What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?
My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.
Morgan Lee MBA 99 has worked for some of the best-known and respected brands in the global marketplace in a variety of financial and strategic positions. “Intel was an ideal place to work immediately following graduation; it allowed me to learn how a world-class high-tech manufacturing company operates,” he says. “The finance rotation program gave me the opportunity to support various facets of the company, including IT, marketing and revenue.”
Sonny Aulakh MBA 08 grew up in Italy, married his college sweetheart more than 20 years ago, and has two daughters he would do anything for. His first job was as a gas station attendant, but his career began as a sales engineer in Silicon Valley after graduating from Cal State Sacramento. After working in Silicon Valley for eight years, he moved into management—and decided to earn an MBA.
Professor Paul Griffin has made a $25,000 pledge that, along with matching gifts, will provide scholarships and support to recruit talented individuals to the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program.
Griffin has committed to match gifts at a 1:1 ratio up to $25,000 with the hope that it will inspire others to join the new MPAc Founders’ Fund and support students in the program.
A decade after receiving her undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at UC Davis, Donna Leever MBA 93 returned to campus to enroll in the Graduate School of Management. Two years later, she embarked on a career as a strategic planner and marketer at both startups and multinationals—including H-P, Agilent Technologies, Tektronix and TDK—with multiple successes in formulating and executing business strategies for sustainable growth.
Over the past two decades, Tracy Neal MBA 01 has “bounced back and forth between the beer industry and the tech industry. Some of my job changes have been impulsive, others reactive and some just out of my control,” he admits. But there has been a clear and successful path to these job changes, which have resulted in a varied and rewarding career—one that has earned Neal the GSM Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Sacramento Business Journal recently named Mac Clemmens MBA 07 one of “40 Under 40” superachievers in the Capital Region. Clemmens is founder and CEO of Digital Deployment, which he has grown into a multimillion-dollar company.
The founder and CEO of Lamplighter Financial, Brian Woodall started his career as an entrepreneur, riding the dot-com roller coaster after earning a B.S. in commerce at the University of Virginia. “But then I had to get a real job,” he says, “and went to work for two large consulting firms in internal corporate finance roles.” He earned his CPA while with Grant Thornton’s government consulting group, and then decided to go back to school for an MBA.
Julie Jensen grew up in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood and studied economics as an undergraduate at UC Davis. After earning her master of administration at the Graduate School of Management in 1984, she was hired by HP in Roseville, Calif., as a financial analyst. “It was a great first job and taught me a lot about the importance of understanding changing business models and financials,” she remembers. “I was fortunate to be in a growing division and moved into management very quickly, which expanded my skills—and created a lot of pressure on my family when my children were young.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the Huffington Post and Washington Post.Bark
Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(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.