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Treasure HacksSoft Skill Seminar

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First 50 birds to sign up will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a new pair of HyperX headphones!

location-marker icon9600 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037
calendar iconFebruary 17th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Seminar

Level up your career game and pick up essential skills to stand out in the job market! Explore effective networking strategies, learn the art of creating a compelling pitch, and compete against others in a feedback-driven pitch competition.

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Gamified Learning

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Musical Tables

Breaking the ice when joining a conversation

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Slide Deck Roulette

Spontaneous thinking in the midst of chaos

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Pitch Competition

Pitching to the pros for pointers and insight



Brant Cooper

MUVE Your Audience

Featuring Brant Cooper, Co-Founder of Startup San Diego

J Bryan Bennett

Storytelling with Data

Featuring J Bryan Bennett, CEO of Elite Leadership Academy


DeLinda Forsythe

Your Network = Your Net Worth

Featuring DeLinda Forsythe, former CEO of ICE

Christiana Russell

EQ for Professional Success

Featuring Christiana Russell, Mending Wing Foundation

Financial Literacy

Sam Liu

Bases to Becoming a Millionaire

Featuring Sam Liu, Registered Representative of Transamerica

Daniel Nagey

Building Credit & Credit Scores

Featuring Daniel Nagey, Content Marketing Specialist at MyPoint



15 min

Opening Ceremony

Check in starting at 9:00 AM

10:00 AM


75 min


Learn and practice the whole shabang of networking!

10:20 AM


30 min


Eat food - pizza.

11:40 AM


75 min


Learn to deliver gnarly presentations

12:15 PM


10 min


Prepare for a tapioca tornado - ChatGPT

1:35 PM


150 min

Pitch Competition

Pitch to judges, get the prizes

1:50 PM


30 min


Good vibes mandatory

4:25 PM


30 min

Financial Literacy

Learn to reduce losses

5:00 PM


20 min

Closing Ceremony

Wind down, winners announced, and reflecting on the fun-filled day

5:35 PM

Meet the Judges

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Paulina Laba

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Kevin Popović

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Kathryn Sebuck

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Marissa Steketee

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April Wensel

Thank You Sponsors!

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We have an assortment of amazing prizes for our participants to win, including HyperX gaming gear!

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Frequently Asked Questions

A soft skill seminar is an event where participants like you will learn about and practice soft skills. Ours is made up of three main components:
  1. Workshops: Industry professionals will talk about an assortment of topics they have found to be useful in their career. They will focus on a small part of each topic (such as storytelling during a pitch) and share their deep understanding of how to do it effectively. Each workshop will have two breakouts so you can pick which sub-topic is best for you!
  2. Gamified Activities: We are working with experts in the education space to guide you in learning soft skills. These activities are designed to provide instant feedback and provide a comfortable environment to practice what you learn in the workshops.
  3. Pitch Competition: After the workshops and activities, you will come up with a solution to a problem, and you will then pitch it to judges for feedback. Just like the real world, you can only use each opportunity once, but the judge you present to will give you feedback on how to improve your pitch!
All you need to do is sign up on our registration form!
Not at all! This is an opportunity for everyone to learn, and we will have many interactive activities where you can pick up the basics and develop these skills. Our goal is to make the ideal experience for first time participants! For more details on what we provide, take a look at our event schedule
Nope, it’s completely free for all participants!
Brandon Joe

“Your greatest asset is you. Impact doesn’t happen solely through words, but through distinguishing your presence.”

— Brandon Joe, Co-Founder