The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

GCDA News | September 2016

In This Issue

  • President's Welcome
  • Betsy Johnson -- Thank You!
  • Fall Events and CEU Opportunities
  • Membership Renewals

President's Welcome

Hello and Welcome Back!

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the summer season. With fall just around the corner, our new GCDA Board of officers is excited to serve you! Our goal for 2016-2017 is to collaboratively implement an improved and robust schedule of events to meet the needs of our members.

I am both honored and excited to work with an amazing array of officers this year, who have already proven to be organizational change agents with an entrepreneurial spirit. As Career Development Professionals, we must pursue emerging new industry trends, job search strategies, and technological advances in order to serve our clients. In order to better serve you, one of our goals as a board is to also be changing and improving our professional development options; provide information, promote training and credentialing, plus facilitate networking opportunities.

We would like to extend an invitation to attend our 2016-2017 schedule of events! We look forward to sharing an awesome year together : )

Thank you in advance for your time and support,

Debra Ruddell

GCDA President

2016 - 2017 GCDA President, Debra Ruddell

Some of the members of the Georgia Career Development Association community at the NCDA Conference this Summer in Chicago (below)

Thank You Betsy Johnson, Our "Ms. GCDA"!

If you have been involved with Georgia Career Development Association in the past you know how instrumental Betsy Johnson has been to our success. Whether it was serving on the board, helping coordinate event locations, or a slew of other duties, Betsy was always willing to make sure GCDA was useful to the surrounding community of career development professionals.

Recently, Betsy has transitioned out of Georgia to be closer to her family. We want to say a big thank you to someone who has contributed greatly to our organization!


Like Betsy, we want you to be engaged in a thriving community of career development professionals. Join us for events, become a member, and learn how to serve your clients best by becoming involved with GCDA!

Fall Events

Join us for our Fall lineup of professional development and networking activities.

Friday, September 23 -- Career Theory Workshop with Dr. Michelle Tullier, "Cultivating Purpose and Pivot in Clients: The Outward-Inward Career Model"

CEU's will be offered! [Event Page]

Friday October 9 

October Networking Breakfast [Event Page]


National Career Development Month Webinar Series

Friday December 9

December Networking Breakfast [Event Page]

Membership Renewals

It's that time of year -- make sure you renew your active GCDA membership to receive:

  • Discounts on all professional development events
  • Discounted rates on programs and the annual Mini-Conference
  • Opportunities to network with fellow career professionals
  • Free listing of your professional counseling/coaching services on GCDA website
  • Leadership opportunities in a well-respected professional organization
  • Community service events to give back to local communities
Visit our membership page to join and secure the best pricing for our Fall professional development activities.

Join us on Social Media

Join our LinkedIn group and follow us on Facebook to join the conversation, stay up to date with events, and more!

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