George Abe is a lecturer and Faculty Director of the Strategic Management Research (SMR) Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His teaching responsibilities include entrepreneurship, business plan development and field study program advisories. SMR is the field study program, required of all Executive MBA students.
He was Business Development Manager for the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property, which is responsible for patent protection and commercialization of UCLA research.
Previously, he was a venture partner with Palomar Ventures, a VC firm in Santa Monica, California. Before Palomar, he was with Cisco Systems in the office of the chief technical officer. Prior to that he was with Infonet Services Corporation (NYSE:IN, now BT) where he designed Infonet?s IP data service and helped spinoff the company from its parent, Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE: CSC).
From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the board of directors of Switchcore AB, a publicly traded fabless semiconductor designer in Sweden. He has also held board of director positions with various startup companies and not-for-profit organizations.
He is the author of Residential Broadband, which presents an analysis of high-speed residential networking, published by Cisco Press.
Founder, Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates
Carmen Bianchi has been a Family Business Consultant since 1991. She is the founder of Carmen Bianchi Family Business Associates, a consulting firm serving the needs of closely-held and family businesses as well as those of the family office. Carmen founded the Entrepreneurial Management Center (EMC) Business Forum at San Diego State University (SDSU) and recently retired as Director in June 2012. Prior to her time as SDSU, she founded the Family Business Forum at her alma mater, University of Texas at El Paso and was invited to consult and initiate the Entrepreneurship in Family Business Program at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She teaches in the College of Business a class in Family Business Management at San Diego State University.
Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Bushnell was the first and only man to hire the late Steve Jobs and wrote the bestseller, Finding the Next Steve Jobs, published by Simon and Schuster in 2013. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, culture, creativity, innovation and education.
Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.
Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects. His Anti Aging games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving. He was most recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for this effort.
Over the years, Bushnell has garnered many accolades and distinctions. He was named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.” He is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial icons in “The Revolutionaries” display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry. He was similarly honored with a LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment. Currently a biopic about Bushnell, tentatively titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company and is set to star DiCaprio as Mr. Bushnell.
Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow and also attended Stanford University Graduate School.
Senior Vice President, Manager, Wealth Planner
Paul E. DeLauro serves as Wealth Planning Manager for City National Bank. Paul provides comprehensive financial planning services to City National clients, including entrepreneurs, professionals, their businesses and their families.
Mr. DeLauro joined City National from US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, where he was a senior vice president and regional trust executive. With over 15 years of experience in wealth planning, Paul previously served as a vice president in the wealth planning department at First Hawaiian Bank during which time he authored Hawaii’s asset protection trust act. Paul is an expert in multiple areas of wealth transfer and financial planning, trust administration, asset protection trust law, and charitable tax planning.
Paul received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. In addition, Paul studied international affairs and economics at the University of London, Birbeck College and income tax law at the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program.
Renee has more than 20 years of experience in the life insurance industry. Her career started at Centerlink in1992, where she consulted financial advisors on placing insurance for high net worth individuals and families. At Centerlink,
she provided estate planning, business succession planning and riskmitigation strategies.
Marsh & McLennan Companies acquired Centerlink in 2004, and Renee continues to provide high net worth consulting services, in addition to managing expanded responsibilities. Her focus is building relationships by
listening intently to clients and providing solutions that fit their specific needs.
Dr. Carla Hayn is a professor in Accounting at UCLA Anderson School of Management and the senior associate dean of the Executive MBA and Fully Employed MBA Programs. She holds a Ph.D. in accounting and finance from the University of Michigan.
Professor Hayn’s research is in the areas of financial reporting and disclosures, effect of accounting numbers on stock prices, the economic consequences of taxes and tax reporting, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the information content of accounting information such as line-of-business reporting, special items and tax disclosures. Dr. Hayn has published numerous articles in leading accounting and finance journals. She has served as a financial consultant and an expert witness in securities litigation cases, focusing on financial reporting and disclosure issues, corporate valuation and risk assessment. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Hayn held the position of Chief Financial Analyst for the State of Florida Legislature and served as a commercial loan officer in a commercial bank.
Dr. Hayn teaches courses in financial accounting and financial statement analysis. She received a number of teaching awards, most recently the Outstanding Teaching Award in the UCLA-NUS Program in 2006. In the UCLA Executive Education series, Dr. Hayn is the co-coordinator (with Professor Al Osborne) of the Directors’ Training and Certification Program. Prior to joining UCLA, she was a faculty member of the Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irvine and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she held the Coopers & Lybrand fellowship in Mergers & Acquisitions.
Tim's practice, spanning almost 40 years, emphasizes representing closely-held and family-owned businesses (including family offices) as well as the owners and executives of those entities. Tim represents clients in a wide range of matters, such as virtually every need of high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses. His work involves myriad family office matters, general business, estate and succession planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, philanthropy, real estate, entertainment, hospitality, intellectual property, tax, labor, litigation, land use and more. Tim represents companies, business people, entertainers and athletes with regard to the entire spectrum of legal projects and provides guidance in business and even personal matters in which a lawyer may not typically be involved.
