Wednesday, April 3

Social Media Day!

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atkinson Pavilion, The Faculty Club

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

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


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


Share Your Success Story on Social Media using this HASHTAG: #UCYou

9:00 am - 9:15 am: Welcome: Pixels of Progress: From Status to Story, Avatar to Advocate, and Profile to Purpose (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speakers: Hassan Akmal, Executive Director of Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego, Career Center; Aunika Santos, Student Employment Analyst, UC San Diego, Student Employment Office

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


As social media expands its reach, organizations are exploring new platforms for sourcing and connecting with emerging talent to meet their recruiting needs. Institutions must engage in creatively capitalizing on social media platforms to attract, recruit, hire, and celebrate students and graduates. Building a culture of success doesn’t happen overnight and requires leveraging multi-layered social media to your advantage. 

What if you could unite everyone under the power of a hashtag? What if one day could cause a chain reaction that resulted in a wave of brand elevation, digital identity and development, self-awareness, and enlightenment? This forum will increase and improve the quality of our collective presence in the virtual and social space, with one purpose: To engage with and learn from each other for mutual benefit in the digital realm. 

This event will also feature a photographer who will shoot LinkedIn and Triton Career Readiness Passport Photos for students and alums.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

9:15 am - 10:50 am: Keynote + Workshop: Beyond the Limits: For Gen Z and Young Millennials - Your Life, Your Rules (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

SpeakerSuzaita HipolitoMBA, Alumna '13 (Rady) - Coach, Entrepreneur, Disruptor, Speaker, and Author

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Life is a Game. You are the Writer, Director, Producer, Creator, and Lead Actor of your Life. Every day, whether you do so unconsciously (which most people are) or consciously (that is the goal), you are playing the Game of Life. However, life becomes a struggle when you do not know how to play the game and have no direction. You may struggle even more when you lack clarity about your Avatar (i.e., who you are). In this interactive keynote workshop, we are going to breakthrough these blocks. We will also create a Vision for your life. You will gain clarity on who you really are and what you are capable of. In Vision, you will create for yourself your North Star, so you know where you are headed as you navigate the Game of Life.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

11:00 am - 11:50 am: Fireside Chat: The Creative Process: Orchestrating a Symphony of Success Enhanced by the Power of Storytelling (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Facilitator: Tod Oliviere, Director of Student Employment and Career Development, UC San Diego, Career Center

Speaker/PerformerQui-Shawn Tran, Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts major, UC San Diego

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Are creativity and storytelling important skills to develop for all students? Join us for an insightful conversation and some mesmerizing performances, where we explore the transformative role of storytelling in the creative journey. This session will provide insight into the creative process and why creativity is an important skill in career development – regardless of your industry or career path. Our guests will share personal experiences and insights into harnessing the power of narrative to inspire, connect, and innovate. Through engaging dialogue and live performances, we'll uncover the nuances of the creative process, from conception to realization, and the pivotal role storytelling plays in shaping our collective narratives. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired, entertained, and enlightened by the power of storytelling as we celebrate the symphony of success it orchestrates in our lives.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

12:00 pm - 12:50 pm: Presentation and Workshop: Remapping Your Narrative to Chart Out Your Career and Life (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speaker: Cam Pham, Associate Director, Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Step into a world where your identity empowers you on a path to purpose. In an era where doubt and imposter syndrome cast shadows on our aspirations, the stories we choose to craft about ourselves become the guiding stars of our journey. This transformative workshop will help attendees explore one’s uniqueness and celebrate the brilliance of their strengths. Through immersive activities and meaningful conversations, you'll embark on a journey of self-discovery, igniting the flames of confidence within.

