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
We seek to develop future leaders through professional, educational and social activities that support female students at the Graduate School of Management.
Women in Leadership will achieve this goal by:
- Creating leadership opportunities for women
- Mentoring and networking
- Gaining insight into challenges facing women in the business sector
- Supporting and promoting women leaders
Board Fellowship Program
Our Board Fellowship Program places MBA students (Fellows) on the board of directors of partner nonprofit organizations as nonvoting (or adjunct) members. Students gain board experience and learn from industry leaders; partner organizations benefit from the students’ contributions of time and skills to assist in their board’s work. The program will expand the pipeline of qualified and experienced young women and men for future roles in business leadership.
Partner Organizations for 2016 (2017 update to come)
- PHCA – Passive House California (San Francisco)
- The First Tee of Greater Sacramento
- Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL)
Donna Hamlin of Hamlin Harkins provided board readiness training to prospective fellows on November 20, 2015.
Applications opened on November 20, 2015.
Board fellows have been placed and have commenced their duties with their partner boards.
Meet our Board
Betty Yao is a 2017 MBA candidate focusing in finance and data analysis. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is enjoying her summer internship at a cutting-edge startup. She has a degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in China.
Her career started at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where she held leadership positions in several IPO engagements and audits of multi-national companies.
As the president of Women in Leadership, Yao pays close attention to closing the gender gap and motivating women to pursue leadership positions.
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Ana Carolina Lopez Pinaya
Ana Lopez Pinaya is a 2017 MBA candidate focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and finance. She is highly involved in School activities. In addition to her role as VP of Women in Leadership, she participates on the boards of Associated Students of Management and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Association, and is the international student co-lead for the School’s MBA Ambassadors.
Pinaya developed her career in corporate finance at Procter & Gamble and Mars in Latin America. Her assignments varied from cost management and cost accounting to product and sales finance. Most recently she was the project leader for Eukanuba’s post-acquisition integration of Mars Mexico, and finance manager for the brand in the country.
Pinaya earned a B.S. in international relations from Universidade de São Paulo and an M.S. in economics of science and innovation from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. In her off-time she loves traveling, watching Netflix, reading books and playing video games.
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Matt Henry is slated to graduate in the spring of 2017. He plans to use his MBA to leverage his experience into a new career. Henry has worked as a whitewater guide and ski patroller and has spent more than 2,000 hours working on industrial structures while suspended on ropes. He is working as a graduate finance intern at Intel for the summer.
In addition to promoting diversity through Women in Leadership, Henry has actively worked to empower female whitewater guides, and has fabricated custom equipment to help them succeed when using setups designed for much taller people.
Henry is a board fellow on the Brain Injury Association of California’s Board.
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