I can remember the moment I decided to pursue an MBA at the Graduate School of Management. I had a stable job at Levi Strauss in San Francisco with a decent salary and many opportunities for advancement. Yet as I looked to the future, I knew reaching my full potential would be difficult without a deeper understanding of business and a network of people I could draw upon during my career. An MBA seemed a perfect fit to fill this need.
by Roger Halualani MBA 91| President, GSM Alumni Association
Over the past few years, the GSM Alumni Association’s board of directors experienced significant changes under the leadership of John Argo MBA 04 and Brian Hoblit MBA 07. I am honored to follow in their footsteps.
For those who are unsure who is on the current board, our current roster is below. We have a strong and diverse board who have the necessary skills and insights, as well as talent and enthusiasm, to take us and the School to new heights.
I have contributed financially to the Graduate School of Management each year since my graduation in 2007, always driven by the idea that it is the right thing to do. During these years, I have also served on the GSM Alumni Association’s Student Fellowship Committee. Since 2003 the Alumni Association (GSMAA) has provided fellowships to deserving students in each of the School’s MBA programs—a tangible demonstration of alumni support for students who have a significant impact on the GSM and the broader community.
I recently participated on a panel at the Capital Connections event held in Sacramento. While I volunteered for this event to help the students who organized it, I gained much more than the satisfaction of giving back: I made connections with other alumni I had not seen in years and I reflected with other panelists on how the GSM has helped shape our lives. I’d like to share these reflections.
In 2000, my final year at the Graduate School of Management, I was lucky to be part of the group of students who founded the GSM Endowment. We had enjoyed our UC Davis MBA experience so much that we wanted to create an opportunity to actively participate in the School’s continued success. I am proud to say that we had 100 percent participation from our graduating class that year, and even prouder to report that every subsequent graduating class has contributed generously to the fund.
Alumni events are a lot of fun—and effective for building your network, a critical tool for career success. The vast majority of GSM alumni make their homes in Northern California, evenly split between the Sacramento region and the Bay Area. And this spring you can reconnect with former classmates, make new friends and expand your professional circle at a GSM alumni event in your neighborhood.
The Graduate School of Management’s 9th Annual Peer-to-Pier gathering in San Francisco last month drew alumni, students, faculty and members of the northern California business community. We came together to share memories, exchange business cards, hear Professor Kim Elsbach’s latest insight into effective management—and honor a very special member of the GSM alumni community.
As we ring in the New Year, I’d like to encourage you to add your ongoing support of our alma mater to your list of resolutions.
There are so many ways we can help the GSM. Last year, the School generated tremendous momentum and received its highest ranking, moving up to the top 6 percent in the U.S., according to U.S.News & World Report’s latest survey. The Full-time MBA program ranks 28th nationally, and the Working Professional program ranks 32nd. Additionally, 93 percent of last year’s graduating class were placed within three months of graduation, earning UC Davis another accolade from U.S.News as being one of the “10 Business Schools That Lead to Jobs.” We need to join together to continue this tradition of excellence.
Each year, the Graduate School of Management asks alumni to “give back” to the School, whether in dollars, resources or involvement.
To be honest, I haven’t consistently supported the School in the 20 years since earning my MBA. Until recently, I had not sat down and considered why I should give back. This may be true for many alumni, and would like to share why I now place the GSM near the top of my charitable donation list.
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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.