Dear Members of the Rady Community:
As news is shared regarding developments around the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, I’m following with diligence, and thinking carefully of how this will impact the ensuing course of events in each of our lives and those closest to us, our school, and the world.

Fortunately, a team of experts from the UC San Diego leadership team and health care experts are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and San Diego County Public Health to ensure the ongoing safety at the university and within the community. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders is the first priority for us as we put plans in place to ensure continuity of programs and teaching.

UC San Diego has a dedicated website with resources and updates available as developments for the Novel Coronavirus 2019 are shared, and the Rady School of Management will be adhering to all policies put in place as a campus and within the University of California system. Any changes or measures taken are done with the greatest care in order to protect each within our community in addition to those who are most vulnerable to the disease.

Specific messaging surrounding the rescheduling of any events impacted by these changes will be shared in the coming weeks as information becomes available. At this point in time, we have prioritized contingency planning of immediately impacted classes and programs, and ask for your patience with any questions or inquiries coming in to various departments as we manage this transition.

To our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and all of our friends and supporters: I understand that these challenges require greater creativity, agility, and patience in each of our daily lives, and I want to express my gratitude for the resilience you are demonstrating and will continue to share with one another.

I am proud of the efforts and work being led by researchers at UC San Diego and worldwide to address the uncertainty of the Novel Coronavirus 2019. This important work truly embodies the translation of ideas to impact that our school represents.

I recognize that as a community we are still faced with many unknowns as we work together through an unprecedented chapter in our lives. This is also an opportunity for us to embrace the different ways in which we are able to communicate, to connect, and to be supportive of one another.

I’m thinking of each of you during this time, and will work to keep you informed in the days and weeks ahead.

In gratitude,

Lisa D. Ord贸帽ez, Ph.D.
Dean, Rady School of Management
Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair

March 20, 2020 0 comment
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Read the Research Paper Ranked Best in Class for Social Impact by Financial Times

Raise your hand if you’ve got a smartphone next to you. This one’s for you.

Brain Drain,” a 2017 research paper co-authored by Rady School professor Ayelet Gneezy and Ph.D. graduate Kristen Duke (Ph.D. ’19), was recently recognized as having the highest social impact according to a best in class survey by Financial Times.

Gneezy and Duke’s research tested the “brain drain” hypothesis, that the “mere presence” of your smartphone might make it more difficult for you to engage with the task at hand, even when you’re resisting the temptation to actually check your phone. (Their research suggests that it does.)

Now raise your hand if you’ve just thrown your phone out the window.

To measure social impact, Financial Times first asked business schools to submit up to five research papers published within the last five years for consideration. Using Altmetrics, Financial Times measured “the online resonance that each [research paper] had with the wider world beyond universities,” including data such as academic citations, blog references and tweets. “Brain Drain” received an Altmetric score of 3956, more than five times higher than the second-highest-scoring paper.

Another paper, co-authored by Rady School Professor Sally Sadoff, “The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance,” was also recognized among the top 100 results in the survey.

February 25, 2020 0 comment
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How to Increase Your Authenticity When Speaking in Public

You’ve rehearsed your pitch over and over again to prepare for the big meeting. So, how do you tell your story without sounding rehearsed?

Let’s ask Associate Professor of Marketing Rachel Gershon.

Gershon’s research focuses on understanding and improving human decision making with a focus on social and prosocial behavior. Some of her research looks at perceptions of authenticity.

In the paper Twice-told tales: Self-repetition decreases observer assessments of performer authenticity, Gershon and her co-author describe how we generally assume social interactions to be unique. When we find out that someone is repeating themselves, we find them to be less authentic, and in turn, we feel less likely to want to engage with them in the future.

Watch the video below for a research-backed tip on how you can repeat a performanceand still appear authenticthe next time you speak in public.

