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The Perks of Being in LA [#permalink]

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New post 09 Oct 2014, 02:01
FROM From UCLA Students' blog: The Perks of Being in LA
Classes started last Thursday, and I am not sure about my classmates, but I feel like I am drinking out of a fire hose.  Stats, Econ, Accounting, Marketing, ACT Groups, Parker, clubs, Amazon Case Competition... WO.  Even though it has been a little stressful, it's been a great week!  Outside of class, on Monday, Google came and did their company presentation, it was pretty exciting.  To follow that up, Amazon was here on Tuesday.  

Later that night, after the Amazon presentation, just a couple miles away from campus, Google's Executive Chairman and former CEO, Eric Schmidt, and former Senior Vice President of Products at Google, Jonathan Rosenberg (currently serving as an advisor to Google CEO Larry Page), spoke to a small group of about 200 people.  A few of my fellow Anderson classmates and I were lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend and listen to them speak.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Page

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It was a fantastic experience!  They gave the audience a pretty unique prespective of Google, and also some great general leadership insights as well.  One of the things that stood out to me most was when Eric Schmidt spoke about "thinking 10X."  To quote from Eric and Jonathan's book, How Google Works,

"Too many people are stuck in the old, limited mindset... 'Think 10X' – helps fix that.  It encompasses the art of the possible... and the impossible."

"The obvious benefit of thinking big is that it gives smart creatives much more freedom.  It removes constraints and spurs creativity.  Astro Teller, the head of Google[x], notes that if you want to create a car that gets 10 percent better mileage, you just have to tweak the current design, but if you want to get one that gets five hundred miles per gallon, you need to start over.  Just the thought process - How would I start over? - can spur ideas that were previously not considered."  

This was just one of the many golden nuggets of wisdom Eric and Jonathan shared.  It was very inspring.  There aren't many other cities where you would have the opportunity to be less than 30 feet away from and get to hear such influential business leaders.  Definitely one of the many perks of being in LA.

- James Huntington, MBA '16

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Orientation & the section cup - Repost from FT [#permalink]

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Orientation & the section cup - Repost from FT
Originally posted on Financial Times MBA Blog - http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/10/17/orientation-week/

The first question that came to mind when I saw my MBA schedule was what will we do for almost three weeks of orientation. During my undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster, we had a total of three days orientation. But business school is a different ball game.

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Section C - My assigned section

The first year class was divided into five sections and pitted against each other for the section cup, which was awarded at the end of orientation. I have highlighted a few of the activities here:

Scavenger hunt – UCLA is a huge campus and the scavenger hunt was one of the best ways to explore it and get to know my learning team. We do most of our assignments in our learning team, which comprises of five to six members. Photos here

Game day – I don’t remember the last time I had so much fun in one day. We had volleyball, Wiffle ball, dodgeball, kickball, trivia, and tug of war. The team aspect of each sport really brought the diverse people together. Photos here

Odyssey challenge – The Odyssey rope challenge was all about confronting your fears, trusting your team, and pushing yourself. One of the activities was to climb on top of a tall tree log and jump off.

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By the end of the three weeks, I must have met most of my 360 classmates and made some great friends. The icing on the cake was that my team (section C) won the cup.

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Los Angeles Startup & Non-Profit Scene
This past Friday I volunteered at Entrepreneur Impact Day (EID). The event was organized outside of UCLA but I was able to participate through Entrepreneurs Association (EA) on campus. It was a first in LA where startups and non-profits got together to solve some of the most challenging problems the non-profits are facing. I was assigned as program manager on the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation or LA River Corp. for short. Their main focus is to turn 51 miles of the LA River into a public space with parks, trails, bridges, etc. and make it a landmark for the city. Currently their challenge is awareness and fundraising. Employees from two startups, MuckerLab and PicPlayPost were on hand to help them with both these challenges. By the end of the full day event, the team came up with a pitch deck for the initial fundraising and strategies to improve project awareness in the general public.

After just three weeks of school I was able to attend this event through my network at Anderson School of Management. Since my long term goal is entrepreneurship, hopefully in the social impact space, it was amazing to be able to participate in EID. I made some great contacts and am looking forward to more such events in the future. Thanks to the organizers of the event for putting together an amazing opportunity for all LA residents.

The event was hosted at the beautiful Bel-Air Bay Club

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Leading Personal Change [#permalink]

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New post 29 Oct 2014, 13:01
FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Leading Personal Change
My last post on application tips was rather explicit. Here, I hope to share a reflection on the personal growth that is all too palpable on campus in these first few months at Anderson. It is something that is incredibly stimulating and exciting, and I hope it gives a more implicit, broad perspective on what the first quarter at Anderson is like.

A 2007 Harvard Business Review article by John Potter listed 8 steps to transforming an organization. As I, and my fellow students, are now 6 weeks into the MBA experience, I cannot help but recognize that we are all in the midst of our own personal transformation. It makes me wonder how many of the 8 steps to organizational change are related to those at an individual level, espcially in the microcosm of business school.

