The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative

The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business was selected as one of the first partners in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, a global philanthropic investment designed to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program at Mills reflects the partners' ongoing commitment to advancing opportunities for all women to reach their full potential and succeed. Mills was selected in recognition of the College's longstanding commitment to preparing women for business leadership and the impressive diversity of our student body.

As a part of the 10,000 Women initiative, select Mills MBA students receive financial support, mentoring, and professional development opportunities from Goldman Sachs. Here are this year’s scholarship recipients.

2012–13 Goldman Sachs Scholarship Recipients

Diedra Barber
Fall 2013 MBA Graduate

Diedra Barber Diedra Barber graduated from Dominican University of California with a BA in International Relations. As a MBA candidate, she has a special interest in social impact, youth and executive engagement, team management, coaching, and empowerment. For the past 10 years she has worked in both non-profit and for-profit education equity enterprises where she discovered that the incorporation of compassion, authenticity, transparency and high expectations in the management of people allows for goals and outcomes to not only be reached but surpassed and executed with more efficiency and innovation. Five years ago Diedra began long-term one-on-one mentoring of high school seniors toward personal, social and academic success. Currently these 7 individuals range from college juniors to recent college graduates.

Jessica Burns
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Jessica Burns Jessica Ann Burns is former owner and founder of the domestic staffing agency Bay Area Premier Nannies. After Sociology studies at California State University East Bay and Nutrition studies at Cornell University, she came to Mills looking to increase her business acumen, leadership skills, and networking opportunities with expected program completion in May 2013. Building on an internship with AT&T in summer 2012, Jessica is committed to staying in the field of Human Resources and is looking forward to using her newly learned business acumen blended with her staffing experience to help businesses grow strategically in today's diverse climate. Upon graduation, she will be a full-time participant with AT&T’s Leadership Development Program. As a former preschool teacher, Jessica is extremely passionate about the power of education and currently sits on the board of directors for a Bay Area children's education and violence prevention non-profit called The Link to Children.

Joanne da Luz
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Joanne da Luz Joanne graduated from UC San Diego and Stanford University with a BA in Literature, minor in Mathematics, and Master’s Degree in Education. She was Founding Member, Academic Director, and Math Department Chair for Life Learning Academy Public Charter High School for 14 years where she became a trained entrepreneurship teacher with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. While at Mills, Joanne launched a non-profit organization called Soccer4, a retail soccer shop and event space in Oakland providing 15% of profits to My Yute Soccer (MYS). As a direct result of MBA coursework she has successfully negotiated a lease agreement, increased the number of women on the MYS advisory board, and networked with the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host a Title IX event for the community. Joanne was awarded a Career Development grant by the AAUW and is preparing for a career in entrepreneurship and consulting.

Jovan Hicks
Spring 2013 MBA/MA Educational Leadership Graduate

Jovan Hicks Jovan C. Hicks is a San Jose, CA native and received a BFA in Musical Theater from Howard University. Her commitment to youth led her to teach middle school mathematics and science for 10 years in Oakland and Los Angeles, where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2008. In addition to being a Goldman Sachs Scholar, she was awarded The Committee of 200 Scholarship. Jovan is the Co-Vice President of Partnerships for the Lokey Chapter of Net Impact, worked as an MBA advisor for Centro Community Partners, served as the research assistant to the Dean of the School of Education, and recently co-authored a grant narrative for the West Oakland Promise Neighborhoods. Jovan is currently pursuing a joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership. Upon graduation in May 2013, she will create and scale quality education and social service models to build stronger urban communities.

