Anybody Want to Try out Slack?

Hey Peeps,

Recently, I ran into this little app called slack. Some pretty cool tech companies use it to make communication a little less formal, more open, and more easily searchable. I’d like to give it a shot.


Their description is:

“Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack.”

…Which sounds nice, but honestly this video is what sold me on giving it a shot:

The service is free so we can see how it resonates and keep or dump it as we’d like. So, for anyone who’d like get a little nerdy and try it out with me, I’ve set up a “beta” account:

There are a lot of cool things about the app, but if it opens up a few silos, makes conversation between teams a little more casual or kills off a few long email chains, then I’d be happy.

Happy Wed,


p.s. pet photos and memes welcomed


Rodrigo Perez: Citizen of The United States of America!

Our beloved Rodrigo Perez is sworn-in as a freshly-minted citizen of the United States. In fact, it was an honor to welcome all of these fine people into our society.

The iPhone picture SUCKS but it’s good enough. It was an honor to be there to welcome Rodrigo into the 10th- most free country on planet Earth.


You’ll find the videos on my Facebook page.



International Student Welcome

Thursday, August 21st around 12 noon we will be welcoming our 2014 incoming international students in both the MBA & MPAc programs. They will be enjoying a light lunch in GH1213, followed by a personal Graduate School of Management SISS Orientation delivered by Tammy Silver, Assistant Director of International Student Services. Please offer ‘hellos & welcomes’ to the students, if you have the opportunity.

Career Tracks is Coming, Career Tracks is Coming. Learn More on Aug. 26.

Highly recommend GSM staff attend this meeting . . .

August Staff Assembly Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Asmundson Hall – Room 242
Irene Horgan-Thompson, Senior HR Strategic Partner and Total Compensation Center of Expertise lead, will be presenting on Career Tracks at Staff Assembly’s August meeting. Career Tracks is a new systemwide compensation and position classification system that has been implemented at UCOP, UC Merced and UC Berkeley. Career Tracks will ultimately be implemented at all other UC locations and this meeting is an opportunity for Staff Assembly members to learn more about the process and how it will impact staff.


Scenes from SIEML

We’re welcoming 54 undergrads to the GSM for the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders, a unique, two-week program promoting diversity and developing business talent. They are off to tour Silicon Valley today. Kudos to Kathy Gleed and her team for organizing and arranging the experience for these talented future business leaders!

See photos on Facebook:

Great minds think alike…and dress alike

PhotoI don’t know about the Vulcan mind-meld that takes place in your unit, but every so often we find at least a couple of the D&ER staff dressing eerily similar. I’m not talking about matching GSM logo polo shirts for the football tailgate, or wearing the same socks as Greg. Today’s staff pic is of Lana and Mary, who coincidentally wore green shirts with tassels, black flats, and white pant/skirt. And for those who pay attention to the minor details, both have straightened their hair, too!

Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders Kicks Off Sunday!

You will likely see and hear a lot of buzz in the hallways over the coming weeks. This weekend, the GSM will welcome 54 students for the UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML)—an initiative launched in 2012 by the University of California-Office of the President. SIEML is a two-week intensive immersion and learning experience targeting exceptionally talented undergraduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). The program is jointly organized, planned and executed by the six University of California graduate schools of management, including UC Davis. SIEML is designed to attract a more diverse pipeline of future leaders into UC MBA programs and to acquaint them with California so that they will seek employment in the state.

Kathy Gleed and her team have arranged for a fun and memorable two week program for the students. They will visit the San Francisco Exploratorium and Computer History Museum in San Jose and even participate in a community service project. In an effort to seamlessly plan and execute this unique program, Kathy has coordinated and participated in numerous conference calls with the other UC management schools’ admissions and student services staff, all six deans, and various faculty, staff, and service providers. This is all on top of her full time job as Senior Director of Admissions!

Many individuals from our own GSM family will be front and center teaching sessions during the program (Cleve Justis, Chih-Ling Tsai, Prasad Naik, Jim Olson, Gina Dokko, Jim Kelly, Brad Barber, Kim Elsbach, Jim Stevens, and Hollis Skaife) and others have been intimately involved in the behind the scenes work. For example, the Development Team has raised $150,000 from three corporate sponsors (Wells Fargo, Deloitte, and Kaiser Permanente) to support this all-expenses-paid opportunity.

As you see these visiting students around Gallagher Hall over the next two weeks, be sure to offer them the usual GSM friendly and warm welcome. You never know, they could be our incoming MBA or MPAC students in a few years!



GSM T-Shirts & Sweatshirts Now Available at UC Davis Store in Downtown Davis

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Every well-dressed GSM staff member needs at least one casual GSM shirt in the wardrobe to show your pride. It’s much easier to shop now, take a lunch time and cruise down to the UC Davis Store in downtown Davis to pick up a GSM T-shirt, available in both men’s and women’s styles and sizes, as well as GSM sweatshirts (ok, so it’s 105 degrees out, but try it out doing hot yoga or save it for winter).

We’re also working with UC Davis Store to add these GSM-branded items at the UC Davis Conference Center store (next door to Gallagher Hall), and/or all items on the Bookstore website for online orders:

  • Hats
  • Ink Pens
  • Business Card Holders
  • Bistro Mugs
  • Water Bottles (stainless steel)
  • Coffee Tumblers
  • License Plate Frames
  • Umbrellas
  • Luggage Tags (stainless steel)
  • Polo Shirts (higher end men’s and women’s styles)

Updates to come!

– Tim Akin

GSM Staff and Faculty Raise $364,900 for Campaign!


On Saturday, May 31, UC Davis donors celebrated the conclusion of $1 Billion Campaign For UC Davis, announcing that we surpassed the goal by raising $1.1 billion from 108,832 donors since the campaign launch in 2006, completing the campaign a year ahead of schedule.

Thanks to you–GSM staff and faculty, we surpassed our goal to raise $25 million for the School as part of the overall total. Since 2006, 31 faculty and 43 staff members made gifts totaling nearly $364,900.

Please accept my appreciation for everyone’s enthusiasm and support over the years. Your contributions as community members was imperative to the success of the GSM campaign! To date, the GSM has raised $25.5 million from 2,233 people, and our goal was surpassed in January (view event photos).







Lee Oerding Completes Administrative Officer of the Future Program

Congratulations are in order to Lee Oerding, Development Manager, who is one of the nlee_oerlingeditedewest members of the graduating class of UC Davis Administrative Officers for the Future.

It’s impressive to observe Lee as she pursues professional development opportunities offered by UC Davis each year, especially because this year’s program required a seven-month commitment of her time.

Lee completed the intensive program with a group of her peers from both the Davis campus and UC Davis Health System. The goal of the program is to build a pipeline of employees who can someday fill CAO and other key leadership positions.

Lee’s final project was to co-present their group’s recommendations for a communications plan for the Shared Services Center, and some of their recommendations have already been implemented.

“It is essential that we nurture a well-trained and diverse cadre of leaders who can take us to even greater heights over the coming years and decades,” Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said. “The Administrative Officers for the Future program is the latest example of our commitment to developing current staff so they can become the future leaders of our university.”

Join me in giving Lee a shout-out for achieving her goal to complete this program!


Learn more about the Administrative Officers for the Future program

Read the UC Davis article