February 21, 2020 0 comment
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Four Tips for Facilitating Change in the Workplace

Lessons shared by male allies at the ASCEND Executive Women鈥檚 Forum:

鈥淎 year from now, we want to be able to say, 鈥榊es, look at the changes that we were able to make in the community. Look at how we were able to put this into action.鈥欌 Tasha Ross, Director of Corporate Relations for the Rady School of Management addresses a room of 40 women at the recent ASCEND Executive Women鈥檚 forum.

ASCEND, a triannual event produced by and at the Rady School of Management gathers select women in executive leadership positions across San Diego to evolve beyond discussion of the challenges they face and move toward pushing boundaries and solving issues.

The January 2020 ASCEND Forum focused on engaging with male allies to change the conversation 鈥 to see more inclusive leadership across San Diego businesses.  First, Professor Uri Gneezy presented research about workplace inequities that he and his colleague, Professor Ayelet Gneezy, are conducting for a forthcoming book. For instance, most office spaces have the temperature controls set at a lower temperature, one that is often too cold for female employees. While this is a small example, it is one that most can relate to and highlights some of the questions posed in the book. 

Three others: Lenny Comma, CEO of Jack in the Box; Navy Captain Al Worthy and William Molloie, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers were invited to speak on a panel as male allies.

Facilitated by Panthera Leadership CEO and Executive Coach, Felicia Lyon, and including questions from forum members, the panel offered actionable insights about what men and women of the workforce can do to acknowledge bias and facilitate change in the workforce.  

1. Don鈥檛 put the pressures of the world on yourself.

Tell us if this sounds familiar. Lunch time is approaching and you have a long to-do list before the next big deadline. You head to the kitchen to heat up your food, which you鈥檒l eat at your desk while you work. In the kitchen, you run into a colleague who asks how your presentation went yesterday.

鈥淔ine,鈥 you say. 鈥淚鈥檒l send you a recap before the end of the day.鈥 The microwave chimes, you grab your food and keep walking.

Your interactions are brief and transactional. Who has time for anything else?

鈥淭he outcome is that relationships aren鈥檛 built within brief interactions, and if you just take a little pressure off of yourself, you may be able to build stronger relationships,鈥 says Comma. 鈥淭rust and believe in yourself. No one is going to be perfect. Don鈥檛 put pressure on yourself just because you believe that the world is putting pressure on you. Instead, be yourself. People are most attracted to you and want you to do your best work for the organization because you are you. If you can鈥檛 do your best work there and be you, then go somewhere else.鈥

2. Expand your network.

In a recent study, LinkedIn reported that among people who applied for jobs directly on their platform, those who asked for a referral from one of their connections were nine times more likely to get the position.

The caveat here is that our networks typically consist of people who look just like us. 鈥淒ucks pick ducks,鈥 said Captain Worthy. This perpetuates a lack of diversity as employees move鈥攐r don鈥檛鈥攗p the ranks of an organization. And a lack of diversity is straight-up bad for business.

鈥淲hen there鈥檚 a decision to be made, different perspectives only make it better,鈥 Molloie said. 鈥淭hat requires breaking the mold of 鈥業鈥檓 comfortable with people like me and we all get the same answer.鈥 Because that might not be the right answer.鈥

Comma adds: 鈥淲hen you have multiple women on a team, the conversation tends to get more real. Women have had to navigate through the 鈥榞ood old boy鈥 conversation. Women have figured out how to challenge and change the conversation more than men who haven鈥檛 had to go through as much adversity. The process tends to be richer.鈥

3. Don鈥檛 overlook the middle.

From 2011-2013, Captain Worthy served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Naval Aviation Enterprise. After every forum or program they produced, Captain Worthy said he always asked one question: What do we do now?

鈥淲e realized that the only time men were hearing this conversation was when they were already at the top,鈥 Captain Worthy said. They were eager to get it done, but in a 100,000-person organization, how do you instill change?鈥

Realizing this, Worthy鈥檚 team began bringing men in middle management to the diversity and inclusion conversation. 鈥淭he men in the middle need to grow with the women next to them so that the culture changes below and these managers effect change as they rise through the ranks,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t can鈥檛 just come from the top.鈥 

4. Practice transparency.

Years back as a manager working his way to partner, Molloie coached his child鈥檚 soccer team. Driving from the office to soccer practice took at least an hour and 15 minutes, which meant that three days a week, he needed to leave the office at 3 p.m. to get to practice on time.

