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Career Discovery Forum in the Philippines 2024


“Nurturing Homegrown Talent Through the Digital Frontier”


Date and Time

March 16, 2024
09:00 AM – 04:50 PM (GMT +8)


Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University


One of the pillars that Leave a Nest stands by is Human Development, where we focus on career development of students, as well as supporting companies that create jobs. Through our innovative methods in incorporating Mini Career Workshops, participants will get to know more about the company programs and projects. In turn, the company will also be able to screen which participants are best suited for the role within their organization.

This year’s Career Discovery Forum PH will focus on forging long-lasting connections between young talents who are passionate in changing the world, and companies that create innovative solutions in addressing societal challenges.

Program Timeline

8:30 AM – 9:30 AMRegistration
9:30 AM – 9:45 AMMorning Ceremony
9:45 AM – 10:00 AMKeynote Speech
10:00 AM – 11:00 AMForum Session
11:00 AM – 11:30 AMCareer Pitch
11:30 AM – 11:40 AMMorning Closing Remarks
11:40 AM – 1:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PM – 1:30 PMMini Workshop (1st round)
1:30 PM – 1:40 PMBreak time
1:40 PM – 2:10 PMMini Workshop (2nd round)
2:10 PM – 2:20 PMBreak time
2:20 PM – 2:50 PMMini Workshop (3rd round)
2:50 PM – 3:00 PMBreak time
3:00 PM – 3:30 PMMini Workshop (4th round)
3:30 PM – 3:40 PMBreak time
3:40 PM – 4:10 PMMini Workshop (5th round)
4:10 PM – 4:15 PMClosing Remarks
4:15 PM – 5:00 PMBooth Core time (Free roam for students)

Keynote Speaker

Kurt Prieto

Lead Designer
SOLX Technologies

Ever since graduating from Ateneo High School, Kurt Prieto has relentlessly pursued art leading him to study at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts. After graduating from UPD, he has been the Lead Designer of SolX Technologies since it was a small start-up based in Ateneo, being a key member in shaping SolX's visual identity, hardware tech design, and the UI/UX of its core platforms from its early days. Together with the other Atenean founders during its inception, they began creating tech solutions to promote increased market competition and cheaper energy prices in the energy industry. By deepening its experience and gaining insights from closely working with the industry, SolX eventually developed an entire digital ecosystem to help industrial end-users save on energy costs. To date, their market validated technology has saved over P500M for over 60 clients in every high power-consuming sector representing more than 200MW of demand. Aside from working in the tech landscape, Kurt has also honed his skills in 3D printing, 2D illustration and pixel games illustration, having multiple games published on Steam under his belt.

Forum Session

This is a platform where speakers from the academia, the government, the industry, and the startup sector discuss a common issue revolving around the theme of the event. The theme for this year’s Forum Session is “Bringing Innovative Careers Closer to Home”. This session will begin with a brief background of the current development and climate of STEM careers in Japan; in turn, a panel of representatives from industry leaders will share their companies’ initiatives and programs focused on research development and innovation.


Richard Milante, MBA

Richard Milante, MBA has 7 years of experience at the intersection of real estate development, operations management, and healthcare service delivery. An alumnus of the Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina, USA, Richard earned his Masters in Business Administration specializing in Health Sector Management last 2022. He currently serves as the Chied Operating Officer of Legazpi Eye Center, the largest and most comprehensive eyecare provider in the Bicol Region, and as the Strategy and Investments Lead of Two Tigers Holding Corporation, his family holding company with interests in healthcare, real estate, and impact investing. His work spans the daily operations of two ambulatory surgical centers, the management of more than 70 individuals, and the planning and implementation of strategic business development initiatives.

