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Alumni Spotlight: Anna Shen MSBA 18

MSBA alumna Anna Shen, now a data science lead at Square, shares about being a collaborative leader, and the challenge of leading in a fast pace environment.


Student Spotlight: Dominic Piombo MPAc 21

UC Davis MPAc student Dominic Piombo shares his journey through UC Davis as a double-Aggie, which professor has stood out the most, and his advice to prospective students and the community.

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Student Stories: From X'ian, China to Corporate Finance at Google

After completing her MBA at UC Davis, Betty Yao started her journey in Silicon Valley by joining a startup called Pillow, which she shares in this blog from Interstride. See how her career at Pillow, which was later acquired by Expedia, transitioned

Maxine Li and Michael Chen join other MSBA students at a mixer

5 Job Search Tips from MSBA Alumni at Amazon and REEF

When you don’t have an edge, rely on your network

New MSBA student Chanel Diggs quizzes alumni about building analytic skills and tapping the network to land sought-after roles in tech.

Chanel Diggs MSBA 21 graduation photo from Howard
New MSBA student Chanel Diggs graduated from Howard University in 2015.

As a senior at Howard University, I wasn’t sure if graduate school was in my future. Then I had an


Alumni Spotlight: Jane You MBA 14

Group Product Manager, Dropbox

What does being a collaborative leader mean to you?

Being a collaborative leader for me means curating a team culture with openness and common goals, in which everybody can feel free to contribute and do their best work.

How do you collaborate


Accounting Pivot: “There’s Always Time to Change the Road You’re On.”

Catapulting my accounting career

MPAc alum Jared Slesnick recounts his “wild ride” career journey from a small business to BDO to Atlassian.

In 2014, sitting in my office as the corporate controller for a small stationery distributor in San Francisco, I asked myself: What’s


Alumni Spotlight: Bryan Shepherd MBA 11

Division Controller, Agilent Technologies

"Being a collaborative leader starts with being respectful, polite and actively listening to your team and those around you." 

Alumnus Bryan Shepherd MBA 11, a division controller at Agilent Technologies with experience leading


UC Davis MBA + Metro EDGE Accelerated My Career

EDGErs: Capital Region’s young, diverse movers and shakers

Double Aggie and Sacramento MBA grad Andrea Ellinghouse shares how the upcoming Emerge Summit can be a career game-changer.

Andrea Ellinghouse tosses graduation cap
Andrea Ellinghouse tosses her cap in the air following her first UC Davis graduation in 2011.

When I graduated from UC Davis with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communication, I had a feeling that I

Rani Chu

Alumni Spotlight: Rani Chu MBA 11

Project Manager, LAM Research

A project manager at Lam Research, alumna Rani Chu MBA 11 shares how collaborative leadership helps her meet the challenges of a fast-paced Silicon Valley environment and the highlights of her career in the semi-conductor industry.

What does

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Four C’s of MSBA: Curriculum, Collaboration, Connections and Cases

New alumna shares advice from her student experience

MSBA alumna Jacqueleine Ngo shares about the program, her internship and new career at Unity.

After 12 months of juggling an internship, coursework and her team practicum project, Jacqueleine Ngo graduated with the largest class ever of the


Parents, Here’s Why You Should Consider an MBA

“Even when family life feels overwhelming, I’ve enjoyed my time at the UC Davis GSM”

As a full-time professional and parent of three young kids, Wesley Chua shares why he took the leap to start the Bay Area Part-Time MBA.

When my wife and I had our son in 2012, our lives changed in ways we couldn’t imagine. Two years later


Alums from Google, Facebook, Amazon, PayPal Share Tips for Success

MSBA students gain insights into analytics careers at top tech firms

MSBA alumni from top tech companies shared advice with incoming students: Hone your technical skills, master soft skills and ace the client practicum.

What’s it like as a data analyst at Google, Facebook, Amazon and PayPal? At a virtual event


Student Spotlight: Yuan Cheng

Full-Time MBA

Yuan Cheng shares his MBA story about the power of collaborative leadership and his entrepreneurial spirit to take on his own business in the food and ag sector.

Why the UC Davis Graduate School of Management?

I was specifically

Manik and Shalini at Intel

The Value of an MBA for Working Professionals

Part-time programs offer many benefits to seasoned professionals

With nearly 20 years in the tech sector, Bay Area MBA student Manik Chandrasekhar says he made the right decision to invest in an MBA.

I’ve worked in the engineering domain for 15 years, most recently as a sales account manager at Intel’s

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Former Aggie Hurdler on New MBA Career Track

“The Career Development team were super responsive and critical to my success”

After landing a new role at Sandia National Laboratories, Bay Area MBA student Suzanne Howard shares the many ways UC Davis helped accelerate her career.

A former standout for the UC Davis women’s track and field team, MBA candidate Suzanne


Student Spotlight: Prayas Tiwari

Full-Time MBA

UC Davis MBA student Prayas Tiwari shares his story as a student leader, his thoughts on the power of collaborative leadership, and his advice to prospective students and the community.

Why the UC Davis Graduate School of Management?


Keeping CPUs Cool, Intel Turns to UC Davis MBA Team

Partnering with tech giant on virtual consulting project

Adapting on the fly to an all-virtual MBA consulting project brought new challenges for a team working with client Intel.

Ironically, the same high-tech networking solutions powered by computer-based web platforms made it possible for our MBA


Tim Stallings MBA 98

Tim Stallings MBA 98, co-founder and vice president of merchandise for the Sacramento Republic FC soccer club, shares his experience helping to build a professional sports franchise with big plans to bring it to the national stage — and how his UC


Student Spotlight: Ana Parra Vera MSBA 20

Master of Science in Business Analytics

M.S. in Business Analytics student Ana Parra Vera shares her experience as a student leader in the San Francisco program, and her virtual "Zoom"ba for her classmates to keep fit.

Why the UC Davis MSBA program in San Francisco?

The parts of


GSM Alumni Association Honors Shyama Chakroborty MBA 96

2019-2020 Distinguished Achievement Award

A true "Rocket Man" recognized for his impact and leadership in the commercial space exploration business, Shyama Chakroborty MBA 96 has been honored with the GSM Alumni Association's 2019-2020 Distinguished Achievement Award.