2016 Conference-At-A-Glance

To better understand the NCDA Global Conference, please download the 2015 Conference Program Book. The 2016 Global Conference will be similar in format and content. 

Is this your first conference with NCDA? We suggest you review some of the conference lingo described at the bottom of this page. You can also read further details on our FAQ page or the article in our web magazine, "How to Make the Most of Your NCDA Conference Experience".

Continuing Education Hours Available

Attendees can receive up to 12 continuing education hours for attending educational sessions. Additional continuing education hours (up to 8) can be obtained by attending the pre-conference Professional Development Institutes. 

NCDA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #1003.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit will be clearly identified. NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of this program.

 *Please Note: Agenda items and specific sessions can change. Please view the 2016 Program Book for the final agenda. The program book will be available online in early June 2016. A print version will also be available onsite. You may also confirm sessions and specific agenda items utilizing the NCDA conference App. You can download the conference App from Google Play or the Apple Store by searching NCDA. The App will be available with 2016 conference information in May 2016.

 Monday, June 27, 2016
1:00 – 9:00 pm NCDA Supervision Training
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
8:00 am – 12:00 noon NCDA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Supervision Training
3:00 - 9:00 pm NCDA Counselor Educator Academy
4:00 - 6:00 pm  NCDA Conference Registration Open
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
7:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
8:00 am - 1:00 pm Decorator Setup
8:00 am - 12:00 pm NCDA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Advisory Council Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Supervision Training
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Professional Development Institutes
8:00 am - 7:30 pm NCDA Counselor Educator Academy
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
12:00 - 5:00 pm Career Resource Store
1:00 - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Setup
1:00 - 5:00 pm NCDA Leadership Academy (2016-2017)
1:30 - 5:30 pm Professional Development Institutes
2:00 - 5:00 pm NCDA Leadership Academy (2015-2016)
5:30 - 6:30 pm NCDA Conference Volunteer Meeting and Reception
5:30 - 7:30 pm NCDA State Leadership Training and Leadership Academy Dinner
5:45 - 6:45 pm NCDA Committee Chair Meeting
6:00 - 7:30 pm Constituency Group Meetings
6:30 - 8:30 pm NCDA Publications Development Council Meeting
7:30 - 9:00 pm NCDA Counselor Educator Academy Dinner
8:00 - 9:00 pm International Reception
Thursday, June 30, 2016
7:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 am First Timer's Meeting
7:30 am - 6:45 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 - 9:45 am NCDA Counselor Educator Academy
7:30 am - 6:45 pm Career Resource Store
7:30 am - 3:45 pm Cyber Showcase
8:00 - 9:45 am NCDA Committee Meetings
8:00 - 9:45 am Veterans Committee Meeting
8:00 - 9:45 am International Committee Meeting
8:00 - 9:45 am APCDA Meeting
8:00 - 9:45 am NCDA Master Trainer's Meeting
9:30 - 10:00 am Coffee Break
10:00 - 11:30 am General Session
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:45 - 2:00 pm Presentation Series I
12:45 - 2:00 pm  Roundtable Series I
2:15 - 3:30 pm Presentation Series II
2:15 - 3:30 pm Roundtable Series II
3:45 - 5:15 pm NCDA Annual Membership Meeting
5:15 - 6:45 pm  Welcome Reception
7:00 - 8:00 pm Illinois Career Development Association Reception
7:00 - 8:00 pm Diversity Initiative and Cultural Inclusion Committee Reception
7:00 - 8:00 pm Leadership Alumni Reception
7:00 - 8:00 pm Graduate Student Reception
Friday, July 1, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 am GCDF/Career Development Facilitator Networking Session
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Career Resource Store
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Cyber Showcase
7:30 am - 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 - 8:30 am Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 - 10:00 am General Session
10:15 - 11:15 am Brain Trust Meeting
10:15 - 11:30 am Presentation Series III
10:15 - 11:30 am Roundtable Series III
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
11:30 am - 12:50 pm Career Developments Committee Meeting
11:30 am - 1:00 pm ACES/NCDA Commission Meeting
1:00 - 2:15 pm Presentation Series IV
1:00 - 2:15 pm Roundtable Series IV
2:30 - 3:45 pm Presentation Series V
2:30 - 3:45 pm Roundtable Series V
4:00 - 5:15 pm Presentation Series VI
4:00 - 5:15 pm Roundtable Series VI
5:45 - 6:45 pm CDQ Editorial Board Meeting
8:00 - 10:30 pm NCDA Party
 Saturday, July 2, 2016
 7:30 - 10:30 am  NCDA Conference Registration Open
 7:30 - 8:00 am  Coffee Break
 7:00 - 8:00 am  NCDA Board of Director's Breakfast
 8:00 - 9:00 am  NCDA Leadership Academy (2015-2016)
 8:00 - 9:00 am  Presentation Series VI
 8:00 - 9:00 am  Roundtable Series VI
9:15 - 10:30 am Closing General Session
10:30 am Conference Adjourns


