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POSTPONED: Career Counselors' Consortium Spring 2020 Conference

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (EDT)
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020 (EDT)
  • Virtual
  • 57


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


Career Counselors' consortium

Spring 2020 conference

Conference Update Related to Coronavirus

We have made the decision to make this conference virtual.  The information below reflects the original itinerary for the conference.  We are currently working with our speakers and presenters to confirm scheduling.  We will update this page to confirm details as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience! 

Our conference this year will be full of networking, idea sharing, and learning! Please note: we will have a pre-conference PDS from UK-based career coach, Liane Hambly.  Stay tuned for updates regarding this session! 

11:45 - 12:30 - Registration, Coffee & Networking

11:45 - 12:30 - Bring your own Brown Bag lunch (optional)

12:30 - 1:45 - TED Talk Style Keynotes

2:00 - 3:00 - Concurrent Workshops (3 options)

3:15 - 4:15 - Concurrent Workshops (2 options) - OR -

3:15 - 4:15 -  Sharing best practices (including with the authors of career-related books)

                 (2) sessions - 20 min. each + 15 min. for group sharing

4:15 - 5:00 - Snack Break and networking!

5:00 - 6:15 - Concurrent Workshops (2 options) - OR - 

5:00 - 6:15 - Sharing best practices 

                 (2) sessions - 25 min. each + 15 min. for group sharing

Conference Location at Emmanuel:

Registration and Keynote Speakers will take place in the Library Lecture Hall -  Cardinal Cushing Library. Workshops will be held in the Eisner Administration Building. The Eisner building the first one on the right when entering the main gate (only car entrance) off of The Fenway and the Library is the first one to the left.  You can view the campus map, here.


Keynote Speakers will take place in the Library Lecture Hall -  Cardinal Cushing Library.

  • Liane Hambly - Neuropsychology of Motivation
    • Liane, based in the UK, is director of Creative Career Coaching which offers professional development programs for organizations and career coaches. She has taught at a number of UK universities and is a lead trainer for the UK professional body, the Career Development Institute (CDI). She is also co-author of Creative Career Coaching, Theory into Practice (Routledge 2019).  
  • Jim Peacock -  Intentional Serendipity 
    • Jim is the Principal of Peak-Careers Consulting offering the FCD class since 2001, online seminars, and F2F workshops for career practitioners. He is a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) and Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Two-time President of Maine-CDA.2007 received the NCDA Outstanding Career Practitioner Award. Author of A Field Guide for Career Practitioners
  • Susan P. Joyce - Google Search Tricks 
    • Susan is the publisher and editor of Job-Hunt.org since 1998. She has been studying the online job search world, teaching online job search skills, and writing about job search since 1995. A veteran of the US Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and also in a compensation consulting firm.
  • Sabrina Woods - Dashboard Extension Exercise 
    • Sabrina is a Holistic Career / Life Coach in private practice and the current CCC President. She has 20 years’ in the career services field including at Northeastern, Harvard, and Queen Mary. Her joy comes from tapping holistic and mindfulness-based practices while helping people with career transitions. Sabrina also facilitates workshops ranging from the Myers Briggs to Mindfulness, and has taught in the US, UK and Middle East.


Workshops will be held in the Eisner Administration Building.


2:00 - 3:00 Choose one of these three concurrent workshops:


1.  Seven Ace Career Counselors Distill 1000 Years of Work Into 7 Gems: What Are Yours? presented by Kendall Dudley, Neil Wilson, Marilyn Wilson, Lucy Meadows, Gail Liebhaber, Larry Elle, Andrew Brown.  

Seven counselors pull from their checkered casework one gem each to serve as the basis for lighting a discussion on the frontiers of best practices. They‘ll go for 2 minutes each and then participants will stoke the flames with ideas and approaches that have worked for them.  We want career counseling to be vivid, engaging and helpful to others—how can we best do this is in a changing workplace?  Come add your fire to the mix of inspiring ideas. A summary of our proceedings will be captured and released to conference members and others in related fields.

We are 7 enlistees in what has been a 20+ year affiliation of independent career counselors who represent diverse perspectives and training including, psychology, technology, social work, executive coaching, management, academic advising, holistic counseling, writing and art.

More specifically, we are, in reverse alphabetical order:

Neil Wilson; MA; Career and Real Estate consultant

Marilyn Wilson, PhD; Career Counselor

Lucy Meadows, MS; Certified Career and Life Coach

Gail Liebhaber, M.Ed; Career Consultant

Larry Elle, MSW; Director of Success Associates

Kendall Dudley; MA; Career & Life Design Consultant

Andrew Brown, MA; Career Counselor/Coach


2.  Best Practices in Outreach to Employers presented by Jacqui Sweeney

Based on experience with employers and students, Jacqui will lead participants through case studies to illustrate best practices in successful employer relations within difficult industries.  Particular focus will include:

  • Ongoing challenges in job development, employer relations and difficult industries
  • Discussion of proven strategies, philosophy and tools
  • Small peer group work to provide practice and application

Jacqui Sweeney, Cooperative Education Coordinator at Northeastern, is an experienced professional with over 25 years of practice in cooperative education, program development, career counseling, building relationships, job development, teaching, and project management. 


