“I found my stride and voice as a leader . . . and what makes UC Davis different is definitely the community. From the day you walk in the door every one knows your name and you know everybody,” says Full-Time MBA student Kelly Gillett. Kelly is the recipient of the 2018 Newberry Distinguished Fellowship for her leadership potential.
Todd Brockman MBA 93 has been honored with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s 2018 Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award. He spoke about his MBA experience at the awards cermony at our Peer-to-Pier event in San Francisco on Feb. 21. Brockman is a Senior Vice President of Issuer Processing and Enablement at Visa Inc., leading the world’s largest Visa debit processing business – Visa DPS, and Enhanced Visa Services including Visa Campaign Solutions and Digital Mobile App services for banks, credit unions and partners.
A team of UC Davis Master of Science in Business Analytics students is immersed in a 12-month client project at the San Francisco headquarters of Charles Schwab, one of the nation’s largest brokerage firms. The project, part of the program curriculum, involves building an interactive data analytics dashboard for Schwab’s Retail Analytics group.
Joncarlo Mark MBA 00 has been honored with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s 2018 Alumni Association Outstanding Service Award. He spoke about his MBA experience at the awards ceremony at our Peer-to-Pier event in San Francisco on Feb. 21.
Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Students in our Master of Science in Business Analytics program in San Francisco team up on 12-month client projects, including Charles Schwab. 2) We’re celebrating 14th year of our unique Business Development Fellows program bringing UC Davis researchers into courses side-by-side with MBA students to build lab to market paths 3) These scientist/MBA teams go on to enter our annual Big Bang! Business Competition, a year-long entrepreneurship program with mentorship, networking and workshop for early stage ventures. A record $100,000 in prize money is at stake this year.
CFO for Technology Industry Immersion introduces to students to the tools and expertise required of a technology company chief financial officer. Students will learn about capital budgeting, managing funding for growth, managing business portfolio, M&As and going public. Featured speakers include David Cole, Vice President, Finance Operations, Intuit and alumnus Brian Moriarty, BA 85, Chief Financial Officer, twoXAR, Inc. Professor Ayako Ysuda leads the course.
Week three of our Industry Immersions features top executives from biotech, energy, food and ag and tech finance. UC Davis MBA share the value of collaborating with graduate students from across the campus to solve live case studies.
Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Our Industry Immersions are bringing together MBAs and campus researchers to solve executives’ live case studies. 2) Twenty UC Davis MBA students met Warren Buffett in Omaha, volunteering time there at Girls, Inc. 3) Why are there so few women in finance? Professor Brad Barber’s research show three reasons why.
Week two of our Industry Immersions features Microsoft’s Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist, Mars’ VP of Innovation and Coca-Cola’s Global Research and Development Officer. They challenged UC Davis MBA and graduate students from across the campus to solve real business problems in food and ag and sustainable energy sectors.
UC Davis alumnus Lonnie Bookbinder B.S. 82 kicks off the new Biotechnology Industry Immersion course at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. As CEO and founder of ARIZ Precision Medicine, Bookbinder says “the course in truly unique,” bringing together MBAs and bioscience Ph.D. students to see that precision medicine is a $1 trillion industry and how executives work though a living case study.
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management continues to innovate our MBA curriculum with new series of Industry Immersions courses that combine our business expertise and corporate partner network with UC Davis’ global leadership in: Food & Ag, Biotechnology, Sustainable Energy and Technology Finance.
Prof.Greta Hsu examines the marketing of cannabis dispensaries in Washington and Colorado and shows how county voting on legalization affects their marketing—just ahead of the opening of California’s retail market.
Dean Unnava shares his Big 3 stories of the month, including how the GSM is shaking up the traditional MBA curriculum, a trip to Burning Man and faculty research on why the poor pay more for consumer basics.
Dean Rao Unnava shares his Big 3 stories of the month: 1) Kick off of our annual Big Bang! Business Competition, fanning the flames of entrepreneurship 2) Dean’s Distinguished Speaker – organic food industry trailblazer and UC Davis alumnus John Foraker, former president of Annie’s Inc. 3) INFORMS ISS honors Professor Hemant Bhargava as a 2017 Distinguished Fellow for his leadership and contributions to information technology research and best practices.
A 35-year resident of Davis, Chris met his wife and fellow alum Karen in the Sacramento MBA program. He has 25 years experience founding, managing, advising, capitalizing and selling companies in the clean tech, high-tech, professional services and private equity industries. Today, he’s a solar energy entrepreneur who gives back to the GSM in many ways, most recently speaking at our Big Bang! Kick-off.
Each fall, we welcome incoming MBA students with Business Boot Camps where they get to know each other, meet faculty and fine-tune their skills. It’s the start of a transformative experience that will prepare them to make a positive impact in the world.
During boot camp orientation last week, our new students met with 20+ top accounting firms and companies—including the Big Four: Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC—all recruiting for talent. Meet the Firms day gives our MPAc students a head start on career opportunities and networking even before they start classes.
UC Davis MSBA charter class students Scott Virshrup, Anna Shen, and Sarah Gustafson and industry leaders share their insights about the program and the importance of both data analytical skills and building business relationships. Prepare to thrive as an innovative leader in the digital economy.
