Now, more than ever, is the time for women leaders and influencers to advance the course of business and the economy.

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.


Success Stories


UCLA Anderson students, alumnae, faculty and staff are paving the way to success and inclusion for future generations of women worldwide.

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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Fink Center for Finance and Girls Who Invest Help Close the Gender Gap

UCLA Anderson faculty and industry professionals educate young investors

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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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Jennifer Abbondanza Q&A

Meet UCLA Anderson’s MBA Class Of 2022

Poets & Quants shows these MBAs came here

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Jennifer Potts (’17)

UCLA Anderson MBA Bridged the Gap between Civilian and Military Training

Jennifer Potts (’17) manages customs and borders projects for U.S. Homeland Security

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Forbes names Maddy Wodjak (’19) among 30 under 30 in Gaming

The Riot Games strategist helped build the video game curriculum at Anderson

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UCLA Anderson Alumna Brings Global Vision to Disneyland Paris

Natacha Rafalski (’95) grew into her leadership to become présidente

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Storytelling Builds Emotional Connections to Brands

EA’s Andrea Hopelain (’10) believes insight drives innovation

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Nur Labs Engineers Early Lung Cancer Detection Platform

Nur Labs Engineers Early Lung Cancer Detection Platform

A UCLA cross-campus innovation challenge created synergy for a startup

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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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Caroline Nahas (B.A. ’70) Becomes UCLA Anderson Board of Advisors Chair

The distinguished senior advisor at Korn Ferry takes over from the prodigious Bob Murley (’74)

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A Global Perspective on Social Impact

Anderson MBA Lizzeth Rosales (’20) envisions a more equitable world

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The Course for Diversity

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

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Fellowship Helps Caroline Ward Take Her Investment Career to Next Level

An accounting and literature background prove advantageous in industry

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An MBA Traded Silicon Valley for Silicon Beach to Launch her Startup

The UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator provides tailored programming and industry connections that inspire entrepreneurship

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The Impressionable Years

Paola Giuliano’s research shows recessions influence lifelong political beliefs

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What You Can Do

Thoughts from Assistant Dean Heather Caruso

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Here to Serve

Mirei and Ben Claremon work to provide meals for college students in need

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The World’s Best 40-Under-40 MBA Professors

Poets & Quants includes UCLA Anderson’s Hengchen Dai and Auyon Siddiq on the prestigious annual list

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UCLA Anderson Community Ensures Jordan Barillas (’21) and Her Family Feel at Home

Fellowships allow MBA students to pursue career goals while helping to support loved ones

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Meeting the Challenge

FEMBA team collects supplies critical to the fight against COVID-19

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To Be Mindful

Allow yourself calm in stressful times

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On Board for Good

For Satiya Witzer (13), giving back to the Riordan Programs is a life-long commitment

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Primary Care

CEO Patty Maysent (90) Delivers at UC San Diego Health

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Big Enough Dreams

As busy a soccer mom as she is an executive, Wambui Waiganjo (EMBA ’20) rolls up her sleeves to reshape her career

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Endowed Term Chair in Management Supports Research on Culture and Economics

UCLA Anderson Professor of Economics Paola Giuliano studies the history of agriculture and finds it is correlated to differences in modern-day female labor force participation

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Anderson Inspired the Dedication of a UCLA Lifer

Bruin Patty Gonzalez Johnson (B.A. ’99, Riordan Fellow ’02) was a first-generation college student on the campus where she’s forged her career

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Every MBA Needs Tech Skills, Not Just Techies

UCLA Anderson is helping recent graduates like Chenjie Ding bridge the gap between managers and data scientists

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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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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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Many Ways to Lead

U.S. Navy Veteran Alice Hong (’22) broadens her skills as a fully employed MBA and consultant

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From The Blog

A STEM Path Led Her from Rocket City Space Camp to President of American Girl

At American Girl, Katy Parker Dickson (’92) shoots the moon

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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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In Diversity, a Unified Force

With one childhood ambition accomplished, U.S. Air Force intelligence officer Diana Perez (’20) is on a mission to fulfill the next one

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The App That Demystifies 21st-Century College Saving

UCLA Anderson FEMBA alumna Ksenia Yudina (’14) may be the only finance expert in the U.S. cracking the 529 code for regular people

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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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From The Blog

Openness Sets UCLA Anderson Apart

This is my #WhyAnderson ― the Class of 2019.

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In The News

Secrets of Success: Shannon Eusey on Recruiting

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From The Blog

California Census Effort Counts on UCLA Anderson Alumna Adriana Martinez

An accurate headcount in 2020 will be critical for California’s fiscal future, and she intends to tally each and every one of the state’s inhabitants

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Writer Erika Green Swafford Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

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Johnson & Johnson leads the way to a world without disease

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Relive the Highlights of Velocity 2020


January 31, 2020 was a day of inspiration, empowerment, warmth, laughter, cheers and sharing from an enthusiastic crowd gathered for UCLA Anderson’s 2020 Velocity Women’s Leadership Summit, presented by the Women’s Business Connection and Anderson Women.


