Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm (discussion begins promptly at 6:00pm)
Location: Wells Fargo Bank (see below map)
4566 Executive Drive, Suite 1000 San Diego, CA 92121
Parking: Parking garage not hosted or park on street
Speaker: Fred Dawn, Retired Vice President and Senior OutplacementConsultant at Lee Hecht Harrison.
From his over 20 years experience advising professionals and senior executives on job search strategy, and his own years of executive experience in business and banking before that, Fred will share best practices for strategizing and for the search process itself. Takeaways from his talk will include:
- Understanding how the process works in today’s world
- Building the right foundation
- Architecting your strategy
- Preparing for the search
- Avoiding dumb things along the way
- Successfully networking, interviewing and negotiating
Developing an effective job transition strategy not only enables you to stand out as the candidate of choice when you’re in search of new opportunity, but subtly puts you in a stronger position within your current company and within your industry wherever you may currently be working. As many of you know, Fred Dawn has been a highly sought-after advisor in the area of career management, and before his retirement a little over a year ago, was the single best-known and respected career counselor in the San Diego area. Fred doesn’t just have expertise; he has wisdom and an uncommon amount of common sense about the executive job market.
With the ever increasing volatility of the economy and the business cycle, and with relentless trends like artificial intelligence, the “gig” economy and ongoing globalization, the average length of employment continues to decrease. Understanding how to conduct an effective search is a career-defining skill in today’s world. Most, if not all, of us will be continuing to make job and career changes in the coming years. Being well prepared for this possibility will shorten the search cycle, reduce your stress, and maximize your time spent working instead of “looking for that next thing”.
We are fortunate to have Fred share his insights into the current status of the job market, as well as tips on how to plan and advance your job search while integrating your experience and personal preferences into a process that maximizes your chances of success.
About Fred Dawn:
As a Vice President in Lee Hecht Harrison’s San Diego office, Fred served primarily in a consulting capacity. He worked with a wide variety of professionals, with a special emphasis on senior executives, providing counseling and guidance in their career transition. Fred’s broad business background, including personally experiencing a “downsizing” many years ago in his career, has allowed him to relate exceptionally well to professionals and executives at all levels. He was an executive in the banking industry, where he served in such capacities as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Credit Officer prior to transitioning into the career management field. In these assignments, he served on the bank’s executive leadership committee with specific responsibility for management of a multi office branch system, leading all marketing activities and the hiring and career development of numerous key officers. He has a total of over 20 years of experience in the outplacement industry, most of it with Lee Hecht Harrison.
Fred holds a B.A. degree from Drake University. He has been very active in the San Diego business community, and before his retirement, would often be seen frequenting such venues as the San Diego Venture Group, MIT Enterprise Forum, and the Corporate Directors Forum, the latter on whose board he served for a number of years. Additionally, he has long been a sought-after speaker and panelist, speaking over the years on several Harvard Business School alumni panels, Women in Technology International, FEI, the FENG, the Sino-American Bio/Pharma Professionals Association, and other organizations.
About Our Corporate Sponsors
Daniel Adams – Senior Vice President, Business Banking Area Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Dan leads a team that provides commercial real estate loans, treasury management, and credit lines to businesses in Southern California and Nevada. They provide loan structuring, underwriting and risk analysis for operating businesses and commercial real estate investors, and also offer working capital optimization technologies to help businesses operate more efficiently. Dan’s team originated over $300 million in loans in each of the past four years, including Small Business Administration, Healthcare Finance, Equipment Leasing/Purchases, and conventional lending products. Dan is a veteran U.S. Marine artillery officer with multiple deployments to the Middle East and Southwest Asia and also an adjunct Graduate Finance Professor at several local universities.
Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group serves the needs of small- to mid-size private held businesses throughout the country. They provide a proactive approach through a team of local Relationship Managers and others to provide customized service and rapid response to help our customers succeed financially.