Take, for instance, Potter's first point: "Establishing a Sense of Urgency". Our Parker Career Advisors had us engaged mid-summer, investigating industry(s) and function(s) of interest and understanding the complexities of the organizations and industries that we found to be most compelling. On the academic front, urgency is in the need to comprehend material quickly; the academic rigor does not wait for you to adjust from post-professional life to an academic environment. Needless to say, I wouldn't be back at school if I didn't love the challenge.

Next, Potter discusses the need to Form a Powerful Guiding Coalition. With a 1st-year student body of 360 students, class section of 70 students, primary learning team of 5, case competition team(s) of 4-6, secondary learning teams of 5, club leadership teams of anywhere between 10-15 Directors, and social coalitions compiling the makeup of your support network... throngs of small teams are abundant. Which are most important to you? They very much define the experience.

Creating a Vision. An organization - a b-school student - a strategist - anyone with a goal - must create a vision. That is one really exciting aspect of business school - mapping out the coursework, clubs, networking events - even dinner parties - that are going to contribute to the "two best years of your life". Our 2nd Year Orientation Team bestowed upon us the anecdotal phrase, "YOBO" - You Only B-school Once". The gravity of creating a powerful vision for your experience is heavy, but thrilling at the same time.

While I'll save you from my elaboration on the remaining five steps to transforming an organization (and in this humble homage, my rather subtle attempt at comparing that to one's personal transformation), I will leave you with a pie chart that some fellow students and I designed. I think it captures my experience quite well. And for those who are quant-inclined, I hope you appreciate the subtle humor when you sum each component.

To the second round applicants out there, good luck! Start early, save often, and proofread proofread proofread! :-)

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No car? No problem. [#permalink]

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: No car? No problem.
When considering Anderson and making the move to Los Angeles, one of my worries was that I did not own a car. Coming from Washington, D.C., or any other walk-able, carless-commuter-friendly city, this is a huge consideration. Not only had I grown to enjoy not having a car and taking alternate modes of transportation, but I also wasn’t prepared to incur the costs of buying one. However, after living in LA for two months sans automobile, I can officially report that you really don’t need one. Here’s why:

1. Live very close to campus. I decided to live in the Hilgard Avenue Apartments offered through UCLA Graduate Student Housing. I live in one of the approximately 30 studio apartments, located on the eastern side of campus, just a 15-minute walk to Anderson. Electricity, water, gas, and cable/internet are all included meaning I have just one bill a month, which is great. Considering that I spend about 11-13 hours on campus a day (yes, you will spend A LOT of time on campus in your first quarter), living within walking distance has been a godsend.

2. The Big Blue Bus. As a UCLA student, when I show my Bruin card, a one-way trip on the Big Blue Bus costs me just $0.50. The Big Blue runs all over West LA and I take it to Brentwood, Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, etc. It is extremely navigable and I have a stop directly across from my apartment building.

3. Carpooling. Off-campus bschool activities are widely attended by my fellow classmates and there is always an opportunity to jump in with someone who has a car. Plus for larger events, like tailgating at the Rose Bowl for UCLA games or Anderween, our Halloween party downtown, the social chairs always arrange for buses to drive Anderson students.

4. Not driving under the influence. To be honest, a number of the off-campus events take place at bars or somewhere alcohol is served. In these instances, I wouldn’t be driving even if I did have a car. Ride sharing through companies like Uber and Lyft is widely used by my classmates and offers a great, reasonably priced alternative.

5. Renting a car is cheaper than paying for a parking spot or the inevitable LA street sweeping tickets suffered by anyone parking on the street. If I’m dying to get out and explore, maybe go for a drive up to Malibu or down to Laguna Beach, I rent a car through any one of the many car rental companies that run continuous deals on one or two-day rentals. This ultimately ends up costing me less than just paying for parking. 

6. Rent a bike for the quarter. The UCLA Bike Shop rents bikes to students for just $50 per quarter. While LA isn't as bike friendly as some other major cities, as long as I take a road less traveled that doesn't feed right onto the 405, I find biking fairly safe. Plus, the bike path along the beach that runs from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach makes for an amazing weekend ride.

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Hilgard Avenue Graduate Student Apartments

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The Big Blue Bus - Making life for carless students in West LA easy for only two quarters a ride.
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Anderson Black and Scholes Surf Club [#permalink]

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Anderson Black and Scholes Surf Club
One of the many benefits of moving to Los Angeles for school is access to the beach, even in winter. I was able to join the Anderson Surf Club on their kickoff event at Manhattan Beach and learn from experts how to surf (with zero surfing experience myself). The group met up on a beautiful Sunday morning with perfect conditions for beginner surfing, 3-5 feet waves.

