Chris Dito, senior director of career development
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Emerge Summit: Take it to the #NextLevel

Despite a driving wind and torrential rain, young professionals from across Northern California gathered in downtown Sacramento Thursday for Metro EDGE’s 2018 Emerge Summit.

Metro EDGE convened a full day of inspirational speeches, educational breakouts and networking opportunities, encouraging attendees to Leave ready to take it to the #NextLevel.

With the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the top-level sponsor, Senior Director of Career Development Chris Dito led a breakout session with a dynamic talk on leveraging personal brands in the professional world.

Bernadette Austin, associate director for the UC Davis Center for Regional ChangeStockton Mayor Michael TubbsMBA student Madison FrameChris Dito, senior director of career developmentEmerge SummitChris Dito, senior director of career development

“I want to challenge everyone to think that you’re defining yourself each and every day when you come to work and what your coworkers would say about you,” she said, pointing to the audience from atop a theater stage within the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

Dito spoke on how to build charisma, dress like your true self and be creative on social media. She engaged the audience in an immersive activity with her “storyteller starter kit,” encouraging one young professional to highlight her skydiving background on LinkedIn to stand out and be remembered.

“You’re defining yourself each and every day when you come to work.”

Dito paraphrased Emerge keynote speaker and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in emphasizing how “you can be where you are in your career and still add value, even if you’re not at the level where you would like to be.”

Opening the event alongside Mayor Tubbs that morning was Bernadette Austin, associate director for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change.

To heavy applause and many cheers, Austin boldly took the audience through her experience as the only person of color in her jobs, contending with a widespread lack of diversity in the workforce. She declared that the young professionals in the packed auditorium are those making a difference, changing that culture and creating the world they want to live in.