Video: Why Go to Business School in San Francisco?

Golden Gate University is located in downtown San Francisco in the heart of the Financial District. In this video, Dr. Gordon Swartz, Dean of GGU’s Ageno School of Business, reflects on the city’s reputation and position in the business world.

Dr. Swartz’s holds a DBA from Harvard University and has extensive and varied experience that combines business school teaching, research, and administration — with strategy consulting and development of high-growth organizations. As vice president of MarketBridge, Inc., he led major marketing, sales strategy, and transformation efforts for Fortune Global 500 companies.

Getting an MBA degree at GGU in San Francisco, specifically in the “FiDi”, gives students access to a wealth of expert working faculty and networking opportunities in major business areas such as finance, accounting, taxation, marketing, project management, and IT management. Throughout its 115-year history, Golden Gate University has become an integral part of the San Francisco business world — with over 16,000 alumni residing in the San Francisco Bay Area alone.

Golden Gate University Leadership Development Insights Have Asia-Wide Impact

Professor Jeffrey Yergler, Chair of the Undergraduate Management department at Golden Gate University’s Ageno School of Business traveled to Seoul, Korea in early April, 2017, to serve as the Leadership Development Instructor in The Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program.

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Prof. Yergler

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program is focused on identifying emerging national social reformers and social entrepreneurs who are committed to the development of democratic values within their countries. The 2017 Development Fellows are a group of 12 women and men representing 12 Asian countries including Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar.

The director of the Development Fellows Program, David Kim, asked Prof. Yergler to be the “Lead” Leadership Development Instructor for the first week of orientation. The program included leadership assessments and behavioral styles, team performance and engagement, change and change management, vision, mission, and core values, innovation and rapid design, and ongoing training and development for the Fellows’ organizations and team members. Following their orientation week in Seoul, the Development Fellows flew to Vietnam for another week of training and collaboration on women’s rights and the environment. The Fellows will arrive in San Francisco in September, 2017 for the capstone week of the Leadership Program.

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Surya Karki (foreground) and Prof. Yergler (background) — Surya Karki, a Development Fellow, is the school director for United World in Nepal, where he oversees the education of more than 650 children and the construction of 35 primary schools in the Sankhuwasabha and Gulmi districts. He is also co-founder and CEO of the Diyalo Foundation, which promotes sustainable development in under-served rural communities. In 2014, he was awarded the Prince of Wales and UNILEVER Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award, in 2016, he was recognized as one of 30 under 30 International Literacy Association leaders, and in 2017 he was recognized by Forbes as one of the 30 Under 30 Asia 2017: Social Entrepreneurs Making A Big Difference!

For Prof. Yergler, working with the Development Fellows has been an amazing experience. He said that the Development Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity to learn with and from an exceptionally talented and visionary group of leaders who represent the vast diversities of Asia, and “the priority that each Fellow places on, for example, justice, fairness, transparent governance, the environment, equal access, education, economic opportunity, job training, social equality, and respect for the rights of girls and women and how all of these priorities inform the way they build, lead, and influence within and beyond their organizations was powerful, inspirational, and transformational.”


About The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote regional cooperation. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals. In 2016, we provided $87.8 million in direct program support and distributed textbooks and other educational materials valued at $9.5 million.

GGU Online: Librarian Support for Students

Over 4,500 GGU students took online classes last year — a large number considering GGUs modest size. To make life easier for online students, Librarians at the GGU Business Library are working hard to support them with the content and services they want.

LibGuides – Masters of Curation

Research librarians love searching for information, but this may not be as fun for students on a deadline. Librarians have created over 60 LibGuides which save students time when researching a specific topic. How many sources of great information do you have about economic forecasting, just off the top of your head? Not many?

GGU Librarian Teresa Lee created this research guide for Economic Forecasts and Indicators

Library Search Portal – Leave Google and Wikipedia in the dust

With clickbait articles and thin journalism clogging Google results and interested parties fiddling with Wikipedia pages, the GGU online catalog is a must for students. Librarians curate and update the library’s search portal that serves up citation-worthy results from a collection of approximately 40,000 print books, 175,000 e-books, and 54,000 e-Journal titles. Librarians work closely with GGU faculty, so the collection is tailor-made to student needs.

The library makes the research experience more effective by teaching students to find, evaluate, and use appropriate resources. In keeping with GGU’s real-world approach to learning, we make sure to have current, easily-accessible content available through the library.

—James Krusling, Library Director

Subscription Databases – “You get what you pay for.”

As any business student knows, the “good stuff” is worth paying for. That’s why the library staff subscribes to over 100 databases covering all disciplines taught at the university. The subscription databases include heavy-duty research reports and articles; esteemed publications such as Harvard Business Review; publications for very specialized disciplines such as supply chain management; best practices articles that are often behind paywalls; and business mega-databases such as EBSCO’s Business Source Complete that carry tens of thousands of business articles.

GGU Business Library Digital Resource Facts
Librarian-created “LibGuides”: 65
Subscription databases: 112
Electronic journal titles in the collection: 54,513

Virtual Support – “I’ve fallen down on my research and I can’t get up!”

