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March 31, 2018
Alumni Weekend Celebrates the Best of Business School on May 4-5

Celebrating the best of business school—learning, networking, and friendships—Alumni Weekend is the largest and most anticipated alumni homecoming of the year for the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network. Come back to where it all began and where your transformation will continue.

May 4 | Alumni Conference

Transformation is happening all around us.

Alumni Conference is UCLA Anderson’s flagship conference, designed just for alumni. Get back in the classroom to gain business insights and engage in discussions with industry leaders and world class faculty. Make new connections and reconnect with classmates under the stars at the Networking Reception following Alumni Conference.  

Amy Powell in Conversation with Sanjay Sood

Amy Powell '05

Amy Powell '05
President, Paramount Television & Digital Entertainment

Leading Transformation in the Digital Era

Yvonne Wassenaar '90, '96

Yvonne Wassenaar '90, '96
CEO, Airware


Understanding Psychological Barriers to Inclusion
Miguel UnzuetaAssociate Professor of Management and Organizations 

Marketing Impact in the Digital Age
Dominique Hanssens, Distinguished Research Professor of Marketing

Transformation to an Info Economy: Robots in the Classroom?
Jerry Nickelsburg, Adjunct Full Professor and Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Creating and Managing Disruption in Retail
Moderator: Andres Terech, Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing  
Chris Bonner '98, SVP Distribution, Logistics and Trade, Lululemon Athletica
Kelsey Doorey ’13, Founder & CEO, Vow to Be Chic

The Green Bundle: Pairing the Market with the Planet
Magali Delmas, Professor of Management

The Graying Organization: Navigating the Intergenerational Workplace
Bob McCann, Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizations

State of the School
Judy D. Olian


May 5 | Saturday Sessions
My Future Adventure: Understanding My Journey + Crafting My Story

Clarify your journey and articulate your story in a relevant and impactful way through two powerful workshops at the new Saturday Sessions at UCLA Anderson. Gigi Johnson ’88 will walk you through an exercise to map your past choices in order to identify the options and possibilities for your next adventure. Ratana Therakulsathit ’04 will coach you on the key elements of “storytelling” to help you articulate your journey so that you can effectively communicate your story. The morning will conclude with a special tour of the UCLA campus.


May 5 | Reunion Evening

The classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013 will reconnect, reminisce, and create new memories at class reunion celebrations at Hotel Casa del Mar and Shutters on the Beach in beautiful Santa Monica Beach. The evening will feature respective class receptions, class dinners and a post-dinner celebration featuring dancing and a photo booth.


May 5 | 1 Year Reunion

The class of 2017 will celebrate their first year as UCLA Anderson alumni with a private class reunion celebration featuring a full open bar and heavy appetizers at 1212 in Santa Monica.

Student Perspective | Finding Unity and Distinctions on International Women’s Day

On March 8, five students representing Brazil, China India, and Russia came together to share their experiences as women in their home countries and in the U.S., including discussing universal stigmas they face, as part of a panel for International Women’s Day. Although they come from countries with distinct cultures, the women revealed surprisingly unified experiences—all of the panelists have experienced some degree of familial or cultural pressure to conform to roles expected of women in their respective countries. As the only daughter in her family, Vasiya Krishnan '18 from India, felt doted upon but also scrutinized by wider society. Part of her decision to enroll at Anderson was driven by a desire “to have a much more diverse peer group.” While working for an American company in Brazil, Giovanna Santos Chapini ’19 discovered that she was being compensated less than her male counterparts, despite being successful in her job. Read more.

Faculty Insights | Read Features and Short Takes from Anderson Review

Check out a snapshot of cutting-edge research by UCLA Anderson’s expert faculty covered in this month’s UCLA Anderson Review.

