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!

Happy High Five Day (for serious)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of my last post (a record 2 comments were posted — it’s a wonder how blogger can handle that demand), I’m following up with more high fiving.

Happy high five day! (For reals, this is an actual day. Possibly even a national holiday.) And this day did not go unnoticed by the high-five aficionados here at the GSM. If you walked into the main building today, this is what you saw:

Whazzat first sign on the left say?

Curious, no? You would’ve eagerly raced up the steps to read the next sign:

Holy smoke monster! At this point, your interest surely would have been piqued, and you would have been ready for whatever was coming your way.

What awaited you up the stairs was a serious case of high-fiving:

(Faces have been blurred to protect the innocent. Or I just couldn’t get a clear shot. Either way.)

And who were the perpetrators of this? These folks:

That’s right, Christine takes high-fiving seriously. Very seriously. Happy High Five Day, to one and all!

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/.

Want to hear more of our news? Find us on Twitter or Facebook!

Random tidbits

I have had the most serious case of writer’s block (perhaps ever, and that’s absolutely, positively, 1000% not hyperbole) in attempting to write a ground-breaking post. And now that way too much time has gone by, I decided to just aim for getting some words out into a post, regardless of whether or not they are coherent. So here we go — just some random, garbled tidbits about Davis that may or may not be mildly interesting:

* For great chai: I know I am the last person to discover this, but there is a little coffee hut right outside of our building, and they serve some great chai latte. I just went there for the first time last week, and wow. I got bummed that I hadn’t been drinking this during my first quarter here. (Also: you can order it extra hot so it keeps warm throughout class. Genius!)

* How the quarter system is: We are currently at the tail-end of week 7 (out of 10) in the winter quarter. This is a little scary, considering that means that finals are right around the corner. Now, I’m almost positive that we just started this quarter, like, a week ago, so I’m not quite sure how we’re suddenly on week 7. Where’s a physicist when you need them? Maybe Dan from “Lost”? Shoot, I think he’s still on the island.

* How people here will help those in need: I’m not talking about us helping the children (although we actually do that — check out the C4C club here) — I’m talking about helping us students who are struggling in classes. For instance, just today, there was a finance review session to help out those who are finding some finance concepts difficult — even though technically we don’t have a TA for the class. The grader for the class volunteered his time again to help us out throughout the quarter. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard students offer to help out those who are feeling overwhelmed. This place is really supportive; I love it.

* The hardest quarter: Winter quarter of your first year is the hardest quarter. Trust. The classes are rigorous, the first years take over the club positions from the second years at the beginning of this quarter (so there’s suddenly lots of club responsibilities), and students begin to get panicky about finding internships and jobs. It’s a tough quarter. Also, the weather fluctuates from 55F degrees and pouring rain to near 70F and sunny within a day — it just adds to the confusion, really.

* When to look for housing: Now. Right now. Instead of reading this post, you should be looking for housing. I thought I had a head start on the housing market when I looked in April (to find a place for September), and boy, was I wrong. Most of the places I called said their waitlists filled up in January. January! So check out daviswiki to find what places are available in Davis, and read the reviews to see what’s good and what’s not.

That’s all I can think of for now. Peace out and have a great weekend!