Monday, April 1

Panels, Workshops, and Presentations:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm (In Person)

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Virtual)

Live Stream (9 am - 3 pm)YouTube Live Stream Link (hyperlink)

Open to UC San Diego Students, Faculty, Staff, Employers, and Alumni


9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome and Kickoff: Imagining a New World of Work (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Host and Speaker: Hassan Akmal, Executive Director of Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego, Career Center

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom 


This session will also be streamed virtually.

9:15 am - 9:50 am: Keynote: Adapt & Elevate: Proactive Strategies for Future-Proofing Careers (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

SpeakerPedro Manrique, Ph.D., CEO, DRP Systems, Author, Professor, Inventor, Strategic Analyst, Business Consultant and Coach

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom 


In a world where the only constant is change, individuals and organizations alike are challenged to adapt and thrive amidst rapid technological advancements, shifting economic landscapes, new industries, and evolving workplace dynamics. Dr. Pedro Manrique, a visionary consultant, professor, former program dean of engineering, and seasoned expert in the future of leadership, unveils actionable insights and innovative approaches to not just survive but thrive in the ever-changing career and life design landscape.

Drawing from his extensive experience as a senior business consultant to industry giants such as Google, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Deloitte, and Nike, Dr. Manrique brings a wealth of practical wisdom and strategic foresight to the forefront. Having spearheaded transformative initiatives and guided top-tier companies through periods of unprecedented disruption, Dr. Manrique is uniquely positioned to inspire and empower attendees to navigate the complexities of the future job market.

In this keynote address, Dr. Manrique will dive into the three pivotal strategies to future-proof your career. Translating theory into actionable steps for personal and professional growth, he will illuminate essential skills and mindset shifts required to thrive in an era of uncertainty. 

Attendees can expect to be inspired by Dr. Manrique's compelling presentation style, as he elegantly weaves together real-world examples, cutting-edge research, and practical takeaways. Whether you're a seasoned alum seeking to fortify your leadership arsenal or an aspiring professional embarking on your career journey, this keynote promises to equip you with the tools, strategies, and inspiration needed to not just adapt, but truly elevate your career trajectory in the face of rapid change. 

Join us as we embark on a transformative journey towards future-proofing careers with you!


This session will also be streamed virtually.

10:00 am - 10:50 am: Presentation: Master Your Interview Skills: Conquer Your Nerves with AI & (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speaker: Anton Buyanovskiy, Founder,

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Nervous about upcoming interviews? Join this interactive session to discover Interview Smile, an innovative AI platform that allows you to practice mock interviews with a virtual interviewer, receive personalized feedback, and measure your performance. We'll also discuss recent advances in AI and how it affects the job search process more broadly.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

11:00 am - 11:50 am: Panel: Global Talent Acquisition Trends and Transformations (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Facilitator: Josue Pinal, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center

Speakers: Matt Hill, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Dexcom; Nataly Mendez, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Hilton San Diego; Rachelle Snook, Vice President of Global Talent, WD-40; Jessica SerranoVice President, Talent Management & Talent Acquisition, Lytx Inc.

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Explore the evolving landscape of global talent acquisition and the transformative trends shaping the future of work. This panel will delve into the latest practices and strategies influencing recruitment on a global scale. Discussions will cover innovative approaches, emerging technologies, and the evolving expectations of both employers and talent. Gain insights into how the recruitment landscape is adapting to the dynamic challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing world of work.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm: Interactive Workshop: Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Driven Innovation: Transforming Industries and Roles (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speaker: Ayana Chen, Product Manager, Microsoft

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom

In this interactive workshop, we will highlight specific industries where AI is making a significant impact, discussing how it is reshaping job roles and creating new opportunities for innovation.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm: Presentation: AI and the Future of Medicine (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speakers: Pradipta Ghosh, M.D., Principal Investigator, Director, Institute for Network Medicine; Executive Director, HUMANOID Center of Research Excellence (CoRE)

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Although some question the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence, others see it as an opportunity to change the face of healthcare so that patient care and outcomes stay the focus of medicine and treatment. Embark on a captivating fireside chat exploring the dynamic realm of AI in Medicine, our industry expert will delve into the transformative potential of artificial intelligence in healthcare. From the ethical considerations to the practical applications, this dialogue promises invaluable insights into the future of healthcare delivery. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how AI is poised to redefine the practice of medicine.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Presentation: Financial Wellness: A Key to Career Success (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

SpeakersDeborah Clow, Director of Project Management, My Point Credit Union; Daniel Nagey, Content & Digital Media Specialist, My Point Credit Union

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Unlock the gateway to career advancement with this informative Financial Wellness workshop, designed to empower individuals to take control of their financial futures. Delve into essential strategies for budgeting effectively, how to save, and managing debt, all while discovering how financial wellness serves as the cornerstone of professional growth. Backed by research showing the profound impact of financial well-being on job performance and satisfaction, this workshop equips participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive both personally and professionally. Join us and pave the way to career success and fulfillment by mastering the fundamentals of financial wellness.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: Presentation: The Road to Inclusive AI: How AI Marginalizes Neurodiverse People and What Can Be Done to Accelerate Equitable Change (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

SpeakerNaba RizviPh.D. Candidate, UC San Diego

LocationAtkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Join us for a thought-provoking presentation that delves into the often-overlooked issue of how artificial intelligence marginalizes neurodiverse individuals. Drawing insights from recent research and personal experiences, Naba Rizvi sheds light on the barriers neurodiverse people face in accessing and benefiting from AI technologies. This presentation will explore strategies to accelerate equitable change and foster inclusivity in AI development and deployment. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in creating AI systems that truly serve and empower all members of our diverse society.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm: Workshop: Beyond V.I.P.S. – Incorporating Identity into Self-Assessment for Students (Virtual)

SpeakersJade Pearson, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center; Mike Zucker, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center 

Location: Zoom


Since the pandemic, there have been many changes within our field. One of the more significant takeaways was to lead with empathy - when addressing your staff, when meeting with students, when creating programs and workshops, and when serving your industry partners. In addition to the lead with empathy pillar that was a feature of the best practices programming model, the Career Collective Team also started to give attention to the notion that simply helping students explore their values, interests, personality and skills are not enough. We have to explore identity and background. This webinar will offer an innovative starting point to work from that will allow career services professionals to better understand and serve their students with added attention to identity and background when helping students navigate their career and life design.

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm: Panel: AI (Application Insights) - The Human Side of the Graduate and Professional School Application Process (Hybrid: In Person, Horizon Room - Career Center and Virtual)

Facilitator: Marcy Morrison, Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center

SpeakersKevin Dietrick, Director, MSBA & MSM at Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business of Carnegie Mellon; Amy Stevens, Associate Director of Admissions, USC Gould School of Law; Gert Cauwenberghs, Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation, Chair of Graduate Admissions for the Bioengineering Department, UC San Diego; Sonja Steinbrech, Director of Admissions, UC San Diego, School of Global Policy and Strategy

Location: Horizon Room, UC San Diego Career Center & Zoom


In an increasing world of automation, the graduate and law school application still requires a human touch both from the applicant side as well as the admissions side.  Admissions officers will share about how you can stand out as an applicant and their process of how they review applications and select students to attend their schools.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

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