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The Now, The New & The Next in Careers

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Join us for 3 days of career rejuvenation through connecting, learning, and an exceptional location... one of the only private beaches in San Diego! 

Our speaker lineup will include thought leaders from the careers industry and outside of the industry to bring you the resources you need to refresh your approach and the inspiration you need to renew your energy. 

Who attends the Career Thought Leaders Professional Development Symposium? 

Career and leadership coaches, career services staff, professional resume writers, personal branding strategists, military transition staff, and like-minded professionals who guide others in advancing their careers. 

The CTL leadership team is known for putting together a leading-edge curriculum for all our events, and the annual professional development symposium always brings the best minds together for you to learn from.

Do you want to get the latest information, but hate when you feel like you didn't apply anything you learned? 

Us, too! Even before it was cool, we were creating unique spaces for professionals to share their expertise. We know adults learn by sharing, questioning, and integrating information. 

We work with our presenters to make sure each presentation gives you not only the latest information but time and space to share, integrate, and make that information actionable. 

Will it be recorded or simulcasted? Not this event... 

While we do extensive virtual training throughout the year (for 15+ years running), we also know the power of focus that comes with attending a live, in-person event. 

That is why we are so excited to bring this back as an exclusive, interactive learning event.


Sunday, March 26, 2023
Optional Small Group Tours 1:00-3:00 pm  |  First-Time Attendee Session at 5:00 pm  |  Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm

Monday, March 27

7:45 am – Networking with Colleagues

8:15 am - Decoding Self-Sabotage with Vaneese Johnson

10:15 am - Concurrent Sessions

Growing Your Business Through Micro-Services with Kate Pozeznik

Unconscious Language Use that Slays Careers with Dr. Cheryl Minnick

11:30 am – Lunch

1:00 pm - Strategic Storytelling in Career Documents, LinkedIn, and Video Answer the "So What?" with Deb Dib and Jan Melnik

2:45 pm - Trusted Authority: Become the Go-To Expert & Skyrocket Your Career with Petra Zink

4:00 pm – Table Discussions

Evening Event
Group Dinner

Tuesday, March 28

8:00 am – Networking with Colleagues

8:30 am - Callings: The Power of Passionate Work with Gregg Levoy

10:00 am - Concurrent Sessions

Practical Tips for Growing Your Business with Corporate Clients with Carol Parker Walsh

How to Use Social Media to Uncover Job Search Gold with Marie Zimenoff

12:00 pm  Lunch

1:15-4:30 pm - Workshops

Callings: The Power of Passionate Work with Gregg Levoy

Innovate to Stand Out with Vaneese Johnson

4:45 pm - Roundtable Discussions

Evening Event
Small Group Dinners

Wednesday, March 29

8:00 am – Networking with Colleagues

8:30-11:45 am - Workshops

Trusted Authority Coaching with Petra Zink

Fresh, Forward, and Fearless Ideas to Revitalize Your Resume Content, Format, and Design with Louise Kursmark

11:45 am – Lunch

1:00 pm - The Power of Guiding Clients to Upskill and Own Their Careers with Manisha Dhawan

2:15 pm - Recruiting & HR Tech: AI, Skills-based Hiring & Employee Development with Marvin Smith

3:30 pm - The Inclusion Revolution: A Path to Progress - Dan Roth

4:30 pm - Closing Session

General Session Presenters & Topics

Decoding Self-Sabotage - Vaneese Johnson

Vaneese is an acclaimed Executive Coach, Brand Strategist, Author, and award-winning International Speaker. With 25+ years of experience, she helps small business and corporate leaders claim their boldness to achieve unimagined success. Her transformative approach, known as truth-telling and instigating, combines coaching, professional development, and entrepreneurial experience into Becoming Out Loud Daily (BOLD), Building in their Genius (BIG), and Being Audaciously Daring (BAD). This assists her audience in dreaming bigger and setting larger goals for their careers, businesses, and personal lives. The Boldness Coach™ is here to make it happen!

Growing Your Business Through Micro-Services - Kate Pozeznik

Kate Pozeznik is a resume writer, career advisor, solopreneur, and founder of Quirk, a personal branding and career consulting firm that helps accelerate the careers of women executives. Her expertise is founded on an English degree, 20 years of technical writing, and multiple career transitions. She serves on the CTL board of advisors, embraces technology as a conduit to professional success, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with peers and clients alike.

