"Speak your truth, whatever it is. Be patient. Be brave." To an audience of 600+ at the John Wooden Global Leadership Awards dinner on December 2, Mellody Hobson shared the tenets that has guided her career at Ariel Investments, leadership roles on high-profile, corporate boards and efforts to drive impact on causes she's passionate about. In conversation with long-time friend Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mellody discussed her distinct approach, encouraging people to "embrace the idea of seeing differences. Instead of color blind, go into the subject matter that is very difficult and be color brave." Fellow Chicago native and Chairman of UCLA Anderson's Board of Advisors, Robert Murley ('74) presented her with the 2019 John Wooden Global Leadership award.
Elenita Mezcal, a business developed through Anderson's Business Creation Option and incubated through Anderson Venture Accelerator, recently raised $1.1M to fund its production and launch. The idea for the business was inspired by two of the spirits industry's fastest-growing categories—mezcal and ready-to-drink cocktails. Co-founders Jordan Dil ('19) and Mikel Noriega ('19) are launching first in the L.A market. They credit the framework of the Business Creation Option for turning a great opportunity to a feasible business.
Managing the balance of recruiting, academics, leadership positions, and social activities, can be especially overwhelming for first year students. Axel Cramer ('20) identified an opportunity to alleviate that stress by helping to establish UCLA Anderson's new Restoration Room with the support of staff and student club leaders. A founder of Thought Lounge, a social enterprise that encourages community-driven dialogue, Axel believes that student wellness and innovation are "served greatly by having a better balance of speaking and listening, doing and reflecting, and stimulating and expanding awareness."
In the current environment, every business is a tech business. Coming January 24, the Innovate Tech Conference 2020 will bring successful entrepreneurs and executives together for a glimpse at the latest innovations and their potential impact. Join the Anderson community and fellow industry professionals at UCLA Anderson to explore innovations in autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, search, VR/AR and more. Keynote speaker will be Tami Erwin, EVP & Group CEO of Verizon Business.
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Gain insights on a variety of business topics from cutting-edge research by UCLA Anderson’s faculty in this month’s UCLA Anderson Review.