2023 OCDA AWARDS
Every year, OCDA recognizes professionals in the field of career development. Recipients of these awards are nominated, and their awards are presented at the annual OCDA Conference. Please see below for the award criteria and follow the links under each award description to make a nomination!
Award winners will receive a $100 honorarium, a commemorative gift, and free registration to the OCDA Conference on Thursday, May 18, 2023 & Friday, May 19, 2023!
THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS FRIDAY, APRIL 7th 2023
The Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This award is presented at the annual Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Conference in recognition of the wonderful contributions that graduate students have already made to their respective field.
Nominees must be a full-time student in Ohio, a masters or doctoral candidate, and in the field of career counseling, student affairs, college/student personnel or a related field.
CLICK HERE to nominate a graduate student.
The Outstanding New Professional Award
This award is presented at the Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Conference in recognition of an individual with less than five (5) years of full-time experience. This individual serves as a role model to students and professionals, demonstrates creativity/innovation in the field, and has great potential for continued success.
CLICK HERE to nominate a new professional.
NEW: Career Innovator Award
This NEW award will be presented at the Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Conference in recognition of an individual with at least two (2) years of experience in a career development or a related field. This individual demonstrates innovation through specialized projects, initiatives, and/or contributions. Finally, this individual has made an impact on the populations that they serve.
CLICK HERE to nominate a career innovator.
The Bob Windle Leadership Award
This award is presented at the annual Ohio Career Development Association (OCDA) Conference in recognition of a true leader in a career field. The award was named in honor of Bob Windle, who won the award in 2011, for his exceptional contributions to OCDA and to career counseling, exploration, transition, and resilience.
The Bob Windle Leadership Award recognizes practicing career counselors, consultants, or teachers for outstanding performance. Nominees must have at least eight (8) years of service in career development or a related field; demonstrate quality of service (such as innovative programs, recognition by local organizations, publications, awards, etc.); and service to professional association(s) at the local, state and/or national levels.
CLICK HERE to nominate a career leader.
Check out OCDA Award recipients from previous years below!
If you have any questions about the award process, please contact Awards Chair, Taylor Slocum (email@example.com).