Think Fearlessly. Move Into the Next.

Fresh insights on current business issues and a look into the next at our annual alumni business conference.

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John Stankey

Keynote Speaker
John Stankey '91,
CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group 

Building a Team for the Next Innovation
Sara Varni '06, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales Cloud, Salesforce 

The New Experience in Entertainment & Media

The Next Experience in
Entertainment & Media

Economic Forecast

Economic Forecast
Edward E. Leamer, Distinguished Professor, Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast




8:00 - 9:00 a.m.  

Location: Marion Anderson Courtyard

Breakout Sessions 1
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board Meeting

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. My Career Story: The Remix

In an era where startups and tech giants increasingly dominate business headlines, career professionals must modernize their career narratives, job search methods and self-promotion strategies in order to adapt to the needs of the evolving business landscape.
Even if you don’t have an engineering or product management background, it’s critical to to re-mix your career story to showcase familiarity and experience with analytics, technology platforms and industry jargon—as well as demonstrate your ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment and collaborate with technical teams. A panel of tech-focused experts will dive into these important insights, plus share resources and methods you can leverage to conduct more effective search and outreach—positioning you to take that next career leap.
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Moderator: David Cooley (CERT '08), Director, Alumni Career Services, UCLA Anderson
Kalon Gutierrez '03, Executive Director, Russell Reynolds Associates
Jason McDowall '03, VP of Product, Velocify
Nicole Virgo Carter, Talent Advocate, HIRED

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. The Next Generation: Road to College Admission Success

As a parent, grandparent or a sibling to a child preparing to go to college in the near future, you may be aware of two trends. Competition for admission to elite undergraduate programs has grown ever more fierce and tuition costs have been on the rise.
A panel of college admissions and counseling experts will provide an overview of the college market landscape, discuss academic planning, and share valuable tips and resources to help you—and the prospective college student(s) in your life—navigate the road to college admission success.
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Moderator: Eric Mokover '80, College Admissions Consultant, Counselor, and Partner, Headed for College
Bob Patterson, VP of Student Success, Chegg
Jennifer Tabbush '91, Founder, Headed For College

10:15 - 10:25 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Wendy A. Spinner '89
, President, UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors
Jill Baldauf '81, Associate Dean, Alumni Relations
10:25 - 11:20 a.m.

Moving in the Next: Technology & Transportation

Recently biked to work, shared a Lyft ride, or considered purchasing an electric vehicle? Perhaps you have even fantasized about what your daily commute would feel like in a self-driving car. Learn about the current transportations trends changing the way we move today and transforming mobility in the near future.
What will be the impact of this next wave of transportation on business, community connectivity and sustainability efforts? What current challenges exist and what opportunities will be created?
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Moderator: Dr. Vandana Mangal, Executive Director, Easton Technology Management Center & Research Director, Business and Information Technologies, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Rick Chang '11, Program Manager, Tesla Motors
Aaron Paley '85, Executive Producer and Co-founder, CicLAvia; President and Co-founder, Community Arts Resources; Founder, Yiddishkayt
Michael Son '05, Director, Partnerships, Lyft
Ming Su '12, Senior Financial Analyst, X

11:20 - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
John Stankey '91, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group 
In conversation with Terry Kramer, Adjunct Professor-Decisions, Operations and Technology Management, Faculty Advisor, Global Access and Strategic Management Programs

12:00 - 1:20 p.m. Lunch
Location: Judy & Bernard Briskin Family Plaza
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions 2
The Next Experience in Entertainment & Media
Digital technology has transformed the way in which people consume and experience entertainment, media and sports. Which market forces are currently shaping the industry?
What are organizations doing to create loyalty and delight fans amidst the proliferation of content providers? What technology is creating disruption and where are the emerging opportunities? What is the fan experience going to be like on your device, on your couch and in-stadium in 5 years?
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Moderator: Michael Montgomery, President & Founder, Montgomery Advisory, LLC
Julia Heiser (BA '04), SVP Digital Media, Live Nation Concerts
Steven Kan '06, Head of Global Android, Virtual Reality, and IoT New Business Development, Google
David Sternberg '96, Principal, Claygate Advisors LLC, Sports Media Consulting Services

Seize the Day: Vacation, Wine & Retirement Savings
Suzanne Shu, Associate Professor of Marketing, UCLA Anderson

Ever saved a nice bottle of wine for a special occasion and then struggled to decide when is a “special enough” occasion to finally open it? Perhaps you have built a comfortable sized nest egg and are contemplating if you should enjoy it now or save it for later?
Associate Professor of Marketing Suzanne Shu will address these and other topics related to procrastination and self control in decision making related to both enjoyable things (i.e. vacation and wine) and practical benefits (i.e. retirement savings and Social Security claiming). At a time when life expectancy has increased and the retirement population is larger than ever, learn about important biases that can impact your plans to make informed decisions in planning for you and your family's extended future.
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Anderson Venture Accelerator Tour

Go behind the scenes at the newly launched UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator. The tour will be led by members of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Anderson Venture Accelerator is a 10,000-square-foot incubator for nascent UCLA startups.

This on-campus space enables vital collaborations among entrepreneurs, researchers and students across disciplines. The accelerator features 24/7 wireless equipped co-working space for as many as 45 people, a presentation area with state-of-the-art audio/video capability, small- and medium-sized conference rooms, copy and printing facilities, a kitchen and access to UCLA Anderson’s research librarians.
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2:40 - 3:20 p.m.

Building a Team for the Next Innovation

Sara Varni '06, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales Cloud, Salesforce
In conversation with Christine Duffy, MBA Candidate, Class of 2017 and President, Women's Business Connection

3:20 - 3:50 p.m.

State of the School
Dean Judy D. Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

3:50 - 4:05 p.m. Afternoon Break
4:05 - 5:30 p.m. Economic Forecast: "What Me Worry? Thoughts on the Global Economy From Edward E. Neuman"

Edward E. Leamer, Distinguished Professor, Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast

5:30 - 5:50 p.m.

Alumni Awards Presentation
2016 John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Jim Moffatt '87
, CEO, Global Consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

2016 Outstanding Alumni Service Award Recipient
Eric Mokover '80, College Admissions Consultant, Counselor, and Partner, Headed for College

5:50 - 6:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Dean Judy D. Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception
Location: Marion Anderson Courtyard