Message from the President


Linda J. LeNoir / MACCA Interim President, 2021

Welcome to the 2021 annual MACCA Conference, Emerging in Extraordinary Times.

In 2021, we found ourselves in a career field that was called on to support the workforce through an uncertain period. We were called on to inform, guide, and support individuals in navigating a highly complicated and ambiguous labor market. And we seized this opportunity and became a major pillar in the rebuilding of many lives that were upset in the aftermath of the pandemic. But who helps the helpers?

We listened to countless, heartbreaking struggles and helped others to navigate a seemingly impenetrable job market. MACCA grew and cultivated a strong community of career development professionals as we offered a major resiliency factor for our corner of the helping field for years to come. We focused on building a lasting infrastructure of multi-faceted support for our members. MACCA is known for warmth and being person-centered, which is evidenced by the retention of many quality, multi-decade members.

Throughout the year, MACCA continued to provide an inclusive environment for people to engage, grow, and support each other in their professional journey. We took care of our own and demonstrated that we are good stewards of our community.

This year we reached out to those who could use the motivation and provided social opportunities through our professional development sessions. We chose to be a positive force to our community focusing on who we are, why we do what we do, and what a huge difference we make in people’s lives. When we forget our true value it is much easier to lose morale, neglect our self-care, and even burn out. Right now our workforce needs us and we need one another to support them well in the coming years.

** The above is an edited message from Jessica Campain, who served as MACCA’s President for the first half of 2021, before moving to California. On behalf of the MACCA Leadership Cabinet and Board of Directors, I want to thank Jessica for her vision and her leadership as we continued to move forward as a community of career development professionals, bringing us to this annual, virtual conference.

We hope you will find the conference’s offerings to be empowering, and that you will embrace the opportunity to make new professional connections to assist you during these extraordinary times.

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