March 20, 2018

Black Violin Concert to Benefit the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson

LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2018) – The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management are celebrating more than three decades of providing pioneering career-based outreach programs for students from underserved communities with a benefit concert featuring the duo Black Violin. The event will be held at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Riordan Scholars program, scholarships and fellowships.

Black Violin is the American duo of classically trained violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, who mesh classical music with hip-hop influences to create a distinctive, multi-genre sound. They have shared the stage with such notable artists as Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and have collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Black Violin has also been honored as the “Turnaround Artist” for Mary M. Bethune Elementary School in Broward County, Florida, where the musicians were raised. Turnaround Arts, a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, brings arts to struggling schools to support overall reform efforts. The program was founded in 2012 by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

For 31 years, the Riordan Programs have provided leadership and management training to young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. The Scholars Program, College to Career Program and MBA Fellows Program develop tomorrow’s leaders by offering a transformational experience through the use of mentors, educational workshops and community service.

Each year, the Riordan Programs Gala honors alumni who have made significant contributions to their communities and achieved great success in their profession. This year’s honorees include:

  • Arturo Gonzalez — Riordan Scholar 1987, Senior Director, Visa Inc. — will be receiving the Legacy Award, the highest honor for Riordan Programs alumni.
  • Dorinne Jordan — Riordan MBA Fellow 2002, Chief Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas — will receive the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
  • Kim Pattillo Brownson — Riordan Scholar 1992, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, First 5 LA — will be receiving the Excellence in Civil Engagement & Leadership Award.

Nationally recognized as a model for mentoring programs, the Riordan Programs were founded in 1987 by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan and Professor William Ouchi, a retired UCLA Anderson Distinguished Professor of Management and New York Times bestselling author whose books include Making Schools Work. The Riordan Scholars Program, MBA Fellows Program and College to Career Program were designed as career-based outreach programs for underserved high school and college students in the Los Angeles area. Since the programs’ inception, more than 3,700 students have graduated, many moving on to study at leading universities, launch careers at elite companies and become community and business leaders. It is the longest-running program targeting underrepresented youths to be offered by a business school.

The programs have made measurable gains in helping students and professionals reach their goals of enrolling in some of the country’s most selective undergraduate and graduate business institutions. As a result, several Riordan Programs alumni have attained leadership roles at prestigious corporations, Wall Street firms, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, as well as established their own entrepreneurial ventures.

“It is incredibly exciting to be part of a school that supports and continues to grow the Riordan Programs,” says Jenessa Shapiro, associate professor of management and organizations and co-chairwoman of the Riordan Programs’ advisory board. “As a faculty member at UCLA Anderson, I have always been proud of the Riordan Programs — of the phenomenal students who participate in these programs and the faculty and MBA students who volunteer their time to teach and mentor in these programs. It is thrilling to see the impact that these programs have, both on the student participants and the Anderson family.”

The Riordan Fellows’ Program consists of pre-MBA leadership training with a full eight months of preparation for a range of fields in college, graduate business degrees, and careers in management. The Scholars Program, targeting high school students, 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 compete for internships, succeed in their careers and learn about leading graduate school programs.

UCLA Anderson MBA students also play a key role in the Riordan Programs, volunteering as mentors to program participants. More than 100 MBA students volunteer each year to help participants develop college action plans and learn about career opportunities. For more information about the Riordan Programs, please visit

About the Riordan Programs
The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson School of Management provide leadership and management training to diverse individuals, many of whom are the first in their families to achieve a higher education. The Scholars Program, College to Career Program and MBA Fellows Program develop tomorrow’s leaders by providing a transformational experience through the use of mentors, educational workshops and community service. Alumni have made significant contributions to their communities and achieved great success in the business world in leadership positions.

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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, Master of Financial Engineering, Master of Science in Business Analytics, 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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