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Alumni Weekend Just Over Two Weeks Away, October 23 and 24!

Connect and LearnYour Reunion is Almost Here!
It's time to get together with your fellow classmates and enjoy an evening of socializing and fine food.  On October 24, class years of '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '08  will each be hosting their respective reunions.   Make your reservation today!

Learn the Art of Persuasion
Noah Goldstein will lead a breakout session on selling your ideas.  Goldstein is the author of "Yes!", the New York Times bestselling introduction of 50 scientifically proven techniques for increasing your persuasive powers in business and life. 

Enhance Your Innovative Thinking
Brendan Boyle will lead a breakout session on Entrepreneurship - Innovation and Design Thinking. Brendan is the partner and co-chief creative officer at IDEO.  With a background in engineering and design, he founded Skyline, a toy invention company acquired by IDEO and now the firm's Toy Lab. Brendan's experience includes the invention and licensing of over 150 toys and consumer products.

Catch Up with the Current Real Estate Market
Eric Sussman will lead a breakout session about Real Estate. Don't miss out on Eric's patented wit and charm, with a healthy dose of practical acumen mixed in.

What is the Current Economic Climate?
Find out when Ed Leamer delivers the UCLA Anderson Economic Forecast.

Resume Reviews Available!
Resume reviews will be offered by Alumni Career Services on both Friday and Saturday of Alumni Weekend. Reviews of 15-30 minutes will be done on a first-reserve first-served basis. The timeslots are:

• Friday, October 23: 10:30 - Noon, 1:00-4:00pm
• Saturday, October 24: 8:30-9:30am, Noon-1:30pm, 4:00-5:30pm

For any questions about the resume reviews or to reserve a timeslot during Alumni Weekend, e-mail Alumni Career Services.

See the full schedule of Alumni Weekend events.

Communications Skills Webinar Series - Fall 2009

Oct. 22, 10am:  The Persuasive Pitch with Dr. Justine Lewis
Oct. 30, 10am:  Leading through Influence with Rayona Sharpnack
Nov. 11, 10am:  Listening Styles with Dr. Carol McCall
Nov. 18, 10am:  Negotiation - Dealing with Differences with Dr. Robert Spich

Alumni can register for all four Communications Skills Webinars for $60 (guests $80) by registering here.

To register for individual sessions, the fee is $20 for UCLA Anderson alumni, students and staff; $30 for guests/non-alumni.

For questions, e-mail or call (310) 825-8216.  

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Kilimanjaro Climb Raises $71,000 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

On July 2, 2009, 14 weary climbers reached the crater rim of Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro, the culmination of five days of steady upward progress. The Kili Climb for Cancer raised $71,000 to help the search for a cure.  Friendships were made that will last a lifetime, and everyone got a glimpse of heaven.  More...

Attention Real Estate Alumni

The UCLA Ziman Real Estate Group is working hard to reinvigorate the group and launch an ambitious slate of programming and tools to help connect Bruins working in commercial real estate.   To do this effectively, we need your updated contact information, so we can contact you about upcoming events.  Please take a moment to update your contact information at

Alumni Profile: Kyle Martin ('97)

Kyle MartinKyle Martin ('97) believes that President Barack Obama's "top down" approach to fixing the national economy is a problematic continuation of the Bush-TARP approach, mainly bailing out banks and other financial institutions, and he likens the approach to President Ronald Reagan's "trickle down" economics.  More...