My first attempts at paddling and standing was not very successful but after trying for some time I was able to get a handle of things, albeit mostly in shallow water near the shore. However, it was a super fun getting tossed up in the air and rolling around in the waves, an experience one must go through to become a surfer. Afterwards people got together for food and drinks on the beach and spent the rest of the Sunday tossing frisbees and playing beach volleyball. Just another reason why I am glad I chose UCLA Anderson School of Management!

The members of Anderson Surf Club.

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Tech trek week – Repost from FT [#permalink]

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FROM Piyush Jain Everyday (UCLA Current Student): Tech trek week – Repost from FT
Originally posted on Financial Times MBA Blog – http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/12/05/tech-trek-week/

Day-on-the-Job events are onsite visits to companies to learn about MBA opportunities and get a sense of work culture. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit tech companies in Seattle and Silicon Valley. I was surprised by the number of companies we could visit. UCLA Anderson and on-campus High Tech Business Club (HTBA) did a great job organising this trek of more than 150 students. Below is snapshot of my tech trek week.

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Friday 11/14

Left for Seattle immediately after 12:45 pm class. Completed economics and accounting homework during travel.

Saturday 11/15, Sunday 11/16

Lunches with Anderson alums in Microsoft and Amazon. Little bit of site seeing – Visit to the space needle, Microsoft Bellevue office, Pike Place Market and Discover Park. Spent an evening researching about latest developments in companies which I will be visiting.

Monday 11/17

Amazon Company visit was in Seattle downtown. We were fortunate that it did not rain during our stay. According to a weather company, Seattle has 226 cloudy days per year. Our visit included a tour and panel discussion to learn about different MBA roles, work culture and recruitment process.

After Amazon, we visited Nordstrom to learn about their e-commerce operations and visited their first retail store in downtown Seattle. Also attended an alumni and student mixer in the evening to meet alums in a more informal setting.

Tuesday 11/18

Similar activities were organised for us in Microsoft headquarters, which is in Redmond, WA. Left for San Francisco late evening.

Wednesday 11/19 – Sunday 11/23

The Silicon Valley visit was great but exhaustive. We were visiting at least two companies everyday spread across San Francisco and the Bay area. I personally visited Adobe, Rocketfuel, LinkedIn, Yahoo, SonyPS, Twitter, Google and Autodesk. We had around 28 companies to choose from, ranging from $350bn company such as Google to hot start-ups such as Box and Shazam.

On Thursday, we had a large alumni mixer called the Anderson Evening. The event was held at Bryan Kane’s (’96) award-winning The Winery San Francisco and speakers included Google’s Darren Pleasance (’95) and Tapjoy’s Steven Wadsworth (’88).

Spent the weekend catching up with old friends in the Bay area and doing touristy things such as visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. Boarded the last flight on Sunday to Los Angeles, completing the stats homework on my way back.

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Tech trek week - Repost from FT [#permalink]

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Tech trek week - Repost from FT
Originally posted on Financial Times MBA Blog - http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2014/12/05/tech-trek-week/

Day-on-the-Job events are onsite visits to companies to learn about MBA opportunities and get a sense of work culture. A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit tech companies in Seattle and Silicon Valley. I was surprised by the number of companies we could visit. UCLA Anderson and on-campus High Tech Business Club (HTBA) did a great job organising this trek of more than 150 students. Below is snapshot of my tech trek week.

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Friday 11/14
Left for Seattle immediately after 12:45 pm class. Completed economics and accounting homework during travel.

Saturday 11/15, Sunday 11/16

Lunches with Anderson alums in Microsoft and Amazon. Little bit of site seeing – Visit to the space needle, Microsoft Bellevue office, Pike Place Market and Discover Park. Spent an evening researching about latest developments in companies which I will be visiting.

Monday 11/17

Amazon Company visit was in Seattle downtown. We were fortunate that it did not rain during our stay. According to a weather company, Seattle has 226 cloudy days per year. Our visit included a tour and panel discussion to learn about different MBA roles, work culture and recruitment process.

After Amazon, we visited Nordstrom to learn about their e-commerce operations and visited their first retail store in downtown Seattle. Also attended an alumni and student mixer in the evening to meet alums in a more informal setting.

Tuesday 11/18

Similar activities were organised for us in Microsoft headquarters, which is in Redmond, WA. Left for San Francisco late evening.

Wednesday 11/19 – Sunday 11/23

The Silicon Valley visit was great but exhaustive. We were visiting at least two companies everyday spread across San Francisco and the Bay area. I personally visited Adobe, Rocketfuel, LinkedIn, Yahoo, SonyPS, Twitter, Google and Autodesk. We had around 28 companies to choose from, ranging from $350bn company such as Google to hot start-ups such as Box and Shazam.

On Thursday, we had a large alumni mixer called the Anderson Evening. The event was held at Bryan Kane’s (’96) award-winning The Winery San Francisco and speakers included Google’s Darren Pleasance (’95) and Tapjoy’s Steven Wadsworth (’88).

Spent the weekend catching up with old friends in the Bay area and doing touristy things such as visiting the Golden Gate Bridge. Boarded the last flight on Sunday to Los Angeles, completing the stats homework on my way back.

