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Business Partners

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is committed to helping companies address the complex management issues in today’s competitive global business environment. Our business partnerships offer a vital link between the School and the business community that brings extensive benefits to both parties.

As a Business Partner, your company joins many of the region’s top corporations in sharing a commitment to excellence in management education by supporting UC Davis’ nationally ranked business school. Our partners’ generous contributions reinforce our efforts to provide a superior business education to our students—the next generation of corporate managers and leaders.

Business Partner Benefits

Special Events–Networking Opportunities

Members are invited at no cost to distinguished speaker presentations and other Graduate School of Management events. These events have featured some of the most high-profiled leaders in the business community: Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente; Sandy Weill, former chairman/CEO, Citigroup; Marc Onetto, senior vice president, Worldwide Operations & Customer Service, Amazon; John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO, Whole Foods Market; Harold Schmitz, chief science officer, Mars, Incorporated; Rod Canion, co-founder, first president & CEO, Compaq Computer; and Amy Meyers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability, UC Davis Graduate School of Management. These events provide an opportunity to meet UC Davis MBA students and alumni and get to know other managers of major companies in the region. Partners are welcome to bring clients to these special educational programs.

Student Consulting Assistance

Companies often have projects that they need to tackle, but lack the staff resources to gather the data required for decision making. Partner companies may draw on a network of graduate business students who are eager to work on targeted research projects via internships or for course credit. Through these opportunities, students gain valuable experience analyzing real-world issues while Partner companies gather data they need and input from our faculty, without hiring permanent staff members.

Recruitment Opportunities

Business Partners have access to talented students and receive a complimentary copy of the School’s MBA Resumé Directory. Through the School’s resumé referral service, Business Partners can receive the resumés of all students who have expressed an interest in their industry. To help assess the employment market, each Partner receives a yearly MBA placement survey that reviews both career and internship salary statistics and other recruitment data.

Use of Bishop Ranch (San Ramon) Teaching Facilities

Partners have access to the School’s Bishop Ranch teaching facilities for daytime meetings. These state-of-the-art facilities contain varying size lecture rooms, conference rooms and the latest in AV technology. Frequency of use varies depending on your level of membership.

Special Recognition and Visibility

Your organization will be acknowledged on the Graduate School of Management’s website—and at Dean’s Distinguished Speaker events that you attend.

Keeping Current

Business Partners receive our monthly Dean Unnava’s Big 3 newsletter/video and the quarterly Research in Action newsletter that highlights faculty research and its impact in the business world. Parnters also receive our monthly alumni newsletter with the latest news and information from the School.

Affiliations with the Dean, Faculty and Administrators

We help member firms identify and contact faculty at the School and across the university who are researching topics of interest to our Business Partners. Through our network of world-class faculty, companies often find the right consultant to help them make the most of business opportunities.

Thank You

Through generous contributions, Business Partners make it possible for the School to provide a world-class experience for the next generation of corporate managers and leaders. We extend a special thank you to these corporate affiliates for their financial and in-kind support.


Managing Directors

($20,000 and above)


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