As co-founder and VP of merchandise for the Sacramento Republic FC soccer club, Stallings is helping to build a professional sports franchise with big plans to bring it to the national stage. He shares how his UC Davis MBA has helped him at every step of his career.
Giving back is at the top of Melinda Ornburg’s priority list. In her previous career studying to be a forensic anthropologist, Ornburg MBA 16 spent her working hours dissecting human skeletons during an internship at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, trying to piece together accidental and violent deaths.
Senior Manager, Ad Products, MySpace | San Francisco, Calif.
BA, IT Management, University of California, Berkeley | Berkeley,
The program offered the flexibility I needed to pursue an
MBA while maintaining a work/life balance. It challenged me to
develop my ability to think strategically—key to becoming a
better leader at Pandora
At the Graduate School of Management, I am immersed in an
amazing and diverse community. I learn directly from faculty
who are making significant contributions to the business world,
broadening my understanding of how different sectors are
evolving. I partner with fellow students whose varied
backgrounds provide me with valuable insights into a range of
UC Davis Leadership Fellow
B.A., Economics, California State University, East Bay
Director, Planning AnalysisSony Computer Entertainment of America Foster City, Calif.
My courses in decision science, statistics and finance have
enriched my skill set and helped me bring innovation to my
daily work. Due to my experience with business intelligence
implementations and my MBA studies, I was recently recruited to
an exciting leadership position at Sony Playstation. Now I’m
building a new team and leveraging my skills and experience to
bring the analytics I’ve learned in the classroom straight to
Since starting the Bay Area MBA program, I’m performing better
as a manager. I’ve definitely learned the value of teamwork.
I’m more aware of the ripple effect my management decisions
have on my colleagues, and I make faster, more well-informed
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.
Joanna Zelaya’s parents fled an imminent civil war in El Salvador
in the 1980s and settled in Los Angeles. They instilled in their
California-born daughter a respect for education and a fierce
“They pushed education so much,” says Zelaya, a second-year
student in the Bay Area MBA program. “They come from the camp of
‘Nobody is going to help you. You have to help yourself.’”
Jeff Ansley embarked on his planet-saving career in 1993 in East
Africa, where he installed remote photovoltaic systems and taught
residents how to install and service solar equipment. Today he is
president of Natron
Resources Inc., a Moraga, Calif.–based solar system
design and engineering company he founded while a student in the
Bay Area MBA program. Natron Resources is dedicated to making
solar energy economically feasible for its residential and
The UC Davis MBA is designed to develop the next generation of
business leaders. I’ve been given all the tools I need to
succeed, especially when it comes to the complex and ambiguous
challenges of the corporate world.
B.S. Management Information Systems, California Polytechnic State
University, San Luis Obispo
Founder and President, Bay Area MBA Finance Association
Member, Dean’s Student Advisory Council
Winner, Big Bang! Business Plan Competition
My UC Davis MBA has been an invaluable resource and experience
that’s opened up new and exciting career opportunities.
AT&T saw the investment that I had made in myself and in my
career and just recently promoted me. I manage a team of 120
employees and oversee seven of AT&T’s largest company-owned
retail stores in the country.
UPDATE: Andrew Barkett is leaving his post as
senior engineer at Facebook to bring his decade of experience in
Silicon Valley to become the first-ever chief technology officer
for the Republican National Committee.The June 4 announcement has
stirred a whirlwind of media coverage, including the
Huffington Post and
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has given me an
unprecedented opportunity to work with highly motivated
individuals. In my first year, I worked on more than a dozen
projects that ranged from ad hoc class exercises to the
seven-month Big Bang! Business Plan Competition.