George Abe is a lecturer and faculty director of the Applied Management Research (AMR) Program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. His teaching responsibilities include entrepreneurship, business plan development and field study program advisories. AMR is the field study program, required of all full-time MBA students.
Abe 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 spinout the company from its parent, Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE: CSC).
From 1998 until 2006, Abe 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.
He has a B.A. in mathematics and an M.S. in business, quantitative methods from UCLA.
Alexander Auerbach is president of Alexander Auerbach & Co., Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing services consultancy. His firm's focus is on providing clients with service and strategic support in media and public relations, business-to-business marketing and corporate/financial communications.
The core of his firm's practice is serving clients in: financial services, including investment banking, private equity and M&A; professional services, including law, accounting, real estate development, architecture, consulting and engineering; technology, including research, manufacturing and distribution; and crisis response, including Chapter 11 filings.
Representative clients include Deloitte; Loeb & Loeb; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp; Evente.com; The Association for Corporate Growth; Frank Gehry Partners; NSB Capital; Overhill Farms; Teradyne; Max Factor III; Edward Lowe Foundation; Excite.com; AARP; Cendent/Coldwell Banker; LAACO Ltd.; Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank; Advanced Structures, Inc.; and Pacific Corporate.
Alex began his career as a business journalist with two of the nation's leading newspapers, The Boston Globe and later The Los Angeles Times. He was also a correspondent for The Economist. He held senior management positions at two magazine publishing companies, overseeing two dozen specialty titles in fields ranging from science, technology and business to hobbies and sports.
Alex has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and a BA from Columbia. He has received a number of awards for his professional communications activities.
Bonnie Barnes is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting. She has 25+ years of large custom and package systems development and implementation experience. Her work has recently focused on managing complex systems integration projects to provide business value and cost saving opportunities. Firm roles have included National Technology Quality, Western Region Technology Lead, Training Program Dean, Specialist Champion.
Susan Baumgarten has a breadth of experience in executive leadership, business development, and systems engineering at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Company. She was appointed corporate vice president of Raytheon, a major aerospace and defense electronics firm with over 80,000 employees and annual revenues exceeding $20B. She served as President of Raytheon International, Inc, integrating activities in 76 countries throughout the world, responsible for international growth and operational performance of Raytheon's international companies. She was a member of the Board of Directors of Raytheon Systems Ltd, UK, Raytheon Canada Ltd, and Raytheon Australia.
In addition to her Raytheon International role, other P&L experience includes Raytheon Technical Services Company, LLC, and the Hughes/Raytheon Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems business. Her early career involved the design of airborne radar systems, and a special moment was flying in the backseat of an F‑15 fighter jet, seeing Hughes/Raytheon products in action.
Ms. Baumgarten is a three-time alumna of UCLA with a BA in Mathematics and Biochemistry, an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the Anderson School where she received the Carter Award.
As a senior executive, Ms. Baumgarten has led business/organization turnarounds demonstrating her abilities as a visionary, business strategist, and growth enabler. She is widely recognized for her decisiveness and disciplined approach to the financials, while maintaining fervor for technical innovation and broad team inclusion. Her present interests include corporate leadership/boards, philanthropic leadership, education, and executive coaching.
Kelly Bean is the assistant dean of UCLA Anderson's Office of Executive Education Programs. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Bean received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Human Resources from the University of South Carolina. She currently serves as a board member and program committee chair for the Human Resource Planning Society in Atlanta, GA., and is active in a variety of professional organizations.
Prior to her current role at Anderson, Ms. Bean served as executive director of Executive Education for Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She was also the associate director of Executive Education at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina before taking the position at Emory University.
With a strong management background in organizational design and development, she has created and delivered executive education programs on topics such as management practices, corporate governance, and leadership, to name a few. Her executive education clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, Intercontinental Hotels Groups, Chevron/Texaco and Verizon among others.
Ms. Bean has extensive experience in human resources and she is also a certified consultant for the Birkman Method, the industry-leading personality assessment process that measures human behavior and occupational strengths.
Bill Budzinski has built a career in human resources with blue chip Fortune 100 companies that have strong reputations for developing human resource professionals. His extensive multi industry experience includes leadership roles with Frito-Lay, Johnson & Johnson, Ameritech and Deloitte & Touche a prestigious professional services consulting firm. Bill is a human resources generalist who brings value to the entire organization as a creative and savvy business professional. He has a demonstrated track record in enhancing organizational effectiveness during major change and transition. He is a graduate of Indiana University and completed his Masters in Organizational Development at Pepperdine University where he had the opportunity to work with and consult with companies in China, France and Mexico. He is certified in Behavioral Interviewing, DDI and Zenger - Miller. Bill is currently employed as the Vice President of Human Resources for a real estate investment trust in Southern California.
