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The event takes place on June 17 and 18 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. The event takes place on June 17 and 18 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

SDSU Hosts Professional Development Conference

A conference held at SDSU will help attendees achieve their professional goals.
By SDSU News Team

San Diego State University is offering an interactive two-day conference “DevelopU” on Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, where attendees will learn how to leverage their natural strengths and preferences to attain their dream job, next promotion, or any life goal. The conference takes place at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and SDSU College of Extended Studies Center.

Award-winning transformation consultant Annette Gregg of Difference Makers Consulting, and a team of specialists in their respective fields will facilitate the skill-building sessions that hope to transform attendees’ approach to work and life. Cost of the conference is $249 and includes lunch on Saturday.

“DevelopU will help people push through to the next level of their personal and professional lives,” Gregg said. “This interactive conference will give them essential professional and personal skills to help them stay marketable and successful in today’s competitive business environment. Identifying and leveraging their natural strengths and preferences will help them differentiate themselves in a professional setting.”

Conference features:

Friday, June 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Powerful Written and Verbal Communication
  • Increasing Your Efficiency: Time Management and Prioritization
  • Asking Better Questions and Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity

Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Identifying Your Natural Strengths and Leveraging your Personal Brand
  • Rebounding and Managing Change
  • Emotional Intelligence and the Power of Positive Thinking
  • Goal Setting and Building Community

Breakout sessions include Effective Résumés and Interviewing Skills; Being Your Own Boss: Becoming a Consultant; Getting Your Finances in Order; and Creating a Powerful LinkedIn Profile.

Gregg noted a recent international study showed that 78 percent of leaders said personality sets great employees apart, even more so than cultural fit and skills.

“DevelopU will help develop these skills,” she said. “Through years of working with professionals, I've seen many stuck in their career development or unsure of what they really want for their personal and professional lives. My goal is to help participants get clarity on what they’re good at, what they want, and where they want to go. DevelopU will give them tips, training, and tools to get moving on their path of success right away.”

For details and registration, visit the event website, or contact Giana Rodriguez, program director for the College of Extended Studies. 

This is an SDSU Research Foundation program managed by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies.