UCLA Anderson presents upwards of 400 events every year, most often bringing together students, faculty, staff, alumni and industry in forums that explore innovation and celebrate thinking in the Next.


Some occasions have evolved into campus staples, and are among our highly regarded signature events. From the Velocity Women's Leadership Summit, to the Anderson Speaker Series to the Gerald Loeb Awards (the most distinguished honor in business journalism), there's an Anderson event for everyone.

Anderson Student Kickoff

Kick off the school year with the ultimate Bruin experience. The season opening football game at the world-famous Rose Bowl is an Anderson back-to-school blowout. Students across all degree programs are treated to the perfect pre-game experience at an Anderson-only tailgate throwdown, and fans won't miss a play from the great seats in Anderson's reserved section of the stadium. 

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John Wooden Global Leadership Awards

Each year, one exceptional leader is honored with this prestigious award for his/her exemplary leadership style and service to the community. This award is one element of the John Wooden Global Leadership Program at UCLA Anderson. 

The 2018 John Wooden Global Leadership Award was presented to Reed Hastings, Co-Founder and CEO of Netflix. In addition,  to the 2018 Wooden Fellows Jessica Barnette (FEMBA ’19), Leah Maddock Loh (EMBA ’19), Gerry Sims (FTMBA ’19), Ryan Tan (UCLA-NUS ’19)

Velocity Women's Leadership Summit

This annual summit brings together dynamic female business leaders, world-class UCLA Anderson faculty, current MBA students and alumni whose leadership DNA is defined by authenticity, passion, risk-taking and confidence. 

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Impact Week

Join Impact@Anderson and the UCLA Anderson Net Impact Chapter for the 2018 IMPACT Week from April 9 to 13. Examining the future of business through the creation of a social, environmental and economic evolution, this week-long event will feature thought leaders and founders of mission-driven businesses sharing their powerful insights in design workshops, panels, screenings, network mixers and more.

Alumni Reunions

UCLA Anderson reunions invite alumni to celebrate five-fold anniversaries with a weekend of socializing and fine food. Each class will enjoy their own unique, intimate dinner setting, while sharing memories and reconnecting with one another. For more information, visit the website or contact the office at (800) 333-ALUM (2586). 

Gerald Loeb Awards

The Loeb Awards were established in 1957 by the late Gerald Loeb to honor journalists who make significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance, and the economy. He intended to encourage reporting on these subjects that would both inform and protect the private investor and the general public. Distinguished journalists nationwide participate. UCLA Anderson School of Management has presented the program since 1973. 


UCLA Anderson's midsummer day party brings together students and alumni from all programs at one massive location at the heart of UCLA. The big tent brims with booths representing clubs, companies, and centers, along with a biergarten. Outside, our charismatic faculty members and alumni superstars giving TED-style talks for Learning on the Lawn. It's a place to learn, network, and take in UCLA. Families are welcome, and activities for children will be available.


Every spring quarter, UCLA Anderson's graduating class celebrates their accomplishments in grand style at their commencement ceremony held in Wilson Plaza on the UCLA campus. Nearly 750 students from the MBA,  Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA), Executive MBA (EMBA) and Ph. D. programs take their final steps as students and walk away as alumni. 

Anderson Speaker Series

The Anderson Speaker Series invites many of the top names in business to share their experiences and offer valuable insights into the corporate world. Students get to learn first-hand what it takes to make it in business, create change and become a true leader – and how to apply their schooling to real world experiences.