Pet-Loving FEMBAs Create PetSnap

Five Pet-Loving FEMBAs Bring Pet Health and Wellness Management to Your Smartphone

Love your pet?

Want to be the best pet-parent you can be?

In 2012, Matt Rose and his wife Kate learned that their dog, best friend and ski buddy Barlow had cancer. Barlow fought the disease for almost two years. It was an emotional time, and Matt and Kate felt overwhelmed and confused tracking all of Barlow’s medical records, appointments and medications. They were concerned that they or one of Barlow’s many vets might miss (or misplace) something critical in all of those paper records.

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Matt and Kate Rose posed with Barlow for their engagement photo in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado

Matt formed a team of FEMBA classmates at UCLA Anderson to build an app that could combine all of Barlow’s paper records in one safe place, and allow Matt and Kate to keep that information with them in case of emergency, and easily share it with vets, dog sitters or friends.

The team talked to a lot of pet owners who needed anytime access to their pet’s health information, and PetSnap was born.

Their team of five FEMBAs is changing the way you take care of your furry friends with their free mobile website and app, PetSnap. PetSnap is a pet health management platform that allows pet owners and veterinarians to collectively manage animal health from a computer or mobile device. It helps pet owners organize, digitize, and share their pets’ health records, and also set reminders for appointments, medications, and/or treatments.

When Barlow got sick with cancer, Matt was introduced to the problem of not having all Barlow’s medical history succinctly in one place.

PetSnap empowers pet owners to manage their pets’ health as well as they manage their own. As lifelong pet parents, the team at PetSnap truly believes that their platform can help make a difference in the health and well-being of animal family members. And the community seems to agree – PetSnap had a great response at last summer’s FEMBApalooza, signing up over 300 attendees.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, during a mentoring session with PetSnap on campus, agreed that “This lowers the stress of being a pet parent. It makes them feel good and that they are taking better care of their pet.”

You can support PetSnap. Like all start-ups, PetSnap needs to gain momentum. Two actions that will support PetSnap:

  1. Download their iOS app
  2. Refer PetSnap to your pet-owning friends

For more information about PetSnap, you can download their iOS app, visit their website at www.petsnapapp.com, view their 1-minute demo, or engage with them on Instagram or Facebook. The team would love to talk to you more about their product and how it can be improved to help you and your pets. Email matthew.rose.2016@anderson.ucla.edu

Stop them in the hallway if you see them!

Front Row, L-R: Rich Headley FEMBA ‘16,  Isadora Dantas FEMBA ‘16,  Frankie Judy FEMBA ‘16

Back Row, L-R: Matt BaileyMatthew Rose FEMBA ‘16,  Rex Hatch FEMBA ‘16

In the middle, held by Matt is Eddie. About half a year after Barlow passed, Matt’s wife Kate found Eddie wandering alone and unidentified in Koreatown and rescued him.

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I want to thank Rich and Matt for generating this update on PetSnap. We’ll keep more updates coming as they proceed.

Additional story-lines include (Aren’t they busy!)

  • PetSnap utilizing the new UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator space for their development efforts
  • Matt Rose winning the 2015 Wolfen Award
  • PetSnap currently at the semi-final level in Baylor University’s New Venture Competition. Waiting to hear if they make the finals.
  • PetSnap being semi-finalists in the UCLA Knapp Venture Competition
  • PetSnap earning second-place at the IE (Spain) Venture Competition
  • PetSnap currently prepping to enter Oregon’s competition
  • PetSnap entering the UCLA Law School Lowell Milken Institute Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs
  • PetSnap entering the ITA Venture Competition this Spring
    (They’re seeking an engineer to joing the team for this one, if you’re interested!)

 

 

UCLA Venture Accelerator Launch Party

All the stars are here at UCLA Anderson this afternoon for the launch party of our new Venture Accelerator!   Above is Dean Judy Olian, welcoming everyone. 

 Above, l-r, Aniruddha Mukherjee new Femba 2019, Jeff Locke Punter for the Vikings and UCLA alum, and Entrepreneurship Professor George Abe.   

  

Above Tamra Johnson Femba 2012 Co-Founder and Partner 79 Studios, and Saujin Yi MBA 2007 Founder and CEO 79 Studios.  Tamra and Saujin met at MIT, then reconnected at Ucla Anderson and created 79 Studios.  79 Studios uniquely and effectively empowers women in entrepreneurship and leadership. 

 Above, two alumni, both creating new companies: Mohtadi Nadjar full time MBA with his new brand of olive oil OLIVI, and Ed Cho Femba 2013. 

2016-The Best Year Ever. (Why the heck not?)

[It’s Monday night, January 11, 2016. Alabama won the National Championship about an hour ago. I wouldn’t know, because I fell asleep next to my three-year old. But I’ve woken up and I’m posting this blog, with some of my thoughts and plans to make 2016 the “Best Year Ever.” I wrote these thoughts last Friday morning. This post will be a test, to see who’s up late studying on Monday night, and needs a break.]  :-)

Greetings from Il Tram, Anderson’s coffee shop. It’s the first Friday morning of the new year, and I’m on my laptop, writing my first blog of the year 2016.

Hope your holidays were restorative. My wife and I traveled 15 days, from Rhode Island to New Jersey to one country (Texas, my original home), with our two boys, aged 8 and 3. Returning to work Monday was bewildering. Where’s my parking pass? What’s my password? What’s my name? Forgetting the basics is the sign of a vacation well-lived.

Sunday, January 3, we flew home to LAX on Southwest. Watching the arriving bags, every other young person I saw was wearing a UCLA sweatshirt: The Bruin tribe was coming back together.

So.

Still have your New Year’s resolutions? It’s only been 8 [now 11] days, so I hope they’re still real for you. If you’re having trouble, here’s something else to try: naming your year and sharing your goals (with the assumption that your goals came true).

I myself don’t have much success with New Year’s Resolutions. But one thing I do that works for me is to NAME my year, like

  2016 The Force Awakens

Actually I’m choosing something less poetic, but equally solid

  2016 The Best Year Ever

What’s the point of naming the year? It’s like naming a chapter. Chapters have a beginning, a middle and an end. Chapters have characters, and characters have adventures, and adventures have danger and heroism and outcomes, good and bad. Mostly, chapters are worth reading.

A book without chapters, one long list of words with no breaks, well that’s not a book I want to read. But a book with chapters, a story, that has power. I need to bracket life to keep my power going. And that’s why I like to create a theme for each year.

So. 2016 The Best Year Ever.

After naming the year, let’s do a Stephen Covey exercise and begin with the end in mind. Let’s assume that the chapter of life called “2016,” replete with dangers and heroism and outcomes, has happy endings. Let’s go forward to December 31st and write some summary headlines to this “Best Year Ever” from within FEMBA admissions and my accountability.

Macro-Headline #1: The FEMBA Class of 2019 stands on the shoulders of giants

Story: In the face of market contractions for all part-time MBA programs in SoCal, UCLA Anderson continued to attract and matriculate a growing student body. Building on the record-smashing class of 2018, the new entering class is even stronger with improved metrics for women, diversity, academic background, advanced degrees and geographic diversity. The FEMBA program has surpassed the UCLA Law School and is now the largest graduate student body of over 120 graduate programs at UCLA.

Macro-Headline #2: UCLA Anderson hosts the 23rd Part-Time MBA Deans’ Conference

Story: You know MBA rankings? Those pesky creatures that we love and hate—that we hate to love, and love to hate? Well, 50% of the US News & World Report ranking for part-time MBA programs is based on peer-assessment: Deans voting on programs.

UCLA Anderson won the bid to host the 2016 Conference in October at the brand new Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in the heart of the UCLA campus. Under the leadership of Deans Margaret Shih, Gonzalo Freixes and yours truly, in partnership with Dean Judy Olian and with the contributions of peer-school and industry leaders, and with a special sparkle brought by our FEMBAassadors, UCLA Anderson delivered a professional, high-quality, content-rich conference addressing the current state of part-time MBA curricula across the world and looking out into the 10-20 year future of professional MBA education.

The conference left a “10-year-plus good impression” on the attending thought-leaders of part-time MBA education. They got to see UCLA, Anderson, FEMBA, GAP, Flex, FEMBAssadors, Global Immersions, the new Accelerator, and more, and they liked what they saw.

Macro-Headline #3 FEMBApalooza 5 shatters all precedents: catalyzes whole new levels of community

What’s more to say? FEMBApalooza continued to evolve into a community-building, culture-enhancing moment in the annual FEMBA calendar, connecting new and current and alumni FEMBAs with family and friends and faculty.

Micro-Headline #1    All admissions team members experience robust professional growth and development

Micro-Headline #2    FEMBAassadors continue to evolve as the secret weapon in FEMBA’s recruiting excellence

Micro-Headline #3    Dylan writes a white-paper, or possibly a book, about the positive growth and development of FEMBA over the last decade

Athletes visualize making the pass, or completing the shot. I’m visualizing 2016 as a year that surpasses my small dreams and accomplishes much bigger goals. How I have access to bigger results is in sharing these goals with you: Building a great Class of 2019; Hosting the Part-Time MBA Conference in October; Delivering the best FEMBApalooza ever.

By sharing our goals, we find new synergies, we create new connections, we have better results and more fun too.

I invite you to take some time and write some of your goals for 2016. Give your 2016 a name. Or steal mine, “2016, the Best Year Ever” and then share your goals and your name with your friends and colleagues.

In my experience, this practice of naming the year and sharing my goals with powerful people, it has a lot more staying power than any New Year’s Resolution that I might make on my own. A New Year’s Resolution made on my own is only as strong as my will-power, just one chocolate-covered donut from disaster. But, a Year with a Name, and goals that are public, in community, that has a much higher degree chance of success.

Give it a try. Why the heck not?

See you on campus.

—Dylan, signing off from Culver City on a Monday evening

3 FEMBA military leaders + $1,000,000 Hult Prize Challenge

As we approach Veteran’s Day, I’m already thinking about the contributions of leadership that the 65 active duty / reservist / veteran FEMBAs add to our great student body. This week, I want to mention three of our FEMBA military members who continue to offer their leadership to the world, even after their military service has completed.

#1  Graham Pulliam, FEMBA 2017, Director- Design and Manufacturing at i4C Innovations Inc., formerly United States Marine Corps Officer

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Before FEMBA… Marine Captain Graham Pulliam near Combat Outpost Rocco, Uzbin Valley, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan, summer 2009. Credit: Graham Pulliam

Graham was interviewed on Public Radio International last week. If you follow this link, you can read the story and hear the radio interview of Graham.

#2  David Henwood, FEMBA 2018, Account Executive at Stryker, former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer.

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David Henwood ’18, Account Executive at Stryker and former US Navy Officer

On the philanthropic side, David let me know about a fund-raiser he helped plan and deliver last month.

Our event, Ohana (Hawaiian for “family”) supports the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which serves to pay for the college education of wives and children of special operations warriors.  We hosted an upscale Hawaiian resort theme/gala on Friday September 18, in Redondo Beach at the seaside lagoon, with live music as well as food tasting.  The Hawaiian theme came from my outrigger paddling team, and I have connected them with my former SEAL mentor, CDR Tom Deitz, who sits on the board of the special operations warrior foundation.

OHANA from Alex Neiberg on Vimeo.

The event was a huge success.  We raised $25,224.00 – not bad for our first year!!! As I mentioned to you before, all of the event proceeds go toward funding the college tuition of wives and children of fallen Special Operations Warriors.  We are extremely excited to have nearly TRIPLED our fundraising goals!  We had our post mortem and have already started outlining plans for our September 2016 event.  I absolutely think that there is a connection for FEMBA to be part of this next year, and I will be sure to connect with you about this as time draws nearer.

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#3 Mark Harper FEMBA 2011, SVP Creative and Business Development at We Are The Mighty, formerly US Air Force officer

This week I was on Facebook and I saw a link from Mark Harper, one of my all-time favorite FEMBAs. From 2010 to 2014, I hosted the “All-Anderson Commercial Challenge” and teams made 60-second viral commercials about Anderson. Mark and his classmates won the grand prize the first two years. Post-FEMBA, Mark is now the SVP in a unique start-up called We are the Mighty.com, and that is where I saw his very poignant video (link below). Keep an eye of Mark: He’s one of the most creative people I know and I love following his future.

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Part of WATM’s veteran team in front of the Hollywood headquarters (L-R) – Augie (Navy Nuke), OV (Navy Air), Mark (Air Force Combat Camera), Ward (Navy Air), and Paul (Marine Corps Infantry). (Photo: Jeremy Rhodes)

From the We are the Mighty website:

About Us
We Are The Mighty (WATM) is the first entertainment and lifestyle brand for and by the military community and those who love it. We create and distribute authentic content across all genres and platforms that entertains, informs and celebrates military life.

Impact
Our mission is to celebrate service with stories that inspire. We are also committed to employing veterans and supporting their businesses and organizations.

Follow this link to see a very serious video with Mark and several other veterans discussing military suicides.

For something much lighter, watch this video from Mark’s first All-Anderson Commercial Challenge win.

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And now for something completely different…

Do you like challenges?

Like making a difference?

Like $1,000,000 in prize money?

Like to meet former President Bill Clinton?

Compete in the planet’s largest student competition

to solve the world’s toughest challenges

Consider forming a team to enter the 7th Annual Hult Prize at UCLA.  This year, the President’s Challenge will tackle another global social challenge, as teams of three to four students come together from around the world to take on the Global “Crowded Urban Spaces” Crisis!  For full details, visit the Challenge website.

http://www.hultprizeat.com/UCLA

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People of UCLA FEMBA, a magical place

What a few weeks! The Class of 2018 is the largest FEMBA class ever, with the most women, most military, most PhDs and a raised GMAT.  Kaboom!  We couldn’t be more pleased. Enjoy these photos from Leadership Foundations, including the Class doing the 8-Clap, plus some photos from around campus.

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Power Women of UCLA: L-R Dr. Pamela Douglas ’18, new FEMBA and Assistant Professor at UCLA, Dean Judy Olian, and Susan Francia ’18, new FEMBA and our second-ever Olympic Gold Medalist. At the cocktail reception at the end of Leadership Foundations.

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Senior Associate Dean Margaret Shih welcoming the Class of 2018

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The amazing Faculty of Leadership Foundations, and their dedicated TAs.

FULLY EMPLOYED MBA Class of 2018 Infographic

The record-setting Class of 2018!

The Flex section was taught by Professor Craig Fox.

The Flex section was taught by Professor Craig Fox.

Here's what it is like to be me, address you--all 345 of you--on Day One of Leadership Foundations in Korn Hall!

Here’s what it is like to be me, address you–all 345 of you–on Day One of Leadership Foundations in Korn Hall!

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For 20 years and counting, Odyssey has on-boarded UCLA MBAs. L-R, the founders Lain Hensley, Todd Demorest, and Bill Johns. Rarely do we get all three the same week!

Change five things.

Change five things.

Change five more!

Change five more!

Our very own Matt Gorlick '13, leading all 345 new FEMBAs through the Birkman!

Our very own Matt Gorlick ’13, leading all 345 new FEMBAs through the Birkman!

Ready for Beams and Strings? Have you done your power warm-up today? Power Speech with Professor Eli Simon.

Ready for Beams and Strings? Have you done your power warm-up today? Power Speech with Professor Eli Simon.

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Tuesday, Sarah listened to Professor Craig Fox speak about women asking for salaries commensurate with the value they bring. The very next day, Sarah received a job offer that she had been seeking with a new firm. Sarah immediately applied her learnings from the day before and counter-offered with a higher salary request. Sarah got the job AND the better salary! Congratulations to Sarah, new Senior Communications Consultant for Esurance. Sarah is commuting from San Francisco and is in FEMBA Flex.

Tuesday of Leadership Foundations, Sarah McIntyre 18 listened to Professor Craig Fox speak about women asking for salaries commensurate with the value they bring. The very next day, Sarah received a job offer that she had been seeking with a new firm. Sarah immediately applied her learning from the day before and counter-offered with a higher salary request. Sarah got the job AND the better salary! Congratulations to Sarah, new Senior Communications Consultant for Esurance. Sarah is commuting from San Francisco and is in FEMBA Flex.

Kyle was working in Boston when he applied to FEMBA. He planned on Flexing from Boston, but instead he left his job and came west. Working with Susan Cowell in FEMBA Career Services, Kyle connected with Chris Barrington ’15, who was the lead who connected Kyle to his new—in Los Angeles—job. Congratulations to Kyle: New job as a Lab Analyst for UCLA in the Department of Pathology and a new life in LA! Kyle is in all-day Saturday, Section 2.

Kyle was working in Boston when he applied to FEMBA. He planned on Flexing from Boston, but instead he left his job and came west. Working with Susan Cowell in FEMBA Career Services, Kyle connected with Chris Barrington ’15, who was the lead who connected Kyle to his new—in Los Angeles—job. Congratulations to Kyle: New job as a Lab Analyst for UCLA in the Department of Pathology and a new life in LA! Kyle is in all-day Saturday, Section 2.

Nothing bonds people like the Ropes Course, and In-N-Out!

Nothing bonds people like the Ropes Course, and In-N-Out!

Flexers on last day, with Professor Craig Fox

Flexers on last day, with Professor Craig Fox

Datra Oliver 18 and Dominique Akens 18, brought friends with them to the cocktail hour at the end of LF.

Datra Oliver 18 and Dominique Akens 18, brought friends with them to the cocktail hour at the end of LF. Datra, in addition to being in Flex and starting FEMBA, was also experiencing the first time away from her child during LF.

Janak Udiyavar 18 was so kind in his words. "Dylan, this was one of the best weeks of my life." We are humbled to hear acknowledgements like that.

Janak Udiyavar 18 was so kind in his words, reflecting on Leadership Foundations, “Dylan, this was one of the best weeks of my life.” We are humbled to hear acknowledgements like that.   L-R  Dylan, Janak and Associate Dean Gonzalo Freixes

The Leadership Foundations team: Michael, Itze and Kuni, we couldn't do it without you all!

The Leadership Foundations team: Michael, Itze and Kuni, we couldn’t do it without you all!

Some days I take a walk at lunch, and soak up the beauty of our campus. Royce Hall, summer 2015

Some days I take a walk at lunch, and soak up the beauty of our campus. Royce Hall, summer 2015

This week, walking out the front door, I met (l-r) Lisa Reyes 18 and Jennifer Khedr 15. I had the privilege of teaching Jennifer in summer of 2013. Jennifer and Lisa met through networking of a mutual colleague who's also a FEMBA!

This week, walking out the front door, I met (l-r) Lisa Reyes 18 and Jennifer Khedr 15. Jennifer and Lisa met through networking of a mutual colleague who’s also a FEMBA! I had the privilege of teaching Strategic Business Communications to Jennifer in the summer of 2013.

Today, during a fire drill, as we all stood outside we ran into Daniel Sacks 17, who had come by to get his parking permit. Daniel works for GG & A, a management consultancy focusing on higher ed. Daniel recently had a meeting with a UCLA Vice Chencellor! L-R Daniel, Christy, Vanessa and Matt of our FEMBA Admissions team

Today, during a fire drill, as we all stood outside we ran into Daniel Sacks 17, who had come by to get his parking permit. Daniel works for GG & A, a management consultancy focusing on higher ed. Daniel recently had a meeting with a UCLA Vice Chancellor! L-R Daniel, Christy, Vanessa and Matt of our FEMBA Admissions team.

It's so great to get out of the office. I went up to the balcony to eat lunch today and sat with Andrew Sharp, new 18, who was on-campus, working remotely. Daniel works for OPower, and his company educates utilities through smart-data to find huge savings.

It’s so great to get out of the office. I went up to the balcony to eat lunch today and sat with Andrew Sharp, new 18, who was on-campus, working remotely. Andrew works for Opower, and his company educates and motivates utility customers through big-data analytics to find huge savings.

