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2020 Professional Development Institute

  • Friday, March 13, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • McMenamins Kennedy School


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OCDA invites you to attend the 17th annual
Professional Development Institute (PDI)

Callings: The Power of Passionate Work

Gregg Levoy

March 13th, 2020

This is the event of choice for regional career development professionals to enhance their skills, network with colleagues, recognize outstanding career development professionals, share best practices, and gain continuing education credits. This year, Gregg Levoy will join us to lead us through a hands-on seminar:

People who are fueled by a sense of calling about their work—a deep feeling of fit and purpose, a match between who they are and what they do—will bring that kind of passion and spirit to their jobs and careers, their companies and communities, their lives and the lives of others.

This hands-on seminar is designed around a series of self-reflective questions—as well as discussion, brainstorming, dyad and small-group work—geared to assisting career development professionals in helping clients clarify their sense of calling. But you'll also approach the questions and tools first-person, to get a feel for them yourself, in the process helping you—and those you counsel and coach—gain clarity and courage to take whatever Next Steps will deepen alignment with your own callings. These steps could be to make a creative leap or career change, launch a new venture or collaboration, take on a new role or let go of an old one, or make any course-correction in your professional or personal life.

We’ll also explore the questions that arise naturally in the presence of any call: What does it ask of us? How do we tell the true call from the false? How do we handle our resistance to it? What happens when we say no? What happens when we say yes?

Early Bird deadline: 2/28/2020

Regular Rate deadline: 3/9/2020

Due to incurred costs refunds cannot be issued after 3/6



Schedule of Events

8:00 am Registration & Check-in, Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am Gregg Levoy: Session 1

10:30 am Break 

10:45 am Gregg Levoy: Session 2

12:00 pm Luncheon & Networking

1:15 pm Gregg Levoy: Session 3

3:30 pm Awards Ceremony/Networking Dessert

4:00 pm Adjourn


Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group—and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin). He is also the former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today.

He has Keynoted at the NCDA Conference (twice), and presented at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Assn of Colleges and Employers, and many others, and has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, and many others. His website is

The Oregon Career Development Association is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable and educational entity.

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