August 8, 2024


National University
9393 Lightwave Ave
San Diego, CA 92123


8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Military - $10
Non-Military - $50

Providing Service to Those Who Serve

Join us for the 4th Annual San Diego Military Summit to be held on Thursday, August 8, 2024, from 8 am - 4 pm.


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

This all-day interactive Summit will bring together the military and business communities for a day of workshops, keynote speakers, exhibitors, and networking.

This year's track approach will feature tracks focused on transitioning servicemembers, military families, support programs & organizations, and employers looking to hire veterans.

SD Military Summit has something for everyone - whether you are active duty, a veteran, or a family member. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the San Diego business community.


Assistant Secretary - James D. Rodriguez

Assistant Secretary
James D. Rodriguez

Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
U.S. Department of Labor

Dakota Meyer

Dakota Meyer
Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient


Chris Thorne

Chris Thorne
Chief Executive Officer
North San Diego Business Chamber
Master Chief Petty Officer (Retired), United States Navy

LinkedIn to Your Success

This workshop aims to empower Military Summit attendees with the knowledge and tools to leverage social media for building strong and meaningful connections.  Social media platforms can serve as powerful tools for networking, staying informed, and fostering professional relationships when utilized correctly. Chris will touch upon social media etiquette, emphasizing the importance of professionalism and respectful communication in the online sphere, along with best practices for personal branding and how to build a positive online presence.


Attendees will have the opportunity to visit panels across four different tracks throughout the day.

2024 Tracks & Respective Panels Include:

Transitioning Servicemembers

  • Housing Resources and Navigation: Understanding the complexities and resources available for housing post-transition.
  • Transitioning Programs Overview: Exploring TAP, OC, VETCTAP, and other available programs, including how to apply and the services they offer.
  • Transitioning Mindset: Shifting from a hierarchical military mindset to broader opportunities in the corporate job world.
  • Employer Expectations: Insights from hiring companies on what they are looking for in transitioning servicemembers.
  • Chris Thorne: NSDBC CEO LinkedIn to Your Success Workshop

Military Family

  • Encouraging Participation: Integrating military spouses into transition programs like VETCTAP and OC, ensuring a welcoming environment.
  • Financial Planning for Families: Understanding the changes in financial resources and planning for military families post-transition.
  • Mental Health Integration: Strategies for military families to integrate into new communities and prioritize mental health.
  • Career Transitioning for Families: Guidance on navigating career transitions for military spouses and families, including networking and employer interactions.

Support Programs

  • Legislative Support: Insights from SD City, County, State, and Federal representatives on support programs and legislation for transitioning servicemembers.
  • Vet Service Officer Assistance: Information and assistance from Vet Service Officers regarding benefits, education, and food resources.
  • Community Resources: Chamber presentations on available resources for transitioning servicemembers, highlighting support from various organizations.
  • Non-Military Resources: Exploring resources off the installation for military families in San Diego, focusing on community-sponsored support like STEP and the San Diego Veterans Collaborative.

Employing Veterans

  • Successful Hiring Practices: Large employers sharing strategies for successfully hiring veterans and military spouses.
  • Program Updates: Military community talent programs (SkillBridge, WOTC, etc).
  • Employer Enablement Track: MCTO and DOL VETS program updates
  • Hear From Those on National Best Practices in Veteran Employment


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.