Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM PST

What is this event about?

Are you or someone you know impacted by recent layoffs in San Diego? The economic crisis is real, and it has uprooted both business owners and individuals, leaving many of us in stressful situations. We’re here to support, which is why San Diego Tech Hub has partnered with Workforce Partnerships and Council of Supplier Diversity to create a FREE half-day event focused on “Getting Back to Work Together” with a theme of empowering our community through employment.

According to a San Diego County WARN Report, 130 companies will permanently shut down or have layoffs from July 11th, 2022 to March 1st, 2024, impacting over 7,000 San Diegans. To address this, our event aims to bring community leaders together to help those impacted by layoffs navigate financial distress, job search strategies, career transitions, personal branding techniques, interviewing skills, and networking opportunities.

Join us on Tuesday, June 27th for an inspiring afternoon of learning, networking, and support. We have thought leaders from various industries who will share their expertise, offering words of encouragement, practical tips, and best practices to help rebuild your self-confidence and resilience in today’s job market.


  • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Registration and Networking
  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Welcome + Keynote with Kolby Goodman
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Navigating Your Career – Pick (1) Session
    • From Employee to Entrepreneur: What To Consider Before Starting Your Own Business with Larry Kesslin
    • The 4 Intelligences of Work~Life Empowerment, In an Impermanent World with Lori Wallace
    • Building a Creative Mindset for Tech Professionals: Empowering Your Career Journey with Adam Rudder
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Skill Development – Pick (1) Session
    • Personal Branding and Interviewing Tips for Tech Professionals with Shane Dippold, Lorien
    • The Winning Formula: 10x Your Productivity in Business…. and Life! with Jarvis Leverson
    • Mastering LinkedIn and Chat GPT for Job Seekers with Jon Aasted
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Keynote 2: San Diego Tech Hub Board Members
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Career Fair – Take Action!
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Happy Hour and Networking

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate recruiters
  • Individuals seeking full-time employment
  • University and College students seeking internships
  • Workforce development agencies, career coaches, and staffing agencies

Whether you’re seeking a new job, looking for career development opportunities, or want to contribute to building a stronger economic workforce in our community, this event has something for everyone – and it’s all completely free! Join us and let’s get back to work together.

Secure your spot early, as spaces are limited.

Keynote Speaker

From Average to Extraordinary: How do stop being another “qualified” candidate and start being their ideal problem solver

Kolby Goodman is the founder of the career consulting and training firm, The Job Huntr, and has been successfully providing personal and group programs in career advancement and job satisfaction since 2013. Thanks to his direct coaching and development of attention-grabbing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters, his clients have landed amazing jobs at the nation’s top companies, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Workday, Salesforce, Qualcomm, Intuit, and ResMed among others.

Kolby Goodman, Career Coach at Job Huntr
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Session Speakers

From Employee to Entrepreneur: What To Consider Before Starting Your Own Business

In this session, we will explore the pathway of entrepreneurship and what to consider before building your own business. Larry Kesslin will lead an interactive conversation about the opportunities and challenges of being your own boss. Larry served as an Entrepreneur Ambassador for the Better Business Bureau, Pacific Southwest, started multiple companies and coached hundreds more over his 30-year career. Larry will share his experience to see if you’re ready to make to leap from employee to entrepreneur.

Larry Kesslin, Chief Connector
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The 4 Intelligences of Work~Life Empowerment, In an Impermanent World

There is much we learn from the ego-mind perspective about survival, fear, competition, doom. But, what about the heart-mind’s guidance on creativity, transformation, and collaborating directly with chance? Partnering the seen with the unseen may sound otherworldly, but it’s not. It’s essential and whole, and a critical skill to living a happy, healthy, vibrant, and prosperous life.

Come learn from Lori Wallace how the very impermanence of work actually works to your advantage – when entered into, mindfully and skillfully. We’ll talk about “antagonistic mentoring” as well as the genius of diversity for seeding your way forward in any lay-off, job search, or pivot. With a set of new practical and poetic skills in hand, you’ll be ready to end the suffering, and, instead, co-create with limitless possibilities –– and prosper!

