Keynote Speakers

Marilyn TAmMarilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate/Leadership Coach, and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. Formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc., Marilyn is also a successful entrepreneur who has developed and built four companies.

From being a child laborer in Hong Kong, to international business and humanitarian success, she is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams.

Dr. Tam's most recently published book is The Happiness Choice: The Five Decisions That Will Take You From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. With her talks, books, workshops and consultations, she has helped thousands and thousands of people internationally to achieve greater success and happiness in the dynamic balance of the 21st century. Brand Channel lists her as one of the four most prominent names in Ethical Business globally.


Richard Leider PhotoRichard Leider is the founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company – and is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, by Linkage as one of the “Top 50” executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.”

As a Keynote Speaker, he has helped more than 100,000 leaders from over 50 corporations such as AARP, Ericsson, Mayo Clinic, and MetLife discover the power of purpose.

Richard is the author of nine books, including three best sellers, and his work has been translated into 21 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field. His newest book, Life Reimagined, has been touted as the breakthrough book on the “second half of life.” He is a contributing author to many coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Nationally Certified Master Career Counselor. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he leads The Purpose Project. He is also a Carlson Executive Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Management and a guest lecturer in the Harvard Business School.

Richard is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, and on PBS public television, NPR public radio, and other media sources.

Richard’s work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institutes Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award. He was named a “Distinguished Alumni” by Gustavus Adolphus College, and to the “Hall of Fame” at Central High School.

For 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


David Blustein PhotoDavid L. Blustein, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. 

David has published numerous articles and book chapters on career development, the psychology of working, work-based transitions, and relational perspectives of working.  He is the author of “The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Career Development, Counseling, and Public Policy” and the editor of the recently published “Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Working.”

These two books, along with much of his recent work, are devoted to creating a broad and inclusive approach to understanding the role of work in people’s lives, optimally encompassing everyone who works and who wants to work. 

David is a Fellow of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and has recently completed a term as a member of the Board of Directors of NCDA.  He has received the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personality and Career Research, the Extended Research Award by the American Counseling Association, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Vocational Psychology.

In addition, Professor Blustein has consulted with state and national government agencies on issues pertaining to career development education and the school-to-work transition process.  David also has been a practitioner for over 25 years, and continues to see clients as the Director of Career Development Services for Child and Family Psychological Services in Norwood, MA.

2014 Conference


NCDA Conference 2015

Mark your calendar:

June 30 - July 2, 2015
Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 29, 2015
Denver, Colorado