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Maine Career Development Association

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom

    September 2023 Café Breakout Room Topics (you will be able to select your room during the café):

    • TOPIC 1: Highlights from the summer (work and otherwise!)
    • TOPIC 2: What are the latest trends on your campus/at your workplace?
    • TOPIC 3: How are you advising clients to use (or not to use) AI in their job search?

    This is a FREE event and open to all! However, we encourage you to become a member of MCDA to support this and other programs that promote professional development for career practitioners. 

    A Zoom link will be provided upon registration and sent directly to your email. Please use that link to join the career café!

    If you are interested in supporting our Career Cafés as a Career Café Coordinator, please contact Amy Jaffe at ajaffe@bates.edu or Ashley Bigda at abigda@sjcme.edu. 

    • Friday, November 03, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • BerryDunn 2211 Congress St. Portland, Maine

    Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
    Navigating the Changing Landscape of Employment Opportunities

    Date: Friday, November 3, 2023

    In-person: 9:00am-3:00pm (8:30am check in)  

    Zoom: 9:00am-12:00pm (morning session only) 

    Facilitator: Thea Ducrow, Ph.D.

    Program Description: 

    Thea Ducrow, Ph.D., CEO of Creative AI Leadership Consulting, will discuss AI’s impact on the career landscape, explore how the changing environment will influence our work as career professionals, and offer actionable strategies for guiding students and clients. The rapid growth of artificial intelligence and its impact on the modern workforce presents both challenges and opportunities. In this day long in-person workshop (with half-day virtual option), Dr. Ducrow will help career practitioners learn more how artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the workforce and essential techniques career practitioners can use to guide students and clients through this transformative era.

    Participant Learning Outcomes: 

    • Understand the macro aspects of AI including historical context of AI and key terminologies and concepts.
    • Discuss how AI is changing the nature of the workforce and the future of work.
    • Examine which industries and employment sectors (or specific occupations) will be most impacted by AI.
    • Explore how AI may impact jobs seekers including both opportunities and challenges.
    • Discover different recruitment/HR tools and other techniques impacted by AI and how career professionals can best advise students and clients in the application process.
    • Learn about other AI-driven career assessments and tools.
    • Discuss how to adapt career coaching and counseling techniques for AI transitions.
    • Explore how best to navigate the ethical implications including potential biases of AI, and ethical considerations in AI-Driven Career Assessments
    • Engage in demonstrations and AI activities to learn first-hand about some of the tools and techniques that career practitioners can use to support clients and students.
    • Discuss AI future logistics and resources to stay up to date on trends and new activities that may impact our work as career coaches/counseling professionals.

    This program is eligible for 4.5 clock hours (in person) or 2.5 clock hours (zoom morning session)  through NCDA for those who hold NCDA credentials.


    Morning Session  9:00-12:00 (in person and on zoom)

    8:30-9:00 am       Registration & Refreshments (in person)

    9:00-9:15 am       Welcome Remarks 

    9:15-10:15 am     Keynote presentation on AI and the Future of Work

    10:15-10:30 am   Q&A

    10:30-10:45          Break

    10:45-12:00          Live demo of AI-driven tools and technologies

    12:00- 1:00           LUNCH BREAK

    Afternoon Session  1:00-3:00 (in-person only)

    1:00- 3:00              Interactive session- deep dive into AI tools                                                          


     In Person (BerryDunn) Full Day Registration

    • Current MCDA Members: $99 (full day in-person)
    • Lapsed Membership/Non-members: $139* (in-person)
    • Current New England CDA Members (outside of Maine): $99**
    • Student Rate: $65
    • 1/2 day event (Zoom morning session only): $65

      *Members whose memberships have lapsed can renew their 2023-2024 membership by registering as a Lapsed Member/Non-Member. The membership fee ($40) will automatically be included in the registration cost. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Meg Gerry below.

      **For members of other New England associations, please
      e-mail Meg Gerry below to verify your membership after registration.

      Questions or registration issues? Contact Meg Gerry, MCDA Fall Workshop Registration Committee

      About the Speaker:

      Dr. Thea Ducrow is a training consultant and founder of Creative AI Leadership Consulting, LLC, which offers transformative strategic planning, board development, and leadership training tailored for the age of AI.  Dr. Ducrow assists businesses and HR professionals in how to navigate a swiftly evolving, technology-driven era. Amidst these growing challenges, she serves as a reliable advisor, who helps businesses and organizations navigate this landscape, and enables leaders and organizations to stimulate innovation and growth through AI. As an engaging and adept webinar presenter, she has an exceptional talent for translating intricate AI concepts into actionable insights and strategies. Driven by her commitment to delivering the best for her audience, Dr. Ducrow actively keeps herself at the cutting edge of industry trends. Her proactive approach in updating her knowledge ensures that clients and workshop participants receive the most contemporary and effective strategies in understanding how AI is impacting the HR landscape and how career development practitioners can best assist students and clients in navigating the future of work.

    Past events

    Tuesday, May 23, 2023 May 2023 Career Café
    Friday, May 12, 2023 2023 Annual Conference
    Tuesday, April 25, 2023 April 2023 Career Café
    Tuesday, March 28, 2023 March 2023 Career Café
    Tuesday, February 28, 2023 February 2023 Career Café
    Tuesday, January 31, 2023 January 2023 Career Café
    Tuesday, November 29, 2022 November 2022 Career Café
    Friday, November 04, 2022 2022 MCDA Fall Workshop
    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 September 2022 Career Café
    Friday, June 17, 2022 2022 Annual Conference
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 May 2022 Career Café
    Tuesday, April 26, 2022 April 2022 Career Café
    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 March 2022 Career Café
    Tuesday, February 22, 2022 February 2022 Career Café
    Tuesday, January 25, 2022 January 2022 Career Café
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021 November 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 October 26, 2021 Career Café
    Friday, October 01, 2021 2021 MCDA Fall Workshop
    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 July 20, 2021 Career Café
    Friday, June 11, 2021 2021 Annual Conference Webinar Series
    Tuesday, May 25, 2021 May 25, 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 April 27, 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 March 30, 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 February 23, 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 January 26, 2021 Career Café
    Tuesday, December 01, 2020 December 1, 2020 Career Café
    Friday, November 13, 2020 Fall Workshop 2020
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 October 2020 Career Café
    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 September 2020 Career Café
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: The Intersection of Career Development and Mental Health Counseling: How I built a holistic career counseling practice & what I learned in my first year
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: The Importance of Story in Career Advising
    Friday, July 24, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Resilient U How to Help People Bring Their Best, Most Resilient Selves to Their Job Search and Their Work
    Thursday, July 09, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: LinkedIn: The Largest Career Database in the World
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Success Coaching: Holistic Explorations in Career Counseling
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Career Café: MaineHealth Talks Hospitality and Healthcare
    Thursday, June 11, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Career Counseling as Social Justice Work: Turning Passion into Action
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020 Career Café
    Friday, May 29, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Podcasts and YouTube as a Career Advising Tool
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Serving Clients in Recovery: Where Career Development and Addiction Recovery Best Practices Meet
    Saturday, May 09, 2020 Virtual MCDA Workshop: Choose Your Own Adventure: Pathways to a Credential of Value
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020 Central Maine Career Cafe
    Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Central Maine Career Cafe

    Click here to view previous events prior to 2020.

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