Sustained performance is an often overshadowed component of successful narratives. Doing the difficult task, day in and day out isn’t what comes to mind when most people think of triumph. Our society is drawn to the “overnight success” or the “immensely talented,” ignoring that the “overnight success” was probably years in the making. Successful completion of an MBA program is certainly a proud moment, but it won’t come without a commitment to its daily requirements. As an MBA student, I’ve developed some best practices on getting the most out of my degree and would like to share a few suggestions for your journey.

Do the work

The MBA environment is collaborative. Everyone is bringing in their strengths and the goal is to make the best use of them for everyone involved. This can create an avenue for you to shy away from things that you don’t do well, opting to let those “more experienced” handle tasks you haven’t surmounted just yet. Learning is what the experience is all about. Maximizing strengths is a part of the process, but so is mitigating weaknesses. Stepping up to lead a portion of a project that is uncomfortable for you will build and improve necessary new skills for taking the next step in your profession.

Go to the events

The education in the classroom is only a portion of the value added by pursuing an MBA. Getting in front of people currently working in your desired or current field is invaluable. In a world dominated by machines filtering resumes, what will be your edge to getting that next job? A great hire is more often located via a relationship than a job website. How do you meet said people? At events! The Rady School hosts events catered to students at various stages in their career. From panels, to mixers, to the incredibly popular breakfast speaker series, there’s no shortage of opportunities to make the connections needed for professional growth.

Schedule your time

As a working professional, time management was my biggest challenge with going back to school. The work requirements don’t stop, the family requirements don’t stop, but you’ve elected to introduce this new experience that requires its own level of dedication. The requirements are surmountable, with planning. Some of the best advice I received before starting at Rady was, “Work on something for at least two hours, everyday.” It is very easy to feel overwhelmed and behind. ‘Chunking’ my productivity, at a minimum, to a couple hours a day has aided my success.

Marshawn Williams is a member of the FlexWeekend ’18 cohort, a representative for the Rady Student Board, a Student Ambassador and serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the Rady Veterans Association. He currently works as a Government Contractor for SPAWAR. 



November 20, 2017 0 comment
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This week, the Rady School of Management’s commitment to a quality business education and  entrepreneurship was recognized by two prestigious organizations — Bloomberg Businessweek and The Princeton Review.

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Rady School of Management’s MBA program as the top program in San Diego, ranking 6 in California and 73 nationally. This is the third year in a row the Rady MBA program has been selected as the top program in San Diego.

“The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking recognizes the quality of our Full-Time MBA program and the extraordinary accomplishments achieved by our students and alumni,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan.

The Princeton Review included the Rady School of Management’s MBA program in the “Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship of 2018.” The Rady School was recognized for its commitment to entrepreneurial education in its MBA programs. With 150 student and alumni companies launched since 2006, in-school accelerator programs such as StartR and mystartupxx and the Lab to Market courses – which focus on turning ideas into market opportunities – the Rady School is dedicated to providing entrepreneurial experiences to every student’s MBA experience.

As the Rady School continues to expand and grow to fit the needs of current students, recognition from top tier publications and ranking among the top business schools charts the course for future success.

November 17, 2017 0 comment
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Rady School of Management Professor Uri Gneezy was named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, the global leader in trusted insights and analytics that accelerate the pace of innovation. Gneezy — who is an expert professor in behavioral economics, field experiments and the use of incentives — received the prestigious honor by conducting research that ranks among the top one percent of most cited works in economics during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact.

Gneezy is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Management Leadership and Professor of Economics and Strategic Management at the Rady School. His research focuses on applying behavioral economics to real world applications. Gneezy’s research has been published in renowned journals, such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of sciences, the American economic Review, Quarterly Journal of economics and Econometrica.

Some of Gneezy’s research on the topic of incentives include charitable giving and consumer price models, gender differences in competitiveness, and workplace and organizational norms. His work has been featured in prominent publications, including Quartz, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

In addition to Gneezy’s impressive publications portfolio, he penned a popular book titled “The Why Axis” in conjunction with John List which asks the question, “Can economics be passionate?” The book, which was a national and international bestseller, details ways passionate economics can play out in our day-to-day lives and how taking this approach can benefit society.

Before joining the Rady School, Gneezy was a faculty member at the University of Chicago, Technion and Haifa. Gneezy received his Ph.D. from the Center for Economic Research in Tilburg.

November 17, 2017 0 comment
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The Rady School of Management StartR Accelerator is a popular aspect of the MBA program. The non-profit accelerator program provides tools and a space for students and alumni need to start and grow their businesses. While in the program, participants can utilize workshops, mentoring, advice and access to other resources for early-stage companies.

Seven teams were admitted into the prestigious accelerator.

