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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. PDT
Alumni Panels | 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. PDT
 

Register Here

All programs are independently funded and we welcome donations for those who are attending. Donations of $60.00 or more will receive a Riordan Programs swag box. 

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 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP AWARD

Deena Williams Mangrum
Riordan Fellow (’95)

Director, Talent Strategy and Human Resources, Para Los Niños

Award Ceremony Speakers
 
Antonio Bernardo
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
Professor Miguel Unzueta
Riordan Programs Board Chair; Senior Associate Dean of MBA Programs
Amara Hill
Riordan Scholar ('21)
Roxanne Mendez
Executive Director
The Riordan Programs
Hosted By
 
Renee Eng
Riordan Fellow (’08)
Alumni Panels and Speakers
 
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. PDT
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)
MODERATED BY
Jessica Rodriguez (’22)
Riordan Fellow (’19)
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
MODERATED BY
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
MODERATED BY
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.