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November 30, 2016
Lars Hoffman '15 Lands Dream Job at SpaceX After 26 Years in Military

Lars Hoffman ’15As U.S. Air Force Colonel prepared to transition from 26 years of active duty to civilian life, he was advised that the transition would be a bit of a culture shock—he wouldn’t have a staff supporting him and would have to work with peers in a different way. During his last two years in the Air Force, he was assigned to the Edwards Air Force Base in Antelope Valley so he explored Southern California MBA programs.

Hoffman quickly landed on the Executive MBA program at UCLA Anderson to gain access to contemporaries from different industries. That experience—along with the skills he acquired from his military career—prepared him for the new culture he encountered at his dream company SpaceX, where he is now the senior director of govearnment sales. His current focus is on the national security space market and his responsibilities include strategy, business development and sales. "I lay out the longer term vision of where SpaceX is headed, like our new launch vehicle that we’re going to start flying next year…or our Mars vehicle, our Mars rocket and spaceship that Elon (Musk) unveiled at the end of September." Read more.

Sempra Energy’s CEO Debra Reed is Making Change a Good Thing

Sempra Energy’s CEO Debra ReedChairman and CEO of Sempra Energy Debra Reed joined Dean Judy Olian for the first Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series presentation of the academic year on November 16. One of Fortune magazine’s "Most Powerful Women" every year since 2011, Reed did not hesitate to address sensitive topics like crisis management of last year’s Porter Ranch leak and the impact of the current political climate on the ability to pursue business in the renewable energy space. Reed believes that innovation is inevitable and that "Renewables are hands-down the best solution in many places, like California, where wind and solar might be cost competitive with natural gas as well as appealing to rate payers and shareholders.” On the topic of leadership, she advised "The tone at the top should be focused on ethical behaviors. Executive leadership should drive change, make change a good thing for employees and customers." Read More.

UCLA Takes Silver Shovel at Crosstown Real Estate Challenge

Real Estate ChallengeUSC may have won the rivalry football game but UCLA took the top prize at the 2016 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties SoCal Real Estate Challenge. Now in its 19th year, the NAIOP Challenge celebrates our crosstown rivalry and demonstrates the strength of the two schools’ respective real estate programs. In addition to receiving the coveted Silver Shovel, the winning team also boasts the honor of contributing a $5,000 award to Challenge for Charity (C4C) benefiting the Special Olympics.

This year's participants were asked to develop the highest and best use for redevelopment of a 5.07-acre parcel of land owned by the City of Inglewood. This land includes the new NFL stadium for the Los Angeles Rams, a casino, office development space, residential units, a 300-room hotel and park space. The winning UCLA team was comprised of UCLA Anderson second year MBA students Joseph M. Pfeiffer, Scotty Weber, Nora K. Collins and Daniel Q. Gates along with UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture student Alyssa Koehn '17. Their project proposal named Tribute aimed "to create a distinctive place for Inglewood," which will "deliver 41,000 square feet of light manufacturing in the form of "maker space"—an emerging movement of customer-facing production space—as well as 22,000 square feet of local restaurants and service retail and a 150-key lifestyle hotel." Read more.

Economic Outlook: What WILL the Trump Presidency Look Like?
Economic Outlook

Is the stock market too optimistic or too pessimistic about the coming Trump Presidency? Which sectors of the economy will benefit and which sectors will be hurt? How far will President Trump go in making good on promises on trade protection and immigration restriction?

Find out about these topics and more at our upcoming Economic Forecast next Tuesday, December 6 at the new UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center. Join leading faculty from the UCLA Anderson Forecast and professors from UCLA School of Law and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health for this forward looking conference. Register and use code AGSMALUM1216 to get a discounted alumni fee of $95.

Spread Anderson Cheer—Get Your Fresh A-Gear!
Anderson Gear

Winter is coming! Combat the cold with a soft, new hoodie or a mug for your warm beverages. Show your Anderson pride at work with a UCLA Anderson license plate frame or notepad holder. Plus, as a small token of our appreciation, take advantage of a 20% discount from now until December 11. Visit the UCLA Store and apply code ANDF16 on the cart page.


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November - Lars Hoffman '15 Lands Dream Job at SpaceX After 26 Years in Military
October - Driving Change with Social Impact Investor Bobby Turner
September - Worldwide Welcome Weeks: Build Your Network in Your City
August - Collaboration Accelerates Entrepreneurial Success
July - Ed Leamer is Running for Vice President of the United States
June - Life Lessons from LA Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak '87 at Anderson Commencement
May - Food Supply Startup Kulisha Takes Top Prize at Knapp Venture Competition
April - Alumni Weekend 2016 is Just One Week Away!
March - Co-Founder of Veggie Grill T.K. Pillan '96 on Inspiration and Success
February - Susan Wojcicki '98 Driving Change in Technology and Gender Equality
January - Anderson Venture Accelerator: Launching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

