College of Business

Diamond Key Professional Development Program

Photo of Diamond Key award recipients
The 2018 Award winners are (L to R) Gabrielle Cowdery, Ginger Gilliam, Jennifer Young, Kiari Young-Collie, Nathan Rossi. (Award recipients not pictured: Sarah Stangle and Salvador Ornelas-Reynoso.)

The Diamond Key award is presented to students for consistent attendance at workshops, as well as for participating in developmental experiences, such as internships, study abroad, the annual Ethics and Greater Vision Forums, and COB Career Gateway events. This innovative professional development program offered 11 powerful workshops in 2017-18. Over 1000 students have participated in Diamond Key workshops since 2015.

Andy Berndt, VP of Google Creative Labs, presented “Creativity in the Workplace: How Google Uses Creativity in Pursuit of its Mission” to a crowd of students and faculty from across CSUMB. He shared some projects his team has created, what he learned from his career journey, and his advice for students heading out into the work world: be a problem-solver. “The takeaway from this workshop was that people who can problem solve, and do it well, can really make a difference,” wrote student Joshua Atkins.

Bettye Saxon, AT&T External Affairs Regional Director, helped students identify their authentic self in her presentation “Millennials Entering the Workforce.” Students were moved by her presentation, “In the age of social media things are thrown at us daily that [have] either a positive or negative impact. This workshop helped [remind me] who I really am,” said student Autumn Giles.

President and CEO of Walking Tall and internationally recognized personal branding expert, Lesley Everett, led a three-part series on personal branding. In the fall she introduced students to the concept of a “personal brand” and helped them start to craft their own. In February, she added the element “online presence.” Finally, in March, a “Speed Feedback” workshop was held where Lesley worked one-on-one with students, providing feedback on their LinkedIn profiles. HR professionals Maxine Gullo of the City of Carmel, Kimberly Schnader of Bernardus Lodge, plus faculty members Jill Hosmer, Martha Kostas, Susan Szasz, and Tom Jones, held 5-minute interview sessions with students, giving instant feedback. In this fast-paced, feedback-rich, and fun workshop, students got the opportunity to be in the “hot seat” as well as observe other students.

I think this program sets students up for practical after-college readiness. It also allows me to go into interviews more confidently.
CSUMB Student

Diamond Key Professional Development Program

The Diamond Key Program is part of the College of Business Accelerated Career Exploration for 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.

Diamond Key Program Calendar of Events:


Earn Diamond Key credit by attending these Workshops & Events –

Diamond Key Workshop – Why Get an M.B.A?

March 9, 2021 6:00pm 7:00pm

What is an MBA degree? Why get an MBA? When & Where should you get it? How much does it cost? Diamond Key Program Lead and MBA Associate Director, Susan Harker, answers these questions and talks about other options beyond an undergraduate degree.

Diamond Key Workshop – Become A Linkedin All-Star

March 11, 2021 7:00pm 8:00pm

LinkedIn users with All-Star profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn. CSUMB College of Business lecturer, Dr. Jill Hosmer, will show you how it's done! 2/10 event is 6-8pm. Events on 2/18, 3/11, 4/7, 5/5 are 7-8pm.

Diamond Key Workshop – Become A Linkedin All-Star

CSUMB Student Job Information Fair

March 16, 2021 11:30am 1:00pm

Learn about potential and anticipated student positions for summer/fall 2021! Register to receive login information.

CSUMB Student Job Information Fair

Diamond Key Workshop – Networking Through Linkedin

April 15, 2021 7:00pm 8:00pm

Learn how to use LinkedIn as a powerful networking tool to build professional relationships that can help expand your horizons. College of Business lecturer, Dr. Jill Hosmer, shares her networking wisdom!

Diamond Key Workshop – Networking Through Linkedin

Diamond Key Workshop: Create Your Professional Resume

May 4, 2021 6:00pm 7:00pm

Maj-Britt Kimm, coordinator of the College of Business Internship & Career Gateway Programs., walks you through how to write a winning business resume.

Diamond Key Workshop: Create Your Professional Resume

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019-20 Diamond Key Award Recipients!

Jaskiart (Jessica) Bhardwaj, Jennifer Jaimes, Marlen Magana-Rangel, Sheetal Nand, Kimiko Vaughan, Danifroy (DZ) Zarate

Golden key level

  • Native CSUMB Students: 50 keys
  • Transfer Students: 25 Keys

Diamond key level

  • Native CSUMB Students: 75 keys
  • Transfer Students: 35 Keys