Aimee Whaley Does Well by Doing Good at Agilent
Aimee Whaley MBA 01 began her career at Agilent Technologies 13 years ago, as a summer intern while an MBA student. Since then, she’s had the opportunity to manage a number of different teams and programs, including Agilent’s Corporate Social Responsibility Report and efforts to improve the global environmental-friendliness of the company’s products. She’s enjoyed growth as well as responsibility, rising from project associate positions to manager of worldwide teams, and today is Agilent’s program manager for Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
What are you passionate about in your work?
My work, my teams and Agilent products make a difference in world in terms of social and environmental improvements. And, I am always doing something different in my job. On any given day I might be working on diverse projects related to finance, quality, manufacturing or supply chain.
Where is your career headed?
Who knows? My plan is to keep doing what I am doing to simultaneously make the world a better place and have a successful career. Agilent is a great place to work with great people, so I would have a hard time leaving. But it is always fun to look at the world of opportunities.
How has your UC Davis MBA experience helped shape your success?
My MBA experience was a turning point in my career. Thanks to the Graduate School of Management, I was able to take my engineering background and add management, organizational strategy and finance knowledge to find solutions for technical problems that could be used and communicated at a strategic business level. One of the most important takeaways from my MBA experience was that you have to be able to communicate the business and financial impacts and benefits of any project you’re working on—whether it be a new product introduction or an plan to install solar panels on a manufacturing facility.
What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
My job has included travel all over the world and I’ve met co-workers from an immense variety of backgrounds. Whether in Malaysia, China, Italy or Germany, I’ve been able to not only experience local customs, festivals and traditions but also to see what a ‘normal’ business office looks like and what is being served in for lunch in the local cafeteria. Those experiences come into play every day as I talk with co-workers, raise my kids and engage in the community.
Your favorite GSM memory?
My whole GSM experience was fabulous, but one highlight was going to the first Net Impact conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., then leading a group of fellow students to the same conference at Thunderbird the next year. It was so powerful to hear global business leaders talk about what we could do to influence the way business is done. That said, BBQ-ing with classmates, biking to the Davis pubs and playing on GSM softball teams are some of the little things that stand out when I think of what makes the School such a special place—and its students such a unique group.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I am one of the lucky ones who married to a fellow GSM alum, Nate Whaley. We have two little girls (ages two and four) and love biking, hiking, skiing and camping all around Northern California. It is nice to have shared the GSM experience, and it has probably helped us keep up our friendships with so many of our classmates.
How do you support and participate in the GSM now?
We love being a part of the UC Davis community. I am usually in Davis a couple times a month for a GSM event, UC Davis football game, to see friends, etc. Believe it or not, our family has been to every Picnic Day and GSM Pancake Breakfast for the last 10 years. We try to give financially to the GSM and UC Davis as well. When possible, we focus those gifts on causes near to our hearts, including a memorial fund for a classmate, or to support student groups we participated in when we were at the School.