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  Career Moves 2008: Conference Details
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Los Angeles/UCLA Covel Commons

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8:00 am Registration Opens
Networking and Coffee.

8:45 AM – Conference Opening — Emcee Rick Wright MSW
Throughout the Conference, Rick Wright will lead participants through the agenda and introduce speakers and topics

Rick Wright MSW is a principal of Wright Consultancy based in Laguna Beach, California.. He has enjoyed trusted advisor status with high performance individuals, teams, organizations and leaders for 15 years. He has coached CEO’s and senior executives in manufacturing, high tech, entertainment, marketing, banking, high-end retail and associations. Rick’s executive coaching focus is devoted to executive/organizational leadership and change management while increasing insight, effectiveness, and growth velocity. He has a special interest in helping his clients to solve tough problems with innovative and actionable solutions. Widely regarded as one of America’s best coaches, his clients include Disney, Wells Fargo Bank, Inc. Magazine, Sony/BMG Music, Cisco Systems, Sony Entertainment, and Direct TV.

9:00 am Conference Opening
Opening Remarks – Richard Katz, Founder and CEO, seasonedPRO

Following a successful corporate career as Director of Human Resources for Bullock’s Department Stores, and Management Consultant with Ernst & Young, Mr. Katz founded Human Resource Marketing Services, Inc. Under his leadership, HRMS created many innovative, technology-driven employment and recruiting services. In the early 80’s, HRMS created Video Resumes as an employment screening tool, followed by the airing of a series of half-hour, regularly scheduled, broadcast recruitment TV programs, Meet Your Next Employer. For his pioneering work in using broadcast television as a recruitment advertising tool, Richard won the SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) Pericles Award for outstanding contribution to the human resources field. In 1993, HRMS launched its government services division, designing and managing job training programs funded by over 100 city, county, state and federal agencies. In 1998, HRMS created Dot.com Job Search, an online and classroom course on Internet job searching. In 2004, HRMS launched www.seasonedpro.com, an online and offline service focused on strengthening the connection between alumni and their alma maters through unique and effective alumni career advancement programming. Mr. Katz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.

9:15 am to 10:00 am: Keynote Speaker
Finding Your Calling In Life – Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County

As the commander of the largest sheriff’s department in the United States, as well as Director of Homeland Security for California Region I, serving 13 million people, Sheriff Baca supervises over 15,000 people. He provides law enforcement to 41 incorporated cities, 90 unincorporated communities, 9 community colleges, and hundreds of thousands of daily commuters of the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Rapid Rail Transit District.

He will share how proactive and progressive leadership skills can help professionals from any field and industry make more effective career and work/life decisions, and inspire us to success.

Sheriff Baca earned his Doctorate of Public Administration Degree from the University of Southern California and is a life member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. A strong advocate of education, he developed the LASD University in conjunction with five universities where over 900 members of the Department are enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #1 Just in Case: Maintaining Job Search Readiness – Ron Elsdon, PhD

Staying career fit means recognizing the signals of change and being well prepared to move in new directions. These are basic survival skills for today’s work world. We will explore the changing work environment, and how to effectively manage career progression and transitions. This includes discovering what really goes on in an organization or department as senior management considers downsizing, acquisition, reorganization– and determining if you are fit and prepared if you need to make a change.

Ron Elsdon brings a wealth of experience to organizational consulting and individual career counseling and coaching. Ron is the founder of Elsdon Organizational Renewal, which focuses on enhancing organizational performance, productivity and effectiveness through revitalized workforce relationships. Ron led major human resource consulting firm practices in helping organizations improve workforce and leadership effectiveness and senior executives in transition, and has held senior leadership positions in various other sectors. Ron and his co-author were awarded the Walker Prize by the Human Resource Planning Society for the paper that best advances state-of-the-art thinking or practices in human resources. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, an M.A.in Career Development from John F. Kennedy University, and a first class honors degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #2
Career Advancement Strategies for IT Professionals

Panelist Steve Heckler: Steve is President and Founder of Steve Heckler Associates, a Los Angeles based firm that specializes in high level IT consulting and executive coaching, working with CIOs and their organizations.

Steve brings 35+ years of high technology experience to his consulting practice including key management roles with IBM, Activision, Bank of America, Lorimar Telepictures, PacTel Cellular (Air Touch), Health Net, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TVN Entertainment including 16 years as a CIO. Steve received an award from IBM for Outstanding People Management. Included in his client list are DIRECTV, St. Jude Medical, The Getty, AARP, and many others.