Steve Canepa In his role as General Manager, Global Media and Entertainment Industry, Steve is responsible for IBM's P&L results for the M&E Industry worldwide: Entertainment, Broadcast, On-line, Cable, Publishing, Satellite, Sports, and Advertising customer segments.
Since joining IBM's initial global M&E Industry executive team in 1996, Steve has held a number of key leadership positions guiding strategy, solution offerings, marketing, and sales execution. IBM's M&E business has grown dramatically and is now the largest services, solution and technology provider to the Industry. Steve oversees a broad portfolio of services, software and hardware and is responsible for marketing and partnership initiatives. He was also a founder and key leader in shaping IBM's focus on cross-industry Digital Media.
Steve has a deep understanding of the key marketplace opportunities and challenges facing M&E firms and consults extensively with senior executives as they look to optimize and transform their organizations, operations and business models. Through his global relationships and market insights he has a unique understanding of how to sustain operational excellence and profit in - today's highly competitive marketplace.
Steve is regularly asked to deliver keynote addresses: NAB, IBC, Future of Broadcast, Broadcast Asia, Digital Hollywood, Imagina, Frames, Broadcast Live, CES, iStudio, NAPTE, Content World, etc. and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He has been recognized by Digital Media Magazine as one of the most influential executives in Digital Media and has received an EMMY for innovation.
Steve has over 25 years of experience building, leading and growing profitable businesses; with significant sales, marketing, strategy, consulting, solutions and systems integration experience. He graduated from UCLA with two Bachelor of Arts degrees - Economics and Political Science with Phi Eta Sigma honors; and received a MBA from UCLA's Anderson School in Corporate Finance with Beta Gamma Sigma and top field study honors. He also attended the Wharton School financial management program and Harvard University's executive curriculum on Strategy formation.
Steve serves on the Board of Directors for The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and MusiCares, the charitable arm of the Grammy Foundation. He is a past Board Member of Digital Domain (culminating with the successful sell of the business) and also of Junior Achievement of Southern California.
Bill Douglass is a literary agent with the Paradigm Agency. He represents writers, producers and directors who are active in both features and television. At Paradigm Bill helped package and sell the following television series: "Desperate Housewives"/ABC; "Dexter"/Showtime; and "Rescue Me"/FX. Prior to joining Paradigm Bill was an agent at International Creative Management and the William Morris Agency where he launched and guided the careers of directors Brad Silberling, Betty Thomas and DJ Caruso.
Thomas Epley is a highly experienced CEO. During his career, he has taken control of over a dozen companies in a wide variety of industries and difficult circumstances, rapidly executing a turn-around plan to initiate a rescue, implementing actions to attain a state of progressive viability, and installing a long term strategy and management team. He has been chairman and/or CEO of Potter Brumfield, Cuno Filtration, Bekins, Northern Ordnance, Technicolor, Paradyne, Globespan, AMIS, and many others; organizations whose businesses range from low-tech transportation to high-tech semiconductors. He currently serves as an operating partner for Francisco Partners, a leading high-tech buyout firm. He has been a director of publicly traded companies Paradyne, Globespan, AMISemiconductor and Carlton Communications.
Epley also serves on the executive committee of the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson School of Management, and on the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND (Ph.D. Public Policy) Graduate School. He has a B.S.M.E. degree from the University of Cincinnati, 1963, and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, 1970, both with honors.
Martin N. Fabrick is Parsons Corporation's Director of Global Business Solutions where he is leading initiatives responding to sustainable development imperatives and creating new mission delivery platforms that leverage enterprise knowledge, expertise, and talent to serve Parsons markets and customers more effectively. Parsons is one of the nation's largest project management, environmental, engineering and construction firms with an annual revenue exceeding $3 billion and projects throughout the United States and more than 60 countries. Mr. Fabrick has led project operations in various markets including energy, aerospace, defense, and homeland security. He also led business development departments for two of Parsons four global business units with annual revenue sold exceeding $1 billion.
Mr. Fabrick joined Parsons in 1972 and during the last 36 years he has been fortunate to have been involved with some of the largest and most interesting programs in the last quarter of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century including nation building in Bosnia Herzegovina and Iraq, eliminating weapons of mass destruction and legacy hazardous materials in the United States and Russia, modernizing the nation's air traffic control system, restoring the Florida Everglades ecosystem, and developing the space shuttle.
Mr. Fabrick has served on federal government forums and in leadership positions for professional societies. He received a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology both from the University of California at Davis.
Bob Foster is an adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he teaches high technology management, business plan development and management consulting field study. He taught half-time for 16 years while a full-time business executive and joined the faculty full-time in 1999.
He created and teaches the High Technology Management course, teaching it to over 800 students over the past 16 years.
