Giving Back and Building Bridges: meet Vanessa Toy ’00, President, Cultivate Creations

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For this week’s Drive Time podcast, meet Vanessa Toy, Full-time MBA ’00, and President of Cultivate Creations, a marketing, strategy, innovation consulting practice that drives expansive growth for small to medium size businesses in the natural products industry.

Vanessa donates her time and talent by serving on the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors. Currently, she is Executive Committee Member and Chair, Class Presidents Council. In this podcast, she shares her experiences and perspectives, including:

We ARE Anderson.

The UCLA Anderson Alumni Network has amazing people, who’ve accomplished and done incredible things in business and our communities. She believes that as alums, we have a lifelong relationship with UCLA Anderson and its people who share a common philosophy to:

  • Share success
  • Drive change
  • Think fearlessly
  • Hire and partner with other Anderson alums

She is grateful to UCLA Anderson for giving her so many gifts:

  • Big picture business thinking
  • Functional and technical business expertise
  • Entrepreneurial and team spirit
  • A deep and rich alumni network full of gifted and great people

Vanessa’s philosophy on connecting and building bridges:

  • Be yourself, be genuine, and make it personal
  • You get out of it what you put into it
  • Connect in the spirit of connecting and reaching out, not always with an agenda – what goes around comes around…it’s good karma
  • Be proactive and connect, “opt in” to be part of a lifelong network

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Inside FEMBA Flex: Meet Dr. George Ingersoll, Associate Dean of Hybrid Learning

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What does it take to launch a new teaching pedagogy at an institution with a reputation as respected as UCLA Anderson?

Today’s podcast offers an inside view from Dr. George Ingersoll, PhD ’15 and MBA ’09. George was there when Senior Associate Dean Carla Hayn proposed of “FEMBA Flex” for a UCLA Anderson Faculty vote back in 2012. Today he is UCLA Anderson’s Associate Dean for Hybrid Learning.

Since 2012, Flex has become a popular schedule option for both Core and elective courses, and has contributed significantly to the growth of FEMBA’s student body in enrollments of women, military, MD, PhD and of course, out-of-area students. Flex has definitely brought talented students to UCLA Anderson who would not be here otherwise.

FEMBA Flex is proof-positive of UCLA Anderson’s commitment to Think in the Next. We hope you enjoy George’s interview.

 

Passion Leads the Way: Meet UCLA Finance Professor Bruce Carlin, Phd, MD

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In honor of the amazing entering Class of 2019 (which welcomes the most-ever doctoral-level FEMBAs: 8 MDs, 8 PhDs, 1 DDS, 1 EdD, and 1 DMA), this week’s Drive Time podcast features Associate Professor of Finance Bruce Carlin, PhD, MD, MBA.

Bruce generously shares his very unique life and career story, including:

  • Following his passion
    Stepping away from a very successful career as a surgeon / researcher / medical doctor / author to earn a PhD in Finance. (His family’s reaction; finding a mentor who believed in him; taking 10 advanced courses in a year to pre-qualify.)
  • Earning his MBA as a part-time student
    While still working as a medical doctor and professor. He knows what it is like to be a FEMBA!
  • Valuing risk in building a very rewarding life
  • Being a visiting professor at Chicago Booth last year
    (and seeing how Anderson students had a higher mean on the same exact exam!)
  • What he likes about teaching
    Making it practical; Cases; Gaining skills; Teaching to both “quants” and “poets” to that there is something for everyone
  • The unique optimism of UCLA and California
  • Watching his UCLA Anderson fellow faculty help companies survive the financial crisis.
  • Three very interesting hobbies: 
    Being a Master Swimmer and Water Polo player,
    Organizing Poker matches for finance academics at venues like the Aria poker room, and
    Collecting rare whiskies (Listen to his tale of searching the back country of Kentucky for rare issues of Pappy Van Winkle.)

Bruce will be teaching Finance in Spring Quarter to both Flex and one of the all-day Saturday sections.

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Bold Moves and Giving Back: meet Kimberly Freeman ’02

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Meet Kimberly Freeman ’02, our UCLA Anderson Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives and Community Relations. Kimberly brings three degrees and a career’s worth of making a difference in industry back to UCLA Anderson.

Kimberly discusses her education and career and commitment, including:

  • being a ‘born and bred’ product of Los Angeles
  • earning degrees from Berkeley (Engineering) and USC (Public Policy) before earning her UCLA Anderson MBA
  • commuting from the Bay Area during FEMBA
  • being an energy lobbyist, working with Southern California Gas company before coming back to UCLA Anderson
  • managing a ‘career as a laboratory’; seeking and finding mentors; always growing; sharing success
  • building the confidence of a leader through the stages of a career
  • civic engagement and asking the big questions of one’s career, like “How can I contribute to society?” and  “How will I measure success?”

We hope you enjoy this interview with a very successful UCLA Anderson alumna, Kimberly Freeman.

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The Power of Context: Meet Dr. Margaret Shih, UCLA Anderson Senior Associate Dean

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Just in time to welcome our entering UCLA FEMBA Class of 2019, this week’s podcast is with Dr. Margaret Shih, Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor of Management and Senior Associate Dean, Fully Employed MBA and Full Time MBA programs.

Dean Shih shares how her international upbringing shaped her education and ultimately her research and passion in Diversity, Culture, Stereotypes, Team and Groups, Leadership, Organizational Commitment, Performance, Consumer Behavior, and Decision-Making.

She also shares about teaching, FEMBA Council, FEMBApalooza and offers some tips to our entering Class of 2019.  Enjoy!

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Group Podcast: Making the World a Better Place – Care | Mind

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Making the World a Better Place: Care | Mind

This week’s Drive Time Podcast is the first of its kind, starring a trio of three alumni stories from Oscar Rodriguez (FEMBA ’14), Hanson Chang (FEMBA ’14) and Sarah McMains (Full Time MBA ’12). You will hear how Oscar and Hanson met in their first year of the FEMBA program and continued working together, along with Sarah, through the creation of their start-up healthcare business, “Care | Mind” (an iOS application). The group discusses several themes that have stuck with them throughout their time at UCLA Anderson and beyond, including:

  • Building a partnership through their time in the FEMBA program
  • Discovering opportunities, broadening their perspectives, and finding their higher purpose
  • Bringing medicine back in the hands of individuals and empowering people with information
  • Increasing the utilization of wearable technology with the senior population
  • Leveraging the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network to find a perfect match for their marketing needs
  • Practical tips for getting the most out of the UCLA Anderson experience

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Accelerate Your Billion Dollar Network: Faculty Spotlight Jeff Scheinrock

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Faculty Spotlight: The value of your UCLA Anderson education starts with our faculty. You learn from top research professors, whose ideas drive change globally, AND you learn from faculty who have “been there and done that in industry” and share their success with you.

Jeff Scheinrock, Continuing Lecturer, Faculty Director AMR/BCO, President & CFO at Originate (a pioneer in Venture Resources) brings a lifetime of corporate experience into his teaching. He has extensive experience in international financial markets, corporate finance and capital structure, acquisitions and strategic investment, and is a CPA.

Podcast highlights include:

  • Three tips all new students can use
  • Launching the UCLA Anderson Venture Accelerator
    Seeing Senior Associate Dean Al Osborne and Executive Director Elaine Hagan of the Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation bring the Venture Accelerator to life
  • Hiring 11 UCLA Anderson graduates to Originate!
  • Teaching as a GAP Faculty Advisor
  • Writing a book (The Agile Startup) with a FEMBA alumnus,
    Matt Sand, FEMBA ’10, President 3DEO
  • Seeing the power of luck and timing — and a sense of humor!

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