BarStar maximizes weight training by preventing injuries and plateaus for athletes.


Cool2Zero develops unique and proven technology to reduce electricity use in large commercial coolers and freezers by up to 40% and increase equipment life by up to 200%. Savings of thousands of dollars each month can be realized.



Intelligent, content-adaptive video compression.



Greyble is reducing water footprints on residential properties with an appliance that recycles indoor wastewater for outdoor irrigation.




USYNO is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and China Yuan.



Veocor pioneers software technologies that will reduce cost and improve quality of care by identifying patients at increased risk of stroke who benefit from anticoagulation.


Weighty Corn LLC provides technologies for removing fiber from corn.


November 8, 2017 0 comment
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The mystartupXX program is a one-of-its-kind accelerator that was created to increase and encourage diversity in entrepreneurship. Participants take part in mystartupXX workshops focused on various aspects of launching startups – team building, leadership, performing a market assessment and obtaining customers’ feedback, creating a value proposition, validating business models, and understanding financing strategies needed to launch the business. Each startup works with a mentor and meet regularly with advisors to monitor and encourage their progress.

Seven teams recently joined the mystartupXX accelerator.


Amniotic Wrap is a wearable device for mothers with postpartum depression to aid in bonding with their children and alleviate their challenges.


Brandpackers helps mid-sized companies establish an on-campus presence by training student ambassadors that can grow your brand and discover talent.


HapiFlo is a data-driven audio-guided yoga app that provides personalized breath and alignment instructions during yoga sequences to empower busy people to take control of their stress and to better their health.


A mobile platform for helping businesses discover and employee women looking for short term remote work.




SafetyNow will provide a quick background check on violent crimes.



Sage Well offers Asian health conscious teas, snacks, and products translated for the US consumer market tastes, quality, and regulations.


UsYNo is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and China Yuan.


November 7, 2017 0 comment
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Gone are the days of businesses born with the sole purpose of earning profits. Social entrepreneurship – which focuses on developing businesses that raise profits while also addressing social, environmental and cultural issues – are gaining momentum in today’s business landscape.

The rise of social entrepreneurship inspired the Rady School of Management’s newest business development hub – the Social Venture Accelerator.

Inspired by a need to support socially-conscious business endeavors, Lada Rasochova and Kim Davis King worked to create the latest Rady School installment in support of entrepreneurial pursuits dedicated to making the world a better place.

“Recognizing a need for a program geared toward developing and sustaining socially conscious businesses, the Rady School of Management launched the Social Venture Accelerator,” said Rasochova, executive director of the California Institute for Innovation and Development and director of the mystartupXX and StartR accelerators. “The establishment of this accelerator will pave the way for future innovative and social entrepreneurs to develop products, services and initiatives that will positively impact the world for years to come.”

The program consists of six sessions covering topics ranging from business model development to fundraising. The final session serves as a pitch presentation where participants will share the fruits of their labor with peers and potential investors.

King — co-director of StartR and mystartupxx and an adjunct professor at the Rady School – shared the benefits of the program.

“The workshops provide participants the opportunity to research, discuss and critically reflect upon the landscape and impact of social enterprises and non-for-profits,” she said. “We take a business approach to develop a social business model canvas and utilize advanced lean startups and customer development principles for social ventures. This hands-on workshop covers the techniques and methods.”

The Social Venture Accelerator is funded by the Center for Social Innovation and Impact – a center dedicated to inspire students and alumni to address the big issues and big challenges our society is facing. The development and launch of the accelerator is one of the actions that Rady is taking as part of our role in the broader Changemaker Campus plan at UC San Diego, which encourages the campus community to actively engage in serving the global community.

October 27, 2017 1 comment
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The Rady School of Management is home to San Diego’s  number one MBA program, as well as top-ranked Master of Finance and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs. But not everyone aims to pursue a degree – some are interested in building specific skills, such as public speaking, leadership and finance. Enter the Center for Executive Development.

Housed in the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, the center is home to a variety of courses covering topics from Social Media Marketing to Microsoft Excel to Compassion in the Workplace. Designed with professionals in mind, these foundational courses set the stage for participants to develop skills to help them succeed in the workplace.

If you are looking to take your skills to the next level, a certificate program is right up your alley. Executive Education is currently home to eight certificate programs designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of skills, such as leadership to marketing strategy. In order to obtain a certificate, participants are able to choose from an approved list of courses to satisfy the number of hours required for the course.

The most popular certificate programs include Mindful Leadership – which covers skills and practices to develop more empathetic and compassionate leaders – and the Leadership certificate – a program with an emphasis on coaching, mentorship and time management. So far, 15 of these certificates have been granted to participants in these programs this year.

