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Conference Sketch: Association of Career Professionals International Annual Conference

by Heather Turnbull

October 24 -31st, 2010, marked a unique gathering of the Association of Career Professionals (ACP) International, a not-for-profit organization serving hundreds of members who deliver career services worldwide.
Holding its annual conference for the first time aboard a cruise ship, ACP International delegates from six countries and three continents experienced a rare combination of thought-provoking programming interspersed with relaxed networking opportunities with colleagues, all in Eastern Caribbean ports of call.
Adopting the theme, “A New World Market: Global Positioning for the Career Profession”, organizers sought to leverage the sailing metaphor and chart a new direction for the industry, and the Association itself, amid ‘choppy’ market conditions.
Keynote presenters Wendy Hirsh (UK), Nava Israel (CAN/Israel), and Pamelia Brott (USA), as well as all session leaders offered content and perspectives that brought relevancy to the forefront of the consumer experience.
Especially significant was the Career Industry Summit facilitated by Rhonda Singer (CAN), using Open SpaceTechnology and centring on the question: “How can we encourage and advocate conversations that will educate and inspire our consumers?” In tandem with the members’ luncheon, the Summit served as a significant rallying point and “action axis” to generate the vital next steps in ACP International’s future.

Additional conference highlights included formal recognition of Taunee Besson, CMF, with an achievement award, citing her outstanding contribution to the Association and career profession on the local, national and international levels.
For the complete 2010 Cruise Conference Proceedings, look for the “ACP International Post-Conference Mash Up” Report (including audio and video media) available through the Association website.
Heather Turnbull, CMF, is the president of ACP InternationalIn addition to her volunteer activities, she is a Toronto-based consultant advising corporate and non-profit leadership on talent and strategic planning matters.

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