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.

Meet one of our Global Rock Stars: Mark E. Lee 2017

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We thought about titling this interview “Are you kidding me? Where did you find the time?” Mark E. Lee, FEMBA 2017, Founding Partner of Halo Media Group, FEMBA Council Executive Board Member, is a high-participation leader here at UCLA Anderson. Enjoy this interview and hear about Mark’s global, FEMBA rock star experience, including:

  • Going on 5 Global Immersions:
    Greece, Vietnam, and South Africa (all three as a student);
    Thailand/Myanmar and Japan (as a teaching assistant)
  • Founding and Owning Halo Media Group
  • Being married with two kids; how FEMBA was/is a family choice/experience
  • Going from Harvard (archeology/pre-med) to Los Angeles (Entertainment / Entrepreneurship and FEMBA Rock Star!)
  • Serving on FEMBA Council Executive Board, VP of Marketing
  • Being Entertainment & Media Association, VP
  • Experiencing the Global Access Program with an Australian firm
  • Teaching Assistant this Spring 2017 to UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian and Professor Peter Guber (Chairman & CEO of Mandalay Entertainment; Co-Owner of the Golden State Warriors, and more) and their leadership class
  • “Mamer-isms” from first quarter statistics with Professor John Mamer
  • Creating a “no one left behind” philosophy in FEMBA study groups
  • Describing the unique impact of FEMBA Council here at UCLA Anderson
  • Being in the Entertainment Media Association
    Inviting Joss Whedon (Director of “The Avengers” to speak at Korn Convocation Hall (along with MEMES and Professor Sanjay Sood)
  • Specializing in both Global Management and also Entertainment Management
  • “Paying FEMBA Forward” to my kids
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Mark Lee, FEMBA 2017, Founding Partner of Halo Media Group, with his lovely family at FEMBA Appreciation Day, February 25, 2017.

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First-ever UCLA Anderson Global Immersion to Thailand/Myanmar, December 2016.

Above, left to right: Mike Fetterman 2017, Larry Eng 2018, Victor Gebhardt 2018, Margaret Chang 2018, Jason Davenport 2017, Audrey Barker 2018, Chris Ferruzzi 2017, Susan Francia 2018, Yvonne Tran 2017, Ekta Talwar 2017, and Mason Wang 2017.

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Mark Lee and FEMBA friends in Greece on the 2015 Global Immersion. This is my favorite foto!

Above, left to right: Victor Shyu 16, Mark Reidy 17, Ray Obico 16, Christopher Ferruzzi 17, Brittany Blackamore 16, Mark Lee 17, Caitlin Cassidy 17, and Jonathan Driscoll 17.

Enjoy the podcast with Mark!

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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@Fembapalooza 5, July 24, 2016, l-r, Marty Zhu 18, Dylan Stafford, Diego Benitez 19 and Raymond Morada

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.

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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Podcast Paraag Lal ’04: FEMBA (and Life) as your Playground

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We are expanding our Drive Time podcasts to include alumni stories. Paraag Lal ’04 is both an inspiring alum and a personal friend. We traveled through India after a FEMBA Global Immersion course. Paraag was a keynote speaker at Leadership Foundations in 2014.

Meet Paraag Lal ’04, President at Carmen Road Entertainment, as he reflects on

  • Leaving a mark as a FEMBA Council leader (launching the FEMBA Halloween Party, the Vegas trip, Anderson Affiliates, and SuperSaturday interviews)
  • Making As in every course at UCLA Anderson (except former Dean Hayn’s!)
  • Enjoying two Fortune 500 chapters at Intel and then Cisco
  • Supporting his dad through Parkinson’s
  • Launching Carmen Road Entertainment
  • Relating to UCLA (and Life) as a Playground and living a life he loves!

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P.S. Victor Gebhardt ’18 Mongol Rally Update: Crossed Azerbaijan.

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Follow Victor Gebhardt ’18 currently driving from London to Mongolia for charity. They arrived at Batumi after three days on a boat and crossed into Azerbaijan. Follow Victor’s team http://friskydingo.rocks

 

Podcast: Meet Matt Rose ’16, “Co-Founding PetSnap with Classmates”

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Matt Rose ’16 ran full speed through FEMBA and we hope you enjoy hearing his journey. A transplant from Colorado, Matt already had a Master’s degree before his MBA from UCLA. An unexpected life tragedy happened during FEMBA and from there he had an insight that led to creating PetSnap with classmates. In this podcast, you’ll learn how:

  • Matt launched PetSnap with very little outlay of funds, using the resources of UCLA,
  • Matt’s section three classmates became his co-founders,
  • Professors Cockrum, Freixes, Scheinrock and Sussman supported the architecture of PetSnap,
  • Matt and his wife Kate greeted their first child just before graduation. (Their daughter was born after we recorded this podcast.)

Enjoy meeting Matt Rose ’16.

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