Together, we'll discover the power of reframing, unlocking the hidden potential within your narrative. Join us as we chart a course toward a future where your identity serves as a compass, guiding you toward fulfillment and success. Embrace the power of your story, and together, let's write a new story of possibilities that knows no bounds.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm: Panel: The Student Employment Experience: Leveraging On-Campus Opportunities in Upskilling (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Moderator: Maria Coates, Future of Work Research Assistant, Communications major, UC San Diego

PanelistsSabrina Cheng, Jr. Designer, The Design Lab, Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts major, UC San Diego; Brandon Joe, Co-Founder, Treasure Hacks, Mathematics-Computer Science major, UC San Diego; Victoria Morales-Vargas, LAEP Research Assistant, Psychology Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience major, UC San Diego

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Embark on a transformative journey through the Student Employment Experience in our panel discussion, where we explore the pivotal role of on-campus opportunities in upskilling and career development. With skills emerging as the new currency in the future of work, we delve into the power of storytelling and the significance of student employment programs in shaping students' professional trajectories. By fostering a holistic perspective that emphasizes agency, belonging, and inclusivity, we empower student employees to actively participate in their educational and career journeys. Join us as we uncover the hidden potential of work-study programs as intentional learning labs, providing students with the "cheat code" to unlock their full potential and transition seamlessly from college to career.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Presentation: Side Hustle Nation: Everyone’s the CEO of Something (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

SpeakersAda Wong, BotBar VP, Marketing and Development Manager; Cong Wen, BotBar Operations Manager

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Explore the idea that side hustles are not just for entrepreneurs but can be a way for everyone to tap into their entrepreneurial potential, transforming passions into profitable ventures.


This session will be streamed virtually.

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: Presentation: The Networking Edge: A Student’s Guide to Building Effective Relationships (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speaker: Brandon Joe, Founder, Treasure Hacks, Mathematics-Computer Science major, UC San Diego

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Become influential! Treasure Hacks is a student-run, non-profit organization working alongside academia to help high school and college students grow their interpersonal skills. They’re accomplishing this in part by “gamifying” soft skills—developing games and applications that help students learn how to grow and implement these skills in a fun and engaging way. Join this interactive workshop to learn the language and techniques to instantly build trust and deeper connections in any setting. Come network with well-respected industry professionals who genuinely want to see you succeed!


This session will also be streamed virtually.

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm: Presentation: What’s Your Problem? : Identifying the Right Problem to Solve (Virtual)

Speaker: Kevin PopovićEducation Manager, UC San Diego, The Design Lab

Location: Zoom


This workshop is a dynamic and transformative program designed to equip entrepreneurs with the critical skill of problem identification. Success in today's rapidly evolving landscape hinges on precisely targeting the core issue to address. Drawing on a wealth of experience collaborating with diverse organizations, ranging from startups to large enterprises across sectors like B2B, B2C, Nonprofits, and NGOs, this workshop imparts invaluable insights into the nexus between problem-solving and business success.

This session will be streamed virtually.

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm: Presentation: Show What You Know, What You Can Do, and What Your Have to Offer with a Wix Portfolio (Virtual)

Speakers: Melanie Lo, PhD, Wix Higher Education 

Location: Zoom


Today’s students face an unprecedentedly competitive job market, one that demands they be able to effectively demonstrate career-ready skills and communicate how their academic experience has prepared them for the world of work. How can students set themselves apart and successfully navigate their transition from college to career? This session introduces portfolio websites as crucial tools that positively impact a student’s career journey, regardless of their major or chosen career path.  Join Dr. Melanie Lo of the Wix Higher Education team to learn how to build a portfolio website with the Wix platform. After this session students will have the skills to create a portfolio that tells their story, demonstrates their skills, and connects their work in the classroom to their professional goals.

Dr. Melanie Lo is an educator and learning designer who manages academic partnerships and curriculum for the Wix Higher Education team. She's passionate about empowering students with digital literacies that allow them to own their professional presence online. Her goal is to ensure that every student she works with graduates with a professional website that they can use to launch their own career journey. Dr. Lo is also a semi-recovering academic, and from that previous life she's gained a wealth of useful to nearly useless knowledge about English literature, William Shakespeare, British history, and anything you might find in a Jeopardy category.


This session will be streamed virtually.

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