What’s Current October 2023

October 2023


Dear Anderson Community:

October has been a very challenging month for many in our community who are reeling from the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel, escalating violence in the Middle East and rising antisemitism and Islamophobia here at home. Once again, I want to encourage everyone in our community to take extra care with each other, and to treat everyone with respect and compassion. It can be very difficult at times like this to focus on work and studies, so our mutual support and encouragement is more important than
ever. On a positive note, we do have many October successes to celebrate! First I want to congratulate our Master of Science in Business Analytics program for being ranked #1 in the world by QS World University Rankings. I also want to congratulate the fantastic winners of the 2023 UCLA Innovation Showcase. We spotlight a dozen other success stories below that illustrate the strong leadership, innovation and service that typifies our Anderson community.

Dean Tony Bernardo

Venture Accelerator at Anderson Showcase featured campus-wide entrepreneurial innovation

Sponsored by Google Cloud, 225 investors, mentors and faculty from across UCLA campus celebrated 14 UCLA companies across six verticals with investment prizes going to

1. Kelly Wheeler (EMBA ’23, BridgeDoc) who received $50K

2. Arian Edalat (Executive Program ’16, Active Membranes) who received $30K.

3. Binru (Andy) Chen (Ph.D. ’23, SparkGene Biotech) who received $20K

Courtesy of the distinguished UCLA alumni, including Jesse Draper (B.A. ’06, Halogen VC), Billy Draper (B.A. ’11, Path Ventures), and Adam Draper (B.A. ’09, Boost VC).

An audience choice award, presented by Google Cloud, went to Symphony Biosciences & all the pitching founders were offered up to $350K in Google Cloud credits.

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UCLA Anderson’s Net Impact Achieves Gold Status

The club’s president, Nkemdilim Chukwuma (’24), is investing in greater education about what it means to put social impact into daily practice

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Peggy Sin (B.A. ’09, EMBA ’24) and Jay Zelenkov (EMBA ’24) Leverage Complementary Strengths

Friends from day one, the EMBA Council co-presidents share a goal to forge cohesion within their class that will follow the entire cohort into the future

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Associate Professor Stephen Spiller Is Building Links among Ph.D. Areas of Study

His priority as faculty director is careful stewardship of the doctoral program

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Understanding Valuation in Real-World Situations

Matthias Kahl’s corporate finance course teaches students to apply concepts outside the classroom — as executives or entrepreneurs

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What Impact Will You Make in 80,000 Hours?

Anderson staff, students and alumni feel inspired to lead purposeful careers

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A New York Exclusive during Worldwide Welcome Weeks

In the Manhattan home of Hans Hufschmid (’85), UCLA Anderson alumni were treated to an intimate Q&A with Loeb Award-winning journalist Andy Greenberg

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Valeria Sandoval (’25) Is Making Her Career at the Intersection of Politics and Business

The Riordan MBA Fellows Programs helped her make a calculated decision about her professional goals and the ROI on her graduate education

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No Recession, but the UCLA Anderson Forecast Foresees a Weak U.S. Economy in 2024

California’s economy continues to grow faster than the nation’s

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Double Bruin Rob Wasserman (MBA/J.D. ’98) Envisions Community for a Living

The founder of UCLA Ziman Center’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council manages investments in much more than just the roof over your head

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Kevin (’87) and Risa Berryman’s Gift Supports Anderson’s Cross-Campus Collaborations

The Jacobs Solutions veteran has brought international expertise to the CGM board and now makes a major donation to the school

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Social Impact Work in the U.S. Has Been Held Back by a Major Recruiting Issue

Scott Rodilitz, Assistant Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management, dove deep into the No. 1 platform to engage volunteers and devised a way to better distribute the work

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Loan Pool Covenants, Meant to Contain Risk, Can Instead Spread It

Unintended consequences revealed by UCLA Anderson’s Shohini Kundu

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Anderson and the Loeb Awards Honored the Best in Business Journalism in New York City

Read about the event, experience the live tweeting, and explore the viewing gallery with synopsis and links for each winning entry.

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Anderson in the News

October highlights in the global press

The Hill
In California and Europe, a new dawn for corporate climate disclosure
Magali Delmas says that, together, the “California Effect” and the “Brussels Effect” signal progress and hope for a corporate climate disclosure regime with legal teeth

Halloween candy prices are downright scary
Supply chain expert Chris Tang says sugar isn’t the only thing contributing to more expensive treats

“I burned through my IRA”
SAG-AFTRA workers are hurting, but UCLA Anderson Forecast director Jerry Nickelsburg says it’s too soon to quantify the broader economic damage of the Hollywood strike

How I Built This
BETA is building zero-emission, battery-powered aircraft
BETA founder and CEO Kyle Clark shares how a chance encounter with UCLA Anderson alumna Martine Rothblatt (’81) started it all.