Upcoming Events List at CDA in 2017

Watch for a new CDA Skills Workshop in January.

Anyone interested in beginning a re-careering program should contact Dr. Harkness ASAP!

January 22 & 29, 2017 – Career Maturity Workshop

Dr. Harkness and staff are providing a two-session Career Maturity Workshop to help teenagers determine their future career direction based on their interests, skills, and current and future workplace needs.

CDF2-5-600These seminars – for children and their parents (the final session) – are designed to teach children and their parents about the critical importance of mapping student education/interests to future jobs. The seminar, which is underwritten by the Career Design Foundation, introduces students and their parents to the concepts of Career Design Associates, a leader in re-careering for adult workers. For the Career Design Foundation classes, Dr. Harkness and her associates are soliciting students and their parents – usually recent high school graduates or incoming high school seniors – to participate in the career workshop series at the Career Design offices in Garland.

Cost: FREE, provided by Career Design Foundation
When: Sunday, January 22nd and January 29th from 2:00-5:00pm

We are requesting parents, or interested adults, to attend the January 29th meeting to gain insight into the teenagers’ career information.

Directions to Career Design Associates

CDA’s Pathfinder for the Future series is designed to help people move forward in their future careers. This program normally runs monthly or every-other month, and features speakers from among former clients or close business associates who can illuminate their choices in career and life change.


Dr. Helen Harkness with participants in her book chapter on wisdom.

Dr. Helen Harkness with participants in her book chapter on wisdom.

Recently, the April speaker was Plano small business owner Mary Louise Dubay, founder of Toffee Treats. Mary Louise is an example of someone who made a 180-degree-shift, leaving the corporate world to volunteer in a non-profit and found her own business. Her story is based on a family tradition.

The holiday season always found Mary Louise with her Grandmother watching the pot as the secret family recipe toffee cooked away. Throughout the years she continued the family tradition of making holiday toffee, adding a few of her own special ingredients to the golden, buttery candy along the way. Out of this experience – and with inspiration from those who tasted her holiday treat – a business was born.

ML shared here story about leaving the corporate world after more than 20 years as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 hi-tech company to found Toffee Treats, a largely mail-order business. The candy is made in small handcrafted batches, without additives, preservatives, or fillers.

On a personal note, ML is a cancer survivor and a portion of Toffee Treats proceeds go toward a non-profit foundation that supports others who are fighting cancer.

A Woman’s Story of Survival and Sweet Success (a DFW 5 – NBC Newstory)


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CDA’s Pathfinder for the Future series is designed to help people move forward in their future careers. Watch our website for future events.

Check back soon for our next event!