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We’re a growing network of career development nonprofits that provide business attire for women and men seeking work, empowering them to economic independence.

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Events | Strengthening Nonprofits, Empowering Job Seekers | ACDN

Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits strengthens nonprofits that empower job seekers. Join us at our annual conference and training webinars.

2017 ACDN National Smart & Sexy Day
Mar
1
Mar 31

2017 ACDN National Smart & Sexy Day

In honor of Women’s History Month, members of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits will hold events in March in select cities in the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare for employment. National Smart & Sexy Day events inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. The holiday was launched in 2012 by the Alliance and sponsored by Smart & Sexy, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country.  The official holiday designation is on March 13th. 

Locations: Nationwide, including:

Bloom (San Rafael, CA) – March 16

Bottomless Closet (New York, NY) - March 13

Career Wardrobe (Philadelphia, PA) - March 27

Desert Best Friend’s Closet (Palm Desert, CA) – March 24

Jackets for Jobs, Inc. (Detroit, MI) – March 15

Junior League of Elizabeth Plainfield Career Closet (Cranford, NJ) – March 22

Ladies of Valor Empowerment (Miami, FL) - March 25

Suited for Success (Oklahoma City, OK) - March 23

Tailored for Success (Malden, MA) – March 30

Transforming Lives & Restoring Hope, Inc. (Roanoke Rapids, NC) – March 18

WHW (Santa Ana, CA) – March 24

YWCA Allentown’s The Perfect Fit for Working Women (Allentown, PA) – March 27


2017 ACDN National Conference
Oct
14
Nov 11

2017 ACDN National Conference

We are thrilled to announce the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) 2017 National Conference will be hosted by Desert Best Friend's Closet in Palm Desert, CA.  It is anticipated the 2-day event will be held late-October or early November. Check back for details or contact info@acdnonline.org. 


Jan
24
9:00 am09:00

Virtual U Webinar: The Human Impact of Change

Time:  9:00am-10:00am PST / 11:00am-12:00pm CST / 12:00pm-1:00pm EST

Description: Change is constant in all our lives – as time passes, change happens.  Sometimes change feels good and sometimes it feels down right scary.  Understanding the attitudes people adopt toward change and how to influence those attitudes is a critical key to success when you are a Change Agent – someone who helps others change attitude, behavior, capacity, and/or circumstances for the better (and that stick!).

Yes, each and everyone of you is a Change Agent by the mere fact that you are active in helping others gain self confidence in their appearance and helping them to seek and gain employment – now those are some pretty big changes!  Whether you are working directly with clients, volunteers, staff members, donors, or board members, you are impacting and influencing change.

Wouldn’t it be great to have some tools and techniques to help you effectively lead and impact change?  That’s what this Virtual U Webinar is all about!  You will learn: 

  • How change and transition are intertwined,
  • A roadmap for how people respond to change,
  • Tactics for managing problems associated with introducing and implementing change, and
  • Practical tools for coping with and leading change.

Please join us for an hour of great info and insights along with practical tools. We’ll have plenty of time for Q&A, so bring one or two of your change challenges to discuss (and resolve!).

Featuring presentation by Lynda-Ross Vega, founding partner of Vega Behavioral Consulting, a research and human development company, and creator of the Your Talent Advantage™, and ACDN Board President.


January Speaker: Lynda-Ross Vega, Founder, Vega Companies and ACDN Board President

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Lynda-Ross is a founding partner of Vega Behavioral Consulting, a research and human development company, and creator of the Your Talent Advantage™ brand.  She has studied human behavior for over 30 years and is an accomplished business executive and management consultant. She is the co-developer of Perceptual Style® Theory, a revolutionary psychological assessment system teaching people how to unleash their deepest potentials for success.She and her husband, Ricardo, also own a technology company that specializes in system installations and integrations.  They live in Texas where they both travel frequently for work and enjoy weekend family time and sports with their children and grandchildren.

Lynda-Ross is an avid reader, outdoor enthusiast, and foodie who enjoys travel and the fun of exploring new places with family and friends.  

