Call for Programs

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The Department of Career Planning and Development is thrilled to host the fourth annual Owl Professional Development Conference, open to students and alumni. This year, the conference will be a 2-day virtual event on February 4th and 5th, 2021, hosted through CrowdCast. Our goal is to help students and alumni develop their professional skillset and know-how.

Last year, with the help of our employer and campus partners, we were able to serve 130+ students and alumni by assisting them in developing their professionalism and preparing for the transition from college to career. We are excited for the opportunity to serve even more attendees through the virtual conference format, and invite employers and campus partners to mold the minds of attendees through interactive presentations. We encourage all presenters to engage attendees through the chatbox, activities, polls, or any other forms of participation you can think of!

This year’s theme is “Bounce Back: Building Resilience in Your Career.” Presenters will have one hour to present and answer any audience questions. We encourage presenters to keep their presentation to around 45 minutes and allow for 15 minutes of questions or discussion. Historically, presentations have covered topics along the lines of the NACE Career Competencies. This year, in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to cover all aspects of professional development, highlighting topics such as resilience, making tough career decisions, and prioritizing personal/professional growth through hardships. To read more about the NACE Career Readiness Competencies, click here. 

We'd love to have your expertise showcased at our conference!

To submit a presentation proposal, please click here. 

The deadline for proposals has been extended to Tuesday, October 13th. If you have questions, please reach out to Allie Wright at We look forward to reviewing your presentation!