At the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, our mission is to prepare our business students to become innovative leaders for global impact. Our business school community is built on a foundation of excellence and diversity.
The Princeton Review has recognized the UC Davis MBA program as No. 6 in the U.S. for offering the “greatest opportunity for women.” As our MBA students learn, grow and move ahead in their careers, they are terrific resources for companies headquartered in California and beyond.
“The ‘lean in” movement has highlighted the need to encourage and assist more women to take a seat at the table. Careful and ongoing monitoring of firms’ and women’s progress can help sustain this momentum. Advocacy groups can provide women with the skills and connections they need to be prepared for leadership roles. The real challenge is pushing companies harder to open the doors of their boardrooms and executive suites to let more women in.”
—Dean Ann Huff Stevens
We celebrate our outstanding female students and faculty, along with the alumnae who have taken a spirit of excellence to make their mark in the world of business.
High Percentage of Female Faculty
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management continues to have one of the the highest percentage of women faculty—39 percent—among the top 100 business schools in the world, according to The Financial Times Global MBA survey.
Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.”
The Individual & Group Dynamics
Negotiation in Organizations
Business Policy and Strategy
Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
Globally visible expert in organizational behavior
Professor Kimberly Elsbach focuses her research on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity. She also teaches and studies negotiation skills in competitive business environments. Her research provides a framework for communicating with shareholders, customers and employees in the immediacy of a reputation crisis and through long-term recovery. In a recent paper published in the Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Journal, Elsbach showed how Hollywood movie and television producers judge the creativity of people pitching story ideas.
Sue Miller-Sylvia has 25 years of experience in consulting, information systems design, development and implementation with organizations in the education, government, finance, media and entertainment, aerospace, insurance, retail and travel and transportation industries.
Aug 23, 2012Human Resources Advisor, Chevron Corp.
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
The UC Davis MBA provided me with unequaled knowledge and experience. The small class sizes and case-study based approach encourage personal accountability and promote teamwork—both critical to my career in management.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.