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


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!

FEMBApalooza Top Ten List

We did it!  The biggest FEMBApalooza ever!  Over 1,000 people attended from 18 different FEMBA Class Years, plus faculty, family and friends.

Mil gracias–a Thousand Thank You’s–to everyone who made FEMBApalooza 4 great!

Thanks to Christy Marquez (FEMBApalooza manager), the FEMBAassadors and FEMBA Council, Anderson Marketing, FEMBA Student Affairs, Operations, the GAP team, the Center for Global Management, Alumni, Development, Diversity, Full-Time MBA & Executive MBA staff, all our vendors, our “Teaching under the Trees” faculty (Miguel Unzueta, Ian Larkin, Corinne Bendersky, Gonzalo Freixes and also David Cooley from Alumni Career Services), all the Anderson Club representatives and Entrepreneurs, FEMBA caterers Sharon Lee ’15 (Yogurtland) and Shreena Grewal ’17 (Bites Desserts), Alumni-Success-Story Abhilash Patel ’12, Wendy Spinner and all the Anderson Alumni Association Executive Committee members, Senior Associate Dean Margaret Shih, Dean Judy Olian, our FEMBA admissions team: Christy Marquez, Raymond Morada, Maureen Riley, Cynthia Summerville, Vanessa Carlos, Matt Gorlick ’13, and all our student clerks, current and alumni, and finally, Joe and Josie Bruin!  Enjoy the top ten list below, and the whole photo album.

And now, drumroll please, the 2015 FEMBApalooza 4, Top Ten List:

# 10  NO RAIN



983 students/alumni/guests signed-in, plus we had volunteers at the Biergarden/Club/Entrepreneur Zone end who didn’t sign in.

20150719_FEMBApalooza4_BalloonArchShadow_19825130506_0702b15fba_o# 8  THE GROUP PHOTO & UCLA 8-CLAP









Judy was on fire, rallying the audience with the three pillars of Think in the Next, especially “Share Success.”







Abhilash greeted the 2018s in Korn Convocation Hall in the morning. He just sold both his companies the Friday before for $60M!  Pretty amazing result, three years post-graduation. Listen to his presentation on Mediasite (forward to 58:30)







We hope you’re as keen to join FEMBA as we are to welcome you!

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: celebrating Michael Heafey’s years at UCLA Anderson

How do you say goodbye to a legend? Michael Heafey is retiring from UCLA Anderson  after all these many years of service. Enjoy this tribute to the man, the myth, the legend!

Michael has been in charge of the physical Anderson buildings for a lot of years now. All of us who know him, love him.  Send him a note

Classmates to Co-Founders: transforming Elder Care

From classmates to co-founder/entrepreneurs, dedicated to transforming elder-care!

Hanson and Oscar met at UCLA Anderson, in FEMBA, and now they are co-founders of Reassure Analytics. We wrote the individual stories of Hanson Chang (FEMBA 2014) and Oscar Rodriguez, MD (FEMBA 2014), but now let’s hear what they are building together, their company Reassure Analytics, and Care|Mind, a breakthrough in elder care.


Dylan: So guys the enthusiasm you have to make a difference, to positively impact the quality of life of our elders, is inspiring. Tell our readers about this company and product you’re building.

Hanson: It was an idea conceived around the fact that technology solutions for elderly care have really been limited, and we wanted to do something for this population. I had been looking at this demographic and some product offerings available to them, and when I saw the archaic “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” emergency alert devices still in common use, I just thought there are really some advances in technology that can be offered here.

We’ve gone through a lot of pivots since the initial concept of the product, but we’ve landed on what the product is going to be now and are pretty close to getting a beta version out. It’s an app called Care|Mind, which leverages smartphone and wearable technology to allow users to monitor geolocation, heart rate, sleep, activity, and medications of their elderly loved ones and alert them if there are certain issues.

Users will not only be able to get this information in real-time through a dashboard, but the app will also provide trends and alerts for anything outside the norm. By bringing together real-time data with evidence from published clinical literature, we’ll be able to provide users valuable information to better take care of their loved ones, and allow users to be attentive to them whenever they need it most.

Oscar: Our elderly population is a forgotten group in healthcare. Many of the ailments they suffer are dismissed as just being part and parcel with “getting old”, even by trained clinicians. As such, our elderly get little attention, follow-up or therapy for many of their “minor” medical conditions. This not only reduces their quality of life as these conditions worsen but more importantly puts them at risk for more serious issues such as life-threatening fractures secondary to falls.

We hope to change this by providing users with insight into important aspects of their elderly loved one’s life. For example studies have shown that reduced total sleep is highly correlated with depression in the elderly. More importantly, it has been shown that when an elderly man gets less than 5 hours of undisturbed total sleep at night, he is at twice the risk of suffering a fall during the day. By alerting users that their elderly loved one is not getting enough sleep we enable them to seek out the right kind of help and hopefully prevent their loved one from having a serious fall.

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Our GAP team, back in FEMBA, when it all began. Hanson in middle and Oscar far right.