Dec
13
8:30 am08:30

Virtual U Webinar: Minding the Gap - Learning on the Job

Time:  8:30am-9:30am PST / 10:30am-11:30pm CST / 11:30am-12:30pm EST

Description: It’s not unusual for nonprofit professionals to operate out of their depth: on the one hand, they are constantly looking for innovative ways to deal with complex social issues that resist easy solutions. On the other, however, it might simply be the case that they lack appropriate knowledge or skills - in fact, there are circumstances where despite almost complete unpreparedness, one feels compelled or pressed to get a certain job done. There’s just no one else to do it. One way of addressing these knowledge gaps is to learn by doing, to accept experience as one’s teacher. But while we agree that experience is indispensable for everyone’s professional development, it is certainly true that it is not the best teacher in every situation. 

Join Pedro Branco, Brazilian filmmaker and educator, for a discussion about how organizations should be prepared to enact deeper reformulations in its systems, routines, and practices as informed by research and education in order to promote true betterment of its work. 

Before the webinar, participants should read Mr. Branco's blog, "Minding the Gap - Learning on the Job," and prepare to share: 

1.) What is a subject or topic that you want to learn and how do you expect it will impact your work? Alternatively, what is a clear problem you want to tackle within your organization? You don’t need to articulate your claim - we will do it together.  

2.) Please provide a brief description of your organization and of your role in it, including your job description.


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Pedro Branco is a Brazilian filmmaker and educator. Having previously worked as Director of International Partnerships for NYC-based nonprofit Filmmakers Without Borders, Pedro has recently stepped in as remix←→culture's Deputy Director. In addition to working in the nonprofit sector, Pedro maintains a strong presence in academia, having been a founding member of IRIS - the laboratory for visual anthropology at the University of Brasília, awarded the best laboratory of its kind across Brazil between 2010 and 2012. 

2016 ACDN National Conference
Sep
15
Sep 17

2016 ACDN National Conference

We are thrilled to announce the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) 2016 National Conference will be hosted by Dreams to Reality in Jefferson City, Missouri.  For full event details and to visit the ACDN Conference webpages, CLICK HERE.  

Take advantage of the Early Bird Registration Rates. Book by July 29th! Regular registration rates and conference block reservations will be available through August 17, 2016. REGISTER NOW!

July Quarterly ACDN Membership Meeting
Jul
19
9:00 am09:00

July Quarterly ACDN Membership Meeting

Event Time:  9:00am PST / 10:00am MST / 11:00am CST / 12:00pm EST

Make the most out of your membership with the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits!   Our goal is to maintain the significant connections we make with one and other at the annual conference and continue the conversations that we never seem to have enough time to cover.  You can look forward to the following:

  • Mini Brag & Steal session… a favorite at conferences! July Presentation:  Writing Stellar Press Releases featuring Dana Tuchman Kaynes, Vice President, Tractenberg & Co.
  • Share low-or-no cost PR resources with your ACDN colleagues.
  • Bring your best practice tips to share and your questions too! 
  • Q & A: get valuable feedback from your peers on challenges that you face (you are not alone!)
  • Learn more about ACDN resources and how our members reap the benefits!
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Featured Speaker:   Dana Tuchman Kaynes, Vice President, Tractenberg & Co.

Dana Tuchman Kaynes joined Tractenberg & Co. in 1999. She currently serves as Vice President, overseeing agency-wide strategic initiatives and the firm’s Fashion related accounts. Known for her out-of-the-box thinking, Kaynes ensures that all Public Relations initiatives are a part of an integrated program that works in tandem with clients’ existing communications campaigns. During her time at Tractenberg & Co., Kaynes has worked on a wide variety of major national launches and campaigns, making brands into household names and positioning products to become bestsellers. Kaynes has been the driving force behind both the concept and execution of several large-scale campaigns for various beauty brands nationwide. She is a graduate of the Boston University College of Communications.

2016 ACDN National Conference Preview + Q&A Session
Jun
7
9:00 am09:00

2016 ACDN National Conference Preview + Q&A Session

Time: 9:00 am PST / 11:00 amCST / 12:00 pm EST (approximately 30-45 min)

ACDN Members & Prospective Members:  Come learn about the 2016 ACDN National Conference in Jefferson City, MO! The 2016 conference is hosted by ACDN Member, Dreams to Reality.  We'll offer an overview of the conference program and help you kick-off your travel plans for this year's conference. Led by: Michelle Caywood, Dreams to Reality Board President & 2016 Conference Co-Chair. Alicia Blake, 2016 Conference Co-Chair, and the rest of the conference committee will also be on hand to answer all your questions. Submit advance questions. 

