The Rady School Blog

  • Using my MBA for the Greater Good

    August 2, 2017
    by Sarah Feldman

    Just over a year ago, a group of concerned community members and I founded a startup-non-profit called “The Silicon Valley Ice Skating Association”. Many of the lessons learned in the Rady School of Management’s Lab to Market program were very helpful in doing so.

    To understand the situation, I used the framework from Lab to Market to describe the market for ice rinks: There was a need for more ice rink facilities in Silicon Valley’s Peninsula community – an issue that was worsened by many facilities recently shuttering. This was happening due to the extremely high ROI of housing or commercial facilities in lieu of recreational facilities. Further, there was a gap in supply of such rinks, but a very high demand from community members. We mobilized when the market fell out of equilibrium and our home ice rink in Belmont, California was forced to close due to high maintenance costs and due to the market forces that dictated the property was worth millions of dollars to a housing developer who later purchased it.

    The Silicon Valley Business Journal, Mercury News, ABC News, and other local news outlets closely followed the skating community efforts, including the efforts of our sister group looking to save a rink in San Mateo.  Since our founding a year ago, we are so thankful to be seeing movement to save our rinks and that our sister group’s ice rink is slated to re-open in September! Our non-profit also started to help build another rink in a surrounding area. We are extremely excited to welcome 2002 Olympic Team Member, Timothy Goebel to our board. Timothy brings his experience with Figure Skating in Harlem and passion for the skating community to our organization. He has been an absolute pleasure to work with.

    In April 2017. Silicon Valley Ice Skating Association hosted its first anniversary gala, with the help of our amazing volunteer staff. Our Honorary Speaker, an exceptional woman, was Joanne Pasternack, executive director and vice president of the San Francisco 49ers (who has since moved to the Golden State Warriors). Some of the attendees included Kari Wolfe, Community Director of the Oakland A’s, Polina Edmunds, Olympic medalist; local elected officials and board directors; with over 300 individuals at the event.   

    Olympic Medalists Kristi Yamaguchi and Timothy Goebel both donated time to be auctioned off at the event in addition to numerous generous skate companies and event sponsors. Event donations were made by tech executives and community members, including those from Julianne and Scott Wagner (president and COO of GoDaddy), Charlene Low, Irvin, Abrahamson & Company CPA's, Inc, and many others. We are so thankful for the continued support as we strive to bring more ice skating facilities to Silicon Valley!

    Since the event was hosted, we had the great fortune of working with California Congresswoman Jackie Speier to continue brainstorm ideas of how to keep ice skating a vibrant part of Silicon Valley, home of many successful Olympic Figure Skaters. 

    My experience at Rady gave me the mindset and the toolkit to lead the effort to bring more skating facilities to the Silicon Valley. From the financial forecasting experience to building a business plan to calculating Total Addressable Market, Rady’s MBA program prepared me to launch our startup non-profit.

    Sarah Feldman graduated with an MBA from the Rady School of Management in 2015. She currently works in the Bay Area as the Business Intelligence Program Manager for Tesla Motors. 

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  • Entrepreneurs and Engineers Unite for Innovation

    July 17, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The Rady School collaborates with the Jacobs School of Engineering to encourage collaboration and innovation.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Amy Bernal

    July 14, 2017

    This Rady School pursued a passion for helping others at a company owned by a fellow alum.
  • Happy Birthday to Us!

    July 14, 2017

    A message from Dean Robert Sullivan celebrates the Rady School's 14th birthday.
  • Rady School Recognized with Extension of Accreditation by the AACSB

    June 27, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The Rady School, which is among the youngest business schools to receive AACSB accreditation, earned the coveted status in 2011.
  • Rady Alum Spearheading Design-Build Project at UC San Diego

    June 26, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Carlos Gonzalez (MBA '07) and his team from Clark Construction will spearhead a major construction project at UC San Diego.
  • Rady School Graduates More Than 300 Students

    June 22, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The Class of 2017 graduated from the Rady School of Management on Sunday, June 18.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Brett Blazys

    June 20, 2017

    Brett Blazys (MBA '14) shares how his time at the Rady School helped him set up his business.
  • Engineers and Entrepreneurs Join Forces for Lab to Market Presentations

    June 19, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    The 2017 graduating Lab to Market cohort pitched innovative technologies to a panel of esteemed judges.
  • Rady Professor Earns Veteran Focused Award

    June 6, 2017

    Professor David Schkade received the 2017 Battle Buddy Staff and Faculty Award.
  • Wasim Hajjiri's Rady School Journey

    June 5, 2017
    by Wasim Hajjiri

    Wasim Hajjiri is turning his journey into an inspirational book.
  • Rady Students Sweep Entrepreneur Challenge

    May 31, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Two Rady School teams placed first in their categories.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Sam Chi

    May 23, 2017

    Sam Chi (MBA '11) used his Rady education to launch a business dedicated to helping people sleep.
  • UC San Diego’s Veteran Entrepreneur Initiatives Take Flight

    May 19, 2017
    by Michelle Franklin, photos by Erik Jepsen

    New programs to help veterans launch second career after military service.
  • Research at Rady: Shifting Toward Mobile Banking

    May 17, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    A Rady School professor and her students studied consumer attitudes regarding mobile banking.
  • The Search is On – Tips for Job Seekers

    May 16, 2017
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Graduating? On the hunt for a job? The Rady School director of Career Connections offers tips and tricks for job seekers.
  • The Return on Investment of the Rady MBA

    May 11, 2017
    by Kelly Vo

    To be successful, business professionals must constantly pursue new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Creating Value with Your Rady School MBA

    May 10, 2017
    by Del Foit

    Lecturer Del Foit explains the prolific nature of entrepreneurship.
  • Rady Entrepreneurship Summer Course for High School Students – with 6 units of College Prep Credit

    May 5, 2017

    Special summer program geared toward high school students encourages entrepreneurship.
  • Expanding the Rady Network

    May 5, 2017

    Rady Referral Program is revamping to encourage alumni to refer future students.