Business summit in Rancho Bernardo to offer in-person, virtual opportunities on January 25th

Learn business strategies, how to improve work-life balance, and the best ways to pitch at the third annual San Diego Business Summit.

“The business world has changed rapidly over the past three years and the summit will focus on panel discussions and introductory lectures that will introduce us all to today’s business world,” said Debra Rosen, CEO and President of the North San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

The Rancho Bernardo-based chamber is organizing the event.

“There will be many opportunities to network and build a circle of influence while gaining valuable insight into ways to foster your professional growth,” said Rosen.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25 at Sony headquarters in Rancho Bernardo. It can be attended in person or virtually.

Keynote speakers will include Richard Marks, founder and president of RDM Management Group; and Kate Tellers, Senior Director of Moth and Director of MothWorks.

“Our keynotes were chosen specifically for the value they bring to the conference,” said Rosen. “Kate Tellers will take us through an interactive presentation on how to write your story, and Richard Marks will share his inspirational message about expecting great things.”

Richard Marks

Richard Marks

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Marks’ presentation will be on the five fundamental principles of highly effective business professionals. It is intended for business professionals at all levels, from entry level and middle management to senior level. His talk will be about creating a healthy life balance so people can thrive in their careers and enjoy their personal lives, according to the event’s website.

Storytellers will focus on how people can best tell a story, whether it’s landing a successful job interview, building their own business, impressing clients at a business dinner, or speaking at personal events such as a wedding toast or funeral oration. The interactive session will include how to use your memories to choose your best stories, structure a story for best effect, how to deliver a story with confidence and adapt stories for any occasion.

Kate Tellers

Kate Tellers

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During the day, several panel discussions will be held in which members of the chamber who are experts in their topic will participate. Topics will include strategies for acquiring new business and customers, understanding different generations, strategies for managing burnout, strategies for successful networking, branding strategies for yourself and your company, and the importance of leadership development.

“Panel topics were chosen by chamber members and selected based on relevance to today’s work and professional environment,” Rosen said.

The event costs $99 for chamber members and $149 for non-members for the in-person option, and $69 for members and $99 for non-members for the virtual option. Register at

Those who attend in person will receive morning coffee and lunch, participate in roundtable discussions and in-person networking, be able to visit the in-person and virtual exhibitor halls, and receive a copy of Tellers’ co-authored book, “How to Tell a Story,” while supplies last. There will be a limit of 200 in-person participants.

If attending virtually, attendees will have access to all sessions, join group discussions and network with other virtual attendees, and have access to the virtual exhibit hall.

All attendees will also be able to enter presenter sweepstakes and have three months of access to watch unedited recordings of the presentations on demand.

“We offer a hybrid because some of our partners have a global workforce and that allows them to attend from anywhere in the world,” Rosen said. “We’ll also be recording sessions throughout the day and attendees can go back and watch anything they missed or would like to see again.”

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