The Rady School Blog

  • Recap: G.A.M.E Forum in New York City

    May 19, 2016
    by Gloria Bai

    It was a great experience to attend the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E Forum in New York City. Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education VI Forum invited more than 117 keynote speakers, panelists, workshop hosts and judges. Over 2000 students and professors attended the forum from all over the world. During the two-day G.A.M.E Forum, students and faculty participated in a selection of 61 breakout sessions that explored portfolio management, equity analysis, asset allocation, risk and ethical decisions.

    The first event was the NASDAQ Closing Bell Event. About 30 students represented their own universities to ring the closing bell in the NASDAQ studio with board members of the Forum. Stepping into Bloomberg was like stepping onto a movie set. Every student there was so excited because that place is not only a success icon for all companies, but also somewhere finance students’ dreams start.

    I had an unbelievable two-day experience. I was excited that I got to take first-hand information like a real financial professional. The Forum started with a discussion of global markets and the global economy. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gave his perspectives on the Forum relating to the market. "Given the economy we're looking at, it would be two rate hikes this year,” he said. “It's not really critical when those take place. I guess I would sort of say one in the middle of the year and one at the end of the year." After having raised rates for the first time in a decade in December 2015, the U.S. Central Bank stood pat in January 2016 and again in mid-March, when it cited weakness overseas and an early-year market selloff that has since reversed. It was very impressive that I was there to listen to every word he said that can influence the market at that moment.

    Moreover, it was so incredible and shocking to see my home country from the view of the United States. Except keeping the inflation rate and economy increasing, another reason why the Fed increased interest rates was a weak overseas market. Half of the content from the Forum involved China, which was experiencing a transformation. The global economic growth was influenced by BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries’ economies since those emerging countries are slower in the growth of their economies. In addition, China was worried over its rapid accumulation of credit problems. Now China’s corporate debt is equal to 160% of its gross domestic product. Credit stress was rising especially amongst the industrial sector that suffers from overcapacity and output price deflation. So investors should be cautious in China’s market. This reminded me of news I heard before I came to the United States that George Soros shorted CNY in fear of a China economic downfall.  His opinion caused panic among Chinese investors. And at that time, the Chinese newspapers argued that China’s economy would stay healthy and arbitrage investors like Soros were definitely wrong about the China market. Sitting in the hall, I listened to outsiders telling me a different story. Lack of communication between the Chinese government and the global market is a serious problem. As a result of the discussion, I saw my own country’s problems and economic environment from the point of view of Americans.

    Due to my interest in investments, I participated in some related panels the next day. Those panelist were from banks, private equities and media. Besides talking about what they were doing in the industry, they shared more about their career path and their suggestions. After listening to those professionals from the buy-side and sell-side, I had a big picture and tried to figure out on which career path I would fit.

    During the two-day meeting, I met many students from all over the world. I gained professional views of the global economy and finance. What was more important was a further step of my understanding of my career path. Once you know more information, you get a clearer view of the future. 


    Gloria Bai (’16) is a Master of Finance student concentrating in investments, data analysis and venture capital at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. She likes being in the sun and hopes to make a difference in society. In her free time, she enjoys writing, speaking, traveling and playing sports.

  • Lab to Market: An Intrapreneur’s Perspective

    May 10, 2016
    by Michelle David

    Innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Rady School. While it lends itself to entrepreneurism, which is core to the Rady School brand, innovation is also necessary in the corporate world, in order for a business to be a leader in the industry. For me, finding opportunities for innovation within an existing organization is my goal, which made the Corporate Track of the Lab to Market (L2M) Series a perfect addition to my MBA curriculum.
  • The Complete Guide to Your MBA Internship

    May 5, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Finding the right internship takes time and strategy. Before you begin your search, think about what you want to get out of your internship.
  • Rady Executive Breakfast Series Recap: Tim Wollaeger, Sanderling Ventures

    April 28, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Tim Wollaeger recently spoke to Rady School students, faculty and staff at the Rady Executive Breakfast Series about his three keys to success: adaptability to change, a focus on getting things done and team building and networking.
  • Allie Lieberman (Ph.D. ‘19) receives Interdisciplinary Research Award

    April 21, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    Rady School of Management Ph.D. student Alicea Lieberman was recently honored at the 6th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Awards, presented by the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association. She was nominated by her department for her innovative interdisciplinary research in increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the underserved.
  • Rady student veterans explore career opportunities at Veteran Connections event

    April 14, 2016
    by Aleena Karamally

    Student veterans discussed career transitions and job opportunities at a networking event hosted by the Rady School in conjunction with Rady Veterans Club, UC San Diego Career Services Center, UC San Diego Student Veterans Organization and Northrup Grumman last week.
  • StartR Demo Day Celebrated Graduating Fall 2015 Teams

    April 7, 2016
    by Karen Jensen

    On March 30th, four teams from the Fall 2015 StartR class pitched their companies to an audience of Rady School students, alumni and staff, as well as local industry experts and investors at StartR Demo Day.
  • Roundup: Entrepreneur Track Lab to Market (L2M) MBA Startup Company Profiles

    March 24, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    This month, full-time and part-time MBA students in the entrepreneur track formally pitched their companies to a panel of experts, consisting of two faculty members and three alumni, who gave them feedback on their ideas. Here is our roundup of each of the teams.
  • Rady Careers' Top 5 LinkedIn Tips for MBA Students and Alumni

    March 18, 2016
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Director of Rady School Career Connections, Terra Saltzman-Baker, shares her top five tips to ensure that you are making the most of your LinkedIn profile and maximizing your resources.
  • Rady Warren Buffett Trip 2016 - Life Changing and Unforgettable

    March 10, 2016
    by Samantha Bishop

    I knew that Rady would open many doors for me, but I could never have dreamed that it would open a door for me to get the opportunity to meet a legend like Warren Buffett.
  • The Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and Jacobs School of Engineering Partner on Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellowship

    March 9, 2016
    by Melinda Battenberg

    The program will give engineering students a solid understanding of business fundamentals and prepare them to apply their existing knowledge to a real project, while giving MBA student access to technologies with commercialization potential.
  • Professor Vish Krishnan Chosen to Lead a National WSJ Panel on "Leading Innovation"

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The CIO Network is an invitation-only event that brings together chief information and technology officers from the top companies around the world to discuss key challenges and opportunities for innovation for their organizations. Vish Krishnan is Endowed Chair Professor in the Innovation, Technology & Operations area and has been named Most Valuable Professor by our students in 2009 and 2012.
  • mystartupXX Accelerator 2016 Teams Announced

    March 3, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    The mystartupXX program is an accelerator emphasizing diversity in leadership teams for students and alumni from the Rady School and across the wider UC San Diego community.
  • Rady Bay Area Trek 2016 - Preparing for My Return Home

    February 25, 2016
    by Danny Huynh

    As a San Francisco Bay Area native, I never imagined that I would travel 500 miles as part of a school trip to visit companies in my own neighborhood. But that’s exactly what I did last month. With the help of Rady Graduate Career Connections, I was able to enter the doors of small and big-name companies, giving me one of my most memorable and rewarding MBA experiences at the Rady School thus far.
  • 2016 MBA Bay AreaTrek Recap

    February 18, 2016
    by Lauren Herr

    Hosted by Rady Graduate Career Connections, the trek provides Rady students the opportunity to learn about hiring procedures, meet executives face-to-face and network with Rady alumni at both small and big-name Bay Area companies that are driving innovation.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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.