Johanna Key
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Johanna Key Johanna earned her BA in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from California State University, Fresno. She has over seven years’ experience in launching customer acquisition and retention strategies within the private sector. Originally from Panama, Johanna has a desire to help global organizations scale their operations with effective, ethical and strategic practices. At Mills, Johanna is the Vice President of Marketing for the Lokey Net Impact Chapter and a Program Associate for the Center for Socially Responsible Business. She is also Program Chair for the National Black MBA Association of San Francisco, involved in the creation and execution of their professional development programs. In addition to being a Goldman Sachs Scholar, Johanna has been selected as a LAGRANT Foundation Scholar and a Forte Foundation Fellow. Upon graduation Johanna will enter into the full-time Leadership Development Program with AT&T where she interned in Summer 2012.

Michelle Matos
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Michelle Matos Michelle graduated from the New School University with a BA in Cultural Studies. Previously, she worked in non-profit and small business development for 10 years. While at Mills, Michelle has served as President of the Net Impact Chapter as well as a Peer Coach for first year MBA students. Within the last year, she has completed two internships: the first as a Business Improvement Intern with Inner City Advisors and the second as a summer intern with AT&T's Leadership Program where she developed an internet marketing strategy to increase customers coming from social sites to AT&T's site. Michelle recently received the distinguished Financial Women’s Association scholarship and will begin a full time-time position with AT&T's Leadership Development Program in Management in July 2013.

Musetta Perezarce
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Musetta Perezarce Musetta Perezarce received her Bachelors in Nursing from Sonoma State University. For over a decade, she has worked in the hospital setting providing patient care and healthcare education. During the past five years she has worked in nursing administration roles. Her current role is Hospital Supervisor at Kaiser Foundation Hospital. Musetta is also adjunct faculty in the Health Sciences department at Santa Rosa Junior College. While at Mills, Musetta has been on the leadership team for the Net Impact Chapter. Musetta will graduate in May 2013 with a MBA concentration in Nonprofit Management. She plans to advance her career in healthcare administration and has a future aspiration to develop her own preventative health business. Musetta serves on the board as CFO for the nonprofit The Journey Center, a center for spirituality, healing, and wholeness.

Robin Roth
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Robin Roth Robin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mills College with a BA in Economics and Research Psychology. In May 2013, she will complete her MBA with a concentration in Finance. Previously, she worked in network operations and project management for SBC Internet Services, and also became an established professional drummer. She is a multi-faceted individual who draws from her diverse background to innovate new ideas. Robin's latest venture involves combining her business connections, music savviness, and technology expertise to develop a “one stop shop” for executives to learn how to play drums, perform live shows, and record songs for iTunes. In Spring 2013 she is volunteering with Centro Community Partners to help empower entrepreneurs and grow their businesses—thus staying on track with her career goal of becoming a consultant for small businesses while pursuing new, innovative entrepreneurial ventures.

Travia Smith
Fall 2013 MBA Graduate

Travia Smith Travia attended Rutgers University earning a BS in Business with a concentration in Marketing and pursued her Professional Coaching Certification concurrently. Travia has a passion for wellness, entrepreneurship and technology. Her most recent work was with Black Girls Code, an organization that teaches girls of color skills in computer programming. She expanded its national and international reach by building relationships with volunteers, community organizations, and corporations such as Google, Thoughtworks, and Mozilla. She has spent the intervening years coaching individuals in areas of business, career, and personal growth both in one-on-one and seminar settings. She is currently the Vice President of Social Media for the Mills Net Impact Chapter and the Graduate Assistant for the MBA Career Services Office.

Stephanie Williams
Spring 2013 MBA Graduate

Stephanie Williams Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and Social Welfare. Her professional work experience includes Strategic Alliances Management, Computer & Information Technology, and Technical Program Management roles. Expected to graduate in May 2013, Stephanie is working towards two Masters degrees simultaneously: Interdisciplinary Computer Science and MBA. She is currently serving a one year term as Student-at-Large with the Mills College Board of Trustees, and is also a Forte Foundation Fellow. Last summer, she participated in Intel’s Broadband America Challenge. Each team was tasked to ideate solutions for a specific problem and formulate a business plan model that used technology to reach and impact over 100 million Americans. During previous summers she interned at the National Science Foundation and NASA.

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