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

Diamond Key Workshop: Careers in Financial Services

Monday, October 22, 2018
6:00pm — 8:00pm
Alumni & Visitors Center


Learn about Careers in Financial Services from a panel of professionals and educators. Professionals from a variety of industry segments will introduce students to the many career paths and opportunities in finance.


About Diamond Key

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.

Diamond Key Workshop Topics:


  • Business Etiquette
  • Dress for Success
  • Dinner Formalities
  • Internship Basics
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Networking
  • Personal Branding
  • Social Media Tools
  • Public Speaking
  • Presentation Skills


  • Conferences
  • Other developmental events sponsored by the College of Business (as identified on the Diamond key and COB Flyers)


  • Internships
  • 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
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Event archive

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

2016-2017 Academic Year

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

2015 - 2016 Academic Year

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

2014 - 2015 Academic year

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