A History of Plough-Based Farming Leads to Fewer Girls
Paola Giuliano

Are Interest Rates Really So Low?
Ivo Welch

Behavioral Economics: Are Nudges Cost Effective?
Shlomo Bernartzi

BRCA Mutation: New Model Quantifies How Surgeries Reduce Cancer Risk
Elisa Long

Campaign Contributions Swayed by Neighbor’s Politics
Ricardo Perez-Truglia

Coporate Bosses, Given Fewer Stock Options, Turn Risk Averse
David Aboody

Green Initiative—By Themselves—Won’t Boost Productivity
Magali Delmas

How Tech Disruption Alters Investors’ Appetite for Risk
Stavros Panageas

In Adversity, Some High Performers Give Up Rather than Dig In
Hengchen Dai

Thinking Small Could Deliver Bigger Retirement Success for Gig Workers
Hal Hershfeld and Shlomo Bernartzi

Finding the Next Step with Anderson’s Career Re-LAUNCH

The inaugural Career Re-LAUNCH program, which kicked off January 18, brought 25 UCLA Anderson alumnae back to campus on February 9 for a three-day immersive experience featuring the Velocity Women’s Leadership Summit and two days of faculty led classroom sessions.   

Inspired by an observation made by Beth Friedman ’87 and Cynthi Moffatt ’88, Career Re-LAUNCH was developed by the Office of Alumni Relations, in partnership with Executive Education, to provide support to alumnae who have stepped away from the workforce to relaunch their careers. Offering participants career guidance, skill-building coursework, online resources and a sisterhood, Career Re-LAUNCH also provides alumnae a way to explore career opportunities that might also bring personal fulfillment. “I want to do something that is meaningful and also has financial rewards. But you don’t stumble into a new career path without effort. This program provides tools, support and accountability, so I actually schedule the relaunch ‘work’ into my calendar,” said participant Irene Wang ’96 who left the corporate world to raise a family. Read more.

Fellowships Open Doors for Future Anderson Leaders

As the U.S. job market strengthens, enrollment in full-time MBA programs has dropped by a third nationwide since 2010, with prospective students weighing the cost and relative value of the degree for their future careers. Given the shifting dynamics and smaller pool of top MBA applicants, leading U.S. business schools are competing ever more fiercely for top students, wooing them with beefed-up financial aid packages. Therefore to attract the very best, Anderson must compete not just through its excellent faculty and programs, but on the financial front too. Consider the following:

  • 61% of this year’s MBA students –up from 41% in 2014–receive scholarships or fellowships based on need, merit, or both
  • 56% percent of UCLA Anderson’s full-time MBA class of 2017 took out loans. Their average debt at graduation was $85,000 – or $1,000 dollars a month for the next decade

In a recent letter to his donors Evelyn and David Hou ‘02, fellowship recipient David Lee ‘18 wrote “The past year has been among the most rewarding of our lives, and it is in great part made possible by the generosity your family has shown ours.” Having had the chance to get to know Lee since the fellowship, Hou reflected “The quality of a top business school is greatly measured by the quality of its students…I want to ensure that Anderson continues to attract students who will make a difference in the business world and in their community.” Read more.

» Find out what receiving an investment in their future means to our students. Watch video.

Access | Impact Week. Fink Investing Conference. Wilbur K. Woo Conference.

April 9-13 | Impact Week 2018

Impact@Anderson and the UCLA Anderson Net Impact Chapter present IMPACT Week 2018 at UCLA Anderson on April 9-13. Examining the future of business through the creation of a social, environmental and economic evolution, this week-long event will feature thought leaders and founders of mission-driven businesses sharing their powerful insights in design workshops, panels, screenings, network mixers and more. Don’t miss keynotes from Cara Chacon, VP of Social & Environmental Responsibility, Patagonia and Brian Kariger, CEO of Recargo. Learn more.

April 20 | Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference

The annual Wilbur K. Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA Anderson on April 20 will discuss a variety of issues related to China and U.S. cross-border business and investment. Join us for insights on emerging trends, bright spots, plus new and creative investment strategies and partnerships. In light of Xi Jinping’s recent presentation of China’s mid and long-term development goals and threats of protectionism, trade walls and increased tariffs, this is a conference not to be missed. Learn more.

