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The John Lewis Case Competition

“When applying for my MBA, I sometimes felt nervous about bringing my passion for racial and economic justice into an elite business school environment. So joining this case competition with like-minded individuals has been a dream come true. I’ve learned a lot through the process, but my biggest takeaway has been that in order to spearhead true systemic change, racial justice shouldn’t just fit with your company’s strategy — it needs to be the strategy.”

Cynthia Andrianjatovo (’22)

Member of a 6-student UCLA Anderson MBA team that advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition on January 21, 2021, and received Honorable Mention as a Top 12 team out of 105


Community Stories

Nuvie Ewharekuko (’22) will spend the year doing the uncomfortable

UCLA Anderson’s First Black Student Association President Ignites Change

Nuvie Ewharekuko (’22) will spend the year “doing the uncomfortable”

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Writer Erika Green Swafford (’99) Brings Untold Stories to TV

Writer Erika Green Swafford (’99) Brings Untold Stories to TV

The NAACP winner increases opportunities for underrepresented groups

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The Art of Analytics

Phil Irvine (’09) believes best decisions combine data and creativity

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Ben Antoine (’22) Wants to Make an Impact

Ben Antoine (’22) Wants to Make an Impact

A professional stunt man leaps into the business of entertainment

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Striving for a Diverse Business Community

Students, alumni, faculty and guests agreed that real change is in connections

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AfroTech World Goes Virtual

UCLA Anderson MBA students at the world’s largest multicultural tech conference

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Jennifer Abbondanza Q&A

Measuring NBCUniversal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jennifer Abbondanza (’06) leads the effort to create an environment for opportunity

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UCLA Anderson MBA Students Steer Nonprofits through the Pandemic

Black Girls Code and Raza Development Fund pivoted with pro bono help

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Most Recent Wooden Award Winner Named Chair of Starbucks

Mellody Hobson assumes top board role in a historic move

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An Investment Career Requires a Listener

Asset management veteran Andrea Almeida Mack (’94) on the value of an MBA and finding the right cultural fit

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UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs Break into the $50 Billion Femtech Industry

Mitchella Gilbert (’21) and team will debut a high-tech line of women’s leggings

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At Home in L.A. and in His Skin, Ice Cube Reflects

The award-winning sports and entertainment powerhouse is UCLA Anderson’s 2020 Game Changer

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Accelerating the Rhythm of His Career

In his first year at UCLA Anderson, music industry hopeful Gaelen LeMelle-Brown (’21) learns by example how to share success

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Social Responsibility — with Interest

A commitment to affordable housing and wealth-building in minority communities led Natalie Hunter (’20) to earn an MBA

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Innovative Health Care Solutions Delivered

With a head for business, Patricia Mathelier (MBA/M.D. ’20) imagines mobile medical services for people of limited means

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A Partnership to Champion Diversity in Entertainment

UCLA Anderson’s Center for MEMES partners with Howard University to address a persistent challenge for the industry

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Changing of the Guard

Juggling business school and weekends in the California Army National Guard, Rhian Rogan (’20) considers a career in academe

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A Diversity of Options

Alumna Patrice Greenwood-Eitner (’04) helps first-generation college students reach the top rung

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Celebrating at Full Speed

The Riordan Programs’ 32nd anniversary gala was the “Ride of a Lifetime”

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Constance Knight, Global Head of Video Curation at Instagram

Don’t be afraid to trust your gut

Constance Knight ('98), talks about how not being afraid to make big changes in your career and trusting your gut can lead to life changing outcomes. Also, why it’s so important to have specific career goals and predictions for the future.

Featuring: Constance Knight, Global Head of Video Curation at Instagram


Why UCLA Anderson FEMBA Is Right for Us


Many Black FEMBA students choose UCLA Anderson for its supportive community, where they enjoy the same close camaraderie as their full-time classmates. With unfiltered honesty, they share why the program is right for them as working professionals who come from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

The Voice of FEMBA series aims to provide a glimpse into the Anderson community by hearing from the people who are shaping it. All speakers in this series were faculty-nominated.


Change for Good


UCLA Anderson faculty, staff and alumni collaborate on research and industry initiatives that address and help to resolve inequities in the workplace and the wider world.

In The News

Housing, COVID-19 and Systemic Racial Inequality Interrelate

UCLA Ziman Center-supported research may help struggling home owners

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Big Budgets Alone Won’t Make Hollywood Diverse

Jay Tucker (’09) makes the case for true organizational commitment

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#YouTubeBlack Voices Stories Build Empathy

VP of content partnerships Malik Ducard (’00) invests with intentionality

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How Can We Make Our Organizations Better?