For the past six years Foster has been the director of the Global Access Program (GAP), the international field study for Anderson's Fully Employed MBA students. He provides overall academic direction of the program including the design and development of GAP's six-month integrative, capstone course with 180 students and eight faculty advisors. He interfaces with GAP's international partners from trade and technology development agencies in Finland, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Ireland and Chile. GAP was a major reason why Business Week in November 2007 ranked UCLA Anderson as the #1 Part-Time MBA Program in the U.S.
He was awarded the 2006 Citicorp Teaching Award of the Year, voted by the faculty as the most outstanding professor at Anderson. The fully employed MBA classes of 2003 and 2005 each voted him the Most Outstanding professor. He is a member of the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels, which are angel investing organizations who invest in startup technology companies. Foster is also an active independent director is several corporations.
He has an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University.
Everett L. Glenn, Managing Partner, Entertainment & Sports Plus, has over 30 years of legal experience handling sophisticated banking, commercial, corporate and real estate transactions for governmental agencies, private sector clients and individuals across a wide range of industries including construction, endorsement & marketing, insurance, real estate development, and telecommunications. Mr. Glenn is also Of Counsel to Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, the largest certified minority law firm in the country with offices in 10 US cities as well as Mexico and Chile.
For over 20 years, Mr. Glenn has also represented professional athletes in the 3 major sports and entertainers in the recording and film industries in contract negotiations and managed the delivery of related business and financial services. Mr. Glenn has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D from Case-Western Reserve University. He is certified by the National Basketball Association and the National Football League as a contract advisor, and has written papers and articles on the sports business industry from the perspective of the Black athlete and Black professional service provider.
Mr. Glenn currently serves as a board member and program committee chair for Academic UpRise in Long Beach, CA, and is active in a variety of civic and professional organizations.
Annie Inglis joined Genentech nearly 6 years ago and has worked in operations through five launches and significant growth. She currently leads sales operations and information management and is the Business Architect for the Blueprint program which is replacing the Commercial IT infrastructure including Sales and Marketing, Reimbursement Services, Business Information, and supporting data infrastructures. Prior to Genentech she consulted with KPMG, Coopers & Lybrand and ran her own consultancy, in Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, Operations, and large system implementation. Annie has worked with both private sector and government clients. She spent several years with the National Heath Serivce in the UK during healthcare reforms, and prior to that time in product management and marketing in the software industry. Starting life as a Mechanical Engineer with a BSc from Kingston University UK, she has since earned a Masters in Health Information Science from Warwick University UK, a EdD in International Organization and Leadership from USF and an MBA from St Marys College California. Annie has had the pleasure of working and consulting across Europe and in Africa, as well as here in the US. She spends her spare time with her four children, encouraging them to travel extensively and appreciate the diversity of life.
Alicia M. Jacobs is the founding Partner of Ajament Partners, a management consulting firm, which links human capital to an organization's business strategy for profitable growth. As a business strategist, Alicia uses her extensive and diverse experience to provide business leadership to companies looking to accomplish significant revenue and profit growth. With her deep understanding of business, she is able to execute the building of powerful brands and high performance teams.
Alicia has provided consulting services for over 20 years to Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and government agencies including, Raytheon, Edison, Sony, MTA and Pepperdine University. Her key focuses are in communicating for results, leadership and organizational development, change management, customer service and career management coaching.
Alicia has designed and facilitated a variety of workshops, events and strategy sessions. Her expertise in group facilitation includes bringing together professionals from diverse disciplines to talk and share ideas and processes that enhance their professions.
As a an experienced speaker Alicia also teaches "Leadership" for the Business Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, as an adjunct professor for California State University, Fullerton, Alicia taught New Ventures in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Management in the MBA Program and Organizational Behavior in the undergraduate school.
Alicia earned her MBA from the Presidential/Key Executive Program at Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. As a certified behavioral and values analyst, Alicia has the CPBA and CPVA designations.
Bob L. Johnson is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney who has been involved in the entertainment industry for nearly two decades as a film producer, senior music executive, and new media executive. He won a Peabody Award for his producing work on the film "A Huey P. Newton Story" by acclaimed director Spike Lee. As a senior executive with Atlantic Records, he oversaw west coast operations during the company's tenure as the number one label in the music industry. Most recently, Bob was President of the Rights Division of Withoutabox.com, a recent acquisition of Amazon and IMDB. Withoutabox is the industry's leading web-based digital platform for independent filmmakers and film festivals, with over 150,000 filmmakers from 200 plus countries. He is currently overseeing the launch of a new internet venture, Planet Illogica, a Myspace type online venture for artists and intellectual property rights holders.
As a practicing attorney, Bob specializes in representation of talent and companies involved in Film, Music, Television, New Media, Theater, Publishing, and Professional Sports. His services include: negotiation and drafting of employment, license, production, distribution, and copyright agreements; formation and capitalization of entertainment companies; general counsel re intellectual property matters; and representation of entertainment industry-based nonprofit organizations.
