The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

Mini-Conference 2023 - The Brain 3.0 Framework with Author Due Quach Founder of Calm Clarity

  • Friday, April 14, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mercer University, Atlanta Campus


  • One-day conference in-person or Zoom. Light breakfast and lunch provided.
  • Universities and Colleges are invited to register a group of 10 employees from the same institution. The final list of attendees must be provided by March 31st. Contact with questions.

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2023 Mini-Conference

Mindfulness & Neuroscience

The Brain 3.0 Framework

Calm Clarity practical framework makes neuroscience and mind-hacking easy to understand.

Keynote Speaker & Workshop

Author Due Quach of Calm Clarity

Friday April 14th

Mercer University Atlanta Campus

InPerson or Zoom options

8:30am - 3:00pm Keynote & Sessions 

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Early Bird Registration ends February 28th

All Early Bird registrants are entered into a drawing to have dinner with Due and 2 Board members.

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What is Calm Clarity?

Due Quach (pronounced "Zway Kwok")  was selected to be our Keynote speaker because of her experience as a first-generation student at an elite college. She underwent trauma and isolation while at Harvard. Yet, she defied the odds with a career in Finance. She walked away to study mindfulness abroad and create Calm Clarity. Her Non-Profit Calm Clarity helps youth in Philadelphia learn to thrive despite their odds, and her Brain 3.0 model assists clients in moving from Brain 1.0Inner Godzilla, through Brian 2.0Teen Wolfto Brain 3.0Inner Sage.

We welcome those who work with first-generation students, immigrants, and refugees, as well as those working with professionals considering a career transition or struggling with career advancement, to join us. Her 2-hour presentation will involve hands-on practice of the Brain 3.0 technique. 

Speaker Line-Up

Agnes Trinh Mackintosh

Career Coaching at an Employer Career Center 

Holistic Employee Development in Healthcare. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta comprises dedicated staff in clinical and non-clinical roles who work tirelessly making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Living up to Children’s employee promise of putting “People First, Children Always” a Career Center was launched in 2022 to provide staff customized career coaching to explore how to grow their careers internally. Learn how Children’s is leading healthcare in creating a Career Center, one of the first of its kind, and insights gleaned from the first year of implementation. Join the conversation on what it means to develop employees at the beginning, middle, and later career years while navigating important life stages and connecting them to timely resources. Join Agnes to learn about Career Coaching in an Employer Career Center.

Debra Ruddell & Joy Carol Young

Coaching Neurodiverse Clients

Today, we are lucky to have more Neurodiverse clients in the main stream workforce than ever before. In this session we will discuss: Identifying and Coaching Nerodiverse clients, The employment landscape, and resources for coaches.  

Debra Ruddell  - Serving over 12 years as a Career Professional, Debra Ruddell is a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), an NCDA Certified Career Counselor (CCC), a Certified Neurodiversity Professional (CNP), and a qualified MBTI & Strong Interest Inventory Practitioner. As a life-long learner, she recently completed training & certification as a Personal Resilience Practitioner. She is the owner of DJR Career Connector, a private practice in metro Atlanta where she specializes in career exploration, rediscovery, and transitions, from entry level to executive level. Debra is also a Crossroads Career Ministry volunteer leader in her church. Debra holds a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from IU-PUI in Indianapolis. Debra completed the NCDA Leadership Academy in 2019 and is a Past President of the Georgia Career Development Association (GCDA), serving on the GCDA Board for 6 years. She currently serves on the National Career Development Association Credentialing Commission as well as the NCDA Technology Committee. Debra previously worked in higher education as a Career Advisor and Career Director at the Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Association, as well as the Mercer University Atlanta Campus Career Center. Debra has also worked with outplacement clients through Impact Group, and currently coaches federal employees through the Career Development Alliance.

Joy Carol Young - Recently selected by the Dynamis Group's Neurodiversity by Design consultancy, Joy has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Global Neurodiversity Evangelists for 2023.  As a speaker, trainer, advisor and advocate, Joy is committed to building a better world through the understanding and inclusion of cognitive diversity. Serving over thirty years as a teacher and school administrator in both public and private schools, Joy has a heart for all learners.  Joy's role as neurodiversity coach to both leadership and developers in Ernst and Young's Neurodiversity Centers of Excellence introduced her to the opportunities and challenges of neurodiversity in the workplace. Stepping away from EY to focus her attention on an aging parent, Joy eagerly promotes neuroinclusion in schools and businesses around the world.  Joy lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband of 42 years, her son and their rescue dog Angel.   Born on a farm in Central Illinois, Joy loves the country.  She enjoys all kinds of music, HGTV and country roadtrips to those little known small towns and landmarks scattered throughout the US.


8:30   Networking

9:00 - 11:00               Due Quach

11:00 - 12:00             Debrah Ruddell  

12:00 - 12:30             Lunch / Awards  

12:30 - 1:30               Agnes Trinh Mackintosh 

1:30 - 2:30.                GCDA Meeting, Awards, SHRM-Atlanta Partnerships

2:30   Networking

Who Should Attend:

  • Career Coaches

  • Career Counselors

  • Student Services Providers

  • Practitioners who work with International Student Populations

  • Practitioners who work with Refugees

  • Teachers

  • Human Resource Professionals

  • Managers

  • Leaders

  • Those looking to help clients move from Brain 1.0 to Brain 3.0 with a simple and effective model

  • Those working with professionals considering a career transition

  • Those working with professionals struggling with career advancement

  • Anyone considering or struggling with their own career advancement




Early Bird Registration  - Use the GCDA rate to register if you are member of NCDA, GCDA, SHRM, SHRM-Atlanta.

All Early Bird registrants are entered into a drawing to have dinner with Due and 2 Board members.

University / College Group Rate

See Registration page for details.

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