Beyster Institute Prepares for 2010 Employee Ownership Conference in Minneapolis

On April 20-22, the Beyster Institute at the Rady School and the National Center for Employee Ownership will present the Employee Ownership Annual Conference in Minneapolis. Each year this event attracts over 700 employee ownership experts and company leaders for three days of workshops and training on the latest trends and practices in equity sharing. This year’s conference features a keynote presentation by British employee ownership expert and author David Erdal.

New FlexWeekend Fellowships Established for Emerging Leaders

The Rady School has announced new fellowships (graduate level scholarships) to support emerging leaders in San Diego’s innovation-focused industry sectors. Five fellowships will be awarded to individuals joining the fall 2010 entering class of the Rady FlexWeekend MBA program. These fellowships are open to professionals currently working in the life sciences, technology or clean technology sectors in San Diego.

Nominations will be accepted through April 12, 2010. Rady FlexWeekend MBA applications will be accepted through April 19, 2010 for fellowship consideration. Learn more here-/mba/flex/emerging/.

Rady MBAs Visit 13 Companies on Bay Area Trek

The 3rd Annual Rady Bay Area Trek was a successful and productive event. More than 35 MBAs from the Flex and Full-Time programs joined MBA Career Connections to visit 13 companies in the finance, life science and technology industries.

Students visited the San Jose BioCenter, Abbott Laboratories, Affymetrix, Bank of the West, BlackRock, Brocade, Capricorn Management Group, Cisco, Genentech, Gilead Science, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO and Life Technologies.

Visits allowed MBAs to learn about the companies, in order to understand how innovation plays a role in their success. They also heard directly from the companies about the types of roles for which they are currently recruiting. The trek was culminated with a Rady Bay Area alumni reception at the California Academy of Sciences that brought together Rady MBAs, alumni from the Rady School and UC San Diego and corporate partners in the Bay Area.

Rady Lab to Market Company MicroStem Presents at Dean’s Advisory Council Meeting

Dean Sullivan has instituted a new optional component of the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) meetings. An alumni company is invited to give a presentation to Council members after the DAC meeting. The presenting alumni company for the January meeting was MicroStem, formed by Rady alumni Justin Bingham, Thomas Fellner, Jessica Wei and Marie Zhang. Another Lab to Market company, Opteris, presented at the last DAC meeting.

MicroStem, Inc. is a platform company providing novel tools for disease research, therapy and drug development. By leveraging expertise in stem cell biology and a proprietary technology platform, MicroStem is developing biological and chemical cell culture systems for the growth, expansion and differentiation of human stem cells. MicroStem’s solutions will enable its partners in the bio-medical industry to enhance their development of novel drugs and therapies for cancer and degenerative diseases. Learn more at

Undergrad Accounting Minor Exceeds 100 Students in First Six Months

The Rady School’s undergraduate accounting minor, which was approved by the campus in fall 2009, has already enrolled more than 100 students in the first six months since its introduction. These students will take seven required courses in order to graduate from UC San Diego with a minor in accounting. This new program has drawn great interest from students across campus. Students who take the seven required courses plus an additional two accounting courses will also fulfill the accounting portion of the educational requirements for the CPA exam. Learn more about Rady undergrad programs here- /undergrad/.

Rady Business Journal in Production, Needs Partners

The Rady Business Journal, a student-run, peer-reviewed journal is in the production stages. To learn more about the journal or read last year’s edition, visit /journal/.

If you or your company would like to partner with this year’s editors and sponsor the 2010 journal, please e-mail

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