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Virginia Career Development Association: 2022 Virtual Conference

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Webinar

Virginia Career Development Association

2022 Virtual Conference

  • May 19, 2022  |  12:00pm - 3:30 pm

    Via Zoom

    Session I – 12:10 – 1:10 PM

    Reclaiming Your Soul from Work: Making Choices that Honor Your Authenticity

    Presented By: Spencer Niles, EdD

    Session DescriptionThis presentation highlights the need to honor your authentic self within your career. The pace of living today and the pressure to cope within an increasingly complex career context make it easy to disconnect you from what you do (a soul-spirit disconnect). These disconnections can have disastrous effects on a person’s life. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. There are steps you can take to increase your soul-spirit connection in your life. Increasing the soul-spirit connection empowers you to live a life well-lived. The presentation can be applied to your own career reflection or your work with any client group.

    Learning ObjectivesParticipants will learn strategies for making authentic decisions; they will also be guided to consider the degree to which their career trajectory reflects their “true self.”  Finally, participants will be guided to consider their theoretical and practical approach to career decision-making and how to help others to make decisions from an authentic perspective.


    Session 2 – 1:15 -2:15 PM

    The Impact of Diversity Variables on the Job Search

    Presented By: Lakeisha Mathews, MS

    Session Description: Are your students or clients ever concerned about the perceptions hiring managers will have of their name, sexuality, or religious affiliation?  Do your clients ask for your advice on how cultural identifiers should be presented on a resume or shared during an interview?  Despite the growing number of diversity hiring plans implemented across various sectors, job seekers still have concerns about facing bias during the hiring process.  In this webinar, participants will share strategies on coaching and advising students on overcoming bias in the job search process. In addition, various diversity variables will be explored and their impact on professionals documents, interviewing, and networking. Lastly, a brief review of EEO regulations and relevant hiring policies will be reviewed.  Whether the majority of your clients are underrepresented populations or not, this session is a must for every career development professional providing direct counseling, coaching or advising on employability skills and job searching.

    Learning ObjectivesTo provide a forum where career development professionals can (1) discuss the impact of diversity variables as reported by clients during the job search process; (2) share strategies on coaching and advising clients on overcoming bias in the job search process; (3) learn diversity concepts that intersect with career development; and (4) learn about laws and regulations associated with workplace discrimination intended to protect clients.


    Session 3: 2:25 – 3:25 PM

    Career Counseling and the Future of Higher Education

    Presented By: Anthony Carnevale, PhD

    Session Description: The recent pandemic has created dramatic changes felt across the entire postsecondary education and training system. In addition to fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and learn, it will result in long-term economic scarring for both individual students and postsecondary institutions in America. What comes next as the pandemic subsides will open the way to demographic, economic, and policy changes that were already gaining momentum. This presentation will examine these trends and possible implications to future postsecondary education and training systems. The most certain policy change in higher education will be an increasing demand for transparency and accountability. We already have program-level data that make the higher education system transparent and accountable. At the moment the major policy problem is that there is a missing link between that data and a new career counseling system. One unresolved question is how that career counseling system should be built in ways that link high school, college, and careers.

    Learning Objectives: Session attendees will (1) Review how postsecondary education and training has become the most well-traveled pathway to economic and social success; (2) discuss how the economic recovery between now and 2030 will only increase demand for postsecondary education; (3) understand the factors leading to the looming college enrollment decline among traditional-age students; and (4) evaluate the possible postsecondary education and training system of the future and the effects on career counseling.


    Registration Fees (Deadline to register May 17)

    Early Bird Rate (until April 30th)

    VCA/VCDA Professional Member  - $50

    VCA/VCDA Retired Member: $35

    Student: $35

    Non-Member: $65

    Regular (May 1 - May 17)

    VCA/VCDA Professional Member  - $60

    VCA/VCDA Retired Member: $45

    Student: $45

    Non-Member: $75



    12:00-12:10 PM

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Steve Myers & VCDA Bd

    12:10-1:10 PM

    Session 1

    Spencer Niles, EdD

    1:10-1:15 PM



    1:15-2:15 PM

    Session 2

    Lakeisha Mathews, MS

    2:15-2:25 PM



    2:25-3:25 PM

    Session 3

    Anthony Carnevale, PhD

    3:25-3:30 PM


    VCDA Board



    Spencer G. Niles is a professor of counselor education and co-director of the THRIVE Research and Intervention CenterHe served as Dean (2013-2020) for the School of Education at W&M where he was ranked as the 11tth most influential dean of education in the United States. Previously, Niles served as Visiting Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Penn State and a Fulbright Scholar at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research. Niles also served as Professor and Assistant Dean in the School of Education, University of Virginia. He is the current Editor for Counselor Education & Supervision and served as Editor for the Journal of Counseling & Development and The Career Development Quarterly. Niles has authored 155 publications and delivered over 170 presentations. He is the recipient of the American Counseling Association's Extended Research Award, David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, Thomas Hohenshil Publication Award, Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy Award, and President's Award. He has also received Chi Sigma Iota International's Legacy Award, the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State, and the Legacy Award from the University of Alabama and the ACES Legacy Award. Niles is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association and the National Career Development Association. He was President of Chi Sigma Iota and President of the National Career Development Association. He is an Honorary Member of the Japanese Career Development Association, the Italian Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance Lifetime Honorary Member of the Ohio Career Development Association and received the University of British Columbia's Noted Scholar Award. He served as a consultant in Argentina, Australia, China, New Zealand, Italy, India, Finland, Portugal, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa, Canada, Qatar, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Rwanda, Scotland, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan, Denmark, and Estonia.