Please send any questions, comments, startup pitches, and travel tips via the comments box below. You can also follow me on Twitter @0jain
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Favorite Recruiting Moments of Fall 2014 [#permalink]

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Favorite Recruiting Moments of Fall 2014
I survived my first quarter!! No, I didn’t just survive; I flourished! But it wasn’t easy. Over the last three months, I was stretched and challenged in ways that change a person. I had 36 hours of things to do each day, and I had to bring my A-game to everything. First quarter classes are extremely rigorous and Google was recruiting on campus Day 1, so for 12 weeks I did a calculated dance between academics, recruiting, and social activities. It was intense and I’m a better version of myself because of it.

Sometimes I would be on the phone to my parents and would have to stop myself and say, “It might sound like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I love this. Every email I send, every informational interview I do, and every hour I put into studying is all about me and my future. It’s not about my boss or the organization I work for. It’s about me. It’s a uniquely selfish time and I love every minute of it.”

All of the hard work paid off, and at the end of the quarter, I accepted an offer for a summer internship (stay tuned for more about that in a future post). However it’s not about the destination, but the path you take to get there, and I really enjoyed the recruiting process. I recruited for human capital consulting and internal human capital management roles at tech companies. It is a field that is gaining interest at Anderson as more companies think strategically about how they manage their employees. Companies make presentations daily and nightly on campus, but here are my top four favorite recruiting events of fall quarter:

  • MCA Firm Kickoff – At Anderson, a lot of the recruiting takes place through on-campus professional clubs. The opportunities for consulting are run through the Management Consulting Association (MCA). At the MCA Firm Kickoff, over 15 top firms sent representatives to meet Anderson students. Each practice was stationed at a cocktail table, and for three hours, students could walk around and network with each one. It was a formal yet casual affair, and the perfect venue to make a good first impression with a variety of firms. The event was also on the night before the Statistics midterm, so it served as a good lesson in balancing academics and recruiting.
  • National Academy of Human Resources Foundation – The NAHR hosts an annual dinner and meeting with its fellows in New York City each November. One of the NAHR Foundation initiatives is to include select MBA students in the event, with the goal of attracting “top first year Master’s students to the HR profession.” I was chosen to represent Anderson at this year’s NAHR dinner, where I had the chance to chat with CHROs from a range of Fortune 100 companies. It was inspiring to hear from executives who have shaped the HR function over the last few decades.
  • Deloitte Human Capital Case Workshop – Deloitte has one of the leading human capital consulting practices and a growing office in LA. So I jumped at the chance to learn from some of the best at a case workshop they did on campus. Five practitioners, who were all also Anderson alumni, generously spent four hours on a Friday walking us through the Deloitte approach to casing. They provided us with valuable feedback after we worked through a practice case in groups. The day wrapped with a happy hour at a bar in West LA, which was a great way to get to know the Deloitte HC Anderson team a little better.
  • Days on the Job Tech Trek – Fellow Student Voice Blogger, Piyush Jain, published an earlier articlethat talks about this week in more detail, but to quickly summarize: for one week in November deemed “DOJ Week,” classes were canceled and Anderson students flew all around the country, visiting companies they are interested in. The High Tech Business Association (HTBA)organized the Tech Trek, which allowed me to jet up to Seattle, then down to San Francisco and visit Microsoft, Amazon, Adobe, Visa, LinkedIn, eBay, Intel, and Autodesk. It was an incredible opportunity to network with Anderson alumni working at each of these companies and experience the corporate culture first hand. I was able to ask recruiters about strategic HR summer internship opportunities and hear about their human capital issues. For example, we toured Visa Inc.’s recently-opened innovation outpost in the heart of San Francisco. As Visa prepares to do a lot of tech hiring, the new office is a statement of how Visa is branding itself to compete for top talent against other companies.
After such a rewarding first quarter, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the school year has in store for me. Here’s to an incredible 2015!

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The group of Master's students who were selected to participate in the 2014 National Academy of Human Resources Annual Dinner and Discussion Meeting in New York City.

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Anderson students who visited Adobe during the San Francisco "Days on the Job" Tech Trek.
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Anderson Ski Trip 2014
Hello folks! This week I am going to talk about one of the major excursions you take as an Anderson full time student. Right after finals and before wrapping up the first quarter of business school, both first and second year students will hop on flights to go skiing together. There is no better way to de-stress from the exams and feel proud of all the accomplishments in the last few weeks, from classes to recruiting to leadership positions in professional clubs. This year the group picked Utah as the destination and stayed at the Canyons resort for four days. To top it off the High Tech Business Association (HTBA) organized a day on the job trip to the local office of Adobe where students got to interact with Anderson alumnus currently working there and learn firsthand what working for a next generation high tech firm is like on a daily basis.

