Brown Bag Luncheons / Dinners for Eight

The Center for Global Management connects students to the global community and partners with UCLA Anderson student professional and identity clubs and organizes luncheons and dinners throughout the year with distinguished and impactful global leaders. These small gatherings provide unique opportunities for students, in an informal and interactive setting, to hear the thoughts and insights on a variety of issues, including the importance of global perspectives and experience in today's environment, and living, working and conducting business internationally. Lunches and dinners are also hosted by the center with board members, UCLA Anderson alumni, faculty members and guest speakers before and after global conferences and speaker series events. A sample of events from the 2013-14 academic year are highlighted below.

Students Learn About Bottom of-the Pyramid Startups and Social Business
Sadeesh Raghavan ('82), former managing director of Accenture, is actively engaged with bottom-of-the-pyramid startups focused on the poor and underprivileged in India and other emerging markets. In October, the CGM hosted a video-conference lunchtime discussion for students from Net Impact and the Entrepreneur Association to learn about venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship and its role in helping the underprivileged.  

In November, following a lunchtime talk on the "Evolution of a Social Business," CGM hosted a luncheon in the Dean's Conference Room for Rupert Scofield, president and CEO, FINCA International, a global microfinance network serving low-income entrepreneurs. Students from Net Impact joined UCLA Anderson faculty members and AMR faculty advisors to hear more about the FINCA story and Scofield's personal journey, with more than four decades of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia, the Middle East and South Asia.


Center Hosts Luncheon With CGM Board Member Kevin Berryman (FEMBA '87) 
In October, the CGM hosted a brown-bag luncheon with CGM advisory board member Kevin Berryman, executive vice president and CFO of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., an international business and leading creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products and packaged goods. Students from the Strategy, Operations and Management Association, the International Business Association and those interested in a career in the consumer packaged goods industry gathered in the Dean's Conference Room to hear his thoughts and experiences on the industry, insights on his different functional roles and the importance of global perspectives and experience. Later, Berryman and his wife, Risa, kindly hosted a dinner at Napa Valley Grill in Westwood that provided a wonderful networking  opportunity for 10 first- and second year FEMBA students where they learned about and asked questions on his career trajectory and personal journey. Prior to IFF, Berryman enjoyed a successful 25-year career with Nestle, holding a variety of positions, including operations management, M&A, strategic planning and financial control, including time at its headquarters in Switzerland.

Discussions and Career Advice on Solar Energy, International Finance and Global Corporate Governance
In the winter quarter, the CGM hosted a luncheon with Tom Georgis ('98), senior vice president of development at SolarReserve, a developer of large-scale solar energy projects. Georgis interacted with an engaged group of Full-time and Fully Employed MBA student members of the Energy Management Group and talked about his experience in the industry and insights on his business, where he leads the company's efforts to develop large-scale solar-thermal and photovoltaic energy projects in the Americas and Asia.

In March, the CGM partnered with the Fink Center for Finance and Investments and hosted a luncheon for MBA and Master of Financial Engineering students to hear from Thomas Seale ('82), CEO of the European Fund Administration S.A., an independent company servicing investment funds, unit-linked insurance products, private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds and funds of funds. Prior to EFA, Seale was managing director and country corporate officer for Citibank Luxembourg.

In May, Nicholas Benes (JD/MBA '83), head of the Board of Director Training Institute of Japan, a nonprofit organization that provides training and seminars around corporate governance and related management topics, gathered over lunch to speak with members of the Japan America Business Association, representatives from the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies and MBA and FEMBA students pursuing the specialization in global management. Benes shared his thoughts and perspectives on "Abenomics," Japan's economy and capital markets and his global perspective on the future of corporate governance.

Students Interact With Classmates Hernán Rodríquez ('93) and Jim Allen ('93)
In February, prior to the 2014 Latin American Business Conference: "Latin America: Land of Opportunities?" the CGM hosted a luncheon for students from the Latin American Business Association (LABA) and Investment Finance Association with classmates Hernán Rodríguez ('93), CEO of Empresas CMPC S.A., one of the largest pulp and paper companies in Latin America, and Jim Allen ('93), head of Morgan Stanley's Latin America mergers and acquisitions practice and CGM advisory board member. Rodríguez, who flew in from Santiago, Chile, served as the conference keynote, and Allen, who flew in from New York City, was a guest speaker on the panel "Latin America's Next Challenges." Over lunch, Rodríguez and Allen enjoyed interacting with students and discussed topics such as career planning and career and personal trajectories since graduating. The CGM also hosted a dinner later that day for the LABA student conference directors, providing students with the opportunity to network with, and hear and learn from Rodríguez, Allen and other guest speakers and faculty moderators from the conference.