Steve is currently the President of PCMA Los Angeles (Professional Coaches and Mentors Association), and is a board member and past chairman of the Southern California Society for Information Management (SCSIM). Steve holds a BSEE from City College of New York and both an MSOR (Operations Research) and MBA in Marketing from New York University.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #2
Robert Grimsley, Managing Director, Spherion

Bob began his career in technology as a programmer working for the Marsh and McLennan companies in New York. He was Manager of Network Application Delivery for Chase Manhattan Private Bank before taking the role of Vice President and CIO for Zenith Media Services, a media buying and planning company. Bob relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 where he served as Vice President of Technical Services for Aramark Uniform Services. Bob left Aramark to launch his own consulting practice which focused on creating strategic IT plans to enhance and benefit the business plan for small to mid-size companies. Bob’s relationships through his consulting practice led to his accepting a position with Robert Half International, a specialized staffing company, as Division Director for Robert Half Technology in Los Angeles. Since June 2007 Bob has been Managing Director of the Professional Services Group for Spherion Corporation where he oversees both the Technology and Finance and Accounting practices. During his time in the staffing industry Bob has been able to bring a unique perspective through his knowledge of technology and his longtime experience as an IT executive. Bob is actively involved in technology organizations such as AITP, WITI and INETA and is a sought-after speaker at professional events.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #3
Career Advancement Strategies for Finance and Accounting Professionals

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #4
Take Charge of Your Career – Dick Knowdell, Executive Coach, National Certified Career Counselor and Career Management Fellow

During a thirty-five year career, Dick Knowdell established one of America’s first successful corporate career development programs, instituted an internal employee assistance program, directed a Silicon Valley corporate training and employee development department, established an executive outplacement consulting firm and served as an executive coach. He is the author of Building a Career Development Program: Nine Steps for Effective Implementation and co-author of From Downsizing to Recovery: Strategic Transition Options for Organizations and Individuals. In 1996, President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Examiners of the United States Foreign Service. Dick is a past president of both the California Career Development Association (CACD) and the Silicon Valley Chapter of the International Association of Career Management Professionals (IACMP).

In this fast-paced, interactive session, executive coach Dick Knowdell will introduce attendees to a simple but effect four-step method that they can implement in order to take charge of their careers. These steps are:
1. Assessment – Identifying which of their skills will lead to success and which will lead to burnout.
2. Exploration – How to determine what options are available to them
3. Focus – How to zero in on the most appropriate, available and attainable goal.
4. Strategy/Implementation – How to draft a plan to get to the goal. Each will receive a copy of his Career Development Planning Profile based on the four-step process to chart their plans.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #5
Career Advancement Strategies for Marketing/Business Development/Sales Professionals – Rob Roberts, Vice President, Director of Professional Services, Lee Hecht Harrison

Rob is the Vice President of Professional Services, as well as Senior Career Coach with the Los Angeles office of Lee Hecht Harrison. He has over 10 years experience in interfacing one-on-one with senior executives and professionals in career transition and development. His past consulting clients include MGM, Honeywell, BellSouth, NBC/Universal, CNN, The Gap, e-toys and GE. He has consistently been named the “consultant-of-choice” on numerous projects, finding great enjoyment in providing his executive and professional clients the necessary tools to move forward in their respective careers. Most recently, he was named “Consultant of the Year” nationwide.

His background includes over 18 years in training and development in a wide range of industries, encompassing the high tech, travel, financial, manufacturing and entertainment sectors. He has developed and implemented performance improvement programs for both Fortune 500 companies, including United Airlines, as well as smaller firms, including Apollo Travel and Galileo International.

A frequent speaker at national conferences, Rob received his Bachelor’s degree in business and communications from Wheaton College in Illinois. He also did graduate studies at Georgia State University in Human Resource Development.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #5
Christopher Chennault, Business Development Director, Rhythm Interactive, Inc

Mr. Chennault has over ten years experience in business-to-consumer public relations and event planning. He has implemented product review programs and has handled media relations programs for Fortune 1000 clients and sole proprietors..He currently leads new business and external marketing initiatives for Rhythm Interactive, a full-service interactive marketing agency in Orange County, California. Mr. Chennault completed a Bachelor of Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations with minors in Organizational Leadership and Broadcast Journalism, from Chapman University. He currently serves as the President of the Orange County Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Executive Committee and Vice President of Programming for the Southern California Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

10:15 am to 11:15 am: Breakout Session #5
Tracey Kleber, Director of Major Gifts and Regional Giving, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Tracey Kleber is currently Director of Major Gifts and Regional Giving at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She joined Anderson from the University of Pennsylvania where she ran their Western Regional Office. Her other fundraising experience includes over three years working for her alma mater, Lehigh University, in Bethlehem PA.

