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Maine Career Development Association

2023 Annual Conference

  • Friday, May 12, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sanford Community Adult Education (w/ virtual option for AM only)


  • Includes 2023-2024 MCDA Professional Membership ($40).
  • Use this registration option if you do not intend to join MCDA or renew your membership for 2023-2024.
  • Does not include 2023-2024 MCDA Membership. If you would like to join MCDA or renew your membership for the coming year, please do so on the website.
  • Includes 2023-2024 Graduate Student Membership ($20).
  • Does not include MCDA membership for 2023-2024. If you would like to join MCDA or renew your membership, please do so on the website.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for your support of the MCDA Annual Conference!

    Your sponsorship includes conference attendance for one person, a table adjacent to the main conference location, sponsorship recognition listed on website, printed materials, and included in pre-keynote slideshow and welcoming remarks.
  • Thanks for your support of the MCDA Annual Conference!

    Supporter status includes your organization's recognition on our website, printed materials, and inclusion in pre-keynote slideshow.

Online registration is now closed. If you would like to attend the conference, please contact Peter Osborne at [email protected] to register.

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

Conferences participants are eligible to receive 5.75 continuing education hours from the National Career Development Association!


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 GuardianThe New York TimesThe Washington PostNBC NewsCBS News, The HillCrosscutThe 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! Click here for full descriptions of each concurrent session. 

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

Registration Rates:

  • Full Day Registration (w/ 2023-2024 Membership): $125
  • Full Day Registration (w/o 2023-2024 Membership): $125
  • Virtual Registration (AM portion only): $65
  • Full Day Graduate Student (w/ 2023-2024 Membership): $65
  • Graduate Student (Virtual AM portion only): $45

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

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