am - 10:15am   Keynote Address
 10:15am - 10:30am   Break / Networking & Resource Tables
 10:30am - 12:00pm   Panel - Jobs of the Future
 12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch
 1:00pm - 2:00pm  

 Constituency Roundtables
- How the World of Work is Changing: Six Things to Consider
 - Find and Nurture Your Inspiration and Strengths in the World of Career Development

 2:00pm - 2:30pm   Closing Remarks


The PACDA First Annual Symposium is being generously hosted by:
Delaware County Community College - Main (Marple) Campus
901 S. Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063


The DCCC Marple Campus is located off Media Line Road and Route 252 in Marple Township, PA. 

Public Transit
The campus is served by the 112115 and 118 SEPTA bus lines and is 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia.  

Please park in the “Visitor Parking / Staff” parking lots. Gates to the entrance of these parking lots will be open. The Academic Building is just steps from the parking area and contains handicapped parking

DirectionsCampus Map


Contact us at Symposium@thePACDA.org

You can still register for the virtual livestream

 PACDA Professional Member $100
 PACDA Student Member $40
 Members of Strategic Alliance Partner Organization $120

 Non-Member / Guest

 Non-Member / Full-time Student $60
 Virtual Livestream [9:10AM-12PM] (Member) $30
 Virtual Livestream [9:10AM-12PM] (Non-Member) $50

PACDA Annual Professional Membership is $45 / Student Membership is $25

Join First & Save!  Register Now!


Room blocks are available at the following hotels; each hotel has a block of 10 rooms. Mention PACDA to receive the reduced Symposium Rate. 

Hilton Garden Inn | Registration Link
3743 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA [1.4 miles from DCCC] 

Free breakfast, restaurant on site

$135 per night (+tax) - discount available until 3/2/20

Fairfield Inn and Suites
100 Lawrence Rd, Broomall, PA [2.8 miles from DCCC] 

Free breakfast

$139 per night (+tax) - discount available until 2/11/20

Check out VisitDelCoPA.com for information about the area, local restaurants, and attractions.


The Symposium registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Walk-in registration is not available. After March 4, you can still register for the virtual livestream.

Attendees may cancel registration for a full refund through February 24, 2020. 
Starting February 25th, no refunds will be given, but ticket is transferable. 

NCDA members can earn 3.25 NCDA CEUs by attending the Symposium in person. You will be able to select this option during the registration process.



Secretary, Department of Labor & Industry
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

W. Gerard "Jerry" Oleksiak was appointed to the position of Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry by Governor Tom Wolf in September 2017. In April 2018, he officially became the thirty-fifth secretary to serve in that capacity since the department’s founding in 1913.

Before joining the Department of Labor & Industry, Secretary Oleksiak served as president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) – with 180,000 members, the largest professional association and labor union in the commonwealth. In addition to his service as president, he served as PSEA vice president, treasurer, and, beginning in 2007, as a member of the board of directors. During his tenure, he worked effectively with labor unions, advocacy groups, and legislators on both sides of the aisle on important education and labor issues impacting all Pennsylvanians.

Prior to PSEA, Secretary Oleksiak spent more than three decades as a classroom teacher, most of that time as a special education teacher at the Upper Merion Area School District in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. While at Upper Merion, he was part of many key district committees, involving superintendent searches, strategic planning, Blue Ribbon applications, and various other aspects of district operations. He also served as president of the Upper Merion Area Education Association (UMAEA). Secretary Oleksiak was inducted into the Upper Merion Area School District Wall of Fame in 2007 and received recognition throughout his career for his work as an educator and an advocate for public education.




Amy Caples is the Assistant Professor of Instruction for the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. 

Before joining the Temple University faculty, Amy spent more than 20 years in broadcast news. Caples was co-anchor of the CBS3 morning show for six years and an Emmy-nominated reporter. While at CBS3 in Philadelphia, she covered breaking news throughout Pennsylvania’s Delaware Valley and also managed reporting franchises on parenting and consumer issues.

A Radio-Television-Film graduate of Temple University, Amy spent the first half of her career in radio news as a reporter and anchor. She worked at stations in northern New Jersey and central Pennsylvania before returning to Philadelphia and KYW Newsradio 1060 in 1988. At KYW, she worked as a writer, reporter, business anchor, and afternoon drive news anchor. In 1994, she made the switch to TV and launched the Delaware Valley’s first weekend morning newscast on CBS3.

LinkedIn | @alcaples

Dr. Brandi Baldwin is a preeminent voice on leadership ethics, millennial workforce engagement, and entrepreneurial diversity. She is a management communications lecturer at the Wharton School of Business and is the Founder and CEO of Millennial Ventures Holdings, a firm that helps to launch start-ups for women and people of color.

​​Dr. Brandi's noteworthy accomplishments include being appointed to Philadelphia Mayor Kenney's Millennial Advisory Commission, being named one of Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans, receiving Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40 award, and the Diversity and Inclusion Outstanding Ally honor from the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is an alumnus of Temple University, having received an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master's in Organizational Development, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy. 

Dr. Brandi is the author of two books, Put in Work: Gain Respect, Influence Others, and Get Results as a New Leader and Career Freedom Formula: How to Ditch the Corporate Games, Beat the Corporate Bullies, and Take Control of Your Career.


Paul Harrington, Ph.D. is a labor economist at Drexel University where he serves as Professor and Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy.

In the past few years Paul has worked with the Educational Testing Service's Center for Global Assessment to analyze the influence that cognitive proficiencies have on labor market success in the United States relying on data derived from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. He also recently prepared a series of papers that examine the impact of healthcare cost containment in the context of a rapidly aging population on the size and structure of healthcare labor demand.

His Center is heavily engaged in the evaluation of both workforce development programs and high school to college transition programs.

LinkedIn | @CLMPDrexel

Dr. Marcia F. Robinson, SPHR, SCP is an award-winning, senior certified Human Resources professional and Chief Engagement Officer at Raye Martin Group LLC. As The Workplace Evolutionist, she writes and trains on career management, entrepreneurship, leadership, automation, human resources and the future of work. Marcia is an interdisciplinary thinker whose practice is always guided by the principle - It’s not about what you want to BE when you grow up; it’s about what you want to DO with your life. 

Her work in career management has included leadership roles in four college career centers in California and Pennsylvania. Her passion to educate and support those overlooked by existing career services led her to start a resume writing service almost 25 years ago. In 2007, she launched TheHBCUCareerCenter.com, a virtual service to support the professional development of the diverse communities educated and influenced by America's 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Her interests in recruiting technologies and her experiences coaching those who fear being left behind by technology, sparked her current research in how automation and Algorithm-Based-Hiring will impact jobs, employment, work redesign, equity and workplace experiences for underrepresented minority groups, older workers and non-digital natives.

Robinson holds an AS in Electronic Engineering Technology, a BS in Business Administration, and an MBA in Strategic HR Management from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. She completed a Doctorate in Business Administration at Wilmington University and published research on the emerging use of artificial intelligence by HR practitioners in the hiring process.  

Robinson’s work has been recognized with a Delaware Valley HR Person-of-the-Year award. In 2019, she received O’Reilly Media Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to attend the annual Artificial Intelligence conference in Silicon Valley.

LinkedIn | @MarciaFRobinson



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