Dylan: Wow, that’s great. How exactly does it work?

Hanson: By having their loved one wear a Fitbit and using the Care|Mind companion app on their loved one’s phone, data will be sent to the cloud where we’ll crunch the data to meaningful information and alerts that will be sent to users through the Care|Mind app.

From there, users would be able to do all those things I mentioned. We’re really excited about the amount of alerts that will be available, and outside of providing peace of mind for people about their loved ones, we really think this will help their loved ones lead healthier and happier lives.

Oscar: Hanson is touching on an important piece behind the spirit of our project. Nearly 90% of our senior citizens want to live in their own homes – not in a senior living community. However, as our elderly age they become more and more socially isolated due to death of a spouse, the passing away of friends and colleagues and/or the moving away of their grown children.

Studies have shown that this reduction in the size of their social network and diminished social contact puts them at increased risk for numerous serious conditions including cardiovascular disease, infectious illness, cognitive deterioration and even death. Early on in our project, a colleague of mine at work recounted the recent loss of his elderly father that really put this product in perspective for me. My colleague’s father insisted on staying in his home even after the loss of his wife, so my colleague and his siblings took turns checking in on their father regularly throughout the week.

Only one of the brothers, however, lived in the same city as their father so he made it a point to visit with his dad every other day. One day, the siblings began frantically calling and texting each other asking “have you talked to dad today?” because none of the siblings who lived out of state had been able to get a hold of him on the phone.

By the time the brother who lived locally was able to get to their father’s home it was too late. Their father had actually passed shortly after the brother had visited him two days prior. In this day and age, with the technology we have at our disposal, this should never happen to a family. Through Care|Mind we hope to keep people as connected as they can be while still respecting the independence of their loved ones.

Dylan: How soon is this going to be available, and how much will it cost?

Hanson: We’re anticipating we can launch the product by Fall of this year. We have quite a few plans to make the product even better after that, but right now we just want to see if people will like it. On the cost side, Oscar and I talked quite a bit about it, and ultimately we decided that we’re going to give it away for free. We truly believe this is going to be something that can help caregivers around the world, and it’s more important to us that we see this utilized and benefit as many people as possible, as opposed to charging a fee for downloading the app, or charging some service fee.


You can learn more about their product at, and to subscribe to find out exactly when their product launches. If you’re interested in making a difference in our elderly population by helping with their product or want to be one of the first to test it out, send an email to them at

Classmates-to-Co-Founders: Meet Hanson Chang ’14

Dylan: Great connecting again Hanson. Last week, I profiled your former classmate and current and business partner Oscar Rodriguez ’14, MD. This week, I want to profile you, to show people how your FEMBA experience lead you two to co-founding your company.

Tell our readers about you.

Hanson: So my background is in mechanical engineering, and I also have a master’s degree in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering from USC (yea I know…). I did my undergrad at UC Irvine, and after finishing I joined St. Jude Medical. I know you’re probably thinking St. Jude Children’s Hospital, since they do a lot of fundraising in the public domain and we share the same “St. Jude” name, but St. Jude Medical is actually unaffiliated with the children’s hospital. We make medical device; pretty big company, about $5.5 billion in revenue and a Fortune 500 company.

In any case, I joined St. Jude Medical after finishing my mechanical engineering degree because I knew I wanted to be in the healthcare space. When I was 6 months away from graduating, I thought about pursuing med school but it was a pretty spontaneous thought since I hadn’t taken any pre-reqs for it. By then I had also done a few internships in a mechanical engineering role, so was really going down an engineering path.

I ended up taking the MCATs anyways just to see how I would do, but ultimately decide that developing healthcare products was the perfect intersection between engineering (which I loved) and medicine (at the time a new-found love). Great thing was that my MCAT didn’t go to waste since I used that to get into USC for my engineering masters in lieu of taking the GRE.

I’ve been at St. Jude Medical since, and currently am an R&D director there. St. Jude Medical is a great place, they’ve afforded me the opportunity to constantly grow and put into practice many of the skills I’ve picked up at Anderson over the last 8 years.

I started out in operations managing a group of folks on the manufacturing floor, and since then had stints as a quality engineer, development engineer, program manager, development and operations manager, and as I mentioned my most recent role as an R&D director. When I had started at Anderson, I was a development engineer, and since then have really grown professionally.

Dylan: What made you join Anderson and how do you think it’s helped you?

Hanson: When I first decided to apply, I figured that getting an MBA couldn’t hurt, and what was I going to do with my free time anyways? I hate to say it, but I came in with the perspective that I could probably learn a thing or two, and having the Anderson name would be a nice resume booster.

I’m happy to say though, that my perspective completely changed the first week in Leadership Foundations. After that week, I knew the experience that I’d be getting at Anderson would be invaluable, and I have to say I got so much more out of the program than I ever thought.

