2021 CCDA Virtual Conference

Practical Strategies for Launching, Shifting, and Redesigning Careers

This event will provide 4.5 CEUs for those who attend the whole conference. We check participation from ZOOM reports, therefore please have your full name listed when you log into each session. 

May 7th, 2021

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Opportunity Drawing

**Don't forget to complete your conference evaluations to be entered into our opportunity drawing - we're giving away up to $100 in virtual gift cards! You'll be entered into the drawing for each post-session evaluation survey you complete, so the more sessions you attend and evaluations you submit, the higher chances you have of winning! We'll be completing the raffle post-conference and will announce winners via email.**


8:30AM - 8:45AM - President's Welcome Message 

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Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, CCDA President

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8:45AM - 9:30AM - Opening Keynote: 

"Helping people thrive in the multi-generational workplace"

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Chip Espinoza, PhD

Author, speaker, consultant and Millennial Expert.

Recognized globally as a leading authority on the subject of generational diversity in the workplace. Chip Espinoza is trusted by Fortune 100 to family owned businesses to help them create environments in which all generations thrive. He was recently named a top 15 global thought leader on the future of work by the Economic Times. Chip co-authored "Managing the Millennials: Discover the Core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce", "Millennials@Work: The 7 Skills Every Twenty-Something Needs To Achieve Greatness At Work", and "Millennials Who Manage: How To Overcome Workplace Perceptions and Become A Great Leader.

9:30AM - 9:45AM - Break Become a CCDA Member 

9:45AM - 10:45AM - Session I

(4 options, Please choose one option for Session I)

Session I - Option A

Formerly Incarcerated Students: Their Strengths and Assets in the Professional Field 

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Reina Ferrufino, Vanessa Lopez, and Carina Alvarado

Reina is a second year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in College Counseling, with a specialization in Higher Education and Student Services. As a future counselor, Reina aspires to foster a climate of inclusion for underrepresented students, and to actively support and encourage my student’s academic and career goals.

Vanessa Lopez is a graduate student in a Master's degree in Counseling program, with a specialization in College Counseling and Student Services at CSUN. She will embark on her third year in graduate school in order to complete the coursework that will make her eligible to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. One of her passions is to serve and advocate for culturally diverse students who come from historically underrepresented communities. 

Carina Alvarado is currently completing her Master’s in College Counseling, with a specialization in Higher Education and Student Services. She is currently an Advisor for TRIO Student Support Services at CSUN. Her hope is to continue helping students achieve their goals.

Session I - Option B

Trauma Informed Career Counseling 

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Dan Greenwood, Ed.D.

Dr. Greenwood is CEO of Greenwood Associates, Inc. purveyors of the Greenwood System™ a holistic career counseling assessment, report, and counseling model. Dr. Greenwood has over 30 years experience as an educator and career counselor having received his doctorate in education from the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Dr. Greenwood conducts private career counseling for clients of all ages, trains counselors in the Greenwood System™, and supports career counseling at special needs young adult programs, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs, and residential treatment centers.

Session I - Option C

Onward! A Crossroad for the Future of Career Development: What to Keep, What to Leave Behind 

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Heather Zeng, Ph.D.

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Dr. Zeng is a faculty member at Capella University. She is an LPC who bridges specialization in career counseling and development. She has worked in education policy, large scale Assessment and data Analysis, and counseling with At- Risk youth and adults. She has experience in mediating international development projects and working in an international context.  Dr. Zeng has presented widely on the topics of Intuition, Cycles of Change, Online learning, and creativity in counseling. She conducted some of USA Today's first Live Chats for their online Career center as well as their first interactive resume feature. 

Session I - Option D

The Rise of Gig Economy During COVID-19 

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Paolo Varquez, Ed.D.

Dr. Varquez is a Career Services Specialist and Career Education Counselor at Coastline College. He also serves as the  Technology Chair for CCDA. He also an active gig worker for Uber Eats, Door Dash, Grub Hub, Postmates, Shipt, and Instacart. His life mission is to reverse the cycle of poverty by improving career development in education. 