A committed activist, Bob serves on the boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as Co-Chair of LA Works, the Los Angeles affiliate of the national Hands On Network/Points of Light Foundation. In addition to serving on the board of the international disaster relief organization Operation USA, Bob chairs the board of directors of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit community-based music school founded by Flea of the superstar rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Bob's newest production, an opera based on the Langston Hughes poem: "Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz," debuts at Carnegie Hall in March 2009. Bob is a graduate of the Anderson School and UCLA School of Law respectively.
As an entertainment attorney, senior executive with Atlantic Records, and film producer, Bob has worked with some of the America's leading artists in contemporary popular culture.
Carol Lindstrom is vice chairman of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP., leading the strategic relationship management function. Lindstrom served as a member of the Deloitte & Touche LLP Board of Directors for six years and has served on the DTT Global Board of Directors since 2003. Lindstrom has held many management and client leadership positions during her Deloitte career including; managing director of the Global Strategic Relationship clients in the U.S., managing director of Deloitte's e-business unit, dc.com, managing director of the America's Technology practice, managing director of the San Francisco and Orange County practices, lead client service partner for VISA and other clients.
Lindstrom joined Deloitte and Touche in 1995. Prior to joining Deloitte, she was a partner at Andersen Consulting for many years. She received her B.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Lippman is Senior Vice President of News and Operations for Univision Television Group, responsible for the news, promotion, and operations areas of the company's 64 television stations and oversight of its local television websites. In his current role, he helps station news, promotion, and production departments share ideas and techniques to improve quality and make Univision stations more efficient and works with stations to develop general market-quality news and production techniques. John also advises station management in the selection of broadcast staff, motivation and discipline, capital budget planning, and strategy. He directly supervises the operations of the Univision and TeleFutura Affiliate News departments, whose personnel in Miami, Washington DC, and Los Angeles cover and distribute stories to stations and for the Univision network.
John joined Univision as a news consultant during 1994 and joined the company full-time in March, 1995 as Director of News Operations. He became Vice President of News Operations two years later. He was promoted to Vice President of News and Operations in 2001 and to his current position two years later.
At Univision, he has been part of the company's due diligence and acquisition teams expanding the station group from 11 stations in 1995 to its current size. He headed the team that operated KMEX for three months in 1990 during a union work stoppage and ran Univision operations in Puerto Rico for six months in 2001 following the company's takeover of WLII.
John came to Univision with more than 20 years of news management experience, including positions at KSTW-TV in Tacoma (Director of News and Public Affairs), KIRO-TV in Seattle (Executive Vice President of News and Public Affairs), and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles (News Director). John began his career as a broadcast engineer with WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He has also worked as a news reporter, producer, and assignment editor.
John is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He has completed general management training seminars with the Television Bureau of Advertising (at Harvard), the National Association of Broadcasters (at Notre Dame), and the Radio Television News Directors Association (at Wharton).
John volunteers in the community as vice chairman of the Program Advisory Board of the city of Los Angeles' government television channel. He lives in Los Angeles, is married, and has three children.
Kit Lokey is the chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors and a founder of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, Inc. In addition to being chairman, Lokey was Houlihan Lokey's CEO and president until 2002. His activities within the firm currently involve business development and strategic initiatives, including geographic expansion, acquisitions and strategic partners. He sits on a number of corporate and charitable boards, with the latter including the largest independent theatre group in the city of Los Angeles. Lokey earned a bachelor's of science degree in engineering and a master's in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nnamdi Lowrie is a Principle in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations practice. Nnamdi has more than 10 years of experience in advising Sr. Finance executives on transformational issues. Within Deloitte he focuses his work on driving leading Financial Management practices in the areas of Integrated Performance Management, Finance Operations and Finance Integration services. Prior to consulting, he had 5 years of finance and accounting experience in the Consumer Products industry. He received his master in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and his bachelor of business administration from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Seth Lubove is Los Angeles bureau chief for Bloomberg News, and a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine. He joined Bloomberg in April 2006 after 16 years at Forbes, where he also served as Los Angeles bureau chief, deputy bureau chief, associate editor and staff writer. His areas of coverage include corporate strategy, entertainment, and companies in the Western U.S. Prior to joining Bloomberg and Forbes, Lubove was a staff writer at Florida Trend magazine from 1987 to 1990. He was also a staff reporter in the Pittsburgh bureau of The Wall Street Journal from 1985 to 1987 and a business reporter at The Miami Herald from 1983 until 1985. Lubove has a B.A. in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. He has received awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the New York Press Club and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and was a finalist in the Public Interest category of the 2008 National Magazine Awards.
