Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars, Incorporated
"On a Mission From Mars: The Business of Chocolate"
Harold Schmitz, Chief Science Officer, Mars, Incorporated speaks on “The Business of Chocolate”
For more than four decades, UC Davis and Mars have partnered on innovative research in food, agriculture, and health. A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been Chief Science Officer since 2005. He leads the strategic development, alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary internal and scientific research programs.
Dean’s Distinguished Speaker: John Mackey Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market speaks about Conscious Capitalism and Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 team members worldwide.
Dean’s Distinguished Speaker – Sandy Weill, Former Chairman/CEO, Citigroup discusses “The Financial Future of Our Country”
An internationally renowned banker, financial industry leader and philanthropist with more than five decades of experience, Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. Founded 200 years ago, Citigroup is currently the third largest bank holding company in the United States by assets and has the world’s largest financial services network.
Professor Brad Barber, an internationally recognized expert in investor behavior, talks about the success students find with a UC Davis MBA. He says, “What I’ve been most proud of is probably the way in which our students navigate those career objectives after leaving UC Davis. I think they’re infused with a sense of community, cooperation and teamwork which makes our graduates attractive to potential employees and also as managers.”
Professor Kimberly Elsbach studies how people see each other as well as their organizations as a whole. She shares the advantages of studying at a nationally ranked business school within a world-class research university. She says, “I hope that my students learn as much from each other as they do from me. I try and create an environment where we can have a discussion about a topic and really explore the underlying questions about why.”
Professor Andrew Hargadon researches and teaches on innovation and entrepreneurship. He describes how he draws from theory and experience to help students figure out how to be successful. “Our MBAs get first-hand glimpses into some of the cutting-edge research happening, and the challenge of trying to figure out the best way to move those ideas out of the laboratory and into the market.”
Professor Prasad Naik discusses how research and teaching complement each other, where students benefit from his research and he benefits from their ideas, input and feedback. “What I teach I bring it back into my research; what I research I bring it back into the classroom. Research and teaching are two sides of the same coin.”
One of the longest serving faculty members, Professor Paul Griffin has been at the Graduate School of Management since 1981. He talks about teaching at the School, the student experience and how it translates to the business world. “Business is not about individual cultures and all that. It’s about economic growth and prosperity. That’s what we’re here for: to learn about that and understand how to make the world a better place.”
Rick Ridgeway oversees Patagonia’s environmental grant making, environmental education and environmental projects including Freedom to Roam, a campaign to preserve wildlife corridors across North America.
Dean’s Fall Welcome Lunch
Building Momentum and Mindshare at 2011's Fastest-Rising U.S. Business School
In just three decades, the Graduate School of Management has soared to national and international prominence. This year during the Dean’s Fall Welcome Lunch, Dean Steven C. Currall welcomed new students and highlighted the School’s strategic plan and a new branding initiative in his talk: “Building Momentum and Mindshare at 2011’s Fastest-Rising U.S. Business School.” Click here to view the video from event.
Comcast Newsmaker’s interview with Linda Oubre, executive director of Bay Area business development for the Graduate School of Management. She highlights our jump in the U.S.News & World Report rankings, the value of an MBA and details about our programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and the UC Davis campus.
The GSM recently had the opportunity to partner up with Brocade on a specially tailored three-month project for Brocade’s treasury group. Students were tasked with developing a new theoretical methodology to explore prioritization and risk mitigation investment. See the video for a look at the full experience.
Dean Steven Currall Introduces Our New IMPACT MBA Curriculum
Further Integrates Globalization, Responsible Business Ethics and Sustainability
(Davis, CA) — Dean Steven C. Currall introduces our internationally ranked MBA program’s new, innovative curriculum that further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability.
Anchored by a two-part capstone course, Integrated Management Project and Articulation and Critical Thinking (IMPACT), the curriculum renewal—the most fundamental in the School’s history—is designed to better prepare graduates with the real-world practice, analytical and technical skills and leadership training needed to succeed in the business world of today and tomorrow.
Dean Currall discusses the Graduate School of Management’s dedication to establishing a diverse faculty (No. 1 in the world in female faculty) and the impact this has on the learning environment.
Dean Steven Currall discusses the broader reaches of diversity in the workplace and the often overlooked benefits that a diverse team brings to companies.
Steven C. Currall, dean of the UC Davis School of Management, moderates a panel of thought leaders on the commercialization of clean technology at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit 3 at UC Davis.
Steven Currall, the Dean of the Business School at UC Davis talks to Sarah Backhouse of Hub Culture at the Governor’s Global Cilmate Summit in Davis. He has been key to the organization and coordination of the GGSC3.
During The Campaign for UC Davis, the Graduate School of Management has a historic opportunity to build on its solid foundation of excellence in scholarship, research and academics. The School has set an ambitious goal of $25 million. We have made significant progress toward our goal, thanks to many of you. Yet, there is much more to do. We have bold aspirations for the School, and ask you to be bold as you think about your personal support and how you can make an impact.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, along with Dean Steven Currall and Dr. Charles Gossett, introduces “Mayor’s Fellows” from the UC Davis School of Management and Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Former CIA director turned-clean tech venture capitalist R. James Woolsey argues that U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil ranks “very high” as a national security concern.