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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 this year’s scholarship recipients.

2011–12 Goldman Sachs Scholarship Recipients

Emily Adams
Fall 2012 MBA Graduate

Emily Adams Emily graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2007 with a BA in physical anthropology and a minor in earth science. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Emily spent over three years working for a family-owned cookie manufacturer managing a variety of functions ranging from email marketing to inventory and purchasing. Recently, she was a Microenterprise Fellow with Women’s Initiative, a nonprofit organization providing low-income women with training and support to start their own businesses. Currently, Emily is vice president of the Mills College Toastmasters and Net Impact Clubs. Emily plans to pursue a career in finance or consulting and is committed to using her business education to make a positive social impact.

Senaa Al-Ghanem
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Al-Ghanem Senaa graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in English. Previously, she worked in retail management for eight years where she developed an interest in business. While at Mills, Senaa has been on the leadership team for the Net Impact Chapter as well as the Finance and Accounting Club. Within the last year, she has completed two internships: the first as an MBA advisor to an entrepreneur at Centro Community Partners, and the second as a summer intern with Inner City Advisors where she collaborated on an expansion plan for ICA’s educational services offered to entrepreneurs. Senaa recently received the distinguished Financial Women’s Association scholarship and is currently targeting a career in finance.

Nicole Beckerman
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Beckerman Nicole is currently working in the division of risk management supervision at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She intends to focus on private sector risk management after completing her MBA. Nicole has cultivated an entrepreneurial perspective from her work at a variety of companies in the Bay Area’s start-up sector. Her long-term career goal is to combine her finance industry experience with her entrepreneurial spirit, offering risk management consulting services. She is also very interested in creating mentorship programs for young people in finance as well as new entrepreneurs in the financial services industry. Nicole holds a BA with honors from Mills College in international relations with a minor in women’s studies and economics.

Idalin (Abby) Bobé
Fall 2012 MBA Graduate

Idalin (Abby) 
Bobé Abby led the building and expansion of community partnerships in her five years working at Supervalu. As a Mills MBA student, she is currently working with a start-up technology company. Abby is planning a career in corporate philanthropy and starting her own nonprofit to provide internships, scholarships, and mentorship opportunities to Latina females. Abby received her BS in marketing and a minor in applied statistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She actively volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, and Girls, Inc. In the upcoming year, Abby will begin to develop a technology program that will educate underrepresented Bay Area women in the use and benefits of technology.

Xiomara Cisneros
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Cisneros As Director of the Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council, Xiomara is responsible for expanding activities in the San Francisco Bay Area, managing programs, and launching several new initiatives. She also authored its Technical Assistance Panel business plan and has since continued to develop, manage, and market the revenue-generating service that leverages the expertise of ULI’s members to advise cities and nonprofits on complex land-use issues. Xiomara’s background includes internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Limited Brands Inc., Universal Lending & Realty, and TMG Partners. She has a BA from UCLA in international development studies. She plans to dedicate her career to expanding and implementing responsible land use within the commercial real estate industry for the economic development of underserved communities.

Mary Going
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Mary Going Mary founded, led, and sold two successful businesses before entering the Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College. She is currently researching her next business idea to design and manufacture masculine-cut business suits for women. While at Mills, Mary was selected as an Inner City Advisor intern where her team designed an educational institute that guides entrepreneurs to successfully grow their businesses and ultimately to increase quality inner-city jobs. The proposal received accolades from the nonprofit funding community and led to ICA receiving an implementation grant. Mary holds a BA in humanities with a minor in activism and social change from New College of California.

Bridget Meyer
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Bridget Meyer Bridget Meyer received her BA from UC Berkeley in development studies. Upon graduation, Bridget established the nonprofit disease awareness and prevention organization Global Healthcare Project (GHP) located in an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala. She continues to serve as executive director of the organization and recently implemented a rural ambulance emergency response system. For the past seven years, Bridget has worked in the marketing department at Genentech and served as a project manager on several projects. Bridget recently completed a one-year internship with Centro Community Partners as an MBA advisor to a low-income entrepreneur. At Centro she developed a business plan to acquire start-up funding to launch the business, and initiated all start-up operations and marketing materials. Bridget was accepted into AT&T’s Leadership Development Program and will begin her new position in July 2012 upon graduation.

Irene Savvas
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Irene Savvas After working as a teacher for 10 years in Greece, Irene relocated to New York and changed careers, working as a manager at AMC USA, an international freight forwarding company. She went on to become director of external relations at the French-American Foundation. Irene plans to use her MBA to advance her goal of starting an import-export company that will focus on importing high-quality olive oil produced by 100-year-old trees in her paternal village in Greece. By taking the entrepreneurial route she hopes to be a role model for other Greek women, while capitalizing on her multicultural background and interest in healthful food. Irene received her BA in Western European studies from the University of Connecticut and studied art history and architecture at the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). She speaks English, Greek, French, Spanish, and Polish.

Shanif Sims
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Shanif Sims Shanif received her BA from UCLA in sociology. Shortly after graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Ukraine where she became fluent in Russian, and focused on community development and project design management. Shanif has five years of project management experience in the nonprofit sector. Pursuing her interest in using business as a vehicle to empower conscious consumerism and create a greater social impact, she recently transitioned into the private sector as a marketing and business development intern for the internationally touring Bay Area music group, Alma Desnuda. Having visited over 20 countries and 25 states, Shanif has a passion for traveling and a commitment to building a global community. After completing her MBA, Shanif plans to pursue her interests in marketing as a project manager for a socially responsible business.

Tigisti (Tee) Weldeab
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Tigisti (Tee) 
Weldeab Tee Weldeab has over five years of work experience in business analysis and supply chain management within the energy industry. Tee has a passion for economic development, and she has worked with various nonprofit organizations to empower low-income communities to overcome economic and social barriers to achieve self-sufficiency. Most recently, Tee worked as a summer intern at Centro Community Partners, where she provided business consulting in the area of growth strategies to a micro-entrepreneur. After completing her MBA, Tee plans to pursue a career in business consulting. Tee graduated from Western Washington University with BA in business administration and a concentration in international business. She is currently the co-president of the Net Impact Chapter at Mills College.

Katherine Whiting
Spring 2012 MBA Graduate

Whiting Katherine, a marketing consultant for over nine years, has helped numerous companies and organizations with product development, consumer research, and brand positioning. Currently employed as the chief marketing officer and the acting head of operations for, Katherine has led her current team to create a more customer-centric organization. Katherine’s passion for women’s education led her to serve on the board of directors for the Palo Alto Mills College Club, which provides scholarships to women in the Silicon Valley. Katherine looks forward to advancing her career and expanding and growing her consulting firm. Katherine earned her BA in business economics with honors at Mills College.

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Last Updated: 1/12/16