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Photo of DeniseDenise Bissonnette is one of North America's most sought-after trainers and speakers on career development, job development, workforce development, and "true livelihood".

Top Twelve Employment Tools
Beyond Traditional Job Development

September 27 & 28, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(both days)
San Diego, CA


Day 1: Denise’s Top Twelve Employment Tools
In this fast-paced, highly interactive seminar, Denise will share her top twelve employment tools that have been proven effective by thousands of employment counselors and job search trainers throughout North America!  Drawing from her vast repertoire of books and publications, including Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art of Creating Opportunity and Cultivating True Livelihood, Denise has chosen twelve innovative tools which can be used individually or in groups, and with people who are new to or experienced in the job market.  The twelve tools draw on themes which include motivation, self-esteem, vocational assessment and the discovery process, tools for career coaching, an innovative approach to customized employment, and engagement of individuals in the process of their own growth and transformation.  Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity for a fresh perspective couple with the tools to put it into immediately into practice! See more details.

image of change the way you look at thingsDay 2: Beyond Traditional Job Development
Employment Professionals are entrusted with the awesome responsibility of bridging the gap between unemployed job seekers and the work available in their communities - yet they are frequently provided with few tools and little guidance for achieving their goals. Based on concepts from her celebrated book of the same title, Beyond Traditional Job Development offers a practical, innovative and proactive approach to job development that challenges the employment professional to look beyond traditional methods for achieving placement results. Recognizing that effective job development is perhaps more an art than a science, this dynamic seminar is a goldmine of proven tips, tools and strategies, delivered with numerous examples and stories that bring the concepts to life. See more details.

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Denise Bissonnette is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and keynote speaker. For two decades, she has inspired people and organizations throughout North America to look beyond traditional concepts of career development and to craft livelihoods rooted in the individual "genius" of each person. Denise has authored several publications on creative job development, state of the art job search techniques, the cultivation of the human spirit, and how to "shine" on the job. Her work is a rich tapestry of her talents as a poet, writer, storyteller, teacher and career developer.

(For more information on Denise's work, please visit www.diversityworld.com.) 


This short video will give you a small taste of what is on store for you during our two days together.

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Day One – Participants will each receive a free copy of the book Beyond Traditional Job Development at the beginning of the day.  (Note: Any Participants who already own a copy of the Beyond Traditional Job Development text can bring it to the seminar and request a $20 refund on their registration fee.)

Day Two – Participants will each receive a handout with approximately 50 pages of tools and activities which are largely excerpts from Denise’s celebrated curriculum “Cultivating True Livelihood”.  Participants have permission to copy and use the materials with the individuals they serve.


This seminar is of critical importance for people who are charged with the responsibility of helping others (particularly those with employment barriers) to find work, including job developers, vocational rehab counselors, employment specialists, work experience coordinators and career counselors from social services agencies, school and educational facilities, and private organizations working with people with particular barriers.


Top Twelve - "Even with a few days to process it, I can barely articulate the wealth of knowledge I now have because of the symposium. This workshop is one of the few presentations that provides the audience with concrete tools for every aspect of job development. I recommend it to anyone working in or considering any aspect of the employment or hiring field."

Beyond Traditional Job Development - "I can do my job with more dignity. I'll no longer be looking for employers to do me a favor; but I'll be looking for ways to add value to their companies where there is an unmet need."


The beautiful Hacienda Hotel is the site of the training seminar.

For attendees requiring lodging, a block of rooms has been reserved at the rate of $139.00 single/double occupancy. Each additional guest in a room is $10.00. Rate does not include the 10.5% San Diego Transit Occupancy tax and the 2% San Diego Tourism Marketing District Assessment fee. Also, there is a $7.00 Facility Fee per night. (Taxes and surcharges are subject to change). Overnight parking is $19.00 per car per night.

Reservation method is by Individual Call In. Guests may call the Hotel directly at (619) 298-4707 to make reservations. Reservations are due by August 28, 2018.  When making your reservation, please be sure that ask for the special rates associated with the “Denise Bissonnette Training” event. Additional room rates and reservations requested after August 28 will be subject to availability. Check-in is at 4:00 PM. Check-out is at 12:00 PM.

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Hacienda Hotel - Old Town San Diego
4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110


Paid parking is available at the hotel, should the free parking across the street fill up.

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Both Days: Coffee and Tea will be available during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. During lunch breaks, attendees can choose from a wide variety of nearby restaurants in Old Town.


Attendees with any special needs are urged to contact us as soon as possible to give us time to respond to requests.

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CRC Continuing Education Credits will be granted to eligible participants.


Cost: $180 per person

If you haven't already done so, please submit your payment as noted below to confirm your spot.

Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is received. To submit your fees, please make a check payable to “SDSU Research Foundation”, write your name and “Employment Seminars" on the memo line, and send it to:

Attention: Meredith Ross
Interwork Institute
6367 Alvarado Court #350
San Diego, CA 92120

Note: Individuals in the following categories must register but do not need to submit registration fees:


For additional information, please contact Dr. Charles Degeneffe at:  cdegenef@mail.sdsu.edu.

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