Women in Leadership (WiL)

Women in Leadership (WiL) is an independent student club operated through the Associated Students of Management (ASM) at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Our Mission 

The goal of Women in Leadership is to convene, connect, support, and develop GSM’s future gender-inclusive leaders and equip them with the tools to succeed through professional, educational, and social activities.

Women in Leadership will achieve this goal by:

  • Cultivating collaborative leadership and collective success through interactive meetings.
  • Engaging students in contemporary managerial practices that impact women and non-conforming gender behaviors based on factual evidence.
  • Creating a safe space for students to vocalize their thoughts while acknowledging comfortability levels.
  • Providing rewardable leadership opportunities.
  • Acquiring strategies that advocate for gender-inclusive workplaces.
  • Encouraging students to have a growth mindset.

Board Fellowship

The UCD GSM Board Fellowship Program places students on the boards of partner nonprofit organizations as non-voting or adjunct members. The program expands the pipeline of qualified and experienced MBA students for future roles in business leadership. It also allows students to contribute their skills and time to help solve business challenges faced by partner organizations.  

This is a one-year commitment with an obligation of about 10 hours per month or less. You are expected to attend monthly board meetings and may be assigned to work on a project or business issue faced by the partner organization.

Current Partner Organization
  • Woodland Opera House
  • YoloArts
  • Davis Foundation Schools  
  • DDSO
  • Eskaton


Aashi Mehrotra 

Dr. Aashi Mehrotra 

Dr. Aashi Mehrotra is an MBA student specializing in marketing and strategy, currently in the Biotech Industry Immersion. Her journey from a trained pathologist to a product manager in a healthcare startup showcases her commitment to innovation and growth. Besides working as a director of career services and an MBA Ambassador, she also serves as the president of the Women in Leadership club. Mehrotra is dedicated to fostering inclusive environments, promoting diversity, and empowering women in leadership roles. She leverages her diverse experiences to guide her peers towards impactful and fulfilling career opportunities, championing equity and inclusion in every aspect of her work.

Keerthana Subrahmanya Hegde

Keerthana Subrahmanya Hegde

Hegde is a seasoned M&A Professional and STEM MBA Candidate with a rich background in finance, strategy and accounting. With extensive experience in conducting due diligence, analyzing financial models, and refining competitive landscapes, Hegde is passionate about leveraging her expertise to fortify profits and provide valuable insights to support strategic decision-making. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in the arts and exploration. She intertwines her passion for dancing and painting with her work, recognizing the parallels between the discipline and expression required in her profession and the freedom of artistic expression. Having worked at Deloitte for over four years and being a participant in the Women's Excellence Program, Hegde is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and diversity within the industry while empowering women to excel in their careers. Additionally, her love for traveling complements her role by fostering adaptability, cultural awareness, and a global perspective, enriching her ability to navigate diverse business landscapes and identify emerging opportunities.