Professional> Women’s Business Connection (WBC)

The Women’s Business Connection (WBC) is a UCLA Anderson School of Management professional club that cultivates strong business leaders and a community of influential alumnae by supporting, developing and challenging women from all MBA programs (full-time, FEMBA and EMBA) throughout their time at UCLA Anderson and beyond. Through various programming and partnerships, the WBC builds strong relationships with our 380-plus members, including more than 80 male allies, by developing rewarding events and promoting gender equity, diversity and inclusion on campus.


WBC Officers


Kayla Carpenter


Erica Wood

Executive Vice President

Kathryn Chen

VP of Admissions

Elizabeth MacLaughlin

VP of Admissions

Laura Biersteker

VP of Alumnae Relations

Preethi Srikanth

VP of Alumnae Relations

Maddy Wojdak

VP of Communications and Marketing

Elizabeth Hunter

VP of Conference Operations

Julie Ortega

VP of Conference Programming

Caitlin Kim

VP of FEMBA/EMBA Engagement

Diana Chow

VP of Finance

Sweksha Tripathi

VP of International Students

Gerald Sims

VP of Male Allies

Nitish Bhagia

VP of Male Allies

Alex Hart

VP of Male Allies

Julia Navarro

VP of Operations

Candace Parker

VP of Partnerships

Naurine Shahzad

VP of Professional Development

Keely Schneider

VP of Professional Development

Shiela Murali

VP of Social

Varshita Venkatesh

VP of Social

Pamela Wang

VP of Sponsorships




Career Afternoon and Mixer
The WBC kicks off recruiting season with a unique event for Anderson women across all industries to develop strong connections with recruiters and alumnae. This is an opportunity to build relationships with top company representatives before on-campus recruiting starts. At this event, many of our members have made connections with recruiters and alumnae that led to summer internships and full-time offers.

Women in Entertainment, Media and Technology Brunch
The WBC, EMA and AnderTech partner for an event specifically tailored to women interested in the technology and entertainment industries. This event brings Anderson women together with recruiters and alumnae from top firms before on-campus recruiting starts.

Velocity: Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit
Velocity, the annual Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit, empowers women to become authentic global leaders through exceptional speakers, candid industry-specific discussions and facilitated networking among best-in-class professionals.

Professional Development Workshops
The WBC works with Anderson faculty and esteemed alumnae to lead interactive workshops for our membership. Topics include negotiations, public speaking, and diversity and inclusion.

Mentorship Program
The WBC connects members with Anderson women in similar industries to create a mentorship relationship. Each month, the students reach out to their mentors to discuss topics like interview prep, recruiting, offer decisions and more.

Male Ally Program
The WBC is proud to include 80-plus male allies in its membership to stand with Anderson women for gender equity. The male allies participate in programming like Food for Thought dinners, do community service and run their own speaker series.

Alumnae Dinners for Eight (D48)
The WBC hosts Anderson alumnae for small group dinners, limited to eight students, to allow for more personal conversations around gender equity and relationship building.

Admissions Coffee Chats
In order to encourage more women to apply to Anderson and help them along the way, the WBC works with the admissions office to host coffee chats with prospective students.


Connect with Us


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