April 30 | Fink Investing Conference

The 7th annual Fink Investing Conference, hosted by UCLA Anderson’s Laurence and Lori Fink Center for Finance & Investments, brings together some of the most respected individuals in the investment management community to educate and connect a wide range of financial industry participants. Join us to hear from this year’s keynotes Jay Wintrob, CEO of Oaktree Capital Group, and John Mapes (B.A. '90) Managing Partner, Aurora Capital Partners. Learn more.

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March - Alumni Weekend Celebrates the Best of Business School on May 4-5
February - Alumni Spotlight | Dr. Susan Love '98 is Carving Her Own Path to Cure Cancer
January - Dean Judy Olian Leaving Anderson to Become Quinnipiac University President

December - Entertainment Executive Peter Guber Honored with UCLA Medal
November - Microsoft Chairman John Thompson on Principles, Strategy and Trends
October - UCLA Anderson Rises to #6 in The Economist Global MBA Rankings
September - Faculty Insights | Access Faculty Research with UCLA Anderson Review
August - Supporting Anderson's Future with the May Hasso Serrano '02 Classroom
July - Milken Institute Names UCLA as Top University in Business Creation
June - Gratefulness and Giving are Key Themes at 2017 Commencement
May - Marion Anderson’s Inspiring Legacy of Philanthropy and Impact
April - Disney CFO Christine McCarthy '81 on Taking Risk
March - Alumni Weekend - Come Back to Where it All Began
February - Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Artists & Consumer Behavior
January - Building an Entrepreneurial Epicenter at Anderson

December - From Our UCLA Anderson Family to Yours!
November - Lars Hoffman '15 Lands Dream Job at SpaceX After 26 Years in Military
October - Driving Change with Social Impact Investor Bobby Turner
September - Worldwide Welcome Weeks: Build Your Network in Your City
August - Collaboration Accelerates Entrepreneurial Success
July - Ed Leamer is Running for Vice President of the United States
June - Life Lessons from LA Lakers' General Manager Mitch Kupchak '87 at Anderson Commencement
May - Food Supply Startup Kulisha Takes Top Prize at Knapp Venture Competition
April - Alumni Weekend 2016 is Just One Week Away!
March - Co-Founder of Veggie Grill T.K. Pillan '96 on Inspiration and Success
February - Susan Wojcicki '98 Driving Change in Technology and Gender Equality
January - Anderson Venture Accelerator: Launching the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

December - Watch Our Year in Review: A Holiday Message from UCLA Anderson
November - From Private Equity to Social Enterprise with KKR's George Roberts
October - Anderson Evenings are Headed to NYC and Palo Alto
September - Your Network. Your City. Join Us at a Worldwide Welcome Week Event!
August - UCLA Anderson Born Partnership Launches Health Tech Company BodySpec
July - Christine McCarthy '81 Named CFO of Walt Disney Company
June - 2015 Faculty Awards Honors Anderson's Best in Teaching, Research, Leadership and Mentorship
May - Marion Anderson's $100 Million Gift Launches UCLA Anderson Into the Next
April - UCLA Anderson Recognizes Lonnie Ali '86 and Gregory Craig '89 for Their Service and Achievement
March - Virgin Atlantic. Disruptive Innovation. Global Health Crisis. What's the Deal?
February - Business Leaders Share their Success at UCLA Anderson
January - Founders Fund Partner and PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Comes to UCLA Anderson

December - A Lifetime of Philanthropy Powers Future UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurs
November - UCLA Anderson Rises in Recent Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist & Financial Times Rankings
October - Giora Romm '82 Shares His Story of Moving From Prison to Prestige
September - Starbucks' Chief Community Office Blair Taylor '90 Challenges Class of 2016 to Make a Social Impact
August - Brian Cornell '91 to guide Target Corporation's transformation as new Chairman & CEO
July - AEG Scores at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
June - Congratulations to UCLA Anderson's 2014 Faculty Award Winners!
May - Relive Alumni Weekend 2014
April - CEO of Maker Studios Ynon Kreiz ('93) Helps to Secure Another Disney Acquisition Deal
March - UCLA Anderson Students Raise Funds as They Continue Work in Africa 
February - Susan Wojcicki ('98) Taking the Helm at YouTube
January - Huntley Castner ('89) Promoted to CEO of Yogurtland

