International Keynote Speaker, Tech-Futurist, FEMBApalooza Fan: Meet Dwight Holcomb ’11

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UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian–when introducing Dwight Holcomb at the 2016 GEMBA commencement ceremony–used these words: “Dwight has been the model alumnus-for-life and we love him.”

It’s my pleasure to share this Drive Time podcast interview of Dwight Holcomb, GEMBA 2011, President of the UCLA Anderson Board of Directors, and President & CEO of HC Development, Inc.

  • International Keynote Speaker
  • Tech-Futurist
  • Author of “The Lean CMO”
  • Multi-FEMBApalooza attendee
  • Super-interesting UCLA Anderson alum

In this podcast, you’ll hear how UCLA Anderson Professor Chris Erickson recruited Dwight from an encounter at Ralph’s in Pasadena! Dwight gives you an insiders view of the UCLA Anderson Board of Directors to hire Anderson (Shout-out to Alum Frank Herrera who’s hired over 50 Anderson grads!), promote Anderson, and tell the stories of Anderson. We cover the Anderson CEO Forum (a la Vistage). You’ll also learn about a great opportunity every year, the UCLA Anderson Golf Tournament. And we end the podcast with some great, great productivity hacks that you can use today.

Dwight is a great servant-leader and I know you’ll enjoy this interview. As Dwight states at 26:43-28:22, “…You can’t out-give Anderson…Anderson completely changed my life…I thought the pinnacle had been reached when I was handed that diploma, but that was just the beginning. When I started in this network, that’s when things really took off…”

Rebranding, The Power of No, Leaning In, Good-to-Great, & Hamilton! Meet Amber Jackson ’15

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  • Causing a career to go from “Good to Great”
  • Practicing the Power of No
  • Leaning In
  • Rebranding through B-school
  • Transforming “GAP anxiety” into “A Promotion for Me”
  • Using the best professional productivity tips
  • Loving Hamilton in all its intrinsic American-ness and modern storytelling impact, and more!

Meet marketing wonder Amber Jackson, FEMBA 2015, and Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy at The Walt Disney Studios. Amber grew up back east, attended Carnegie-Mellon, and entered the work world with Johnson & Johnson. She then came west, landing at KPMG initially before moving to Warner Bros., both career moves prior to UCLA Anderson, FEMBA and now Disney.

For this Drive Time interview, Amber was back on campus supporting one of our Women’s Breakfasts and she generously donated another hour for us to record this interview. It was her first time back on campus in the 18 months since she’d graduated.

Amber’s story is definitely a good-to-great UCLA Anderson outcome. Her career outcomes are exactly the type you’d expect from your MBA investment.

Learn about specific faculty who taught her here (including Professors Shapiro, Sussman and Ullmen), enjoy some of her productivity tips for professional success, and lastly, her love of Hamilton, a great American story that we love to hear.

Enjoy!

Be Authentic, Be Yourself – Meet Grace Chang ’13

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From FEMBA Council President to Anderson Alumni Board to Winning at TechCrunch Disrupt, we catch up with Grace Chang, FEMBA 2013 to hear about her very busy career trajectory post-graduation.

Grace launched Events Sorbet during FEMBA with two fellow FEMBA Council leaders, quickly growing from 3 to 26 people with operations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York before they brokered off the business. Grace then went to a mobile chat company, getting her feet wet in a more seasoned start-up and successfully riding through an acquisition, ending up with 6 different offers.

UnifyID was the most intriguing of the 6 offers Grace was considering and she signed with UnifyID as both their first-ever product manager and their first non-technical hire. Launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, UnifyID won battlefield runner-up winner (#2 out of 1,000 start-ups competing).

Coincidentally, Phillip Chang 17, Head of Information Security at Boingo Wireless, and Drive Time podcast editor, was attending the RSA Conference last month where UnifyID was again one of ten finalists in an innovation competition and won the “RSAC Most Innovative Startup 2017”!). Today, 3/10/17, as we post, Grace’s whole team is headed to SXSW!

Back during FEMBA, as FEMBA Council President, Grace was the organizer of the first ever “Opportunity/Enterpreneurship/Club Zone” at the very ever first FEMBApalooza in the summer of 2012. She reflects on taking on leadership roles during FEMBAs that were not offered at work, and how she grew from the opportunity.

Learn about all of this and more from Grace Chang ’13 in this episode of our Drive Time podcast.

Nobel Prizes and South El Monte’s First Microbrewery: Meet Diego Benitez ’19

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What’s it like to have TWO Nobel Prize winners in your professional circle? (Robert Grubbs and Sir Fraser Stoddart) (As a follow up, Diego sent me this link of an interview with Sir Fraser Stoddart, about life after winning the Nobel Prize.)