Peter Cauton

Peter Cauton started his career teaching high school English and in corporate Human Resources before taking the leap into entrepreneurship. Peter is passionate about building the future of work and learning. His mission is to equip and empower the right founders to find their life’s work – and in doing so leading to meaningful and purpose-driven companies. In doing this work, Peter has become a multi-awarded serial entrepreneur in the Future of Work space, having cofounded several scaling startups such as flexible benefits firm STORM and freelancer benefits platform Allcare. Peter is currently running a venture builder called Humanae ventures, which has since launched startups such as digital learning service firm Bihasa, network-based recruitment firm Cluster, and is busy incubating a couple more. Peter was the 14th local entrepreneur selected in the prestigious Endeavor Global Network of high impact entrepreneurs, has raised over $7M for his startups, and has been a longstanding mentor in Google’s global startup accelerator, Google for Startups. Peter lives in Antipolo with his wife Pauline and their seven children, is an avid Lakers fan, and is always in search of the best burger in town.

Pat Dacanay

She is a multifaceted professional with a passion for talent acquisition and management, serving as a driving force behind Holcim Philippines' With a keen eye for talent and a dedication to fostering inclusivity and high performance, Pat is not only a talent development strategist but also a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Beyond their role at Holcim, Pat is a skilled social media manager, assisting businesses and executives in amplifying their online presence through strategic planning and captivating content creation.

Career Pitch

A live presentation of representatives from various companies, industries, startups, and the public sector advertising about their services, their working environment, and the goals they are striving to achieve in hopes of acquiring potential members or collaborators from the audience. Presentations are strictly limited to 90 seconds with no question & answer portion as the format would be a fast-paced pitch presentation going from one presenter to the next, creating a heated atmosphere between the presenters and the audience and thereby raising their interests more. 

Company Partners

List of Companies

SolX Technologies

The Philippine energy market is complex. Energy supply and prices depend on physical infrastructure, geopolitics and climate change. Businesses want to know whether an energy contract hedges or exposes them to price volatilities. Retail Energy Suppliers seek end-users with predictable consumption patterns to manage their own risk. Government entities want increased market competition and greater energy efficiency.

Within this dynamic, SolX simplifies complexity through digital platforms that match supply and demand, optimize energy consumption, and support energy efficiency monitoring. Through our technology, industry experience and expertise, we increase market competition and drive energy sustainability. As a result, businesses secure competitive best-fit energy contracts and optimize their operations, Retail Energy Suppliers find the right end-users, and the energy sector advances as a whole.

Cocoro Embody

Cocoro Embody is a University Spin-off from Ehime University in Japan. They are a software company that specializes in Medical Equipment specifically in technology on voice output type conversation support devices that allow children with severe mental and physical disabilities to easily express themselves.

Medical Test Systems, Inc

Medical Test Systems, Inc. (MEDTEST) is a Filipino-owned company. Most of its stockholders are doctors while others have backgrounds in academe, research, or industry. This involvement in various specialties drives MEDTEST to influence to a large extent the trends in health practices in the Philippines.

It is a SEC, DTI, and BFAD registered distributor of instruments, reagents, and consumables for life science research and selected clinical and industrial markets in the country. It has the technical know-how and reputation which placed it in a strong and strategic position to take on and market a wide variety of products in a highly competitive environment. MEDTEST is the channel partner of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Assurance Controls Technologies Co., Inc.

Assurance Controls Technologies Co., Inc. (ACTI) is 100% Filipino owned corporation established in December 28, 1999. We are duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are an ISO 9001:2015 certified company since 2019. Our main office is located in 17th Floor, Wilshire Plaza, No. 11 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila. In 2015, we have our regional regional office in Davao City and we have Sales hub in Cebu City. Currently we are engaged in selling, distribution and maintenance of Medical Systems. We are also one of the major distributor of Radiopharmaceutical products in Nuclear Medicine in the Philippines.

Legazpi Eye Center

Legazpi Eye Center operates two of the largest and most comprehensive eye care facilities in the Bicol Region. Equipped with clinics, a pharmacy, an optical, and operating rooms, Legazpi Eye Center's facilities has been serving the Bicolano population for more than 25 years. The Center started as a solo medical practice and optical shop of ophthalmologist-optometrist couple, Dr. Rollo and Rosita Milante. In 2005, the couple were joined by five other ophthalmologists transforming the practice into a group practice. The main branch in Legazpi was accredited in 2009 by the Department of Health as an ambulatory surgical center for ophthalmology, the first and still the only one in Albay. In 2023, Legazpi Eye Center opened the second branch in Naga City, the first and the only ambulatory surgical center for ophthalmology in Camarines Sur.”

