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PACDA Comes to You

Join us at an upcoming free, in-person event near you!

See below for details

The Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA), a State Division of the National Career Development Association, is committed to offering high quality, accessible professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners throughout the state.


Welcome to the Pennsylvania Career Development Association. We offer high quality, accessible, affordable professional development and networking opportunities to career services practitioners in outplacement, talent development, higher ed, K-12, workforce development, private practice, public/private agencies, and NFP settings.

Check out our new video featuring members talking about why PACDA matters:

PACDA’s strategic focus in 2023 is on member value enhancement (membership growth, exceptional programming, and expanded resources). We remain committed to:

  • Diversity in membership/presenters along every dimension: geography, age, gender, orientation, ethnicity, religion, etc.
  • Delivering positive value to career practitioners throughout PA, border communities, and, for virtual offerings, nationwide.
  • Responding to constituent needs.

By enabling robust interactions, deepened relationships, and impactful programs, PACDA continues to magnify the significant positive impact its members have on career services delivery to individuals and their families, communities, colleagues, and employers.

Safiya Edwards

President, PACDA


It is the policy of the Pennsylvania Career Development Association (PACDA) to maintain a safe, comfortable environment by prohibiting the solicitation of funds or business, the distribution or posting of materials, and/or the promotion of products or services not specifically approved by or belonging to PACDA, as outlined below:

  • Individuals, organizations, and companies are prohibited from soliciting funds, distributing literature or gifts, pitching merchandise or services, or engaging in any other solicitation, distribution, marketing, or similar activity except when approved in writing by PACDA.
  • Use of PACDA email addresses, meetings, or social media for marketing purposes, e.g. posting or distributing materials or announcements, is permitted only when authorized by the Executive Board of PACDA.

Questions may be submitted to

Join the conversation on social media! Share your favorite resources and career milestones with us using #thePACDA.



PACDA Comes to You

September and October

Join us at an upcoming free, in-person event near you!

  • Network with career development colleagues
  • Robust discussions about the dramatic impact that generative AI (including ChatGPT) is having on our profession
  • All registered attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free membership (or the equivalent of future event fees for current members)
  • Light refreshments
  • Hosted by PACDA's President, Safiya Edwards, and PACDA Founding President, Kim Neubauer
  • Eligible for 1.5 NCDA CEUs at no cost to you

Click below for location information and registration:

Monday, Sept 18, 2023: Pittsburgh 8 - 9:30 AM
Monday, Sept 18, 2023: Pittsburgh 5:30 - 7 PM

Tuesday, Sept 26, 2023: Harrisburg 5:30 - 7 PM
Wednesday, Sept 27, 2023: Harrisburg 8 - 9:30 AM
Wednesday, Sept 27, 2023: State College 5:30 - 7 PM
Thursday, Sept 28, 2023: State College 8 - 9:30 AM
Monday, Oct 2, 2023: Wilkes-Barre 5:30 - 7 PM
Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023: Lehigh Valley 8 - 9:30 AM
Tuesday, Oct 10, 2023: Wayne 5:30 - 7 PM

Friday, Oct 13, 2023: Philadelphia 8 - 9:30 AM

Don't see your location? Contact us at if you are interested in helping PACDA plan an in-person event in your area.

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OCTOBER 24, 4 - 6 PM

Alternatives to Networking for Job Search

Direct mail, working with recruiters, and online postings

More Info and Register

NOVEMBER 30, 12 - 2 PM

Career Counseling and Mental Health

More Info and Register

If you have someone to recommend as a speaker/presenter/

panel member for future events, please email


Jump Start Your Job Search Workshop

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 9AM-4PM, Wayne, PA

A full day interactive in-person workshop for clients/students to jump start their job search and career

Info and Registration

See more Partner events on our Partner Organizations page.

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