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Nicole Garcia

President | nicole@daviswomeninbusiness.com

Nicole is a fourth year pursuing a major in Communication.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

Davis Women in Business serves as a bridge between my ambitions in business and gender equity. As a co-founder, I wanted to create a better future for myself and the other women around me in my community and professional world. 

What are your responsibilities as President?

As President, I organize the director team for their various responsibilities and programming. Since we work across so many different domains and organize many different events, I'm in the capacity to ensure everything runs smoothly, communication is upheld, and programming is executed at its fullest potential.

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about progress and communication, but my deepest passions reside in leadership. I strive to use my own talents and abilities to not only help others reach fulfillment in their professional and personal lives, but also to lead the change for a better community and world.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

My interests span across design and leadership, and so I hope to pursue entrepreneurship in a company geared toward environmental equity. 

Who do you look up to and why?

My parents, as they have taught me the value of hard work. They have worked hard throughout my life to provide for my family, and throughout all my endeavors they have always supported and encouraged me. 

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Practice. I believe practice is a virtue whose value is often forgotten or overlooked, but when applied correctly, an individual can experience immeasurable reward from the discipline of practice. 

 
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Disha Bahl

Director of OWN IT Summit | disha@daviswomeninbusiness.com

Disha is a junior pursuing a major in Genetics and Genomics with a minor in Professional Writing. In her role as Director of  the OWN IT Summit, she works with the Director of Programs & Events in planning the annual spring OWN IT Summit, DWIB's largest event of the year.

Why did you join Davis Women in Business?

As a woman who has struggled to attain opportunities in my field, joining DWIB gave me an avenue to meet women who are trying to encourage and foster each other to excel in their fields. I believe finding the right resources and recognizing one's strengths are the core at DWIB and therefore was the perfect organization for me to join.

What are you passionate about?

I am foremost passionate about medicine. It is the one field I see with an immediate impact on others. Learning about the human body and all its nuances is something that greatly excites me and I can't wait to continue to learn more and more as my education advances.

I am also passionate about food. Both eating and making food makes me elated. Finding different recipes and constantly improving upon my cooking skills is something I greatly enjoy and often take quite seriously.

Who do you look up to and why?

I do not look up to a single individual in particular. I try to embody traits and cultivate my motivations from those who have pursued their passions. This includes individuals such as Sheryl Sandberg, my cardiologist, and Paul Kalanithi. They are all people who built themselves up, an ethic I try to instill myself: to constantly build up despite adversities.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

I am resilient because I seldom take no for an answer. 

 
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Kelly Wen

Director of Operations | kelly@daviswomeninbusiness.com

Kelly is a fourth year pursuing a major in Economics and minors in Communication and Technology Management.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined Davis Women in Business because I want to experience the power of women supporting each other and creating change in society. When I joined DWIB, I knew that there was so much I wanted to work on such as self-confidence or how to "ace an interview", but most importantly, I wanted to learn and embrace the culture of a supportive system of young women.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Operations?

As Operations Director, I run the meetings by making sure they are efficient, professional, and have value. I also handle a lot of the Operations of the organization where I try to solve problems that can arise internally.

What are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about fitness and healthy eating (even though it is hard to abide by daily). Living a healthy lifestyle was something I learned from a very small age from my mother. Being away at college, it helps me to remember where I came from and I hope to carry this for the rest of my life.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I am currently pursing a field in Finance. Finance, I find, is very applicable to our real world. Finance is not just about numbers, but it is looking at data to make the best decision possible. I feel that it is an important skill to have in the world.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look to all the women around me such as my housemates, my friends, or my fellow DWIB members. Many of the people around me has accomplished so many wonderful things already. I find that having people that you admire that is close to you pushes you even more to do amazing things especially someone who is the same age.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

A sponge because I like to soak up everything I learned or listened to and try to apply it to my life.

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Stephany Arroyo

Director of Administration | scarroyo@ucdavis.edu

Stephany is a fourth year pursuing a major in Communication and a minor in Managerial Economics.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

 

They say that you are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with. Therefore, I knew I wanted a community of passionate, fierce, and unapologetic individuals who were fighting for their dreams. DWIB has provided me just this and best of all, all of these amazing ladies know there is enough room for all of us to succeed. They are right by each other pushing each other up every step of the way.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Administration?

As Administrative Director I will be working closely alongside the President and Operations Director to ensure clear communication, efficient processes, and transparent structures for DWIB as a whole.

What are you passionate about?