After about a year of 鈥渟neaking out early,鈥 Molloie found himself waiting for the elevator next to a PwC practice leader.  Molloie immediately thought, 鈥極h crap, I hope he doesn鈥檛 ask me where I鈥檓 going.鈥 The practice leader was anxiously hitting the button, and said, 鈥業f this elevator doesn鈥檛 come, I鈥檓 going miss rugby practice! I have to get home!鈥欌

Molloie realized he need not hide where he was going. Seeing a leader in his organization take the time he needed鈥攁nd not apologize for it鈥攎ade Molloie realize he could do the same. 

鈥淚f you鈥檙e not transparent, you鈥檙e prolonging the projection that 鈥榯his never happens,鈥欌 Molloie said. 鈥淎lthough this is hard, if it鈥檚 not acceptable , you don鈥檛 want to be there. So be transparent. Only good can come from that. It may not feel like that all the time, but only good will come from that.鈥

At Rady, we believe in community partnerships. If you would like to connect to discuss ways to engage with the Rady School of Management, please contact

February 18, 2020 0 comment
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Accounting Professionals Share Their Best Career Advice for Students

Career fairs can be nerve-wracking affairs. We all want to make a great first impression on potential employers. So, how do we do that? We asked several accounting professionals attending a recent Meet the Firms 鈥 an accounting career fair hosted by the Rady School to introduce undergraduate accounting minors and MPAc students to dozens of employers 鈥 to share their best pieces of advice for students.

What employers want to see at a career fair:

鈥淪omeone that we can get along with in the workplace and that would have a professional demeanor when we place them in front of clients.鈥 – Natalie Allen, UC San Diego alum and audit associate at KPMG

鈥淐ome out, be your true self. Definitely be prepared. Have some questions prepared for us to give feedback so we can get a dialogue. But then also ask us about who we are.鈥 – Nick Winicki, UC San Diego alum and senior audit associate at Deloitte

鈥淐ommunication skills. Definitely. We always say that you can always teach someone something, but it’s hard to teach soft skills to students.鈥 -Rey Bada, staff accountant at Weworski & Associates

Next steps after a career fair:

鈥淚 think the students should think about what they’re most interested in and what they’re looking for in a career. If they’re in accounting, think about whether you’re interested in tax or audit so you can find the right path for you.鈥 – Megan Chatman, tax manager at Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP

鈥淢ake sure you get business cards and then follow up with them afterwards. So every follow-up email I sent, I tried to include something we talked about so they’d remember me.鈥 – Nick Winicki

Best advice for a job interview:

鈥淛ust be yourself, be punctual. Do some research about the firm and come up with really good questions to ask the interviewer and just try to make an impact.鈥 – Michelle Koh, tax content analyst at Intuit

鈥淚t’s fine to be nervous. It’s fine. It happens to everyone. But the opportunities are out there and you have to be a go-getter. Go for that.鈥 – Jose Palacios, UC San Diego alum and commercial credit underwriter at California Bank and Trust

鈥淏e yourself. I think we all have a tendency to get nervous during a job interview but do what you can to keep your nerves calm and just really be who you are.鈥 – Megan Chatman

“If you don’t know kind of the ins and outs of the bank and have really looked into why you’re excited to work here, it’s hard for us to see you in those positions.” – Nicole Wells, campus recruiter at California Bank & Trust

How to advance in your career:

鈥淧articipate some way in the community, whether it’s through volunteering time in the nonprofit, or being able to have a little bit of background of what it is to be in the workforce and become a little bit more knowledgeable.鈥 – Cynthia Solomon, UC San Diego alum and relationship banker at California Bank & Trust

February 11, 2020 0 comment
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This post originally appeared on AACSB.

