2016 Keynote Speakers: 


Rich Feller, PhDRich Feller Nov 2015

Rich Feller PhD, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Career Development and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, is a former NCDA President and recipient of the Eminent Career Award. With help from many he’s consulted on six continents and all 50 states, co-authored three books (with Gary Walz, Ed Whitfield, Chris Wood, and Judy Whichard), three film series (with Joe Vasos), print and digital versions of www.cdminternet.com (with Art O’Shea and Tom Harrington), and the Who You Are Matters board game (with Mark Franklin).  He loves to learn about maximizing talent, clarifying voice, accelerating intentional exploration, and living on purpose within turbulent times. Barbara and he are proud parents of son Chris. His second best accomplishment is holding Hall of Famer Dr. J (Julius Erving) to 35 points in a college basketball game (in the first half). 


Pepper J. Schwartz, PhDPepper Schwartz
Professor, Sociology, University of Washington

Pepper Schwartz received her Bachelors and Masters of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is presently Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. She has received honors from Washington University as a Distinguished Alumni and Mortar Board and the Women's Forum of Washington for Excellence in Education and the American Sociological Association has given her their award for Public Understanding of Sociology.  She was awarded "One of the 35 Most Brilliant People in Washington State" by Law and Politics Magazine.  She is the author of over 50 academic articles and 25 books including the New York Times best seller, "The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples" (Random House, 2013 with Dr. Jim Witte and Chrisanna Northrup) and her most recent book is “Snap Strategies for Couples: 40 Fast Fixes for Common Couple Problems”. (Swith Dr. Lana Staheli, Seal Press, 2015) She is the Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualities and of the Pacific Sociological Association.

Dr. Schwartz has been a long time media presence and consultant. She is a frequent blog contributor to CNN.com and she wrote columns for American Baby and Glamour Magazine for more than eight years and has appeared many times on the Oprah Show, the Today Show, CBS Morning News, and CNN. She was a news commentator and relationship expert for over 8 years at KING TV (NBC) and 13 years at KIRO.TV (CBS) in Seattle. She is presently one of the four experts on the hit A and E show (also shown on FYI network) “Married at First Sight”, now in its third season, and going into its’ fourth season. 

Dr. Schwartz has given two TEDX talks (Seattle Rainier and St, Louis, Catalyst) and lectures and does workshops all over the world. Her latest combination of her work on relationships and her love of travel is romantic travel writing and she co-wrote (with Dr. Janet Lever) a 2014 Frommers book "Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World”. 

She lives in Snoqualmie Washington on a horse farm with multiple large dogs. She is engaged to Frederick Kaseburg and she has two adult children, Cooper Schwartz and Ryder DeFranco.


Mark SavickasMark Savickas, PhD

Mark Savickas is a Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at Kent State University. His 100 articles, 45 book chapters, and 500 presentations to professional groups have dealt with vocational behavior and career counseling. He is a fellow of the American Counseling Association, American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the National Career Development Association. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).


Mark your calendar for future Conferences:


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2017 NCDA Conference

June 28 - 30, 2017
Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 28, 2017
Post-Conference Sessions:
June 30, 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