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MoCDA & GCSA Spring 2018 Professional Development Conference

  • April 20, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saint Louis University Bush Student Center (St. Louis Room)


  • If you're a member of GCSA only, please select this registration type.
  • Please indicate if you're a registered member of both MoCDA and GCSA by selecting this registration type.
  • If you're a member of MoCDA and not GCSA, please use this registration type.
  • If you're interested in attending the MoCDA and GCSA conference as a non-MoCDA member, Please first fill out the MoCDA membership application, and then move forward with this registration type.

    The MoCDA membership application is available via the home page of the Mo-cda.org website.
  • Graduate Student participants may register at a discounted rate using this registration type.

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Please Note the Added Session to the Conference Schedule and Updated Event Details in this Message. 

Event Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Event Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm CST

  • Check-in: 9:00am - 9:25am
  • Keynote Address: 9:30am

Event Host: Saint Louis University

Garage Parking Address: Laclede Garage (3642 Laclede Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103) 

  • The garage is across the street on the opposite corner of the Busch Student Center.
  • Parking Cost: $6.00 per vehicle (not included in registration fee)

Event Building & Address: Busch Student Center (20 North Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103)

  • Check-in is located outside of the St. Louis Room, 3rd Floor of Busch Student Center, Left of the Elevator

Highlighted buildings on the map show the parking garage (left) and Busch Student Center (right).

Optional Happy Hour: 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Location at Fieldhouse 

510 N Theresa Ave. St Louis, MO 63103 - Phone: 314-289-0311

Website: http://fieldhousestl.com/

The Missouri Career Development Association (MoCDA) and Gateway Career Services Association (GCSA) have teamed up to bring its members a joint 2018 Professional Development Conference.

This partnership will give participants the opportunity to learn about unique programming and events that have successfully been executed across the career services landscape with limited financial and human resources.

Conference Keynote Speaker: Lakeisha Mathews, National Career Development Association Trustee for Higher Education

Our Keynote Speaker is made possible through a National Career Development Association Grant that the Missouri Career Development Association has been awarded twice consecutively. MoCDA and GCSA are excited to hear from Lakeisha Mathews and she incorporates the theme of Innovation & Creativity with limited resources through her extensive resume of experience.

General Sessions:

It Takes a Village of Partners to Develop Successful Career Services & Programming

Presenter: Mako Miller, Career Development Coordinator, Kauffman Scholars, Inc.

Session Description: Kauffman Scholars has a small career development department – a one-person department to be exact. With a limited budget and non-existent career development staff, how does the Kauffman Scholars career services manager oversee an internship program, develop a job, internship, volunteer, and education fair for 95 companies and organizations and over 600 students, create a shadow day event and round table discussions with local employers and build a Young Professional Institute, along with continuing to do resume reviews, interview prep sessions, job referrals, and professional dress workshops? The answer: PARTNERSHIPS! Through partner engagement with Kansas City companies and organizations Kauffman Scholars is able to develop programming for scholars and alumni of the program with a limited staff and budget. Learn how your career center can maximize partnerships to create career programming for your students. It takes a village (of partners that is)!

First Year Career Foundations Program at Fontbonne University

Presenter: Heather McDonnell, Graduate Intern, Career Development Center, Fontbonne University

Session Description: This session will give participants a glimpse into a major and career exploration introductory workshop for incoming first-year students at Fontbonne University.

Table Talks

Participants will join two separate, engaging conversations during the Table Talks break-out Session

Facilitators: Lakeisha Mathews, John Link, Trezette Dixon, Jill Smucker, Marcie Schumert, Molly Wilensky

Session Description: In this one-hour session, participants will have the opportunity to join two conversations (30 minutes each). Topics include: Director Round table, Social Media Marketing and Communications, Employer Engagement, Learning Outcomes Assessment & first Destination Surveys, Working with Students in a Career Transition, Career Services in Professional Schools.

Be a Designer: Building Forward for Career

Session Description: When finding their way to the future, a designer doesn't think it--they build their way forward incorporating curiosity and creativity.  The design process can be applied in many ways, but what about career development and the services we provide to our clients? 

This session will provide an overview of the design process as outlined in the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans of Stanford University.  Examples will highlight how to apply this in career services programming as well as with individual clients.

Facilitators: Karl Aldrich, Assistant Director, Career Services at Saint Louis University & Floyd Welsh, Career Development Specialist, Saint Louis University

Breakfast: An assortment of fruit, danishes and breakfast bars, coffee and water will be served.

Lunch: Baked Potato Bar, Salad and Soup

  • Classic Garden Salad served with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Potato Bar: Baked Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Chicken Mushroom Alfredo, Chili Con Carne, Bacon Bits, Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Scallions, Butter

Any special dietary restrictions should be communicated in writing to John Link, Professional Development Chair, prior to the registration Deadline on April 16, 2018. (johnlink42@webster.edu)

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