Fireside Charla with SDSU President Adela de la Torre


July 28, 2020

#018 - Soft Landing After College with Justin Stewart and JR Tolver


Episode Summary:

For this episode of Fireside Charla, we interview with Alumni Justin Stewart and JR Tolver. SDSU's Career Center director, Dr. Tarbox, also joins us to talk about how SDSU Career Services is helping out students and alumni with their careers. Enjoy!

Approximate running time: 39:27
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“The transition and the change is always going to happen. But if you take the time in between those transitional spaces, you sit back, you relax, you take a deep breath, and you manifest and you write the things that you want to see come to life. If you take the time to do that, you are more successfully transitioned than if you didn’t.” -JR

“...those different failures have made me a better employee, has made me a better recruiter, they've made me a better husband because it's made me vulnerable.” -Justin

“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.” -JR

About Dr. Adela de la Torre

Dr. Adela de la Torre joined San Diego State University in June 2018, as the first woman and Latina president. She brings 30 years of service and leadership roles within institutions of higher education and shares these experiences with open arms. She has two daughters who are both married, a grandson, a husband, and three dogs! Adela discusses the challenges she faced in college, her mentors, her heart-led leadership style, and her vision to help all types of students at SDSU feel confident in their goals. 

About Justin Stewart

Justin Steward graduated from SDSU in 2002, B.A. in Communications. He was a football walk-on (where he met JR Tolver). He has been a Talent Acquisition Professional for the past 12 years, currently working for Illumina. He has supported companies such like Morning Star Financial, Bridgepoint Education, Western Union, General Atomics, LPL, SDG&E, Renovate America, Qualcomm, Petco, and UCSD, to name a few. As a career/talent matchmaker for Illumina, he partners with candidates and hiring managers to identify and hire the most talented, passionate, and amazing people to join their transformative organization. His goal is to open doors and opportunities for others and to help his fellow Aztecs for life have a soft landing after graduation.

About JR Tolver

J.R. Tolver graduated from SDSU in 2002 with a BS of Business with a focus in Information Decision Systems. In 2003, J.R. was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and proceeded to play four years in the National Football League for three teams (Dolphins, Panthers, Cowboys).  After retiring from professional football in 2008, J.R. became the Director of Boys’ Athletics and Head Football Coach at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach. In 2015 J.R. resigned from Sage Hill School and began to pursue his entrepreneurial passions. J.R. currently owns and operates a State Farm Insurance Agency in San Diego. J.R. is passionate about helping athletes of all ages establish the systems and processes needed to bring the vision of their future self to fruition.



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