UC Davis GSM Launching Executive Education Programs Led by Wendy Beecham

Dear GSM Community,

Spring is upon us, bringing beautiful, sunny weather and a season of continual renewal here at the Graduate School of Management. I wish to take this opportunity to let you know about one of our exciting new initiatives to extend our outreach and engage the business community.

Strengthening and building new educational partnerships with our corporate sponsors is a critical component of our mission of teaching, research and service.

Today’s global business environment is more competitive than ever before. Decision makers must stay on the cutting-edge of management best practices and keep their leadership skills sharp to gain sustainable advantages for their company.

With this in mind, we have plans to a develop high-quality and highly visible executive education programs designed to have a lasting influence on participants and their organizations—results-focused experiences that they bring back to work prepared to make an impact.

Our portfolio will include both customized and open enrollment non-degree executive education programs taught by our internationally renowned faculty. We will take full advantage of our teaching locations in Davis, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, and draw on our recent success with custom programs for firms such as Genentech and on the overwhelming response to our UC Davis Wine Executive Program over the past decade.

I am thrilled to announce that a seasoned executive and proven leader has joined our team to grow these programs: Wendy Beecham starts today, Monday, May 9, as our new managing director of executive education, joining our senior leadership team.

Wendy is already very familiar with the Graduate School of Management. From 2007 until earlier this year, she served as CEO of Watermark (formerly FWE&E, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives), an organization of experienced women leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several of our faculty, staff and I have worked closely with Wendy during her time at Watermark/FWE&E, which has partnered with the School on the publication of our annual “UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders.” Wendy led a complete transformation and re-branding of Watermark, including new programs to support and prepare women seeking top executive positions and board seats.

To her new role at the GSM, Wendy brings more than 25 years of corporate leadership experience and an extensive personal and professional network of business professionals across Northern California. Wendy spent the majority of her career in publishing, holding a variety of senior leadership roles, including senior vice president of a division at LexisNexis Group and managing director of London-based Sweet & Maxwell Group, a legal division of the Thomson Corporation. Before joining Watermark, she was president and founder of Flawless Leadership, a boutique consulting firm that coached C-level business leaders on executive performance. In addition, she was chair for two CEO peer groups with Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO membership organization.

I see this as a wonderful opportunity for Wendy to bring her expertise and energy to the GSM to further strengthen our visibility in non-degree executive education.

She will build on our corporate connections and establish new relationships with business leaders, working closely with them to assess their needs and tailor effective learning opportunities to expand their capabilities, challenge their thinking and drive company success.

I encourage you to share with her your ideas and programs that would add value and benefit your company or your career.

Please join me in welcoming Wendy to our community.

Best regards,

Steven C. Currall
Dean and Professor of Management