Unconscious Language Use that Slays Careers - Dr. Cheryl Minnick

Dr. Cheryl Minnick has 3 decades' higher education experience on 4 college campuses. Holding a master's and doctorate in counseling (careers) and 5 industry credentials, her research is published in academic journals, resume samples in nearly a dozen industry books, and keen counsel shared on AOLJobs, Voice America Radio, CareerSparx and Resume Writer's Digest. When not on campus advising students, she is helping advance the careers of mid-level and C-suite executives via her boutique career consulting business, the Paper Trail.with peers and clients alike.

Strategic Storytelling in Career Documents, LI, and Video Answer the “So What?” — Fire Up the Audience! - Jan Melnik 

Jan Melnik has been helping colleagues and clients—from new graduates to C-suite executives—for 20+ years. She earned her master's degree from Wesleyan University and holds two undergraduate degrees in business. She teaches English and business at the University of South Florida and Bay Path University. Her newest book is MODERNIZE YOUR EXECUTIVE JOB SEARCH with co-author Louise Kursmark and TELLING TALES: ON MERLIN'S ISLAND is her first novel.

Strategic Storytelling in Career Documents, LI, and Video Answer the “So What?” — Fire Up the Audience! - Deb Dib

In 2004, after Deb Dib became one of the first Certified Personal Branding Strategists, her mentor William Arruda encouraged her to niche to clients whom she respected for their vision and values. She gulped and dared greatly. No sharks or suits! Almost immediately gutsy, fun, ethical execs became her clients. She did the daring greatly happy dance!

Fast-forward to now; she's grateful and humbled to be considered a leading voice in personal branding and career communications innovation. And she's dared greatly again, moving from B2C clients to serving B2B career industry colleagues. Innovation still drives her: she loves writing, teaching and creating curricula and sharing new concepts--via coaching, presentations, keynotes, workshops, webinars, and the like.

Trusted Authority Coaching - Petra Zink

Petra Zink is a certified Personal Branding & Digital Strategist, Speaker, Coach & Consultant - most recently, the Author of the book “Trusted Authority."

She specialises in working with change agents & innovators on future-proofing their careers and businesses by establishing themselves as the Go-To in their field through trust, not title.

Besides, Petra is the Founder of impaCCCt and The360Talent.Co - both companies are designed to future-proof individuals and organisations by becoming the voice of authority in their field through coaching, training, and keynotes that make long-lasting change.

Petra believes that Personal Branding is the bridge between career skills and career success, and she recently launched Trusted Authority – The Podcast, a show for the technical executive, expert, and entrepreneur who wants to learn what it takes to stand out in a crowded market and become the Go-To, the Trusted Authority in their industry.

Callings: The Power of Passionate Work - Gregg Levoy

Gregg Levoy is the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group and a text in various graduate programs in Management and Organizational Leadership—and Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin).

He is a former “behavioral specialist” at USA Today, a regular blogger for Psychology Today, and has Keynoted at the NCDA Conference, International Career Development Conference, American Counseling Assn Conference, Wisconsin Employment & Training Assn Conference, National Assn of Colleges & Employers Conferences, Smithsonian Institution, Microsoft, British Petroleum, American Express, and the Universities of California, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Kansas. Texas, and others, and has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.

Practical Tips for Growing Your Business with Corporate Clients - Carol Parker Walsh

Dr. Carol Parker Walsh is an executive and leadership coach helping her clients showcase their brilliance and design an epic career and life that matters.

She's an award-winning certified organizational consultant, career and personal brand strategist, and executive coach. A TEDx presenter, 3x Amazon best-selling author, international keynote, and member of Forbes Coaches Council, Newsweek Expert Forum, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and Entrepreneur Leadership Network, Carol is also the resident career expert on ABC's AM Northwest Morning Show.

A catalyst for transformational growth, confidence, and career/life alignment, Carol leverages her J.D. and Ph.D. and multiple certifications, along with her almost 30 years of experience as an attorney, executive leader, professor, dean, and social scientist to help driven professionals elevate their income and amplify their confidence, expertise, and authority.

Carol has been the "go-to" coach for Grammy Award Winners, Paralympic Gold Medalists, and Fortune 500 leaders. She was selected as one of the100 Dynamic Leaders of the Year by Exeleon Magazine, and her company, Carol Parker Walsh Consulting, was awarded the 2021 Impact Company of the Year Award. In addition, her podcast, The Midlife Career Rebel, was named one of Mac's List Top Career Podcasts for 2022. Carol is a sought-after speaker and has appeared on podcasts and stages worldwide.

