Professional Development Sessions

The Challenge Mindset: Helping Youth and Transitioning Adults Find Purpose and Impact

Date: June 11, 2024
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Online
Facilitated by:  JP Michel
Cost:  MACD Members - Free | Non-Members - $20

The Challenge mindset offers a bold new message: the world needs you. 

At a time where they are overwhelmed with anxiety, pressured to choose a job title, and fearful of unemployment and underemployment, students need a reality check. They no longer need to choose a job title to answer ‘what they want to be when they grow up’. Instead, they need to discover that the world is full of problems, challenges and opportunities that they can contribute to. 

This message provides both students and professionals with the missing ingredient for their future success: hope. Fueled with hope, students can take the steps necessary to choose an education program that will help prepare them to contribute to challenges they are passionate about. 

What difference would it make if: 

  • your students understood and believed that the world needs them?
  • your students were filled with hope and inspiration to solve important challenges they are passionate about? 
  • your staff knew how to engage students to prepare them for the future of work?
  • your staff was excited to prepare the next generation to solve the world’s greatest challenges? 

 After the session, attendees will feel equipped to prepare your students, clients and teams for the 21st century world of work.  
​Zoom link will be sent 24 hours before the session.

JP Michel

JP Michel

JP Michel is the creator of the Challenge mindset and the Challenge Cards, which have been used by more than 70,000 students around the world.

His past consultancy work with leaders led to the creation of SparkPath, an innovative career exploration company spotlighted on the Forbes, TEDx, CBC and BBC.

Recognized as the 2022 Outstanding Career Leader by the Career Professionals of Canada, JP holds a degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa and a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Manchester.

TEDx: The Challenge Mindset: Helping Youth Find Purpose and Impact

LinkedIn: JP Michel - SparkPath | LinkedIn

2023 - 2024 Completed Workshops

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Training Sessions

In 2022-2023 ​these training sessions were made available due to funding provided by:
​The Government of Canada & The Manitoba Government
Thank you to all who presented and attended.