Thursday, April 4

Building Meaningful Lives


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

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

Live Stream (12 pm - 3 pm): YouTube Live Stream Link (hyperlink)



10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Virtual)

Open to UC San Diego Students and Recent Alumni (< 6 months post-graduation)


9:00 am - 9:50 am: Discussion: Diversifying Talent Pipelines (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Welcome: Megan Martinez-Montano, Sr. Associate Director, Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego, Career Center

ModeratorRon Reyes, Interim Sr. Associate Director, Career and Professional Development, UC San Diego, Career Center

SpeakersJudy Reilly, MBA, Director, Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation, University of Connecticut; Stephen DeStefani, Wells Fargo Program Executive, Enterprise Neurodiversity Program

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Join us as we discuss how to optimize your organization’s talent pipeline while celebrating feats this past year. Judy and Stephen will share strategies and insights on optimizing your approach to talent acquisition, fostering inclusivity, and unlocking the untapped potential of diverse talent by highlighting the work they do in the space of neurodiversity and employment . Learn how understanding and implementing organizational practices that better include neurodivergent individuals ultimately expands employers’ access to and retention of talent across all communities.   Attendees at this session will be encouraged to engage with questions, challenges, and insights of their own and Ron Reyes will actively moderate the speakers’ responses and sharing in this critical topic of talent acquisition. 

This session is not just a gesture of gratitude to employers for their partnership and feedback but an opportunity to collectively shape a future where diverse perspectives drive organizational success.

This session will also be streamed virtually.

Open to the UC San Diego Triton Alliance Partners and Employers. 

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10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Virtual Career and Networking Spring Fair (Virtual)

Location: Handshake


Join this virtual career fair full of opportunities for employers to meet with thousands of UC Diego students and recent alums to hire for full/part-time positions and internships.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Presentation: State of the Economy (Virtual)

Speaker: Kian SalehizadehVice President of CFO Solutions, LPL Financial


Location: Zoom


Join us for an engaging presentation and discussion delving into the state of the economy and its profound implications on the job market. The session will analyze recent trends in employment, wage growth, and hiring dynamics. Moreover, we'll explore the transformative impact of AI on the economy emphasizing the need for a "people-first" approach to harness AI's potential while mitigating its potential disruptions to the job market. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, this discussion offers invaluable insights into navigating the ever-evolving economic landscape amidst the AI revolution.


This session will be streamed virtually.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Presentation: Values Assessment: Helping You Define Meaningful Work (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Speaker: Toni Rhorer, Executive Director, Career Management Center, UC San Diego, Rady School of Management

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Your values serve as a compass, guiding you towards fulfilling and meaningful paths. Continually reassessing these values ensures alignment with your evolving aspirations, preventing complacency and fostering a dynamic career trajectory. Clarity regarding your work values empowers you to make choices that resonate with your core beliefs, leading to more satisfying and purposeful career management. In this dynamic workshop, uncover the profound impact that aligning your values can have on your career, fostering a sense of purpose and fulfillment in your professional endeavors. Join us for an engaging exploration, where you'll gain practical insights and actionable strategies to make meaningful work a tangible reality.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Presentation: The Pivot from Theory to Practice: Leveraging Graduate Research for Industry Success (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Facilitator: Jessica Wilson, Associate Director, Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center

Panelists: Sean R.B. Bearden, Ph.D., Principal Officer, Bearden Data Solutions LLC; Elena Alferova, Clinical Research Coordinator, Moores Cancer Center,; Jiaqi Liu, Data Engineer, Gilead Sciences

Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


In this session, attendees will learn about the art of mastering the pivot amidst the ever-evolving landscape of the workforce. This session brings together industry experts and explores strategies for embracing change, adapting skill sets, and seizing opportunities in an era of rapid technological advancement and economic transformation. Whether contemplating a career change, seeking to enhance employability, or simply curious about what lies ahead, this session offers invaluable guidance for mastering the pivot and shaping a meaningful future in the workforce.


This session will also be streamed virtually.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Panel: The Multigenerational Workforce (Hybrid: In Person and Virtual)

Facilitator: Michael Stromayer, Associate Director, Career Development and Industry Engagement, UC San Diego, Career Center


PanelistsAnalia Mendez, CEO, and Founder of Signature Careers LLC; Kris Hergert, Director, Innovation Strategy, UC San Diego, Office of Operational Strategic Initiatives (OSI); Roxy Farkas, Director, Student Success Center, UC San Diego, School of Physical Sciences


Location: Location: Atkinson Pavilion, Faculty Club & Zoom


Older professionals are choosing to work longer for personal and financial reasons, prompting workers to extend their careers beyond the traditional retirement age. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that almost one in four workers will be age 55 or older by 2031 and that 65-plus workers represent the fastest-growing segment of the workforce. These societal shifts have given rise to a multigenerational workforce. Now and in the future, we will have four to five generations in the workforce at any given time. 


This session will also be streamed virtually.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Presentation: Alumni 101 | Career Search Success: Harnessing AI Tools with a Human Touch (Virtual)

Speakers: Corrine Ishio, Hiring and Career Coach, SHRM-CP, Alumni ‘16; Sina Hajhassan, Career Coach and Public Relations Specialist, Alumni ‘20

Location: Zoom


In today's ever-evolving career landscape, where technology and automation continue to reshape industries, mastering the art of an effective career search is as much about leveraging cutting-edge AI tools as it is about honing essential soft skills. Join us for an enlightening virtual conversation where we will explore the intersection of job search success and artificial intelligence, emphasizing the important balance between technological competence and real-time, human connection—the ability to communicate effectively, collaborate efficiently, and demonstrate adaptability.


This session will be streamed virtually.


Please register for this session via this registration link

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Presentation: Why the Future of Leadership is Being, Not Doing (Virtual)

Speaker: Dr. Cameron Martin (Ph.D.), Spiritual Coach, Leadership Expert

Location: Zoom


In a rapidly changing world marked by disruptive innovation and the ascent of artificial intelligence, the conventional paradigms of leadership are being challenged. During this time of change, it is imperative that we return to the core of our humanity. We must honor Being. The future of leadership lies not in relentless doing, but in mindful being. It is about creating space for individuals to be, honoring their inherent humanity. As the boundaries between man and machine blur, and people find themselves caught in the fast-paced whirlwind of technological advancement, understanding the shift from doing to being is imperative. Discover how embracing this paradigm shift can shape a more compassionate and effective leadership style for the emerging era and consider the consequences that await if we neglect to honor the essence of being in leadership.


This session will be streamed virtually.

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