Maine Career Development Association
2023 Annual Conference
There's More Than One Door:
Celebrating Pathways to Employment
Friday, May 12, 2023, 9 am - 4 pm
Sanford Community Adult Education
669 Main Street, Sanford, Maine
Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the conference, please contact Peter Osborne at [email protected] to register.
Conference participants are eligible to receive 5.75 continuing education hours from the National Career Development Association!
2023 KEYNOTE SPEAKER CHRISTOPHER POULOS
Big House to the White House:
Possibility After Incarceration
Christopher's pathway from incarceration to practicing law, teaching, and advocacy, is anything but traditional. Throughout his keynote address, you will hear a story of determination, resilience, challenging your assumptions and the importance of having a champion in your corner. You'll learn that the pathway to a career is anything but linear and have some key takeaways about assisting marginalized folks on their journey to a fulfilling career.
Christopher Poulos is an attorney, speaker, writer, and consultant and executive director of the Center for Justice and Human Dignity. Poulos has previously served in roles at the Washington State Department of Corrections, Washington Statewide Reentry Council, and taught courses at the University of North Texas and the University of Seattle College of Law. As a law student at the University of Maine School of Law, Poulos served in roles with The Sentencing Project and the White House Office of National Drug Policy, where he helped to reduce discrimination by redesigning stigmatizing language previously used by the federal government regarding addiction and justice system involvement. He has also advised U.S. Senator Angus King on addiction and justice policy, and has served on several national, state, and local task forces. He graduated cum laude from law school, where he was President of the American Constitution Society and represented youth facing criminal charges as a student attorney.
Prior to law school, Poulos overcame many obstacles, including tragic family losses, addiction, homelessness, and a federal incarceration. He now dedicates his life to helping others overcome or avoid similar challenges and he supports a public health-based approach to addressing addiction. His work promotes equal access to the law and seeks to address mass incarceration and the collateral consequences now facing the tens of millions of people with criminal convictions. His work and personal story have been featured on The Today Show and in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, Crosscut, The Epoch Times and The Harvard Law and Policy Review. Poulos was selected as one of Portland Magazine’s “Most Intriguing People” and as “Law Student of the Year” by National Jurist Magazine.
THANK YOU to our generous 2023 Conference Sponsors:
In addition to our keynote speaker, we are excited to host the following concurrent sessions! Please click here for full descriptions of all concurrent sessions.
Using the Challenge Mindset to Help Clients Find Purpose
James Westhoff, Husson University
Creating Training On-Ramps for Student Success
Dan Belyea, Maine Community College System
Youth Pathways, Their Way: Youth Workforce Development Engagement & Frameworks for Supporting Youth Success
Kaylin Kerina, Maine Department of Community & Economic Development
When Anxiety Disorders Interfere with Career Development: The C/AAP Framework as a Solution
Michelle Tullier, Careers Uncomplicated
The Student Careers Values Card Sort: A Simple Tool for Helping Students Explore & Discuss their Values
Anush Hansen, Kennebunk Counseling & Balanced Card Sorts
Registered Apprenticeships: A Solution to Workforce Gaps and Post-Secondary Engagement
Hannah Greene, Educate Maine
Impostors at Work: Helping People Navigate Impostor Syndrome
Kate Points, Sanford Community Adult Education
Unique Opportunities with the Maine Jobs Recovery Plan: Healthcare, Pre-Apprenticeship, and the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program
Michelle Cameron-Doughty, Catalina Piedrahita, and Kristine McCAllister, Maine Department of Labor
So You Know Someone Who Wants To Work for Justice. Now What?
Scheherazade Mason, Daymark Enterprises, LLC
A Different Door: The Role of Staffing Firms
April Clark, Manpower
Assisting New Mainers to Achieve Career Success
Jim Elkins, Claudette Ndayininahaze, Mary Faulkner, and Justine Mugabo, In Her Presence
Full day registration includes keynote, continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and workshop sessions.