The Riordan Programs Virtual Gala

 

Join us as we honor distinguished members of the
Riordan Programs community at this virtual gala.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Riordan Gala Awards Presentation | 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. PST
Alumni Panels | 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. PST

Registration Coming Soon

 

Honoring

 

LEGACY AWARD

J. Alberto Lemus
Riordan Fellow (’93)

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Atwater Infrastructure Partners

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Arthur P. Johnson Jr.
Riordan Fellow (’93)

Chief Strategy Officer, Pure Storage

EXCELLENCE IN CIVIL ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP AWARD

Deena Williams Mangrum
Riordan Fellow (’95)

Director, Talent Strategy and Human Resources, Para Los Niños

 

Speakers

 

All scheduled events take place in PDT.

Awards Ceremony

Host: Renee Eng, Riordan Fellow (’08)

EXCELLENCE IN CIVIL ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AWARD
Deena Williams Mangrum, Riordan Fellow (’95)

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Arthur P. Johnson Jr., Riordan Fellow (’93)

LEGACY AWARD
J. Alberto Lemus, Riordan Fellow (’93)

Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director, The Riordan Programs
Professor Miguel Unzueta, Riordan Programs Board Chair and Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs
Amara Hill, Riordan Scholar (’21)

Founders Room: Discussion with Riordan Alumni Startup Founders

Felix Ruano, College to Career (’14)
Co-Founder and CEO, Emile Learning

Khiry Kemp, College to Career (’15)
Co-Founder, Oppti

Quynh Onel, Riordan Fellow (’12)
Founder, Betty

Denyse Walls, Riordan Fellow (’16)
Co-Founder and COO, myth/magick

Mabel Frías, Riordan Fellow (’14)
Co-Founder, Luna Magic Beauty

Content Creation Room: Discussion About Giving a Voice to a Diverse Narrative

Briana McElroy, Riordan Fellow (’14)
Global Client Lead, Media & Entertainment, Twitter

Tia Williams, Riordan Fellow (’18)
Manager, Overall Deals, Original Series, Netflix

Diana Salsa, Riordan Fellow (’03)
Senior Director of Marketing The Wonderful Company

Henry Pacheco, Riordan Fellow (’04)
Content Producer, ServiceNow

Moderator: Camilo Cuellar (’22), Riordan Fellow (’15)

Investors Room: Discussion About Angel Investing, Portfolio/Investment Strategies and Opportunities to Support Local Ventures

Lisha Bell, Riordan Fellow (’03) Co-Founder, BLXVC

Pierre Le Veaux, Riordan Fellow (’07) Partner, Seed at the Table

Ask Me Anything Honoree Panel: Discussion with Tonight’s Honorees

Deena Williams Mangrum, Riordan Fellow (’95) Director, Talent Strategy and Human Resources, Para Los Niños

Arthur P. Johnson Jr., Riordan Fellow (’93) Chief Strategy Officer, Pure Storage

J. Alberto Lemus, Riordan Fellow (’93) Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Atwater Infrastructure Partners

Moderator: Rebecca Phuong (’22), Riordan Fellow (’18)



For 34 years, the Riordan Programs have focused on developing tomorrow’s leaders with unparalleled resources for first-generation college students. On April 29, 2021, the Riordan community will celebrate the accomplishments of our program and its graduates at our annual fundraiser gala, featuring inspiring talks from Riordan alumni and an awards presentation for our alumni, board members and advocates.

The Riordan Programs empower our most promising young adults to realize their potential and transform their lives through our Scholars, College to Career and MBA Fellows programs. We offer students unique opportunities through educational workshops and transformative experiences and excel at engaging diverse individuals from underrepresented areas to thrive in business and leadership.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Arcelia Flores at (310) 206-3596 or arcelia.flores@anderson.ucla.edu

All proceeds benefit the Riordan Scholars Program, scholarships and fellowships.