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Monthly HR Leadership Events at UC San Diego Extension

Join us for a series of free and distinctive monthly events to connect and engage with San Diego’s dynamic HR community.

Each event is unique. Each month, we announce a new event and open the registration for that particular event. While COVID-19 keeps us from meeting in-person, online events are being offered.  Once we can resume our group gatherings, events will be held at UCSD Extension’s off campus building or will be hosted by companies throughout San Diego known for their innovation and success.

HR leaders and experts in their fields openly present their best practices, visionary ideas, practical solutions to challenges, and insight-provoking learning lessons. Discussions are candid and stimulating. Participants acquire key takeaways that can be immediately applied to their daily work and careers.

While there is no cost to attend, these events are limited to guests who are HR VPs, Directors, Managers, developing HR professionals aspiring to be in corporate HR roles, and participants/alumni of the UCSD HR Certificate and Leadership Programs.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have moved our events online. For the month of October our topic will be:

Culture by Design: How to Elevate Cultureto Impact Exceptional Business Performance

Program Brief: Businesses develop strategies and plans to deliver exceptional results.  Culture is a critical part of the strategic architecture and yet can be an elusive and mysterious concept to leaders. How can we establish a stronger link between culture and business performance?
In this session we will get practical with culture. We will explore what it is, why it’s important to organizational performance and success, how HR leadership can elevate its business value and influence its design and execution through aligned HR and management practices. 
In this session, participants will learn:

  • A practical definition of culture 
  • The important role culture plays in organizational performance 
  • A systems approach to designing culture, aligned with HR and management practices
  • How to talk about culture with influence to elevate its strategic importance

Date & Time:  10/7/2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our Speaker: Jennifer Tokatyan is the VP of Strategic Initiatives & Culture for prAna Living, a purpose-driven, sustainable apparel company and part of the Columbia Sportswear Company portfolio of brands. Jennifer has over 25 years of experience with a track record of results-focused, strategic, and inspirational Human Resources and business leadership with hands-on experience across diverse industries and organizations both large and small. She is passionate about helping organizations and employees unleash their full potential and creating the culture, environment, and leadership where the business and its people can flourish. She is energized by the mission to manifest possibilities and live life in alignment with purpose and values. Jennifer earned her M.S. in Human Resources Management from Chapman University and B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Register in advance for this online event:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the online event on 10/7.


Free of charge.
Due to the nature of the HR Leadership Events, they are not open to consultants or service providers.
Please check this site often for information about the next event date and venue.

Please disregard the notice below.  It simply means that the events are not part of a multi-session course:

Course Number: EVNT-70030
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)