Tracey returned to higher education in 2004 after 12 years in the Marketing and Advertising industry. Her experience included Account Management responsibilities for clients such as BellSouth, MCI, T-Mobile, and SunTrust Bank here in the US. She also spent 3 years working in London and ran the Pan-European Developer Products Marketing Account for Microsoft, in addition to supervising the development of campaigns for Marriott and Lexmark in the UK.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Breakout Session #1
Personal Branding as a Career Advancement Tool –Sasha Strauss

Your skills, aptitudes and work experience: all valuable attributes that make you unique. We pay premiums for quality brands everyday… you too can be worth a premium to your current or future employer if positioned correctly. Learn why and how to brand yourself – for success in your professional life. This session is led by Sasha Strauss, awarded university lecturer on branding and a brand strategy consultant for companies like Yahoo! and Adobe.

Mr. Strauss is an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication where he teaches graduate brand strategy. As such, he regularly guest lectures at top-tier business schools such as UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and USC’s Marshall School of Business. He also delivers presentations monthly for professional organizations like The American Marketing Association, MENG and the University of California Office of the President.

When he’s not teaching, Mr. Strauss is the Managing Director at Innovation Protocol, a Los Angeles based brand strategy consulting firm serving organizations that transform markets through innovation. Clients range from global market leaders Korn/Ferry International and Johnson & Johnson to entertainment powerhouse Sanrio Inc.

Previously, Mr. Strauss was the Director of Brand Development at Brand Sense Partners, a strategic brand extension firm in Los Angeles, California. He led brand strategy and development for all firm clientele, which ranged from Thermos and Clorox Corporation Brands like STP and Armor All to gaming market leader Electronic Arts.

Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Brand Strategist at Siegel+Gale, where he developed and managed international strategic branding programs. Mr. Strauss was the client partner on all global Yahoo! brand initiatives while also leading programs for 20 other brands including TiVo, Microsoft and Adobe.

Mr. Strauss holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine, a masters in Strategic Corporate Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and an executive certificate in business management from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Breakout Sessions #2 Career Opportunities in the Engineering and Environmental Fields

Panelist: Yue Rong, Ph.D.,Environmental Program Manager, California Regional Water Quality Control Board Los Angeles Region

Environmental problems have become global problems, creating employment opportunities that transcend many fields of study and work experiences including environmental engineering (environmental, civil, chemical, and engineering geology) and sciences (chemistry, geology, hydrogeology, ecology, biology, toxicology, climatology, earth science, soil science, water resources, water quality, and hazardous wastes), public health, agriculture, environmental law and economics, and urban planning. Listen in as experts discuss how the field has grown over time and where it is heading—- creating the need for intelligent and well-educated professionals working in the public and private sectors to protect the environment.

Panelist: Adam Shandrow, Area Manager,Manpower Professional

Adam Shandrow is the Area Manager for Manpower Professional’s Southern California operations based in Huntington Beach, California. Manpower Professional is a leader in the creation and delivery of services that enable our clients to win in the changing world of work. Adam started his career as an employment manager for a small privately- owned manufacturing company in Nashua, NH. Upon his return to California in 1996, he began his career with Manpower Professional where over the past ten years he has held the title of Sr. Recruiter, Regional Program Manager and Area Manager. Adam’s area of expertise involves workforce development and employment solutions. He is currently the Chair of the State Rehabilitation Council for the Department of Rehabilitation and is a frequent speaker for the Department of Labor and various colleges and universities.

Panelist: Jim Wes, President, Scientific Applications & Research Associates (SARA) Inc., California, Colorado, New Mexico, Connecticut and Washington DC.

For 10 years Jim has guided the growth of this team of nearly 100 professionals specializing in harnessing new technologies before they are fully understood, proving them, developing them into applications, then bringing them to market.

