All events will take place on Saturday, August 16th at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Daily parking permits are available for $12 in parking structures 3, 4, and 5. Review parking and pay stations map here. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE BELOW (Subject to change)

10:00 - 11:00am   REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN | A-201 Foyer (Collins Center) 

11:00 - 11:15am   WELCOME REMARKS | A-201

John W. Mamer | Senior Associate Dean; Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

11:15 - 12:15am   PLENARY SESSION I 

GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA TRENDS: New Approaches to Entertainment and Media

Description: The creation and consumption of entertainment and media are frequently disrupted by technology and digital platforms.  For example, long-form media such as books, magazines and articles are in state of decline and being supplanted through technology by short-form news via tweets, feeds, comedy shows like the Daily Show and internet memes and articles largely with questionable provenance.  While the quantity and access to available sources has mushroomed, their quality is difficult to isolate amid the cacophony.  The same scenario arises with the ease of creation and distribution of music, video and other content.  What does this mean for global companies looking to foster creativity and awareness, whether through traditional or new media?  How are results and success being quantified for these new approaches to entertainment and media?

Brian Felsen | Former CEO, CD Baby / Book Baby
Debbie Shon | Former CEO, Ticketmaster China; Former Assistant U.S. Trade Representative
Javon Frazier | VP Marketing, Marvel Entertainment
Bing Chen | Co-Founder, Victorious; Former Global Creator Development and Management Lead, YouTube 

Moderator: John W. Mamer  Senior Associate Dean; Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

12:15- 1:30pm  LUNCH | North Lawn 

1:30 - 2:30pm  PLENARY SESSION II

 CROSS-BORDER FINANCE AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES:  Frontier Markets - The Next Generation of Emerging Markets

Description: Frontier markets are the "little guys" among emerging markets and although they typically share the attractive long-term growth prospects of mainstream emerging markets, they still tend to be at a very early stage of development - lower levels of GDP per capital, lower domestic consumption bases and less developed financial systems than established emerging markets. That said, frontier markets have the potential to evolve into the next generation of emerging markets and offer very interesting opportunities to investors who are able to identify frontier growth opportunities early. Is it worth the risk?

Fred Eck (GEMBA '11) | Co-Founder, Randolph Group
Jerry Braakman | Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer, First American Trust
Alisher Ali Founder, Silk Road Finance; Managing Partner, Silk Road Management

Moderator: Carla Hayn | Professor of Accounting, UCLA Anderson School of Management

2:30 - 2:50pm   BREAK 

2:50 - 3:50pm   PLENARY SESSION III 


Description: Entrepreneurs are key drivers of economic and social progress and are often viewed as important sources of innovation, productivity growth and employment, especially in emerging economies. This panel will look at the key factors that impact the speed and ability with which entrepreneurs can create and scale new ventures in a sustainable way, and the pillars of the entrepreneurial ecosystem that are of pivotal importance when it comes to the growth of their companies. Some of the factors to be considered include market accessibility, human capital and talent development, as well as funding and available finance. This panel will explore how companies can speed access to new markets and become scalable, high-growth businesses.

Mark Layton (GEMBA '08) | Founder & Certified Scrum Trainer, Platinum Edge
Ben Savage (GEMBA '11) | VP, Innovation & Advanced Technology, Apex Supply Chain Technologies; President, Tahu Solutions
Dwight Holcomb (GEMBA '11) Founder and CEO, LifePet Organic Inc. 

Moderator: George Abe | Lecturer; Faculty Director, Strategic Management Research Program, UCLA Anderson

3:50 - 4:00pm   CLOSING REMARKS