In collaboration with UCLA Anderson’s professional and identity clubs, the Center for Global Management connects students to the global community and partners by organizing lunchtime and dinner discussions with distinguished global leaders and members of the global alumni community. These small gatherings provide unique opportunities for students, in an informal and interactive setting, to hear thoughts and insights on a variety of subjects, including the importance of global perspectives and experience in today's business environment, and living, working and conducting business internationally in today’s environment and post COVID-19, and the importance of giving back to the community.


Series Highlights


Global Investment Banking and Doing Business in Latin America with Jim Allen ('93), Head of M&A LatAm, Morgan Stanley

December 1, 2020


The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Jim Allen (’93), an alumnus of the full-time MBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. Allen is a senior investment banker and strategic advisor, with over 27 years of experience in investment banking in the U.S. and across Latin America. Since earning his MBA from Anderson in 1993, Allen has been in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley, having held positions in U.S. M&A, the Global Media & Communications banking group, and since 2008, as head of M&A for the Latin America region. During his career at Morgan Stanley, Allen has been involved in equity and debt capital markets transactions, and has advised corporations, family-controlled businesses, and governments in M&A transactions, privatizations and debt restructurings. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, interested in global management and business, including members of the Investment Finance Association and Latin American Business Association joined the intimate and interactive session to hear from Allen. He discussed his experience as a global investment banker and strategic advisor and his career transition from U.S. Navy enabled by UCLA Anderson and talked about his career trajectory since graduating. Allen also shared his experience doing business internationally within a highly global, U.S.-based multinational and addressed the cultural challenges for a non-native speaker and U.S. citizen of doing business in Latin America. He shared some leadership lessons with students and addressed the importance of cultural awareness and being able to adapt as the environment evolves. Students received tangible advice as they think about their own careers. Allen also shared his thoughts on the future of global finance in what some would describe as a current anti-globalization environment. Prior to Anderson, Allen served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including six months as an exchange officer in the Chilean Navy.


Running a Global Business with Kevin Berryman (’87), President and CFO, Jacobs Engineering Group

November 5, 2020


The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Kevin Berryman (’87), an alumnus of the FEMBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. As president and CFO of Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional services with operations around the globe, Berryman oversees Jacobs digital and information technology and all aspects of corporate finance and treasury, investor relations and communications, strategy, M&A and internal audit. Students from the full-time, fully employed and executive MBA programs, interested in global management and business, including members of the Strategy and Operations Management Association and Investment Finance Association joined the informal and interactive lunchtime session to meet and hear from Berryman, a native of California who has enjoyed an extremely successful global career. Berryman provided insights on what is it like to run a global business with distributed operations in the midst of complex and changing economic, political and cultural environments in the U.S. and globally and in the midst of a global pandemic. He discussed his career trajectory post the UCLA Anderson FEMBA program, the different functional roles he has served in and his experience transitioning and transferring industries from Nestlé in Switzerland to Jacobs Engineering in Dallas today. He also addressed the importance of inclusion, diversity of thought and authenticity and being proactive, thoughtful and purposeful in developing a global perspective. He shared that despite the many challenges of COVID-19, the pandemic has highlighted how great people are and how increasingly important it is to understand and leverage talent. As students think about their own careers, he touched on the importance of understanding people and value creation and thinking not just vertically, but also horizontally to better understand different facets of a business and its operations. Prior to Jacobs, Berryman served as executive vice president and CFO at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., an S&P 500 company and global creator of flavors and fragrances used in a wide variety of consumer products after spending 25 years at Nestlé where he held various financial and operational positions both in the U.S. and at its global headquarters in Switzerland.


Global Media and Entertainment and Its Changing Landscape with Jon Niermann (’95), President and CEO, Loop Media, Inc.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020


The Center for Global Management hosted a virtual lunchtime discussion with Jon Niermann (’95), an alumnus of the FEMBA program and member of the CGM’s advisory board. During his career of over 30 years, Niermann has achieved success on both the corporate and entrepreneurial business worlds. He built his entertainment career with The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts, serving as president of both company's Asian operations, prior to starting his own media companies. Niermann started FarWest Entertainment (2010), a multi-platform (television, music, animation, digital) media and entertainment company that focused on bridging Asia with the West; and Loop Media, Inc. (founded in 2016 and went public in 2020), the first media company focused on fully integrated 360-degree engagement of music videos and other premium short-form content by consumers and businesses. The luncheon provided an opportunity for interested MBA students to meet with Niemann in an informal and interactive setting and hear about his successful career trajectory post-Anderson. He shared his thoughts and insights on the global media and entertainment landscape in light of the digital revolution, as well as his experiences working on the business and creative sides of large companies and then venturing into the entrepreneurial world full-time with his own media companies. He also addressed the implications and some lasting impacts for the industry, in the short and longer terms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the pivot that Loop Media had to quickly made. The discussion, organized by the Center for Global Management was supported by the Entertainment Management Association.


Maximizing Your MBA As A Launchpad for your Career and with Brittany Blackamore (’16), Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group and Founder and CEO, Suitcase of Joy

October 28, 2020


The Center for Global Management (CGM) hosted the inaugural discussion in its new Meet the Graduates Series with Brittany Blackamore (’16), an alumna of the FEMBA program and a global management specialization graduate. At Anderson, Blackamore’s global experiences expanded her world to new countries, inspired her love of macroeconomics and global finance, deepened her global acumen, and gave her the confidence she needed in her career. During an early evening, interactive conversation, Blackamore discussed her time at Anderson and shared thoughts on how to maximize the academic, career, and networking opportunities available. She addressed her career trajectory and some of the choices she made, and provided guidance on how students can maximize the MBA and use it as a launching pad for their career and passions. She also discussed Suitcase of Joy, the value of giving back, and making a sustainable impact. Students from across the full-time and fully employed MBA programs were inspired by Blackamore’s energy, passion and poise and left the discussion with some terrific tangible advice and tips. Prior to joining the FEMBA program, Blackamore worked for Fluor, a global engineering company, as a senior buyer. Through on-campus recruiting, she accepted an offer to join Experian’s MBA leadership development program where she advanced rapidly to become director of strategy. After three successful years at Experian, Blackamore joined the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant focused on strategy and M&A in the private equity, technology, public sector, and healthcare industries. Her global immersion travels to developing countries inspired her to found her own nonprofit organization, Suitcase of Joy, whose mission is to bring joy and education to underserved children around the world. The discussion, organized by the Center for Global Management, was supported by the Management Consulting Association and Net Impact.