When Suman Kanuganti (MBA 鈥14) arrived at the Rady School of Management, he knew he wanted to leave with an idea that would change the world鈥攈e just wasn鈥檛 sure where to start. An impactful course in entrepreneurship incited Kanuganti to pull from his experience to address a societal need. A question was posed to the class: How can entrepreneurship inspire positive change in the lives of others?

Motivated by a perseverant friend with deteriorating vision, Suman decided to use his engineering skills to help empower visually impaired individuals to achieve their full potential. Launched by Kanuganti in 2015, Aira was created to help visually impaired individuals navigate the world with more freedom and autonomy. By leveraging leading technologies, such as smart glasses and mobile devices, Aira connects users with a network of trained remote human agents to provide them with instant access to information and assistance in the physical and digital world, when and where they want it.

Aira is one of today鈥檚 fastest-growing assistive communities, revolutionizing travel, commuting, and shopping for visually impaired individuals. Aira users are able to connect to agents who are able to see a user鈥檚 location and surroundings, providing a clear, live auditory narrative of the user鈥檚 environment in virtually any daily activity.

Through partnerships with Lyft, airports, Walgreens, universities (including the University of California San Diego), sports stadiums, museums, and other lifestyle venues, Aira has brought its assistive service to millions across the U.S. and around the world. As the technologist and innovator who co-founded and serves as president of Aira Tech Corp., Kanuganti is reducing barriers and empowering people who are blind or have low vision to fully engage, explore, and experience the visual world.

Kanuganti is an active alumnus at the Rady School of Management, and has hired five other Rady School alumni to Aira. He has also worked with Rady School faculty to host two capstone projects for the Master of Science in Business Analytics. In addition, Kanuganti has spoken at several events to share his story with students, including a TEDxUCSD talk in 2017.

January 28, 2020 0 comment
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We all know the struggle of sticking to New Year’s resolutions. We start strong, and then by February, our willpower to resist a plate of french fries or commit to a gym routine is gone faster than, well, said plate of fries.

What can we do to make healthy habits actually stick?

Associate Professor of Marketing Wendy Liu has answers. Liu specializes in consumer judgment and decision making, focusing on the cognitive and emotional basis of consumer choice, social interactions, and well-being.

Her recent research topics include decision making under complexity, self control decisions, and the role of emotions and social motivations in customer behavior. She also studies consumer behavior in medical and health domains.

Watch the clip below for a quick tip on how to see your new habits all the way through December.

January 21, 2020 0 comment
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Full-Time MBA Students Share Their Reasons for Choosing Rady

How do qualified MBA applicants select which program is a fit for them? Their reasons are varied, layered and often deeply personal.

According to a 2019 survey by the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants, the five most important factors influencing an MBA applicant鈥檚 school selection are: reputation, ranking, school culture, career impact and city/geographic location.

So, how does the Rady School of Management distinguish itself? We asked full-time MBA students to share what influenced their decision.

Valerie Wiest, Class of 2021

Valerie (center)

Rady offers one of the best entrepreneurship programs in the nation and it focuses on having a positive impact on the world through innovation. This mission was made clear from the start when, in our orientation, one of the presenters led us through an activity that implored us to solve problems worth solving. That idea of entrepreneurship with a purpose is the very reason I wanted to obtain an MBA and why Rady is such a special place.

Small cohort size. Having a relatively small class means that I am able to connect with my classmates and teachers on a much deeper level than I would be able to in a bigger cohort.

San Diego weather and proximity to the beach! You really can鈥檛 beat La Jolla. I wake up every day and feel like I am on vacation. I love living and going to school here. 

Kartik Sanghi, Class of 2020

A very diverse and inclusive culture. We get an opportunity to work with people from around the world and grow our network globally. This also exposes us to various perspectives and help us broaden our thought process, which is a business skill in itself.

San Diego is a hub for entrepreneurs that offers exposure to innovation in industries such as healthcare and technology. Rady鈥檚 courses, programs and events provide multiple platforms to get hands-on experience with innovative ideas and work with like-minded people. Rady has a terrific record of [cultivating] successful entrepreneurs.

