The Center for Global Management is keen to connect students to the global business community and works with different UCLA Anderson student professional and identity clubs to organize luncheons and dinners throughout the year with distinguished global leaders. These small gatherings provide a unique opportunity for students in an informal and interactive setting to hear the thoughts and insights of global leaders on a variety of issues, including the importance of global perspectives and experience in today's environment, as well as living, working and doing business internationally. A number of lunches are also hosted by the Center to bring students together with guest speakers before or after the global conferences and global speaker series. A sample of events from the 2012-13 academic year are highlighted below.
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.