Publication

September 2011 Alumni @ccelerator

In This Issue:

  • Alumni Spotlight: Claire Kurmel ’04 Enjoys Great ROI on Her MBA
  • Reconnect with the GSM : Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved
  • Professor Bhargava Named Suran Chair in Technology Management
  • Meet and Greet by the Bay
  • Mark Otero ‘07 to Speak at UC Davis Convocation
  • Building Momentum and Mindshare: Dean’s Fall Welcome Luncheon
  • Anne Gates, EVP and CFO, Disney Consumer Products | Dean’s Distinguished Speaker
  • Business Professionals Networking Group Lunch with Dan Kennedy on “Critical Thin

    king”

  • Feeling Lucky? Try Your Hand at Casino Royale

Profile

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.

Spotlight Story

Hemant Bhargava named the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management

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Dean Steven C. Currall of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce that Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Computer Science Hemant Bhargava has been named the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management

Spotlight Story

Mark Otero MBA 07 Builds Sacramento’s Coolest Company
The secret of social gaming mogul Mark Otero’s success is taking things to the extreme

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The secret of Midtown Sacramento’s Facebook gaming mogul Mark Otero’s success is taking things to the extreme.

Innovator Article

Collective Creativity Brings Disney’s Magic Alive

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Distinguished Speaker • by Tim Akin

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”

—Walt Disney

Behind the Disney magic that has inspired a sense of awe and imagination in young and old for several generations is a rich legacy of quality creative content, exceptional storytelling and a spirit of innovation. Today, The Walt Disney Company is the world’s leading international family entertainment and media enterprise, with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.

Staff Profile

Chris Dito
Senior Director, Career Development

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A passionate career development professional specializing in employer outreach and student collaboration with industry, Chris works with our 100 full-time students and 400+ part-time MBA students in our San Ramon and Sacramento campuses. Chris provides career counseling and coaching to MBA and MPAc students with the goal to secure full-time and internship placement.

She attends national MBA Conferences, NACE/MPACE Conferences, ALFPA, CES, BSR.org and SXSW Conferences. Help students maximize their career potential with continual networking and coaching.

Gallagher Hall Room 1101
Ph: (530) 752-8826
F: (530) 754-9355

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News Release

UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
Fourth Consecutive Year among U.S News & World Report's Premier Programs

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.

At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.

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UC Davis Full-Time MBA Ranked among Nation’s Premier Programs for 20th Consecutive Year
MBA Programs among Top 10% in U.S.
Record Salary and Bonus

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(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.

U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.

Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:

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.

Spotlight Story

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.

Spotlight Story

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.