Rady has world-class faculty who are subject matter experts in their fields and are proactive in sharing knowledge and offering guidance to students. All of the faculty are easily approachable and open for feedback. They also make sure to modify the course structure as the industry demands to keep students up-to-date with the latest trends.

Paul Wynns, Class of 2020

Rady鈥檚 culture of innovation and collaboration resonates strongly with me. No entrepreneur goes it alone. I鈥檓 excited about the communities here where I can stretch my collaborative skills and find like-minded colleagues across a diversity of technical and life experience backgrounds.

The school is agile, responsive, and forward-leaning in its approach to its MBA program. Its relationships in the San Diego startup ecosystem are full of exciting opportunities for insight, mentorship, and connections with investors.

Ehsan Amozegar, Class of 2020

The spirit I got from its people. Since the very first email I sent to graduate programs, Rady staff answered me in detail. I could tell it was not copy/paste [correspondence] sent to everyone. I received a one-on-one Skype call and the admissions team helped me discover the school from thousands of miles away. I experienced the same level of support once I got into the school.

UC San Diego is among the best young schools globally and the Rady School offers you lessons in agility and creativity. Young schools in general, and business schools specifically, require those characteristics. After all, these are the qualities that their students need to be taught!

Takuya Onda, Class of 2020

Takuya (right)

People around Rady are collaborative and work with others in order to pursue something new. With its strong connections in the local economy, Rady has helped my startup access so many resources such as mentors, advice from professionals, and the opportunity to make a pitch.

I can develop a rich relationship with my cohort. The size of about 50 students allows me to get to know everyone well. Since the Rady community is really close-knit, you feel a responsibility to make our community better than ever.

San Diego is the best place to study with no stress thanks to the beautiful weather and ocean. Even if you are exhausted from studying long hours, the wonderful sunset from campus would make you feel great at the end of the day.

There is a cross-cultural environment here that [is important for business]. People around Rady are totally open-minded and willing to learn. 

Lorena Arellano, Class of 2021

The school is highly driven by innovation. Rady allows you to explore real-life scenarios in its Lab-to-Market course, which gives me the flexibility I am looking for to simulate specific mechanisms in my industry with help and advice from professors. Also, Rady is well recognized for its quantitative analysis expertise.

January 17, 2020 0 comment
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Five Questions to Ask Yourself If You鈥檙e Pursuing a Career in Data

Updated 3/26/20: This post has been edited to reflect that the FlexWeekend MSBA program runs on Saturdays.

For the fourth year in a row, the job search website Glassdoor reported that Data Scientist is the best job in America. 鈥淭his is due to the high demand, high salary, and high job satisfaction,鈥 Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain told CNBC. Several other data-driven roles also made the list: including data engineer at #8 and data analyst at #31.

There鈥檚 no denying that data is very much en vogue.

鈥淎ll organizations are collecting more and more data. It鈥檚 never going to be less,鈥 says Vincent Nijs, Associate Professor of Marketing and co-director of the Rady School of Management鈥檚 Master of Science in Business Analytics program. 鈥淚n this competitive environment, what skill set do you bring?鈥

According to a 2017 report by IBM, 39% of data scientists and advanced analyst positions require a master鈥檚 or PhD. 鈥淚 think of business analytics as data science specifically for business,鈥 says Nijs. 鈥淥ur curriculum is built on business problems that companies face in practice, those that companies are willing to pay people to help solve them.鈥 And pay they do.

鈥淐ontinually learning and adding new knowledge in the field of data science and analytics is a great long-term personal development strategy that pays,鈥 says Forbes writer Louis Columbus. Indeed, that Glassdoor report shows the median base salary for a data analyst at $60,000, but a data scientist can expect to see closer to $110,000*.

鈥淥ne piece of advice I always offer to students on the job market is to try and start at the highest level possible,鈥 says Raymond Petit, Executive Director of the Rady School鈥檚 MSBA program. He has strong evidence to support that advice. 鈥淎mong graduates who report, 100 hundred percent of our MSBA students are placed in jobs after graduation,鈥 many of them in data scientist roles.

