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.
Business Strategist, Scient, San Francisco, Calif., and London, U.K.
B.A., International Relations, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
B.A., Economics, B.A., Journalism | Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Leading change requires both both the courage to make tough decisions and the experience to know how to quickly adapt to new realities. The Graduate School of Management helped me become a well-rounded professional with the confidence to push the bigger ideas.
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Infantry Officer, U.S. Marine Corps; rated among the top 10 percent of his peers
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.
Curing the U.S. Healthcare System
With the landmark Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court as healthcare spending skyrockets to more than $2.7 trillion this year, medical costs are big pocketbook issues for government, businesses, and both insured and uninsured Americans.
By Tim Akin
With the landmark Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court as healthcare spending skyrockets to more than $2.7 trillion this year—nearly 18 percent of the U.S. GDP—medical costs are big pocketbook issues for government, businesses, and both insured and uninsured Americans.
John Barnickel MBA 93
Vice President, Pacific Northwest Cardiac and Vascular Group, Medtronic Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
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.
Supply Chain Management, Tesla Motors Inc. | Palo Alto, Calif.
- Director of Marketing, Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
- Vice President, Marketing Association
Entrepreneur/Founder, Infinite Possibility Inc. | Sacramento, Calif., and Tokyo, Japan
B.S., Mechanical Engineering | University of California, Davis
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.
Finance Manager, The Clorox Co., Oakland, Calif.
Elena Chavez Carey MBA 10
Managerial Consultant, Quality and Operations Support, The Permanente Medical Group Inc.
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.
The leadership, collaboration and communications skills I learned in the UC Davis MBA program are critical to my success at Shell. My ability to build and motivate effective teams, understand our structure and strategy, and map power and influence in our stakeholder communities fuel my career.