The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

President, 2020-21

Past President's Reflection


Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as GCDA’s President for the past year. On behalf of the board, we are thankful for each one of you and the commitment you’ve shown to GCDA this year. To the board, I am extremely proud of the leadership and innovation displayed by each of you this year. Amidst the change and uncertainty of our past year, the dedication of the board and membership was something I knew I could depend upon.  

When I look back on our past year as an organization, several highlights come to mind with one central theme - connection. When disconnection was felt strongly across our world, we chose to come together. We did this in many ways. From monthly Coffee & Connection Zoom meetings to our GCDA Book Club, Social Justice Roundtables, and new awards. We came together to support each other, advocate for our clients, prepare for the future of work, and so much more. We’ve offered each other a safe place to land and space to share challenges within our work and lives in deeper ways than ever before. I truly feel as though GCDA became more than a professional organization this year. It became a family. In this year alone, we’ve connected to grieve the loss of loved ones, celebrate the start of new businesses, fight injustices of many kinds, cheer on graduates, and admire new pets. Thank you for your commitment and vulnerability this year. Thanks for choosing to connect.  

Serving as GCDA’s President has been an absolute joy. I've loved giving back to an organization that has offered me consistent support, learning, and growth. I am excited about our coming year under the leadership of David Harris, who deserves a special thank you for serving as my President-Elect. Your guidance and support were invaluable to me this year. I’m pleased to pass the baton to you! 


Maggie O’Brien

GCDA President 2020-21  

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