LaMar Lyons is the executive managing director and CEO of Rideau Lyons & Co., a privately held boutique investment banking firm. He has 24 years of experience in underwriting both municipal and corporate securities. Lyons was formerly associated with Morgan Stanley and L.F. Rothschild. Lyons has participated in financings exceeding $84 billion while at Rideau Lyons and other firms as either banker, advisor or sales/trading.
As a banker he has partaken in municipal financing issuances for education with the University of California, Stanford, Pepperdine, USC, MIT and LAUSD; affordable housing for the Cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Inglewood Redevelopment Agencies; transportation for the LAMTA; infrastructure improvements for the Cities of Victorville, Carson and the County of San Diego; general municipal facilities for School Finance Authority, the State Public Works Board of the State of California and equipment acquisition for the County of San Diego and State of California.
By any measure, Rideau Lyons & Co. has been quite successful in its areas of concentration, which include the underwriting, sale and trading of fixed-income securities and the reinvestment of bond proceeds. In the 25th anniversary issue of Black Enterprise (June 1997 annual list of black owned businesses) Rideau Lyons & Co.'s prowess in underwriting was ranked as the number two investment banking firm of some sixty five owned by African-Americans in the United States.
Lyons expanded the firm into corporate/merchant banking. He developed the Economic Development Merchant Banking as a new start-up division. With this initiative, the firm targets small and medium-sized domestic and international companies with proven track records with a desire to grow and prosper. The merchant banking division provides multiple areas of support from equity capital for growth, to expansions and development, strategy and growth consultation and access to managerial talent, new markets and investors.
Mr. Lyons has an extensive public sector background having worked for the late Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Lindsey; the City of Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst office; Assemblyman Elihu Harris, chairman, California State Legislature Judiciary Committee and the late United States Senator Alan Cranston.
As Chief of Staff for Elihu Harris, he shepherded legislation through the California State Assembly and Senate that established Martin Luther King's birthday as a state holiday.
Lyons is an alumna of UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy and was ASUCLA Student Body President. He received a JD degree from Howard University School of Law.
Eric Mark is Deloitte Consulting's lead corporate and competitive strategy principal for Media & Entertainment. He works with traditional and emerging media and entertainment companies on business-strategy issues and has worked with all of the major movie studios and music companies, and related businesses such as post-production houses, game publishers, broadcast and cable networks and digital-distribution companies.
Mark has a significant market presence as a thought leader in media & entertainment and corporate strategy. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences and colloquia, including NAB, CES, Digital Hollywood, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, and the Wharton and NYU Media Conferences.
Prior to joining Deloitte Consulting, Mark was a senior member of the Media & Entertainment Strategy practice at IBM Global Business Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting), and before that he was a manager in the strategy practice at A.T. Kearney.
Mark holds a bachelor of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo, an MBA in strategic management and marketing from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of arts in international studies from The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Mark is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory and Writing programs. A native of Toronto and erstwhile denizen of Paris, he currently resides in Marina del Rey, California.
Rick McAlpin is vice president of Parsons Corporation, an engineering and construction firm with revenues exceeding $3.4 billion in 2008. He currently heads the corporation's internal audit department.
During his 15 year tenure with the employee-owned company, McAlpin has worked in a variety of roles in operations, finance, and marketing/sales. McAlpin also worked for a major motion picture studio, designing and building the company's first theme park outside of the United States.
At Parsons, McAlpin has been actively involved with the company's training and development group, taking an instrumental role in the creation and implementation of the company's project management certification program and advanced project management workshop.
McAlpin earned an MBA from the Andersen School at UCLA, and was valedictorian of the industrial engineering department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Ilana Meskin is president of Meskin Consulting, Inc. Meskin's passion for leadership and organization development comes from an impressive corporate track record of over 25 years of professional human resources experience at two major companies, Amgen and ARCO, with significant accomplishments across both line HR and corporate functions. In her 16-year tenure at Amgen, she held key roles of increasing scope as her own career tracked the company's hyper growth period, pioneering in HR while the company grew from a workforce of 2,000 to 20,000, and from $1B to $15B.
As the former executive director of leadership at Amgen, Meskin owned talent review processes such as succession planning for the top 100 leaders, executive assessments and drove a focus on career management at all levels. Prior to Amgen, Meskin's career included 11 years with ARCO Solar, as director of HR until the acquisition in 1990 by Siemens.
She holds a B.A. in linguistics from York University, Canada, and is fluent in French. Meskin serves on the Board of Camp Ramah in California, and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program in communal leadership.
Currently, her consulting practice areas include executive coaching, talent management processes, and workforce change management and engagement.
Thomas Molter is Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Pictures International. He is responsible for managing and maximizing the distribution of WBPI film product internationally, including print management and emerging formats. Molter evaluates new theatrical growth opportunities and revenue streams for the division, including: international digital cinema release strategies, IMAX and other 3D formats, emerging markets, such as China, Vietnam, Russia, etc. He also oversees WBPI's international exhibitor relations program, establishes and implements divisional policies on all anti-piracy related activities, and serves as the chief corporate liaison for the division.