Ardent World

Ardent World Inc. is the product of a passionate desire to bring quality, affordable skin care solutions to every one, and abide by a few basic quality parameters: soap should not dissolve into mush, lotion should draw in smoothly, shampoo should never leave your scalp itchy and oils should truly nourish the skin. We combine passion with science and in-depth analytics to bring products to market that people can feel and see the difference.

Monde Nissin Corporation

Come join Monde Nissin, the company behind iconic global food brands, such as Lucky Me! noodles, Skyflakes crackers, Fita biscuits, Monde baked goods and Quorn meat-free products. As a food company, we understand that the food we produce has significant impacts on the health of our customers and our planet. While taste is always at the core of our food, we are increasingly focused on the nutritional value and the responsible production of food. It is a responsibility that we take seriously, which is why we aspire to improve the well-being of people and the planet, and create sustainable solutions for food security. We are looking for talented and energetic individuals who share our vision to create a future of food that is more delicious, nutritious, and better for the planet.

Ibiden Philippines Inc,

Ibiden Philippines Inc, is a Japanese manufacturing technology company headquartered in Ogaki, Japan. The company sells a variety of products, including semiconductor packages, ceramic materials, and printed circuit boards (PCBs) and also concentrates on producing cutting-edge materials and electronics parts. Ibiden is committed to conducting business in an environmentally friendly manner and gives eco-friendly production and renewable energy sources first attention. Ibiden, a market pioneer, continues to provide cutting-edge goods and services to satisfy the electronics industry's changing demands.

Zuellig Family Foundation

The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) emerged as an influential force in improving public health by transforming healthcare in rural Filipino communities. ZFF aims to revolutionize local health leadership and reshape the course of healthcare in these areas.

Belman Laboratories

Belman Compania Incorporada, doing business under the name and style of Belman Laboratories, is a leading manufacturer, importer, and distributor of laboratory chemicals and glassware, animal healthcare products, as well as personal healthcare products. Established in 1937, Belman began as small laboratory in the district of Binondo in Manila, Philippines. It has steadily grown to become one of the most trusted names in the Philippine pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The expansion eventually led to the creation and development of a new business unit that caters to those involved in agribusiness.

Leave a Nest Philippines

Leave a Nest Philippines is one of the subsidiaries of the main Leave a Nest Co., Ltd., situated in Tokyo, Japan. The company has been operating since 2002 but just last year, March 2021, they extended their reach to the Philippines building a physical office in the country and actively recruiting members. Leave a Nest is, in essence, a group of scientists and researchers with the common goal of “Advancing Science and Technology for Global Happiness” and one unique thing about their company is that almost half of their members are PhD and Master degree holders. The company started by bridging the gap between researchers and society in order to spread the knowledge brought about by research and bring forth innovations in Science and Technology. It has now formed several company pillars which still has the same goal but targets different sectors of society such as the academia, the corporates, the startups, and the huge manufacturing companies.

Mini Workshop

Partners will be given a platform to exchange ideas with the participants which could lead to new projects or careers. There will be 1 workshop session for each company, which will be repeated 5 times to maximize the number of students who can join.


This event is co-organized with Bossjob.

Bossjob is an AI-powered, chat-first career matching platform that aims to eliminate the lengthy hiring process by providing speedy communications between talents and recruiters through precise talent matching and direct chat.


Career Discovery Forum is mainly designed in the best interests of those graduating from universities who are on the search for a meaningful career trajectory. It is also constructed to aid companies that are looking for potential members to join their team that leads innovation and development.

Click the link below or scan the QR code to register for the event. Student participation is completely FREE of charge.

For interested companies who would like to join as a partner for the event, you may email us at [email protected]