May 05, 2003

LOS ANGELES — Marking the conclusion of its 2002-2003 program year, the Riordan Programs at The Anderson School at UCLA will host a Fireside Chat on Saturday, May 10, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring the program's founders, former Mayor Richard Riordan and Professor William Ouchi. The Riordan Programs' core mission is to prepare young people from diverse backgrounds for careers and higher education in business and management.

As part of this year's Fireside Chat, the winners of this year's Riordan Scholars Stock Market Competition, the Southwest Research Analyst team, will provide a repeat performance of their award winning presentation. Additionally, after seven months of planning, the Riordan Fellows will share the accomplishments and challenges they faced implementing a community service project. The group had teams that undertook two community service projects this year: F.A.T.E., which held a college fair at Jordan High School in Los Angeles, and a Safety Awareness Team, which focused on child safety and held a Safety Awareness Day at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) in Huntington Park.

Founders Riordan and Ouchi will spend some time talking about their most recent undertakings. For Mayor Riordan this includes the creation of his own newspaper. Professor Ouchi will share his most recent research on reforming K-12 public education by changing the management system of schools. His findings will culminate in a book, "Making Schools Work: A Revolutionary Plan To Get Your Children The Education They Need," which will be released in September 2003.

The Riordan 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 of the alumni have embarked on establishing their leadership roles at some of the most prestigious corporations, Wall Street firms, non-profits, government agencies, as well as their own entrepreneurial ventures.

Founded in 1987 by Dr. William Ouchi, professor of management at The Anderson School, 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 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 at

About The Anderson School at UCLA
The Anderson School at UCLA is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment. Established in 1935, The Anderson School provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs and doctoral programs.

The Anderson School's faculty includes outstanding educators and researchers who share their scholarship and expertise in such fundamental areas as finance, marketing, accounting, business economics, decision sciences, operations and technology management, human resources and organizational behavior, information systems, strategy and policy.

Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world's business community turns to The Anderson School at UCLA as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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