Business Field, Leadership/Empowerment, and the Latino community

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I hope to enter a career within Public Relations.

Who do you look up to and why?

Although I can think of various role models in the business industry, the most powerful role models for me have always been and will always be my family. My family has taught me the true meaning of perseverance , determination, tenacity, and a humble heart.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Optimistic. I strongly believe that our thoughts manifest into our reality. The one thing we always have control over is our perceptions. Looking for the positive in everything is the key to a happy life.

Miuccia Halim

Director of Career Development | mkhalim@ucdavis.edu

Miuccia is a fourth year pursuing a major in Managerial Economics and a minor in Communication.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined Davis Women in Business to engage with a community of motivated individuals striving to develop themselves personally and professionally. When I first arrived at UC Davis as a first year student, I longed for that “second family away from home” my peers frequently sought to find themselves — I explored various organizations, from sports clubs to community service organizations, but wasn’t able to establish a genuine connection with their communities and mission statements. However, when I encountered DWIB, I instantly felt inspired by DWIB’s tight-knit, supportive community. Joining DWIB proves to be one of the main highlights in my undergraduate career because I have experienced personal and professional growth as well as developed strong relationships with other aspiring female professionals.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Career Development?

My main goal as the Career Development Director includes equipping DWIB’s associates with proper knowledge of important professional and life skills, educating them about the various career paths they can take, and preparing them for entry into the working world. It is my responsibility to serve as a coach and mentor for DWIB’s associates to help them succeed both personally and professionally. Therefore, my responsibilities entail creating and hosting professional development workshops, developing and leading a new career coach program within DWIB, and working closely with DWIB’s associates to help them achieve their professional goals.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about promoting health and wellness — I believe it’s important for college students to seek a healthy balance between their academics, professional, and personal lives. While DWIB’s mission involves empowering DWIB’s associates to accomplish their professional goals, I believe we should also take time to take care of ourselves and reflect on our own mental health and well-being. By striving for that balance, we can become healthier and happier versions of ourselves.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I am currently seeking to pursue a career in marketing, Human Resources, or management. Over the past few years, I’ve delved into marketing because I’ve been interested in promoting companies through branding, design, and customer relations. When I became involved in several leadership roles on campus, especially my role as Marketing Lead of the Aggie Reuse Store, I realized my passion for leading and managing teams and working with a diverse group of individuals towards a common goal. Ultimately, the future is uncertain, but I am still young and understand it’s important to remain open-minded about exploring my professional interests and strengths.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to my mom because she was the person who taught me the importance of perseverance and hard work. She showed me that while talent and innate intelligence may contribute to success, hard work and determination ultimately takes us to the next level of successfully reaching our goals. I respect my mom for raising me and my family to the best of her abilities, ensuring we constantly receive proper care and attention, and serving as my main source for guidance and support.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

I would describe myself as empathetic — empathy is an ability I’m constantly striving to learn about and improve upon because I believe being able to truly putting yourself in the shoes of others enables you to connect with and develop genuine relationships with those around you.

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Bhavini Ahir

Co-Director of Marketing & Design | bpahir@ucdavis.edu

Bhavini is a fourth year pursuing a major in Organizational Sociology.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

As a transfer student I was looking for community, and friendship as well as an organization where I could see myself grow. DWIB had all of that, and more.

What are your responsibilities as Co-Director of Marketing & Design?

As a Co-Director, I am responsible for all marketing/design projects for DWIB and OWN IT.

What are you passionate about?

I am incredibly passionate about projects that I am able to showcase creativity and innovation. That's why I have loved marketing and design.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I am looking forward to pursuing Marketing and Design related opportunities post grad.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to anyone who has made careers out of their passions, especially in the arts. And comics, I love a good stand up.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Creative. Whether it is with problem solving or designing, it's definitely my strong suit.

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Connie Chew

Co-Director of Marketing & Design | czchew@ucdavis.edu

Connie is a sophomore pursuing a major in Managerial Economics. In her role as Director of Finance, Sonal leads the Finance Committee toward managing all of the organization's finances.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined Davis Women in Business because I wanted to be part of a community of passionate, driven leaders who had similar interests as me. I thought it was a great idea to have a club made specifically with women's interests in business in mind, since no such club existed, and I wanted to be a part of it.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about building new relationships with people, because I think I can always learn from others. I am also passionate about trying every restaurant in Davis during my time here.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to my brother because he has known exactly what field he has wanted to pursue since he was 10, and ever since then he has spent every moment crafting his job experiences and personal connections into building his future career.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Ambitious. I have big plans for my future and trying to do everything I can right now to work towards them.

