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Be sure to stay up to date with all conference news by viewing the posts below about OCDA's 2024 Spring Conference!

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  • 28 Jan 2024 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    OCDA's Conference Page is NOW LIVE!

    Be sure to check out our Conference webpage for the latest information related to the Spring 2024 OCDA Conference, Strive to Thrive: The Impact of Wellness on Career Development!

    You can find information related to the 3 Core Principles that will serve as the primary topics throughout the two day conference, conference news, and the form for the Conference CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

    You can follow THIS LINK to the OCDA 2024 Conference webpages

  • 21 Jan 2024 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    Save the Date!

    OCDA's Spring Conference is not some thing you want to miss! This year's conference theme is:

    Strive to Thrive: The Impact of Wellness on Career Development

    Dates: Thursday, May 30th at Friday, May 31st, 2024

    Location: Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio


  • 23 Apr 2023 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    DID YOU KNOW? OCDA has collaborated with Courtyard Columbus Airport to establish a special group rate for OCDA conference attendees! 

    This year's OCDA conference takes place at Ohio Dominican University which is located in Columbus, Ohio!

    Attendees interested in staying at Courtyard Columbus Airport will receive a special group rate of $120 USD per night.

    To make your room reservations with OCDA's special group rate, please follow THIS LINK.

    **Last day to book with the special group rate has been EXTENDED to May, 5th 2023**

  • 25 Mar 2023 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    Check Out the 2023 OCDA Conference Agenda!

    Have you been wondering about what kind of topics the presentations will be about at OCDA's 2023 Conference? Well you're in luck because the 2023 Conference Agenda is now LIVE!

    Presentations topics include, but are not limited to:



    Body Positivity


    Underrepresented Populations

    Career Readiness

    To read about the presentations, get an idea about the schedule for each day of the conference, and to learn more about our presenters, go to our Agenda page under the Conference tab on our site or follow THIS LINK!

    Also, don't forget to REGISTER to attend the conference TODAY by following this link! We can't wait to see you there!

  • 17 Mar 2023 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    ONE MONTH LEFT! Book your hotel for the conference TODAY with OCDA's special group rate!

    OCDA has collaborated with Courtyard Columbus Airport to establish a special group rate for OCDA conference attendees!

    Attendees interested in staying at Courtyard Columbus Airport will receive a special group rate of $120 USD per night.

    To make your room reservations with OCDA's special group rate, please follow THIS LINK.

    **Last day to book with the special group rate is Tuesday, April 18th 2023**

    For more information, check out OCDA's Location and Area Hotels page!

  • 13 Mar 2023 10:14 PM | Anonymous

    OCDA Conference Award Nominations are OPEN NOW!

    Do you know someone going above and beyond in the Career Development field?

    It’s that time of year again! OCDA is calling for award nominations! We are accepting nominations through Friday, 4/7. Winners will receive a $100 honorarium, commemorative gift, free registration to the 2023 Conference, and will be recognized at the conference! 

    Please take a moment to nominate your amazing colleagues! Read the award criteria below; and nominate some outstanding professionals HERE.


    • Nominees must have at least 2 years of experience in the career development or related field 
    • Demonstrates innovation through specialized projects, initiatives, and/or contributions and has made an impact on the populations that they serve.

    Outstanding Graduate Student Nomination 

    • This award recognizes of the wonderful contributions that graduate students are already making to their respective field. 
    • Nominees must be a full-time student in Ohio, a masters or doctoral candidate, and in the field of career counseling, student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.

    Outstanding New Professional Nomination

    • This award recognizes of an individual with less than five (5) years of full-time experience. 
    • This individual serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity/innovation in the field, and has great potential for continued success.

    Bob Windle Leadership Nomination

    • The award is named in honor of Bob Windle, who won the award in 2011, for his exceptional contributions to OCDA and to career counseling, exploration, transition, and resilience.
    • The Bob Windle Leadership Award recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants, or teachers for outstanding performance. 
    • Nominees must have at least eight (8) years of service in career development or a related field; demonstrated quality of service (such as innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, awards, etc.); and service to professional association(s) at the local, state and/or national levels.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tainne Dallas at and/or Taylor Slocum (Member Engagement & Awards Chair) at We look forward to celebrating our career development colleagues.

    For more information, follow THIS LINK to our Conference Awards page.

  • 23 Feb 2023 7:01 PM | Anonymous


    Be sure to register TODAY for the OCDA 2023 Spring Conference. This year's conference will take place at Ohio Dominican University on Thursday, May 18th 2023 from 2pm-6pm and Friday, May 19th 2023 from 8am-5pm.

    For more information about what you have to look forward to at this year's conference, be sure to follow THIS LINK!

  • 23 Jan 2023 10:02 PM | Anonymous

    The 2023 OCDA Conference will take place on May 18-19 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. This conference is where practitioners, scholars, and leaders will come together to learn from and engage with active members of the career community.
    This year’s conference theme comprises four core principles that will also serve as our guidance for this year’s call for proposals. If you, or members in your network, are interested in sharing a program, practice, intervention, or research around the topics of career, workforce, talent, and professional development, OCDA encourages submitting a proposal by February 1, 2023 at 11:59pm ESTRegistration cost is waived for presenters.

    To learn more about the conference theme of "A Whole New World: Career Development & Engagement in an Ever-Changing World" and the core principles associated, please follow this link to our conference webpage.

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