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Emily Smith
MBA 2014

Student Leadership and Experience

  • Co-President, Challenge 4 Charity
  • Director of Finance, Marketing Association
  • UC Davis MBA Ambassador

Previous Degree

B.A. History, University of Washington

Previous Work Experience

  • Property Coordinator, Marriott International
  • Front Office Supervisor, Marriott International

Q: What do you value most about your experience in the UC Davis MBA program?

Student Profile
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Vickie Sherman
Director of Marketing, Golden 1 Credit Union

Student Leadership

  • President, 2012 Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • Communications Director, 2011 Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • UC Davis Leadership Fellow
  • Co-Chair, Capital Connections Networking Event

Previous Degree

B.A., Cognitive/Computer Science University of California, San Diego

Fast Facts

Student Profile
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Vanessa Errecarte
MBA 2014

Student Leadership and Experience

  • UC Davis MBA Ambassador
  • Member of Associated Students of Management

Previous Degree

M.A. Communication, University of the Pacific

B.A. Communication Studies, UC Davis (Minors in Music and Organizational Sociology)

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Kavita Waldia
Senior Principal Consultant, Oracle Corp.
Redwood Shores, Calif.

Previous Degree

B.E., Electronics & Telecommunications, Pune University | India

My goal: an executive position with the power to drive business, make organization-level decisions and manage people, resources and situations. A UC Davis MBA will get me there.

Fast Facts

Career goal: executive position with the power to drive business and make organization-level decisions

Loves consulting career and the opportunity to work in diverse roles—and to demonstrate ability to transition between roles with ease

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Calvin Woo MBA 12
Product Manager Emphasys Software
Emeryville, Calif.

Since starting the Bay Area MBA program, I’m performing better as a manager. I’ve definitely learned the value of teamwork. I’m more aware of the ripple effect my management decisions have on my colleagues, and I make faster, more well-informed decisions.





Student Leadership

  • Member, Finance Association
  • Member, Bay Area Marketing Association

Previous Degree

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Michelle Cochran MBA 12
Bay Area MBA Alumna

Previous Degree

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

The UC Davis MBA provided me with unequaled knowledge and experience. The small class sizes and case-study based approach encourage personal accountability and promote teamwork—both critical to my career in management.

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Abigayle Curtis
Senior Account Manager, Ideate Inc.
Sacramento, Calif.

Student Leadership

  • Founding President, Toastmasters International Club at Sacramento GSM

Previous Degree

B.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

As an aspiring entrepreneur, the UC Davis MBA program is the right place for me. I’ve taken advantage of the many opportunities to put my ideas into action, both in and out of the classroom. The encouragement, expertise and camaraderie of the community of faculty and fellow students enable me to exceed my goals.

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Brian Tyler
Operations Project Consultant Bank of America
Rancho Cordova, Calif.

One of the greatest benefits of the UC Davis MBA program is the opportunity to interact with students from diverse professional backgrounds—engineers, IT specialists, even veterinarians—who bring their own methods of problem solving to the table. The program also gives me access to internationally renowned faculty members who have real-world, practical field knowledge. I see the UC Davis MBA as a means to springboard my career.

Previous degree

B.S., Computer Science California State University, Sacramento

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Benjamin Fineberg MBA 05
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Method Products

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.

Previous Position

Finance Manager, The Clorox Co., Oakland, Calif.

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Chris Welsh MBA 05
Manager, Software Sales, IBM Corp.
San Francisco, Calif.

Previous Position

Infantry Officer, U.S. Marine Corps; rated among the top 10 percent of his peers

Previous Degree

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.

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Elena Chavez Carey MBA 10
Managerial Consultant, Quality and Operations Support, The Permanente Medical Group Inc.
Oakland, Calif.

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.

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Hilary Hoeber MBA 04
Senior Portfolio Lead, IDEO
San Francisco, Calif.

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.

Previous Position

Business Strategist, Scient, San Francisco, Calif., and London, U.K.

Previous Degree

B.A., International Relations, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.

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