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, Calif.
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 industries.
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 the workplace.
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 decisions.
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 ambition.
“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 business clients.
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.
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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.