Olive Davis – January 2024 Winner

Olive Davis: Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders with Heart and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

Olive Davis has been a fixture at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley since 2004 when she started in the undergraduate program. Twenty years later she is still supporting the community by equipping next generation leaders with the business and entrepreneurships skills to make the world a better place.

As a Haas student, Olive mentored in the YEAH program, which stands for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas. After graduating from Haas in 2006, Olive was hired to be the director of the after school middle school program at YEAH, which has the mission of “helping middle school students in the Bay Area be the first in their families to go to college.” After a few lackluster fundraising years, it became clear that YEAH needed a more sustainable funding mechanism. It was at that time that Olive’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to develop and launch the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (BBAY) in 2008, which has been training hundreds of youth every year. BBAY is a non-degree summer academy and after-school program that invites middle and high school students to explore their entrepreneurial interests, learn about social impact, and develop the leadership skills they need to make a difference in the world.

Olive routinely goes above and beyond at work with one highlight being that every year she travels to Jamaica to find deserving students of a scholarship that is offered to a handful of BBAY students. Away from work, she spends a lot of time giving back through her church and to her community and is always willing to help out someone.

Olive’s tireless efforts to train the next generation of business leaders from Berkeley and across the globe make her an excellent candidate to receive the Chris Kindness Award.

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