With more than 20 years of natural and organic business experience and a sharp focus on sustainability and social responsibility, John Foraker has been the longtime president of Annie’s, Inc., a leader in organic and natural foods.
The UC Davis MBA program’s Integrated Management Project (IMP) is the capstone course, teaming up students who put their collective business skills and knowledge to work on a 10-week strategic project for sponsor companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to Silicon Valley startups.
Research has shown that by incorporating experiential learning into program designs, adult learners thrive. With this concept in mind, we have created this partnership program between the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the UC Davis Crew Team. Re-engage your team by participating in one of the most unique learning experiences available in this region.
Juliana Gidwani MBA 02 is CEO of the international marketing consulting firm Ahilia, and co-founder of RevAmerica, which promotes awareness, information and growth of the U.S. IT and BPO services industry within the context of today’s global services economy. She gives a shout-out to Distinguished Professor Chih-Ling Tsai. “He is very motivational. He pushes us to better ourselves.”
Dean Unnava shares our Big 3 stories of the month: our recent grads’ new careers, a new online program in partnership with EduMind and our faculty advising CalPERS on environmental, social and governance factors.
Congratulations to our Class of 2017! Our newest grads from our UC Davis Full-Time MBA, Sacramento MBA, Bay Area MBA and Master of Professional Accountancy share what’s next for them in their careers at top companies.
Dean Rao Unnava, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, shares his Big 3 stories of the month: Our academic year is winding down, but at UC Davis we end with a Big Bang!—the culmination of our annual business competition to mentor, network and fund entrepreneurs’ ventures. Meanwhile, we’re enrolling the first class for our M.S. in Business Analytics, and happy to see one of our MBAs recognized nationally.
UC Davis Graduate School of Management Alumni from a range of years, come together to meet and greet. Alumni talk about returning to the GSM not just to speak with old colleagues, but to reunite as a “family”.
Lucky Brand CEO Carlos Alberini talks about “The Power of Strategy and Design in Brand Transformation” with his company’s chief creative officer Kin Ying Lee at UC Davis on May 10. Alberini has pledged a $250,000 gift to the Department of Design at the University of California, Davis, to establish the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design. His talk was presented as part of the Graduate School of Management’s Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Internships are an essential part of the MBA experience because you can hone new skills and try out possible career paths and companies. A third of our Full-Time MBA students were placed in their 2017 summer internships in one day! We thank our alumni and corporate partners for making these opportunities available.
Our first Dean’s Distinguished Speaker of the 2016-2017 academic year, Matthew Johnston, CEO of HM.CLAUSE, a global leader in the production and sale of high-quality vegetable seeds tailored to local environments and customers. (November 17, 2016).
HM.CLAUSE has deep roots with UC Davis, collaborating for many years on plant breeding. Most recently, the company funded two undergraduate Ag Major/Tech Management scholarships and a fellowship for an MBA student pursuing a career in agriculture.
More than 100 attendees and headline speaker, Bryan Kirschner, API Strategy Lead for Google, gathered at Gallagher Hall to help us officially launch our Master of Science in Business Analytics program. The 10-month program will be held in San Francisco, the heart of the big data revolution.
Industry leaders from Google and Autodesk share about the demand for talent in business analytics, how the future of business is transforming, and how the UC Davis Master of Science in Business Analytics program will partner with Silicon Valley and Bay Area corporations on real-world, hands-on student projects to prepare leaders for the digital economy. The inaugural UC Davis MSBA class will begin in San Francisco this fall (2017).
Innovative MBA and Ph.D. students from various top-level business programs learn from some of the most successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and other hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Our 14th annual Peer-to-Pier signature event, held on February 15, 2017, featured Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Aimeé Lapic. Aimeé shared her insights into Marketing in a Global Age learned as a global marketing leader at Banana Republic and the Gap. GSM Professor Kimberly Elsbach led the Q&A in San Francisco at Blue Shield of California headquarters.
Hear from Dean Unnava, alumni and faculty at exclusive, invitation-only event for incoming UC Davis MBA students. Modeled after highly popular TED talks, we assembled a unique group of movers and shakers who shared their insights, lessons and secrets. The UC Davis MBA is a journey that prepares you to shape your community, your career and your country.
Venita Sivamani MBA 15, is co-founder of Dermveda, a startup based in her hometown of Sacramento that she describes as an integrated, educational skin care resource like “WebMD meets Consumer Reports.”
Graduate programs that support research, medicine and business innovation have played an important role in UC Davis’ becoming a world-class public research university. This Give Day, whether you support our Graduate School of Management, or our Schools of Law, Education, Medicine, Nursing or Veterinary Medicine, you are making an important impact on UC Davis. Join us and give today!
As Cuba opens up, people from all over the world are likely to flood into Havana, hoping to understand more about its transformation. Our MBA International Study Trip class visited the capital of Cuba during their spring break.
Big data has forever altered the way businesses operate, from marketing and supply chains, to competitive strategy and human resources. A tidal wave of data continues to wash over companies. The challenge is how to harness that flood to make informed decisions that propel firms forward.
