$100M FEMBA, Brian Thomas 14 and Clutter

Happy Friday FEMBA,

Summer is over, classes have begun, and what a big September we just had! Below are a few highlights of the month, beginning with my commute to UCLA today…

CLUTTER

Coming up Overland, in the middle, can you see the teal truck?  Barely?

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…Neither could I, so I weaved through traffic and caught up on Pico.

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Every time I see one of Brian Thomas’ Clutter vans I get chills. Three years after graduation, and over $100M in venture financing and he is opening new cities and hiring UCLA Anderson MBAs with his company, Clutter, every time he opens a new city. Wow!

Read the recent Forbes article here.

I followed the van on Beverly Glen until it took a right on Olympic. What a way to start Friday, seeing a UCLA Anderson success story!

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So…

What else has been inspiring lately from UCLA Anderson?

THREE GLOBAL IMMERSIONS

How about out three Global Immersions, to Peru, Sweden & Finland, and South Korea.

Have you seen these two amazing photos of F-E-M-B-A spelled out by our students? Thank you Lucy Allard for having my great team leader Chris Thompson attend “Economic Environment and Business Opportunities in Peru” with Professor Terech.

F-E-M-B-A at Machu Picchu

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F = Taylor Friend FEMBA ’19, John Dahlem FEMBA ’19

E = Kathryn Li FEMBA ‘19, Molly Johnson FEMBA ’19

M = Fiorelli Salvo FEMBA ‘19, Rachel Luskin FEMBA ’18

B = Vince Vo FEMBA ‘19, Aad Chavda FEMBA ’18

A = Alex Kim FEMBA ‘19, Tannis Mann FEMBA ‘19

Or how about this Global Immersion, “Entrepreneurship and Corporate Renewal in Scandinavia” (Sweden & Finland) with Professor George Abe ?

F-E-M-B-A in front of the Helsinki Cathedral

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Shown here: Matthew Cham (’18), Carole Luong (’18), Anu Chikersal (’18), Kathy Pham (’18), Mackenzie Sherwood (’18), Lindsay Grob (’18), Janice Lee (’18), Leanne McGowan (’18), Mimi Yang (’18), Patrick Kiernan (’18).  Thanks Leanne, for the photo.

F-E-M-B-A in South Korea

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F: Ian McRae ’18, Victoria Lew ’19

E: Jessica Barnette ’19, Shelby Chambers ’19

M: Naomi  Kalyani ’19, Van Nguyen ’19

B: Seth Houston ’19, Eleanor Fang ’19

A: Tony Wu ’19, Roshni Parikh ’19

2017 INCOMING STUDENT KICKOFF

Also inspiring, we ran a new event for the entering FEMBA Class of 2020, the 2017 Incoming Student Kickoff.  It was super popular, and I’ve got big ideas to expand this idea to include upper class and alumni participation next year.

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The Incoming Student Kickoff event sold out one week after launching; student response exceeded expectations.

466 tickets were sold to 287 unique purchasers, plus 179 guests (many of whom are also Anderson students). The 287 unique purchasers included:

  • 43% of the entering Full-Time MBA class
  • 20% of the entering Executive MBA class
  • 26% of the entering Fully Employed MBA class
  • Alumni Executive Board President Dwight Holcomb, and FEMBA Council Leader Michael Khoda 19
  • 7 Faculty and 9 staff

At the Rose Bowl (Entering EMBA student Stephen Austad, 3rd from left, was part of the Flyover team):

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UCLA’s epic comeback-for-the-ages: 34 unanswered points. Thank you Texas A&M (my alma mater…):

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Networking on the bus ride to Pasadena…

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Networking at the Game:

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EMBA Pilot Stephen Austad (left) was a true Bruin underneath his Navy flight suit:

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Stephen had a Bruin in the cockpit…

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Everyone had a great time. Shown here, Assistant Dean Bonny Kim with new FEMBA Jermeen Sherman 20.

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Me myself, unfortunately, could not attend in person. As much fun as I had organizing the event, I was already scheduled to be in Puerto Vallarta to see my son who was doing an exchange student experience in Mexico.  I watched the epic game from a hotel bar.; thank goodness for satellite broadcasting!

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UCLA TOP PUBLIC UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION IN THREE SEPARATE RANKINGS

For the third time this month, UCLA was rated the top public university in the nation, this time by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking.

STAND AND DELIVER: SPEAKING POWERFULLY AND PROFESSIONALLY

For the second year, I had the honor of teaching my Stand and Deliver: Speaking Powerfully & Professionally, and Asking for What You Want workshop in Leadership Foundations. It was an honor to get to be in front of the Class of 2020!

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These brave FEMBAs are not afraid of getting cold-called, and making a speech in front of 80+ new MBA peers.

DAY ONE LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS, WELCOME REMARKS

My favorite day of the year, greeting the new entering FEMBA Class. Here, the Class of 2020.

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DOUBLE-RAINBOW OVER BRISKIN PLAZA

After Diversity Theater on Thursday of Leadership Foundations, Westwood had a brief but intense rain shower which led to a double rainbow.

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It was dramatic in black and white too.

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Happy weekend everyone, and here’s to a great October!

 

Be Here Now: Brian Lopez ’12 launches his new firm

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Five years after graduating UCLA Anderson, Brian Lopez ’12 is the brand new President and co-founder of The Data Analysis Group, Inc. You’ll hear how Brian launched his new company, how he turned an engineering degree in undergrad into a career in forensics and data analytics, and more.

Highlights of Brian’s interview include:

  • 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.

UCLA’s Akshay Grover ’18 & TIME Magazine: Sustainability and Ingenuity for Life

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Akshay Grover ’18, is a Sr. Sales Executive at Siemens Building Technologies. Born in New Delhi, he studied abroad, leaving India to go to Dubai to earn his engineering degree. An internship with Siemens became an access for him to come to California. He moved 8,000 miles for his goal of attending UCLA Anderson.

You’ll hear Akshay’s story of coming to America and continuing his career growth at Siemens. Specifically, he worked on a sustainability project with San Bernadino County (America’s largest county at over 20,000 square miles) which resulted in over $400,000 in energy and cost savings. This sustainability project caught the attention of TIME Magazine and their new “American Genius” segment, and led to TIME Inc Studios interviewing Akshay and his team last year and creating the video below.

Akshay will be a Teaching Assistant this summer, and he’s also gone on a Global Immersion to Germany. Here are some fun photos of visiting the Berlin Wall Museum and spelling F-E-M-B-A with his peers, attending Oktoberfest, and taking a boat tour.

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F-E-M-B-A !

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UCLA Anderson does Oktoberfest!

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Associate Dean Gonzalo Freixes, Akshay Grover ’18 and friends!

After listening to the podcast, if you’d like more information on Akshay’s project with San Bernadino County, please see these links:

Business Insider Article 

TIME Magazine Segment

Siemens Case Study of San Bernadino County

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.

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!

Marine to Finance: Meet Doug Longo ’14

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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 more on Doug, read this moving tribute that was compiled by his classmates.

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