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Honoring Our Best and Brightest
Student Scholarship, Leadership Recognized

By Marianne Skoczek

Newberry Fellow Jennifer Long Leads by Listening

The Stephen G. and Shelley A. Newberry Distinguished Student Fellowship, the Graduate School of Management’s largest privately funded fellowship award, supports students who have a broad base of experience—and who show exceptional potential as team leaders in business.

This year’s Newberry Fellow, Jennifer Long, found the School’s dramatic rise in the rankings among U.S. business schools a powerful draw. “I wanted to be a collaborator in that ascent,” she says, “by helping shape student experiences at this top-tier school.”

As president of the Associated Students of Management (ASM), Long has helped to strengthen the School’s diverse community. A full house of 225 students, alumni and business partners connected at Casino Royale, a “friend-raiser” held in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center last fall.

“Most important to our success,” Long says, “was turning everyone on the ASM board into a star contributor. I led by listening first, by knowing the people around me. I led by finding ways to create success for others on individual, team and organizational levels.”

Long’s management studies have focused on entrepreneurship and strategy. Last summer she interned in the investments office at the Sacramento headquarters of CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund. Before coming to UC Davis, she was president of the board of directors of the Wellspring Renewal Center in Anderson Valley, Calif., and a project manager at GM Green Real Estate in San Francisco.