2018 Conference

2018 UCDA – Conference Agenda_Final.docx

2018 UCDA – Conference Agenda_Final

Keynote Addresses: 

CZ6bUxsm_400x400 Val Hale

Val Hale is the executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), which promotes state growth in business, tourism and film. Hale was appointed to the position in 2014 by Governor Gary R. Herbert.

Before accepting the position as executive director, Hale served for two years as president and CEO of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce. Prior to the chamber, Hale was vice president for university relations (2010-2012), vice president for advancement (2006-2010) and assistant vice president for external affairs (2005-2006) all at UVU, and he played a key role in transitioning Utah Valley State College into Utah Valley University.

Most recently, Hale has drawn from his many years of service to author “Living a Life That Matters: 7 Keys for Purposeful Living.” Hale and his wife have three children and 13 grandchildren, and they currently reside in Orem, UT.

Richard Knowdell

RICHARD “DICK” KNOWDELL, MS, NCC, NCCC, CDFI, CMF, NCDA Fellow, is the developer of the Knowdell 4-Step Career Transition Model and the Career Development and Job Search Profile. He is the author of six books, including Building a Career Development Program: Nine Steps for Successful Implementation, From Downsizing to Recovery: Strategic Options for Individuals and Organizations and Personal Counseling. He has developed four career assessment instruments that have been translated into ten languages and are used by career development professionals throughout the world. Dick has taught Career Assessment Techniques at the University of California-San Diego and Employee Career Development at San Jose State University. He has trained and certified over 7,500 Job and Career Transition Coaches in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.


The author will demonstrate the Motivated Skills card sort and briefly discuss the Career Values, Occupational Interests, and Leisure/Retirement instruments. The session will cover the administration and interpretation of the Motivated Skills instrument individually and in group settings. Attendees will be walked through a group assessment process. The use of the assessment results in both career planning and job search will be discussed.