The State Chapter of the National Career Development Association

Professional Development and Networking Events


Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Gas South District Convention Center
    Registration is closed

    GCDA is partnering with SHRM-Atlanta in 2023 for several opportunities to connect and Career Coach members of SHRM- Atlanta.

    Renew your membership and Register here to volunteer for the SOAHR Conference

    • Exhibit Hall Resume Reviews @ The GCDA Table
    • Exhibit Hall LinkedIn Tips @ The GCDA Table
    • One-to-One Private Career Coaching On-site
    • Meet & Great to Promote the GCDA Mini Conference @ The GCDA Table

    After Registration on you can sign-up for time slots.

    Your confirmation email  will include a Sign-up Genius link. 

    Let's show some GCDA love and support for our SHRM-Atlanta friends own careers as they support their employees in 2023. 

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


    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 

    Register at

    Early Bird Registration ends February 28th

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

    Sign-up for Clam Clarity weekly posts at

    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

    Kitti Murray

    Founder Refuge Coffee a Workforce Development Non-Profit

    Kitti Murray and her husband Bill (or Kiki and Chief to their growing tribe of adorable grandkids) live on the edge of Atlanta in a refugee community that has been called the most diverse square mile in the country. This has been the most intense and inviting neighborhood in their experience, and it has taught them to dream big and love even bigger. One expression of that love has been Refuge Coffee Co., a non-profit Kitti founded as a way to join hands with neighbors near and far to create opportunity and true refuge through coffee and community service. 

    Refuge has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Senator Bill Bradley’s radio show, American Voices, Food & Wine magazine, NPR’s The Salt, and The Kelly Clarkson Show. Kitti has spoken about Refuge at Creative Mornings, the Q Commons, Leadercast Women, Google Atlanta, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and at other venues where people come to hear stories about justice and mercy.

    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

    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.  


    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.                Kitti Murray  

    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



    Please watch for CEU updates.

    Currently working with ICF and SHMR for CEU's.

    Early Bird Registration ends February 28th

    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.

    • Friday, May 12, 2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Viewpoint Building, 855 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

    GCDA is rotating our in person coffee meetings throughout the metro area.

    Join us at our our next in person coffee in Midtown

    Friday, May 12


    We’ll met at GCDA Member Robin Schlinger’s conference room:

    Viewpoint Building, 855 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.

    Viewpoint is between 6th and 7th on Peachtree Street. There is parking (for a charge) in a lot underneath the building on Juniper St. Attendees can also take MARTA, get off at the Midtown Station, and walk 3 blocks.

    • Friday, June 09, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • TBD
    • 100

     Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and join us for an hour

    to share ideas, resources, and support. 

    Generally the second Friday of the Month

    Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


    Link will be sent ahead for registrants.

    Watch for updates in the newsletter and e-blasts


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