Dean's Leadership Circle

The Dean’s Leadership Circle (DLC) at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business is the premier philanthropic business network for executives and change makers dedicated to advancing and supporting the university, while simultaneously strengthening ties within the global business community. While many DLC members are alumni, this high-powered network also includes successful business leaders, faculty, staff, and friends of UC Irvine and the Merage School.   

Current DLC membership and funding supports the DLC Grant Initiative, a program aimed at advancing innovation, research and supporting students to ensure the Paul Merage School of Business is a leading business accelerator for the next generation business leaders.   


  • Associate: $500* 
  • Member: $1,500 annually
  • Investor: $2,000 annually
  • Innovator: $5,000 annually**
  • Partner: $10,000 annually***
  • Visionary: $25,000 annually

*Associate membership is available for recent graduates, as well as current staff, faculty and previous grant recipients. (Rate renewed for 3 consecutive years of giving.)

**Investor level giving includes consideration for the DLC Executive Board.

***Visionary level giving includes consideration for the Dean’s Advisory Board.

In addition to supporting the Grant Initiative, DLC members enjoy exclusive invitations throughout the year to gain an “insider’s view” of many of the Merage School’s events and initiatives, both local and global. Benefits include:

  • Invitation to exclusive events including the Annual Thanks for Giving event and the DLC Grant Initiative Pitch & Mixer
  • Concierge service to programming and initiatives within the Merage School
  • Annual investment impact report on DLC

DLC Corporate Partnership

Corporate partners are invited to support the DLC and guide Merage School initiatives. This elite network of business leaders is focused on ensuring students have access to high quality education and leadership opportunities. Partners who invest $10,000 or more annually also receive special access to:

  • Leading business research
  • Concierge service to programming and initiatives within the school
  • Access to top talent and career services
  • Access to exclusive events throughout the year
  • And knowing that your brand is aligned with strengthening opportunities for students and businesses within the community.

Thank you DLC Corporate Partners



The Dean’s Leadership Circle Grant Initiative

Through the DLC Grant Initiative, DLC members hear firsthand the projects, and associated funding needs, of student organizations that create programs and resources that directly impact the Merage School student body. The Dean’s Leadership Circle meets annually to select qualifying grantees. Grant funding typically ranges from $1,000-$10,000 per organization.

For membership consideration:

Jenny Baranowski
Senior Associate Director of Development