September 21, 2006

AT&T, Greenlining Institute and UCLA Anderson Launch Training Program for Minority Entrepreneurs

Program will teach skills needed to increase productivity and profitability in the marketplace

SAN DIEGO, CA – With over a million dollars in funding, AT&T, the Greenlining Institute, and UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced they are launching a series of management programs to train over 300 minority entrepreneurs in California over the next two years.

Coordinated with the Mabuhay Alliance, the inaugural program will take place in San Diego from September 21-24, 2006.  With an unprecedented level of funding to UCLA Anderson’s established Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE) program, 35 entrepreneurs and senior executives from diverse San Diego businesses have been invited to participate in this groundbreaking program to learn skills and strategies needed to increase their productivity and profitability in the marketplace.

“Mabuhay Alliance is very proud to be the first organization to host a 4-day MDE Institute,” said Faith Bautista, Executive Director and President of Mabuhay Alliance. “These institutes should be available to every entrepreneur who wants to increase sales and take their business to the next level.  I encourage corporations to emulate AT&T and help minority business owners increase their management skills – and be poised to do business with large corporations.”

“Entrepreneurs in our diverse communities should have a fair shot at wealth creation,” said Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Senior Associate Dean at UCLA Anderson School of Management and MDE Faculty Director. “Management training and access to capital is critical to the growth and survival of diverse enterprises. Traditionally, broader human capital skills have been associated with higher education, and many entrepreneurs lack formal exposure to the tools, methods, strategies and approaches needed to develop and grow their organizations.  Small, high-growth, minority, women and disabled veteran business enterprises particularly need executive management training to compete effectively in today’s business environment.”

"AT&T is a national leader in supplier diversity and for more than 38 years, we’ve built a proud history of working with small, minority, women and disabled veteran owned businesses," said Ignacio De La Torre, Executive Director, AT&T External Affairs, San Diego. "Promoting the participation of a diverse supplier base not only provides better business solutions, it also cultivates greater customer loyalty, and public policy support in the communities AT&T serves.”

AT&T, Greenlining, and UCLA Anderson, working through local hosts like the Mabuhay Alliance, will bring MDE Institutes to diverse communities throughout California over the next two years.  For more information on MDE Institutes, call Jennifer Maldonado Tooley at (310) 206-4169 or visit http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x663.xml.

About UCLA Anderson’s Management Development for Entrepreneurs (MDE)
Management Development for Entrepreneurs is an intensive executive training program utilizing lectures, case discussions, applied workshops, and tailored business improvement projects.  Presented by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management, MDE was first offered in 1990 in Southern California and in 1995 in Northern California. Over 700 graduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences make up MDE’s alumni base. (http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x663.xml)

About Mabuhay Alliance
Mabuhay Alliance is a 501C3 Non Profit organization enhancing the quality of life for San Diego's Filipino and other Asian Communities by providing alliance members with networking opportunities and access to resources that benefit the community which are not attainable as a single entity.  (http://www.mabuhayalliance.org)

About The Greenlining Institute
The Greenlining Institute is a multiethnic public policy and advocacy think tank that advocates for low income and minority communities through economic development, consumer protection, health advocacy, campaign finance reform, civil rights, and leadership development. (http://www.greenlining.org)

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. is one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services.  AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with 57.3 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at http://www.att.com.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is 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.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 35,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

Contact Information

Allison Holmes, (310) 825-9983, allison.holmes@anderson.ucla.edu

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