Diamond Key Professional Development Program
The Diamond Key Program is part of the College of Business Accelerated Career Exploration and Student Success (ACCESS) umbrella.
This innovative, professional development program complements the College of Business curriculum by building the business knowledge and skills necessary for professional success.
Fall 2018 Diamond Key Workshops
This innovative, four-year program compliments the College of Business curriculum and builds the additional skills necessary for professional success. It is a set of comprehensive experiences, delivered by successful business experts, strategically woven into the academic curriculum. You will develop poise and confidence, and prepare for real-world challenges.
How do I earn keys?
Keys are earned by attending Diamond Key Program workshops or events. Those finishing will be awarded a certificate of accomplishment and a transcript summarizing all workshops and events completed. This will be a strong addition to your resume.
How do I get started
You can start at any time! Diamond Key is available to all College of Business undergraduates and everyone will be urged to participate. Various workshops or conferences will earn a different number of keys, depending on the length or complexity of the event. Contact Susan Szasz (Sszasz@csumb.edu) to get started.
How does it work?
Over the course of four years, you will have the opportunity to earn 50 “keys” to success. At 50 keys, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your achievement, and one that will boost your resume power.
You can reach the superior Diamond Key Level by earning 75 keys. At the 75 key level, you will be awarded a memento to be worn at commencement. To earn keys, you must complete the required workshops or training sessions.
Only a few driven students will reach the Platinum Key Level, earning 100 keys. To earn keys, you must complete the required workshops or training sessions.
You can achieve these this by attending workshops, events, or experiences.
- Business Etiquette
- Dress for Success
- Dinner Formalities
- Internship Basics
- Job Search Strategies
- Personal Branding
- Social Media Tools
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Skills
- Other developmental events sponsored by the College of Business (as identified on the Diamond key and COB Flyers)
- Study Abroad Opportunities
- Start Up Weekend
Earning your "Diamond Key" Status
Golden key level
- Class of 2018: 40 Keys
- Class of 2019 and beyond: 50 Keys
- Transfer Students: 25 Keys
Diamond key level
- Class of 2018: 60 Keys
- Class of 2019 and beyond: 75 Keys
- Transfer Students: 25 Keys
October 8, 2018: 4-6pm
Speed Feedback - Practice your interviewing skills and get feedback from HR and business professionals. Don't miss this invaluable workshop!
September 24, 2018: 12-1:50pm
Pizza with Professors - The Business Club and Diamond Key Program provide an opportunity to prepare for the spring registration, where you can chat with professors and other students to help decide which courses are right for you next term.
2017-2018 Academic Year
May 1, 2018: 4-6pm
Doers - The Vital Few Who Get Things Done - Tom E. Jones, author and COB faculty member, presents on what "doers" DO that makes them so valuable and how you can become a "doer".
April 23, 2018: 12-2pm
Millennials Entering the Workplace - Bettye Saxon, VP AT&T External Affairs on job search strategies.
April 16, 2018: 12-2pm
Presentation by Andy Berndt, VP at Google, on how to use creativity as a competitive edge.
March 29, 2018: 6pm-8pm
Do Your Own Taxes: Income Tax Preparation for Students - David Lopez, COO of Latino Tax Professionals, gives students a tutorial on filing their own income tax return.
March 26, 2018: 6pm-8pm
Speed Feedback - Lesley Everett's 3rd and final workshop on personal branding. Students received feedback from HR professionals on interviewing, resume, and LinkedIn in 5-minute sessions.
February 19, 2018: 6pm-8pm
Managing Your Personal Brand Online - Part 2 of the Personal Branding Workshop series with branding expert and author, Lesley Everett
November 13, 2017: 4pm-5:45pm
How using Robert's Rules creates a fair and constructive meeting. What the rules are and how they are used in meetings. How to use the process to improve your team meetings and what to expect in high-level committee or board meeting.
October 24, 2017: 6pm-8pm
Diamond Key Program - Building Your Professional Brand - Part 1 of the Personal Branding Workshop series, presented by Lesley Everett
October 12, 2017: 6pm-8pm
What is stock? What is the Dow or is it the Tao? Intelligent investing: risk vs returns. Mutual funds, ETF's, or individual stocks- which is better? How to maximize savings and investments.
October 2, 2017: 12pm-2pm
How to network, Power of linkedIn, Informational Interviewing, CSUMB resources, Presented by Mr. Alfred Budris & Ms. Susan Szasz
September 25, 2017: 12pm-2pm
Get Tech Ready! The Tech Skills You NEED as a Non-tech Professional, Presented by Dr. Shwadhin Sharma
February 7, 2017: 12 pm — 2 pm
Podcasting for the Rest of Us: How to get started recording, producing, and distributing your message or your music Presented by: Ms. Kelly O'Brien
February 27, 2017: 12pm - 2 pm
Igniting Your True Purpose and Passion: A Businesslike Guide to Fulfill Your Professional Goals and Personal Dreams. Presented by Mr. Robert Michael Fried
March 13, 2017: 12pm-2pm
Why Isn't "Rainmaker" on the Syllabus?: The Important Role of Sales in Organizations, Presented by Mr. David Bethea
April 4, 2017: 6pm-8pm
Millennials Entering the Workplace: Uncovering Your Unique Self, Presented by Ms. Bettye Saxon
April 10, 2017: 12pm-2pm
Networking: Practice Over Hors D'oeuvres with COB Faculty., Presented by Mr. Al Budris
April 24, 2017: 12pm-2pm
Write Like A Corporate Professional: Improve your Professional Writing Skills, Presented by Ms. Susan Szasz
May 5 2016, 6-8 PM
GET READY TO GET RICH! Financial Strategies for College Students and graduates Presented by Wells Fargo
Apr. 25 2016, 12-2 PM
Executing Powerful and Effective Presentations, Presenter: Al Martin
Apr. 12 2016, 6-8pm
Outclass the Competition: Confidence and Poise to Navigate Professional Situations Presenter: Cass Antle
Apr. 11 2016, 12-2 PM
Meet Your Professors - for Business Majors & Minors. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your professors and ask questions about classes, majors, etc. There will be free pizza, fun activities and a chance to win a Starbucks gift card. Hosted by the CSUMB Business Club. 1 Key
Apr. 7 2016, 6-8 pm
Raising your EQ: Harness The Power of Emotional Intelligence! Presenter: John Avella
Mar. 10 2016, 6-8 pm
Write Like a Corporate Pro! Presenter: Susan Szasz
Mar. 3 2016, 6-8pm
Get An Internship Today! Presenter: Suzanne Kroeze
Feb. 15 2016, 12-2pm
Finding Your Dream Job (Through Social Media & Beyond) Presenter: Tonya Antle
February 25, 6-9pm
High Impact Selling: Developing Outstanding Sales Skills, Presenter: Lou Panetta 3 Keys
March 25, 6-7:30pm
Become A Millionaire: Financial Literacy And Success In Life, Presenter: Wells Fargo Associates 2 Keys
April 6, 6-9pm
Developing Global Win-Win Negotiating Skills, Presenter: Dr. Shyam Kamath 3 Keys
April 16, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Real-World Business Etiquette: Modern Manners For Today's Business and Beyond, Presenter: Carrie Glenn 2 Keys