Get inspired and learn best practices from Dr. Nasim Afsar-manesh FEMBA ’17in this Drive Time podcast interview. Nasim is the Chief Quality Officer for UCLA Health. As an MD and a hospital executive, she is accountable for over 100,000 patients who receive their primary medical care from UCLA. She literally uses her MBA every day to save lives.
Nasim shares lessons she learned from a 2-hour dinner with Warren Buffet back at Caltech in college, as well as productivity tips she uses every day today. Trust me: You want to learn from Nasim. Not only does her career touch over 100,000 patients, she has also balanced raising her two young daughters during her FEMBA experience.
Nasim is one of the great people in your UCLA Anderson network, and she graciously shares her success strategies with us in this Drive Time podcast.
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.
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.
UCLA Anderson does Oktoberfest!
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:
Flex is FEMBA’s innovative hybrid delivery model that we pioneered in 2012. Flex allows incredible people to earn an MBA who would never be able to earn and MBA otherwise due to the big careers they have already built.
“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
Mark Lee, FEMBA 2017, Founding Partner of Halo Media Group, with his lovely family at FEMBA Appreciation Day, February 25, 2017.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Brittany Blackamore in Hong Kong at Sotheby’s when we visited and Anderson Alum who is now curator there.
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!
Professor Whitson is well known to Section One FEMBAs in the Class of 2019 as she taught their Leadership Foundations experience this year. Drive Time sits down with Professor Whitson for a thought-provoking interview.
Have you ever felt out of control at work?
Have you ever noticed a power differential and wondered how that might impact your decision making?
Do you ever wonder what it is like for a world-class scholar to choose UCLA Anderson?
You’ll learn all about these questions and more as Professor Whitson shares about her research and teaching passions: