2014 Conference Invitation & Call For Proposals

By Lisa Severy

Welcome to the 2014 Conference

NCDA Invites you to join us in Long Beach!

One of the many, many things I enjoy about our NCDA national conferences is the opportunity to visit cities across the country.  After two years on the east coast, I am very excited to invite everyone to the 2014 NCDA Global Career Development Conference, June 19-21, 2014 in Long Beach, California!

If you’ve never visited Long Beach, you are in for a real treat!  NCDA enjoys a rich, diverse membership and we believe that Long Beach has something to offer everyone.  From the regal Queen Mary and spectacular Aquarium of the Pacific to stirring Broadway shows, live music venues and hundreds of exclusive dining destinations--all centrally located near the conference hotels.  If you are a fan of Ted talks, you will certainly recognize the Long Beach Performing Arts Center where we will hold our general sessions, located just across the street from the hotel. In fact, getting around Long Beach is a breeze.  You can take advantage of the bright red Passport Shuttle with its free service to major Long Beach attractions and several stops at downtown cultural venues. You can also hail water taxis, the Aquabus and the Aqualink, with services between the Queen Mary and Alamitos Bay Landing. All shuttles and water taxis are bicycle friendly. With its seaside walkways and waterfront marinas, Long Beach has set the standard for "walkability" and is an ideal spot for strollers and bikers alike.

For those who want to explore further, Long Beach is just a brief and pleasant cruise away from Catalina Island and a short distance from Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and everything Southern California has to offer.  With three airports within an hour's drive, including LAX, Orange County and the Long Beach Airport, both our domestic and international guests can find a convenient option.

As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NCDA this year culminating in the conference in our Boston birthplace, I am both humbled and excited to lead this organization into our second century of service.  Our conference theme, Charting the Course for Our Second Century, captures that focus on our future while embracing the excitement of our Long Beach destination.  NCDA Global Conferences give us the opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas and best practices, consider new perspectives, and connect with colleagues and friends.  This time away together as professionals is a privilege and I hope you will join me in using the time to recharge, retool, and reconnect.

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful community of professionals.  Check our conference website, www.ncdaconference.org for details.  The Call for Proposals deadline is October 7, 2013.  I look forward to seeing you in Long Beach!

 Lisa Severy


   Lisa Severy, NCDA President, 2013-2014