A member of the prestigious Family Business Consulting Group, JoAnne has been working with multi-generational family businesses for well over a decade, primarily in the areas of family governance and leadership training. She is the former Vice President of Shareholder Relations for a large family-owned media company, and she now works with family businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Norton is also a speaker for Vistage International and T.E.C., which provide training to CEOs and executives, as well as for the Global Family Business Network of the Young Presidents' Organization.
In 2001 Dr. Norton created the Family Business Dynamics course at California State University, Fullerton and was an adjunct professor in the School of Business and Economics at CSUF for seven years. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Cal State Fullerton Family Business Center. Dr. Norton has made presentations for the Inland Press Association's Family Owners Next Generation Leadership Conference, the New York Family Business Center, the University of North Carolina at Asheville's Family Business Forum, the Family Business Network in Cannes, France, and the Graduate School of Banking, just to name a few. Dr. Norton earned a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and she trained at the Georgetown Family Center in the Postgraduate Program in Bowen Family Systems Theory. JoAnne grew up in a successful second-generation family business in the Midwest where she learned the complexities of maintaining harmonious relationships as well as the importance of maintaining good communication by observing her father, mother and two uncles. She lives in Irvine, California with her husband Brian.
Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Senior Associate Dean - UCLA Anderson
Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. is Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson. In this role, he oversees a variety of key areas and initiatives within the school, including resource development, alumni relations, corporate initiatives, marketing and communications and executive education. Dr. Osborne is also professor of Global Economics & Management and founder and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA. The Price Center serves to organize all faculty research and student activities and curricula related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson. A corporate governance expert, Dr. Osborne formed a Director Education and Certification Program designed to help officers and directors of private firms prepare for the higher level of scrutiny that comes when they take their companies public. This program also educates directors and officers regarding SEC regulations, FASB considerations, Nasdaq rules and the current best practices in corporate governance.
Dr. Osborne is also an expert in social entrepreneurship who has developed several programs that apply business models to the nonprofit world. For more than 13 years, The Price Center has created and run some innovative management development programs, including four in partnership with health care giant Johnson & Johnson. Other programs include The Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship (ISEE) and the UCLA/Los Angeles County Office of Education Head Start Leadership Institute. Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum and the Heckmann Corporation, and has served many years on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., among others. He has served as an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and directed studies at the SEC that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike.
Matt Ridenour is currently the Operating Partner at The People Fund (www.thepeoplefund.net). He has primary responsibility for supervising the People Fund’s portfolio of operating companies.
Prior to joining the People Fund, Mr. Ridenour was a founding Managing Director of two different venture capital funds, Momentum Venture Management and Gazelle TechVentures, both of which made Series A investments in early stage technology companies. Prior to this Mr. Ridenour was a Principal with Blue Capital, a leveraged buyout fund, and was a Consultant with Bain & Company in their private equity practice.
Mr. Ridenour has been a principal in fundraising transactions totaling more than $200mm and has extensive experience as both a venture investor and as an early stage CEO. Mr. Ridenour has an economics degree from Dartmouth College and graduated as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.
Margaret Shih is a Professor in Management and Organizations at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her research focuses on the effects of diversity in organizations. In particular, she focuses on social identity and the psychological effects of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and stigma in organizations.
Prior to joining the faculty at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Professor Shih served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for 8 years, and also worked at the RAND Corporation. She serves on the executive committee for the International Society for Self and Identity and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She was also an editor for the special issue of the Journal of Social Issues. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, Social Sciences and Humanities of Research Council of Canada, John Templeton Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Miguel Unzueta is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. He joined the faculty at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006 after earning his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
His research explores how people understand their position within social and interpersonal hierarchies and the impact this understanding has on their perceptions of self, others, and group-based inequality.
Professor Unzueta's latest research explores the manner in which people and companies define diversity and the impact that particular diversity definitions have on the representation of racial minorities in organizations. His research has been published in top management and psychology journals including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. In recognition of his research record, he was awarded the Eric and "E" Juline award for excellence in faculty research at UCLA Anderson in 2012.Professor Unzueta teaches the core organizational behavior course in both the FEMBA and daytime MBA programs (@MGMT 409). Starting in Fall 2013, he will also teach a Fiat Lux seminar entitled "Why Sports Matter: Using Social Science to Understand the Appeal of Sports." In 2010, Unzueta was awarded the George Robbins Assistant Professor Teaching Award. More recently, he was selected by Poets and Quants as one of the best 40 business school professors under age 40.
Professor Unzueta is currently a consulting editor for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the Journal of Social Issues, is serving on the editorial board of Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and is the chairman of the Riordan Programs' advisory board.