Today I tell all my friends and anyone getting career advice from me, that if they have any interest in business, they should get an MBA. It’s experience and learning that you’ll use the next 40 years of your life, and what’s the overhead to know if it’s really for you? Study for the GMAT and put together an application form. If you really don’t think it’s for you, drop out after leadership foundations. But I guarantee them they won’t after the week-long experience.

Dylan: And we now know you were working on a digital health product with another FEMBA grad? Talk about that, please

Hanson: Yea, would love to. I’m working on it with Oscar Rodriguez ’14, MD who I met shortly after we both got accepted to Anderson at a networking event before classes even started. As luck would have it, we ended up in the same section as well. We’re both extremely passionate about the healthcare space, and after working together in a number of occasions, most notably on our GAP project, we decided to work on this product together.

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Above, l-r, Our GAP Team – Rachel (Alevy) Ferkel, Jim Best, Hanson Chang (middle), Nelima Das-Clark and Oscar Rodriguez, MD.

We started working on it shortly after graduating from the FEMBA program. It was something like 3 – 4 weeks after commencement that I found myself over at Oscar’s place, and I was telling him about an idea for a consumer product that could help monitor their loved ones. I remember Oscar’s wife walking by and saying that I really had too much free time now that we finished the FEMBA program, which I can’t say is too far from the truth.

I always want to do something productive with my free time, and after learning about the digital health space, I felt there was a huge void when it came to technology solutions for elderly care. So I wanted to do something for this space. Initially we kicked things around a bit and pivoted quite a bit since the initial conception of the product, but we’ve really settle on what it’s going to be and things have picked up quite a bit these last few months.

Dylan: Sounds like an interesting story that we’ll have to cover!

Hanson: Absolutely. We see this product really benefiting people out there, so frankly anything we can do to get the word out will be great!

Top 5 FEMBA Memories, Adam Schleyhahn ’15

Hi Dylan –

FEMBA has flown by. Here are my five top memories from FEMBA.

1) I learned to drive a stick shift for the first time – in Finland. Robert Schneider, James Biskey and I were all visiting our GAP company, Primoceler, when I told them I’d never driven a stick shift. They immediately pulled over, handed me the keys and made me learn the hard way. They had a natural Good Cop/Bad Cop approach – Robert expressing his fatherly disappointment at all the gear grinding and James with his usual enthusiastic encouragement. I now know how to drive a stick – and with confidence!

2) Santiago Chile – after a long restless week of meeting with copper executives, the sharpest financiers in Latin America, Government Economic Officials, Artists, and many other friends of Professor Sebastian Edwards we took a trip to the Chilean Andes for some horseback riding. Not only was this a breath-taking once in a lifetime experience, but it was a great opportunity to relax, drink wine, and really open up and get to know both FEMBA and Full Time Classmates. It was on this trip that I met Neil Mahoney and Robert Schneider for the first time. 6 Months later when we were forming GAP teams, the initial “Dream Team” I attempted to form fell apart and I became a GAP orphan looking for a team – it was Robert and Neil that took me in.

Here we are, L-R, Neil Mahoney, Robert Schneider and me.

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Robert Schneider and me.

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The local scenery.

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When in Chile, eat like the locals.

20150608 Adam Schleyhahn 15-4 3) Giving a proper Power Point Presentation – not only was McCann and Dylan’s class fun and entertaining – the content was both extremely useful and immediately applicable. I had the opportunity to give a presentation at my company’s corporate office several weeks after the course finished and went all out with relating to the audience, hooking them into my presentation and using good, convincing power point slides to make my case. I told Dylan that I felt like I was somehow cheating because this course gave such an advantage.

4) Self Validation – my undergraduate academic experience was somewhat of a rocky one. I definitely took full advantage of the “optional essay” to explain what a changed man I was and how hard I’d work if given the chance to come to Anderson. I was just as surprised as I was overjoyed when I got the phone call telling me I was accepted and have viewed the opportunity to come here as an academic re-birth. 3 years later I’m graduating top 15%  Anderson Honor Society and GAP Fellow. I can honestly say I went all out and definitely left it all on the field! The work ethic, confidence, organization and “make each day your masterpiece” mentality will definitely stay with me as I approach the next phase of my life and career.

5) Just because life gets busy does not mean that the most important things in life come to a halt. While the days of coming home from work, cracking open an ice cold beer and plopping down on the couch to watch the Padre game without a care in the world are long long long gone, my wife Rose and I have made many new friends both in and out of the FEMBA Program and reached many life milestones – most important of which was when we welcomed our daughter Clara into this world last year. Things definitely became very stressful, but the funny thing was that many of my classmates were hitting the same life milestones, and dealing with the same stress – there was always somebody else to talk to that knew exactly what it felt like to juggle parenthood, work and school. It was a tough, rigorous and exhausting experience and we are all stronger because of it!

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Graduating is bittersweet! Thank you for being part of such a wonderful program and life experience.

Adam Schleyhahn

[Dylan: Thanks Adam. Sorry it took me all week to post this. We released admission decisions today. And, it was worth it to wait for the family photo. Save the best for last! Congratulations and enjoy Commencement tomorrow!]