The latest in the global F-E-M-B-A body spelling. This was from Brittany Blackamore 16 and friends.

The latest in the global F-E-M-B-A body spelling. This was from Brittany Blackamore 16 and friends.

Brittany Blackamore 16 is maximizing her FEMBA experience. In addition to Greece in September, she also was on the Hong Kong trip in March. Here she is when we visited UCLA Anderson alumni at Sotheby's in Hong Kong.

Brittany Blackamore 16 is maximizing her FEMBA experience. In addition to Greece in September, she also was on the Hong Kong trip in March. Here she is when we visited UCLA Anderson alumni at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.

And finally...Peter Saephanh 18 sent me this photo, also from the Acropolis, of FEMBAs spelling out words during the September Greece visit. I am honored...

And finally…Peter Saephanh 18 sent me this photo, also from the Acropolis, of FEMBAs spelling out words during the September Greece visit. I am honored…

That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Want more FEMBA?
Check out these photos from Leadership Foundations 2015, the Class of 2018, on Instagram.  https://instagram.com/explore/tags/femba2018/

Brian Thomas ’14, receives another $1.3M in funding for Clutter

20150807_BrianThomas14_CEOofClutter_35cbc2dBrian Thomas, FEMBA 2014, section 3, and CEO of start-up Clutter, just received another $1.3M in funding and is expanding his company to offer coverage to all of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Way to go Brian!  Keep us posted.

Read more about Brian here, at these  TechCrunch articles:

Clutter expands to Bay Area and raises another $1.3M

Clutter just made self-storage super simple

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Sharing Success: meet Gunit Bedi ’09

Share Success is one of the three pillars of Think in the Next, the heart of who we are at UCLA Anderson. What does sharing success look like?

For FEMBA alumna Gunit Bedi, ’09, Sr. Registered Client Service Associate, UBS Financial Services, sharing success looks like an ongoing relationship with both Anderson and the community at large. Gunit volunteered for SuperSaturday Admission Interviews this year, and we just saw each other two weeks ago at FEMBApalooza.

20150731_GunitBedi09_atFEMBApalooza4_image1Dylan: So, Gunit, catch me up; what’s going on with you?

Gunit: Well, busy as always at UBS, and outside work I’ve been to Thailand this year (Maureen Riley from Admissions gave me great travel tips.) and also completed my second Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  Last year, we walked all over beautiful Santa Barbara, 39.3 miles in two days, and this year every step was in gorgeous San Francisco, again 39.3 miles.

20150731_GunitBedi09_AvonWalk_2_IMG_1455We’ve raised over $4.6 million raised for breast cancer research!

20150731_GunitBedi09_AvonWalk_IMG_1455Dylan: Wow. That is so great. $4.6 million.

Thanks for joining us at FEMBApalooza 4, and for sending me the photo of you and me and Gonzalo.

Tell our readers a bit about how you share success and give back to UCLA.

20150731_GunitBedi09_atFEMBApalooza4_withDylanandGonzalo_image3Gunit: Well you know I’m a double Bruin [UCLA BA Economics with College Honors] and I love to give back. The last two years, donating my time as a GAP Fellow and Fellow Board Member has been especially rewarding.

Dylan: I know Paul Brandano ’06 and Michelle Garcia (the leadership of GAP) love having you and Clarissa Avendano ’13 and Oscar Rodriguez ’14 and all the other alumni GAP Fellows. They say that you are key to GAP’s growth and impact.

To us here in admissions, you’ve always been so generous with donating your time, whether for SuperSaturday interviews or helping Christy and Maureen with our Women’s Breakfasts or our marketing research.

Look at these SuperSaturday photos I found of you, one from 2014, and another from 2008!

20141108_SuperSaturday36_TeamPhotoAbove, Gunit is right in the middle, front row with the scarf.
Below, Gunit is far left, with the brown wrap, leaning in.
20080405_SuperSaturday18AMTeamPhoto_Slide15Dylan: Thanks Gunit, for being the kind of alumna who always leaves UCLA a little bit stronger, every time you come back and share success with us. We are lucky to have you!