Letter from the Dean

Dean Judy Olian


Dean Judy Olian Dean Judy Olian
Dear Friends,
I welcome every opportunity to update our community on everything going on at UCLA Anderson — there’s always so much happening. Consider: In January alone, Professor Corinne Bendersky’s research was covered in The New York Times, Distinguished Professor of Finance Richard Roll won The Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award for best article in The Journal of Portfolio Management, Susan Wojcicki (’98) became head of YouTube and two Master of Financial Engineering students landed coveted spots on the Bloomberg Assessment Test’s Americas Top 5 list. Sitting down in January with two remarkable, trend-setting business leaders really reminded me how much business school builds a career foundation and establishes the groundwork for wonderful achievements — and how, at the end of the day, it’s how we work, think and treat others that makes the real difference. First, I had a great conversation with Dr. Martine Rothblatt (J.D./MBA ’81), CEO of United Therapeutics and founder of Sirius Satellite Radio. She spoke of how one must be open while simultaneously employing a logical approach, and also how entrepreneurs must never give up to succeed. “If you’re not open-minded you won’t even get through the gate of entrepreneurism,” she said. But it was how she emphasized relationships that really struck home for us as UCLA Anderson’s family. “Diversity and unity are the two magical words that can make any project succeed,” she said.
Watch Video Next, I chatted with David Booth, chairman and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors. David spoke of the importance of knowing how to lead and how to relate to others as cornerstones to success. He emphasized that a large part of leadership is getting people to accept outcomes, because many things are outside of our control and require flexibility in approach. He said, “Part of leadership is being able to charge full-speed ahead without knowing exactly where you’re headed.” Leaders must have vision, but also the intuition to change that vision if needed. And, finally, he advised MBA candidates to be more than just a degree. “We look for team players…and don’t look to add any jerks to the firm,” he said with a smile. So, enjoy this edition of Assets Digital, and as always, I look forward to your feedback on this issue or anything else regarding UCLA Anderson.
My email address is judy.olian@anderson.ucla.edu.

All best,
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