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Why MBA Podcast
 
A podcast with an inside look into what business school is really like. Stories from current students and successful grads combine into a behind-the-scenes look at the UCLA Anderson MBA experience. Hosted by Class of 2017 graduate Alex Grodnik.

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Recent Episodes

We Have to Think Macro, but We Have to Act Micro

Featuring: Featuring: Blair Taylor (’90), Managing Director, Talent & Organization and North America Lead Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Accenture
Impact Leadership

Run at the Barking Dog!

Featuring: John Carmichael (B.A. ’90, ’95), CEO and President, Nestlé Canada
Finance Double Bruin

A Creative’s Career Pivot

Featuring: Ginny Chien (B.A. ’98, ’10), SVP, Global Brand Marketing Unilever Prestige/Murad Skincare
Marketing Double Bruin

What Exploring Mars Can Teach Us about Business and Ourselves

Featuring: Allen Chen, Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Engineer Explorer

A Problem-Solver Finds Unexpected Purpose in a Corporate Setting

Featuring: Neesha Hathi (’00), chief digital officer and managing director at Charles Schwab
Finance Corporate

A Fitness Entrepreneur Strengthens Her Resolve

Featuring: Felicia Alexander (’05), co-founder and president of BoxUnion and chief revenue officer at TITLE Boxing Club
Finance Entrepreneur

Teamwork — in the Navy SEALs and Business School

Featuring: U.S. Navy Captain Gary Ryals (’08) and Duncan Smith (’91), retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer
Marketing Strategy

Being Open to New Opportunities

Featuring: Deb Johnson, Chief Learning Officer of Deloitte Consulting
Finance Consulting

The path to CFO

Featuring: Katie Low Anderson, CFO at Guess?
Finance Retail

Don’t be afraid to trust your gut

Featuring: Constance Knight, Global Head of Video Curation at Instagram
Marketing Social

Timing Is Everything

Featuring: Aaron Hirschhorn (’05), Founder and CEO, Gallant
Finance Entrepreneur

A Fortunate Coincidence to Change People’s Lives

Featuring: Hugh Chang (’90), Director of Strategy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Impact Healthcare

Patience and Strategic Thinking for a Career in Analytics

Featuring: Reggie Panaligan (’10), Head of Analytics for Media and Entertainment, Google
Strategy Data

Impact in Business School

Featuring: Bhavna Sivanand (’14), Executive Director, Center for Impact. With Joe Roohan ('21) and Charles Moran ('21) 
Finance Impact

Incorporating Passion

Featuring: Darren Pleasance (’95), SVP of Global Strategy, Cisco
Strategy Finance

Chasing Your Dream Job

Featuring: Rosie O’Neill (’05), Co-Founder, Sugarfina
Finance Entrepreneur

MBAs and Startups

Featuring: John Tabis (’06), Co-Founder and CEO, The Bouqs
Strategy Entrepreneur

The Business School Experience

In Episode 1, learn about why people come to business school, the actual reasons that drive people to make the investment. Also, what it’s like once you’re here — the paths you can take and an exercise to discover your authentic self.