“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” -Althea Gibson
During my MBA’s first year, the Anderson second year class boundlessly supported me and my classmates. Collectively, they volunteered thousands of hours; mentoring, coaching, and mock-interviewing us, making connections, opening job opportunities, and giving moral support. Their service left an indelible impression on me.
The culture of Anderson’s 42,000+ alumni network across 75+ countries stands alone. Not only do our alumni reach the highest professional apexes, but also they naturally reach back and bring others along. It’s core to the spirit that makes Anderson exceptional.
That is why it is with deep humility and excitement that I begin my service as your UCLA Anderson Alumni Network President for the next two years.
My hope is to help more of you expand and strengthen your relationships with each other, the school, and our broader community. To that end, my priorities working with our new Board of Directors are:
Enrich our community by unlocking more meaningful ways alumni can connect with it
Achieve more, by doing less
Renew focus on our community’s culture
This year, the Board completed a comprehensive restructuring effort to help us achieve these goals. We’re now operating more efficiently and strategically - the progress thus far has been energizing!
Anderson, along with the broader role of graduate education, is in a moment of transformation. We are re-examining our fundamental assumptions in the post-pandemic, new world of work. As that thinking comes into focus, your voices, perspectives, and participation are critical. My ask to you is:
Sign up for your local chapter’s mailing list and attend an Anderson event in your area.
Take advantage of our Alumni Career Services. Get professional advice and explore the many career resources offered exclusively to you.
Give us your feedback. Offer solutions, in addition to your observations for how we can make our network stronger.
When students or alumni call upon you, respond within 24 hours. Remember, when we needed help, those calls mattered to us.
Anderson is a special place, one that provided me with a transformative experience. It is not often an opportunity to serve fuels your passion and involves an institution you cherish. I am incredibly honored and excited to support our Anderson Alumni to further impact the world in big ways. I look forward to working with all of you.
Zubin Davar (‘15)