December - UCLA Anderson Receives $5 Million Gift from Professor Bill Cockrum
November - Bob Iger, Chairman & CEO Disney Recognized for Leadership
October - A Discussion Between Industry Icons: Larry Fink '76 and Bill Gross '71 
September - Fink/Gross: A Meeting of Extraordinary Minds
August - Kermani's ('09) Crazy Cart Spins Great Press
July - Addressing a Strategic Challenge (AMR)
June- Relive Alumni Weekend
April - When Type A's Retire? Pitfalls, Warnings, Hopes and Dreams with Don Asher
March - Business School Rankings and Alumni Awards Announced
February - TED@UCLA Anderson: The Young. The Wise. The Undiscoverd
January - Kimberly Freeman ('02) honored at the Southern California Visionaries annual awards luncheon 

December - Joel Fried ('86), and his wife, Deanne Fried, have generously pledged up to $1 million
November - UCLA Anderson and the chance to study with a UCLA Nobel Prize winner
October - Hwee Hua Lim ('89) has joined the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Management 
September - Starbucks appoints Blair H. Taylor ('90) as new Chief Community Officer
August - UC Davis appoints new Athletics Director Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey ('93)
July - Guy Kawasaki ('79) Delivers Commencement Speech  
June - Linda Smith ('95) focuses on literacy in Guatemala
May  -Charlie Steinmetz ('77) Changes the Lives of L.A. Inner-City Students 
April - Robin Leamy ('86) Follows His Dreams
March - Marketing event at Google headquarters showcases Inspirational Alumni
January - Bob Foster ('65) Knighted by Finland 

November - A Conversation with Larry Fink ('76) and Bill Gross ('71)
October - Alumni Conference 2011 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes
September - Welcome Week Invites UCLA Anderson Alumni to Celebrate Worldwide
August - Special Edition: In Memory of John E. Anderson '40, 1917-2011
June - Jim Moffatt ('87) Elected Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP
May - John E. and Marion Anderson Donate $25 Million to UCLA Anderson
April - May 21 is UCLA Alumni Day on the UCLA campus
March - UCLA Anderson Announces 100 Inspirational Alumni List
February - Leonard ('95), Takes Unconventional Path as a Bio-Tech Entrepreneur
January - Alumni Career Services Jump Starts January with Events and Free Resume Reviews

December - Videos from the Alumni Weekend Conference
November - Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual
September - Don't Miss David Martin ('91) When He Speaks at Alumni Weekend
August - Regazzi ('97) Energizes the Alumni Network; Rajaraman ('08) is Writing the Future of
June - New Book from Ullrich ('92) Shares Getting to the Top Success Strategies
May - Heart Surgeon Magliato ('06) Lives Her Life Disregarding Fears of Failure
April - Lawrence ('99) is Mentoring and Providing Guidance to Future Leaders
March - Lanier ('02) Brings Strategic Research; Kermani ('09) and the Drift Cart Inspiration
February - Randy Horn ('97) Rolled the Dice on a Board Game
January - Dr. Susan Love ('98) wants to eradicate breast cancer

November - Mitch Kupchak ('87) is On Top of the World
October - Kyle Martin ('97) Weighs In On Barack Obama's "Top Down" Approach
September - Welcome Week Begins Across the Globe
August - Cheng Si-Wei ('83) Enjoys Teaching, Despite His Many Other Roles
July - William L. Ballhaus ('98) has Seen DynCorp International's Revenue Rise as CEO
June - UCLA Anderson Alumni Prove Their Value Across the Corporate Spectrum
May - Wooden Global Leadership Award Recipient American Express Company Chairman & CEO
April - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
March - Matheson ('78) represents UCLA Anderson In the House of Representatives
February - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
January - DeWolf ('05) and Gagne ('05) Share a Common Vision Managing Wealth

December - Denis Florin ('88): Energy in Transition
November - UCLA Anderson Alumni Honored with New Appointments
October - Salvador Viramontes ('96), Branding Batman in Britain