Kelly Stelbasky ('16) was promoted from Director to Vice President of Touring at Live Nation, just one year after graduating from the FEMBA program.
She is currently SVP, Global Touring at AEG Presents.
Diego Benitez (FEMBA '19)
Founder|Owner|Brewer, Progress Brewing
Students have access to a dedicated FEMBA career coach available for confidential, one-on-one career counseling.
UCLA Anderson’s Executives-in-Residence offer high-level, expert advice in their respective fields, including banking, finance, engineering, technology and more.
Second-year students for internships and third-year students for full-time opportunities
FEMBA students have full access to UCLA Anderson's proprietary web-based career-management resources.
Director & Executive Career Coach
Director & FEMBA Career Coach
Susan Cowell, Director & FEMBA Career Coach, brings over 20 years experience in the field of career management and leadership to UCLA.
In her most recent position with Lee Hecht Harrison, she managed the consultants and coached executives in the Southern California Region. She is proud to have led a team that delivered the highest quality in the company. Prior to joining Lee Hecht Harrison, Susan spent 18 years with Drake Beam Morin, where she held positions of increasing responsibility. Drake Beam Morin and Lee Hecht Harrison are leading international career management firms who work with mid-career business professionals and executives from Fortune 500 companies.
During her tenure with Drake Beam Morin, Susan held a variety of positions in counseling, coaching, sales, marketing and leadership. She is an experienced counselor and coach, and has had the opportunity to work with individuals from all industries and functions. In her most recent position as Senior Vice President for North American Operations Support, she managed 5 teams and over 120 employees and was responsible for Quality, Project Management, Internal Sales and Web-learning. In these roles, she had the opportunity to develop strategic initiatives within the organization that improved quality, leadership, profit and revenue while improving employee morale.
Susan’s background also includes entrepreneurial experience as owner of Executive Career Services, a career management firm. She helped to build this small company into a $3 million business with offices throughout southern California in less than 1 year. The firm specialized in providing individual career counseling and executive coaching to business professionals and executives. Early in her career, Susan worked at Humboldt State University, in the Student Employment Office, assisting students in the early stages of their education and career.
Susan received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and also holds a California teaching credential. She was past president of the International Association of Career Management Professionals and a member of ASTD.
Associate Director & Executive Career Coach
Associate Director & FEMBA Career Coach
Pam Schulz has held corporate and leadership positions in consulting, technology, consumer durables and entertainment. She began her business career as a systems consultant with Arthur Andersen (now Accenture), working with small business clients as both an individual contributor and project team leader. This technical role was a solid foundation for later career positions in product management and marketing for technology companies in industries ranging from wireless and software to e-commerce and electronics. Pam spearheaded revenue growth from new products for divisions of large publicly-traded companies and smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. With the founders of a wireless startup, she participated in 51 new venture pitches, resulting in VC financing and a later successful exit via acquisition. This diverse experience proved useful when she oversaw marketing and product management at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment for its consumer software and online digital video-sharing service for user-created content—before YouTube! As a consultant advising executive management teams at Epson, Belkin and others, Pam has provided the “know-how” and the "know-why" to guide decisions about growth options, strategy and execution.
Pam has hired, developed and coached members of the product management and marketing teams she’s led, as well as provided ad hoc career coaching to students at UCLA and Anderson. She started a job search accountability team for executives in transition modeled on the ACT methodology developed by UCLA Anderson for its alumni seeking new opportunities. Pam earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and M.B.A. from UCLA. She enjoys sculling in the Marina at the UCLA Aquatic Center and lives in Culver City with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs.
FEMBA Career Coach
Jackee McNitt Engles provides executive coaching to the FEMBA and EMBA students at Anderson and teaches leadership in the EMBA program. In addition, she serves as Lead Faculty in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, an initiative created through a partnership with Goldman Sachs, Babson College, and designated U.S. cities to provide instruction and support to small business owners on the cusp of growth. In her spare time, she teaches in the University of La Verne’s MBA and Masters in Leadership degree programs, and in the Cal State San Bernardino MBA program. In the past, she served as the Senior Director of Executive Management and Outreach Programs for the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and as faculty in Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) Community College Professional Leadership Certificate Program and UCI’s certificate programs in Human Resources and Business Management.
