Letter from the Dean

Reinvention Redefined

Judy D. Olian


Dear Friends,

Welcome to the new Assets Digital, a creative - even pioneering - way to share, demonstrate and celebrate the many compelling stories about the school, and about members of the UCLA Anderson community. It's fitting that the theme of the inaugural edition is reinvention.

As we embark on a new academic year, we have been giving a great deal of thought to the future, and to the shape of our continuing evolution and advances. One of Coach John Wooden's many nuggets of wisdom is: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." Coach was prescient. In this era of accelerating change, sustained success depends on the capacity to anticipate the future, and to be nimble in the reinvention.

Indeed, UCLA Anderson continues to reinvent. Recently, we:

  • Launched a new Global Executive MBA for the Americas program, in conjunction with Chile's Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

  • Established the Center for Global Management, the focal point for the school's expanding global programs and presence

  • Revised the core curriculum, creating tracks and specializations for the Full Time MBA Program with one goal in mind: To better prepare MBA students for careers of today and tomorrow

  • Inaugurated a new hybrid section of our Fully Employed MBA Program, a new scheduling option for earning a UCLA Anderson MBA through a combination of on-campus and online learning

  • Finalized a school-wide rebranding effort designed to shape messaging about the essence of our strengths and accomplishments, and

  • Are currently shaping new Business of Healthcare and Managing in the Digital Economy specializations for students seeking careers in these essential fields.

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. —Coach John Wooden

We continue to revisit our strategic priorities. Our new strategic plan, Anderson 2016, is student-centric, designed to enrich students' learning and development experiences to position our graduates for careers of the future while reinforcing the bonds that create alumni for life. Rooted in feedback derived from student, recruiter and alumni, Anderson 2016 underscores the importance of globalization, leveraging new technologies for learning, investing in intellectual areas that represent careers of the future, and preparing our students as leaders enhancing societal well-being.

The new Assets Digital iPad app is a working model of the school's penchant for reinvention - an example of what's possible when we think creatively and strategically about the future. In this web version of Assets, you'll meet a cross-section of fascinating members of the UCLA Anderson community who define reinvention, from restaurateur/radio host Evan Kleiman ('80), to developer Robert T. De Forest ('06), to current MD/MBA student Tony Hung ('13). We explore L.A.'s startup culture and examine the latest trends in hybrid education. Enjoy exploring Assets Digital.

Please stay in touch. I'm at judy.olian@anderson.ucla.edu.

Warm wishes,

Judy D. Olian

Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management