Skiing conditions were optimal for two of those days but that did not stop the crew from having fun. We organized cowboy themed parties to pub crawling in the nearby town to seeing the Christmas lights in Salt Lake City. It was a great way to experience winter weather (which people can sometimes miss living in Southern California) while hanging out with some of the best people. If location is a major concern for you when choosing a business school, Los Angeles offers warm sunny days while still being a short flight away from some of the best skiing locations in the nation.

Canyons Resort.

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Getting ready to hit the slopes.

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If the weather outside is not complying, bring the party inside!

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Testing out everyone’s awesome Jenga skills.

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I was lucky to be rooming with these awesome guys on the trip.

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Turned out to be a trend amongst the different cabins.

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Dean Olian Makes Anderson a Place for Women in Business
“Recently I was introduced as a ‘female CEO’ and I laughed because I have never heard a man introduced as a ‘male CEO’.” Said Tory Burch during the 2013 Women’s Rule Summit. I stood with the 200 other women in the conference room who represented some of the most powerful individuals in Washington and clapped in agreement. While in D.C., I had the privilege to not only participate in, but also lead a number of women’s events. I was proud to bear witness to President Obama’s speech commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, and inspired to work with my corporate members at Business Forward to lift up best practices for retaining, developing, and promoting women executives. Possibly my biggest take away (apart from LEAN IN!) is that the environment of a company or organization plays a critical role in a woman’s success.

So, when I began looking at business schools, I knew that I needed a program didn’t just talk the talk, but actually walked the walk when it came to empowering its female students. Looking strictly at the numbers, Anderson has a similar ratio to most top business schools; women account for 34% of my class. But we have something no other business school has – Dean Judy Olian. Since being appointed the first female Dean of UCLA Anderson in 2006, Dean Olian has worked tirelessly to break through glass ceilings, benefitting all students, past present and future. She isn’t just a role model; she’s a gladiator. She is confronting both student and faculty gender ratios. Anderson doubled the number of female faculty members and tripled the number of women who are full professors since 2006. (Yet women still account for less than 20 percent of the faculty.)

Imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to organize a lunch with Dean Olian for the ladies of Anderson on behalf the Women’s Business Connection (I have the awesome job of WBC Director of Professional Development). So last Thursday, 40 gals gathered together and lunched, while Dean Olian dropped some serious insight about life over sandwiches. I think it’s really rare for a leader of any organization to be so humble, honest, and genuine. She shared with us her incredible background because “we are products of our roots” and the below advice for women in leadership. It was inspiring.

Top Ten Lessons By Dean Judy Olian:

10. Be excellent or more than excellent in your performance.

9. Say YES to assignments.

8. When you fail, force yourself to learn from the experience.

7. It’s not personal.

6. Take risks! Don’t be afraid to be afraid.

5. Figure out what you’re really good at and try to structure your role around your strengths.

4. Take care of you.

3. Turn adversity into an advantage.

2. Be great mothers, sisters, and aunties. Be a role model and a mentor.

1. Chose the right partner. 

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 President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the East Wing on the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act, signed by President Kennedy. President Obama is no stranger to gender-pay equality issues. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was widely considered a huge win for women and civil rights. 

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Dean Olian refuses to accept the status quo and views all students as the key to Anderson’s continued success. Apart from last Thursday’s lunch, she continually makes herself available to all members of the student body hosting office hours, events, and joining us every Thursday at Anderson Afternoons (seen here). 

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Each year Dean Olian generously hosts students who are not traveling home for the Thanksgiving holiday at her home. For many it's their first time celebrating Thanksgiving, and the Dean makes it extremely memorable. 

 
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: 6 things to keep in mind when you are getting ready for an admissions interview
    I have had an opportunity to meet so many great prospective students in the past several months while interviewing them for admission at UCLA Anderson and I would like to share some advice for future candidates to help them get ready for an upcoming interview.

 1)      Know your resume! You need to know your story well in order to make a good impression. Think about it: when you get to business school, you will be talking to companies and you will have to know your story well.  It’s much more impressive when a candidate knows his or her story without having to refer to a copy of the resume during the conversation.

2)      Treat a skype interview as a face-to face interaction.  Eye contact and strong presentation skills are just as important over Skype as in person, so be sure to look in the camera while you are talking! Avoid having ready answers printed in front of you.  It is very easy for an interviewer to realize that you are reading the answer instead of telling it from the heart. This one thing can quickly make the wrong impression.

3)      The interview normally is about 30 minutes long, and the time flies very quickly.  Remember your goal is to show you are a strong candidate, while the interviewer’s goal is to get to know you. Be mindful of time and aim for 2-3 minutes for an answer to a question, avoid taking up most of your precious interview time discussing too many details in your responses. Use a high level approach describing the situation, your impact and the results. The interviewer will ask follow up questions if something is not quite clear.

4)      Come up with good questions for the interviewer! Show your interest in the school and the person! The worst situation is when the interview went well and then the candidate asks very general questions about the program with answers easily found on the web site or even worse says: “I have no questions”…

5)      Don’t rush to the answer especially if you are taken aback by the question. Take a second to think your answer over and I guarantee you will find a good answer that will demonstrate how awesome you are and what you will bring to the program!