鈥淭hese companies see how our graduates our fulfilling their needs and doing a great job at it,鈥 says Terrence August, Associate Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations, and co-director of the MSBA program.

The Rady School of Management is currently accepting applications for its full-time, 11-month Master of Science in Business Analytics degree program and its FlexWeekend MSBA program. The 17-month FlexWeekend MSBA program will cover the same curriculum as the full-time program, with classes offered on alternating Saturdays. This new program will be the first of its kind in California, making it possible for professionals to continue working full-time while they pursue their MSBA degree.

If you鈥檙e deciding whether or not to pursue your Master of Science of Business Analytics, here are a few questions to consider:

1. Do you want to earn a higher salary?   

*See above.

2. Do you want to be able to communicate data more effectively?

鈥淲hen we developed the curriculum for the MSBA programs, we talked to a number of different large corporations in the area,鈥 says Nijs. 鈥淲e asked them what they鈥檇 be looking for from our graduates. They talked about a lot of things like looking at data, being able to analyze the data, but also very importantly鈥攂eing able to communicate the insights from that data back to decision makers.鈥

This is a skill set that Rady MSBA graduate Josh Bhatnagar says he uses every day as a Data Analyst at Mazda North American Operations. In addition to supporting the company鈥檚 quantitative needs such as data accessibility, modeling and structuring, communication is critical to his job function. 鈥淚 maintain ongoing dialogue with domain owners and IT to prioritize organizational data requirements, design strategic data solutions and implement those solutions,鈥 he says. 鈥淲ithout my time at Rady, I would not have had the foundation necessary to be successful in my current role.鈥

3. Do you want more confidence in your technical skills?

Rady MSBA graduate Swagata Chakraborty was working as an analyst in Citibank鈥檚 Global Decision Management team when she found herself contemplating how to move forward in her career. 鈥淚 felt that people who already had a specialization relevant to their role were somewhat more confident and had more clarity about their role.鈥 After graduating, Chakraborty secured a Data Scientist position with Walmart Labs. 鈥淐oncepts like the statistical significance of the data, sampling methods for training and test data, working with unstructured data, training machine-learning models and confidence interval analysis are some of the topics which I learned through my coursework at Rady and apply on a daily basis [at work].鈥

4. Do you want the opportunity to expand your network?

Whether you pursue your MSBA in the full-time or in the FlexWeekend program, the Rady Capstone Project provides the opportunity to solve real business problems faced by real companies such as HP, Petco, Target, and Thermo Fisher. Students work in teams of three-four for ten weeks, ultimately to present their findings to the company. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an experience that very much feels like working for a company as opposed to just a school project,鈥 says August. And better yet, the capstone can become the stepping stone to your next career move.

鈥淐ompanies are setting up this capstone-internship-job pipeline with us so that they can start to build their analytics teams in a very safe, smart way and make sure they鈥檙e getting the right talent for what they need,鈥 says Petit. That鈥檚 exactly what happened for Rady MSBA graduate Radha Srinivasan, who worked on a capstone project for Thermo Fisher, was offered a data scientist job upon graduation, and is now their Senior Data Scientist (one year after graduating).

5. Do you want to drive up value in an organization?

鈥淚t鈥檚 great if you鈥檙e able to program something interesting in Python that solves a problem, but if nobody wants to use it, we鈥檙e not creating any value for anybody,鈥 says Nijs.

Let鈥檚 look at that another way. According to a 2013 McKinsey report, 鈥淏y 2020, the wider adoption of big-data analytics could increase annual GDP in retailing and manufacturing by up to $325 billion and save as much as $285 billion in the cost of health care and government services 鈥 Big data promises big things鈥攂ut only if organizations have the right people in place who know what to do with it.鈥

Hmm. Sounds like a job for a Rady MSBA graduate.

Learn more about the Rady School of Management鈥檚 MSBA program here.

December 17, 2019 0 comment
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