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May 31, 2016
Food Supply Startup Kulisha Takes Top Prize at Knapp Venture Competition

Knapp Venture CompetitionThe entrepreneurial spirit was in full force at UCLA Anderson on May 19 for the 35th annual Knapp Venture Competition Finals. Five UCLA Anderson teams pitched their business plans at a shot for funding and access to feedback from successful entrepreneurs and business executives.

Kulisha, a for-profit company aiming to increase food security through the development of a high-quality commercial grade fish feed, was the winner of the $15,000 grand prize. The winning team is comprised of Suchintya Dandapat ’17 and Arjun Paunrana. The runner up prize of $7,500 was awarded to Chris Rose ’16 and Meredith Nussbaum ’16 of Ariento, a cybersecurity firm targeting small businesses seeking affordable security monitoring solutions. The competition’s judging panel featured Anderson’s own alumni entrepreneurs including Kelsey Doorey ’13, founder and CEO of Vow to be Chic and 2013 Knapp Venture Competition champion; Aaron Hirschhorn ’05, founder and CEO of DogVacay; and John Tabis ’06, founder and CEO of The Bouqs. Learn more about the three other finalists including Good Gaming, R+D Brew Lab and MedVille.

AELLA and Doblet are Solving Everyday Problems—Fashion and Digital

Inspired by our students pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors, we spotlight two alumni entrepreneurs developing solutions to everyday challenges.

Eunice Cho '14, Founder and Creative Director, AELLA

Eunice Cho '14Inspiration
While interviewing for business school, Eunice realized that the casual and comfortable clothes she wore to work in the fashion industry weren't going to cut it in the buttoned-up business world.

In search of business suits, Eunice found the options for women’s business attire to be conservative, expensive, and uncomfortable.

Eunice launched AELLA in the fall of 2014 to provide women with pants, blazers, and t-shirts that offer benefits like comfort, dry-fit, and durability.

"I would like AELLA to be a global brand in providing the most comfortable clothing at prices that really make sense for women who are living increasingly busier lives." - Eunice Cho '14

» Read more about Eunice Cho’s founder story.

Dr. Jeff Chang '12, CTO and Co-Founder, Doblet

Jeff Chang '12Inspiration
Jeff's co-founder Doktor Gurson was at a bar in San Francisco charging his phone with an external battery when two guys offered to buy him a beer for a phone charge.

Charging is not readily available right where and when people need it.

Doblet is the world’s first fully app-driven portable battery network accessible in bars, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, hotels, libraries, etc. Users can pick up a Doblet, charge their phone, then drop the Doblet back off.

"Doblet will become the mobile power and data network for the rapidly expanding universe of Internet of Things devices, controllers and sensors." - Jeff Chang '12

» Jeff Chang speaks about Silicon Valley and being part of Y Combinator’s summer 2014 batch. Read more

7 Things You Should Know About Alumni Weekend 2016
UCLA Anderson Reunions

  1. 20+ recruiters mingled with alumni and current FEMBA & EMBA students at the Executive Recruiting Networking Event.
  2. Alumni Conference attendees received Google Cardboard viewers to experience virtual reality through their mobile devices
  3. 700 reunion alumni and guests danced and photo-boothed the night away at Reunion Evening celebrations in Santa Monica Beach
  4. The classes of 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 have raised $3.7 M for their reunion class gifts to date.
  5. We welcomed back alumni from across the globe including Austria, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  6. Class of 2015 celebrated their 1 year reunion in Hollywood—some continued the celebration with Tour de Strand activities the following day.
  7. Alumni Golf Tournament brings together the UCLA Anderson community for a fun day of competition and margaritas but also raises money for student fellowships.

Economics, Entertainment, Leadership & Tech at Alumni Conference

UCLA Anderson Conference

Watch videos from selected Alumni Conference sessions using your alumni login credentials.

Keynote Conversation: John Stankey ’91, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group
Hear John Stankey '91's take on subscription bundling, AT&T's DirectTV acquisition, regulatory bodies, and opportunities related to mobile, content, and global markets.
»Watch Now.

Building a Team for the Next Innovation
Sara Varni Bright '06, SVP of Marketing at Salesforce, discussed effective team building in a fast paced tech environment, addressing themes such as fostering innovation, managing diversity and generating productivity. Watch Now.

Economic Forecast: Ed Leamer, Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast
Professor Ed Leamer diagnosed the key factors driving the downturn of the global economy, shared his forecast for the U.S. and identified areas that need to be developed in order to incite economic growth. Watch Now.

The Next Experience in Entertainment & Media
Digital media experts from Google VR, LiveNation and Claygate Advisors discussed how technology, including VR, social media and mobile, is shaping entertainment experiences in music, sports and storytelling—enabling a depth of immersion and global access like never before. Watch Now.

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Re-live the Magic at Alumni Reunions

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Class of 2009 & 2012 Score Low and Win Big at Alumni Golf Tournament

Congratulations to our 2016 Alumni Golf Tournament champions Casey Winn ’09, David Comfort ’09, Cullen Hilkene ’09 and Perry Wallack. The winning foursome took home both the Anderson Cup (lowest gross score in open division) and the Eddie Merrin Trophy (lowest gross overall). The Class of 2012 foursome of Todd Morris, Javaid Ansari, Zach Friedland, and Calvin Sam (pictured right) repeated as the 2016 Affiliates Cup winners, the honor awarded to a foursome of classmates with the lowest gross score.

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Alumni Sparking Change in Developing Countries

Shawn Hakim '14 Wants to Light up an Entire Country

More than 9 million citizens of the Dominican Republic face daily blackouts, including impoverished children who often arrive to a dark home with no light to study with. While attending UCLA Anderson, Shawn Hakim ’14 read an article about how solar lanterns were improving the daily lives of people around the world. He shared his findings with his soon to be co-founder Jacqueline Gallardo while on a trip to Panama. Within a few months, they started the social enterprise Esenciales J.S. SRL with the goal of illuminating the entire Dominican Republic with solar lanterns, providing those who live off the grid with a basic human need–light. Read more about Shawn’s endeavors to bring light and prosperity to the country.

Deborah Chew '15 Uses Business School to Make More Sustainable Change

Nine years ago, Deborah Chew ’15 co-founded Project Happy Feet to support the education of children and youth in Cambodia. Since then, Project Happy Feet has raised more than half a million dollars and supported more than 5,000 children in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Phillipines, Singapore and Vietnam. Since completing the UCLA Anderson Global Executive MBA program in 2015, she has utilized the skill set and leadership insights she acquired at business school to re-examine the framework with which to structure not only her organization but also how developing frameworks could empower other charities and non-profits to operate in a more effective and productive manner. Read more about Deborah’s thoughts on CSR efforts and what "drive change" means to her.


2016 | 2015 | 20142013 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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