The Rady School Blog

  • How My Rady School MBA Prepared Me to Produce a Movie

    January 28, 2016
    by Jing Hsu

    In the summer of 2014, I was offered an incredible opportunity to intern for Premier Oriental Pictures, a top film company in Beijing, China. I was extremely excited about the opportunity, but faced with one small problem: How does an MBA student with no artistic background contribute as an Assistant Story Developer/Producer?

    A year later, although equipped with copious business knowledge and a new set of skills from my first year at the Rady School, I knew very little about Beijing’s film industry. When I first stepped out of the plane after a 16-hour flight to Beijing all I had were a desire to learn, a passion for the entertainment industry and a strong foundation of business knowledge. 


    While that first day proved to be quite a challenge, I soon realized that the skills I learned at the Rady School have very broad applications. I began to see my movie as a product, just like in any other business. I used my imagination and utilized tools I learned from my Marketing, Project Management, Creativity and Innovation and Lab to Market courses.


    In addition, I found that my Lab to Market and Creativity and Innovation courses perfectly integrate with story development. Because of my experience from the Rady School I was able to identify productive creativity, brainstorm ideas, extract value from each suggestion, evaluate risks (including questions like will this offend the Film and Media Bureau of China?) and eventually transform the ideas into a complete and marketable story. My fresh perspective was greatly appreciated by co-workers. Some of my ideas were even incorporated in to the plotline of the film! 


    The film will premiere in 2017, and knowing that my ideas and skills were so essential to its production makes me very thankful for the knowledge I have gained at the Rady School. My internship helped me recognize the broad applications of my skills and showed me that I can easily transition from a casual atmosphere in the entertainment industry to the formalities of the business world. Regardless of whether I am wearing jeans or a suit, my Rady School MBA will improve my professional and personal skills and abilities and I am prepared to excel in any industry. That is why I am proud to be #RadyMade!

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    Jing Hsu (MBA '16)  is a Full-Time MBA student at the Rady School of Management. She completed an internship at Premier Oriental Pictures as Assistant Story Developer and Assistant Producer.

  • Never Stop Starting Up - Andrew LeBlanc, MBA '15

    January 20, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    Andrew LeBlanc (MBA '15), Co-Founder and CEO of Genrix, discusses how the Rady School's Lab to Market capstone course series and StartR Accelerator helped him learn to become the entrepreneur his is today.
  • From MBA Capstone Project to Acquisition: A Rady Health-Tech Startup Success Story

    January 11, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    After completing medical school, Brad Pruitt (MBA ’11) became involved in the clinical trial world and sought an MBA at the Rady School to advance his career on the business side of medicine.
  • Rady School Research: Gift-Giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You Think

    December 22, 2015
    by Elanor Williams and Mary Steffel

    Rady School Research: Gift-Giving Taboos That Aren’t As Bad As You Think
  • Reflecting on What Makes Me #RadyMade

    December 17, 2015
    by Gurbhupinder “Gary” Sahota

    Every Rady School student has had different experiences, both academically and professionally, that define who they are and shape their life goals. Personally, my goals are not limited to the academic or professional realm. I strive to make an impact at my school and in my community.
  • Rady School Research: The Key to Getting People to Donate to Charities

    December 14, 2015
    by Marta Serra-Garcia and James Andreoni

    Surprisingly, fundraisers may get more money by asking for a tentative pledge rather than a definite one.
  • Why Rady: Leveraging a FlexWeekend MBA to Disrupt Healthcare for Oncology Patients

    December 10, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Ali Kuraishy (FlexWeekend ’17) is a Product Manager in the Oncology Department at Illumina, a life science company in San Diego. After receiving a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkley and Ph.D.from UC Los Angeles, Kuraishy was looking for a program that would allow him to enhance his knowledge and skills without interfering with his work schedule.
  • Rady Alum Lada Rasochova Wins Local InnovateHER Competition for Startup Dermala