6)      Relax and smile! It is an opportunity for you to talk to somebody who was in your shoes some time ago and who is interested in learning more about you! Smile, be positive and speak about yourself with passion!

Good luck with the interviews!

Stay well,

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What do raising money for charity, playing Blackjack with your professors and bidding on various awesome auction items (such as a signed shirt from David Hasselhoff!) have in common? The answer is Challenge for Charity (C4C) Casino Night. C4C, Anderson's student run charity organization helped setup casino night with a silent auction to raise funds and compete against other business schools on the West Coast in one of the largest fundraising activity of its kind, that culminates with Stanford weekend.

All proceeds from the auction go to charity. This year's theme was Venice Carnival style mask party. Students got to play blackjack with their professors as dealers, while some tried their luck at craps and poker. All the while our in house DJ blasted the best tunes for the dance floor. Even though the chips had no monetary value, students enjoyed playing to win big and get more tickets for the raffle draw. There was even a photo-booth style picture taking opportunity complete with props. All in all it was a great night of mingling for full-time, fully employed and executive MBA students.  

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The same is reproduced on Financial Times MBA Blog – http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2015/02/11/recruiting-season/

The winter quarter at UCLA Anderson brings On Campus Recruiting (OCR), changing the entire mood around the school. This year, a diverse set of companies started visiting, conducting internship interviews with first-year full-time MBA students. Happy hours were replaced with interview-practice team meetings and queues at the career management center seemed longer than those in food cafes.

The finance companies wrapped up their recruiting by the end of January, whereas the big tech and consulting firms are conducting subsequent rounds. Alums, career advisors and second-year coaches have been very helpful during the process, as is the internal database which helps students tap into a wealth of knowledge regarding interview questions and best practices.

What I learnt: Do not compare yourself to other candidates. Different industries have different recruiting cycles, so it is just a matter on time before you will land your desired internship. And remember – every failed interview is only practice towards cracking the job you really deserve.

Congratulations to all those who have secured their internship and good luck to everyone else.

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: MBA Recruiting Season - Repost from FT
The same is reproduced on Financial Times MBA Blog - http://blogs.ft.com/mba-blog/2015/02/11/recruiting-season/

The winter quarter at UCLA Anderson brings On Campus Recruiting (OCR), changing the entire mood around the school. This year, a diverse set of companies started visiting, conducting internship interviews with first-year full-time MBA students. Happy hours were replaced with interview-practice team meetings and queues at the career management center seemed longer than those in food cafes.

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What I learnt: Do not compare yourself to other candidates. Different industries have different recruiting cycles, so it is just a matter on time before you will land your desired internship. And remember – every failed interview is only practice towards cracking the job you really deserve.

Congratulations to all those who have secured their internship and good luck to everyone else.

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Anderson Case Competitions: Pick your flavor
One of the items that topped my business school bucket list was “participate in a case competition.” I didn’t have the opportunity to compete in one during undergrad and thought it would be the perfect avenue to apply the many skills that I’m honing at Anderson. Plus it’s a quintessential bschool activity, almost a right of passage. Luckily, Anderson hosts a range of case competitions on campus each year, so students have a lot of interesting challenges from a range of industries to cut their teeth on.

During the fall, my classmates came up with the next big thing for Amazon during the HTBA Amazon Case Competition and solved a complex hypothetical growth problem for Smart Things during the 2014 Deloitte National Case Challenge. This winter quarter, my friend and fellow first-year, Dan Abbott, and his teammates took home the gold during the 4th annual Challenges in Energy Case Competition for their win-win solution for EV charging at commercial location. Another friend, Liz Prutting, competed in the Entertainment Case Competition during the annual MEMES Pulse Conference, sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Her team came up with a set of creative recommendations on how to move media consumers up the margin ladder for movie purchases.

I, on the other hand, leapt into the case comp pool by way of the Net Impact Consulting Challenge (NICC), which took place last weekend. While most case competitions are just a few days, the NICC was a fascinating 2.5-week real consulting engagement with a real client. All participating clients were local LA non-profit organizations that signed up with real issues they needed help analyzing. My team of five was paired with a client org, which will remain anonymous, that has a serious volunteer recruitment and retention problem. (They rely on volunteers for 90% of all activities.) As someone who is deeply interested in all things human-capital-management related, this was a great fit for me!

Over the course of the next two and a half weeks, our team conducted extensive secondary research on volunteer trends and best practices in the non-profit sector. This informed our primary research, as we did multiple site visits to interview volunteers and conduct surveys. Ultimately we came up with a detailed plan outlining different recruitment and retention tactics to increase volunteer numbers and keep them engaged longer, and presented our recommendations to a panel of social impact experts. I wish the story ended with "then we won first place!" But it doesn't, because we didn't. We didn't even advance to the finals. But that didn't matter - our client was thrilled with our research, analysis, and recommendations. In a follow-up meeting, they said that they planned to implement most, if not all, of our suggestions. That meant more to our team than any first place prize. Plus, now I think I've found a new organization to volunteer with here in LA!

