Why Anderson Works So Well For Veterans and Active Military
Our highest-ranking student, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lee (EMBA ’23), describes the fit and gives a special Veterans Day message
When military veterans leave service, we bring with us real-world leadership experience that most other MBA students have yet to learn. However, we also know that we need to catch up in important areas like accounting, statistics and financial modeling. I knew that if I were to pursue my dreams of running my own business someday, I would need to improve in these areas. Earning an MBA at Anderson is how I chose to fill those gaps and, predictably, it was a great choice.
What I did not predict was the incredibly supportive and collaborative broader network of alumni who had been members of the Association of Veterans at Anderson (AVA) while they studied here. I would not be where I am today if it were not for them.
It’s why I chose to get involved with AVA — because of the enduring commitment of its members. Even after graduation, alumni connect with current students to help them successfully pivot into the next phase of their careers. I want to continue that tradition and leave no AVA member behind.”
Alexander Corbett (’23)
President, Association of Veterans at Anderson
On Veterans Day, we honor those who serve and have served in our nation’s armed forces. Military service requires many sacrifices: time with family and friends, personal goals and interests, and the physical and mental well-being often tested by the experience.
I’m proud that the UCLA Anderson community of students, alumni, staff, faculty and donors includes many veterans from all branches of the military. Individually and collectively, they have a profound influence on Anderson, through their dedication and discipline, their teamwork and their bold approach to new ideas. Anderson’s veterans also embody our school’s values to share success, think fearlessly and drive change. I’m gratified that the Anderson experience has enabled so many veterans to pursue their education and make successful transitions to civilian lives and careers.
Please join me this Veterans Day and throughout the year in honoring those who have served.”
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
Teamwork — in the Navy SEALs and Business School
U.S. Navy Captain Gary Ryals (’08) and Duncan Smith (’91), retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer
Class of 2020 graduate and John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow Rob Busalacchi is an investment banking associate at Barclays. He looks back on his experience balancing priorities while he went through the FEMBA program as a former U.S. Marine. Featuring: Rob Busalacchi (’20), Investment Banking Associate, Barclays
From Marine to Movie Maker
Why does a U.S. Marine Corps veteran earn an MBA from UCLA Anderson? And what can his military training teach the rest of us about dealing with COVID-19? Joel Searls reflects on these topics as well as his decision to reinvent himself as an associate producer of a feature-length Hollywood movie, Running with the Devil (2019), starring Nicholas Cage and Laurence Fishburne. Featuring: Joel Searls (’17), Investment Banking Associate, McCafferty & Company
Honoring Veterans Day
Four great voices in the FEMBA Class of 2022 chimed in to describe how UCLA Anderson is bridging their world-class military training with new corporate chapters in their careers. Austin Carroll Keeley, a U.S. Marine Corps. infantry officer who describes military service as public service, invited U.S. Navy Lieutenant Stacey Mercado (B.A. ’12), U.S. Coast Guard veteran Bob DeLullo and U.S. Air Force Captain Jamie Long to talk about where they started life, what their service has entailed and what’s next as they pursue their degrees.
“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
— Coach John Wooden
“As a transitioning veteran, this quote helps remind me that hard work is done for self-satisfaction and rewarded by peace of mind. At the end of each day, I find comfort in knowing that if I dedicate 100 percent of myself to personal and professional growth, achievement is merely a side benefit.”
Captain Luke Goessman (EMBA ’18), U.S. Marine Corps
EBV trains veterans for a new kind of challenge.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Major, U.S. Army
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy
Financial Aid for Military
Even if you are not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, all full-time MBA students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed.
UCLA Veterans Facebook Group
Facebook page maintained by the Veterans Resources Center, where you can find out about events and important resources for Vets @UCLA
UCLA Veterans Resource Office
UCLA has been serving veterans for nearly 70 years! Whether through on- or off-campus support for student veterans, UCLA serves those who serve in myriad ways.