In April, following a lunchtime discussion on "The Future of the Asian Economy and the United States," Dr. Il SaKong (MBA '66, Ph.D. '69), former finance minister of Korea, joined UCLA Anderson graduate and UCLA undergraduate students for afternoon tea in the Dean's Conference Room. This informal gathering provided a unique opportunity for students to hear from a leader of UCLA and UCLA Anderson's Korean community, and major figure in Korean politics and thought leadership, on his career path and economic insights, as well as his many words of wisdom. Earlier in the day, SaKong had been presented with the Dean's Global Service Award in recognition of his global impact on behalf of the school. Prior to afternoon tea, Beomjoon Kim ('14), president of UCLA Anderson's Korean Business Student Association and UCLA's Korean Graduate Student Association, accompanied SaKong on a tour of the UCLA campus.

The following week, after a lunchtime talk on his new book, "The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor," author and professor William Easterly joined a luncheon with MBA students from Net Impact, Ph.D. students and faculty members from UCLA Anderson and the UCLA Department of Political Science. Over lunch in the Dean's Conference Room, Easterly continued an interactive conversation with students and faculty around the history of the fight against global poverty and the way the world views development.

2013-14 Series (click to expand)

In October, the CGM hosted a brown bag luncheon for students with CGM advisory board member Kevin Berryman (FEMBA '87), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of International the Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF). Students from the Strategy, Operations and Management Association (SOMA), the International Business Association (IBA) and students pursuing a career in the consumer packaged goods industry gathered in the Dean's Conference Room. IFF is an international business and leading creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products and packaged goods. Prior to IFF, Berryman spent more than 25 years with Nestle, holding a variety of positions, including operations management, M&A, strategic planning and financial control, including time at its headquarters in Switzerland.

The same month, the CGM hosted the visit to UCLA of His Excellency Felipe Bulnes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States. Ambassador Bulnes spoke during a private luncheon at the Faculty Center with UCLA faculty and representatives with an interest in and focus on Chile, including UCLA Anderson's Chilean Ph.D. and MBA students (pictured here). The ambassador talked about Chile's path toward becoming a developed country and how it is working toward becoming a regional hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, and how education contributes to this goal. The ambassador was joined by Francisco Correa, trade commissioner of Chile in Los Angeles; Alberto Ruiz, consul general of Chile in Los Angeles; and Lilina Mejias, deputy trade commissioner, ProChile Los Angeles.


In February, the CGM hosted a brown bag luncheon with students from Net Impact and Professor Bhagwan Chowdhry and Mary Rose Brusewitz, partner in charge, Strasburger & Price, LLP and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School who discussed the legal side of microfinance. CGM-supported AMR teams also shared their personal experiences with microfinance and insights from their respective projects.

In March, students from the Greater China Business Association (GCBA) joined the CGM and Parker CMC for a private dinner with Willa Wang, talent acquisition director, Lenovo China (pictured here, back row third from left). Lenovo, a Chinese multinational technology company headquartered in Beijing was the world's second-largest personal computer vendor by unit sales in 2012. Wang flew in from China to participate in the 2013 Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference on the HR/Talent Development panel "Successful Strategies to Address Cross-Border Talent and Bi-Cultural Issues.


In April, CGM hosted a luncheon for students from the Entrepreneur Association (EA), South Asia Business Association (SABA) and IBA with Arvind Singhal ('82), chairman of Technopak, who served as keynote speaker for the India Conference: "Innovating, Investing and Adapting in the Wake of New Economic Reforms." Technopak is one of India's leading management consultancy firms that specializes in several sectors, including textiles and fashion, retail and consumer products, education and agricultural food processing and food services. Singhal interacted with students and discussed topics such as career planning, entrepreneurship and consulting as a career.