UC Davis Managerial Economics

Managerial Economics Majors Share Experiences from Forbes Under 30 Summit

Nov. 20, 2019

At the end of October, third year Managerial Economics majors Kirandeep Kaur and Neha Rathi, attended the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit. Billed as “the world’s greatest event for young leaders, founders, investors, and creators” the summit brought together over 200 speakers and 9,000 global attendees. Both Kaur and Rathi attended the summit as Forbes Under 30 Scholars, joining roughly 1,000 participants who earned a scholarship to cover the cost of registration for the 4-day summit. The CA&ES Experiential Learning Fund and donations to the Managerial Economics Educational Enhancement Fund provided additional support.

Speaking after the summit, Kaur and Rathi said the event had inspired them to view future career opportunities through a more entrepreneurial lens.

In particular, attending the startup hub expanded Kaur’s understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur, stating that “before, when I thought of entrepreneurs, I thought of tech start-ups - attending the conference showed me that isn’t all it is. If you can find a way to improve a product or service, there’s opportunity [for entrepreneurship] everywhere.” Kaur and Rathi both enjoyed meeting entrepreneurs to learn how they had developed new business opportunities and to discuss ideas for future growth.

Two of their favorite speakers at the event were actress and philanthropist, Sophia Bush and tennis and fashion star, Serena Williams, two women who make a point to invest in young female entrepreneurs. Speaking about continuing to pursue her passion for the fashion industry and managing her clothing brand, S by Serena, Williams encouraged the audience to do what they love.

Asked how her experience at the summit would shape her future, Rathi said she plans to follow Williams’ advice, “I want to do something that I am really passionate about - which is giving back to the student community.” She plans to host workshops for personal and professional growth, which she hopes will support her dreams of a career in the technology consulting field.

Both Kaur and Rathi are grateful for the financial support from UC Davis and the donors to the major and college that made the trip possible. They recommend students attend the summit and encourage them to apply to become a scholar for next year’s event scheduled for October 25-28, 2020 in Detroit.

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