Natacha Rafalski (’95)

Présidente, Dineyland Paris
“Leadership is something that you grow into. The teams you build around you are critical.”

Andrea Almeida Mack (’94)

Managing Director, Institutional Marketing and Consultant Relations, The TCW Group
“You have to be a listener and be able to think quickly on your feet. ”

Shaila Chopra (’09)

Vice President of International Television Distribution for Europe, Middle East and Africa, MGM
“When I feel like I’m not getting flexibility naturally in my role, that’s when I start thinking about my next step.”

Maddy Wodjak (’19)

Player Growth Strategist, Riot Games
“My passion is introducing new people to products that I love.”

Mitchella Gilbert (’21)

CEO and Co-Founder, OYA FEMTECH Apparel
“I was inspired to create leggings that were just as strong as the women wearing them. Welcome to the femtech revolution.”

Sumita Jonak (’21)

Founder, Nur Labs
“When you combine interdisciplinary fields you get phenomenal outputs. Nur Labs is looking at an old problem with a fresh pair of eyes.”

Nicole Gear (’20)

Co-Founder, Lanikai Labs
“The UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator helped me survive the stress of completing an MBA while launching a startup.”

Lori Santikian

Faculty Director, UCLA Anderson Fink Center for Finance and Investments
“Investment teams with diverse backgrounds are better poised to generate superior returns. Competitive advantage relies on the ability to see and do what others cannot.”

Katie McGrath

Co-CEO, Bad Robot Production
“Over 50% of our leadership is women, and we’re at 45% people of color. The ‘best’ comes from every part of the country that has often not been at the table.”

Lizzeth Rosales (’20)

FUSE Executive Fellow, FUSE Corps
“I am interested in creating opportunities that empower underserved communities, tackle entrenched social problems and create a more equitable world for all.”

Jennifer Abbondanza (’06)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NBCUniversal Media LLC
“Diversity is a corporate strategy, which means that we have a responsibility to track how we’re doing and constantly make adjustments to do better.”

Satiya Witzer (’13)

Director of Human Capital M&A, Private Equity Services, Alvarez & Marsal
“There’s a real need for underrepresented students to see a role model who looks like them. I talk about my personal experience: I’ve been able to accomplish what people call the American dream by taking advantage of opportunities in front of me and working really hard.”

Angela F. Williams

President and CEO, Easterseals
“There are other women CEOs in the health care space. What power it would be for us to come together! We’re developing a call to action around the social determinants of health that impact Black Americans.”

Marissa Vasquez (’18)

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; and Primary Care Head Team Physician, Los Angeles Dodgers
“I am the primary care head team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and a sports medicine consultant. Little did I know that I would start my new job during the pandemic.”

Susan Love (’98), M.D.

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research
“There’s no other organ in our body that goes through so many changes than the breast does, and yet we know very little about it. It shows you why you need to have women doing some of the research.”

Christine Simmons (B.S. ’98)

COO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
“Just as we look to diversify our workforce, we also want to ensure that the businesses that we’re affording contracts with out in corporate America are going to the business owners that are women-owned, minority-owned, LGBTQ-owned, veterans and people with disabilities.”

Andrea Hoplein (’10)

Vice President of Global Brand Management and Marketing, Electronic Arts
“Every brand that I’ve ever had the pleasure and privilege of working for has been tied into storytelling between humans trigger a passion point for an individual. Understanding the root and the center of that passion is the fundamental motivation of what makes me tick.”

Erica Millwater (’19)

Data Scientist, BCG GAMMA
“A lot of the effort goes into figuring out how we can communicate what we’ve done. Because if people who aren’t data scientists don’t understand how a model works, they’re going to be skeptical about using it and won’t understand the value of what we’re providing.”

Velocity Women's Summit 2021
 

2021 UCLA Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit

 

Friday, April 9, 2021
8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. PDT

 

Poets & Quants Is Watching These Anderson Class of 2022 MBAs

 
Emily Dinino
Garima Narang
Gabriella Pesce
Sami Sciacqua
Kelly Zhang
Poet & Quants
 

Topics of Our Time

 

From board service to academic research to corporate and creative leadership, UCLA Anderson women make a difference across industries.

Impact@Anderson’s Bhavna Sivanand (’14)
Women Worth Watching

Anderson MBAs Advise Small Enterprises Pro Bono in Pandemic

Impact@Anderson’s Bhavna Sivanand (’14) introduces the Crisis Response Corps

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HERstory: A Primer on the Black Female Path to Success

A panel of black women from UCLA Anderson's MBA programs describe their wins, losses and lessons

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Is Peer Pressure More Persuasive than Cost Savings?

UCLA Forecast economist Leila Bengali runs the data on solar adoption

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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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To Be Mindful

Allow yourself calm in stressful times

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2019 Award Winner Amy K. Castillo
Women Worth Watching

Never Let Anyone Make You Choose

Warner Bros. VP Amy Castillo (’09) is a woman worth watching

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Andrea Eisfeldt, an economics professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Managemen
Marketplace

What Kind of Recession Did COVID-19 Trigger?