Anne Bernice Lacerna

Director of Community Relations | aalacerna@ucdavis.edu

Bernice is a fifth year pursuing a double major in Psychology and Communication with a minor in Asian American Studies.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined DWIB because I was lost in what career path I wanted. When I first heard about DWIB, I thought it would be a wonderful chance to network with business oriented women and learn more about the field as well as grow personally and professionally. So far, it's been a great experience and I am excited to serve this empowering and supportive community.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Community Relations?

As the 2017-2018 Community Relations Director, I will be responsible for promoting the organization's culture and community through various activities and programs. Such responsibilities include hosting Lean In Circles and other empowerment workshops, overseeing socials, implementing health and wellness initiatives, coordinating retreats as well as promoting the Big Sib/Little Sib program. Through my programming, I hope to cultivate a close community and connection between everyone in Davis Women in Business.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about life, community, culture, and growth. I stand here today as a product of my communities and my culture . These have allowed me to grow into who I am and have made me appreciative of my life and the voice and story that I carry with me.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I plan on becoming a certified event planner one day. I hope to own my own services to provide quality event planing coordination. My dream of leading my own services is caused by my drive to bring people together and make memorable connections.

Who do you look up to and why?

As the daughter of two immigrants, my life would not be the way it is now if it weren't for my parents who sacrificed everything to provide my brother and I a chance for a brighter future. The selflessness and bravery it took for my parents to migrate continues to inspire me.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Caring. Due to my personal background I have an understanding that there may be underlying forces that cause others to act the way they do. Even if I may not know a specific individual, I want to give back and provide support in any way possible because I truly believe everyone deserves a chance.

Wendy Guan

Director of Finance | wenguan@ucdavis.edu

Wendy is a fourth year pursuing majors in Managerial Economics and Applied Statistics.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined Davis Women in Business because of its tight-knit and comfortable community created for females. I consider DWIB is my second home at Davis because I have met and worked with some talented and hardworking mentors and developed long-term friendship here. But more importantly, I transformed from a shy student into a confident and initiative one after taking leadership roles.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Finance?

As the Finance director, I oversee all financial operations of the organization and manage the Finance Board. This includes but is not limited to manage the organization’s budget, obtain DWIB funds through fundraisers, sponsorships, and grants, oversee transactions through the DWIB bank account, and collect membership dues and issue reimbursements.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about eating heathy, learning, and volunteering. Eating healthy not only decreases the risk of chronic disease, but it also improves my health and skin conditions. Learning has always make me to pursue different things in life and set further short-term and long-term goals, while volunteering has allowed me to make a difference to the people around me by giving back to the community.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

Finance and commercial lending, the two career paths that both work with numbers. I believe that when you dive deep inside numbers, you can find all the facts and interesting stories behind them. This interests me to pursue a career in analyzing, supervising, and budgeting of large amounts of money.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to my parents, as they taught me the most important lessons in life -- how to love, help, and persevere. Their selfless love to care for me and provide me a better learning environment has taught me to live passionately and help anyone to my greatest possible. With their personal examples, they showed me that through constant practice and perseverance, there's nothing that you can do that can't be done.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Inquisitive because I've always have a strong desire to acquire new ideas and information through asking and exploring questions.

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Jacqueline Carmaz

Director of Professional Relations | @ucdavis.edu

Jacqueline is a fourth year pursuing a major in Managerial Economics and a minor in Statistics.

Why did you decide to join Davis Women in Business?

I joined DWIB to surround myself with like-minded professionals and friends. I trusted the leadership team to make a great club, and they went above and beyond with my expectations. I love the people, events, and the knowledge I've gained from being in this organization.

What are your responsibilities as Director of Professional Relations?

As the Professional Relations Director, my job is to provide the club with valuable networking opportunities with companies and other members. I do this by collaborating with the DWIB team and professionals in our network to give the best possible experience to attendees.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about improving myself, learning new things, and helping others do the same. This is important because it builds a stronger community and therefore stronger relationships amongst people.

What professional field are you currently pursuing, and what are your plans after college?

I want to pursue marketing after college. I have experience in marketing, public relations, and data analysis.

Who do you look up to and why?

Brene Brown because she isn't afraid to talk about the hard stuff. She teaches people all around the world about the most important things in life such as human connection, vulnerability, and building meaningful relationships.

Describe yourself in one word and tell us why. 

Determined. I like pushing myself to see what I can make of my life and what I am capable of.