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Maine Career Development Association



2024 Annual Conference

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

Registration

  • Includes 2024-2025 MCDA Professional Membership ($40).
  • Use this registration option if you do not intend to join MCDA or renew your membership for 2024-2025.
  • Please select this option if you are a current member of one of the NEC (New England Consortium - NCDA State CDA) States (CT, MA, RI, VT/NH).
  • Does not include 2024-2025 MCDA Membership. If you would like to join MCDA or renew your membership for the coming year, please do so on the website.
  • Includes 2024-2025 Graduate Student Membership ($20).
  • Only available to those who have had a program accepted for the conference. Does not include MCDA membership, so please join or renew your MCDA membership on the website.
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    Your sponsorship includes three free conference registrations; 1-2 minute introduction video at the start of a presentation; Exhibition table placement in conference entrance area; and Logo in program, conference materials and advertisements
  • Thanks for your support of the MCDA Annual Conference!

    Your sponsorship includes: two free conference registrations; Promotional slide at the beginning of a presentation; Exhibition table placement in conference entrance area; and Logo in program, conference materials and advertisements

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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


Memorial Union
The University of Maine

Orono, Maine


2024 KEYNOTE SPEAKER AMANDA RECTOR

MAINE STATE ECONOMIST


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.


CONFERENCE AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE


8:30- 9:00: Registration, Coffee & Networking

9:00 - 9:10: Welcome & Announcements


9:10 - 10:25: Keynote Address: Amanda Rector, Maine State Economist


10:25 - 10:30: Break


10:30 - 11:45: Concurrent Sessions 1

1.1 Advanced Structures & Composites Tour (20 Max)

1.2  Innovative Work Based Learning Opportunities: Healthcare Career Pathways in Maine   

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

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


11:45 - 1:00: Lunch & MCDA Business Meeting

1:00 - 2:15: Concurrent Sessions 2

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

2.2  Information and Web Tools for Career Professionals 

2.3 Advanced Structures & Composites Tour (Tentative)

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


2:15 - 2:30: Break

2:30 - 3:45: Concurrent Sessions 3

3.1 Exciting Opportunities Await: The Pathways to Careers Initiative 

3.2 Kind Conversations: Busting Addiction Stigma (canceled)

3.3 Removing barriers, creating access, and leading to pathways! 

3.4 AI Team Challenge

3:45-4:00: Closing & Adjourn


Speakers and Session Titles

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, Roger Stefani, 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.

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