August 09, 2006

LOS ANGELES - On Saturday, August 5, UCLA Anderson hosted The Riordan Programs’ fifth annual MBA Admissions Conference.  The event focused on connecting diverse candidates with 17 of the top MBA Programs in the nation, emphasizing the importance of preparing for the MBA admissions process and providing valuable information about each school.

The Riordan Fellows Alumni Association (RFAA) partnered with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) to organize the conference which attracted over 140 attendees. Saturday’s activities provided a great opportunity to network with many admissions representatives and learn about admissions policies, school environments, the alumni, and the various academic curriculums.  “Industry 101” workshops provided participants with information about investment banking, management consulting, and marketing careers for individuals who obtain their MBAs.

“We were very proud to provide a forum where candidates can ask questions, discuss their challenges, and learn about the opportunities that the MBA experience can provide,” said Alap Shah, the Conference Chair and an RFAA Board member. Shah will be attending the Kellogg School of Management in the Fall to pursue his MBA degree. “Since 1999, we have worked closely with UCLA Anderson and The Riordan Programs to provide this and many other services to our alumni and help grow the pool of diverse candidates for graduate business programs.”

Research by the Graduate Management Admission Counsel indicates that as of August 7, applications to the majority of full-time MBA programs are on the rise. More and more candidates are opting for a variety of flexible MBA programs being offered by schools.  As such, it is becoming more competitive to be admitted to the top programs.

“The RFAA and NSHMBA did a fantastic job of creating a successful learning environment for attendees,” said Alex Lawrence, Executive Director of The Riordan Programs. “Not only did the participants have a chance to speak with (school) representatives, but also, an opportunity to network amongst each other and exchange information about diversity recruitment weekends and financial aid sources in the form of scholarships and fellowships.”

About the Riordan Programs
Founded in 1987, The Riordan Programs is a pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school students, college students and recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development. The Riordan Programs has since been recognized as the defining model for such programs.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.

The mission of UCLA Anderson School of Management is to be a global leader in management education, research and service. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs. UCLA Anderson alumni number more than 34,000 graduates around the world dedicated to continued networking, professional development and educational activities.

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