    December 9, 2015
    by San Diego Metopolitan magazine

    Dermala moves on to national competition sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft on March 17 in Washington, D.C.
  • A Culture of Entrepreneurship - Opening Santa Barbara’s Non-Profit Ice Rink Facility

    December 9, 2015
    by Sarah Feldman

    Some of you may recall seeing my blog entry last year about the ground breaking of a new non-profit ice rink in Santa Barbara. This year we celebrated the Grand Opening of Ice in Paradise, the only ice rink for adaptive sports of its kind West of the Mississippi.
  • Professor of Finance Rossen Valkanov Appointed as Inaugural Recipient of Zable Endowed Chair in Management Leadership

    December 7, 2015
    by Melinda Battenberg

    The Zable Endowed Chair was established from a bequest from Cubic Corporation founder Walter J. Zable and his wife, Betty C. Zable, to support faculty recruitment, teaching, and research activities and to support the creation of new models for management education at the Rady School of Management.
  • A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Rady MBA Student

    December 4, 2015
    by Aaron Chiu

    Just how busy can a business student get? You probably can’t answer this question unless you’ve been through it yourself. In my post, I hope to give you a sense of a typical Thursday for me at Rady.
  • 2015 TriNet Challenge Recap

    December 3, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Rady School startup team CB Therapeutics wins big at 4th annual UC San Diego-wide competition.
  • Why Rady: From a Senior Scientist in Biotech

    December 3, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Dina Uzri is a Senior Scientist at Abreos Biosciences, a local assay development company which focuses on precision dosing and drug development. She earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University and a postdoc at Stanford University School of Medicine. When Uzri began searching for an MBA program, she knew exactly what she wanted, but wasn’t quite sure where to find it.
  • Military Officer RoDeece Dean Talks Failure, Success and Perseverance After Rady

    December 1, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    Rady School alum Lt. Commander RoDeece Dean (MBA ’13), who currently serves as Deputy Director of Strategy and Future Requirements at Naval District Washington and as a Military Social Aide to the President, spoke with current MBA students about how his Rady School MBA impacted his life and career post-graduation at a professional seminar.
  • From T-shirt Folder to Student Leader - My Journey to Becoming #RadyMade

    December 1, 2015
    by Danny Huynh

    As a Rady School student Ambassador, I want to share my Rady story and my MBA journey. While many students start their MBA journey incredibly experienced in the workplace and ready to land their next position on the corporate ladder, I was still trying to find my place in the professional world. It wasn’t easy getting to this point, but my mixed bag of past experiences has taught me to expect the unexpected and to learn from every experience.
  • Never Stop Advancing - Jeff Benabio, MD, MBA'15

    November 24, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Jeff Benabio, MD (MBA '15) discusses the impact his Rady MBA made on his career and how he uses the business acumen and emphasis on innovation learned at Rady in his new role as Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente.
  • Help Grow our Rady Community by Supporting Fellowships on Giving Tuesday

    November 23, 2015
    by Alexandra Jacobo-Mares

    On Tuesday, December 1st, after the turkey has been eaten and the shopping has been done, the Rady School will strive to raise $5,000 for the Fellowships for the Future fund.
  • How to Survive a Rigorous MBA Program: A Graduate Student's Survival Guide

    November 17, 2015
    by Nick Bernard

    This is the quick and dirty guide (because your time is limited) on managing stress as you acquire your MBA and seek achievements beyond.
  • Rady [X] Technology Conference Recap

    November 16, 2015
    by Gary Sahota

    Second annual, student-organized tech conference brings together over 200 students, alumni and senior leaders in the San Diego community.
  • Rady at the Center of San Diego's Innovation Economy: My Inspiration from TEDx in San Diego

    November 12, 2015
    by Takeshi Kanamori

    Last week, I attended a TEDx event in in downtown San Diego hoping to get some inspiration for my Lab to Market course. Lab to Market is the signature course sequence at the Rady School in which students apply technical knowledge to their own unique idea with the intention to improve an existing model or create a new business.