March 2021 Newsletter

  1. Board & Committee Updates
  2. March Events: Career Cafe & Regional Events
  3. Annual Conference Plans
  4. NCDA Career Convergence
  5. Professional Development

Dear Members and Friends,

Spring is coming. At MCDA, we are pouring our energy into planning programming & networking events for you.  It's an exciting time to be part of this amazing organization and I feel very grateful.

I would love to hear from you, to know how you are doing and to discover your professional development needs. Please drop me a line if you have comments or ideas.

Finally, as we head toward the final semester of school and there seems to be hope that vaccines are increasing in availability, be well and good luck!

Best regards,

Holly Smevog, MCDA President

MCDA Board & Committees Update

Two Executive Board Positions Open

The MCDA Board is seeking out MCDA members to nominate themselves or their colleagues for the roles of Secretary and Treasurer. 

These are two-year roles, serving from July 2021 to June 2023.

1. The MCDA Secretary keeps a record of the proceedings of the Governing Board and Association, and serves as a member of the Executive Board.

2. The MCDA Treasurer serves as a member of the Executive Board, assists in the preparation of the budgets for MCDA, and its committees, as well as recommends any needed modifications in procedures for managing the fiscal affairs of MCDA.

Nominations are due by March 15th, 2021 in writing to Amy Jaffe ([email protected]). Nominees must submit a resume and a confirmation letter that they are willing to serve as either Secretary or Treasurer of MCDA. 


The MCDA Nominations Committee:

Amy Jaffe, James Westhoff, Peter Osborne, and Haley Brown


Other MCDA Board Positions Open in 2021

  1. Career Counselor Representative
  2. Adult Education Representative
  3. Graduate Student Representative

Interested parties, please email Holly Smevog.


MCDA Committees Seeking Members

  1. Website Committee needs volunteers to post web & social media content. Email Haley Brown, [email protected].
  2. Website Committee is seeking someone interested in organizing and posting the History of MCDA content which has been generously provided to us.  Email Haley Brown, [email protected].
  3. Annual Conference Committee and the Fall Workshop Committee would love members interested in taking on small roles as we prepare events.  Email Krissy Cosgrove, [email protected].
  4. Newsletter Committee is seeking career resources and articles. Email Holly Smevog, [email protected].

Please Join Us for MCDA's

March Career Cafe

 A Virtual Conversation

Tuesday, March 30th

8:30-10:00, via Zoom

Discussion Room Choices:

TOPIC 1:  Working with International students and non-US citizens

TOPIC 2: Helping clients, students, and ourselves cope with COVID fatigue

TOPIC 3: Formal education vs experience, how to talk with clients

TOPIC 4: Networking strategies for introverts

Register Here:

Two Regional Events for MCDA Members!!

Presented by the Career Counselors Consortium:


Transformational Coaching - Facilitating a More Positive Self-Concept

Presenter: Liane Hambly

Friday, March 5, 10am-12pm, EST

Click Here for Registration!


Career Counselors' Consortium

Networking Night

Tues, March 23rd, 5:30 - 7:00pmEST

Online: via Zoom 

CCC Guest Discount

Use Code: Joinus2021 

Click Here For Registration!

A Sneak Peek at the

MCDA Annual Conference 2021

Trends for Career Development and Services

Post Pandemic!”

Five topic areas*will be offered throughout summer 2021 starting in early June through mid-August 2021. Workshops will be delivered over Zoom.

1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2. Doorways to Employment Resources

3. Innovative Job Search Strategies

4. Human Resource Professionals Hiring Needs

5. Mental Health and the Job Search. 

Stay tuned for specific dates, presenters, and registration materials.

*Subject to revision.

Rhode Island Career Development Association

Discover & Discuss Career Assessments

March 12th 2pm-3:30pm


Cost:  Free for RICDA members, $25 for nonmembers, open to all.  (fee waivers available to those in need, please email us at [email protected])  

MCDA Members attend at RICDA member rates.


2pm  - Welcome!

2:05pm - 15 minute overview of 3 assessment tools:

  •       STRONG, presented by Sharon Siedliski,  Assistant Director of Career Counseling at Community College of Rhode Island
  •       VIA, presented by Veronica (Mansour) Stewart, Associate Director, Career Services at Bryant University
  •       Strengths, presented by Brandon Sousa, Career Education Specialist at the University of Rhode Island

2:50pm - Roundtables focusing on the application of assessments in individual and group settings.

  1. Strengths
  2. VIA
  3. Free Assessment tools
  4. Aptitude Assessments

3:30pm - Close and Announcements

NCDA Career Convergence Highlights

NCDA’s monthly web magazine, available to NCDA members and non-members alike, proves issue after issue to be a valuable resource for career development professionals. The March issue is no exception. Here's a sampling of this month’s articles:

5 Strengths that Will Help Women Stand Out as Leaders in a Post-Pandemic World

By Theresa White

To succeed in a post-pandemic world, organizations will need resilient, bold leaders with emotional intelligence. Research has shown that female leaders are perceived to possess these and other critical qualities. Career development professionals have an opportunity to help women tap into these strengths to lead during the rebounding and rebuilding of a post-pandemic world.

Email or Fail: Preparing Youth for Professional Communication

By Camille Elmore

Capturing the nuances of professional email communication can be a challenge for youth. Career professionals can equip youth with the tools to overcome communication missteps by proactively teaching them the simple steps to crafting an excellent email message in high school. Enhancing this skill may enable youth to become successful in the workplace.

Seeking a Career in Social and Political Change at a Time of Global Disruption

By David J. Smith

College students seeking to make a significant change in their communities often struggle to incorporate that need into career objectives. Opportunities abound for aspiring change makers to apply their talents, knowledge, and enthusiasm. However, practitioners may fail to encourage specific steps that optimize the merger of interests with meaningful careers.

Want to get published?

The Independent Practice department of Career Convergence is accepting article submissions for summer and fall 2021 issues. Articles may focus on theories and approach in career counseling or coaching, working with special populations, resources for private practitioners and their clients, or the business of an independent/private practice.

If interested, review the submission guidelines and send your article to Career Convergence Associate Editor Michelle Tullier, or contact her to propose your idea: [email protected].

Inspiration for March 2021



Do you provide career services? Would you like additional career training developed by the National Career Development Association? Have you ever considered attaining a nationally recognized career credential?

Peak-Careers Offers the Facilitating Career Development (FCD) class locally in Maine (and over Zoom).


Jim Peacock

Professional Development for Career Practitioners


Author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners: Helping Clients Make Their Next Move 

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