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As a student, Brady was the recipient of several fellowships. We asked him to discuss the impact these fellowships had on his Anderson experience.

 

 
Brady Clegg '14
Before enrolling at UCLA Anderson, Brady Clegg attended Yale, worked as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers and then joined Winsby Inc., a small B2B marketing firm. But, he realized he needed an MBA. As a student, Brady was the recipient of several fellowships. We asked him to discuss the impact these fellowships had on his Anderson experience.

Why did you decide you needed an MBA, why UCLA Anderson and how did you land at Google?


I chose Anderson because of its great academic reputation and its strong relationship with both Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. I targeted Google because it married the best parts of my past jobs — the tech sector moves as quickly as finance, but its rapid growth comes with the operational challenges of a smaller company. I interned at Google after my first year and accepted the offer to return full time. I am now with the Product & Solution Specialist team within Small and Medium Business Sales.


What impact did the student fellowships have on you, professionally and personally?


My second year I received the Patrick Welsh and Henry Ford II fellowships. The major impact was easing the massive financial burden of business school during a major transition point in my life. The fellowships made it possible to pursue internships at a venture capital fund and startup accelerator, TA a number of classes, lead an Anderson Career Team and, most importantly, be present for the first few months of my son’s life (he was born March of my second year). The fellowships reduced the stress of taking a new job, becoming a new father and moving to a new city. They really helped at a time when it was really needed.


What was speaking at the 2013 Fellowship Luncheon like? Were you able to meet the donors who sponsored your specific fellowships?


The fellowship luncheon was great — I met a number of alumni and fellowship sponsors. It was inspiring to meet people that passionate about UCLA Anderson and its students. I really believe that giving is so critical to ensuring the future success of the school. Whether it is time or money, being able to give to current students and having an active alumni network strengthens the culture and reputation of the school.


This is the campaign edition of Assets. What would you say to those who are considering endowing a fellowship?


Please do so! I am so grateful for the fellowships — in addition to helping me in a time of financial need, they inspire me to always give back to UCLA Anderson. Anderson is a tight knit community. Alumni are extremely receptive and willing to help out with anything. The fellowships were emblematic of this attitude. Helping students in school will only strengthen this cycle in the future. I will always be grateful to the Anderson community.