Professor Miguel Unzueta explains workplace discrimination and microaggressions

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Our Community Embraces Diversity


UCLA Anderson’s annual Embracing Diversity Week celebrates the strength of our diverse campus community and the power of our connections to reshape our future. Amid the tumult of 2020, Anderson student leaders adopted the theme of Connect for Real Change to focus on the importance of building strong relationships across differences, despite the year’s tensions.

For Oke Bamgbose (’22), an outwardly “diverse” workplace becomes inclusive only once a diversity of voices is truly influencing the organization.

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Striving for a Diverse Business Community

Students, alumni, faculty and guests agreed that real change is in connections

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In Their Words


What’s your one-sentence definition of success?

“Getting up every day to do something that I’m passionate about, that inspires me, and I can see where my efforts have contributed to changing the world in some way. Fortunately, I get to do that every day at YouTube.”

— Connie Knight (’98)

Connie Knight (’98)

Head of Multicultural Content Partnerships, YouTube

Why did you decide to get an MBA?

“After establishing a career in law, I knew that I would need a broader understanding of business to achieve my goal of running a media company someday. Entertainment has always been a fascination of mine. It is a platform that allows communities throughout the world to visualize possibilities.”

— Segun Aluko ('19)

Segun Aluko ('19)

Business Affairs Executive, William Morris Endeavor

Gene Alston (MBA/J.D. ’97)

VP of Marketing Partnerships, Facebook

Who do you admire most in the business world today and why?

“Well, if I had to choose, it would be Colin Powell because he’s an independent thinker and authentic leader. That said, I admire several leaders I’ve worked with over the years for the different superpowers they possessed.”

— Gene Alston (MBA/J.D. ’97)

Tazia Middleton ('18)

Certified Financial Planner

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

“The best piece of career advice I’ve received was actually from my parents. They taught me that it’s important not to count yourself out. Show up and take a chance. You might actually surprise yourself!”

— Tazia Middleton ('18)

What lessons have you learned from being a person of color in the business world today?

Be yourself unapologetically; people respect authenticity. Someone before you created an opportunity for you; therefore, you are indebted to help provide a ladder that creates an opportunity for another.
— Jason Cole ('19)

What is the most important skill we should be teaching our students today?

“Empathy. It becomes much easier to make purpose-driven decisions when you empathize with the people supporting and driving your business. As a Black male, I know what it feels like to be marginalized. As a result, I recognize situations were groups are not given a voice, and I am intentional about making sure they are heard. When you get in someone’s corner, you earn an ally. And it was all possible because you were empathetic.”

— Landon Medlock ('18)

Landon Medlock ('18)

Senior Product Manager

Career-wise, where would you like to be in five years?

My answer now is probably completely different than when I came to Anderson. Now my answer is, to be a successful entrepreneur. In an ideal world, I would have had some success in entrepreneurship in the past and I think that I would like to use that as a platform to really focus professionally on companies that are in social impact and the education space.

— Jason Cole ('19)


From the UCLA Anderson Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heather Caruso is a scholar and researcher of organizational behavior. She guides the UCLA Anderson community in the small personal actions and large structural changes that lead to and preserve social justice.

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It’s Not Just What You Say or How You Say It

Heather Caruso discusses how listening to understand is the key to averting conflicts, particularly among people of different backgrounds and cultures.

Featuring: Heather Caruso, Assistant Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making

What You Can Do

Thoughts from Assistant Dean Heather Caruso

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The Course for Diversity

Heather Caruso’s class focuses on leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion

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Record Numbers of Americans Recognize Racism as a Problem

Heather Caruso envisions what the solution could look like

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Spotlight: UC President Michael V. Drake

Michael V. Drake became the 21st president of the University of California, presiding over its 10 campuses five medical centers and three nationally affiliated labs, with stewardship of more than 280,000 students and 230,000 faculty and staff. The first Black president in UC’s 152-year history, Drake works in service to Californians from all levels of society, who benefit from the university’s research and opportunity, and, in his words, “whose lives are elevated when we get this right.”
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Anderson Associations


Professional and identity clubs at UCLA Anderson represent our diverse
campus and initiatives.

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International Business Association (IBA)

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Black Business Students Association (BBSA)


The Anderson African American Alumni Association


Other Resources


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Diversity at UCLA

Graduate education at UCLA couldn’t have reached the heights it has without a full commitment to welcoming and fostering the diverse population that today thrives on our campus.

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The Consortium

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is committed to increasing the representation of African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in American business schools and corporate management. A member since 2010, UCLA Anderson is a proud supporter of this mission.

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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

Anderson’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans provides business training to returning military — nearly a third of them African-American.


Learn How We Champion and Celebrate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion