Orientation 2015 Expert Speakers

Doy Charnsupharindr — Storytelling for Leadership

Wednesday, September 2

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersDoy Charnsupharindr is an executive coach and an instructor of graduate-level courses on developing leadership, communication, and coaching skills. As an executive coach and consultant, Doy draws upon his prior professional experiences in management, customer service, business strategy, operations, and product management. Today, he coaches and leads workshops for some of the largest corporations, nonprofits and governmental organizations worldwide.

Steve Dalton — The 2-Hour Job Search

Wednesday, September 2

medium_dalton_0.jpgSteve Dalton is author of The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, the former associate marketing manager at General Mills and a strategy consultant at A.T. Kearney. He will share practical tips, perspective and insights that you can use to build your career plan.

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Ben Finkelor – Team Building

Tuesday, September 8 (tentative)

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersBenjamin Finkelor currently serves as the Executive Director for the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC). In this role, he manages the general operations of the organization, including the establishment and on-going oversight of strategic research collaborations between key faculty, staff and students at UC Davis. He also works to maintain and grow relationships with supporting industry partners and communicate RD&D progress to program sponsors. More info on Ben here

Cleve Justis – Giving & Receiving Feedback 

Tuesday, September 8 (tentative) 

Cleve Justis is the executive director of the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Justis leads the institute’s strategic direction, program development, fundraising and relations with relevant academic programs at UC Davis as well as its growing network of partners.

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersJustis has taught and lectured at the Graduate School of Management—where he developed a course in social entrepreneurship that resulted in numerous successful student startups—as well as at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Georgetown University. More info on Cleve’s background here

Steve Lee — Research on Success

Thursday, September 3

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersSteve Lee will present on “Grit, the Growth Mindset and the Marshmallow Test”. He is the Graduate Diversity Officer for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related programs at UC Davis.

He previously trained and mentored graduate students at Northwestern University, where he served as an assistant director for a graduate professional development program. He has also served on the faculty of Roosevelt University and Wheaton College, and earned a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University.

Joyful Simpson – Improv Program

Various Dates/Times

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersJoyful Simpson is an actress, writer and creativity educator who combines improv theater, storytelling and mindfulness-training to create unique team building and leadership workshops for businesses and institutions.

She studied theater and dance at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and received her MFA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis.

Rikin Vasani — MBA Interview Prep

Wednesday, September 9 – Thursday, September 10

medium_rikin_1.pngRikin Vasani, speaker and coach with MBACASE (, began coaching after working at Bain & company for four years. Previous to that, he spent time at Deutsche Banc London, Morgan Stanley and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is extensively versed in the Crack the Case System, an innovative blend of concept, cases and videos, brought together in a book format. CTCS has over 150 videos that bring to life concepts through tips, interviewers asking questions and candidates explaining their work. These engaging materials challenge candidates to think quickly in an integrated way while working through strategic problems that include data and handouts.

Detailed agendas and recommended pre-reading here and here.

Cort Worthington – Negotiations

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Cort Worthington is on faculty at the Haas School of Business, teaching leadership, communication, and negotiation courses for MBA and Executive MBA students.  As a leadership consultant his organizational client list includes Kaiser, Oracle, Yahoo!, the US Army, Pixar, the US Olympic Team, Stanford University, and the government of Saudi Arabia.

Cort holds an MA in Communication from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University Business School, and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Erik Haarala

Communication & Culture Boot Camp Presenter
Wednesday, August 26 – Friday, August 28

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersAs a world traveler and lover of language, Erik Haarala is a passionate educator specializing in conversational English and American culture. His formal training includes a BA in Communications and an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Having lived, studied, and worked in several countries, Erik understands the risks and challenges that international students must navigate in order to overcome language and cultural barriers on their path to personal and professional growth.

Dan Beaudry – Power Ties

Communication & Culture Boot Camp Presenter
Friday, August 28

Image of Orientation 2015 Expert SpeakersAuthor of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. Dan Beaudry was most recently the Campus Recruiting Manager for Prior to joining Monster, Dan was the Associate Director of Corporate Recruiting for the Boston University School of Management where he developed the school’s “International Student Employment Series”.

Over the past ten years, Dan has been on all sides of recruiting: from hiring manager to candidate counselor to third-party recruiter. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, an MA in International Relations from Boston University, and language certifications from La Sorbonne in Paris.


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UC Davis Part-Time MBA Ranked in Nation’s Top 9%
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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.

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