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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 the 2010-11 scholarship recipients.

2010–11 Goldman Sachs Scholarship Recipients

May 2011 MBA Graduate

Kyra Kyra’s professional experience includes six years in accounting, with over two years focused in accounting for the fashion industry, and a five-year background in costume design for theater arts. She currently manages accounts receivable for a Bay Area jewelry company, Lori Bonn Design. Her career goal is to be a CFO for a socially responsible and sustainability-focused fashion design company. Kyra’s interests and hobbies are historical costuming, Argentine tango, and steam engineering.

Adrienne Barnes
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Adrienne Burghardt Adrienne has 13 years of work experience in the real estate and mortgage industry, including positions such as product relationship manager and customer account executive. She has been licensed by the California Department of Real Estate since 2001 and has worked with both small and large real estate and mortgage companies. Adrienne graduated from Mills College with a BA in political, legal, and economic analysis. In addition to being a current MBA student and working full time, she serves as treasurer for her children’s elementary school PTA and as president of the Mills campus Toastmasters Club. Last year she took the lead in the club’s turnaround, advancing it into a distinguished club in less than a year.

Christy Carter
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Christy Carter Christy is attending Mills College as a resuming student from Great Falls, Montana. She received her BA in political, legal, and economic analysis from Mills in 2008. Christy is a certified woodworker with 15 years of experience as the foreman and woodworker of her own company, Carter Carpentry. She has also worked for a number of other businesses as a designer, fabricator, and cabinetmaker. Her goal is to continue managing her business, making it as successful as possible.

Tajamala Lester
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Tajamala Lester Taja received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning her MBA, Taja plans to pursue a career in the venture capital industry. During business school, Taja was a summer associate at OBDC Small Business Finance: Centro Community Partners, a pilot microventure capital fund and entrepreneurial development program, where she advised entrepreneurs from seed-stage consumer product firms. Taja is actively involved in multiple community organizations. Most recently, she taught financial literacy to at-risk youth at Girls Inc., and she helped raise over $50,000 for Friends of Faith, a breast cancer awareness organization. In the future, she aims to be on the board of directors of a fund that provides capital and resources to high-growth businesses and ushers in significant economic gains to low-to-moderate income people in the United States.

Bernadette Link
May 2010 MBA Graduate

Bernadette Link Bernadette has 17 years of marketing experience, working as a marketing consultant serving small businesses and as a marketing director in the corporate environment where she was responsible for branding, packaging, event management, and website development. Her personal passion for youth issues has led her to serve on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and to establish a scholarship fund for high school students. This past year she developed a consumer product business with a CRS element that supports youth empowerment. Bernadette graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in management and a concentration in marketing.

Jennifer (Anne) Manyak
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Jennifer (Anne) Manyak Anne, a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, attended California State University, East Bay for her BA in liberal studies and MA in anthropology. She worked as the managing editor of the Paragon Curriculum at Mosaica Education since 1997. A published author, Anne is currently working on a book about the relevance of Paragon in educational reform. Anne has been active on both a domestic and international level in preparing youth to participate in the global economy. Her aspiration is to merge her experience in education, curriculum design, and anthropology within the corporate world, developing and training women to succeed at the executive level.

Carrie Maultsby
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Carrie Maultsby In 2005, as an undergraduate studying abroad in Ghana, Carrie founded a social enterprise that provided African artisans with access to the global marketplace. This organization evolved into a communication and event planning firm for artists and social change organizations in the Bay Area. Carrie spent the summer of 2010 in Bangladesh as an intern at Grameen Trust/Bank, a microfinance organization created by the renowned Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in anthropology. Prior to college Carrie traveled to over 25 countries as a professional figure skater with Disney on Ice. Post-MBA, she would like to be involved in the marketing or communications field and continue her work in the social entrepreneurship sector.

Sherlice Nichols
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Sherlice Nichols Sherlice graduated from Mills College with a BA in psychology in 2010. She previously was the development assistant for Independent Institute, where she researched new donor relations strategies and grant applications while simultaneously overseeing social media for the company. Most recently she was an audit summer intern with KPMG. Having grown up on a ranch in Southern California, Sherlice has profound appreciation for nature. She is an avid crafter, creating her own blankets, scarves, and hats. She remains involved with Salvation Army, having volunteered her time at the San Francisco Kroc Center’s summer literacy camps and the Adopt a Senior Christmas Gift Program. Sherlice aspires to become a certified public accountant at a large auditing firm and eventually, managing her own accounting firm.

Rachelle Rose
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Rachelle Rose Rachelle graduated from Mills College with a BA in economics in 2010. Drawing from an array of interests, she hopes to be involved in the banking/finance or public service fields. She served as a youth ambassador in Argentina via Rotary International and is certified by the American Board of Opticianry as an optician. She is currently interning at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the division of insurance and research.

Melody Skinner
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Melody Skinner Melody graduated from Mills College with a BA in political, legal, and economic analysis where she was awarded the Mary Atkins Scholarship in 2009. She also completed an AA from Berkeley City College in American sign language in 2007. With her degree, she tutored and volunteered at the Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency. Melody supervised risk management, retail, and background investigations as a manager at Burns Investigations where she was a licensed private investigator. For 11 years, she gained experience in accounting, personnel, and project management at Qualimatrix. Melody plans to pursue her interest in forensic accounting by becoming a certified fraud examiner and CPA.

Katya Svizeva
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Katya Svizeva Katya graduated from Mills College with a BA in economics in 2010. She recently had an internship with Techsoup Global, a nonprofit in San Francisco that provides access to grant funding and technology to other nonprofits and NGOs in 30 countries to aid them in achieving their missions more effectively. There, she assisted with budget cycle preparation, grant tracking, and research. Having emigrated from Russia, Katya is bilingual in Russian and English. She also has an extensive background in customer service, having worked as a pool attendant and restaurant server while earning her undergraduate degree. Katya is targeting a career in financial analysis and consulting in the private sector.

Jessica Tucker
May 2011 MBA Graduate

Jessica Tucker Jessica joined Teach For America as a corps member in 2008. She has three years of experience teaching math and science to middle and high school students in the Oakland and Comstock school districts. She is also a tutor at the Sylvan Learning Center and a teacher assistant in her MBA program. Jessica is a graduate from Western Michigan University, receiving her BA in arts and sciences for secondary education. She aspires to start her own nonprofit tutoring business in Oakland.

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Last Updated: 1/12/16