June 19, 2002

The Riordan Programs Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Los Angeles — The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson will commemorate its 15th anniversary by celebrating diversity and the accomplishments and commitment of participating donors, volunteers, faculty, students and alumni. The Riordan Programs prides itself on meeting its core mission: preparing young people from diverse backgrounds for careers and higher education in business and management.

On Friday, June 21, 2002, The Riordan Programs will host a celebration at UCLA Anderson at 6:30 p.m. in the Executive Dining Room in Gold Hall. The keynote speaker for the evening will be Rochelle Brown, vice president of diversity at Nestle USA. Expected dignitaries include former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, Los Angeles City Council President Alex Padilla, who is a Riordan Fellow alumnus, Dr. William Ouchi, professor of management, UCLA Anderson, and Linda Baldwin, director of MBA admission, UCLA Anderson

Founded in 1987 by Dr. William Ouchi, professor of management at UCLA Anderson, and former Mayor Riordan, the programs were created in response to the growing diversity of southern California and the contrasting realities in MBA programs at American universities and ultimately in the corporate world. The program encourages high school and college students and recent college graduates to pursue careers and higher education in business and management.

The programs have made measurable gains in matriculating students and professionals in some of the country's "highly selective" undergraduate and graduate business institutions. As a result, several Riordan Programs alumni have embarked on establishing leadership roles at some of the most prestigious corporations, Wall Street firms, non-profits, government agencies, as well as their own entrepreneurial ventures.

The Riordan Scholars Program selects promising Los Angeles community high school students with diverse backgrounds and helps them develop tools for success and leadership, introduces them to specific career opportunities in business and further prepares them for undergraduate studies. Anderson School alumni volunteer to teach students about the ups and downs of the stock market while they prepare for their annual Stock Market Competition. Anderson School MBA students serve as one-on-one mentors with Scholars Program participants. Upon completion of the Riordan Programs, nearly all participating Scholars attend top colleges and universities.

The Riordan Fellows Program recruits talented, academically competitive, recent college graduates who have demonstrated leadership skills and are considering graduate studies in business management. Approximately 80 percent of selected graduates are first generation college students. The program aims to accelerate the Fellow's personal and professional development while helping them formulate MBA admission strategies and facilitating professional networking opportunities. Most Fellows apply to "Top 20" MBA Programs following their fellowship.

For more information on The Riordan Programs or to become a corporate sponsor contact, please contact Ardena Bartlett, executive director, by phone at 310-206-3596 or via e-mail. For more information on The Riordan Programs, visit www.anderson.ucla.edu/community/riordan.

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