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March 27, 2014
Virgin Atlantic. Disruptive Innovation. Global Health Crisis. What's the Deal? Find Out at Alumni Conference 2015

Alumni Conference

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Friday, May 1, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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Come back to campus to refresh your MBA at the annual business conference just for UCLA Anderson alumni. A keynote from Craig Kreeger '85, CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways and panel discussions on disruptive innovation and global health crisis management will highlight the 2015 Alumni Conference. Executives from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lemonade Restaurant Group, Logitech Smart Home, MAC Aids Fund, YouTube Space, XPRIZE, plus more will share their expertise on a diverse set of business topics. Take part in breakout sessions on career narratives, digital media, entrepreneurship, personal finance, and technology. Also, don't miss presentations by faculty including Shlomo Benartzi, Noah Goldstein, Ed Leamer and panels moderated by Professors Keith Chen, Guillaume Roels, Sanjay Sood and Victor Tabbush. View Full Conference Agenda

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Join corporate and executive recruiters from a wide variety of functions and industries - and meet fellow UCLA Anderson alumni and ProMBAs for a night of facilitated networking, job exploration and relationship building. More...

REUNIONS 2015: Saturday, May 2

Reunion celebrations for the classes of '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05, '10 will be beachside in Santa Monica. Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to reconnect with your classmates. Secure your spot today! Register Now.

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Anderson Share Success with Creative Donations to Alumni Golf Tournament on May 4
Golf Tournament

One of the most popular aspects of Alumni Weekend is its culminating event, the Alumni Golf Tournament, the brainchild of Chris Benedict '98, Curtis Colon '98 and Jim Hannon '98 (who have recently been joined by co-chair John Kelly '98). The nine-year-old volunteer-run tournament puts the "fun" in fundraising, with 45 golf foursomes competing as teams for a range of prizes and recognition. In a separate putting contest, all players get a chance to win private jet travel to Las Vegas, provided by Pride Flight Associates, a local company founded by Anderson alumnus Roger Behrstock (BS '59).

Benedict, also the CFO of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board, says, “As Anderson alumni, we should all embrace the spirit of giving back to help support and grow the brand that is UCLA Anderson. What is really effective about this tournament is that it enables this while bringing the full cross-section of constituents together in a great day of camaraderie and networking.”

Participants look forward to the annual silent auction, which in past years has included generous donations of vacation homes, golf foursomes and fine wine. This year, creative alumni have augmented auction donations with goods and services that support the event itself, such as flowers for the reception courtesy of John Tabis ('06), founder and CEO of The Bouqs, who will also donate discount cards for gift bags. Mona Metwalli (CERT '08), co-owner of Run Around Betties...Read More...

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Prospect Magazine Takes a Look into Your Company's Future

Prospect - the UCLA Anderson business magazine sent to companies - has come out with a new issue! Faculty, students and alumni share their insights on various topics currently facing companies. Read Prospect to hear what fellow alumni have to say about the following:

  • The New Switcheroo, a discussion on changing careers in a competitive market features Frank Carrere '97 senior VP for corporate development at 21st Century Fox and Akilesh Sridharan'‘08, VP of international channels at Fox
  • Collaboration: Just Another Buzzword with Man Jit Singh '84, president of Sony Home Pictures Entertainment
  • In Miami or Bust with Fred Gambino '13, strategic planner at the Miami Dolphins, the article delves into why Latin American business bank on the Magic City.
  • How Big is Big Data? with Kimberley Wasiljew '08, strategy and operations manager at Google, Sarah Sanger '09, director of data assets at Elevate Credit, and John Bixby ’08, a data analyst whom we sadly lost last year.
TED Week is Back at UCLA Anderson: April 6-9
TED Week

April 6-9, 2015
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For the fourth year, UCLA Anderson's Center for Management of Enterprise, Entertainment, and Sports (MEMES) continues its Partnership to Advance Ideas - building on insights set forth at TED. Come back to campus to see uninterrupted streaming of TED talks from the TED 2015 Conference in Vancouver, including a TED talk from Anderson's own Martine Rothblatt '81. Plus, find inspiration through live panel discussions and talks all week as well as an Innovation Workshop, a hands on workshop teaching the human-centered process to create breakthrough solutions for business and social challenges. The week will culminate with Campfire Talks - inspired by TED - which will showcase how Anderson students and faculty Think in the Next on Thursday, April 9 from 5 - 8pm on Alumni Plaza. Check out the TED Week 2015 agenda.

Anderson Students & Alumni Break Bread at Inaugural Dinners for Eight (D48s)
Dinners for Eight

The Anderson Student Association (ASA) and the Office of Alumni Relations recently wrapped up its inaugural 2015 season of Alumni D48s. Events took place in evenings around Los Angeles, bringing together Anderson alumni and students in a group of eight for dinner. In these intimate settings, students gained invaluable insight into alumni life experiences post-graduation, including career, professional development and personal life. In turn, alumni hear about recent campus developments and impressive achievements within the current Anderson student community. “As students, we’re fortunate to meet and learn face-to-face from Anderson alumni - executives at the top of their respective industries,” says ASA VP of Alumni Affairs Zubin Davar. “However, we were lacking a perspective on what life is like for alumni leading up to those career milestones. That’s really valuable information for students thinking long-term about their careers.” More...


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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