Applying for the 2017 UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program (LFP)
For Part-Time MBA students


The UC Davis Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 2017 Leadership Fellows Program for our part-time MBA students. This program is intended to help students understand leadership, build self-awareness and strengthen leadership capabilities. It complements the UC Davis MBA core curriculum and continues the School’s mission to prepare innovative leaders for global impact. This training series gives students additional tools to boost both leadership skills and professional achievement.


Qualified students who are interested in the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) will go through a selection process. The accepted cohort will consist of students from the Bay Area and Sacramento programs. To qualify, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled in either the Bay Area or Sacramento MBA program.
  • In good academic standing.

This includes students who may complete their degree during the course of the Leadership Fellows Program.

Program Commitment

LFP Program Outline: Dates and Expectations

Students chosen for this program will complete a 360° assessment, develop a personal Leadership Development Plan, and attend at minimum four workshops. The 360° assessment will consist of a self-assessment, as well as ratings from eight to 12 raters selected by the student.

Participating students will:

  • Attend the program kickoff workshop: Introduction to the UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program.
  • Complete a 360° assessment: Students and eight to 12 professional colleagues complete a confidential survey that rates your skill level on the 23 leadership competencies of the UC Davis MBA Leadership Competency Model.
  • Attend the 360° Assessment Results and Leadership Development Planning Workshop. In this session, the results of the assessment will be distributed and discussed, and participants will begin to draft a personal Leadership Development Plan.
  • Create a Leadership Development Plan using the template distributed in the 360° Assessment Results and Leadership Development Planning Workshop.
  • Be given the opportunity to participate in the UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Mentoring Program – Learn more >
  • Attend two, three or all four of the remaining workshops related to each competency section of the UC Davis MBA Leadership Competency Model. The workshops have been scheduled so they don’t conflict with any currently scheduled courses.

Application Details

Applications are due Wednesday, December 14, 2016, and include:

  • A current résumé.
  • A list of previous and current leadership activities.
  • An essay describing:
    • What leadership means to you and why you want to join the program.
    • What you hope to gain in your role as a Leadership Fellow.

Please submit materials to

Important Dates

  • Submit Application: Wednesday, December 14
  • Receive Program Decision: Monday, December 19
  • Commit to Program: Wednesday, January 4
  • Attend Introduction to the UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program: Sunday, January 15, 5 - 8 p.m. (Gallagher Hall, Davis – dinner will be served from 5 - 6 p.m.)
  • Submit List of 360° Raters:  Wednesday, January 18
  • Complete 360° Ratings: Monday, February 6
  • Attend 360° Assessment Results and Leadership Development Planning Workshop: Sunday, February 26, 5 - 8 p.m. (San Ramon – dinner will be served from 5 - 6 p.m.)
  • Submit Leadership Development Plan: Friday, April 14
  • Additional program workshop dates, March – November of 2017


What is the Program Commitment?
During the program, fellows will complete a 360° assessment, create a personal Leadership Development Plan and attend four to six targeted workshops.

Can I still apply if I graduate before the program ends?
Yes, as long as you were enrolled for at least one quarter in the year you apply, you are eligible to participate.

Do I have to attend all workshops?
You must attend the first two workshops. Of the remaining four, you must attend two workshops focused on the four sections of the UC Davis MBA Leadership Competency Model. If you choose, you may attend all four of the remaining workshops, bringing your total workshop attendance to six.

How soon will I find out if I was accepted into the program?
We will notify all applicants by December 19, 2016.

Once notified of acceptance, what next steps must I take?
You will need to complete the program commitment form and turn it into your program manger by Wednesday, January 4, 2017. You then need to attend Workshops 1 and 2, and choose which of the remaining workshops you will to attend.

LFP Commitment Form

Where will the workshops be held?
Workshops will be held on the following afternoons:

Workshop 1 (Required): Introduction to the UC Davis MBA Leadership Fellows Program (LFP)
Sunday, January 15, from 5 - 8 p.m.
Gallagher Hall, Davis

Workshop 2 (Required): 360° Assessment Results and Leadership Development Planning
Sunday, February 26, from 5 - 8 p.m.
San Ramon

Workshop 3: Self Competencies Workshop
Sunday, April 2, from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Gallagher Hall, Davis

Workshop 4: People Competencies Workshop
Sunday, May 21, from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
San Ramon

Workshop 5: Thought Competencies Workshop
Sunday, July 23, from 4 - 6:30 p.m.

Workshop 6: Results Competencies Workshop
Sunday, November 5, from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Gallagher Hall, Davis

Workshop 6 will be followed by the program certificate ceremony in Gallagher Hall from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Can anyone enrolled in the MBA program attend the workshops?
No, the workshops are only open to those who have been accepted into the LFP.

Can I earn academic credit by participating in the LFP?
No, the workshops will not count toward your graduation requirements.

What happens if I miss a workshop?
You will not be able to continue the program if you do not attend all required sessions.

Can I participate more than one year?
No, the program is not designed for participation more than once.

If I am not accepted the first year, can I try again the following year?
Candidates who are not selected in their first year can reapply.

Who do I send my application materials to?
Please submit application materials to

Do I have to pay for the program?
No, this program is funded in part by program course fees and support from the Part-Time MBA Program Endowment.

Please direct further questions to your Program Manager:

Frances Lessman
Sacramento MBA Program Manager
(916) 734-3938

Eva Zhang
Bay Area MBA Program Manager
(925) 543-8075