You’ll enjoy a calendar packed with opportunities, many of which you’ll have a hand creating and planning.
Here is just a sample of the many events, activities and thought leaders that UC Davis MBA students were engaged with last year.
- Global Solutions: A team of UC Davis MBAs were finalists in the 2012 Hult Global Case Challenge, the world’s largest crowd-sourcing platform to tackle issues related to global
poverty. After winning the regional round in San Francisco, they flew to New York City to compete against five teams from other top universities. Honoring the contestants vying for the $1 million purse: Bill Clinton.
- A Running Start: You’ll form lifelong bonds during orientation, as you and your classmates explore Northern California hotspots, including world-famous destinations like Napa Valley, San Francisco and Tahoe. Highlights include a challenging ropes course that builds teamwork skills.
- Giving Back: MBA Challenge for Charity draws on the talents, energy and philanthropic efforts of students from nine top West Coast business schools. The year-long competition culminates with a weekend of sports and games. Our chapter supports
the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, the Northern California Special Olympics and Team Davis, a local nonprofit.
- New Energy Landscape: One of the world’s preeminent energy economics and strategic policy experts, Amy Myers Jaffe serves as executive director for energy and sustainability
at UC Davis, and teaches a course in Sustainable Ventures.
- Leading with Integrity: Believing that integrity is a cornerstone of leadership, students begin their MBA experience with a student-initiated ethics pledge to “complete my degree with honesty and integrity” and to “hold myself and my classmates to the
highest standards of honor from this day forward.”
- Igniting Entrepreneurship: UC Davis MBAs networked and learned alongside like-minded students from Rice and Boston Universities at Ignite 2013. The conference included a whirlwind tour of San Francisco Bay Area startups and VC firms—including Tesla Motors, Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,
and Minted.com—and presentations by successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
- Take the Initiative: Our MBA Mayoral Fellows put their management talent to work on special projects and policy initiatives in economic development, green energy, education and the arts for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. The program is patterned after the White House Fellows Program in Washington, D.C.
- Make A Net Impact: Net Impact uses the power of business to create positive social, environmental and economic change. Our Silver-ranked chapter has been
recognized as the Trailblazing Chapter of the Year, the Best Small Chapter of the Year and among the top four Graduate Chapters worldwide. The chapter hosts high-profile speakers, offers leadership development opportunities, supports courses in social entrepreneurship and sustainable business, and joins peers at the annual national Net Impact conference.
- Business Competitions: Our students collaborate in global, national and regional business and investment competitions—with dramatic results. A UC Davis MBA team won first prize in the 2012 Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge. Their innovation: GoodKoz, an e-commerce site to help nonprofits fundraise online. Think Kickstarter meets Etsy meets Kiva.org.
- World of Opportunity: The International Study Trip course opens a window to global business. After a quarter-long study of a region, students take lessons learned on a two-week tour with site visits and executive meetings. Recent trips included Hungary and the Czech Republic, China, Vietnam, Ecuador and Panama, Germany, and Italy and Turkey— including a stop at the Maserati factory.
- Women in Leadership: Our annual high-profile “UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders” tracks the number of women in the C-suites and board rooms of the largest public companies in the state. The bottom line: the glass ceiling persists as men hold roughly nine out of every 10 top management and board positions.