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Friday, April 20, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio


Welcome to the 2018 Conference!

Quest Conference Center
Quest Conference Center

This year, the Ohio Career Development Association Annual Conference will take place in central Ohio. Please join us for our 2018 OCDA conference on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. We are offering you a wealth of fantastic speakers with multiple breakout sessions. David Reile, Ph.D., Past President of NCDA, Managing Director & Executive Coach of Career Development Alliance will be our Keynote presenter. He will be discussing how the media and other external influences shape the career development of ourselves and clients.

**Breakfast is provided in the morning during registration.** 
 

Following our Keynote presentation there will be 2 breakout sessions delivered by Paul Hershberger, Ph.D. and Thomas Payton, MS.Ed., LPC, CT/RT. Dr. Hershberger, Director of the Division of Behavioral Health & Professor of the Department of Family Medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine will discuss common cognitive tendencies that affect judgments of the likelihood of possible outcomes, influence decision-making, and sway assumptions about contributors to life satisfaction. Tom Payton, Coordinator of Career & Counseling Services at Southern State Community College, will be presenting on the impact of job loss, career well-being and culture, choice theory, and hardiness techniques.

Lunch & awards will follow the breakout session and attendees will be introduced to our executive board. Lunch is provided and will be a fiesta burrito buffet (vegetarian friendly).

The second round of breakout sessions will include Zachary Beck, MBA and Brad Imhoff, Ph.D., LPC. Zack Beck, the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at the Dayton Society of Natural History, will be teaching participants about LinkedIn strategies for both themselves and clients. Dr. Imhoff, Assistant Professor at Liberty University, will be discussing cognitive behavioral understanding of social anxiety disorder and its implications for career counselors and their clients who struggle with it.

The conference will conclude with breakout sessions from Charene Thornton, MS and Kim Gilliam, Ed.D., LPC. Charene Thornton, Recruiting Coordinator for the Career Center at Wright State University, will speak about best practices as it relates to working with on-campus recruiters as well as effective communication. Dr. Gilliam, Director of Medical Student Services at Boonshoft School of Medicine, will focus on self-awareness, self-care, and client behaviors in relation to resilience skill development and stress management strategies.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting annual event!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Dalila Byrd, OCDA President-elect at dalila.bennett@wright.edu.