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A Quarterly Update from Dean Judy Olian, UCLA Anderson School of Management
December 2012

Dear Friends,

Fall quarter is in full swing and midterms are behind us. Here is a selection of news from UCLA Anderson:

Guy Kawasaki (`79) delivered his ‘Top 10’ tips on succeeding in business at our June 2012 commencement ceremony, including: “Never ask people to do what you wouldn’t do;” “Hire people who are better than you;” and “Drop everything when your boss asks you to do something.” For Guy’s speech, click here.
In June, UCLA Anderson presented The Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism at an annual event in New York attended by the country’s top business and financial publishers, editors, and journalists. Established in 1957, The Gerald Loeb Awards have been presented by UCLA Anderson since 1973. For the category winners, click here.
Rob Weiler (`91) is the new Associate Dean for the MBA Program, having previously led MBA Career Initiatives and served as the Interim Director of MBA Admissions. Other leadership changes in the MBA Program are the appointment of Alex Lawrence (`99) as Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid and Regina Regazzi (`97) as Assistant Dean for Career Initiatives. With Senior Associate Dean Andrew Ainslie at the helm and Susan Judkins as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, we have in place an outstanding MBA leadership.
The Wall Street Journal and other national news outlets noted that UCLA Anderson was an outlier in MBA admission trends. In a year of flat or downward MBA applications for most of the other leading MBA programs, applications for the UCLA Anderson class of 2014 increased by 22 percent relative to last year.
Rakesh Sarin, the Paine Chair in Management, has been named the next Editor-in-Chief of Decision Analysis, a publication of INFORMS, the world’s leading society for operations research and management science professionals.
Sebastian Edwards, the Henry Ford II Professor of International Business Economics, has been awarded this year’s Carlos Diaz-Alejandro Prize in recognition of his contributions to policy making in Latin America and the Caribbean.
We launched our strategic plan, Anderson 2016. It is student-centric, purposed with enriching students’ preparation for careers of the future, while connecting them to UCLA Anderson as alumni for life and lifelong learners.
The University of California Academic Senate Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs voted to suspend its review of our proposal to convert the full-time MBA program from state-supported to self-supporting. The vote is advisory to UC President Mark Yudof, who will soon make his final decision on conversion of the MBA program’s financial model.
The fifth annual John Wooden Global Leadership Award was presented to Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. She joins Peter Ueberroth (Managing Director, Contrarian Group); Frederick W. Smith (Chairman, President & CEO of FedEx); Kenneth Chenault (Chairman & CEO of American Express Company); and Howard Schultz (Chairman, President and CEO, Starbucks) who were prior recipients of this prestigious award.
Indra Nooyi also spoke as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series. CEO/philanthropist Eli Broad also joined me for a DDSS chat in November. Bryan Stockton, Mattel’s new CEO, will join me in January.
Two new UCLA Anderson publications will be launched. Assets Digital, available as an iPad app, is a rich interactive reading, viewing and listening experience on business and alumni topics; and Prospect is a publication of the Parker Career Management Center, which showcases the accomplishments of our students while offering insights for corporate recruiters. And, for the first time, your Class Notes are available online; please read and submit them here.

Joel Fried (’86) and his wife, Deanne have generously pledged $1 million to be used as a matching challenge to encourage fellow alumni and friends to support UCLA Anderson. The Deanne and Joel Fried Anderson Fund Challenge will match each new and upgraded Dean’s Society donation. The Dean’s Society is UCLA Anderson’s annual fund giving society that recognizes donors who make annual contributions to the Anderson Fund of $2,500 or more as well as students and new alumni who donate at least $1,000.

Over the last few months, I have visited with alumni, business leaders and journalists in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Taiwan, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, New York, Chicago, San Diego, Dallas, Houston and Mexico City. In Jakarta, I met with members of the new alumni chapter for Indonesia. I can tell you that no matter where I go, the UCLA Anderson brand is a source of pride. The UCLA Anderson network is vast, and can be influential in helping our students find enriching internships or permanent positions.  I ask you to do your part.

As 2012 comes to an end, please consider UCLA Anderson when you plan your year-end philanthropy. Your support provides critical financial aid for our students; ensures a rigorous and innovative educational experience; and makes possible the excellence of UCLA Anderson. Year-end gifts can be made online at  Many thanks.

Please stay in touch. You can always reach me at


Judy Olian

UCLA Anderson School of Management | 110 Westwood Plaza | Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481