Choosing FEMBA after initially planning a full-time MBA pathway when his then-boss launched a firm and took Brian with him.
Finding his undergraduate path in engineering through good college counseling and a supportive family environment.
Establishing his professional reputation, including being a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified IDEA Data Analyst. Brian teaches corporate classes in analytics on the side and regularly speaks at forensics conferences on fraud.
Combining his Global Access Program research work with his Korean GAP company with a Global Immersion to Seoul National University.
Enjoying his five-year Class reunion this past weekend with networking, food and dancing at Shutters and Hotel del Mar in Santa Monica. Note how he will be following up with fellow Anderson alumni at lunches forthcoming.
(How comfortable are you to work a room? We brainstorm on the challenge of networking in a room when everyone is interesting!)
Sharing his productivity tips, including a great perspective he calls “Be Here Now” and how that perspective not only leads to peace of mind, but also is very supportive of selling work.
Brian is a wonderful example of a UCLA Anderson MBA fully leveraged: He’s thinking fearlessly as a forensics expert; He’s sharing success keeping up with peers from school and tapping into the Anderson network: And, he’s driving change, launching his brand new firm. Enjoy this FEMBA Drive Time interview with Brian Lopez.
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.
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.
In honor of Veterans Day, our Drive Time Podcast features FEMBA Alum and Marine Corps Veteran, Doug Longo ’14. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, and working for Dimensional Fund Advisors as a Fixed Income Investment Strategist, Doug was our FEMBA Council President during his time at Anderson as well as VP of the Anderson Student Asset Management (ASAM). Currently, he is the official UCLA Anderson Regional Ambassador in Austin.
This Drive Time interview covers a lot about Doug and UCLA Anderson:
Being one of youngest Sergeants in Marine Corps history. Doug enlisted in his junior year of high school. He was the “Doogie Howser” of the Marine Corps at 20 years of age.
Earning the Navy Achievement Medal
Charting his career from Bear Stearns to Merrill Lynch to UCLA Anderson to Dimensional Fund Advisors
Consistently being a servant leader before, during, and after FEMBA
Fast-tracking FEMBA to graduate early and start at Dimensional Fund Advisors
Hearing his gratitude at getting to work at DFA, and connecting with some of the titans of finance, including Nobel Laureate Eugene Fama and Ken French as in the Fama-French three-factor model, plus LOTS of Anderson MBAs.
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:
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
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.
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