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Class of 2015 team won first place in the annual UNC Real Estate Development Case ChallengeClass of 2015 team won first place in the annual UNC Real Estate Development Case Challenge
20 Anderson students visited with Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway headquarters20 Anderson students visited with Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway headquarters
  Congratulations to Brian Schoelkopf who was elected ASA President and will lead the 2014 cabinetCongratulations to Brian Schoelkopf who was elected ASA President and will lead the 2014 cabinet
 FEMBA team takes first place in MBA division at the 2014 National Investment Banking CompetitionFEMBA team takes first place in MBA division at the 2014 National Investment Banking Competition
MFE students Alec Small (’14) and Gert Dekegel (’14) landed on the Bloomberg Assessment Test’s America’s Top 5 list MFE students Alec Small (’14) and Gert Dekegel (’14) landed on the Bloomberg Assessment Test’s Americas Top 5 list
  Austin Rogers (MBA ’14) was named a recipient of the Howard and Irene Levine Distinguished Fellowship Award.Austin Rogers (MBA ’14) was named a recipient of the Howard and Irene Levine Distinguished Fellowship Award
Congratulations to Sharon Lee (FEMBA ’15) on the opening of her second Yogurtland location in Westchester, Calif. Congratulations to Sharon Lee (FEMBA ’15) on the opening of her second Yogurtland location in Westchester, Calif.
Sue Anders-Brown

Sue Anders-Brown
MBA Class of 2014

“In 2016, I plan to open a middle school for underserved students in Los Angeles."

Sue Andres-Brown (’14) knows the value of good schooling. She spent six years teaching high school English in southeast Los Angeles, including her stint as a Teach For America corps member. After that contract ended, she remained at the school, taking on leadership roles and working on school improvements. “Eventually, I became frustrated with the limitations of my role as a teacher and my power to affect change, even within just one school,” she says.

This past summer, she worked with Boston-based Building Excellent Schools. There, she worked with the founder of Equitas Academy, a charter elementary school in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. She’s also participated in three Johnson & Johnson-sponsored UCLA Anderson Management Development Programs: the Head Start Management Fellows Program, the Health Care Executive Program and the Management Development Institute in Ghana. “The J&J Program was an incredible complement to this work,” she says. “The program operates at the nexus of health and education, and exposed me to the work of community leaders who are working on the challenges facing the vulnerable citizens in their areas.”

Andres-Brown says her UCLA Anderson work will be a cornerstone in her next stage in life, working for students and their communities. “My work at Equitas showed that MBA skills are a valuable and all-too-rare asset in the complex task of leading a school,” she says. “In 2016, I plan to open a middle school for underserved students in Los Angeles that will hold everyone within the building to unwaveringly high expectations and ensure student success. Eventually, I hope to take those lessons to scale within Los Angeles, bringing effective leadership to every school for every student.

Ari Zandman-Zeman

Ari Zandman-Zeman
MBA Class of 2014

“I aspire to leverage the power of for-profit enterprise to address some of today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.”

Ari Zandman-Zeman (’14) a former college basketball player, had some difficulty finding ways to stay in shape while in the Peace Corps in Guatemala. So, he decided to try to simulate his old gym routine and spent his three years in Latin America developing and refining a workout regimen using rubber bands.

After leaving the Peace Corps, he founded Rubberbanditz to manufacture and market his resistance bands. Today, Ari still owns and operates Rubberbanditz as a for-profit company, while channeling proceeds from the company into community development projects for underserved communities around the globe. “It is what drives me and is the backbone of the company,” he says. “We are fundamentally a quadruple bottom line company focused on people, planet, profit and power.”

Having finished his first year at UCLA Anderson, Ari spent this past summer at Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company, where he designed an “all-in-one” dashboard that enables Patagonia’s COO to monitor Patagonia’s factories so that they can improve in necessary areas. “I built a vendor scorecard tool to extract and quantify Patagonia’s finished goods factory performance around metrics that covered cost, quality, production, lead-time and social and environmental impacts,” he says.

After graduation, he wants to use his MBA skills to enhance his altruistic impulses and create lasting impact. Says Ari, “I aspire to leverage the power of for-profit enterprise to address some of today’s most pressing social and environmental issues.”

Luca de Micco

Luca de Micco
MBA Class of 2014

“There is always a more efficient way of doing things, you do it for the team and to make everything better for everyone.”

Luca De Micco (‘15) is an Italian Air Force veteran. Unlike the private sector, where he would’ve toiled on menial tasks, the military put Luca to work right after graduation. “When I was 24, I was in charge of 39 people” he says.

He graduated from the University of Naples in 2003 with a joint B.S./M.S. in Electronics Engineering, and, since those early days, he’s worked on the development strategy, logistics support and procurement of several projects for the Italian Ministry of Defense.

Deciding which business school to attend was an easy choice for Luca. He was drawn to UCLA Anderson’s top-level faculty, of course, but it was the community that sealed the deal. “I have no doubt Anderson was the right choice. It’s very collaborative. Everyone looks out for each other and is always available to help out. It perfectly matches my personality and ever since I put my foot on campus I’ve only met remarkable, outstanding people.”

That collaboration began with the admissions office before he was even enrolled and has continued as he develops his career plans. “The admissions office, the Parker Career Management Center—they’re very helpful and proactive,” he says. “Parker is the best career center among business schools. They’re always on top of everything.”

His post-graduation plans are straightforward: work in strategy and operations. “There is always a more efficient way of doing things,” he says. And, much like his days in the military, his reasoning is in line with the collaborative nature he loves at UCLA Anderson. “You do it for the team and to make everything better for everyone.”