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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 summer and fall quarters. For the month of August our topic will be:

Balancing HR in an Ever-Changing Environment

Program Brief:  

In 2020, HR professionals like us have been thrust into creating solutions for situations we had not imagined. We have dealt with our own stress and admitted our vulnerabilities, while showing strength and courage of conviction.  We have learned from each other to meet our organizations’ full spectrum of needs, from compliance to strategy and innovation.
Our speaker (Celeste Blodgett, VP of HR) will openly discuss the difficult and gratifying moments in her journey this year.  Celeste will describe new and revamped practices she has led in areas including:
  • Working from Home Guide:  Including how managers can lead remotely
  • Team Connectiveness:  Simple actions to nurture working relationships despite distance
  • Wellness:  Physical, mental, financial
  • Social Justice:  Including corporate statements and dealing with employee’s strong opinions on D&I and Corporate Social Responsibility choices
  • Planning for the Future:  Going beyond “asking for permission,” and sustaining progressive change even after the pandemic improves

Date & Time:  9/16/20 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our Speaker: Celeste Blodgett, MSHR, MEd, CPBA, CPMA is the VP of HR, Learning & Development and Knowledgebase at ESET North America.  ESET is an award-winning cybersecurity company with over 1,000 employees and 100+ million users in more than 200 countries.  Celeste plays a key role in the development of corporate plans and programs as a strategist and visionary partner.  Being a passionate person and former educator, she takes a comprehensive approach to managing people, leading teams, enhancing culture and the work environment. Healthy living and wellness programs are drivers for Celeste. She is currently active in mentoring programs for USD, SD HR Forum and ESET’s management training. Being a female and underrepresented in the STEM field, Celeste saw a need and created a women’s leadership group called WOW (Women of the Workplace). She started the first ever Women in Cybersecurity scholarship program which is now nationally recognized. Celeste has served on the SD HR Forum Board and the SDPF Board, where she has chaired the Women in Blue Committee. Celeste’s honors and awards include: Finalist for SD Magazine’s Celebrating Women, CWI Women's Advocate of the Year Finalist, Women of Influence, Champion of Women Award Winner, SD HR Forum HR Executive of the Year Finalist,  SD Healthiest Companies Finalist and Winner, SD Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Winner, SD Business Journal HR Director of the Year Winner, and Nominee for the 2020 Athena Pinnacle awards.

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 6/3.


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)