December - Watch Our Year in Review: A Holiday Message from UCLA Anderson
November - From Private Equity to Social Enterprise with KKR's George Roberts
October - Anderson Evenings are Headed to NYC and Palo Alto
September - Your Network. Your City. Join Us at a Worldwide Welcome Week Event!
August - UCLA Anderson Born Partnership Launches Health Tech Company BodySpec
July - Christine McCarthy '81 Named CFO of Walt Disney Company
June - 2015 Faculty Awards Honors Anderson's Best in Teaching, Research, Leadership and Mentorship
May - Marion Anderson's $100 Million Gift Launches UCLA Anderson Into the Next
April - UCLA Anderson Recognizes Lonnie Ali '86 and Gregory Craig '89 for Their Service and Achievement
March - Virgin Atlantic. Disruptive Innovation. Global Health Crisis. What's the Deal?
February - Business Leaders Share their Success at UCLA Anderson
January - Founders Fund Partner and PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Comes to UCLA Anderson

December - A Lifetime of Philanthropy Powers Future UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs
November - UCLA Anderson Rises in Recent Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist & Financial Times Rankings
October - Giora Romm '82 Shares His Story of Moving From Prison to Prestige
September - Starbucks' Chief Community Office Blair Taylor '90 Challenges Class of 2016 to Make a Social Impact
August - Brian Cornell '91 to guide Target Corporation's transformation as new Chairman & CEO
July - AEG Scores at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
June - Congratulations to UCLA Anderson's 2014 Faculty Award Winners!
May - Relive Alumni Weekend 2014
April - CEO of Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz ('93) Helps to Secure Another Disney Acquisition Deal
March - UCLA Anderson Students Raise Funds as They Continue Work in Africa 
February - Susan Wojcicki ('98) Taking the Helm at YouTube
January - Huntley Castner ('89) Promoted to CEO of Yogurtland

December - UCLA Anderson Receives $5 Million Gift from Professor Bill Cockrum
November - Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO Disney Recognized for Leadership
October - A Discussion Between Industry Icons: Larry Fink '76 and Bill Gross '71 
September - Fink/Gross: A Meeting of Extraordinary Minds
August - Kermani's ('09) Crazy Cart Spins Great Press
July - Addressing a Strategic Challenge (AMR)
June- Relive Alumni Weekend
April - When Type A's Retire? Pitfalls, Warnings, Hopes and Dreams with Don Asher
March - Business School Rankings and Alumni Awards Announced
February - TED@UCLA Anderson: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscoverd
January - Kimberly Freeman ('02) honored at the Southern California Visionaries annual awards luncheon 

December - Joel Fried ('86), and his wife, Deanne Fried, have generously pledged up to $1 million
November - UCLA Anderson and the chance to study with a UCLA Nobel Prize winner
October - Hwee Hua Lim ('89) has joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Management 
September - Starbucks appoints Blair H. Taylor ('90) as new Chief Community Officer
August - UC Davis appoints new Athletics Director Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey ('93)
July - Guy Kawasaki ('79) Delivers Commencement Speech  
June - Linda Smith ('95) focuses on literacy in Guatemala
May  -Charlie Steinmetz ('77) Changes the Lives of L.A. Inner-City Students 
April - Robin Leamy ('86) Follows His Dreams
March - Marketing event at Google headquarters showcases Inspirational Alumni
January - Bob Foster ('65) Knighted by Finland 

November - A Conversation with Larry Fink ('76) and Bill Gross ('71)
October - Alumni Conference 2011 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes
September - Welcome Week Invites UCLA Anderson Alumni to Celebrate Worldwide
August - Special Edition: In Memory of John E. Anderson '40, 1917-2011
June - Jim Moffatt ('87) Elected Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP
May - John E. and Marion Anderson Donate $25 Million to UCLA Anderson
April - May 21 is UCLA Alumni Day on the UCLA campus
March - UCLA Anderson Announces 100 Inspirational Alumni List
February - Leonard ('95), Takes Unconventional Path as a Bio-Tech Entrepreneur
January - Alumni Career Services Jump Starts January with Events and Free Resume Reviews

December - Videos from the Alumni Weekend Conference
November - Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual
September - Don't Miss David Martin ('91) When He Speaks at Alumni Weekend
August - Regazzi ('97) Energizes the Alumni Network; Rajaraman ('08) is Writing the Future of
June - New Book from Ullrich ('92) Shares Getting to the Top Success Strategies
May - Heart Surgeon Magliato ('06) Lives Her Life Disregarding Fears of Failure
April - Lawrence ('99) is Mentoring and Providing Guidance to Future Leaders
March - Lanier ('02) Brings Strategic Research; Kermani ('09) and the Drift Cart Inspiration
February - Randy Horn ('97) Rolled the Dice on a Board Game
January - Dr. Susan Love ('98) wants to eradicate breast cancer

November - Mitch Kupchak ('87) is On Top of the World
October - Kyle Martin ('97) Weighs In On Barack Obama's "Top Down" Approach
September - Welcome Week Begins Across the Globe
August - Cheng Si-Wei ('83) Enjoys Teaching, Despite His Many Other Roles
July - William L. Ballhaus ('98) has Seen DynCorp International's Revenue Rise as CEO
June - UCLA Anderson Alumni Prove Their Value Across the Corporate Spectrum
May - Wooden Global Leadership Award Recipient American Express Company Chairman & CEO
April - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
March - Matheson ('78) represents UCLA Anderson In the House of Representatives
February - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
January - DeWolf ('05) and Gagne ('05) Share a Common Vision Managing Wealth

December - Denis Florin ('88): Energy in Transition
November - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
October - Salvador Viramontes ('96), Branding Batman in Britain