This event is free for ACDN and prospective ACDN Members, but advance RSVP required. 

Apr
20
12:00 pm12:00

ACDN Quarterly Membership Meeting

Time:  9:00am-10:30am PT / 11:00am-12:30pm CT / 12:00pm-1:30pm EST

Make the most out of your membership with the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits!   Our goal is to maintain the significant connections we make with one and other at the annual conference and continue the conversations that we never seem to have enough time to cover.  You can look forward to the following:

  • Mini Brag & Steal session… a favorite at conferences! April Topic: Best Practices for Developing a Strategic Plan 
  • Q & A: get valuable feedback from your peers on challenges that you face (you are not alone!)
  • Learn more about ACDN resources and how our members reap the benefits!
Jan
26
11:00 am11:00

ACDN January Quarterly Membership Meeting

Time:  8:00am-9:30am PT / 10:00am-11:30am CT / 11:00am-12:30pm EST

Make the most out of your membership with the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits!   Our goal is to maintain the significant connections we make with one and other at the annual conference and continue the conversations that we never seem to have enough time to cover.  You can look forward to the following:

  • Mini Brag & Steal session… a favorite at conferences! January Topic: Successful Social Media Campaigns for any event. Presenters:  Gineyda Diaz (Bottomless Closet) and Sheri Cole (Career Wardrobe). Bring your best practice tips to share and questions too!
  • Q & A: get valuable feedback from your peers on challenges that you face (you are not alone!)
  • Learn more about ACDN resources and how our members reap the benefits!


Jun
23
12:00 pm12:00

June's Virtual U: 2015 Conference Planning Overview

Time: 9:00 am PT / 11:00 am  CT / 12:00 pm ET (1 hour)

ACDN Members & Prospective Members:  Come learn about the 2015 ACDN National Conference in Detroit! We'll help you kick-off your travel plans for this year's conference. Lead by: Alison Vaughn, Founder & CEO, Jackets for Jobs, Inc. & 2015 Conference Co-Chair. Alicia Blake, 2015 Conference Co-Chair, and the rest of the conference committee will also be on hand to answer all your questions.

Apr
28
11:00 am11:00

ACDN NEW Quarterly Membership Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time:  8:00am-9:30am PT / 10:00am-11:30am CT / 11:00am-12:30pm EST

REGISTER NOW 

Make the most out of your membership with the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits!   Please join us and participate in the kick-off of ACDN’s NEW Membership Meeting.  Our goal is to maintain the significant connections we make with one and other at the annual conference and continue the conversations that we never seem to have enough time to cover.  You can look forward to the following:

  • Mini Brag & Steal session… a favorite at conferences!
  • Q & A: get valuable feedback from your peers on challenges that you face (you are not alone!)
  • Learn more about ACDN resources including Board Liaison Program and Virtual U Learning eLibrary, ACDN Community, conference updates, highlight of Member Blog, etc. 

If you have any questions email Carrie Veurink, Managing Partner, ACDN (cveurink@acdnonline.org). 

We look forward to your participation!

Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Virtual U Webinar - Program Outcomes: Small Investment, Big Returns

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
10:00am PT / 11:00am CT / 12:00pm ET (1 hour)

You might have the best program in your city, state or country but without the numbers to show the outcomes of your work, you will have difficulty attracting supporters and making the case for continued growth.  See how Alliance members Bottomless Closet & Career Wardrobe are collecting metrics and using outcomes measures to make the case for increased funding and have saved their program from funding cuts – without adding a lot of time or money to their budget!  This is also an opportunity to evaluate current data collection tools and add new questions requested from the Alliance for implementation in 2015.  

CLICK HERE to register. 

Jan
6
10:00 am10:00

Virtual U Webinar - ACDN Community: Making the most of your new resource

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
10:00-11:00am PT / 12:00pm-1:00pm CT / 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

The Alliance Technology Committee will lead you through a tour of the new ACDN Community and share tools for your success.  

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED by 1/5/14.  EMAIL:  info@acdnonline.org.  

GoToMeeting.com webinar link will be emailed to you once you register.  

 

Dec
15
Jan 15

2015 ACDN Annual Member Renewal

Renew and also help our organization grow and reach new markets. Refer new partners that are involved in career development.  Questions?  Email: info@acdnonline.org.

Location:  ACDN Community