September 27: Workshop: Appreciation in the Workplace

September 27 | 6 pm – 8 pm | San Diego History Center

The key to enjoying your work is whether you feel valued and appreciated by those around you. Not everyone feels appreciation in the same way and learning about the languages of appreciation can help you communicate authentic appreciation to your team as well as help you let others know what is meaningful for you. Learning this about yourself and others can help you to feel fulfilled and understood throughout your career!

Shelley Rezai is an Appreciation at Work Certified Facilitator and will guide us through this important discussion.

Panelists/Presenters: Shelley Rezai

Shelley Rezai has worked in the nonprofit, mental health, and education management industry for over 10 years. During that time she has worked in direct service and leadership roles giving her the understanding of value of each role and appreciation for what makes a team effective, happy and healthy! She currently works as a Nonprofit Consultant and is an Appreciation at Work Certified Facilitator.

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San Diego EMP


April 18: Workshop: Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

April 18 | 6 – 8 PM | The New Children’s Museum

It takes seven seconds to make a first impression, so why not start off on the right foot with an elevator pitch that is professional, memorable and confident? San Diego EMP is here to help you craft a 30-second pitch to help you ride the elevator all the way to the top!

Alison Urban, long time education specialist for organizations such as the San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Playhouse and Michael Warburton, Director of Parkwide Communications at the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership will facilitate.

Come prepared to practice your elevator pitch in a supportive, collaborative environment!

Suggested donation: $10
Includes free elevator pitch resource, snacks, and parking

The New Children’s Museum
200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Free Parking!
The parking garage is located directly behind the museum and is accessible from either Front or Union Street. Park only in GREEN museum spots. Please arrive between 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm for parking. Parking is only available during the event. The garage is not accessible after the event. Any cars parked outside of a museum spot or left after the event are subject to towing.

Learn More About Our Presenters!

Michael Warburton: Director, Parkwide Marketing, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership

Michael is currently the Director, Parkwide Communications for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a non-profit supporting 30 organizations residing on the 1,200 acre Balboa Park campus. In this role, he is focused on building the Balboa Park brand and positioning the Park as a must-visit destination. Michael was formerly the Associate Director of Communications for the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, among other leadership roles held during his 20+ years with the non-profit San Diego Zoo Global.

Alison Urban, PhD Student, UC San Diego

Alison Urban is a second-year PhD student. She holds a B.A.Honors in Drama in Education & Community from University of Windsor and a M.A. in Drama with a specialization in Theatre for Social Action from University of Alberta. Prior to studying at UC San Diego, Alison was the Associate Director of Education & Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse working with schools to bring drama based cross-curricular arts integration into classrooms. Areas of interest include theatre with youth at-risk, Theatre of the Oppressed, cultural memory, and informal education. Based on her nine years as an educator at the San Diego Zoo, Alison is focusing her research on theatre in museum spaces. Career highlights include joker training with Augusto Boal, handling endangered species, and learning to drive a double-decker bus!

March 14: Behind-the-Scenes: Unshelved at the NAT

March 14 | 6 – 8 PM | San Diego Natural History Museum

Have you ever wondered how many hidden specimens lie in the storage of the San Diego Natural History Museum? Wonder no more as they unpack, unshelve, and share the 8 million specimens they have collected over the last 143 years in their newest exhibit, “Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage.”

Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour designed for San Diego EMP members guided by Bradley Tsalyuk, Exhibits Project Manager, and Michael Field, Director of Experience Design. They will share their experiences with taking on this large-scale project along with the challenges and successes of making this exhibit come to life.

Suggested donation – up to $10! ADVANCED TICKET IS REQUIRED! Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today! 

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Learn more about our guides:
Bradley Tsalyuk – Exhibits Project Manager
Bradley Tsalyuk is an emerging museum professional who utilizes his background as an artist to connect art, science, and natural history. He joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as the Public Programs Project Coordinator in 2015, and now holds the position of Exhibits Project Manager. As Project Manager, he collaborates with colleagues within the exhibits department and across the institution to conceptualize, develop, and construct permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Michael Field – Director of Experience Design
Michael Field has been designing, fabricating and evaluating museum exhibitions in Balboa Park for 33 years. He has been involved in the planning and creation of hundreds of exhibitions and several historic building restoration and modernization projects with an emphasis on sustainability. His lifelong passion for art, history, and science help him translate ideas into engaging experiences for visitors of all types. He is currently the Director of Experience Design at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Please meet us on the north side of the San Diego Natural History Museum building near the fig tree.

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See you there!

San Diego EMP