External Collaborative Partnerships

In addition to significant collaboration with other centers, departments and student organizations at UCLA Anderson, as well as across campus with the UCLA International Institute, School of Law, Center for World Health and Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Center for Global Management also collaborates with a number of globally recognized organizations, including the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. The CGM’s membership provides significant benefits to students, especially those pursuing the Specialization and Certificate in Global Management, supporting their attendance at high-profile speaker events and private receptions.

Los Angeles World Affairs Council

The CGM continued its successful partnership with the LAWAC. In addition to partnering on the Robertson Lecture Series event featuring John Thompson, as a member and sponsor of the LAWAC, the CGM has been able to send a number of full-time MBA, FEMBA and EMBA students to LAWAC’s popular discussions and conferences.

In February 2018, students attended a luncheon discussion, hosted by the LAWAC at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, to hear 77th U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s upbeat assessment of the state of the U.S. economy and the anticipated effects of the recent tax bill. He discussed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, recently passed by the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Trump, and its impact on tax payers and economic growth rates. Mnuchin addressed the current state of the U.S. economy, the strength of the financial system and his outlook for the coming year. Secretary Mnuchin also discussed the global economy, the administration’s attempts to reduce the U.S. trade imbalance with China and other nations in Asia, and the sanctions campaign against North Korea. Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the LAWAC, moderated the conversation.

In May 2018, the LAWAC and Petersen Automotive Museum hosted the inaugural “Future of the Automobile” conference, which explored the brave new world of the personal transportation revolution that is set to transform every city in the world. Long a center of car culture, Los Angeles is emerging as the epicenter of new transportation development. The world is watching closely to see how the city redesigns its urban landscape around new electric, autonomous and ridesharing technologies. The day-long conference looked at the most cutting-edge technologies in the transportation field and aired informed and sometimes provocative speculation about the future. Students from the full-time MBA and FEMBA programs had the opportunity to hear discussions on how society as a whole will be affected by autonomous and electric vehicles, widespread ride-sharing and even the possibility of flying taxis, and how drone deliveries and underground freight tunnels could change delivery methods. The conference, held at the Petersen Museum, brought together leading voices from car manufacturers, technology companies and regulatory agencies for a series of talks and panel discussions on one of the biggest technological, economic and social changes facing the U.S. and the world in the coming years. Demos, test drives and exhibitions also provided a glimpse into the future of our mobility. The event featured Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer at Tesla, who shared his inspirations for the unique vehicles and what we can expect to see come out of Tesla in the future.

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

In May 2017, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for the 91st annual World Trade Week at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. More than 900 business leaders and members of the diplomatic corps kicked off a month-long celebration of world trade in Southern California, the largest of its kind in the country, and celebrated Los Angeles as a global city. The morning’s program featured a conversation, moderated by Dean Olian, with the Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, former British prime minister and founder of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making globalization work for the many, not the few. Blair discussed his focus of bringing together the best ideas in both the public and private policy spheres to provide answers to some of today’s major global challenges. The Center for Global Management was a supporting organization and supported 20 UCLA Anderson students from the full-time, FEMBA and EMBA programs to attend the event and hear Prime Minister Blair’s presentation, which touched on Brexit and the United Kingdom’s relations with the European Union and the United States. The L.A. Area Chamber’s annual kickoff breakfast jump-started more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations celebrating world trade in Southern California. The Chamber was a partner in the CGM’s 2017 Latin American Business Conference. World Trade Week dedicates itself to educating the public on the importance and benefits of global trade on the local and national economy through a series of educational programs and events.

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