Here is a sampling of events that RICDA members have taken advantage of.


Join us for our annula Employer Panel. This year's theme will be Entrepreneurship. Our panel will bring together local business advising resources and entrepreneurs. Participants will learn about resources available to support and refer clients/students to, from a small side hustle to a large venture. 

2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Student & Client Engagement

This confernece focused our our goal - to engage career professionals from all backgrounds, who work in all sectors, in meaningful professional development – while continuing to work with an amazing network to make this happen!  We have changed locations to support the growth of this conference.  This year, our annual conference takes a look at our students and clients.  

2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Know Yourself, Know Your Students, Know Your Clients      
This full-day conference will begin with a keynote on career assessments, and an afternoon with concurrent sessions covering topics on Gamification, Data - telling your client stories through data, Beyond the Resume - a panel of people who got their job without their resume, and Gen Z - and inside view on our upcoming career generation.

Professional Development Event

Part I:

Cyber Security: Why we should care. RICDA will introduce a guest speaker from the Cyber Security field to provide and overview of cyber security, followed by additional experts.  


Part II:

Join colleagues to discuss technologies you are currently using, have moved away from, or are interested in learning more about. Interested in sharing a technology you love? Sign up to be one of our "speed-presenters." During this session we will have 10 colleagues share a resource they use by telling us what they love about it in just 3 minutes! 

WEBINAR: Career Assessment Tool 
Matthew Guruge, CEO and Co-Founder of Awato, will share the research that went into developing this career assessment tool, what it is, why it works, and where they want to continue to build. There are so many assessment tools out there, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the science and application of this one!



Looking to work for the government or do you help clients who want to work for the government? While it is a great career goal, the job search process can be difficult. Join RICDA for tips on how to navigate USAJOBS, creating a federal resume, hiring and interview information, challenges that are tied to the applicant staying interested through the process, and more. As part of this program, you will gain insight into the government search by Sean Maher, Program Manager for Recruiting for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.




National Career Development Month, "Fostering Well Being through Meaningful Work”  was celebrated with a panel discussion on employer relations of it.  Employers representing different industries joined us to speak about what keeps their work meaningful as well as sharing their perspective on what sets a candidate apart.



In April, RICDA hosted a free event focused on Building Cultural Competency at Dorcas International. We had an engaging panel and discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace with noted professionals from industry, higher education and K-12 sharing their insights. It was an open and frank discussion that paved the way for continuing conversations.




Our Winter event was a great success!  Sierra Barter social media coordinator at Johnson & Wales University shared best practices to engage students using social media tools and what trends to look for as we prepare to engage future college attendees. Following the keynote, attendees were treated to the fresh perspectives of high school and college students on which posts catch their eye, what makes them click to find out more, and what we shouldn't do which is as important as what we should.

Past Events

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