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Claire Kurmel MBA 04
MBA Program Alumna

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The Graduate School of Management was instrumental in my successful career transition from a marketing manager at an e-commerce company to the international financial services industry. Today, I manage institutional marketing efforts in the U.S. and Canada for BlackRock—a $3 trillion global asset management firm.

Student Leadership and Awards

  • Chair, Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
  • Robert H. Smiley Award for Outstanding Leadership

Previous Degree

B.A., Visual Communications, California State University, Chico

Fast Facts

  • Offers current UC Davis MBA students valuable internship and career advice.
  • Outdoor enthusiast—especially sailing and hiking.
  • Beginning guitar player.
  • Describes BlackRock colleagues as “nice and smart with fire in the belly.”

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News Release

UC Davis Graduate School of Management partners with Lawrence Livermore and Sandia National Labs to drive technologies from lab to market

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(Davis, Calif.) – With a joint goal of speeding the transfer of new technologies from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories have announced a new partnership for researchers to develop their entrepreneurial skills.

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Vickie Sherman MBA 13 Finds Her Passion, Her Career—and Herself

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What opportunities, decisions, events have shaped your professional life?

My career path has been a climb across a jungle gym rather than a tangent up a corporate ladder. As a child, I used to thumb through the three-inch JCPenney catalogue, picking out the professional women who I would grow to be. I wanted to rule the world from a corner office in a suit and heels. I wanted to shed my humble origins and become Corporate Barbie.

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MBA Student Consultants Make an IMPACT
Projects Put Business Needs Front and Center

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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.

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UC Davis Part-Time MBA in Top 8%, Full-Time MBA in Top 9%
U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings: This marks the 19th consecutive year our MBA program has been ranked among the best in the nation.

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.