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has led the natural and organic grocer as it has grown from a single store in Austin, Texas, founded in 1978, to an $11 billion Fortune 300 company, and a top U.S. supermarket with more than 340 stores and 70,000 team members worldwide.
An internationally renowned banker, financial industry leader and philanthropist with more than five decades of experience, Weill retired as CEO of Citigroup on October 1, 2003, and served as non-executive chairman until April 18, 2006. Founded 200 years ago, Citigroup is currently the third largest bank holding company in the United States by assets and has the world’s largest financial services network.
Professor Brad Barber, an internationally recognized expert in investor behavior, talks about the success students find with a UC Davis MBA. He says, “What I’ve been most proud of is probably the way in which our students navigate those career objectives after leaving UC Davis. I think they’re infused with a sense of community, cooperation and teamwork which makes our graduates attractive to potential employees and also as managers.”
Professor Kimberly Elsbach studies how people see each other as well as their organizations as a whole. She shares the advantages of studying at a nationally ranked business school within a world-class research university. She says, “I hope that my students learn as much from each other as they do from me. I try and create an environment where we can have a discussion about a topic and really explore the underlying questions about why.”
Professor Andrew Hargadon researches and teaches on innovation and entrepreneurship. He describes how he draws from theory and experience to help students figure out how to be successful. “Our MBAs get first-hand glimpses into some of the cutting-edge research happening, and the challenge of trying to figure out the best way to move those ideas out of the laboratory and into the market.”
Rick Ridgeway oversees Patagonia’s environmental grant making, environmental education and environmental projects including Freedom to Roam, a campaign to preserve wildlife corridors across North America.
Professor Prasad Naik discusses how research and teaching complement each other, where students benefit from his research and he benefits from their ideas, input and feedback. “What I teach I bring it back into my research; what I research I bring it back into the classroom. Research and teaching are two sides of the same coin.”
One of the longest serving faculty members, Professor Paul Griffin has been at the Graduate School of Management since 1981. He talks about teaching at the School, the student experience and how it translates to the business world. “Business is not about individual cultures and all that. It’s about economic growth and prosperity. That’s what we’re here for: to learn about that and understand how to make the world a better place.”
In just three decades, the Graduate School of Management has soared to national and international prominence. This year during the Dean’s Fall Welcome Lunch, Dean Steven C. Currall welcomed new students and highlighted the School’s strategic plan and a new branding initiative in his talk: “Building Momentum and Mindshare at 2011’s Fastest-Rising U.S. Business School.” Click here to view the video from event.
Comcast Newsmaker’s interview with Linda Oubre, executive director of Bay Area business development for the Graduate School of Management. She highlights our jump in the U.S.News & World Report rankings, the value of an MBA and details about our programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and the UC Davis campus.
The GSM recently had the opportunity to partner up with Brocade on a specially tailored three-month project for Brocade’s treasury group. Students were tasked with developing a new theoretical methodology to explore prioritization and risk mitigation investment. See the video for a look at the full experience.
(Davis, CA) — Dean Steven C. Currall introduces our internationally ranked MBA program’s new, innovative curriculum that further integrates globalization, responsible business ethics and sustainability.
Anchored by a two-part capstone course, Integrated Management Project and Articulation and Critical Thinking (IMPACT), the curriculum renewal—the most fundamental in the School’s history—is designed to better prepare graduates with the real-world practice, analytical and technical skills and leadership training needed to succeed in the business world of today and tomorrow.
Steven Currall, the Dean of the Business School at UC Davis talks to Sarah Backhouse of Hub Culture at the Governor’s Global Cilmate Summit in Davis. He has been key to the organization and coordination of the GGSC3.
During The Campaign for UC Davis, the Graduate School of Management has a historic opportunity to build on its solid foundation of excellence in scholarship, research and academics. The School has set an ambitious goal of $25 million. We have made significant progress toward our goal, thanks to many of you. Yet, there is much more to do. We have bold aspirations for the School, and ask you to be bold as you think about your personal support and how you can make an impact.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, along with Dean Steven Currall and Dr. Charles Gossett, introduces “Mayor’s Fellows” from the UC Davis School of Management and Sacramento State’s College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Half of California’s 400 largest public companies have no women in top executive offices, according to a study reported today by University of California, Davis, researchers. Almost half do not have a woman on the board of directors. Nearly a third — including household names McAfee, Quicksilver and Hansen Natural — do not have a woman in either a top executive post or on the governing board.
Michael Mondavi, founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners, talks with UC Davis wine industry expert and Graduate School of Management professor Robert Smiley, about his new wine venture since the sale of his family’s legendary winery four years ago.
L. Wilton Agatstein Jr., a retired senior executive with Intel Corp., talks about his nearly three decades of global experience in the competitive high-tech arena. Agatstein was the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis.
Stephen Newberry kicks off the Lam Research Leadership Skills Series at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management with talk on values-based leadership. He was appointed president and chief executive officer of Lam Research in June 2005. Prior to joining Lam Research in 1997, Mr. Newberry was group vice president of global operations and planning at Applied Materials, Inc.