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

Mastering the Craft

Featuring: Melanie Auguste (MBA/J.D. ’13), VP of Global Brand Narrative, Purpose and Athlete Marketing, Nike
Sports  Leadership

Always at the Forefront of Storytelling and Technology

Featuring: Malik Ducard (’00), Chief Content Officer, Pinterest
Statistics  Technology

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

Featuring: Featuring: Blair Taylor (’90), Managing Director of Talent & Organization, and North America Lead for 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 of Global Brand Marketing, Unilever Prestige/Murad Skincare
Marketing Double Bruin

What Exploring Mars Can Teach Us about Business and Ourselves

Featuring: Allen Chen (’07), Systems Engineer, NASA 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, Charles Schwab
Finance Corporate

A Fitness Entrepreneur Strengthens Her Resolve

Featuring: Felicia Alexander (’05), Co-Founder and President, BoxUnion; Chief Revenue Officer, TITLE Boxing Club
Finance Entrepreneur

Teamwork — in the Navy SEALs and Business School

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

Being Open to New Opportunities

Featuring: Deb Johnson (’99), Chief Learning Officer, Deloitte Consulting
Finance Consulting

The Path to CFO

Featuring: Katie Low Anderson (’09), CFO, Guess?
Finance Retail

Don’t Be Afraid to Trust Your Gut

Featuring: Constance Knight (’98), Global Head of Video Curation, 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