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San Diego Career Summit

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Date: 6/18/2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

UC San Diego, Price Center
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Primary Contact:
Eliza Wiggins

Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available as space permits

Event Details

Turbo charge your career at this inspirational and eye-opening event powered by UCSD Alumni and UC San Diego Extension. With a keynote by Phil Blair, author of “Job Won!”, an insightful guide on what employers are really looking for, a panel of entrepreneurs, and an exciting look at San Diego’s booming craft brew industry, you will learn effective strategies and techniques to leverage your education and experience and build a career you’re passionate about.

For those seeking employment, the adjoining, free career fair is the ideal opportunity to put newly learned skills into action.


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Henry Devries, ’79, Assistant Dean of Communication - UC San Diego Extension

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: San Diego's Business Climate
An inside look on getting hired fast and advancing your career
Phil Blair, CEO - Manpower Inc. and bestselling author of “Job Won!

Because he loves his job as an employment industry expert, few people think more about work than Phil Blair.

Beginning in 1977, he has built Manpower San Diego into the largest Manpower franchise in the U.S.  It is San Diego's fourth largest for-profit employer providing approximately 2,500 jobs daily.  Blair is among San Diego's most respected business leaders, and often-quoted employment commentator, appearing in local and national business media and in the publication of his blog, Job-Won.com.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Hear from successful entrepreneurs on how they made the leap to starting their own businesses. From social media to biotech, this diverse group of innovative alumni will share how they started, what makes them successful today—and inspire you to imagine more!

Moderator: Derrick Oien, CEO - Scorestream.com, Board Member - San Diego incubator EvoNexus
  • Neal Bloom, ’08, Cofounder - ThePortfolium.com
  • Michael Esposito, ’08, Co-Founder - Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Learn the inside scoop on how companies hire, what recruiters are really looking for, and how to cut through the competition to set yourself apart.  A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Moderator: Rebecca Smith, Director of Community Engagement - The Eastridge Group Staffing

  • Chris Page, Manager, Talent Acquisition - Tandem Diabetes Care, Inc.
  • Freddy Paquian, Corporate Recruiter - Cubic Corporation
  • Michael Yates, Director of Employment & Community Outreach, UC San Diego

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

San Diego’s craft beer industry is changing the way we think about beer and expanding in the region and beyond.  Powered by UC San Diego, find out how this hoppin’ industry impacts our local economy and what it takes to be a part of this growing industry.

Moderator: Omar Passons, Public Use Attorney - City of San Diego and Craft Beer Advocate

  • Peter Zien, Owner - AleSmith Brewing Company
  • Ryan Lamb, Co-Founder - West Coaster

1:30 p.m.

Craft Beer Tasting
Join us for a special tasting featuring the finest brews from San Diego’s own, and alumni founded, Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits.

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Future Destinations Job Fair: Meet with employers looking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. New employers added daily. Click here to see who is attending.


$25 for Alumni and General Registration
Free for 2014 Graduating Class & Current Students

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