In other Anderson Case Competition news (for all you bankers out there) - tomorrow marks the kick-off of the Fink Center Stock Pitch Competition 2015. Good luck to the team representing Anderson!

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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Alumni Perspectives: Strength of the Anderson Network
In just under two months, it will have been a year since I graduated from UCLA Anderson.

Wow. Time flies yet again. 

For those of you who haven't been introduced to me via this blog before, my name is Kyle Forrest. Here's a link to my first post as a student blogger during my two years at Anderson. 

For those of you who have read my previous posts, it's good to see you in this space again!

I'm returning for a guest appearance to share my experience as an alumni thus far. 

For a little about me - I work at Deloitte Consulting, in our Human Capital Practice, where I focus on advising clients on HR Strategy and HR M&A. While at Anderson, I had the opportunity to serve the student body as the ASA VP of Social Events, an Orientation Co-Director for the class of 2015, and a variety of other roles. 

Below is a picture of the Orientation Board for the Class of 2015 having a fun group dinner. 

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The inspiration for this post came after I had been working at Deloitte for a few months. At Deloitte, in addition to working on a client project, people are encouraged to work on 1-2 additional activities that contribute to the firm in some form or fashion. For example, one of the activities I worked on was returning to Anderson as part of the recruiting team. Not only was this a great way to connect with Anderson alum at Deloitte, but a way to stay in touch with the administration, class of 2015, and meet new members of the class of 2016.   

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Pictured (from left to right): Me, Jacqueline Sutro, Geoff Hewitt, and Mark Joshua, all within Deloitte Human Capital in LA. Not pictured, two of our classmates also in Human Capital, Dan Kiernan and Fran Benjamin, and all of our classmates and colleagues in the Technology and Strategy & Operations groups. 

 

 

Separate from recruiting, I became a co-lead of an initiative doing research about start-ups, and determining what types of human capital and talent related challenges start-ups face. 

Given Anderson's reputation in the entrepreneurial and start-up world, I knew the best place for me to start my research was within the Anderson network. 

Over the course of a couple of months, I spoke to fellow alumni, current students, and professors, of which a few are listed below: 

Leo Petrossian, class of 2014, CEO and founder of Neural Analytics

Ari Zandman-Zeman, class of 2014, co-founder of Rubberbanditz

Elaine Shi, COO, & Bryce Luken, co-founder, both class of 2014, COO and  - BodySpec

Max Mauro, class of 2015 and President of the Entrepreneur's Association

Prof. Jeff Scheinrock, who teaches Entrepreneurial Venture Initiation and Business Plan Development at UCLA Anderson, in addition to the number of other ways in which he supports Anderson's budding entrepreneurs. 

In addition to proving incredibly insightful, every single person I spoke to personally introduced me to other contacts who they felt would be helpful for me to speak with. The support was incredible. While I had interacted with alumni and seen the strength of the Anderson network in action while I was in school, I had never seen it work to this degree for myself personally. 

Since that time, I've been more active on the alumni list serves that students and alumni can join. I've seen alumni from all programs, full-time, fully employed, and executive, ask for questions, pitch investments, or seek contacts, and each and every time someone from within the Anderson network is able to help out or point someone in the right direction. 

While I miss being on campus every day, knowing that I have this incredible network standing by has made me feel closer to the school than I realized. 

Also, it doesn't hurt that Alumni Weekend 2015 is coming up, along with Tour de Strand, a major alumni attraction where I'll get to catch up with friends who have moved out of LA to pursue their careers. 

I'll close with a comment for people currently considering applying to Anderson - don't hesitate to contact alumni. We're always willing to talk about our experience, if for no other reason than to reminisce about the unforgettable two years we had. 

And with that, I hope everyone enjoys has a great day! 

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Mini-Anderson alumni reunion at Lake Tahoe catching a true snow day. 

 
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: Getting Down to Business (School)
Let me get straight into it and give you the lowdown on yours truly:

My name is Yu and I am going to be one of your student bloggers. I was born in China and moved to the United States at age five. After doing the whole childhood / angsty teenager thing for a while, I headed off to college intent on studying history and becoming a hotshot lawyer.

That's when everything went awry.

After graduating from Penn in 2010, I taught/tutored as part of a service program called MATCH Corps. It was only supposed to be a one year gap in my master plan before taking the LSAT and heading off to law school, but urban education grew on me and ultimately become a calling. I've spent the past four years teaching a motley crew of subjects (World History, English Literature, AP English, Physics) and coaching sports at an alternative school called Phoenix Charter Academy. Phoenix is a Massachusetts charter school network that specifically enrolls and serves low-income students with behavioral, academic, or social-emotional issues that prevented them from being successful at traditional district schools.