Librarians provide one-on-one research support by email, instant messenger, and phone.

Online Research Skills – “Oh, that was the best practice…6 months ago!”

Librarians help teach research skills that are crucial in a rapidly changing business landscape where best practices and strategy changes in a matter of weeks. This happens both in the classroom and via video modules online.

Popularity – Students are using the digital library.

Here are some stats for 2016 as reported by Library Director James Krusling:

Electronic articles viewed: 150,665
eBook requests: 72,263
Database searches: 194,191
Electronic industry reports viewed: 43,526

Krusling says: “The library makes the research experience more effective by teaching students to find, evaluate, and use appropriate resources. In keeping with GGU’s real-world approach to learning, we make sure to have current, easily-accessible content available through the library.”

Not Just Online

There were 121,638 visits to the library in 2016. The GGU Business Library is at the center of a modern space that enables individual and group learning complete with customizable furniture, mobile whiteboards, and technology-enhanced collaboration stations. It also provides great convenience for students through its sharing of space with eLearning, Tutoring Services, The Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, and the GGU Law Library.

Library photo: Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography


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Best Places to Eat and Drink in San Francisco’s Financial District (AKA GGU’s Back Yard)

ccGolden Gate University is located one block from San Francisco’s Financial District. The area, often called “FiDi,” is not just the home of major banks, accounting firms, and technology companies such as Uber and Salesforce (Their new tower is just one block away.). FiDi also hosts many places to eat where you can find local employees on their lunch break or the residents of hundreds of new rental and condo units in the area. You can also spot GGU students at any of these spots between classes or before an evening course.

The GGU community voted on their favorite spots and here are the results:

Best Pizza – Portico Restaurant

Portico Restaurant is located a few steps away from GGU. At the corner of Mission and 1st streets, Portico Restaurant is our community’s favorite place to grab a slice. The Chicken Pesto is one of their most popular pizzas. Other favorites are the Classic Veggie and the All Meat Combination, piled with sausage, pepperoni, salami, chicken, and bacon. More than 20 varieties are made daily, but not all of them are on the regular menu.

Best Mexican Restaurant – Uno Dos Tacos

At Stevenson and 2nd streets, Uno Dos Tacos is one of the busiest eateries in the GGU neighborhood, especially at happy hour! The taqueria and tequila bar started as a family business. In his early years, Chef Luis Flores learned to cook by shadowing his mother and aunt, and he is still using his mother’s recipes for many items, including the best-selling carnitas, mole, and burritos. According to the manager, “everything that comes out of Uno Dos Tacos’ kitchen is considered “homemade and deeply personal,” prepared with fresh ingredients on a daily basis.

Best Indian Restaurant – Mehfil Restaurant

Located on 2nd Street and Market, right across from the Montgomery BART Station, Mehfil Restaurant is one of the most affordable lunch destinations within walking distance of GGU. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes, along with a $7 special lunch box menu that changes daily. All-time customer favorites include vegetarian malai kofta, mattar mushroom, chicken tikka masala and their lightly spicy signature bread, Mehfil-E-Naan.

Best Burger – Super Duper

Super Duper was another easy winner, with many votes. We interviewed the store manager at the Metreon location and got the scoop on secret items that you may not know even existed in Super Duper’s menu, like the Four Cheese, is the perfect example of that. It adds four layers of yumminess to Super Duper’s signature burger with aged white cheddar, pepper jack, cheddar and Cambozola blue cheese in addition to lettuce, tomato and Super Duper’s famous Super Sauce. Another second secret burger is the Philly Jalapeño, topped with grilled bell peppers, onions and, of course, jalapeños. It used to be on the menu years ago but today only the loyal Super Duper customers know about it.

Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth – Cupcake Cove

Cupcake Cove (treats pictured above) is one of many easy-to-miss neighborhood gems that our community managed to discover while on the prowl for a sugar fix. Located on Battery and Pine streets, it serves a diet-defying variety of delicious cupcakes. The shop has a rotating menu with seasonal specialties. The best sellers are the Red Velvet and Sea Salt Caramel cupcakes, followed in descending order by the Guava & Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Coffee and Lemon cupcakes.

Best Bar – Louie’s Bar

Whether you’re a beer person or will do nothing but cocktails, Louie’s Bar is one of the most amiable spots in the “FidDi” neighborhood, always full of friendly people who are happy to see you. Bartender Cindy, who is famous for remembering a name and a face, said that countless GGU students and faculty stop by the bar to decompress after a stressful day, celebrate an event and socialize, or sometimes just to review a paper with a scotch-and-dry in hand.

Best Coffee Place – Herbst Café (at GGU)

Our café proudly serves Peet’s Coffee & Tea, offering seasonal drinks such as Pumpkin Chai Latte and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Mocha in the fall and peppermint-flavored beverages around the holidays. Our baristas like to experiment since they enjoy caffeinated beverages themselves. They told us about two items that you most likely will never see on the menu but are delicious: the French Raspberry Matcha and the White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha. 


For more on the GGU area, read the feature article in GGU’s recent alumni magazine: Welcome to the Neighborhood: A Look at the Urban Transformation Surrounding GGU.