UC Davis Today: Empowering women as leaders

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Empowering women as leaders

UC Davis alumna Linda Vilaikeo is one of California’s top women executives — a divisional president with Brisbane-based bebe stores, a women’s apparel company. Bebe is the state’s corporate leader when it comes to women executives and corporate directors. Women executives like Vilaikeo hold 40 percent of the highest-paid executive and board director seats at bebe, according to the annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders.

Vilaikeo graduated from UC Davis in 1991 with a major in agricultural and resource economics. Afterward, she worked in merchandising, planning and store management, and served as president of the Thai Association for Northern California. She is an advocate for women executives in retail and Thai working professionals across the country. 

UC Davis, with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs focused on preparing future executives, is a leader in business education. 

Watch a video, "Calling for More Female Business Leaders," about the Graduate School of Management's study.

(Photo of Linda Vilaikeo ’91, an executive with the clothing company, bebe, talking with Steven Currall, dean of Graduate School of Management, during the press conference on a UC Davis study of women executives in business, by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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