Fresh, Forward, and Fearless Ideas to Revitalize Your Resume Content, Format, and Design - Louise Kursmark

Louise Kursmark is a career storyteller who has been crafting branded resumes and career documents for more than 20 years. She is the author of some two dozen career-related books, including 3 titles in the MODERNIZE YOUR CAREER series with co-authors Wendy Enelow and Jan Melnik.

Louise was the first person worldwide to earn the Master Resume Writer credential and has won 6 “best resume” awards. Among her favorite things in life, in addition to her friends and family, are traveling, biking, visiting baseball stadiums around the country, and sharing success strategies with a room full of career professionals.

The Power of Guiding Clients to Upskill and Own Their Careers - Manisha Dhawan

Manisha Dhawan, Founder and CEO of MPath Coaching, is a Certified Professional Coach and career strategist. She holds an MBA and B.S. in Chemistry from University of California, Irvine.

With over 2 decades of experience, Manisha started her career in her family business, Applied Membranes, where she had the opportunity to work across every function. She spent several years in consulting at PwC, Deloitte, and Slalom, leading digital transformation and change management initiatives. Manisha also spent 5 years leading digital innovation at Taco Bell Corp.

Having pivoted careers several times, Manisha is passionate about helping professionals find clarity and confidence.

Recruiting & HR Tech: AI, Skills-based Hiring & Employee Development - Marvin Smith

Marvin Smith's experience has ranged from startups to Fortune 50-sized organizations. His point of view is cultivated from experience as a practitioner as well as being in “the room” when a corporate talent strategy is constructed. That mix of the big picture and being in the trenches gives him a unique perspective.

In the digital talent marketplace, talent engagement is a partnership between people and machines. Marvin sees talent engagement as leveraging automation to perform the tasks it does best and to free up people to focus on maximizing the human touch. He leads tech and human engagement initiatives measured by data to inform success and/or failure and suggests process refinements for companies.

He has presented at a variety of industry events, including the Talent Board, LinkedIn Talent Connect, HR Tech, the Avature Conference, Deloitte, Beamery, CareerXroads, the Conference Board, HRTX, ERE, and numerous SourceCon events.

The Inclusion Revolution: A Path to Progress - Dan Roth

Dan Roth empowers those in marginalized communities through action via the creation of sustainable resources and programs aimed at narrowing the gender and racial wealth gap, creating inclusive hiring processes and furthering education trainings, mentorship programs and sourcing strategies most recently with Amazon.

The programs he builds are created from the ground up with inclusivity, equity and retention at the forefront. He is able to accomplish this through working with community organizations, affinity groups, alumni associations and collaboration with experts in the field.

Community building is his superpower. Forging these relationships means that whether he is trying to identify resources to ensure equal representation during interviews, mentorship and reverse mentorship or furthering education that he is at the forefront of progress and can set up a standard for other departments and companies to follow.

Registration & Pricing


Three days of connecting, learning, and deep learning to improve your practice. Includes:

General Sessions

Concurrent Sessions

Audio Recordings & Transcripts of Sessions

Networking Reception

Workshops (Wednesday)

Breakfast & Lunch Each Day

Regular Registration Prices End
March 4

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Two days of connecting, learning, and sharing practices with colleagues. Includes:

General Sessions

Concurrent Sessions

Networking Reception

Breakfast & Lunch Both Days

Regular Registration Prices End
March 4

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Hotel & Travel Information

The Symposium will be held at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island in San Diego, CA.

Rooms at the Kona Kai are available at the public price using your favorite booking site or their website: www.resortkonakai.com 

You can also check for rooms at these nearby hotels:

The Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina: https://www.islandpalms.com/

- This hotel is only a half-mile (0.4) from the Symposium hotel.

- To ensure this hotel is a great option, we found that The Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina has earned TripAdvisor® Top 25 accolades for its outstanding views and resort amenities.

- Claims each room has a view of their private harbor, San Diego Bay, or the city skyline and includes free high-speed Internet, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

- The marina itself is the most distinctive feature of the hotel.

Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suites: https://www.halfmooninn.com/

- This hotel is less than a mile away (0.8) from the Symposium hotel.

- We found that Humphreys Half Moon Inn and Suits is among the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

- Humphreys Half Moon Hotel and Suites received a Travelers' Choice award in 2022, indicating that they consistently received positive guest feedback.

- This hotel currently features ongoing exclusive hotel deals, even for solo visitors.

- Their rooms are said to have HD flat-screen televisions, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee machines.


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