University of San Diego SBA to Host Free Military Transition Conference

The University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration (SBA) will host a regional conference on April 24 for local military Veterans and active-duty service members transitioning to civilian life. The free conference starts at 11 a.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice on the University of San Diego campus and is sponsored by SBA’s graduate programs.

The conference will focus on translating military experience into skills and knowledge applicable to a wide variety of industries, and will address key topics such as benefits and job hunting. The SBA Military Transition Conference is open to any active duty service member or veteran.

The keynote address will be given by Sean Kelley, program director for Microsoft’s Office of Military Affairs, who served as a Navy Supply Corps officer. Kelley joined Microsoft in 1999, working in operations/supply chain management and human resources before being appointed to his current position. In his current role, he leads strategic program design and delivery, focusing on creating opportunities for military veterans, reservists and their families in the IT industry. Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a masters from the University of San Diego.

The conference will also feature three panels. The first will cover resume writing, career advancement and interview techniques, and will be led by career services professionals from the School of Business Administration and the USD Veterans Center. Panel Two will include information on how to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Former U.S. military now working in senior positions at Nestlé USA, Amazon, Inuit, Microsoft and YouTube will be on Panel Three, which will focus entirely on the Transitioning Veteran.

“This conference is an opportunity for SBA to provide resources, contacts and information at a critical time in the life of a transitioning military member,” said David Pyke, dean of the School of Business Administration. “By covering key issues that help or hinder this type of career transition, we are helping to ensure that active military and veterans are successful in their future careers.”

Register by April 17 online. For more information, contact Scott Handley, MSGL marketing and recruitment manager, at (619) 260-4833 or




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