Power Women of FEMBA

FEMBA-life is non-stop: 900 mid-career professionals carving out 20+ hours per week for MBA classes, homework, conference calls, speakers, events, workshops, interviews, happy hours, etc. This past Saturday, I myself made two trips to Westwood. The first trip was for our Women’s Breakfast.

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Our FEMBA Women’s Breakfast: me speaking (with my son in my arms) to welcome our prospective students. Dr. Iris Firstenberg is seated to my left.                                                                 P.S. That’s Carolyn Connolly ’16, on the slidescreen.

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Dr. Iris Firstenberg, Adjunct Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

For our FEMBA Women’s Breakfast we had 41 prospective students and 9 current/alumnae volunteers. Dr. Iris Firstenberg was our faculty presenter; she teaches a very popular course, “Thinking on your Feet” and she shared her perspectives about women in the MBA.

Dr. Firstenberg’s course is powerful for students as they develop their problem-solving, their strategic planning, their ability to deal with negative emotions and fear, just to name a few.

We are always happy when we have Dr. Firstenberg speak at our Admission Events.

Here are our five alumnae panelists, and finally one new admit who attended.

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Clarissa Avendano ’13

Clarissa Avendano, ’13, Controller, Beachmint Inc.
Clarissa has served in accounting and finance roles for over 12 years. After graduating from Anderson last year, she became the Controller for a fast-growing fashion and social e-commerce start-up company in Santa Monica, BeachMint, Inc., a company that encompasses the JewelMint, ShoeMint, StyleMint and IntiMint brands. Previously, Clarissa formerly served as the Controller/Financial Officer for Merle Norman Cosmetics, a company that manufactures and distributes its own products to 1,400 franchises across North America. During the FEMBA program, Clarissa participated in international trips/exchanges, completed the AIM certification, and volunteered regularly at Anderson events.  She enjoys travel, running half marathons and of course, networking with other Anderson students! Clarissa continues her involvement with Anderson as a proud alumna, serving as the 2013 GAP Fellows Chair, forming the first GAP Fellows Alumni Board this year in 2014 and is also an Anderson Affiliate.

20140311 Gunit Bedi Cof2009

Gunit Bedi, ’09

Gunit Bedi, ’09, Sr. Registered Client Service Associate at UBS Financial Services

Gunit has worked in financial services since 2001 having graduated from UCLA with Honors and a BA in Economics. Gunit went on to complete her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Business in 2009. Gunit assists with marketing, client reviews and works closely with our institutional and high net worth clients. Gunit is a frequent supporter of Admission Interview SuperSaturdays.

20140311 Carole Neal Cof1997

Carole Neal, ’97

Carole Neal, ’97 Senior Marketing Professional, Verizon
Carole is a member of the Solutions Marketing team within Verizon Business. Her responsibilities include working with the Product teams to launch new services and develop the go-to-market strategy for Security related products.  Ms. Neal has been with the company for over 17 years and, during her long tenure, has held a variety of marketing positions that include leading branch marketing teams for corporate, global and large investment accounts along with serving as interim Director for the Orange County Branch. Prior to Verizon Business, she worked for GTE in a variety of positions within the Finance and Marketing organizations. She is actively involved with the Verizon Foundation and was honored as part of the former MCI’s “100 Heroes” program for her work with Los Angeles non-profits. Ms. Neal was Vice President of Women’s Council of Greater Los Angeles, an auxiliary board with City of Hope, and volunteers with area schools, youth sports teams and Girl Scouts. Ms. Neal has an undergraduate degree in Business and French from Hood College in Frederick, MD and a MBA from Anderson.  During FEMBA, she moved into management, got married, and traveled to Switzerland for her field study capstone experience with Nestle. Post-FEMBA, Carole often helps us with admission interviews.

20140311 Jocelyne Penn Cof2000

Jocelyne Penn, ’00

Jocelyne Penn, ’00
Jocelyne is a proud alumnus of the Fully Employed MBA program at UCLA Anderson.  Prior to coming to Anderson, Jocelyne attended UCLA undergraduate majoring in Anthropology and Political Science.  While at Anderson, she worked for Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan managing large-scale real-estate development projects as well as functioning as the Mayor’s technology and biomedical business expert.  Her post Anderson career involved several sales, business development, clinical and marketing management positions within the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, working for companies such as Eli Lilly, Boston Scientific and most recently Medtronic Inc.  Jocelyne has found deep meaning in working for organizations that have a direct and profound impact on the lives and health of people across the globe.  She is currently located in the Bay Area with her husband Michael, 3½ year old son Brandon and 14 month old daughter Gabrielle.

20140311 Christina Robertson Cof2012

Christina Robertson, ’12

Christina Robertson, ’12, Finance Manager, Raytheon

Christina currently leads the Financial Planning and Analysis team for Raytheon’s Transportation Systems business. Christina is a graduate of Long Beach State with a BS in Finance and International Business. She started her career with Raytheon in the company’s Finance Leadership Development Program, working in Texas and Florida before returning to California to work on her MBA. Christina keeps busy outside of work and school by dancing, reading, hiking, wine tasting and traveling. Christina was a very active leader in FEMBA Council while she was here.

Finally, very great, we had a new 2017 in attendance, Claire Zeigler!

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Claire Zeigler, new 2017!

Claire Zeigler, ’17, Financial Investment Professional at Goldman Sachs
Even though she’s already admitted, Claire took advantage of the opportunity to attend and listen to Dr. Firstenberg and our alumnae panel. I had the pleasure of meeting Claire for a one-on-one back in October. She has been a fast-riser in her career with Goldman since graduating USC Summa Cum Laude in Economics with a minor in Mathematical Finance. We are happy to have Claire attending UCLA FEMBA.

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