External Collaborative Partnerships

In addition to significant collaboration with other centers, departments and student organizations at UCLA Anderson, as well as across campus with the UCLA International Institute, School of Law, Center for World Health and Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Center for Global Management also collaborates with a number of globally recognized organizations, including the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. The CGM’s membership provides significant benefits to students, especially those pursuing the Specialization and Certificate in Global Management, supporting their attendance at high-profile speaker events and private receptions.




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Los Angeles World Affairs Council Partnership


The CGM continued its successful partnership with the LAWAC. In addition to partnering on the two aforementioned events with George Roberts and Janet Napolitano, as a member and sponsor of the LAWAC, the CGM has been able to send a number of full-time MBA, FEMBA and EMBA students to LAWAC’s popular dinner events, receptions and luncheons. In March, 2016 25 students heard from Dr. Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006–14), who discussed the 2008–09 financial crisis, the measures the Fed took in response, the state of the U.S. and world today, and his predictions for the future. Serving under two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Bernanke faced some of the most critical economic and financial challenges the U.S. has endured since the Great Depression of the 1930s. As former head of the world’s most powerful central bank, Bernanke gave an insider’s view on how the creativity and decisiveness of a few key leaders prevented an economic collapse of unimaginable scale.

Earlier in March, students also had the opportunity to hear from world-renowned architect Frank Gehry at a special event at the Los AngelesCounty Museum of Art (LACMA). Gehry’s ability to push the boundaries of architecture garnered him the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989. Following the talk, guests were given special access to Gehry’s exhibition at LACMA featuring 65 models and over 200 drawings, many of which have never been seen publicly. The major retrospective was organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

In April, students had the opportunity to hear from Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General on “The World’s Moral Duty.” He discussed the role of the United Nations in an era of enormous challenges to world peace, human rights and global health care, and talked about why he thinks the United Nations is crucial to the future of humanity in these troubled times. Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to his appointment as Secretary-General, he was South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (third from right) with Shawn Sampson from the FEMBA Class of 2017; Luiza Weaver and Shruti Agrawal from the full-time Class of 2016; and Michael Eister from the EMBA Class of 2017.



Dr. Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

In March, students heard from Dr. Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14) at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.




Alumnae and Current Students Attend the International Women of Courage Celebration


On April 7, the ninth annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) celebration, presented by the American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), was held at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles to honor the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2016 International Women of Courage. The CGM supported UCLA Anderson alumnae and current students to join UCLA Anderson’s Empowerment through Education table, where they were accompanied by Nisha Ayub, the IWOC from Malaysia (front row, center). Ayub is a leading advocate for transgender rights in Malaysia. She is a co-founder of two NGOs: the SEED Foundation, which provides support to transgender individuals and other marginalized communities; and Justice for Sisters, which provides legal aid to transgender individuals and seeks to end persecution of LGBTQ people. Deloitte was the 2016 Global Leadership sponsor; it was Deloitte’s sixth consecutive year as lead sponsor for the IWOC Celebration.

The prior week, on March 29, Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award during a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The event was attended by Kimberly Cayce (’08), chief operating officer of Women on Course. To mark the milestone, Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks during a forum following the ceremony. The year 2016 commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Secretary of State’s prestigious International Women of Courage Awards. AWIU partnered with the U.S. Department of State to honor the 2016 IWOC recipients, who are nominated by U.S. embassies around the world and selected for their exceptional leadership and courage in advocating women’s rights and helping to transform their societies despite tremendous challenges. AWIU is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization founded in 1968 to promote women-to-women interaction and understanding worldwide. UCLA Anderson’s Dean Judy Olian is an honorary committee member of the AWIU.

Back row, from left: Julie Armstrong, AWIU member; Christine Duffy from the full-time MBA Class of 2017 and president, Women’s Business Connection; Wendy Spinner (’89), UCLA Anderson Alumni Network past president; and Luisa Romoff (’94). Front row, from left: Cristina Keefe (’16); Mia Tepper (’11); Nisha Ayub, IWOC from Malaysia; Grace Kurek-Boschan (’97); and Michele Lyons (’81).

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