OCDA 2019 Conference:
Call for Presenters

The purpose of the Ohio Career Development Association is to promote a better understanding of the meaning of work and vocation, to foster career development over the life span, and to improve the standards of professional service in the field of career guidance and counseling in Ohio. OCDA is currently seeking presenters who can offer sessions and/or workshops that are designed to share best practices in the field of career guidance and counseling, and those that will further the growth of career development professionals.

If you have a presentation that fits this criteria, please take a moment to complete this registration formThe deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 26th. Presenters will be selected by our Board of Trustees and notified by November 23rd.

The Ohio Career Development Association Conference will take place at Baldwin Wallace on Friday May 31st, 2019. Please note that if you complete the online registration form that you must be available on that day between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM to present. The theme for this year’s conference is Inclusion in Career Services, but if your presentation does not apply to that theme we still heavily encourage you to apply. Please also note that you do not have to be a counselor for your proposal to be considered.

Previous Conference:

The most recent Ohio Career Development Association Annual Conference took place in central Ohio. The 2018 OCDA conference was held on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. Below is a summary of our speakers and their presentations.

This year we had the pleasure of honoring three award winners during our lunch at the conference.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award Winner: McKenna Koewler

Outstanding New Professional Award Winner: Natalie Fox

Bob Windle Leadership Award Winner: Ryan Wilhelm

Dr. David Reile
, Ph.D., Past President of NCDA, Managing Director & Executive Coach of Career Development Alliance was our Keynote presenter. He discussed how the media and other external influences shape the career development of ourselves and clients. You can find his presentation here: Everything I Needed to Know About Career Development, I Learned From TV.

Dr. Paul Hershberger, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health & Professor of the Department of Family Medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine discussed common cognitive tendencies that affect judgments of the likelihood of possible outcomes, influence decision-making, and sway assumptions about contributors to life satisfaction. To see what he spoke about, click here: Common Cognitive Tendencies and Career Decision-Making

Tom Payton, Coordinator of Career & Counseling Services at Southern State Community College, presented on the impact of job loss, career well-being and culture, choice theory, and hardiness techniques. His presentation (Healing From Job Loss) and handouts (here).


Zack Beck
, the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at the Dayton Society of Natural History, shared with participants different LinkedIn strategies for both themselves and clients. His presentation provided here: LinkedIn Strategies


Dr. Brad Imhoff, Assistant Professor at Liberty University, and co-presenter Molly Perkins discussed cognitive behavioral understanding of social anxiety disorder and its implications for career counselors and their clients who struggle with it. To see what he shared: Cognitive Behavioral Understanding of Social Anxiety Disorder: Implications for Career Counseling


Charene Thornton, Recruiting Coordinator for the Career Center at Wright State University, and co-presenter Carleen Beckermann spoke about best practices as it relates to working with on-campus recruiters as well as effective communication. Find the PowerPoint slides here: Best Practices: On-Campus Recruitment and Engagement.


Dr. Kim Gilliam, Director of Medical Student Services at Boonshoft School of Medicine, focused on self-awareness, self-care, and client behaviors in relation to resilience skill development and stress management strategies. Her presentation: Resilience Skills to Reduce Burnout