Jim is a “Control Systems” product of UC San Diego and Leeds University in England, with business coursework at Cal Tech and UCLA/Anderson. He enjoyed over 20 years at Northrop Corporation, engineering and directing programs as well as merging the technologies of Northrop’s major acquisitions; Grumman and Westinghouse. Ultimately he served as Director of Advanced Programs for Northrop’s Electronics segment.

The innovators at Scientific Applications and Research Associates (www.sara.com), called Jim to be president in 1998 where he has lead through ten years of profit and growth. Jim and his co-leaders occasionally “play engineer” on SARA’s novel Physics, Electro-Magnetics and Acoustics programs, or leave that to the team while carrying the business forward.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Breakout Sessions #3 Career Advancement Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Presenter: Zein Obagi, MD

Obagi is the epitome of success through his motto “nothing is impossible, but the impossible.” He has reached his personal and professional goals by combining a medical degree with an entrepreneurial spirit.


Dr. Obagi was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria to a working-class family involved in the leather business. He was forced out of school to work for this business in 7th grade. He ran away from home a few years later, and taught himself 7th, 8th, and 9th grade in one year, financially supporting himself by waiting tables. He passed the National Exam for 9th grade with the highest score in the country, entitling him to scholarships for the rest of his schooling. Government scholarships allowed him to complete medical school. Dr. Obagi had a dream to go to America and pursue his medical career in a country with endless possibilities for success. He joined the US Navy’s prestigious Pacific Fleet where he completed his residency in Dermatology. Shortly after, he opened his first clinic in Chula Vista, CA. Challenging all conventional wisdom during that time, he formulated creams that would treat patients of all skin types & color. Since that time he opened a practice in La Jolla and now has a practice in Beverly Hills. In 1984 Dr. Obagi founded what has become Obagi Medical Products, a publicly held company that is the world’s leading producer of prescription anti-aging skin care products. In 2006 he founded ZO Skin Health, Inc., a developer and marketer of anti-aging skin care products sold through department stores. Today Dr Obagi is one of the leading dermatologists, inventors and educators in the world.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Breakout Sessions #4 Career Advancement Strategies for HR Professionals

Panelist: Susan Dearing, HR Panel Moderator

Susan Dearing joined UCLA Anderson in 2004 as Associate Director, EMBA and Alumni Career Services. In July of 2006, Susan joined the UCLA Anderson Office of Professional MBA Programs when she assumed the position of Director, EMBA Career and Leadership Development Initiatives. In her current role, she is continuing her career development work with the EMBA students, as well as creating and implementing several new initiatives for the leadership development aspects of the EMBA program.

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson, Susan was a consultant for 14 years in the Los Angeles office of Drake Beam Morin. Susan began her career as a student dean at Pomona College. She also worked at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. as Manager of Training and Development, and Glendale Federal Bank, where she created and implemented a company-wide career development program.

Susan received her Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, CA, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA.

Panelist: John Wentworth, Founder and CEO, Wentworth Recruiting

John Wentworth has been in Human Resources since 1973. Wentworth Recruiting was created in 1984 and became the first company to offer on-site contract recruiting in Southern California. Since then, under John’s guidance, the company has pioneered many of the key recruiting innovations of the past 20 years with a focus on HR positions. .Prior to starting his recruiting firm, John was Corporate Manager of Compensation and Affirmative Action for TOSCO Corporation, Personnel Director for Carte Blanche and Compensation Supervisor for Mattel. He has been designated a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute. John grew up in Southern California and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications.

Panelists: Mark Wilbur, Employers Group

Since joining Employers Group in March, 2007 as the youngest CEO in the association’s 111-year history.

Before joining Employers Group, Mark was the Associate Dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) for three years, leading many efforts from external affairs, development and executive education, including developing customized solutions for companies to help meet the critical needs of their employees and executives. Prior to USC, Mark was a Partner in Advanced Technology and Strategy at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, developing revenue improvement solutions for clients across the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Mark earned his BA and MBA from USC.

