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Inspiring Minds: Celebrating Leadership


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Date: 10/2/2013
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

J.R. Beyster Auditorium, Rady School of Management
9500 Gilman Dr
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Primary Contact
Amelia Cortina

Event Details

Registration is now closed, but we will be accepting walk-ins at the door.

Inspiring Minds: Celebrating Leadership: Women at The Rady School of Management

Alumni, students and faculty from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego are transforming the business world through a shared commitment to innovation and collaboration. Rady School alumni have launched more than 60 startup companies in various industries, from biotech/life sciences and technology, to energy and consumer products. And women are taking up the helm at many of these companies.

Join Dean Robert S. Sullivan, recipient of the Stanley and Pauline Foster Endowed Chair, and a panel of alumni for a special evening that highlights the contributions of women in business, in San Diego and beyond. Panelists will share their own entrepreneurial journeys from idea to implementation – including collaborations with UCSD’s world-renowned faculty, the surrounding community and with each other.

Featured Panelists:

Beth Anne Baber, Ph.D., M.B.A. '09
Chief Executive Officer, Director & Co-Founder, The Nicholas Conor Institute (TNCI)
Beth Anne has more than 20 years of academic experience in molecular biology, neurobiology, cell biology, developmental biology, cancer biology, and signal transduction. In 2007, she co-founded TNCI, in honor of her son, who was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma. While completing her M.B.A. studies at the Rady School of Management, she developed an innovative business model to move discoveries that would benefit children with cancer out of academia and into commercialization. Learn More

Ciara Kennedy, Ph.D., M.B.A. '06
Vice President, Operations, Lumena Pharmaceuticals
Ciara joined Lumena Pharmaceuticals in February 2012, with a proven track record of delivering significant results and advancing therapeutic and diagnostic programs across multiple therapeutic areas and stages of development in the biotech industry. Lumena Pharmaceuticals is developing oral therapeutics for rare liver diseases to improve liver function, relieve disease symptoms and dramatically impact patient health. In 2004, Ciara became a member of the inaugural class of the Rady School of Management, graduating in 2006. Learn More

Silvia Mah, Ph.D. '04, M.B.A. '10
Silvia's primary focus is empowering, nurturing, and sustaining women-owned businesses in San Diego and nationwide; investing in socially relevant new ventures that will allow women to break through barriers in order for the next generation of women entrepreneurs to grow even more; and helping to accelerate university discoveries through the commercialization pipeline. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, she is an advocate for special needs children focusing on ability with modifications. Learn More


Alumni and Guests: $20
Benefactors: Free
Chancellor's Associates: Please contact Tammy Blevins to register for this event at (858) 822-6617.
$5 from each individual event registration is tax-deductible and will support student scholarships at UC San Diego.

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About the Rady School of Management

Founded in 2003, the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is a pioneer of a new generation of business schools. The Rady School was created due to a need expressed to the school’s founders by the San Diego business community, citing a demand for the next generation of leaders in the innovation economy, with skills bridging science and technology with a strong business acumen. The Rady School of Management offers a full-time MBA program, a Flex MBA program for working professionals, a Ph.D. program, undergraduate and executive education courses.

Their mission is to educate ethical leaders for innovative-driven organizations through a shared commitment to innovation, impact collaboration and risk-taking. This year, the Rady School is celebrating its 10th anniversary, marking 10 years of innovation, collaboration, inclusion, integrity and risk-taking that have made it a top MBA Program in California and the U.S.

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