What’s it like to successfully found Progress Brewing, now be opening a wine bar, and already be changing management style due to Professor Bendersky’s Organizational Behavior course first quarter?

What’s it like to come to the United States with no undergraduate degree, earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech, have over 45 peer-reviewed publications and 4,000 citations, an h-index of 35, and then begin FEMBA?

What’s it like to donate four kegs to FEMBApalooza, plus 12 cases of beer to the Craft Beer Club, and serve on FEMBA Council?

You’ll learn all this and more in this Drive Time Podcast with Diego Benitez ’19, including his favorite time management tips.

“FEMBA is one of the best decisions of my life.” –Diego Benitez.  That is high praise from any FEMBA, but especially from Diego.

Enjoy! This is one of our richest, most interesting podcasts yet!

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Real-Time Real Results: Meet Sharon Lee ’15 and David Duong ’15

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Will the MBA work for an English major? Will the MBA help me open my own business? How successful is the MBA for helping to change companies, and could I change companies during FEMBA? Will an MBA make me more confident? Yes, Yes, Very Successful, Yes and YES.

This week’s podcast features two recent graduates, Sharon Lee ’15 and also David Duong ’15. Both were very active student leaders while they were here, and each has a very strong return-on-investment story to tell from their FEMBA experience.

Also, new for 2017, at the end of this podcast, listen for some bonus tips on professional productivity, some best practices from Sharon and David.

And, as a special bonus, after the podcast, please also enjoy this unique video that David wrote, directed, choreographed and danced in…

So you think you can dance? Wait until you see David Duong 15, and his posse in this magic moment, filmed all around UCLA Anderson.

My Life-Changing FEMBA Experience: Meet Brittany Blackamore ’16

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Drive Time is proud to share this inspiring UCLA FEMBA success story with recent alum Brittany Blackamore ’16. With a B.A. in French from Pepperdine, Brittany has always been proactive, but during FEMBA, she really turned it up a notch. As you will hear, Brittany’s UCLA journey included:

  • Discovering a passion for global macroeconomics
  • Re-discovering a passion for travel (see below)
  • Landing her dream job at Experian
  • And was in her words “a life-changing experience”

You’ll hear all about that, plus Brittany’s incredible Global Immersion travel schedule during FEMBA (she is definitely in the top 1% of all-time travelers during FEMBA) which included:

  • Argentina, with Professor Andres Terech
  • Greece, with Professor Ed Leamer (see the F-E-M-B-A photo below from the Parthenon)
  • Hong Kong, with Professor Gonzalo Freixes (see photo below)
  • Israel, with Professor Stuart Gabriel
  • South Africa and South Korea, each on a Global Immersion Exchange
  • And Australia and Dubai for the Global Access Program!

Recorded the afternoon of SuperSaturday #42 (the day that we surpassed 6,000 lifetime FEMBA admission interviews) when Brittany was here as an alumni volunteer. Enjoy!

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The latest in the global F-E-M-B-A body spelling. This was from Brittany Blackamore 16 (second from left) with Ray Obico (far left) and friends.

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Brittany Blackamore in Hong Kong at Sotheby’s when we visited and Anderson Alum who is now curator there.

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Here’s the photo that I mention about 35:00, where I got “verklempt.” Pictured here, from the 2015 Global Immersion to Greece are FEMBAs Victory Shyu, Mark Reidy, Ray Obico, Christopher Ferruzzi, Brittany Blackamore, Mark Lee, Caitlin Cassidy and Jonathan Driscoll!

Team 21 Visionaries: Deloitte Case Competition Winners

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Welcome to the first Drive Time Podcast of 2017, featuring Team 21 Visionaries, the #1 team out of a field of 24 Anderson teams in the 2016 Deloitte Case Competition held here at Anderson last Fall Quarter. Seen above (left to right) are Melissa Tran, Sophia Moreno, Ella Foux and Bradley McGough, all Class of 2018.

Melissa, Sophia, Ella and Bradley give you their insider’s peek at what a case competition is all about and the reasons you’d want to participate, including:

  • Exposure to Deloitte Executives
  • Opportunity to hone public speaking skills
  • Getting your feet wet in consulting
  • Competing for real dollars in prize money
  • Solving real-time company challenges
  • Receiving feedback from Deloitte Executives
  • Visiting both the Los Angeles and the Dallas offices of Deloitte
  • Building memorable connections with classmates across sections
  • And more.

Congratulations again to Melissa, Sophia, Ella and Bradley. We appreciate your representation of UCLA Anderson!