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VACE Mid-Year Professional Development Event
Thursday, January 07, 2021, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Category: Conference

VACE Mid-Year Professional Development Event: "Adapting to the New Normal"

Thursday, January 7, 1:00-4:00pm EST via Zoom

FREE to attend! Registration closed on Sunday, January 3rd.

Register for the Mid-Year PD Event


Virtual Event Agenda: 

1:00-2:00pm:  The State of Employment in Virginia Panel

What can job and internship seekers and recruiters expect in 2021?  A panel of Economic Development professionals presents trends, updates and offers predictions on the evolving state of commerce, employment, and the job market.  Ensure you are prepared for 2021 by submitting questions and data requests as part of the event registration. Panelists include:  


  • Nancy Evanko, Workforce Development Analyst, Loudoun County Economic Development
  • Alex Cooley, Manager of Labor Market Research, Northern Virginia Community College  
  • Erin Burcham, Director of Talent Solutions, Roanoke Regional Partnership  
  • Debbie Melvin, Assistant Vice President, Workforce Solutions, Virginia Economic Development Partnership 


2:00-2:15pm: Trivia & Snack Break


2:15-3:10pm: Alternatives to Traditional Internships  

Traditional internships --the path to new talent recruitment--are mostly on pause. Luckily, job seekers and recruiters can access several other innovative opportunities!  Learn how to launch and offer micro-internships, project-based experiences, "research-ships" and virtual internships. Presenters include:  

  • Kristin Schrader, Director of Partnerships, Parker Dewey
  • Steve Cooper, Founder & CEO, Exelaration   
  • Matt McHugh, VP of Mentorship and Growth, Exelaration    


3:10-4:00pm: Optional Virtual Networking and Topic-Focused Zoom Discussions 

Join the conversation and camaraderie - how else- in virtual break out rooms! Stick around for optional networking and self-select which rooms to visit. Continue the conversations started in one of the two previous sessions or join another, relevant topic area room.   


Questions? Reach out to event organizer Victoria Suarez at [email protected]. 

Contact: Victoria Suarez ([email protected])