Kathi Chandler-Payatt (’15): From strategy consultant to executive director of Worldwide Pay TV & SVOD Research at Fox after graduation.
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).
Executive-in-Residence Technology and Leadership
Executive in Residence
Technology and Leadership
Steve Heckler is President and Founder of Steve Heckler Associates (SHA), a Los Angeles based firm that specializes in executive coaching, team building, leadership development and high level IT consulting. Working with business executives and their organizations, SHA advises clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies on key management issues including Strategic Planning, Organization Design, Team Building and Communications, Management and Leadership Training, Change Management and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity.
Steve brings 35+ years of high technology experience to his consulting practice including key management roles with IBM, Activision, Bank of America, Lorimar Telepictures, PacTel Cellular (Air Touch), Health Net, Sony Pictures Entertainment and TVN Entertainment including 16 years as a CIO. Steve received an award from IBM for Outstanding People Management.
Steve is a strong leader who understands the relationship between technology and the business and is extremely effective in working with senior management in improving this relationship. He is skilled in leading, mentoring and improving effectiveness in large to small sized companies across multiple industries on a global scale as required. Included in his client list are DIRECTV, Boeing Corporation, Black & Veatch, Disney, St. Jude Medical, The Getty, AARP, First American Title Corp., SAGE Publications, CBS Television, and many others.
Steve is a BCC (Board Certified Coach). He is also a graduate of the Cal State Long Beach Coaching and Mentoring Program. Steve is the past President (2007-2008) of PCMA Los Angeles (Professional Coaches and Mentors Association). Steve is also a past board member of the Southern California Society for Information Management (SCSIM) where he has served on 12 boards over 23 years, including the role of chairman. Steve has also been associated with the Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL) where he served as a board member and chairman for 3 years on their Computer Training Project and was recognized by WCIL as the Businessman of the Year.
Steve is certified in the Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360 instrument and DISC Behavioral Profile Assessment tools.
Steve holds a BSEE from City College of New York and an MSOR (Operations Research) and an MBA in Marketing from New York University.
Sandy Li is an executive coach based in Los Angeles, California. She began her career as an investment banker from Morgan Stanley where she worked in London, Hong Kong, and Houston across Financial Institutions Capital Markets, General Industrials Corporate Finance, and Energy Mergers and Acquisitions. During her time at Morgan Stanley, she also led numerous firm professional development and recruiting initiatives. in 2005 she was recruited to join the New York based Financial Services Practice for CTPartners, a leading global executive search firm, where she focused on placing senior executives in banking, private equity, hedge funds, asset and risk management. In 2008 she relocated to Los Angeles to build and lead the West Coast Financial Services Practice and partnered with clients such as JPMorgan, Charles Schwab, Capital Group, TPG and Oaktree Capital Management. In 2014, she launched her own independent executive coaching practice where she focuses on helping candidates and companies achieve targeted career oriented success through personally tailored professional programs. Sandy Li graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Managing Director Guggenheim Partners
Managing Director, Risk Management Group
John Loh is a Managing Director with Guggenheim Partners in their Risk Management Group based in Santa Monica. Previously, John was with Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) holding several positions across the organization, mostly recently as Senior Vice President, Risk and Controls. Prior to rejoining PIMCO in 2002, he was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their management consulting services group and was with BlackRock in New York in their trading operations group.
Partner, Los Angeles Bain & Company
Partner, Los Angeles
Bain & Company
Todd Senturia, Consulting Executive in Residence, is a Partner based in the Los Angeles office. Prior to moving to California, Todd spent the first part of his Bain career in the Boston office, and spent three years working in the Asian and Australian practices as well. Todd has led projects ranging from corporate and business-unit strategy to the detailed design and implementation of large-scale transformational restructuring and turnaround programs; he has also supported buyer or seller in several merger & acquisition negotiations. He has held senior leadership roles in Bain’s Results Delivery/Change management capability area, Performance Improvement, Organization, IT, Tech/Telecom and Industrial practices. Most recently he has taken on the role of Senior Director of Professional Development, focused on enhancing the learning/training/professional development environment for all of Bain’s global staff.
Over his career he has worked for Bain clients in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Todd has significant depth of experience across technology and telecom categories, including semiconductors and computers, wireline and wireless telecommunications, and cable television. Todd has also served multiple Aerospace and Defense, Industrial, and Automotive clients on issues ranging from growth to cost reduction. Todd’s consumer products/retail clients have included branded packaged goods, consumer electronics, consumer imaging, and a wide variety of food categories.
Prior to joining Bain, Todd spent almost nine years on the senior management team of a small high technology sensor and instrumentation company, where he served most recently as vice president of marketing and sales and treasurer. He is also a founding board member of Polychromix, a VC-backed startup serving the optical telecommunications components and instrumentation sectors which was sold to Thermo in 2010.
Todd earned his MS in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management; his Sloan thesis, “Globalizing the Emerging High Technology Company” was subsequently published in Industrial Marketing Management. He also holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in East Asian studies from Harvard College and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, reflecting ongoing interest in international issues.
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.