Her deep corporate experience stems from 15 years managing training and communication functions for Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank. As Vice President of Employee Communications for Wells Fargo, she served as a communication strategist and manager for eight acquisitions and a variety of other large scale corporate changes including diversity programs, reorganizations, and major human resources and benefits redesigns.
Jackee holds an Executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and graduated from California Lutheran University with a BA and teaching credential in Theatre Arts. She serves on the Advisory Board for Vanguard University’s Organizational Psychology degree programs and is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Over the years, she has been published in magazines, newsletters, and professional journals and her work has been highlighted in Managing Workforce 2000, 1001 Ways to Reward Employees, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and France’s Le Tribune. She is a past recipient of the annual Award of Excellence from the Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD – now ATD).
Director of Student Development & Coach
Matt Gorlick ’13, Director of Student Development for the Fully Employed & Executive MBA Programs and Coach. Matt’s professional passion and purpose can be summarized as helping students maximize learning, leadership, and self-awareness during the highly-immersive university experience. Matt’s 15-year career has been focused on this concept of maximizing value in immersive environments, both with students at UCLA and guests and cast members at Disney.
As the Director of Student Development for the Fully Employed & Executive MBA Programs at UCLA Anderson, Matt focuses on building extracurricular programming for students in three critical (and connected) areas -- self-awareness, leadership development, and team effectiveness. Some of his recent contributions include the integration of the WorkPlace Big Five and Birkman into the professional MBA programs, the cross-program development of the Leadership@Anderson initiative, and the spearheading of the team effectiveness program for FEMBA and EMBA field study teams.
Prior to Anderson, Matt spent nearly a decade working at Disney in roles ranging from operations/people management in the theme parks, finance at Walt Disney Imagineering, and franchise management at the Disney Channel. His key contributions included increasing new hire retention through mentorship and coaching, launching a new guest interaction-based training program, and co-developing and teaching a comprehensive leadership course for newly-promoted staff.
As a fifth-generation Angeleno, Matt has firmly established roots in LA and has earned two degrees from UCLA, including his MBA from UCLA Anderson. Beyond his role at Anderson, Matt and his husband own an independent film production company that focuses on telling diverse stories where the diversity itself is not the source of conflict or plot.
Managing Director & Chief Strategist, Innovation Protocol
Managing Director & Chief Strategist
Clients, agencies, media and academic institutions call upon Sasha Strauss' award-winning forums worldwide; from Romania to China, Switzerland to Mexico. Media channels like National Public Radio (NPR), Forbes and The Wall Street Journal seek his expertise on branding everything from presidential candidates to innovative start-ups and Fortune 500s. He has keynoted with notable speakers such as Magic Johnson, Tony Hsieh, Frank Gehry, Biz Stone and Simon Sinek.
With nearly two decades in strategic brand development, Mr. Strauss has built brands at the world’s leading advertising, PR, marketing and branding agencies.
In 2006, Mr. Strauss founded Innovation Protocol, a brand strategy consulting firm that exclusively serves innovators. As the Managing Director, Mr. Strauss leads a team of strategy consultants that serve clients such as Warner Bros, Johnson & Johnson, Korn/Ferry International, ADP, Evite and PayPal. Innovation Protocol also allocates 10% of the company's brand development services to non-profits, with millions of dollars in philanthropic work being delivered since the firm’s founding.
When not supporting Innovation Protocol’s international clientele, Mr. Strauss teaches graduate brand strategy at USC’s Marshall School of Business. His courses have a year waiting list and remain the most impacted courses in the program. On the other side of town at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Mr. Strauss is an Executive in Residence, coaching the part-time and executive MBA students in corporate and professional brand development. Via these professorial roles, Mr. Strauss also teaches at preeminent graduate programs such as MIT Sloan and The Johnson School at Cornell.
Mr. Strauss holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine, a masters in strategic corporate communication management from USC and an executive business management certificate from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Strauss is a certified Toastmaster, an Entrepreneur’s Organization leader, a Big Brother (mentor), and an Eagle Scout.