Events> Alumni Weekend 2019> Saturday Sessions

May 4, 2019
James Bridges Theater (Melnitz Hall), UCLA, Westwood


The Personal & Professional ROI of Non-Profit Engagement: Making the Most of Your Support

The UCLA Anderson Alumni Network explored how to make the most of one’s support of non-profit organizations at this year’s Saturday Sessions. Attendees gained insights from non-profit leaders and experienced board members to propel their support of organizations that will offer meaningful engagement experiences.

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Featured Presenters


Robert Hart ‘83
Founder, Chief Executive, and President, TruAmerica Multifamily
(Board: former Chairman of the Board, Chrysalis)

Nike Irvin '89
Founder, ZWN Inc.
(Boards: The Broad Center; The Riordan Foundation; Vice-Chair, Southern California Grantmakers)

Mark Loranger
CEO, Chrysalis


Sessions Information

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Check-in & Breakfast
9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Dispelling the Myths about Working with or for Non-profits

Gain a realistic perception of the opportunities and challenges that come with the non-profit sector. Learn about the importance of performing due-diligence on organizations in order to make an informed decision about getting involved. Gain insights on leveraging the skills and experience you acquired in the professional world for non-profit organizations to achieve professional success and satisfaction

David Cooley Director, Alumni Career Services
Nike Irvin '89 Founder, ZWN, Inc.
( Boards: The Broad Center; The Riordan Foundation; Vice-Chair, Southern California Grantmakers)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Board Service: What You Need to Know – Insights from Current Board Members

Board members representing a variety of industries share how they came to be involved in their respective boards, lessons they learned along the way, in addition to critical factors to consider when exploring board opportunities.

Moderator: Julie Lacouture '06 Founder, Good Ways Inc
Andrea Almeida Mack '94 Managing Director & Senior Consultant Relations Executive, The TCW Group
( Boards: Goodwill Industries of Southern California; Toigo Alumni Endowment; Riordan Programs at UCLA; The Westmark School)
Wendy Spinner '89 VP, Senior Wealth Strategy Group, UBS Private Wealth Management
( Boards: Fulfillment Fund, CHAMPS Charter High School; Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation; Curtis School; Past President, UCLA Anderson Alumni Network; Artists for Change in Los Angeles)
Steve Tao '89 VP Current Programming, The CW Network
(Board: CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment); Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association Board; Founding Member and Former Board Member of the Claremont in Entertainment & Media (CEM))

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Chrysalis: The Growth and Evolution of a Non-Profit

Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Learn how this organization-which launched 35 years ago with $2500-has managed to survive, thrive and evolve into a multi-million-dollar organization that serves thousands in Los Angeles County.

Robert Hart '83  Founder, Chief Executive, and President, TruAmerica Multifamily
(Board: former Chairman of the Board, Chrysalis)
Mark Loranger CEO, Chrysalis

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Shoot Your Shot: Rapid Fire Board Pitch

Find your opportunity for involvement as representatives of various non-profits “pitch” their organizations and board needs.

For those currently supporting or considering supporting a non-profit organization in any manner, expect to gain the following insights from Saturday Sessions:

  • Discuss the different types of non-profit boards
  • Explore the impact of the life stage of a non-profit organization
  • Clarify the relationship between the non-profit organization and its board
  • Share expectations and duties of board members
  • Provide criteria to effectively evaluate board opportunities and fit

Brought to you in partnership with Impact@Anderson, the school’s new strategic initiative to educate the next generation of leaders to be social change makers. Learn how UCLA Anderson is advancing curriculum, experiential opportunities and research on sustainability and social impact.