    Lakeisha Mathews is Director of the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Baltimore and is also the owner of a career coaching business called Right Resumes & Career Coaching, LLC which she launched in 2012. Ms. Mathews holds several industry certifications as a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Certified Professional Career Coach, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Global Career Development Facilitator, Certified Business and Employer Services Professional, and is certified to teach Etiquette to Adults and Professionals.  She received her M.S. in Human Resource Development from Towson University and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland College Park. Lakeisha is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University. Lakeisha is committed to the field of career development and has served on several association committees.  In 2011, she was elected as president of the Maryland Career Development Association.  Under her direction MCDA was honored with the 2012 NCDA Southern Region Award.  In 2016, Lakeisha co-authored a chapter in the book Find Your Fit, published by the Association of Talent Development. Lakeisha is a native of Baltimore, MD and seeks to give back to the greater Baltimore community by serving on non-profit boards and supporting workforce programs.  Lakeisha has provided pro bono employability skills training to disadvantaged youth and currently partners with the Baltimore City Youth Works program and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to provide work opportunities for at-risk youth. Of most importance is Lakeisha’s student-centered approach to career services.  Hearing student success stories continues to be the favorite part of her job as a Higher Education Administrator, Educator and Career Coach!


    Dr. Carnevale currently serves as research Professor and Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, a position he has held since CEW was created in 2008. Between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Carnevale served as Vice President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). While at ETS, Dr. Carnevale was appointed by President George Bush to serve on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education. Before joining ETS, Dr. Carnevale was Director of Human Resource and Employment Studies at the Committee for Economic Development (CED), the nation’s oldest business sponsored policy research organization. While at CED, Carnevale was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the National Commission on Employment Policy.  Dr. Carnevale was the founder and President of the Institute for Workplace Learning (IWL) between 1983 and 1993. The IWL worked directly with consortia of private companies to develop high performance work systems and to develop more effective work and training systems. While at the IWL, Dr. Carnevale was appointed by President Reagan to chair the human resources subcommittee on the White House Commission on Productivity between 1982 and 1984. Prior to founding IWL, Dr. Carnevale also served as Director of Political and Government Affairs for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the largest union in the AFL- CIO.  He has also served as a senior staff member in both houses of the U.S. Congress. He was appointed Majority Staff Director on the Public Financing Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Government Operations during consideration of the value added tax proposals and revenue sharing. Dr. Carnevale joined the Senate Budget Committee shortly after it was established by the passage of the Budget Impoundment and Control Act of 1974. He was responsible for budget development and enforcement in Budget Function 500: all accounts in Education, Training, Employment Policy and Social Services. Subsequently, he also served as senior economist for the Senate Democratic Leadership Council. In 1993, President Clinton appointed Dr. Carnevale as chairman of the National Commission for Employment Policy, and in 1994, Secretary of Commerce Ronald Brown appointed Dr. Carnevale to the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Carnevale received the Truman award from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2013 and the Morris T. Keeton Adult and Experiential Learning Award from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in 2009. Dr. Carnevale received his BA from Colby College and his PhD in public finance economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Before coming to Washington, D.C., Dr. Carnevale worked as a research economist with the Syracuse University Research Corporation. During that time, he co-authored the principal affidavit in Rodriguez v. San Antonio, a U.S. Supreme Court action to remedy unequal tax burdens and education benefits. This landmark case resulted in significant fiscal reforms in a wide variety of majority of states.


    Complaint policy: If you have a complaint or dispute regarding this event, please write a letter and include the following: Name, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date, location of event, complaint, and desired resolution to Steve Myers, steven.myers.lpc@gmail.com.  You will receive a reply in 30 days from submitted date.

    Cancellation Policy: To receive a full refund, minus a $10 admin fee, registrants must cancel at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Cancellations and/or no shows with less than a 14 day notice will be reviewed after all expenses have been paid, a determination will be made regarding the ability to honor the request minus cost of guaranteed meals/special event fees. An administrative fee of $10.00 will be assessed for any refund with less than a 14 day notice. Submit cancellations/refund requests to: Steve Myers, steven.myers.lpc@gmail.com

    ADA Needs: Contact Steve Myers, steven.myers.lpc@gmail.com

     Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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  • *PACDA members: Discount registration at $60 VCDA member price by utilizing member resources code


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