Peer Advisory Support for Alumni Leaders

 

In a time of unprecedented change and opportunity, CEOs are eager for a competitive advantage. The challenges facing a CEO are unique and best understood by, and shared with other CEOs.

The UCLA Anderson CEO Forum is an external, peer advisory group offering UCLA Anderson alumni who are CEOs, Founders, and/or business owners a supportive, membership community to process challenges facing their respective organizations.

Leveraging the collective experience and knowledge of fellow business leaders from the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network, Anderson's CEO Forum facilitates the growth and lasting success of member organizations through structured discussions, workshops and development of tactics, strategies, and solutions specific to member organizations.

Learn how CEO Forum works
Read January 22, 2020 CEO Forum article

Why I Started the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum


Kate Pletcher (’07), CEO and Founder of Treehouse Partners, shares her inspiration for starting the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum. Leveraging the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network, the CEO Forum provides a unique environment for its members to gain essential knowledge and foster a supportive community—with the goal of facilitating growth and lasting success of member organizations.

Why I Joined the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum


Nikhil Verma (‘00), CEO of Holovision Inc., discusses the challenges he faces as a business leader and how the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum provided him a valuable space to gain support and advice from peers that understand the unique experiences that CEOs and business owners come across.

Nikhil is a member of the CEO Forum group based in Orange County, CA.

Our Approach to Issue Processing


For UCLA Anderson’s CEO Forum, issue processing is a critical tool to identify the issue and find the cause(s) in order to help business owners and CEOs problem-solve with a set of focused, actions. Darren Reinke, group moderator for the CEO Forum group based in Orange County, CA, discusses his approach to facilitating issue processing, including sharing the process and benefits.

 

Candidate Criteria

 

CEO Forum candidate should meet the following criteria:

        Earned a MBA, MFE, MSBA, or PhD degree from UCLA Anderson
        Be a company Founder and/or CEO
        Have employees vs. being an individual proprietor
        Own and/or manage a company with revenues

A decision to join the UCLA Anderson CEO Forum is an investment in yourself and the future of your organization. Submit an application to become a member of UCLA Anderson's collaborative community of leaders. 

Contact our Manager of CEO Forums for more information at keri.kraft@anderson.ucla.edu



 

How CEO Forum Works

 

Member CEOs participate in a monthly, half-day meeting with ~10-12 fellow Anderson CEOs.  The meetings leverage a proven issue-processing methodology (similar to Vistage and other peer advisory groups) as well as occasional guest speakers and networking opportunities to ensure business and personal growth.  Member can also tap into the collective knowledge of their peers on non-meeting days. This culminates in an annual retreat that brings together all the CEO Forum groups for workshops and sessions. Specific details are as follows:

        Half-day meetings will be held every month (typically 8am-1pm or 12-5pm)
        Meetings will be hosted at a different member's office site or other chosen location (e.g. each member will host approximately once a year)
        Attendance at every meeting is mandatory
        Members will be allowed one absence per year for extenuating circumstances
        Candidates must be able to attend monthly meetings in person.
        Membership fee of $225 (charged monthly; first three months’ charged upfront)

 

Testimonials

 

“The UCLA Anderson CEO Forum has far exceeded my expectations. My fellow group members bring that same consistent, high level of analysis that we all enjoyed at Anderson. They cut through the clutter so quickly that insights and tactics suggested can be applied the next day.”

Gregory Cote ('96)
CEO, DSI

“The CEO Forum has provided a key safe place for me to discuss difficult topics. The CEO role can be very lonely and understood only really by other CEOs. There are many topics where we need an outside point of view from folks that understand. That is what the UCLA Anderson CEO forum provides for me.”

David Melnick ('96)
CEO, Weblife