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Business Partnership Program

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The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Business Partnership Program provides a vital link between the School and the business community. Among the School’s highest priorities is helping companies address the complex management issues in today’s competitive global business environment.

Our Business Partnership program is truly a working partnership that brings extensive benefits to both the School and its corporate friends.

As a Business Partner, your company joins many of the region’s top corporations in sharing a commitment to excellence in management education by supporting UC Davis’ nationally ranked business school. Our partners’ generous contributions reinforce our efforts to provide a superior business education to our MBA students—the next generation of corporate managers and leaders.

Business Partner Benefits

Special Events–Networking Opportunities

Members are invited at no cost to distinguished speaker presentations and other various School events. These events have featured some of the most high-profiled leaders in the business community: Bernard Tyson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente, Sandy Weill, Former Chairman/CEO, Citigroup, Marc Onetto, Senior Vice President Worldwide Operations & Customer Service, Amazon, John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market, Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars, Inc., Rod Canion, Co-founder, First President & CEO, Compaq Computer and Amy Meyers Jaffe, Executive Director of Energy and Sustainability, UC Davis Graduate School of Management. These events provide an opportunity to meet UC Davis MBA students and alumni and get to know other managers of major companies in the region. Partners are welcome to bring clients to these special educational programs.

Student Consulting Assistance

Companies often have projects that they need to tackle, but lack the staff resources to gather the data required for decision making. Partner companies are exposed to a network of MBA students who are eager to work on targeted research projects via internships or for course credit. Through such learning opportunities, students gain valuable experience analyzing real-world issues while Partner companies gather data they need and input from our faculty, without hiring permanent staff members.

Recruitment Opportunities

Business Partners have access to talented students and receive a complimentary copy of the School’s MBA Resumé Directory. Through the School’s resumé referral service, Business Partners can receive the resumés of all students who have expressed an interest in their industry. To help assess the employment market, each Partner receives a yearly MBA placement survey that reviews both career and internship salary statistics and other recruitment data.

Use of Sacramento and Bishop Ranch (San Ramon) Teaching Facilities

Partners can use the School’s Sacramento and Bishop Ranch teaching facilities for day-time meetings. You can have access to these state-of-the-art facilities that contain varying size lecture rooms, conference rooms and the latest in AV technology. Frequency of use varies depending on your level of membership.

Special Recognition and Visibility

Your organization will be acknowledged on the GSM’s website—and at Dean’s Distinguished Speaker events that you attend.

Subscription to GSM Publications

All Partners receive copies of the School’s award-winning publication, the Innovator. This publication keeps Partners up to date on School activities, faculty research projects and the School’s involvement in the community. In addition, Partners will receive a quarterly newsletter from the Dean, keeping them current on the School’s accomplishments.

Affiliations with the Dean, Faculty, and Administrators

The Graduate School of Management Business Partnership Program will assist member firms in identifying and contacting faculty at the School and across the University who are researching topics of interest to the member company. Through our network of world-class faculty, member companies often find the right consultant to help them make the most of business opportunities.

Thank You to our Business Partners

Through generous contributions, Business Partners make it possible for the School to provide a world-class MBA experience for the next generation of corporate managers and leaders. We extend a special thank you to these corporate affiliates for their financial and in-kind support.

Managing Directors

($20,000 and above)

Business Partnership Program

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