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Women in Leadership (WIL)
Women in Leadership (WiL) is an independent student club operated through the Associated Students of Management (ASM) at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

About our Club

Our Mission 

Our mission is to develop future leaders through professional, educational, and social activities that support the female student body of the GSM.

Women in Leadership will achieve this goal by:

  • Creating leadership opportunities for women
  • Mentoring & networking
  • Gaining insight into challenges facing women in the business sector
  • Supporting & promoting women leaders

Board Fellowship Program

The Board Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Women in Leadership
Club at UC Davis Graduate School of Management (GSM). The program places MBA students (Fellows) on the Board of Directors of partner Non-profit organizations as non-voting (or adjunct) members. These talented students gain board experience and learn from industry leaders. Partner organizations benefit from the contribution of MBA students time and skills to assist in their board’s work.This one-of-a-kind program will expand the pipeline of qualified and experienced young women and men for future roles in business leadership. 

Partner Organizations for 2016
  1. PHCA – Passive House California (San Francisco)        
  2. The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
  3. Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL)
  4. Watermark
Program Update

Board Readiness Training was provided to prospective Fellows on November 20, 2015 by Donna Hamlin of Hamlin Harkins.

Applications opened on November 20th, 2015.

Two of the four Board Fellows have been placed and have commenced their duties with their Partner Boards.

Meet our Board

Hilary Bekmann                                                                                                                             


Image of Women in Leadership (WIL) Hilary is a second year MBA student at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management (the GSM).  Hilary has over 9 years management experience.  Her focus is upon driving operational and financial success in organizations with an “impact focus”.  Prior to commencing her studies at the Graduate School of Management,Hilary specialized in Green Building and led the Sustainability team at Macquarie University Property in Sydney, Australia during a $3B construction expansion. 

In addition to her role as the President of the Women in Leadership Club at the GSM, Hilary is a Graduate representative on the Chancellor’s Graduate Student Advisory Board,  as well as a Graduate Researcher at the Energy Efficiency Center.

Hilary has a Masters in Environmental Science Undergraduate in Communications (with a minor in law) from Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Itziar Camio                                                                                                                                       

Vice President

Image of Women in Leadership (WIL) Itzi has a passion for community development. That passion extends to connecting the right people with the right resources, and using creativity to help foster a stronger community. She is well-traveled, speaks multiple languages, and connects well with people. She is interested in using her accounting/finance skills and her background in education to get involved in making the Truckee Tahoe region a wonderful community to live in.

Itzi is currently the Financial Officer of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation in addition to pursuing her MBA at UC Davis Graduate School of Management. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing beach volleyball, doing yoga, and adventuring in her camper van.

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Ruchi Bali                                                                                                                                       

Director of Marketing

Image of Women in Leadership (WIL) Ruchi is a second year student at UC Davis Graduate School of  Management. She has keen interest in technology and her focus in the MBA program is marketing and business analytics. Ruchi has six years of management experience as a marketing and business development executive for DLF Limited – the largest commercial real estate developer in India. She holds a Masters degree in Business and Bachelors degree in Computer Science from India.

In addition to her role as the Director of Marketing for Women in Leadership, Ruchi also serves as Student MBA Ambassador- International lead.

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