Prior to joining WBPI, Molter served as Vice President and Managing Director, Worldwide All Media, for the Motion Picture Association (MPA). Responsibilities included (1) the formulation of policy and implementation of strategies to address trade and regulatory issues relating to studio theatrical, home video/optical disc, television and international distribution in the United States and abroad and (2) policy guidance and oversight to the MPA's wide network of international offices as well as analysis of worldwide trends regarding business and marketplace regulation.
He worked for several years in television production, producing a nationally syndicated outdoor sports program based in San Francisco and serving as a business development consultant for Showtime Networks in New York and Samuel Goldwyn Television Production in Los Angeles.
Molter graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism, and holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Caroline Nahas is managing director of Southern California for Korn/Ferry International and is also a member of UCLA Anderson's Board of Visitors. Ms. Nahas has served as a member of the Executive Committee of Korn/Ferry International from December 1995 until August 1998 and she has also served on IHOP's board of directors since 1992. Ms. Nahas is also a director of Whittier Holdings, Inc. and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
Yolanda Parker, a technology visionary for 40 years whose career started at IBM, is the founder of KMS Software Company, a technology firm which specializes in Human Capital Management. An authority in process management, Parker focused her organization on developing systems to automate HR on-boarding and off-boarding processes, resulting in industry recognition and numerous invitations (including the US Congress' Ways and Means Committee) to provide expert advice in the areas of e-signatures, and the use of portals and online forms to automate HR processes. KMS clients include American Express, O'Melveny & Myers, TD Ameritrade, Citigroup, BP, bebe, Guess, and GCI.
Aside from her professional accomplishments, Ms. Parker's philanthropic activities include being on the oard of The Brain Trust, which is dedicated to raising funds for brain cancer research for Dr. Keith Black at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; the Board of Real Medicine Foundation which is an international relief organization specializing in healing the wounds of disaster and poverty; and Find-A-Tree, an organization that works with inner-city youth to keep them motivated to stay in school and achieve their dreams. During the last Presidential Campaign, Ms. Parker served on Senator Obama's National Finance Committee; in addition, she was appointed to the Democratic National Platform Committee and was a national co-chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative Committee. Currently Ms. Parker is on the National Finance Committee for the Democratic National Committee. She received her BA and MA from NYU.
Cindy Rakowitz, co-founder, Blackman*Rakowitz Public Relations is a highly respected, award-winning executive with more than 20 years experience in marketing, communications, public relations, promotions and product development. Working in a variety of industries, including television, radio, magazines, film, packaged goods, sports, hospitality, fashion, music, healthcare and the internet, as well as launching her own firm RNR Public Relations, she boasts a track record of growth and success throughout her career.
Rakowitz may be best known for her tenure as Division President for Playboy Enterprises, where she ran international public relations, marketing, advertising, as well as the modeling agency for over 15 years. She worked on a daily basis with Playboy founder Hugh M. Hefner, heading up a 20-person department located in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and with all outside domestic and worldwide creative agencies reporting to her. Most significantly, she broke new ground work in global brand promotion and partnership in emerging economies. She formed a loyal following from multiple constituents abroad including governments, business leaders, and charitable organizations. When the walls of communism disintegrated, Rakowitz spent many years teaching capitalism to Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Romania and Hungary. She literally created the first "black tie" event in Poland, the first golf tournament in the Czech Republic, and the first "ribbon-cutting" in China. Additionally, she had to educate and win over the angry women's groups who held Playboy responsible for exploitation in Mexico, Romania, and Canada.
She recently served as Senior VP and General Manager for 5W Public Relations, where she was responsible for 26 major accounts. In addition to her work as a leading communications executive for companies like RKO General (now Gencorp) in New York and WWOR-TV, Rakowitz has been highly successful in planning and executing brand strategies for clients like Patron Tequila. Her campaigns created a high end, newly defined ultra-premium brand and had a significant impact on Patron tequila's sales, generating an increase of 75 percent.
Rakowitz is also recognized for her expertise in all areas of corporate communications, including crisis management, internal communications, public affairs and investor relations. As a premier media trainer, she has a unique ability to help her clients deal with the press during unanticipated crises. Her high-profile clients include Ruth Pearl, the mother of assassinated Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl, Sony Corporation, McDonalds, Tasker Products and Modavox Inc. For the past several years, Rakowitz has hosted "Stars of PR," the only live weekly radio program devoted to public relations and marketing, which she created for VoiceAmericaTM Internet Radio. According to PR News, the show "fills a void in the public relations business."Speaking several languages and proficient in Spanish, French and German, Rakowitz recently completed her second term in Mandarin Chinese at UCLA.
