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 women leaders and equip them with the tools to succeed through professional, educational, and social activities.

Women in Leadership will achieve this goal by:

  • Developing leadership competencies and creating leadership opportunities for women
  • Cultivating a spirit of collaboration and sharing success
  • Organizing events aimed at mentoring & networking
  • Striving to challenge the status quo
  • Gaining insight into and educating GSM women on professional challenges faced
  • Organizing discussions to help GSM women reflect on their own goals and status as they strive to move higher in their organizations

Board Fellowship Program

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.  

Current Partner Organization
  1. Puentes, Stockton
  2. Watermark, San Francisco
  3. Yolo Arts, Woodland
  4. Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO) , Sacramento
Past Partner Organizations
  1. Eskaton, Sacramento         
  2. Passive House California, San Francisco 
  3. Valley Vision, Sacramento
  4. WEAVE, Sacramento
  5. Women's Empowerment, Sacramento
Program Update

This program is open to all UC Davis MBA students, regardless of gender identity, but was launched by the Women in Leadership Club in 2015.

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.

Reach out to WiL Co-President Molly Scott at mjoscott@ucdavis.edu for the application instructions. Applications are due May 15 and will be sent to partner organizations within the following week. 

Meet Our Board

Shreyanshi Khanna
Shreyanshi Khanna
Co-President

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Molly Spencer
Molly Spencer
Co-President

Molly is a 2023 MBA candidate pursuing the degree as a catalyst for both personal and professional growth to achieve goals of working in hospital operations and eventually senior leadership. With a passion for diversity and growth, she is excited to be co-leading the Women in Leadership club at Davis. Over the next year, WiL will coordinate with other chapters across the GSM programs to host monthly meetings and quarterly events all which celebrate and further equip members for the evolving workplace.

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Satinder Bhatti
Satinder Bhatti
Vice President - Internal

Satinder Bhatti is a Class of 2023 MBA candidate with a degree in business technology management. She has five years of experience in investment banking data management and looking to expand within the same industry. Her focus is to use data to make more profound business decision-making. She is an advocate for women's rights and equality in the workplace.

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Teagan Towhey
Vice President - External

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Abhinav Kishore
Abhinav Kishore
Diversity Officer

Abhinav Kishore is a 2023 MBA candidate focused on Product Management. He is an engineer, a Senior Data Science Consultant, an entrepreneur, and a social activist, who has been working actively for over eight years across these domains. He has global experience of working in the Asia Pacific and Europe regions. He has experience in organizing national-level events and conducting workshops. In his free time, he engages in social development activities through his trust Motive8.

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Mandy Leiter
Mandy Leiter
Director of Communications

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Lucas Haskins
Lucas Haskins
Director of Finance

Lucas Haskins is a Full-Time MBA candidate and second generation food scientist. He graduated from Texas A&M University and has experience in operations management with the premier flour milling company Ardent Mills. Haskins is passionate about identifying and investing in food and ag tech companies who develop innovative solutions to the greatest problems of our generation. He is currently working as a finance and strategy consultant for a local startup looking to develop a premium tomato variety. He is also a market research analyst for the Barnstorm Foundry and is excited to be publishing a series of white papers on investment opportunities in the food and ag space. His long-term goal is to join a venture capital firm where he can vet and support entrepreneurs and establish long term relationships. In his free time Lucas likes to snowboard, draw, and listen to country/folk music.

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