3.  Give ‘Em Something to Snack On: A Menu of Micro Content Delights presented by Erika “Riky” Hanlon

Too much of anything can be a bad thing, even carrots. How is content delivery any different? Just as we encourage students and clients to tailor their materials, we must consider our audiences as well. How do they prefer to be served, digest, and process content? With a growing smorgasbord of noise from all aspects of life, career development mealtime is short and sweet. So, let’s give ‘em something to snack on with a menu of micro content delights.

Take a look at how the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Career Development center has incorporated micro content into their career education and student engagement strategy, while gaining and understanding of how you or your clients might enhance communication through bite-sized content delivery.

This session will include discussion of print, digital, and reusable content formats. 

Participants will …

  • Develop and understanding of micro content in both function and format.
  • Identify content delivery formats and tools conducive to micro content delivery.
  • Begin considering aspects of their communication and engagement goals that may be enhanced or replaced with micro content.

Riky Hanlon is a Career Advisor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has an educational background in business and the arts, and experience in teaching, program development, and marketing and communication.


3:15 - 4:15:  Choose one of these two concurrent workshops

or sharing best practices:


1.  A New Psychology of Working presented by Amy Mazur

This workshop will introduce Dr. David Blustein’s Psychology of Work Theory of Career Development and provide an overview of how using interventions based on this model more effectively address client needs and goals.  Participants will walk away with tools, techniques and a deeper appreciation of how this model can work to support clients who do not feel they have choice or volition. 

The key goals of this session are:

  • Introduce the Psychology of Working Theory of Career
  • Provide an overview of how using interventions based on this model more effectively address client needs and goals. 
  • Share experiences and brainstorm theoretically tested approaches, interventions and techniques. 

Amy Mazur is a Career Development Specialist and Counselor Educator who has been working in the field for over 20 years, and who assists individuals to begin, renew and advance their careers. Her expertise includes educating, training and mentoring professionals in career and workforce development on using counseling skills to foster growth and change. 


2.  Supporting Clients who are Neurodiverse  presented by Katie Fernandes & Sarah Breen

Meeting clients where they are can be time consuming and labor intensive. Add a learning challenge, (e.g. attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, executive function, autism spectrum disorder) and then where do you begin? This engaging session will explore strategies and the implementation process as a counselor to best support neurodiverse learners. During this session we will focus on the practical application of these universally designed strategies with small group case studies. The application of these methods will examine how to provide accessible support for all while empowering them to achieve their career goals

Topics/theories include: 

  • Universal Design
  • Holistic approach
  • Meta-cognition – Growth Mindset 
  • Motivational Interviewing


Katie Fernandes serves as an Academic Skills Specialist at Providence College. Katie’s area of professional interest include promoting university-wide accessibility, mental illness on residential campuses and universal design in and out of the classroom. In all of Katie's work, she strives to empower students to be self-advocates in every aspect of the educational journey.

Sarah Breen is the Assistant Director of Career Counseling at Emmanuel College.  She has worked in hiring and career capacities in the non-profit and education industries. Through her work, she has assisted students with diagnosed learning challenges on next steps after college and preparing for the job search process.


5:00 - 6:15 PM:  Choose one of two concurrent workshops

or sharing best practices:


 1. Create a Thriving Career Counseling Practice presented by Gail Liebhaber, and Jim Peacock

In a small group environment participants will learn the basics involved in starting a career coach business by getting the answers to these questions and discussing these how-to’s. Come with your questions, leave with answers and a name for your business.  

What are the costs involved in opening a career coaching business?

  • What is your target clientele?
  • How can you make your business more profitable?
  • How to keep customers coming back

Jim Peacock is an award-winning career development specialist and owner of Peak-Careers. He has more than 25 years of experience giving career advisors and counselors the tools to help their clients see that they have choices and that—with a little support—they can find the work they love to do.

Gail Liebhaber has been involved in the field of career development for over 25 years as a trainer, consultant, coach and counselor. She has an M.Ed. with a specialization in career counseling and is a Licensed Social Worker in Massachusetts.  Her private practice is called Career Directions. 


2. Career Development for Diverse Students presented by: Adesuwa Igbineweka and Natascha Faye Saunders

Adesuwa will lead a conversation about how we can help build a positive and diverse workplace.  She will consider the following questions: How can we help students and employers celebrate and appreciate the diverse talents of employees (our students and clients)? How do students and clients identify employers who are committed to honoring their mission of diversity? What strategies are employer relations team (universities) using to promote diversity, equity and inclusion?

Natascha will share testimonials from students of color and advice that can help coaches better understand the student mindset for assessing best-fit employers. Furthermore, Natascha will share best practices on how career coaches can help prepare students of color to enter a workforce where they will be the only brown face in predominantly white spaces.

In addition, there will be time for peer-to-peer sharing of best practices from their own experiences and have the opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

Adesuwa Igbineweka is an Employer Relations Specialist in Career Services at UMASS Boston. 

Natascha Faye Saunders is an  Associate Director and a Career Coach at the  Harvard Kennedy School. 

Parking Information:

Are you driving to the conference? Good news! Parking is free with your registration.  Parking is at Emmanuel (400 Fenway Boston, MA 02115).

Reminder: Dinner & Social after the conference:

Join us after the Conference for dinner and networking! 

Dinner will be held at Emmanuel College, 6:30-7:45. 

Tickets are $25 per person.

Have you already registered for the conference and want to attend dinner?  Register here.

Stop by for a Social Hour! 

At the Yardhouse, 7:45-9:00, it's just a 5 minute walk from Emmanuel College.

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