“We are finding that the Certificate Program has been a great incentive for those who want to develop their professional skills,” said Jeannie Campanella, who heads business development for Executive Education. “Once participants have a few classes under their belt, they seem to have the motivation and desire to go for a certificate since it is a quick way to update their resume with the most relevant and current information.”

Emily Hart, the marketing manager at Dudek, felt the need to get back in the classroom to sharpen her skills and develop her leadership capabilities. She decided to take the Mindfulness in the Workplace course to get a better understanding of how to create and foster a cohesive and compassionate environment at work. One course quickly turned into two certificates.

“I started researching programs that would fit my needs and my company’s culture,” Hart said. “The Executive Education program at the Rady School of Management offered the most applicable selection of coursework balancing communication, process, and execution for specific and sometimes overlooked or difficult topics.”

The initial class inspired Hart to continue to take courses with Executive Education. With two certificates under her belt, Hart is adamant that her time with the Rady Center for Executive Development Executive Education has benefitted her career trajectory.

“In my career, I have been able to use the techniques I learned and share them with others to create a similar ‘safe’ space for solving problems in a respectful and efficient manner,” she said. “The cumulative impact of the coursework has been a shift in my approach to be more curious, more of a coach, and to self-correct when bad habits sneak into my behavior.”

Hart, who holds certificates in both Leadership and Mindful Leadership, believes that entry-level employees to chief executive officers can benefit from the programs at Executive Education.

”Even an executive with decades of experience will benefit by unpacking communication tools in the current and incoming workforce climate.”




October 16, 2017 0 comment
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Two extraordinary gentlemen have found their home at UC San Diego’s business school. Both as founders – one as a professor and one as a donor and board member.

What do a well-respected Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences and esteemed philanthropist businessperson have in common? Both have found their home at the Rady School of Management.

Now in its 14th year, the Rady School of Management has celebrated hundreds of accomplished alumni and welcomed many students from diverse backgrounds. But the ongoing success of the school can be likened to two phenomenal individuals – Professor Harry Markowitz and Ernest Rady.

Since its inception, Ernest Rady has been an integral part of the Rady School’s foundation, committing $30 million to name the school in 2004, and $100 million in 2015 with a goal of becoming one of the nation’s best business schools. Additionally, Ernest gave a $1 million matching gift for fellowships in 2014.

Throughout his time with the Rady School, Rady has committed to staying active with the school through frequent visits to campus, delivering lectures, engaging with students and alumni, and supporting future students through his endowed fellowships.

“Our gifts are inspired by an anticipated ROL – return on life,” he said. “We want to do something that will have a lasting legacy and a significant impact. We want the resources that we have been fortunate enough to accumulate to go to help other people.”

Markowitz, who joined the Rady School of Management in 2008, has illuminated the lives of students through engaging lectures, inspiring conversations and tough but rewarding coursework. He received the 1990 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing modern portfolio theory, which is a theory on diversifying stocks to get the best returns.

Because of his connection to the Rady School, Markowitz pledged to commit approximately $4 million to establish a fellowship that supports future students. In addition, Markowitz chose to donate his prestigious medals to the school, including the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (Nobel Prize) awarded to Markowitz in 1990; the Wharton-Jacobs Levy Prize awarded in 2013; and the John von Neumann Theory Prize awarded in 1989.

“I was trained at the University of Chicago; I taught full-time, part-time and lectured all over the world; but the Rady School and UC San Diego are my home,” said Markowitz. “I am delighted that my legacy will live on at the Rady School.”

Recently, Markowitz, Rady and Rady School Dean Robert Sullivan met to celebrate the accomplishments of Markowitz’s illustrious career. Rady, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, sought Markowitz’s sage advice, asking, “What advice do you have for me as I go through my 80s?”

Harry’s response? “Do what makes you happy.”

Dean Sullivan commended the two bastions of the Rady School for their support and commitment to student success.

“Ernest Rady remains a pillar of our community, and with him, Professor Harry Markowitz,” he said. “For ten years they have helped shine a spotlight on excellence and accomplishment.”

Although the buildings at the Rady School have expanded, the curriculum has been updated to reflect current trends, and thousands of students have crossed the commencement stage, the mission of the school remains the same – to develop ethical and entrepreneurial leaders who make a positive impact in the world through innovation, collaboration and knowledge. A mission created, sustained and happily carried on thanks to the brilliant and compassionate minds of Harry Markowitz and Ernest Rady.


October 13, 2017 0 comment
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Six teams recently graduated from the Rady School of Management’s StartR cohort and presented their company pitches to students, staff, faculty and potential investors at the biannual StartR Demo Day event.

