While she was growing up in a communal community in Southern California, Lavender Whitaker’s parents stressed “the importance of thinking about the effects of your actions on others and the environment.”
On May 20, 2017, the Davis Net Impact MBA student club sponsored and helped install a solar PV system for a low-income family living in the North City Farms Neighborhood of Sacramento, providing 24kW of clean, renewable energy and offsetting of 460 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Join us to see the top five Big Bang! finalist teams pitch their final presentations with almost $67,000 in prizes at stake. It’s the culmination of year-long program to build entrepreneurial skills and accelerate commercialization.
“I am able to immediately apply my classroom education to day-to-day decisions at work. Now I’m a more data- and process-driven contributor. I’ve learned how to collaborate better in teams, effectively negotiate with stakeholders and—most importantly—manage time.”
“So when I start at KPMG, I can communicate with a client from the get-go and I know I might be better prepared than someone who can’t communicate quite as well. We are learning how to communicate in different ways.”
“It’s exciting to be a leader at one of the nation’s largest credit unions, bringing value to our members across California and giving back to the Sacramento region as we help Golden 1 Center become a reality.”
“From world-class professors, to classmates who became team partners and close friends, to the unparalleled extracurricular activities, the UC Davis MBA program is an incredible experience–and has opened doors to some fascinating opportunities.”
“MBA students today need to understand the information and technology ecosystem. They need to understand how it can and will transform the fields they go in to in some cases overnight. They also need to understand how these transformations creates opportunity as well as risk.”
“A major consideration for us in choosing the Graduate School of Management was the small-town feel and the family-friendly culture. We had to make a lot of adjustments, given my previous career in the military, moving from out of state and the fact that our son was born during the first week of orientation.”
“At Mars I had the chance to contribute to a major corporation as it develops business models that link profit and social/environmental benefit. I’m proud to be at the forefront of a movement that sees opportunity, rather than risk, in emerging food markets.”
“The Graduate School of Management provided me with a unique environment to reflect on what drives me as a professional and an individual. My interactions with faculty, staff and classmates helped me hone in on my skill sets and potential value to an organization and community.”