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Why MBA Podcast

 

A podcast giving you 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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Latest Episodes

 
Aaron Hirschhorn

Timing Is Everything

Aaron Hirschhorn, founder, CEO and chairman of the disruptive startup DogVacay, tells us how timing was the crucial factor in growing his business from nothing to $100 million in revenue. Also, we discuss how to make the best decisions with the information you have.

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

Hugh Chang

A Fortunate Coincidence to Change People’s Lives

Hugh Chang walks us through his journey from a fast-paced tech job to the world of global health at the Gates Foundation. By focusing on innovation as a source of impact, Hugh was able to combine good luck and self-awareness to improve the lives of millions.

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

Reggie Panaligan

Patience and Strategic Thinking for a Career in Analytics

Reggie Panaligan walks us through the strategy for how he got his dream job at Google. We also discuss the role data plays in entertainment and the dichotomy between new and old media companies.

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

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Impact in Business School

Hear how two current students teamed up to create UCLA Anderson’s Crisis Response Corps, which pairs MBA student consultants with nonprofits and businesses to help them strategically respond to the effects COVID-19 and social injustice. We explore the role an MBA plays in our new world of socially responsible businesses.

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

Pleasance

Incorporating Passion

On this episode we talk with Darren Pleasance about incorporating passion into a busy life. We lay out a framework for how to make sure you’re getting what you want out of life and how to recalibrate yourself if things get out of alignment.

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

Oneill

Chasing Your Dream Job

Getting your dream job is at the core of the business school experience. In this episode we explore what it’s actually like once you achieve your dream and the risks that you have to accept along the path.

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

Ashkay

MBAs and Startups

Is an MBA helpful in starting a business or going to work for a startup? Hear from the co-founder of the disruptive flower company The Bouqs on what disruption really means. Also, the tactics a current student uses to get an internship and a job.

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

Oneill

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.