Marketplace asked Andrea Eisfeldt about the “health shock” of 2020

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2019 Award Winner Amy K. Castillo
Thrive Global

Promise in the Real Estate Industry

Veteran investor Vicky Schiff (’96) sees great advantages for women

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2019 Award Winner Amy K. Castillo
Bloomberg

Mellody Hobson Is Named Chair of Starbucks

Wooden honoree among corporate America’s highest-profile Black directors

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Curriculum Innovation

 

UCLA Anderson faculty bring the kind of research and industry expertise that turn classrooms into launch pads for management careers.

Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine

Award-Winning M.D. and Journalist Teaches Crisis Leadership

Dr. Seema Yasmin brings unique expertise to UCLA Anderson classrooms

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Jennifer Abbondanza Q&A

UCLA Anderson’s Health Care Technology Course Is “All About Disruption”

Jennifer McCaney keeps current as an advisor in the health sector

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The Course for Diversity

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

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Professor Corinne Bendersky Offers Students Tools for Leading and Managing Teams

Understanding conflict management and differing points of view is key

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Caroline W. Nahas (B.A. ’70)
Senior Advisor, Korn Ferry
Chair, UCLA Anderson Board of Advisors

“Don’t dismiss or discount how much of an impact all of us can make. You don’t have to be the CEO, you don’t have to be the president, to make an impact on someone else.”

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How the World Works

 

UCLA Anderson faculty influence markets, industry, consumer behavior and public policy.

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This Behavioral Scientist Studied Chinese Factories and Found Surprising Keys to Productivity

What motivates employees extends into the U.S. as well, according to Sherry Wu.

Featuring: Sherry Wu, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

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What Baseball Teaches Us about Our Own Performance

Hengchen Dai gleaned data from baseball to show that instances of “fresh starts” boost performance — and can be applied to our lives as well.

Featuring: Hengchen Dai, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making
 

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Would You Rather Have an Award or Some Cash?

The answer might surprise you, as Jana Gallus tells Warren Olney.

Featuring: Jana Gallus, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Behavioral Decision Making

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The Way the FDA Approves Vaccines Should Be Different Now

As Fernanda Bravo tells Warren Olney, it should be risk versus reward.

Featuring: Fernanda Bravo, Assistant Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management
 

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Women Consider Jobs Differently, and Employers Know It

Warren Olney navigates hours, work/life balance and pay with Melanie Wasserman.

Featuring: Melanie Wasserman, Assistant Professor of Economics
 

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Many Fine Wine Labels Are Hiding That They’re Organic

Magali Delmas found the quality is higher but eco-labeling would leave a sour note.

Featuring: Magali Delmas, Professor of Management; Faculty Director, Impact@Anderson

 

Faculty Research

 

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

Sylvia Hristakeva

Sylvia Hristakeva

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Sherry Wu

Sherry Wu

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations

Jennifer Kao

Jennifer Kao

Assistant Professor of Strategy

Elisabeth Honka

Elisabeth Honka

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Melanie Wasserman

Assistant Professor of Economics

Jana Gallus

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Behavioral Decision Making

Andrea Eisfeldt

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

Beatrice Michaeli

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Hengchen Dai

Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations and Behavioral Decision Making

Elisa Long

Associate Professor of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management

Cassie Mogilner Holmes

Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making; Donnalisa ’86 and Bill Barnum Endowed Term Chair in Management

Fernanda Bravo

Assistant Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management

Paola Giuliano

Professor of Economics; Justice Elwood Lui Endowed Term Chair in Management

Margaret Shih

Professor of Management and Organizations; Neil Jacoby Chair in Management

Corrine Bendersky

Professor of Management

Jennifer Whitson

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Mariko Sakakibara

Professor of Strategy; Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in Corporate Renewal

Carla Hayn

Professor of Accounting; Ernst & Young Chair in Accounting

Suzanne Shu

Professor of Marketing

Magali Delmas

Professor of Management; Faculty Director, Impact@Anderson

 

Success Stories

 

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

Among the youngest MFEs, Monika Tran (’21) continuously learned from classmates

UCLA Anderson’s Master of Finance Edge

Among the youngest MFEs, Monika Tran (’21) continuously learned from classmates

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Ksenia Yudina’s (’14) startup revolutionized college saving plans

UNest Founder Is Disrupting Male-Dominated FinTech

Ksenia Yudina’s (’14) startup revolutionized college saving plans

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RunTheWorld registrants, who will be running on the same day in locations all over the world

Our Footsteps Cover the Globe

The #RunTheWorld marathon is about participation, not competition

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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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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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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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5 Questions With

 
  • 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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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.

Velocity 2020 callout
 

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

 

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