Stacey Bryant

July 30, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Stacey Bryant, a member of UCLA Anderson's Executive MBA (EMBA) Class of 2011, has passed away. The announcement to the Anderson community came from Dean Judy Olian and Senior Associate Dean Carla Hayn, who said in a joint statement, "Stacey was a great friend to all of her EMBA colleagues, appreciated by the faculty and staff for her cheerful countenance, an enthusiastic supporter of UCLA Anderson, an accomplished business woman and a joy to be around. We will miss her greatly."

For the past two years, Bryant held the position of senior vice president of property and consumer information and insurance for Stewart Information Services where she managed overall strategic relationships and drove revenue to new heights. Prior to that, Bryant had a 14-year career with First American Corporation, a Fortune 200 company. She rose to the position of chief information officer of Optima Information Systems (a division of First American), eventually becoming the chief executive officer of the organization, serving until 2008.

Stacey's personal mission was to provide the next generation with the "ability to dream" and to realize goals far beyond what they might normally aspire to attain the statement said. She turned her passion into action by serving as founder & CEO of Pink Ladder, an organization that encourages African-American women to realize their full potential professionally and personally by ascending to new heights, celebrating their successes and inspiring others to do the same.

She also served (in 2008) on the Board of Directors of Working Wardrobes, a non-profit organization that empowers men, women and young adults in crises to enter the workforce through career development and wardrobe services.  She once said, "I cannot think of a single award, recognition, or accomplishment that makes me prouder than seeing others realize their fullest potential."

Bryant earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1999. 

A memorial service honoring Stacey Bryant will be held on Sunday, August 1, at 3:00 p.m. at First American, 1 First American Way, Santa Ana, California, 92707. 

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