2017 Conference-At-A-Glance

NOW AVAILABLE - 2017 NCDA Global Conference PROGRAM BOOK *

or get the 2017 Program Book - DAILY AGENDA ONLY

*Please Note: the Program Book is a very large file and may take time to download. Printed program books will be provided at the NCDA Registration Desk onsite. The Daily Agenda is somewhat of a large file, but only includes the schedule and session details for each day.

You may also view 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 for NCDA. 

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".


AGENDA ITEMS ONLINE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! View the Program Book or Conference App for current details.

 Monday, June 26, 2017
9:00 am – 9:00 pm NCDA Supervision Training
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm Conference Registration Open
8:00 am – 5:00 pm NCDA Supervision Training
8:00 am – 5:00 pm NCDA Career Services Provider (CSP) Advisory Council
8:00 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Counselor Educator Academy
11:30 am - 1:00 pm  Lunch On Your Own
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm Exhibitor Setup
1:00 - 5:00 pm Professional Development Institutes
1:00 - 5:00 pm State Leadership Training
12:00 - 5:00 pm  Leadership Academy Class of 2017 and Class of 2018
4:00 – 5:00 pm Leadership Academy Alumni join Leadership Academy Class of 2017 and 2018 for Panel
5:30  - 6:30 pm Volunteer Reception
5:30 - 7:00 pm APCDA Meeting
5:30 - 6:30 pm NCDA Committee Chair Meeting
7:00 - 8:30 pm  NCDA Publications Development Council
8:00 - 9:00 pm International Reception
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 8:30 am Morning Beverages in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Sharing Tables
7:30 am - 2:30 pm Cyber Showcase
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Career Resource Store Open
7:30 am - 6:00 pm Exhibitor Hall
8:00 am - 12:00 noon Supervision Training
8:00 am - 12:00 noon Counselor Educator Academy
8:00 - 9:00 am First Timers Meeting
9:00 - 10:30 am Constituency Group Meetings
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Committee Meetings
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Grab and Go Lunch in Exhibit Hall


1:00 - 2:15 pm Presentation Series I (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
2:30 - 4:00 pm Opening General Session
4:15 - 5:45 pm NCDA Membership Meeting
6:00 - 9:00 pm NCDA Party
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 am Leadership Academy Class of 2018 Breakfast
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 8:30 am Morning Beverages in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Sharing Tables
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Cyber Showcase
7:30 am - 5:00 pm Career Resource Store Open
8:00 - 9:15 am Presentation Series II  (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
9:30 - 11:00 am  General Session
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Brain Trust Reception
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Presentation Series III (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
12:30 - 1:45 pm Lunch On Your Own
1:45 - 3:00 pm  Presentation Series IV (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
3:15 - 4:30 pm Presentation Series V (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
4:45 - 6:00 pm Presentation Series VI (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
5:30 - 10:00 pm Shuttle Buses to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney)
6:00 - 8:00 pm State/Specialty Receptions
Friday, June 30, 2017
7:00 - 8:00 am CCSP/GCDF Networking Session
7:00 - 8:00 am NCDA Board of Directors Breakfast
7:30 am - 5:00 pm NCDA Conference Registration Open
 7:30 - 8:30 am Morning Beverages
 8:00 - 9:15 am Presentation Series VII (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
 9:30 - 10:45 am Presentation Series VIII (presentations/roundtables/career talks)
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Closing General Session
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own
1:30 - 5:30 pm Professional Development Institutes

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&post-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.

Did you know...? NCDA's Guide to Conference Lingo:

Presentations are the most familiar and frequent sessions.  Lasting 75 minutes, there are close to 90 choices starting Wednesday afternoon and going through Friday morning. 

Roundtables are two 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 75 minute Program Series time frame.  Roundtables are offered at the same time as Presentation sessions.  Roundtable Sessions have been restructured to better accommodate up to 20 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, one on Tuesday afternoon and again on Friday afternoon.

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 it in 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:

    • Blue: School Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Ray Davis, Ray Davis Consulting 
    • Black: Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialists – Trustee Brian Montalvo, Florida Atlantic University
    • Gray: Private Practice, Business & Industry, and Agencies – Trustee Hyung Joon Yoon, George Washington University
    • Red: 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!

Cyber Showcase: Tour the NCDA website, practice using the new conference app or learn how to get published in the NCDA web magazine, Career Convergence. Attend a short 30 minute event, or stop in anytime with your questions about the cyber side of NCDA.

NCDA Party
Join friends and colleagues as we celebrate career development!  This family friendly event will include entertainment, food, desserts and a great time guaranteed!! Guest tickets may be purchased in advance or at the NCDA Registration Desk. Entrance is free to conference attendees. 

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 is now available. Visit the Apple Store or Google Play Store to download the App free. Just search NCDA.



NBCC ACEPNational Career Development Association (NCDA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 1003. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NCDA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.









Mark your calendar for future Conferences:

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2018 NCDA Conference

June 21-23, 2018

Phoenix Convention Center
& Hyatt Regency

Phoenix, Arizona

Pre-Conference Sessions:
June 20, 2018

2019 NCDA Conference

June 27-29, 2019

Marriott Marquis Hotel
Houston, Texas


2020 NCDA Conference

June 30-July 2, 2020

Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis Minnesota


2021 NCDA Conference
June 30-July 2, 2021

Marriott Marquis Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia