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The MCDA Wellspring February 2016

A Message from MCDA President, Ronda Ansted
Happy 2017, everyone!

For me, the new year is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and focus on what's important for the months ahead. At MCDA, we have been gearing up for our conference and other professional development events. We are grateful for the feedback that we've received, which has informed our efforts to increase opportunities for both networking and clock hours. We're growing our conference by adding sessions on Thursday, developing a private practice track, and including more time to have fun with your colleagues. We've been growing our programming this year, too.
My hope for MCDA in 2017 is that we continue responding to our membership and that our members contribute their talent and insights in supporting MCDA's growth. We have opportunities to work with our passionate and visionary Board through volunteering in all of our committees (Publicity, Programming, CEU, Membership, Newsletter, Website, Awards, and Conference). If you're interested in learning more, please email me directly at

And come say hello at our conference or one of our Skill Building events!

With thanks,
Ronda Ansted
MCDA President
Founder, Be the Change Career Consulting
Feature Article
Work=Passion or Penance?
By Barry L. Davis, MS | CTC | MCS

When working with our clients and our students (not to mention ourselves!), we would do well to remember the potential interaction between our Head and our Heart.

In his excellent tome The Passion Plan, Richard Chang writes of making decisions regarding life and work from these two powerful resources.

If decisions move from your Head to your Heart (based solely on rational thought, logic, what “makes sense,” etc. and then considering your subjective side), you will likely experience Regret – “I wonder what might have happened if I had done this or that…?” Or, according to Chang, if you stay with Head decisions, you’re likely to experience Sadness, realizing that you failed to consider your deepest needs and desires before taking action.

Exclusive Heart decisions can have their pitfalls as well. As Chang notes, if you start from your Heart and stay with your Heart, you are likely to make risky, totally impractical decisions, placing your future in jeopardy as you never tempered your Heart ideas with logical considerations from your Head.

The best process, he suggests, is the Heart to Head journey. Identify and clarify your Passions, those deeply held beliefs and drives that make you the extraordinary person you are, and then evaluate alternatives and drive your actions through your Head to seek out the best path(s) to achieve your Passions, both in your work and your life.

According to Chang, this Heart-Head process is the ultimate way to achieve what he calls “capital P Profit,” Profit that feeds the soul as well as the body! In the introduction to his book he quotes Benjamin Disraeli: “Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.”

How about YOU (and those you serve)? Do you know where your passions lie? Are you practicing them? Are you helping your clients navigate the Heart-Head pathway? Are you striving to help them do so? If not, take action to make it happen!

Barry L. Davis, MS, CTC, MCS
Career Coach | Professor | Speaker | Blogger Minister | Marathoner
Certified Talent Consultant
Master Career Specialist
Gift of Self Career Services, LLC
Upcoming Events
Grow Your Business, Increase Your Revenue, and
Boost Your Market Influence through Writing 
When: February 24, 2017 | 12:00PM-1:00PM

Where: Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School | 1625 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC | Room 203

How: Register now by visiting the Event Registration page

What: Are you looking for an engaging way to transform your marketing to capture the attention of your prospective clients? If so, start writing!

Although writing scares many, it is a practice that can help you gain tremendous clarity on how best to speak to prospects and clients, share knowledge, and grow your business brand. According to Katherine Brooks, a consultant with over 30 years of experience in career development, career professionals often succumb to vocational irony: they are “so busy helping others move forward in their careers that [they] neglect [their] own career.”

This workshop introduces small business owners to the benefits of strategic writing and outlines simple activities coaches/private practitioners can immediately implement to build their brands and grow their business.

During this fascinating workshop, you will learn:

  1. How you, as a small business owner, can strategically use writing to clarify the way in which you communicate with your ideal clients and prospects.
  2. How to leverage blogging/publishing as a tool to elevate your professional brand and promote your private practice career offerings.
  3. How to access additional resources that can help you hone your writing skills and compel prospects to want to work with you!

Who: Krasi Shapkarova is an Assistant Director of Coaching & Education at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where she coaches students and alumni on topics including self-discovery, professional branding, networking, and interviewing. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Carey the Torch, the official blog of the Carey Career Development Office. Prior to joining the Carey Business School staff, Krasi worked as a counselor at the Distance Education department at Houston Community College. In that role, she assisted students with career exploration, degree planning, course selection, and study skills.

In addition, Krasi has an extensive experience as a writing tutor assisting students with resumes, cover letters, and scholarship essays. She also interned at Shriners Hospitals for Children and has background in the non-profit sector. Krasi holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Master of Arts in International Human Rights from the University of Denver. When not at the office, Krasi enjoys rock climbing, hiking, visiting museums, and reading.

MCDA 2017 Annual Conference
 "Bringing Joy into Career Development" 
Registration Open Soon

When: April 27 and 28, 2017
Where: Columbia, MD 

Last year we had the most attendees ever. Will you join us this year? 

If you are interested in Advertising Opportunities at the conference, please visit the Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus
Free Online Federal Hiring Training for Career Counselors
Online registration opened January 16, 2017!
Sessions begin Tuesday, February 14, 2017!
Into the Weeds: Free Federal Hiring Training for Career Counselors
This series of four, one-hour long webinars will provide a plain language, train-the-trainer experience that will enable you to effectively advise job seekers on finding and applying for Federal jobs. A Federal policy expert from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will provide up-to-date information on Federal hiring rules, job search strategies, résumé writing, and the Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates. This free webinar series is open to all career development professionals.
Get Wonky with a Policy Wonk!
These professional development sessions will provide information on Federal recruitment and hiring practices directly from the office that oversees recruitment and hiring policy for the Federal Government. The instructor is a Sr. Human Resources Specialist with a background in recruitment, hiring, policy, and training in the Federal Government. The information provided in these sessions comes from the Recruitment and Hiring office at U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C.
Applicable Lessons—Plain and Simple.
OPM’s goal and commitment is to make up-to-date information available to you and other career development professionals. In addition to learning how the Federal Government hires, you will gain strategies to help guide students in their Federal job search. You will be able to immediately apply the lessons in your daily interactions with job seekers because you get to keep all of the original course materials. The information contained in the series is public information provided to you by the Federal Government for you to use as you wish!

Four Webinars! Four and a Half Hours over One Month!
  • Federal Recruitment and Hiring for Career Counselors: You’ve always wondered why Federal agencies do the things they do when hiring students and recent graduates! We’ll show you why as we cover the unique aspects of the Federal application process that are critical to applicant success (i.e., eligibility, qualifications, and the Federal résumé) by translating Federal policy into plain-language guidance.
    • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
    • Time: 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Registration: Eventbrite 
  • The Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates (Career Counselors): The Pathways Programs are the only programs for students and recent graduates that can provide an opportunity for permanent Federal employment. Participants will learn about the Internship, Recent Graduates, and Presidential Management Fellowship Programs.
    • Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    • Time: 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Duration: 40 minutes
    • Registration: Eventbrite 
  • Finding and Applying for Jobs on USAJOBS (Career Counselors): This train-the-trainer program provides insight into the main online Federal jobs portal, You’ll learn to advise your clients on how to search for Federal jobs and maximize results; apply for Federal Jobs; and manage a USAJOBS account.
    • Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    • Time: 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Registration: Eventbrite 
    • **You keep the original presentation slides to use as your own.
  • Writing a Federal Résumé (Career Counselors): You already know the key to a successful job search is a well written résumé that is tailored to a particular job! This session dives into unique aspects of the Federal Job Opportunity Announcement (i.e., the job posting); how to tailor a Federal résumé; required information for a Federal résumé; and the Federal hiring process.
    • Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
    • Time: 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Duration: 1.5 hours
    • Registration: Eventbrite
    • **You keep the original presentation slides to use as your own.
The Final Pitch! 
  • This is free! We are offering these professional development sessions for Career Development Professionals at no cost!
  • OPM is the source of all Federal recruitment hiring information! Session instructors are Federal recruitment and hiring subject matter experts from the policy office that oversees Governmentwide hiring policy for the Federal Government.
  • In-person sessions are available on a limited basis! If you have a conference, consortium meeting, or other event where the audience size will be above 50 participants, and instructor travel can be aligned with other efforts, an in-person session could be arranged. Contact if interested.
Bonus Resources! Also check out OPM’s free resources for job seekers on our Job Seekers Resources Page and feel free to start using them in your work.
Members in the News
On Monday, January 9, 2017, R. Anne Hull of Hull Strategies, LLC addressed the 40Plus of Greater Washington chapter with "Experience is Your Competitive Advantage."

On January 31st, 2017, Anne was also a panel member in the session From Legal and Compliance Professional to Business Executive: Successes in Private and Public Sector Career Transitions to Business and Board Level Opportunities at the 2nd Networking & Leadership Forum on Women in Defense and Aerospace Law & Compliance.
Member Announcements

Congratulations to Harvey D. Steele, President of Reflections Career Coaching, who this past December became a Coach Training Alliance Certified Coach.

Newsletter Contributions

The newsletter theme for March is resourcefulness. How have you been resourceful as you help your clients? Or, how have you helped clients be resourceful when job searching? Share your story with your MCDA colleagues. 

In addition, career professionals love to celebrate each other. Have an accomplishment you are proud of? Let us know so that we can share with the rest of the MCDA community.

Krasi Shapkarova 

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