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Maine Career Development Association

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 28, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Zoom

    May 2024 Café Breakout Room Topics (you will be able to select your room during the café):

    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!

    As a reminder, our May 2024 Career Café will be the last event before we break for the summer and reconvene in September of 2024. 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@une.edu. 

    • Friday, June 21, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • University of Maine, Orono, Maine (w/ virtual option for keynote only)

    2024 Annual Conference

    The Writing on the Wall:

    Exploring Themes of Change, Innovation, and the Future of Work in Maine

    Friday, June 21, 2024, 9 am - 4 pm

    The University of Maine

    Orono, Maine



    Past, Present and Future: Changes in Maine’s Demographic and Workforce Trends

    Maine’s population has changed over time, contributing to changes in the state’s workforce. Where do things stand currently and what are the implications for the future? Learn about regional differences within the state and the national context for Maine’s changing demographics.

    Amanda Rector is the State Economist for Maine. In this capacity, she conducts ongoing analysis of Maine's economic and demographic conditions to help inform policy decisions. She joined Maine state government in 2004 and has served as State Economist since 2011. She earned a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and a Master's in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

    Amanda is currently the chair of the State of Maine’s Revenue Forecasting Committee

    and holds membership on the advisory board for the New England Public Policy Center

    at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Board of Visitors at the Muskie School of Public Service. She also serves as the Governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Amanda is originally from mid-coast Maine and now lives in Union with her family.

    In addition to our keynote speaker, we are excited to host the following concurrent sessions: 

    Bootcamp Blueprint: How a 3-Day Workshop Boosts Student Career Confidence

    Bethany Walsh, Senior Associate Director for Skill Development and Programming, Bowdoin College

    Advanced Structures and Composites Tour

    Coordinated by Crisanne Kadamus Blackie, Director, University of Maine Career Center

    Vermont Career Advancement Project: A Teaming Approach to High Wage Career Pathways

    Emily Wagner, Program Manager, Vermont Career Advancement Project

    Information and Web Tools for Career Professionals

    Andrew Dawson and Erin Fenton, Senior Economic Research Analysts, Center for Workforce Research and Information, Maine Department of Labor

    AI Team Challenge

    Sherry Mason, Career Coach, Daymark Career Coaching

    An Innovative Approach to Helping Clients Find Their Direction using Challenge Cards

    James Westhoff, Director of Career Services, Husson University

    Exciting Opportunities Await: The Pathways to Careers Initiative 

    Crisanne Kadamus Blackie, Director of the Career Center, University of Maine, Facilitator

    Innovative Work Based Learning Opportunities: Healthcare Career Pathways in Maine 

    Deanna Partridge, Joan Dolan, Samantha Fenderson, Maine Department of Labor

    Creating Limitless Opportunities - Shining Your Brilliance: Bangor Savings Bank Approach to Talent Development

    David Pease, Senior Vice President - Director of Talent, Diversity & Inclusion at Bangor Savings Bank and Class of 2024 Management Trainees

    Kind Conversations: Busting Addiction Stigma

    Carolyn Delaney, founder and publisher of Journey Enterprises, Brittany Sampson & Rachel Tiedemann, Co-Founders & Educators, Range Culture Co.

    Removing barriers, creating access, and leading to pathways! 

    Chris Winstead, Deputy Executive Director for Workforce Training, Maine Community College System; Anaclet Mbayagu, New Mainer Navigator; Michelle Gayne, Apprenticeship Coordinator; Octavie Nkama, Director of Academies

    Registration Rates:

    • Full Day Registration (w/ 2024-2025 Membership): $125
    • Full Day Registration (w/o 2024-2025 Membership): $125
    • Current NEC State CDA Member: $85
    • Virtual Registration (AM portion only): $65
    • Full Day Graduate Student (w/ 2024-2025 Membership): $45

    Full day registration includes keynote, continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and workshop sessions.

Past events

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 April 2024 Career Café
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 March 2024 Career Café
Thursday, March 21, 2024 NEC 2024 Conference: Turbulent Times Require Innovative Interventions
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 February 2024 Career Café
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 January 2024 Career Café
Friday, January 26, 2024 MCDA 2024 Winter Workshop on Neurodiversity
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 November 2023 Career Café
Friday, November 03, 2023 2023 MCDA Fall Workshop
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 October 2023 Career Café
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 September 2023 Career Café
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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