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Linda Oubre Joins Team to Extend San Francisco Corporate Relations

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To develop top management talent and foster economic development across Northern Cal-ifornia and beyond, the Graduate School Management is expanding its footprint, extending its outreach and building relationships across the San Francisco Bay Area.

The School’s MBA teaching locations in Davis, Sacramento and San Ramon in the Bay Area connect the world’s leading center of innovation to California’s dynamic policy hub and capital city, giving its community greater access to multinational companies, influential business and government leaders, and hotbeds of innovative start-ups that are the fueling economic engines linked to international markets.

“I am excited to return to the GSM as its ambassador to the Bay Area. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to use my corporate, start-up and educational backgrounds in a way that adds value to the development of future business leaders.” –Linda Oubre

With this strategic direction in mind, in February the School welcomed Linda Oubre, a veteran executive and successful entrepreneur, as executive director for San Francisco Bay Area corporate relations and business development, a new position to extend the School’s presence and develop a comprehensive corporate relations program for the region.

Oubre is not new to the Graduate School of Management community. She served as the Executive-in-Residence in 2003 and as an adjunct faculty member in 2004, teaching an MBA course on Leadership in New Ventures.

“I am excited to return to the GSM as its ambassador to the Bay Area. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to use my corporate, start-up and educational backgrounds in a way that adds value to the development of future business leaders,” said Oubre, who lives in Oakland, not far from Bishop Ranch, home of the Bay Area Working Professional MBA program campus.

“Linda is bringing her energy, expertise and entrepreneurial drive to create greater momentum for us in a Bay Area region that she is intimately familiar with,” said Dean Steven Currall. “She will be cultivating demand and continued interest in our Bay Area Working Professional MBA program, developing new corporate relationships, securing corporate sponsorships and increasing corporate philanthropic gifts.”

Oubre’s initial strategy has focused on a “visibility campaign” to increase the awareness of the School’s presence in the Bay Area. She’s meeting with civic and business leaders, and has joined the Innovation Tri-Valley Initiative Board of Directors, a group of East Bay business leaders focused on turning the Tri-Valley into the next Silicon Valley for high-tech and start-up companies.

Oubre brings more than two decades of business development experience with more than 30 new ventures. Most recently, she has been president and CEO of LSO Ventures, a new venture investment and consulting firm specializing in consumer products, health services and retail. From 1998–2002, she was co-founder, director and president/COO of BriteSmile, Inc., responsible for the planning, launch and management of the company’s one-hour teeth whitening spas and affiliated dental offices.

Oubre previously served as president of Tri Com Ventures, where she specialized in new venture planning and start-ups. She was general manager of new business development for the Los Angeles Times, director of operations for Walt Disney Publishing, and manager of planning for both the Times Mirror Company and Walt Disney’s Consumer Products and Retail Divisions.

She has been a visiting instructor in the entrepreneurship program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a guest instructor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and taught courses in leadership and corporate strategy at San Diego State University’s College of Business from 2007–2009. She taught financial planning and business development at the University of Minsk in the Republic of Belarus. She also served as assistant director of MBA admissions at the Harvard Business School.

Oubre earned her B.A., cum laude, in economics from UCLA and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Nate, a senior executive with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, have two sons, Alex, a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University, and Nate, a first-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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