February 05, 2016

UCLA Anderson Hosting Women’s Leadership Summit

LOS ANGELES (Feb 5, 2016) The annual Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit, presented by Anderson Women and Women’s Business Connection, brings together more than 450 dynamic female business leaders, leading UCLA Anderson faculty, current MBA students and alumni in a conference on February 5, 2016, in Korn Convocation Hall. Titled Velocity, this event explores how women develop momentum in their careers and proactively address challenges.

This year’s keynote speaker, Jane Wurwand, is the founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica®, The International Dermal Institute® and FITE. Other speakers include Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall, AT&T senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer, and Bellamy Young, actress and producer (First Lady Mellie, "Scandal".)

Several panels and breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics, ranging from developing leadership style and creating balance in the tech industry to empowering women through media and working in a male dominated industry. Other speakers include: Colette Moore (’87), owner of PrideStaff; Carissa Phelps (JD/MBA ’07), attorney, author, advocate, Runaway Girl, Inc.; Sonali Kothari (’07), interim chief operating officer of Kiva; Nike Irvin (’89), vice president Programs of California Community Foundation; Susan Love, M.D. (’98), chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation; and Tara Syed (BA ’06), Business Analytics at Pinterest.

Additional panelists include executives from Unleashed Media, Maker Studios, , Women’s Foundation of California, Media Rights Capital, Oaktree Capital Management LP, , , Avery Dennison Foundation, Support.com, The Music Center, Los Angeles, Tata Consultancy Services, Eight Inc., and Growth Curve Consulting & Coaching.

A networking reception follows the fireside conversation with Bellamy Young and Britney Sussman (’16).

“For women in leadership, professional and technical roles, there’s still substantial ground to cover to fully achieve all they aspire to, or merit,” says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. “The Velocity Conference showcases alternative pathways to professional fulfillment and success and, in so doing, propels others to advance forward.”

Sponsors include: AT&T, Amgen, Danaher, Goldman Sachs, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Medallia, Oaktree Capital Management, PAX, Tata Consultancy Services, UBS, and UCLA Anderson Center for Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES). For more information on the event, visit the Anderson Women’ Leadership Summit website

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. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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About UCLA Women’s Business Connection

The Women's Business Connection (WBC) provides resources to support women MBAs and enhance their developmental experiences at UCLA Anderson. The group seeks to develop outstanding business leaders and foster a culture of enthusiasm, cooperation, and creativity. WBC facilitates rewarding events, lasting friendships, and strong professional networks. The WBC includes more than 200 women enrolled in the full-time and part-time MBA programs at UCLA Anderson. It is focused on career exploration, professional development, work-life balance, and networking with alumnae in the business community.

WBC’s Mission

To assist MBA women in reaching their professional goals and lifestyle aspirations by providing events and resources that recognize and address the unique challenges that women face in business today.

Contact Information

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