January 17, 2024


University of San Diego


8 am - 4:30 pm


Members: $119
Non-Members: $159

Engaging Business Minds to Achieve Success

Join us for the 4th Annual San Diego Business Summit to be held in-person on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

The 2024 San Diego Business Summit offers a wealth of insight from some of San Diego's most successful business leaders.

This all-day interactive Summit will bring together business owners, entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders for a day of panel discussions, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking.



Garry Ridge - The Culture Coach
The Learning Moment
Chairman Emeritus - WD-40 Company

It’s All About the People - Don't Be a Soul-Sucking Leader.

It’s often said, with nods of wise agreement, that any organization is nothing without its people. Countless books and courses on leadership, over many decades, address this well-known and accepted axiom.

Then why are nearly 70% of all employees around the world disengaged at work? Clearly, the conferences, books, courses, and motivational speakers are insufficient to make a difference.

This session by The Culture Coach & WD-40 Company Chairman Emeritus Garry Ridge will be a look “under the hood” of how one of the world’s most recognized brands, where employee engagement is above 93%, 98% say they love to go to work, and 97% say that their “opinions and values are a good fit built a culture that’s a competitive advantage.

Garry will share his “learning moments” over the course of his efforts to redefine culture at WD-40 Company, beginning in 1997. Lessons and principles covered include:

  • The personal journey of every servant leader and why that philosophy is critical.
  • The leader’s role as a coach, not a manager
  • The emotional connection of a greater purpose that creates high engagement.
  • How to carefully and consciously choose values that will be embedded in all aspects of leadership and employee development.
  • Leadership behaviors that create toxic cultures
  • Why investing in people who invest in themselves is a secret to succession planning and greater organizational capability.
  • The difference between a “team” and a “tribe”, and why WD-40 Company strove to create a cohesive tribe that spans 17 countries where employees work.
  • How company performance results are directly connected to the “will” of the people

After the opening keynote, attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of panel discussions throughout the day.

Attendees will gain valuable knowledge that they can take back to the office and implement the very next day.

  • Marketing Yourself for Career Advancement
  • Strategies for Successful Conversations
  • AI: Unraveling the Pros and Cons
  • Manager vs. Leader
  • Strategies for Acquiring New Business/Customers
  • 2024 Employment Law Updates
  • Managing Hybrid Work Models
  • From Idea to Impact: Building and Sustaining Non-Profit Organizations
  • Tapping into San Diego's Talent Pool: Hire Locally
  • Practical Marketing Approaches
  • Business Financing: Funding Your Expansion and Growth
  • Exit and Succession Planning
  • Business Advocacy at the State and Federal Level
  • Generational Leadership
  • Fostering Collaboration between Higher Education and the Workforce
  • Creating and Retaining Long-Term Employment Positions


Disclaimer: Portions of this program may be filmed and/or photographed. By attending, you consent to its unrestricted use, as deemed appropriate by North San Diego Business Chamber. Click here to see our complete Notice of Filming and Photography.