WiL. I AM by Yoyo Wu

(Left to Right) Onyeka Enwerem, Vice President and Director of Finance; Yoyo Wu, President of WiL; Kanupriya Verma, Director of Marketing

(Left to Right) Onyeka Enwerem, Vice President and Director of Finance; Yoyo Wu, President of WiL; Kanupriya Verma, Director of Marketing

If you are a fan of the Black Eye Peas or Will.I.am, please don’t be disappointed that I am not highlighting your musical idol or think I made a typo. That being said, I am glad to introduce to you the WiL in GSM: the Women in Leadership Club.

WiL club is one of the smallest clubs operated through the Associated Students of Management (ASM), but also one of the clubs with the longest reach. Why? Because our goal is to effect and enhance the experience of every woman and everyone who works or will someday work with a woman. Our mission is to serve UC Davis Daytime MBA students and alumni through professional and social activities geared towards the development of future women business leaders.

WiL club is active in organizing activities to bring in benefits to future women business leaders. For example, we have a tradition of great activities like the annual “Mock-Tails with the Dean” during every fall quarter, providing an opportunity to all students to communicate with Dean Currall face-to-face. We also work to sponsor students to attend the annual Women in Leadership Conference in Haas, UC Berkeley. Lastly, we innovate new activities such as “Speed Mentoring”, inspired by Speed Dating, which connects second-year and first-year students in one-on-one mentoring sessions sharing interview skills and lessons.

This year’s board of WiL club comes from very diverse backgrounds. I, Yoyo, am the WiL President. I am a Chinese student with 5-years of auditing experience and the proud mother with a 15-month little girl. I realize the subtle balance women in business have to maintain as they have more social identities to handle, that was why I decided to lead the WiL club and try to help women leaders find out the balance to ensure success both in career and family life. Onyeka, our Vice President and Director of Finance, is from Nigeria where she worked as an engineer. She is very versatile, just to name some of her many talents: dancing, photo-shopping, and engineering. Kanu, our Director of Marketing, is from India and was also a mechanical engineer before she came to GSM. She plans to pursue marketing, using her instincts and skills to help WiL club with innovation and new ideas.

In our nearest upcoming event, WiL club will introduce some successful business women leaders to GSM students, sharing stories of their successes and failures. Then, WiL club will co-host another guest speaker event with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Society club. Looking forward to those exciting and inspiring events in May!

Rankings, Gallagher Hall update, and a new video!

More news from the GSM!

For the 14th consecutive year, we’ve been ranked among the top 50 business schools by U.S.News & World Report. We’re in the top 25 business schools at public universities, and in the 40th spot overall (up four spots from last year). We’re still the youngest public school program ever to make the list, as well as the smallest program in the top 40. Hooray!

Here’s a look at the progress on Gallagher Hall. It actually looks like a building! Construction is on track for completion by September (just in time for the class of 2011’s orientation). Save the date for the grand opening event on October 9th! More photos and renderings are posted on our Facebook page.

In case you missed it at Admit Day, here’s a link to Matt’s video about our program. Keep an eye out for our Ambassadors! I love the time-lapse video of Professor Tsai’s stats class. Genius! I feel like school’s gone by that fast…

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News from Davis!

This week is spring break, but there are still a lot of exciting things happening around Davis! Here’s just a sample of our latest news:

  • Our own Professor Hargadon won the Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award! Read the article at http://bit.ly/BfPfc.
  • For this year’s International Study Trip, a group of students and professors have traveled to Latin America. Keep up with them at http://bit.ly/ZVX1k.
  • The UC Regents have approved the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis! Learn more about it at http://bit.ly/1asbQy.
  • In Davis for the break? Check out “To The Century”, a series of free performances at E Street Plaza: http://tothecentury.mondaviarts.org/.

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