Maria LaBouyer - “I really only want to use my experiences as an encouragement”

December 7, 2018

In the ninth episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Maria LaBouyer, who takes on us an intimate journey through growing up with a sibling with a disability, the power of being an athlete, the learning that comes from a Fulbright Scholarship, and the unique challenges and opportunities of being recently married and continuing a part-time job while engaging in a full-time MBA program. She delivers her insights with a wonderful mix of humility and accomplishment!

Sophie Linnett - “There’s this whole group of talented women out there who are left behind”

November 30, 2018

In the eighth episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Sophie Linnett, who combines a curiosity and willingness to speak her mind to make a truly compelling interview. She speaks about her unique place as the only mother in the full-time program at UC Davis, and takes us on unique journeys into the lives of military wives and her career in standardized test prep. She asks big questions of herself and others, and I can't wait to see where she is a year from now.

Andrew Dang - “We’re talking about building something for people to use”

November 20, 2018

In the seventh episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Andrew Dang in an unforeseen moment in our graduate school experience, amongst an air quality crisis in Northern California that has seen classes canceled for over a week. He speaks to that as well as his unique and singular focus on building a career in video game development, and the reasons for his particular engagement at the intersection of entrepreneurship and creativity. Andrew speaks softly and chooses his words carefully, making for a really different and powerful interview.

Here are some links to content he suggests at the end of the interview for further exploration into his interests:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnYMOamNKLGVlJgRUbamveA

http://jenovachen.info

https://www.jenovachen.com/flowingames/cloud.htm

Jonathan Lee - “People don’t see a different side of me”

November 11, 2018

In the sixth episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Jonathan Lee, who gives voice to the vulnerability so many of us feel in this journey.  He speaks deeply about what it feels like to be a first-generation American, living between cultures, and does it with a voice just made for radio (and a great singer at that! Thanks, Jonathan, for really addressing what it means to come to a graduate program and embrace your beginner's mind.

Jingjie Fang - “Woah, it’s California”

November 7, 2018

In the fifth episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Jingjie Fang, our most verbose guest to date, and she does so in her second language! With her unique perspectives on American culture and education to her ten+ year journey in deciding to get an MBA, Jingjie has wonderful insights to share. She also has a great sense of humor - listen till the end for her hilarious story of learning how to answer the American phrase "how are you doing?"

Jae Hwan Kim - “This is the first time for all of my family living overseas”

October 23, 2018

In the third episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Jae Hwan Kim, our first guest who is not only an international student but is studying in the US with English as his second language. He shares the extra challenge of being an introvert, and the inspiration he has found in his mom and his boss at the company he will return to once he finishes earning his degree. We will interview Jae Hwan again at this time next year to see how it's going with the adjustment and he may even sing for us!

Lesley Watson - “It doesn’t just have to be for the paycheck”

October 16, 2018

In the third episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Lesley Watson, and hear about her career and lifelong interest in food, the inspiration she drew from her father, and managing a full-time job and full-time MBA program. We will interview Lesley again at this time next year to see what she has learned and decided since. 

Patrick Rosenberg - “The Most Skilled People Are Unassuming”

October 6, 2018

In the second episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Patrick Rosenberg, and hear about his unique martial arts background, interest in Korea, and his health-conscious work/life balance. We will interview Patrick again at this time next year to see what he has learned and decided since. 

Yuan Cheng - “Serving My Internal & External Customers”

September 30, 2018

In the first episode of Designing An MBA, we interview Yuan Cheng, the first up of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management Full Time MBA Class of 2020. We will interview Yuan again at this time next year to see what he has learned and decided since.