Professional Development Webinars

Take your career to the next level with our diverse portfolio of professional development webinars. Webinars broadcast monthly to members and archives are available in our private member area.

Negotiating Salary & Promotions:
How to ask for a raise or promotion
from an HR perspective

Presenter: Phil Blair, Executive Officer, Author
Manpower West

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST


Phil Blair is one of San Diego’s most visible and respected business leaders. Since 1977, he along with partner Mel Katz, have built Manpower West into the largest Manpower franchise in the U.S. Manpower provides quality employment opportunities for over 3,000 associates every day in its 5 markets. Manpower provides temporary and permanent employment in IT, Engineering, Finance, advanced Manufacturing and Career Coaching services. Their training programs range from community work readiness for the long term unemployed, out of school youth and preparing veterans to enter into the civilian workplace.

Mr. Blair is an oft-quoted employment commentator, appearing in local and national business media, a professional speaker on employment and workforce trends, as well as a career coach. His best-selling book, “Job Won!” is a complete guide to finding and managing a successful career. He currently hosts ongoing segments of “Job Won” on UC San Diego’s Career Channel (

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Shape Your Time for Work Life Balance

Presenter: Samantha Lane, Owner
Origami Day

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST


This session will offer best practices for time management, tips for increased personal productivity, and practical encouragement on proper mindset to bring balance to a busy life. Participants can expect to leave this session feeling encouraged and empowered to make the most of their days with tips and resources to implement immediately. Additionally, specific pointers on managing a calendar, setting expectations and increasing efficiency will be shared. The session will conclude with Q&A.

Samantha Lane is a communication professional, with past work in advertising, public relations, and higher education. In 2014, she experienced a life-changing surgery that shifted her perspective on life. After years of juggling full-time careers and passion-based side-hustles, Samantha started Origami Day to help others bring balance to their busy lives. Samantha holds a BS degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from King University. She has served on various boards and committees including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Executive Women International, Knoxville Chamber, and American Marketing Association Knoxville. When she is not engaging in the community, Samantha spends her time enjoying life with her loved ones.

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Maximize Your Confidence:
Being Bolder in the Face of Big Challenges

Presenter: Leslie Beale,
Executive & Developmental Coach
Founder, Profusion Strategies

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST


Ever wondered why some people struggle with insecurity when others seem so self-assured? In this presentation, you’ll uncover the secrets of confidence and learn practical strategies for maximizing this key characteristic in your own life and career. Attendees will learn the sources of confidence, what common stumbling blocks we all face in becoming and staying confident, and practical methods to enhance their confidence.

Before becoming an executive and developmental coach, Leslie Beale spent fifteen years as a lawyer and executive in a variety of settings including publicly traded companies, large national law firms, and high growth start-ups. In addition to her private coaching, Ms. Beale also serves as a leadership development coach for the University of Tennessee’s Executive MBA programs, and is a frequent speaker on such topics as building a success mindset, designing and achieving a fulfilling career, and becoming a confident leader.

Her clients learn to resolve the stumbling blocks to their success, identify their key priorities, and develop strategies to help them achieve their most important goals- all while finding the sense of well-being they long for.

Ms. Beale is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee College Scholars program, and the University of Tennessee College of Law. She is trained in the Presence-Based Coaching method and is pursuing an Associate Certified Coach designation with the International Coach Federation.

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Human Factors in Workplace Design

Presenter: Melissa Steach,
Human Factors & Ergonomics Specialist
Herman Miller, Inc.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST


When we feel better, we work better. That’s one of many reasons it’s critical to consider human factors in workplace and home office design. A workspace that takes the whole human into consideration - that encourages movements large and small throughout the day, that allows us to initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality –helps us feel better. It improves our health, comfort, and connection. By providing an overview of physical, social, and cognitive ergonomics, this presentation will help participants design, or arrange, workspaces that are healthier for their employees, coworkers, and themselves.

Melissa Steach is a fellowship-winning artist, best-selling author and Doctoral Candidate in I-O Psychology with certifications in positive psychology interventions and ergonomics. She's also a human factors and ergonomics specialist at Herman Miller, Inc.
A visionary who combines art with research, Melissa explores personal / organizational culture and behaviors to understand how our environment can better engage, empower, even shape how we engage ourselves and each other. Above any education, Melissa considers her experience growing up in housing projects in the South and subsequent search for self through trying on many different careers, to be her most valuable credential.