“How do you calculate upon the unforeseen? It seems to be an art of recognizing the role of the unforeseen, of keeping your balance amid surprises, of collaborating with chance, of recognizing that there are some essential mysteries in the world and thereby a limit to calculation, to plan, to control.” –– Rebecca Solnit

Lori Wallace, Founder of Career Ecology
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Building a Creative Mindset for Tech Professionals: Empowering Your Career Journey

Unlock your creative potential in the tech industry through an experiential and fun workshop led by Adam Rudder. Build muscle memory, gain practical skills, and tools to thrive professionally and personally while enjoying collaborative activities in a playful and safe environment.

Adam Rudder, the founder and CEO of Improv4Companies and Off the Cuff Games, has a proven track record of transforming individuals and organizations. With over 20 years of experience as a team-building facilitator, coach, and expert in play-based techniques, he has led trainings for Fortune 500 companies, tech industry leaders, schools, start-ups, and non-profit organizations, positively impacting thousands of individuals.

Adam Rudder, Founder of Improv4Companies
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Personal Branding and Interviewing Tips for Tech Professionals

Are you a tech professional ready to take the next step in your career? Join us for an insightful session led by a seasoned corporate recruiter, Shane Dippold from Lorien. You’ll gain valuable personal branding and interviewing tips to stand out in today’s competitive job market.

In this engaging workshop, Lorien will provide practical guidance on building a strong personal brand that showcases your unique skills and expertise. Learn how to effectively communicate your value proposition and create a powerful online presence that captivates potential employers.

Shane Dippold is passionate about people and helping companies build talented and diverse teams. He has led several recruiting teams over his 9 years of recruiting with a focus on Software Engineering placements. Shane has supported many local Tech communities and networking groups here in San Diego and across the US. Shane prides himself on creating a great candidate and client experience through all parts of the recruitment process.

Shane Dippold, National Recruiting Director at Lorien
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The Winning Formula: 10x Your Productivity in Business…. and Life!

According to Inc. Magazine, the average entrepreneur wastes up to 5 hours per day on low value or no value activities. This leads to late nights, procrastination and eventual burnout. What can you do to prevent this? In this session, you’ll explore a three step process to plan, organize and prioritize your daily tasks to set yourself up for consistent success. Recapture those 5 wasted hours so you can have more time to discover your next career, build your business, and thrive in your personal life.

As a high-performance coach, Jarvis has conducted over 2000 hours of coaching with entrepreneurs and business owners to help them get to the next level in their businesses and life.

Through that experience, he made a startling discovery… their morning routine had the biggest impact on their ability to produce at a higher level. More specifically, those who “WON the morning” would go off and “WIN the day” and ultimately build a “WINNING LIFE.” From this, he engineered the “RISE & GRIND method” which will 10x your productivity so you can achieve 10x the results in your business and your life.

Jarvis Leverson, Founder of The Morning Hero
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Mastering LinkedIn and Chat GPT for Job Seekers

In today’s competitive job market, having a strong LinkedIn profile and online presence is crucial for attracting the attention of recruiters. Get a glimpse into a corporate recruiters mind as he shares key tips on how to stand out on Linkedin. This session aims to equip job seekers with the essential knowledge and practical tips to enhance their online presence.

Jon Aasted is an experienced corporate recruiter in both the private and public sectors. Jon is also a Chief Intelligence Petty Officer and Command Career Counselor with the US Navy Reserves. Jon specializes in recruiting, training and development, and is a true believer in networking with LinkedIn for all aspects of the job search.

Jon Aasted, Senior Corporate Recruiter
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Join our Career Fair!

As part of our upcoming event “Getting Back to Work Together,” we are offering FREE vendor booths to hiring companies and resource vendors to provide an opportunity for you to engage with a diverse pool of talented individuals, share information about your organization, and explore potential collaborations. It’s a win-win for everyone involved! 🚀.  Check out our booth type info sheet for additional details.

Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners!

Secure your spot early, as spaces are limited.