Faculty Research


UCLA Anderson Review highlights cutting-edge research of interest
to women and the wider world.

Melanie Wasserman

Assistant Professor of Economics

Jana Gallus

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Andrea Eisfeldt

Laurence D. and Lori W. Fink Endowed Chair in Finance

Beatrice Michaeli

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Paola Giuliano

Associate Professor of Economics

Margaret Shih

UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors Term Chair in Management

Corrine Bendersky

Professor of Management

Jennifer Whitson

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

Mariko Sakakibara

Professor of Policy

Carla Hayn

Professor of Accounting; Faculty Director, International Initiatives

Suzanne Shu

Associate Professor of Marketing

Magali Delmas

Associate Professor of Marketing

Fernanda Bravo

Assistant Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

Elisa Long
Associate Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management

Hengchen Dai

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making

Cassie Mogilner Holmes
Associate Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making; Donnalisa '86 and Bill Barnum Endowed Term Chair in Management




Our work effects positive change on campus and around the globe.

From The Blog

ECHO: Engaged, Courageous, Humble, Open

Creating a climate for greater equity, diversity and inclusion at UCLA Anderson

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Martine Rothblatt
(B.A. ’77, MBA/J.D. ’81)

UCLA awarded Anderson alumna Martine Rothblatt its highest honor, the UCLA Medal

Jessica Kimball ('15)

Jessica Kimball went from graduation to head of global diversity at Mattel in two short years


Heather Felix Returns to Lead Easton Technology Center

Alumna plans focus on leadership for students aiming for tech careers

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From Custom to Customizable: When Family Businesses Evolve with L&L's Elisia Flores

Nike Irvin (’89) is building a model for U.S. truth and reconciliation based on those that have succeeded internationally

GIRLSCHOOL entrepreneur Anna Bulbrook joined Anderson’s Impactathon and pitched her way to first place

Cynthy Moffatt (’88) and Beth Friedman (’87) inspired an initiative to help fellow alumnae re-enter the workforce

Global Purview

A UCLA Anderson field study team visited two countries and produced research to help the International Labour Organization devise strategy to engage business leaders worldwide through a new publication on women in business and management.


5 Questions With

  • Connie Knight (’98)

    Head of Multicultural Content Partnerships, YouTube

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    Ana Peña ('13)

    Director of Conference Support Team, Teach for All

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    Bo Cross ('16)

    Operations Manager, Lyft
    Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy

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    Tazia Middleton ('18)

    Certified Financial Planner
    Co-President, Black Business Students Association

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  • Erica Dionne ('09)

    VP of Product Development and Strategy, Digital Distribution, NBCUniversal Inc.

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    Diana Salsa (B.A. '03, '09)

    Director of Marketing,
    Wonderful Citrus

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We share success, fostering dialogue between seasoned professionals and our student body.

Sherry Lansing is a trailblazer for women in film and philanthropy

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Disney CFO Christine McCarthy proved she's a a “risk” that paid off

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Social Entrepreneur Leila Janah asked, "What if you could help end global poverty in your lifetime?"

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Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum made it her mission to tackle homelessness in Los Angeles

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Rebecca Bilek-Chee (’16) and Jeff Cornell (’08) agree there’s something about Anderson that brings people together

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At the helm of a Top 20 network, BET’s Debra Lee always aims for authenticity

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Dr. Susan Love ('98) hurdled sexism to make greater strides toward a cure for cancer

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In the News


Female faculty at UCLA Anderson make headlines with new research influencing markets, industry and consumer behavior.

From The Blog

Biases Can Interfere With Retirement Decisions

Future retirees who don’t favor annuities are risk-averse, Professor Suzanne Shu told attendees of the Plan Sponsor Council of America Conference 

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UCLA Anderson Review

Running Low on PTO? Just Change Your Vacation Mindset

Cassie Mogilner Holmes, Sanford E. DeVoe, and Ph.D. student Colin West offer an intriguing hack that is easy and affordable for anyone to give a go: Frame your weekend as a vacation

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UCLA Optimists

  • Marion Anderson

    She saw to the future

    Linda Liau (Ph.D. '99, '16)

    She leads the brain trust that fights brain tumors

    Susan Wojcicki ('98)

    She helped build our connected world

    Christine Simmons (B.S. '98)

    She always keeps her eye on the ball

  • Lynn Vavreck

    Her uncommon political insights serve the common good

    Anna Lee Fisher (B.S. '71, M.D. '76, M.S. '77)

    Some working moms love their commute

    Nina Gregory

    Her voice transports you

    Jorja Leap

    For her, the city streets are roads to redemptions


Other Resources


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