Panelists: Doyle Young, CEO, PIHRA

Doyle Young is an executive, author, teacher, consultant and nationally recognized expert in the areas of organizational and employee development. With over 27 years of management experience and having served as CEO for two successful start-ups and President of a mature $200M publishing and broadcast media company with 1,200 employees, Doyle is a recognized expert in building and running successful organizations. As CEO of PIHRA, he manages the nation’s largest regional HR associations with over 5,000 members covering the Southern California area. Doyle’s work has been recognized by Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan Business School, the Wall St. Journal and many other well respected educational and media organization. He is the co-author of, “The Ever-Changing Organization: Creating the Capacity for Continuous Change, Learning and Improvement”. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from California State University, Northridge, California and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Panelists: Steve Hart, Sr. Director, HR, Zenith Insurance

After receiving his bachelors in Psychology from UCLA and Masters Degree in Social work from New York University, Steve Hart worked for the next 8 years as a clinical social worker and internal consultant for 3 major medical centers in LA –Santa Monica Hospital, Northridge Medical Center, and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. of LA. Steve’s extensive Human Resources background includes roles as Management Development trainer and project manager at McDonnell Douglas, Manager of Training and Organizational Development at HR Textron, Director Human Resources at Barry Controls Aerospace, Vice President Human Resources at Medco Associates, and Group Vice President of Human Resources for PTI Technologies. Currently, Steve is Senior Director Human Resources at Zenith Insurance Company, where he leads Zenith’s compensation practice and national business partnership initiatives.

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch and Presentations
What’s Happening at the University?

It’s your University, and it’s producing more and more of the brightest minds and accomplished professionals in the world. Find out the latest in who’s who of the University of California alumni, representing a variety of fields of work.

Rhea Turteltaub, Interim Vice Chancellor, UCLA External Affairs

Rhea Turteltaub was appointed Interim Vice Chancellor, External Affairs at UCLA in July 2006. She concurrently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Development. As Vice Chancellor, she oversees a diverse, yet integrated department with a staff of over 500 that includes Development, Alumni Relations, University Communications, Government & Community Relations, Advancement Services, Finance & Information Management and the UCLA Foundation.

As Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, Rhea has management responsibility for one of the most successful development programs of its kind with a staff of over 250, raising over $300 million annually. The University’s Campaign UCLA completed in 2006 generated a record-setting $3.052 billion.

Prior to arriving at UCLA, she held leadership positions at Otis College of Art and Design and The University of Chicago, as well as campaign positions at the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

12:45 pm to 2:00 pm
Career Moves in the Digital Age

The digital revolution changed the way people consume media and are entertained, and how business connects with consumers. How has the digital revolution changed the arc of your career? When do social networks help or hinder advancement? How is enterprise changing to integrate consumer technologies to enhance their own business? Four successful executives from the entertainment, software and public relations fields will provide insight on the impact technology will have on job creation. You will learn what skills will be needed and what opportunities lay ahead to prepare and secure a “career advancement” future in these growing related industries and fields of work related to digital technology.

Moderator Melissa Robinson, Senior Vice President, Hill & Knowlton, Digital

With more than 15 years experience in branding, public relations and lifestyle marketing, Melissa Robinson is Senior Vice President and West Coast Director for H&K Digital. H&K Digital provides creative and strategic digital counsel to clients across a variety of industries disciplines and delivers creative communications campaigns that leverage digital channels such as wireless, blogs and podcasts, to drive conversations and build communities. Melissa has managed consumer lifestyle and digital programs for clients such as Motorola, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Deloitte (Media & Entertainment practice), New Motion (web & mobile entertainment), Adidas, Mazda and Ford. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, Melissa served as senior vice president for the Consumer Brand & Entertainment Practice at Fleishman-Hillard, Los Angeles. Clients included Yahoo!, ATT, Nike, Hot Import Nights and others. Melissa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UCLA.

Sande Scoredos, Executive Director, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Sande Scoredos is the executive director of training and artist development at Sony Pictures Imageworks and has an extensive background in feature film production, art education and computer science. She educates experienced visual effects artists, animators and production teams in Culver City and supervises several remote locations, teaching the use of proprietary and third-party tools needed to produce world-class visual effects and animation. The training program delivers technical, production and studio courses, web casts, immersive online learning and a variety of presentations and lectures by industry professionals. Scoredos serves as the Chair of the program to provide faculty fellowships, internships, scholarships, mentors and curriculum guidance to teaching faculty and industry organizations, including the Visual Effects Society, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Science Technology Council Internship Program. A UCLA alum, she works with UCLA’s Entertainment Studies program and also teaches a yearly production course at MIT.

John Tarnoff, Head of Show Development, DreamWorks Animation SKG

John Tarnoff is Head of Show Development at DreamWorks Animation , supervising the company’s internal artistic enrichment program, its outreach program to schools in the CG animation space, and strategies for the early creative production phases of the animation process. John has been in the motion picture business for nearly 30 years, starting in TV commercial production in NY, as a literary agent in L.A. representing writers and directors, and in feature films as a studio executive and producer for companies including MGM, Columbia, Warner Bros, Village Roadshow and DeLaurentiis, Some of his projects include DINER, THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, PINK FLOYD THE WALL and BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. Turning to multimedia production in the 1990s, he produced two successful CD-ROM games and then founded Talkie, Inc, an internet technology company that pioneered intelligent conversational animated characters for online customer service, brand building and training. Clients included Sprint, Intel and Scottrade. John holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Bob Nicoll, Director EA University, Electronic Arts

Mr. Nicoll directs the Electronic Arts University where employees learn the latest in production technology to create the products that bring together software development, games, broadcast, and the film industries. Today’s games deliver in real-time, broadcast quality imagery and effects. Our artists regularly transition from games, to Broadcast, to film and back. His past experiences in all of these areas, and his current head of the EA University, will provide a unique perspective on today’s employment opportunities, as well as significant insight into the kinds of skills needed to build a career.

George Chen, Senior Manager, Business Development, Digital Media Division, ABC-Disney Cable Networks Group

George Chen is currently the Senior Manager, Business Development for the Digital Media Division of ABC-Disney Cable Networks Group. George has been in his position for the past 2 years. His team is responsible for all Digital Media initiatives for the Media Networks segment including: mobile, online and e/sell through (VOD). Prior to his current role, George was at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Division as the Assistant Brand Manager for domestic home video. Prior to Disney, George received his MBA at USC/Marshall School of Business. Prior to b/school, George did finance and planning for Touchstone Studios, an internet start up and a mutual fund company. George received his undergraduate degree from Berkeley.

Note: While attending the View from the Top presentations, your full conference registration purchase will include lunch. Full registration purchase not required to attend this presentation.

2:15 pm to 2:45 pm:
Advanced Networking Training – Ronald A. Kaufman, Media Trainer/Author

We’re always creating an impression with others; it’s either positive or negative, rarely in-between. In this interactive presentation, you’ll gain proven techniques on how to construct your “elevator speech,” do an effective handshake, remember people’s names, and have an effective attitude. You’ll be able to use these tools immediately to maximize your benefits from attending the conference and throughout your career.

Ronald A. Kaufman is a seminar leader, media trainer, and executive coach specializing in effective communication skills and goal setting. For over 12 years he’s conducted workshops on “Presentation Skills,” “Negotiation,” “Media skills,” “Job interviewing,” “Time Management,” and “Stress Management.” His workshops are customized, fast-paced, and interactive; giving clients real-world tools and techniques they can begin using immediately. Ron’s clients include Microsoft, Sheraton Hotels, ITT, Nestle, Xerox, Dole Foods, Transamerica, Disney, Santa Monica College, IBM, Metropolitan Water District, Baxter Labs, and Texas Instruments. He is the author of the acclaimed book on communication skills, goal setting, and persuasion, “Anatomy of Success.” He is also a contributing author for the book “The Wisdom of ASTD-LA,” with his treatise on maximum motivation. Ron has a degree in Marketing, a Master Certification in NLP, and is a certified trainer in “Presentation Skills.”

2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Roundtable Preparation: More Information
Our emcee will review how you can get the most from the time you spend at hiring-employer recruitment roundtables. Choose to use this time as an opportunity to meet with a variety of employers in a direct, accessible executive roundtable setting. Up to nine people may be at the table at the same time.

Employers will be at the recruitment roundtable to:

  • Meet you in a relaxed context
  • Present their company profile and employment opportunities.
  • Answer your questions about employment opportunities with their company.
  • Gain a quick read on your level of interest and qualifications.
  • Conduct more in-depth interviews onsite if it appears that you and the employer have a mutual interest.
  • Gather resumes and/or exchange business cards.

Additional benefits that you will receive when you attend the conference and visit with one or more of the employers:

  • Gain new perspectives on your career options.
  • Learn how your skills and experience are transferable to other fields and industries.
  • Share common goals and challenges with fellow alumni.
  • Find out what types of companies are motivated to employ alumni with your experience and skill sets.
  • Increase your network of contacts.
  • Obtain one-on-one interviews by submitting your resume in advance of the conference to employers of your choice.


3:15 pm to 8:15 pm: Speed Recruitment Roundtables
Join others as you meet a different employer every 30 minutes. Register prior to the conference to ensure access to employers and interview times of your choice. Upon conference registration you will have the option of posting your resume and the opportunity to view participating employers’ priority job openings.

5:30 pm to 6:45 pm: Dinner Buffet and Networking
Purchasing a full conference registration will include a dinner meal ticket that gives you access to informal networking with employers and other attendees.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Breakout Sessions #1
When the Headhunter Calls: How to Work Effectively With Executive Recruiters – Trent Overholt, Managing Partner, MRINetwork

To truly understand what to say and what to do when you get the call, you need to know the basics of the executive search business and a recruiter’s motivation. Learn the difference between retained and contingency search firms and how they operate; contract recruiters versus in-house recruiters; what each of these types of recruiters can and can’t do for you; who they work for; and how to locate and select the best recruiter for your particular situation. Learn the specific strategies for getting the most out of working with a search consultant at every step of the job search process, even if you aren’t interested in making a change.

Trent graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent the initial 9 years of his career working for the Rehrig Pacific Company, the leading Plastic Injection Molder of durable packaging & returnable container systems. Trent advanced through a series of Design Engineering, Product Development (18 patents), Marketing, and ultimately National Sales roles providing custom engineered Supply Chain & Packaging Products for FMCG such as perishables into major Grocery Chains. Trent established the MRINetwork Los Angeles -South Bay office in 2004, and works both as Managing Partner for the Los Angeles -South Bay office and as an Executive Search Consultant. Trent specializes in New Product and New Technology Development for Innovation & Design firms, and Industrial Manufacturers that value new product development.

Trent specializes in cross-functional Engineers, Technical Sales Professionals, and Manufacturing Operations leaders. Of MRINetwork’s 1,100 global offices, Trent was Rookie Billing Manager of the year in 2005, and followed that up with 25% growth in 2006. Trent is a Certified Senior Manager (CSM), which is MRINetwork’s certification of Ethics & Expertise in the Search profession. Trent has exceeded MRINetwork’s PaceSetter (Management Recruiters International Elite) Award every year.

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Breakout Sessions #2
Professional Development Across the Generations: Career Advancement Strategies for an Intergenerational Workforce– Amy Hirsh Robinson, M.B.A., Principal, Interchange Group

In no other time in history have so many different generations with so much diversity been asked to work side-by-side to achieve success. Staying competitive in today’s labor market means having a clear understanding of those generational differences and how they help and impede your career. In this highly interactive and eye-opening session you will learn:

  • How demographic shifts are changing the U.S. labor market and what you should be doing to take advantage of the next wave
  • What stereotypes are associated with your generation and how they hinder your career advancement
  • How to communicate and negotiate effectively with bosses, colleagues and potential employers from different generations
  • What strategies work best for managing employees who are either older or younger than you
  • When professional attire and demeanor mean something different to you than it does to your subordinates and what to do about

Amy is the Founder and Principal of the Interchange Group. She specializes in organizational development, employee training programs, and executive coaching. Amy has experience working with organizations of all sizes in a range of industries, including the not-for-profit sector. Prior to founding the Interchange Group, Amy held a variety of consulting and managerial positions in Change Management, Human Resources, Marketing and Customer Service. Amy received her MBA in Strategy and Organizational Development from the Anderson School at UCLA and her BA in International Relations from Vassar College. She is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DISC and several other interpersonal and career assessment tools.

10:00 am to 8:00 pm: 50-Minute, Career and Executive Coaching Sessions
Here is your opportunity to get answers to your specific career advancement goals and challenges. Career and executive coaching qualifications are available by going to this link: Private Career and Executive Coaching Session. There are a limited number of coaching sessions for each time listed below:


  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 2:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm
  • 4:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm

Conference registration is required before scheduling a coach.

Executive coaches typically provide services to director-level and higher managers and executives, and focus on achieving faster career advancement (usually within the context of your current employer), increasing leadership effectiveness, or helping business owners grow their enterprise.

Career coaches are utilized primarily to help you focus on these job search activities:

  • Development of a Personal Job Search Plan
  • Personal Assessment of Interests, Aptitudes and Skills
  • Resume and Cover Letter Development
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Effective Sources of Job Leads
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Transferable Skill Analysis
  • Alternative Career Options


Programming, Scheduling and Speakers Subject To Change without Notice

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