Housed in the Rady School of Management, StartR is a non-profit accelerator program for Rady School of Management students and alumni designed to provide entrepreneurs the tools needed to start and grow their businesses. Recently, the Rady School partnered with the Jacobs School of Engineering to form the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur – a program designed to help students gain business acumen, build new ventures, and improve career preparedness. This StartR class was the first graduating cohort to feature students from the Jacobs School of Engineering.

“Since Fall 2013, 51 teams have graduated from StartR,” said Dean Sullivan. “Of those 51 teams, 30 are still operational, meaning 60 percent of these startups have been sustained – that’s a remarkable number.”

The success of StartR teams was reinforced when current student and recent StartR graduate Josh Shaffer (MBA ’18) stopped by to discuss the success of his company, Glöbier. He spoke about how the business is growing and expanding to clubs and venues across San Diego, as well as Las Vegas.

In addition to the sustainability of StartR companies, Dean Sullivan mentioned how the companies are not only alive, but continue to thrive.

“StartR teams have raised about $41 million in capital,” he said. “Currently, 11 teams are housed in the prestigious EvoNexus accelerator.”

StartR Graduating Teams

BarStar maximizes weight training by preventing injuries and plateaus for athletes by applying a precision medicine approach to weightlifting that increases both gym profitability and member health. Rady entrepreneurship minor Austin Fennacy developed a system that allows barbells to capture user data.

FASTech aims to make video streaming and storage faster, easier and more cost effective using intelligent, content-adaptive video compression.

Greyble is reducing water footprints on residential properties with an appliance that recycles indoor wastewater for outdoor irrigation. According to the company, their system has enabled the average user to decrease water consumption by 55 percent each month.

USYNO is building an online platform to facilitate cost-free exchange between US Dollar and Chinese Yuan. Current methods are costly and take time to send and receive money, but USYNO enables currency to be exchanged quickly, cheaply and safely.

Veocor Diagnostics uses non-invasive ultrasound imaging diagnostic tool that identifies and quantifies blood flow in the heart to direct anticoagulant prescription.

Weighty Corn LLC provides technologies for removing fiber from corn using sieving and air classification. This process increases the production of ethanol and produces higher quality feed for chickens and hogs.

StartR Awards

After the pitch presentations, Lada Rasochova presented the Spark Award to StartR longtime sponsor Sheppard Mullin for the company’s dedication and contributions to the StartR program, including the incorporation of many of the teams.

Longtime mentor Darrel Drinan was presented with the Guru Award in recognition of his dedication to mentoring teams in each StartR cohort.

“The contributions of Michael Umansky of Sheppard Mullin and Darrel Drinan, as well as all of our program sponsors and mentors, are vital to the success of our teams,” Rasochova said. “We could not do this without them.”


October 12, 2017 0 comment
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1)  Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Science in Business Analytics?

I chose to pursue a MS in Business Analytics degree because I wanted to incorporate analytic techniques into making business decisions. Having skills in analytics is becoming more and more of an advantage across many industries and I wanted to get an edge by adding these skills to my resume.

2) Why did you choose the Rady School?

I chose the Rady School because of its deep integration with both the scientific and industrial community surrounding the San Diego region. I also am very impressed with the Rady faculty and look forward to learning more about how to improve business processes from the curriculum.

3) What do you feel makes Rady unique? How do you benefit from these aspects? 

As an Alum of UC San Diego and an entrepreneur, I am very committed to working toward San Diego’s technological and entrepreneurial environment. Rady is unique because of its consistent focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. With so many great entrepreneurial faculty and students on campus, Rady provides a great environment for anyone with an idea to successfully grow it into a viable venture.

4) What classes are you looking forward to taking this year?

I look forward to taking Customer Analytics (MGTA 455), Collecting and Analyzing Large Data (MGTA 452), and Business Forecasting (MGTF 405).  Each of these courses will provide great hands on experience to acquire, clean, and visualize relevant datasets. I’m also very eager to start the Business Analytics Capstone project, which will allow me to test out the new skills and put them to work in a real world environment.

5) How has your perspective on your career or your life changed since you came to Rady?

My perspective on my career has not shifted as I still am very entrepreneurial and project-based. However, my vision has been enhanced by allowing me to see the multitude of situations in which to apply analytics in making better decisions.

6) What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to work on multiple projects in which I can provide consultation for companies and organizations. I especially would like to help startups receive revenue as soon as possible so that they can be more independent and sustain themselves going forward.

7) What advice do you have for prospective students?

I advise prospective students to make the best of their time at Rady and get a head start on all of the resources at UC San Diego. It is never too early to start networking with the faculty, administrators and current students. My decision was highly influenced by my communications with all of these individuals and I am very pleased with my decision.

8) Anything else you would like to share?

It has been a great experience thus far. Rady and UC San Diego are great places to be for entrepreneurs, scientists and those that want to change the future.

October 3, 2017 0 comment
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