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Mary McKay

Prof. Mary McKay

Mary McKay is a Continuing Lecturer at the Rady School of Management where her teaching interests include leadership, diverse teams, and personal ethics. She arrived at Rady in 2011 with many years of teaching and consulting experience – a combination which informs her course development and teaching style, and offers students the chance to explore academic literature in search of knowledge, understanding and best practices for their professional futures. In 2016, Dr. McKay was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award by UCSD’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In 2017, she was featured in the UCSD Guardian series Behind the Lectern. She recently served on the leadership team involved in the development of the new Business Psychology major at UCSD.

Michael McKay

michael_mckay.pngSince the Fall of 2014, Dr. Mike McKay has served as Lecturer at the Rady School teaching MGT 16 Personal Ethics at Work and MGT 18 Managing Diverse Teams. Previously, he had served as Director of Refugee Services for Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego. Today, he continues to serve on two non-profit Boards in San Diego: Survivors of Torture, International (SOTI) and the United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST) assisting refugees and asylum seekers. He has mentored Rady and GPS graduate students who have volunteered as Board Fellows at these non-profit organizations on behalf of the Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) at Rady. As a graduate student, Dr. McKay lived and studied in Rome, Italy for 4 years and traveled widely in Europe and the Middle East.



Encompassing themes of leadership and diverse teams, this seminar was inspired by the chance to examine one of Europe’s early identified tech hubs and to discover how Dublin, Ireland continues to respond to the demands and opportunities of doing business in the 21st century.

What makes Dublin special? When measured against other global cities, Dublin may remain in the shadow of London, but outranks many of its competitors for business activity, talent, competitiveness and quality of life. How Dublin remains competitive is an important story to tell, and key themes from MGT 164: Business and Organizational Leadership and MGT 18: Managing Diverse Teams (DEI) help to tell the story. When paired, these courses create an excellent lens for understanding Dublin today, and in turn, Dublin provides an exciting context for examining the topics of both courses. 

This Global Seminar has been approved to fulfill the DEI requirement.


This Global Seminar is especially ideal for those in the following programs of study:
  • International Studies – International Business majors
  • Business Psychology majors
  • Business Economics majors
  • Real Estate Development majors
  • Computer Science Engineering majors
  • Environmental Engineering majors
  • Mechanical Engineering majors
  • Rady Business minors
  • Rady Accounting minors
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation minors

Consult your academic advisor to determine officially how the courses will apply to your graduation requirements.

Information Sessions

  • Monday, Feb 6 at 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording

DATES (Tentative)

Departure from U.S.: Sat., August 5, 2023
Arrival: Sun., August 6, 2023
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., August 7, 2023
First Day of Class: Tues., August 8, 2023
Last Day of Class: Fri., September 8, 2023
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., September 9, 2023


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • Consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight through your airline.
  • Your flight must arrive at Dublin (DUB) on Sunday, August 6, at the time specified by your advisor, in order to take advantage of airport pick up. Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently. 
  • A one-way plane ticket from Dublin to London has been included in the program price and should not be purchased independently. However, please keep in mind that your program will end in London, not Dublin, and plan your plane ticket home/further travels after the program ends accordingly.
  • Our overseas partner requires that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this program. The provider will request verification during the pre-departure process. No refunds will be given for failure to comply.