Eugene S. Rosenfeld is one of the nation's leading real estate developers and has successfully led a number of major companies both in the residential housing and commercial real estate fields. Rosenfeld along with Apollo Advisors founded Western Pacific Housing, a residential development company which merged with Schuler Homes, Inc., a publicly traded homebuilder. Ultimately, the combined companies were sold in 2002 to D.R. Horton for $1.4 billion. His early work included eight years of service as president and CEO of Kaufman & Broad. Currently he is the sole proprietor of Forest Lane Group, a major investor and developer of commercial and residential property in both the U.S. and Europe. As a Los Angeles civic leader, Rosenfeld has served on numerous boards of art, health and academic organizations. He previously served as chairman and trustee of the UCLA Foundation and currently is a member of the UCLA Chancellor's Associates. He is chairman of the Board of Visitors for UCLA Anderson School of Management and he also serves on the board for The Painted Turtle Camp. Rosenfeld received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of California in 1956.
Kevin Tackaberry is Chief Human Resources Officer with Prospect Mortgage, the nation's largest independent direct lender. At Prospect he is leading the efforts to integrate the human capital processes of several acquisitions. Prior to Prospect Tackaberry served as vice president Human Resources and Chief Information Officer for JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe. Previously, he served as Chief Administrative Officer and CIO for Triad Financial leading their shared services organization. At Triad, he achieved results by transforming the services organization from a transactional culture to a strategic, business focused, results orientated delivery model. Tackaberry has also held a variety of senior human resource and operational roles with Gateway Computers and 3M Company. He began his career implementing lean manufacturing processes at General Motors and teaching undergraduate management classes in organizational behavior at Michigan State University.
Tackaberry is an accomplished executive with extensive experience in leading strategic and transformational change, integrating acquisitions, and implementing business focused human capital processes. He has over 20 years of demonstrated success in a variety of industries and organizational types. While he is an accomplished human resource executive he also been successful in general management roles and brings a global orientation and a consultative approach. He has a passion for leveraging and aligning leadership, people, processes, and technology to achieve results.
Tackaberry earned both his MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources and BS in Engineering from Michigan State University where he received honors for his scholastic excellence. Additionally, he has completed post graduate studies in International Management and earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.
Holly Taylor, senior vice president, entertainment/lifestyle Division, Rogers & Cowan has over a decade of experience in public relations, with diversified experience representing film, television, music and travel clients, as well as corporations, directing high-profile media campaigns. She has orchestrated more than 100 media events with VIPs ranging from Hollywood celebrities to rap stars to the President of the United States, and she has created and executed major publicity campaigns, maintaining a strong track record of successfully placing clients in major national media.
She developed an expertise in the travel industry where for five years she represented Studio 54 impresario Ian Schrager and Morgans Hotel Group, his collection of luxury hotels around the world, including: Mondrian in L.A., Delano and The Shore Club in Miami, Hudson in NYC, and St. Martins Lane in London, among others.
Her array of special events have included New Year's Eve in Times Square for which she managed all media relations for seven years, the launch and expansion of the Tribeca Film Festival founded by Robert DeNiro, and the Director's Guild of America Awards, among others.
In the music arena, her clients have included Island / Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Records, Arista Records, the Recording Industry Association of America, and Marc Anthony. She directed all media for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his initiatives for six years.
Taylor played a significant role in building the entertainment practice at Howard Rubenstein prior to joining Rogers & Cowan where she works with a diverse array of clients ranging from TiVo to Borba Skincare to Live Video and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Millie Tezanos is an Alumna of Loyola Marymount University where she earned a Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She has over 20 years of experience working in different English and Spanish media companies like KTTV/Fox Television, Horizon Media, and Univision Television group.
Millie is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for Univision Television Group/Telefutura Television Group, the number one leading Spanish-language media company in the United States. She develops multi-market promotions and is in charge of quality control for the promotions departments at the local stations as well as the liaison with the network that include most local stations and network program launches. Millie also works as an in-house agency developing, writing, producing, and executive producing commercials for public service shoots for the Enterate platform and affiliate relations. Additionally, Millie assists with the digital TV half hour shows with Network and also assists with creative new revenue opportunities for all platforms for local stations.
Some of Millie's accomplishments have been launching "Must See TV" Thursday nights for NBC; wrote, produced, oversaw, and directed teaser promos and campaigns that kept KMEX number one and has earned her multiple Emmys; helped produced staple shows like El Grito and the Rose Parade; was heavily involved with the launch of Telefutura Network cross multiplatform communications; and led the incredibly successful launch of a new Univision station in Puerto Rico making it the number 1 station in the market within 5 months. Millie also became a Cambridge Who's who Inductee in 2007.
