The LEVEL UP: Building Your Brand Conference is a day-long gathering that brings together professionals, college, and high school students through a series of skill-building sessions. Student participants will connect with community leaders to strengthen their professional development.

Agenda will include: Keynote speaker, professional development workshops, career fair, and networking opportunities.


Open to rising high school seniors and alumni of Reality Changers.


SDG&E Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117


Friday, June 22, 2018




  • Register & Keynote

    8:30 a.m.

  • Session I

    10:30 a.m.

  • Session II / Lunch

    11:30 a.m.

  • Session III / Closing

    2:15 p.m.

  • 9:20 – Keynote

  • How Money Really Works
    Financial literacy is a critical life skill that is not taught in high schools and colleges. Financial confidence and clarity are the keys to the full enjoyment of your life and work. In this session, attendees will learn: 1. Five Valuable Money Rules that Wealthy People Know 2. The Most Valuable Asset You Can Own 3. The Costliest Money Mistakes to Avoid 4. How to Use Credit Effectively

  • Brand (New) You!
    Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room. So, what do you stand for? What are your values, abilities, and actions? Your brand is created by what others associate and attribute to you. The great thing about your brand is you control the story by knowing how you want to show up in the world and what you want to show up for. This interactive workshop explores the concept of personal branding and provides students with the ability to identify, define, and establish their personal brand. Students will craft their own personal brand statement and leave the workshop with an action plan of tangible steps to promote their brand.

  • Lets Talk About Money!
    I’ll present tips and tools to help the college graduate learn how to manage their money, how to prepare for future purchases, top trends in the banking industry and how to become credit worthy. I’ll also touch on fraud and bad decisions that can steer a person off track. There is no time like the present to start the conversation about money. The listener will walk away with practical tools that they can refer to and use as a guide as they move into “adulting.”

  • Public Speaking Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them
    Becoming a strong public speaker is an asset throughout life. And, what many people don't realize, is that the nonverbal actions behind a speech play a huge role in credibility, audience perception, and overall effectiveness. Through this presentation, I plan to bring attention to the many ways students (and employees) can improve their public speaking, by simply becoming aware of things like body language, movement, speed, enunciation, and more. Additionally, I will show how each of these concepts transfers directly to interpersonal conversations, for example, during interviews, networking, and more. I will use short video clips to captivate the audience's interest and provide positive, negative (and sometimes humorous) examples, and also plan to provide a take-home "checklist" for audience members to use as they move forward in public speaking opportunities and professional interactions.

  • From RC, College, and Beyond: Defining your own self-leadership today and utilizing it tomorrow.
    Through this interactive workshop, participants will discuss and define leadership on their own terms. Participants will reflect on different activities and moments in RC in which they were able to gain or exercise leadership. Also, participants will discuss how they exercised leadership at the college level and/or where they can start exercising their own leadership at the college level. Participants will leave with their own understanding of leadership abilities that can be used towards their own student success, the real world, and future career endeavors.

  • Life Priorities & Time Management
    College is - or at least is planned to be - a four-year experience. That’s 1,460 days; or 35,040 hours; or 2,102,400 minutes; or 126,1440,000 seconds!! What are you going to do with all of that time? Believe it or not, it will pass in a heartbeat. It’s here, then it’s gone. The question is, how will you make the most of it? How will you make this time work for you? In this workshop, students will develop an understanding of their priorities for their college experience, and better understand what areas to focus on in order to create the most productive outcomes. Using their priorities as a guide, students will learn how to allocate their time effectively to ensure that they are investing in their priorities and working towards executing their plan. Students will leave with an understanding that there is no time to waste and that they are in control of their destiny right now. And where they invest their time will be a testament to their priorities. This workshop includes music, group work, and personal coaching (in front of the group).

  • Resume and Cover Letter 101
    Wondering how to write a resume or cover letter that stands out? Whether it's your first time writing one or you're trying to perfect it, come to this interactive workshop to learn more! This workshop will be led by two career advisors from the University of California, San Diego.

  • Online Branding - How to use social media to build your brand and a business
    In this presentation I will present some of the basics of online etiquette, how to manage social media in a responsible way, and how sharing what you're passionate about can position you as an expert online. I will teach how I've used Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to grow my online personal development company and speaking business all around what I love. Participants will walk away learning: 1. The importance of etiquette online and how it can impact your income, employment, and opportunites 2. How to utilize free platforms to bring awareness to your brand 3. How to position yourself as a thought leader in your area of interest 4. How to build relationships online with key influencers in your area.

  • Speak Up: Identifying and Leveraging Your Communication Style
    Personal and professional success comes from understanding how you communicate and how others perceive the way you communicate. In this session, we will utilize the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment to identify our communication and working styles and using that to our advantage. Workshop host Stefanie Chow lives and works in San Francisco and was a former Reality Changers tutor for 5 years. She serves on the district level of Toastmasters leadership, where she empowers others to better their communication and leadership skills through prepared speeches, impromptu speaking, and evaluations. Other resources will be introduced in this workshop, including the StrengthsFinder assessment, improv as a confidence-builder, and books on emotional intelligence. Skills learned in this workshop can be applied towards interviewing, networking, working together as a team, and leading a team.

  • How to Have a Successful Internship
    This will be a panel discussion providing tips and guidance on the internship process from a nonprofit/academic perspective. Presenters will include 2-3 individuals who have managed interns and 1 individual who has recently gone through the process of finding and participating in an internship. Topics discussed will include finding an internship, interviewing for an internship, managing up, leveraging your experiences, and how to craft solid relationships with supervisors and coworkers.

  • Energize Your Career: The Many Sides of the Solar Industry
    Panel discussion to introduce different career paths through Renewable Energy. The Renewable Energy industry is one of the fastest growing industries in our country. Our staff will tell their "pathway" story of how they came into the industry and explain what different career options their are within the industry.

  • Thinking About Grad School? Here’s What You Need to Know!
    So, you are considering going to graduate school? What do you wish to achieve by attending graduate school? Can you afford the time and money it will cost? Do you have family that will be affected by your grad school pursuit? Should you go to full-time or part-time? Should you consider an online program? Most importantly, how do you get accepted to grad school? Given that only 9% of the U.S. population has a graduate degree, it’s a pretty special decision! In this session, students will explore the answers to these questions, as well as, the top reasons to go to grad school and the top reasons not to go. Students will learn about different types of graduate programs and key funding options. This session covers the graduate school application process and gives key insights and best practices to find the best program fit!

  • 3:30 – Keynote