10:45AM - 11:00AM - Break - Become a CCDA Member

11:00AM - 12:00PM - Engagement Activity with Breakouts

Discussion & Networking in Constituency Groups

Join fellow Professionals in similar areas of career practice for facilitated networking and small-group discussion on topics related to your specialty

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12:00PM - 1:00PM - Session II

(4 options, Please choose one option for Session II)

Session II - Option A 

Career Success Ally Program: How to Build Strong and Mutually Beneficial Alliances on Campus

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Cheryl Love, Ph.D. and Ann Lara, M.A.

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Dr. Love serves as a Career Counselor and Liaison to the College of Education and Integrative Studies and the Bronco Dreamers Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona.  She is the Coordinator of the Clothes Closet Service for the Career Center and is Adjunct Faculty for the Educational Leadership Department at Cal Poly Pomona.  Cheryl has 30+ years of experience as a Counselor and Teacher in all four Higher Education systems in California (UC, CSU, Private and Community) as well as the Public School and Non-Profit sector. This breadth of experience has provided her with the knowledge and skills to work with diverse student populations to assist them with identifying their career goals. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Service Credential from California State University, Fullerton and a Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling.  She serves as the Co-Chair of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) Committee on Diversity Initiatives and Cultural Inclusion, and is a member of the Higher Education Constituency Advisory Board for NCDA.  She is also a board member for the California Career Development Association (CCDA) starting in Fall 2020.

Ann Lara has been in Higher Education since 2004. Currently serving as the Career Services Coordinator at The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona, her specialty is a career development and providing concierge-level services for employers.   Lara possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Education: Career and Technical Education, Counseling Track from Cal State San Bernardino. Her areas of expertise include career counseling, employer relations, and student development.  

Session II - Option B 

Career Development: How COVID-19 has Influenced the Lived Experiences of Latinx Students 

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Michael Fung, M.S.

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Michael is a second-year school counseling graduate student at California State University, East Bay. He is expected to graduate in May 2021 with his Pupil Personnel Services credential and AMFT licensure. He believes that in order to be an effective school counselor, one must be able to look at the education system through an equity lens. Michael is currently an intern at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, California, where Latinx students are the second largest demographic. In order to support this population, Michael has experience using academic and career interventions to support them in career development.

Session II - Option C 

Career Pathways without Borders: Supporting Undocumented Students, with or without DACA 

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Ana Coria and Kimberly Kampen, M.S.

Ana Coria has six years of student affairs experience working with undocumented students and students from mixed-status families. She is passionate about immigration rights, civic engagement, and access to higher education. Ana helped establish the Undocumented Student Programs at UC Riverside. She currently serves as the Director of Undocumented Student Programs at UC Riverside and partnered with local immigration rights organization to empower undocumented youth. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Sociology.

Session II - Option D

Intersectionality of Generation and Neurodiversity in Career Development 

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Ludmilla Praslova, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP

Dr. Praslova is using her extensive experience of developing diverse talent in organizations and her expertise in disability and neurodiversity inclusion to help create inclusive and equitable workplaces. In addition, her areas of expertise include organizational effectiveness, facilitating creativity and innovation, and training and training evaluation. She is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Research, Graduate Programs in Organizational Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California, and a Focus on Strengths organizational consultant. She is a contributor to SHRM blog with the focus on diversity and inclusion and the editor of the upcoming book, “Evidence-Based Organizational Practices for Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity” (Cambridge Scholars). 

1:00PM - 2:00PM - Lunchtime Break and Engagement Activity

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CCDA Membership Meeting

CCDA's President, Past-President, and President-Elect will provide current information and updates, the historical legacy, future priorities, and opportunities to contribute to CCDA. Individuals curious to learn more about the organization, or interested in increasing their involvement with CCDA are encouraged to attend.

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Meet The Sponsors/Exhibitors

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2:00PM - 2:45PMClosing Keynote Session:

Why Black Lives Matter in Career Practice

This closing keynote will focus on a) the importance of understanding the Black Lives Matter movement as it applies to career practice, b) understanding the need to think outside the box when working with African American/Black clients, and c) encouraging advocacy and social justice practice.

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 Kathy Evans, PhD, NCDA Past President

Dr. Evans has published extensively and decided to write "Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling" because there were no available texts that helped students understand the synthesis of culture and career. For some of the same reasons, she also co-authored "Experiential Approach for developing Multicultural Counseling Competence" with Dr. Mary Fawcett of Winona State University.

2:45PM - 3:00PM - Closing Comments:

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Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, CCDA President

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