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Yoyo Wu MBA 14 Yoyo Wu Takes Charge of Her Brand

Yoyo Wu remembers sitting on the roof of her middle school with her best friend Ray, talking about the Internet and using his first computer, an Intel Pentium MMX 166.

It was 1998, and they were caught up in the excitement and luck of having a computer with net access in their small town in southern China.

Over the years, their dreams and their relationship evolved. They married, immersed themselves in their careers—and two years ago had a daughter.

Student Profile
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Emily Smith
MBA 2014

Student Leadership and Experience

  • Co-President, Challenge 4 Charity
  • Director of Finance, Marketing Association
  • UC Davis MBA Ambassador

Previous Degree

B.A. History, University of Washington

Previous Work Experience

  • Property Coordinator, Marriott International
  • Front Office Supervisor, Marriott International

Q: What do you value most about your experience in the UC Davis MBA program?

Student Profile
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Vanessa Errecarte
MBA 2014

Student Leadership and Experience

  • UC Davis MBA Ambassador
  • Member of Associated Students of Management

Previous Degree

M.A. Communication, University of the Pacific

B.A. Communication Studies, UC Davis (Minors in Music and Organizational Sociology)

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Benjamin Fineberg MBA 05
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Method Products

The UC Davis MBA experience positioned me for success as the senior director of financial planning and analysis at Method, where we make premium healthy home and personal care products. The Graduate School of Management’s community and diversity of views opened me up to the idea that with good branding, innovation and a dedicated team, a company can change the world for the better while maximizing returns to investors.

Previous Position

Finance Manager, The Clorox Co., Oakland, Calif.

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Chris Welsh MBA 05
Manager, Software Sales, IBM Corp.
San Francisco, Calif.

Previous Position

Infantry Officer, U.S. Marine Corps; rated among the top 10 percent of his peers

Previous Degree

B.A., English and Political Economy | Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

I gained the skills and knowledge to translate the fundamental
leadership talents I developed in the military to the business world.

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Elena Chavez Carey MBA 10
Managerial Consultant, Quality and Operations Support, The Permanente Medical Group Inc.
Oakland, Calif.

Working on a consulting project for Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, gave our team a crash course in healthcare economics, played out in the middle of the national healthcare debate. Now I help oversee quality and operations support at The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser’s affiliated physician-owned for-profit partnership in Northern California.

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Hilary Hoeber MBA 04
Senior Portfolio Lead, IDEO
San Francisco, Calif.

My UC Davis MBA experience was a life-shaping moment in a well-timed career pivot. The combination of excellent professors and an experienced, diverse student body was invaluable. The School’s focus on developing a holistic approach to fostering individual professional growth while deepening business acumen is unique.

Previous Position

Business Strategist, Scient, San Francisco, Calif., and London, U.K.

Previous Degree

B.A., International Relations, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

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John Barnickel MBA 93
Vice President, Pacific Northwest Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic Inc., San Francisco, Calif.

Previous Degrees

B.S., Finance, California State University, Hayward

My career allows me to strike a rare balance between making money and making meaning. At Medtronic, I am accountable for $200+ million in revenue and 160 sales, service and management colleagues. My UC Davis MBA gave me a global perspective and opportunities to collaborate, tap synergies and improve project outcomes. I use the lessons for effective teamwork every day.

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James Chen MBA 11
Accessories and Tooling Program Manager, Tesla Motors Inc.
Fremont, Calif.

MBA Internship

Supply Chain Management, Tesla Motors Inc. | Palo Alto, Calif.

Student Leadership

  • Director of Marketing, Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
  • Vice President, Marketing Association

Previous Position

Entrepreneur/Founder, Infinite Possibility Inc. | Sacramento, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan

Previous Degree

B.S., Mechanical Engineering | University of California, Davis

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Nitya Tamizhmani MBA 13
Faculty Scholar

The School benefits from its ties to the San Francisco Bay Area—including deep relationships with many successful high-tech companies. My internship at StubHub is an incredible opportunity to apply my experience as a business intelligence analyst and hone the strong management skills I’m building at UC Davis.


Business Intelligence Analyst, StubHub, San Francisco, Calif. (An eBay company—and sponsor of San Francisco Giants baseball)

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Christopher W. Baggett MBA 13
Dean’s Scholar / CalPERS, CalSTRS UC Davis MBA Fellow

Davis is culturally diverse, intellectually vibrant and full of great family activities throughout the year. We love going to parks, swimming in the town’s amazing pools, shopping at the farmer’s market and exploring the greenbelt on our bikes. The Graduate School of Management is the perfect place to pursue my MBA, and Davis offers everything my family needs while I complete my degree. Coming here was the right decision for us all!


Graduate Student Intern – Private Equity, CalPERS, Sacramento, Calif.

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