Did you know...?

Presentations are the most familiar and frequent sessions.  Lasting 60 or 75 minutes, there are close to 90 choices starting Thursday afternoon and going through Saturday morning. 

Roundtables are two 25- or 35-minute presentations.  Attendees have the opportunity to have a more interactive session at one roundtable then choose a second roundtable after the first round is completed within the 60 or 75 minute Program Series time frame.  Roundtables are offered at the same time as Presentation sessions. **New this year. Roundtable Sessions have been restructured to better accommodate up to 25 attendees per Roundtable. 

Professional Development Institutes are additional in-depth learning experiences.  These provide 4 additional continuing education contact hours.  These are not included in the conference registration.  They require an additional registration and fee and are only offered in two sessions on Wednesday.

New This Year!

Career Talks Modeled on the popular Ted Talks, these quick presentations (15 minutes) provide the opportunity to share new ideas on a wide-range of career topics. Have a new theory to share? Want to spark a conversation around a particular issue? Have a new way of using a traditional tool? Think about about a Career Talk!

Graduate Student Poster Sessions Graduate students just joining our field have a great deal to share with NCDA members. If you are a graduate student, we highly encourage you to share information about your research, your practice, your program, or other thoughts on the field!


Constituency Group Meetings
NCDA has transitioned to a constituency model to better represent and serve the diverse needs of our members. At this year's conference, you will once again have the opportunity to meet with the trustee for the constituency group that most closely represents your work setting or interest affiliation. These groupings are designed to help you in your networking, to facilitate greater connection with colleagues who may share similar interests and work settings, and to enhance communication between the membership and the NCDA Board.

Constituency groups are easily identifiable by their different colored name badge holders. Be sure to make your travel arrangements so you can participate in these special meetings on Wednesday, June 29 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. 

    • Blue: School Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Ray Davis, Ray Davis Consulting 
    • Orange: Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Brian Montalvo, Florida Atlantic University
    • Green: Private Practice, Business & Industry, and Agencies – Trustee Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal
    • Black: Counselor Educators and Researchers – Trustee Kathy Evans, University of South Carolina

First Timer's Session is for those attendees who have never been to an NCDA Global Career Development Conference. It is a great opportunity to meet others and learn how to maximize your conference experience.  Presented by seasoned conference veterans!

The Welcome Reception is a time to gather together with old friends and new on the conference opening night.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served along with an available cash bar.  Entrance is free to conference attendees (please wear your badge as identification).  Guest tickets may be purchased.

NCDA Party
Join friends and colleagues as we celebrate career development!  The night will include dancing, dessert, and a cash bar. 

NCDA Conference App
Be sure to check out the Conference App. This is an excellent way to electronically schedule your conference sessions, network with other conference attendees, find out more about conference presenters, and much more. The Conference App will be available with 2016 Conference Information in early May. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the App free. Just search NCDA.



Mark your calendar for future Conferences:


2017 NCDA Conference

June 30 - July 2, 2017
Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 29, 2017
Marriott Orlando World Center
Orlando, Florida


2018 NCDA Conference

June 21 - 23, 2018
Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 20, 2018
Phoenix Convention Center & Hyatt Regency
Phoenix, Arizona