2015 Conference-At-A-Glance

The 2015 Conference Program Book is now available online! The print version will be available at Registration, when you check-in.

Announcing the new NCDA Conference APP -- get details then download it now!

Is this your first conference with NCDA?  We may have some 'conference lingo' that is unfamiliar - check out the bottom of this page for session details.  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.

 *Please Note: Agenda items and specific sessions can change. Please view the 2015 Conference Program Book for the final agenda.  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.

 Sunday, June 28, 2015
2:00 – 6:00 pm NCDA Board of Directors Meeting
4:00 - 6:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
Monday, June 29, 2015
7:30 am - 5:30 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
8:00 am – 12:00 noon NCDA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Career Center Tour
8:00 am - 12:00 noon Professional Development Institutes
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set-Up
1:00 - 5:00 pm NCDA Leadership Academy
1:30 - 5:30 pm Professional Development Institutes
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 am - 5:30 pm Cyber Showcase Open
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Sharing Tables
8:00 - 9:45 am Constituency Group Meetings
8:00 - 9:45 am State Leadership Training
10:00 - 11:00 am First Timer's Session
11:00 am - 12:30 pm NCDA Committee Meetings
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Strolling Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:45 pm Opening General Session
3:05 - 4:15 pm Presentation Series I
  Roundtable Series I
4:35 - 5:45 pm

Presentation Series II


Roundtable Series II

5:45 - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
7:00 - 8:00 pm NCDA Leadership Academy Alumni Reception
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Sharing Tables
7:30 am - 4:00 pm Exhibit Hall and Cyber Showcase Open
7:30 - 8:30 am Morning Beverages in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 - 10:00 General Session
10:20 - 11:30 am Presentation Series III
  Roundtable Series III
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch on Your Own
1:00 – 2:10 pm Presentation Series IV
  Roundtable Series IV
2:30 - 3:40 pm Presentation Series V
  Roundtable Series V
4:00 - 5:15 pm NCDA Annual Membership Meeting
8:00 - 10:30 pm Peak to Peak Party
Thursday, July 2, 2015
7:30 am - 11:30 am NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 11:30 am Sharing Tables
8:30 - 9:30 am Presentation Series VI
  Roundtable Series VI
9:45 - 10:45 am

Presentation Series VII

  Roundtable Series VII
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Closing General Session


Did you know...?

Presentations are the most familiar and frequent sessions.  Lasting 60 or 70 minutes, there are close to 90 choices starting Tuesday afternoon and going through Thursday morning. 

Roundtables are two 25- or 30-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 70 minute Program Series time frame.  Roundtables are offered at the same time as Presentation sessions.

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.

Constituency Group Meetings
NCDA has been transitioning 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 Tuesday, June 30 from 8:00 – 9:45 am. 

    • Blue: School Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Ray Davis, Ray Davis Consulting 
    • Orange: Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Paul Timmins, University of Minnesota
    • Green: Private Practice, Business & Industry, and Agencies – Trustee Carol Vecchio, Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal
    • Black: Counselor Educators and Researchers – Trustee Lourdes Rivera, Queens College, CUNY

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.

Peak to Peak Party
Join friends and colleagues as we celebrate career development!  The night will include dancing, dessert, and a cash bar. Entertainment will be FACE. Check out this video for a Peak at the entertainment!

Check out the newest video from FACE!

Check out another great video from FACE!


Be sure to download the new Conference App!


Mark your calendar:

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2016 NCDA Conference

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June 30 - July 2, 2016
Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 29, 2016
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


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