Jacquelyn Trask is Vice President, Human Resources Worldwide for JAFRA Cosmetics International, a 52-year-old cosmetics company with over a half million consultants throughout the world. JAFRA is dedicated to helping people become leaders and achieve financial independence by offering high-end cosmetics. In February, 2007, JAFRA became a National Supporter of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign.
Over the course of a twenty-three year career in Human Resources, Jackie has led several HR organizations or HR functional areas for companies, including Triad Financial Corporation, Conexant Systems, Gateway (Director of Compensation, Benefits and Occupational Health and Safety for 24,000 employees) and Pepsico. Jackie has been a Human Resources consultant for the Hay Group and Towers Perrin, as well as a requested speaker for the Conference Board and several industry associations throughout her career. In 2007, Jackie was a panelist at the Milken Institute, a publicly supported, nonpartisan, independent think tank, speaking on the subject of, "The Carrot or the Stick: How Can Businesses Encourage Their Employees to Lead Healthier Lives?"
Jackie received a B.A. degree, Cum Laude from Harvard University and her MBA from the Wharton School specializing in Strategic Human Resources.
Willie Tucker is a managing partner at Newman Tucker Group, Inc. Tucker is responsible for the recruitment of middle to senior level management staff.
Tucker has worked in the recruiting field for 10 years. Prior to partnering with Chuck Newman, he was a senior staff consultant with Management Recruiters International where he successfully placed mid to senior level candidates in the information technology, sales and marketing areas. Additionally, Tucker consistently received recognition as a "Top Producer" within the firm.
A former nominee for the office of U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Tucker is a respected political consultant and fundraiser for national and state candidates. His unique style of professionalism as well as his vast network of political and professional associates is a contributing factor to the successes of the Newman Tucker Group.
A native of Southern California, Tucker holds an undergraduate degree in political science from UCLA as well as graduate degrees in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
John Ullmen, Ph.D., lectures on leadership for UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Based on his ongoing research and practice, he has published numerous assessment instruments, articles and books, including Don't Kill the Bosses: Escaping the Hierarchy Trap; Invisible Bridges: Building Professional Relationships for Results; and Which Bird Gets Heard? How to Have Impact Even in a Flock.
As managing director of Ullmen Associates, LLC, an organizational effectiveness firm, Ullmen has extensive coaching and consulting experience at the senior management and CEO level. His clients span a wide range of Fortune 500 firms and industry leaders in technology, media/entertainment, consumer products, healthcare, finance, real estate, professional services, defense and government agencies.
Ullmen began his career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a lead systems engineer for a top-secret Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence program. He holds a B.S. from the USAF Academy, a master of public policy from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from UCLA.
Ullmen is a frequent keynote speaker for organizations and business events. He also holds a patent in the field of travel commerce granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ullmen lives in Woodland Hills, CA.
Estela Wolf is a Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Operations Practice at Deloitte Consulting, LLP and a recent graduate of UCLA Anderson School of Management. Wolf was the Lead Student Coordinator for the 1st annual Global Business Leadership Competition and was also one of six first-ever Student Counselors at UCLA Anderson.
Wolf‘s background is in investment management, advising high net worth individuals and small corporations for 10 years before pursuing her MBA at Anderson. She began managing investor funds as a licensed commodities broker, while pursuing her undergraduate degree at University of Southern California. Wolf then co-founded and served as President a foreign currency trading fund that delivered annual returns of over 30% to investors for 4 consecutive years. Wolf later became a Partner in a real estate development firm, Pacificland Properties, Inc., where she evaluated opportunities, spearheaded fundraising efforts, and managed the firm's real estate investments. She has conducted numerous seminars educating investors about diversifying their financial portfolios to include international investments.
Throughout her entrepreneurial endeavors, Wolf has consulted numerous companies on a variety of business development challenges, including corporate strategy, sales & marketing strategy, franchise & expansion and branding. It were these experiences that prompted Wolf to pursue a career in management consulting with Deloitte.
Estela Wolf has a Bachelors degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Management at University of California at Los Angeles.
Jessica Wolf, a recent UCLA Anderson graduate, was a member of the student team that developed and executed the first Global Business Leadership Competition last year. While at Anderson, Wolf was a student member of HARRT, a network of human resources executives and academics, and contributed to the quarterly newsletter. Upon graduation, Wolf joined Amgen Inc., a leading human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. At Amgen, Wolf is part of a rotational program in the Human Resources Department with her first assignment in the HR Operations group. In this current role, she has been responsible for executing outsourcing efforts, leading retirement programs for over 500 staff world-wide and implementing a quarterly metrics assessment for HR Operations.
Before business school, Wolf worked as a Senior Associate at a start-up asset management firm, Epoch Investment Partners, in New York City. Over her three years at Epoch, she assisted with the formation of the new firm and led various human resources initiatives.
Wolf received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles.