October 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 21, 2013) - UCLA Anderson School of Management's Riordan Programs has been named the 2013 UCLA Community Program of the Year Landmark Award recipient. The Landmark Award recognizes programs that have, in part, fostered collaborations between UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community.

The Riordan Programs were founded in 1987 by Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, and William Ouchi, UCLA Anderson professor and New York Times bestselling author of "Making Schools Work," as career-based outreach programs for disadvantaged high school and college students in the Los Angeles area. Since then, more than 3,000 students have graduated from The Riordan Programs, many moving on to study at the nation's top universities, secure careers at elite companies and become local community and business leaders.  

"The Riordan Programs have been transformative to thousands of young people, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college. Others give back to the program by later becoming Riordan mentors," said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. "It's a wonderful award recognizing the commitment of Mayor Riordan and UCLA Anderson to advance the leadership pipeline among all members of our society."  

An average of 75 high school students participate annually in the Scholars Program - one of three core Riordan Programs. The Scholars Program offers intensive college preparation, SAT instruction, one-on-one mentoring, an understanding of university life and financial literacy through a six-month stock market competition. It also introduces students to career opportunities in business. To date, the Scholars Program boasts a 100 percent university attendance rate.     

The College to Career Program helps current college students competitively apply to internships, succeed in their careers and learn about top graduate school programs. The MBA Fellows Program educates and prepares recent college graduates for top MBA programs and careers in management.  

While other top business schools offer similar, one-week summer programs for high school and college students, The Riordan Scholars and MBA Fellows programs run through the academic year and is the longest-running program offered by a business school that targets underrepresented youths. In addition, The Riordan Programs are free to all program participants.  

"For a program like this to exist more than a few years, is a miracle," said Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan. "I'm honored to receive this award, and particularly thankful for how the Anderson school has managed The Riordan Programs for the last 26 years."  

"The Riordan Programs have represented a commitment from UCLA and from the business community of Los Angeles to reach out and give a helping hand to high school students from inner-city Los Angeles, so that they can raise their aspirations for higher education and make those dreams a reality," added Professor William Ouchi, who accepted the Landmark Award on behalf of the school at an Oct. 17 UCLA Day reception at City Hall. "UCLA Anderson is glad to have had the opportunity to serve as the conduit for all of this good will and generosity to reach so many young people, many of whom now hold positions of leadership in Los Angeles."  

UCLA Anderson MBA students also play a key role in The Riordan Programs, volunteering as mentors to program participants. They help them develop a college action plan and introduce them to professional career opportunities, among other things. More than 100 MBA students volunteer each year as Riordan mentors.  

"It is no exaggeration to say that my association with The Riordan Programs has shaped my life and my career," said Andrea Mack, whose involvement with the programs spans more than 23 years - from graduating as a Riordan Fellow ('91), to volunteering as a Riordan mentor while studying at UCLA Anderson ('94 alum), to currently serving on the Advisory Board. "While The Riordan Programs have grown and evolved with the times, they continue to hold at their core a strong commitment to excellence. I remain close to a number of alumni from my class and others that followed, and we all hold our Riordan alumni status dear."  

"For those of us who find ourselves navigating academic and professional goals without much guidance, the resources and encouragement The Riordan Programs offer can make all the difference," said Alejandra Campoverdi, who graduated as a Riordan Fellow in 2005. She subsequently worked in the White House from 2009 to 2012, most recently as White House deputy director of Hispanic media, and is now senior advisor for innovation and communications strategy at Univision Network News. "My time as a Riordan Fellow marked a turning point in what I imagined for myself, and in the capacity I believed I had to achieve it."  

To learn more about The Riordan Programs, visit http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/programs-and-outreach/riordan.    

About UCLA Anderson School of Management  

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos.  Here some 1,800 students annually are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow. Follow UCLA Anderson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UCLAAnderson, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uclaanderson.  

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