(BELOW) "Hey you! You gonna finish those Doritos? Cause Mr. Chen didn't eat breakfast this morning..." That's me dropping some knowledge in a Conceptual Physics classroom! Image

So why business school? I can give you the whole speech complete with bells and whistles later, but the gist of it is that I want to make education- urban education in particular- a more sustainable, viable career path. All the teachers I have met work incredibly long hours, sacrifice countless weekends lesson planning and grading, and ride the emotional rollercoaster with our students- yet that in it of itself is part of the problem- at some point we all run out of steam. What can Anderson teach me about keeping teachers happy, balanced, and coming back to the classrooms? That's what I'll be packing my stuff into a dinged-up 2008 Honda Civic in mid-August and driving 3,000 miles to LA to find out.

Between now and then, I've got quite the grocery list to check off, including...

- finding an apartment in LA

- brushing up on my Excel skills (currently non-existent)

- working as a summer intern with my charter school network's development and operations team

- growing out my hair from East Coast-teacher crew cut into luxurious locks of West Coast sunshine

Image(ABOVE) School's finally out! A native Bostonian doing his best California beach impression. 

That's it until next week. In the meantime, check out the Facebook page for one of Anderson's most popular student organizations - Challenge For Charity. It's one of the clubs I am definitely hoping to join when I arrive on campus and their page really gives into an "authentic feel" for both C4C and the Anderson student body. 
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I’ve found myself thinking those three words on a regular basis in the months since I picked up the phone and found out I was accepted into the UCLA Anderson Class of 2017.

In fact, I’m thinking them right now because I’m writing this post while nestled on a couch inside the home of my favorite musician of all time. More on that later.

But first, a little about myself. My name is Matthew Becker, and I am happy to be contributing to a website I was glued to as a hopeful applicant. I grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and for the last three years I was living in Washington, D.C. working as a communications director on Capitol Hill. I decided to get my MBA because I wanted to make a career change to management consulting, and a city change to Los Angeles (growing up in North Dakota gave me enough cold weather to last a lifetime).

Back to that acceptance phone call I was talking about. It was a total blur. The student on the other end of the line said the words “hello”, “welcome”, “you”, “congratulations”, and “2017”. They were certainly constructed in the form of a sentence, but I was too excited to hear them in the correct order.

After processing that information, I decided to squeeze as many adventures (and business books) as I possibly could into my pre-MBA summer.

Two months of nonstop travel

After moving out of D.C. at the beginning of April, first up was a trip to Las Vegas with my close friends, which led right into A-Days. After an amazing weekend on campus filled with enticing bits of what's to come this fall, I flew to London to do something I never imagined I'd be able to do in my lifetime: go on tour with my favorite musician.

Concert photography has been my side passion for the last six years, and through a combination of luck and networking (MBA tip: get ready to hear that word a lot) I ended up as Bryan Ferry's tour photographer for 16 shows throughout the U.K. For an entire month, I had to pinch myself - a lot.

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The tour ended at the beginning of June, and I was set to fly back when he asked me to stay at his countryside estate outside of London for another month and edit his career retrospective photo book. You can imagine those three words from this post's title were coming up frequently at this point.

Multitasking in Sussex

In between photo sorting sessions, the quiet countryside has proven to be a highly productive place for getting the all-important summer reading done. I started with general business and lifestyle books like Capital in the 21st Century and The Power of Habit, and as school gets closer I'm moving into more specific reading like Case Studies and Cocktails and Case in Point.

So it turns out this is reality. And next week it's back to the U.S. to see friends and family before hitting the gas pedal for L.A.!

- Matthew Becker, MBA '17 // Instagram: Matthew.Becker

 
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FROM From UCLA Students' blog: California, here I come!
March 8th about 3pm in the afternoon, after reading that there was an admit wave on the “Calling all UCLA Anderson Applicants” thread on Beat the GMAT, I got the call. I was IN!

My name is Lucerna, and I am from Lima, Peru. I will be a full-time MBA student at UCLA Anderson and I am very thrilled to have the opportunity to share my story with all of you and, of course, to connect with you if you have any questions about my experience with the admissions process, relocating to LA from abroad, and about being a student at Anderson.

I graduated from the University of Missouri-St Louis with a degree in Business Administration, and have dedicated myself fully to marketing, brand management and sales ever since.

I am currently leading the marketing and sales department of the family business, a manufacturer and retailer of maternity clothing and baby accessories in Peru.  Managing these two departments made me realize that I was passionate about two aspects of my work: problem solving and human capital management. Therefore, at Anderson I will pursue a switch in careers and focus on Management, Human Capital Consulting, and Human Resources.

Anderson offers a great array of clubs to join. From a career standpoint, I will definitely be involved in the Management Consulting Association and the Strategy and Operations Management Association, and for some fun I am still undecided since there are a lot of options and they all sound great.

Above all, I am excited to meet all of my brilliant and incredibly helpful future classmates. The class of 2017 has been very active in setting up ways to connect with one another and to help each other through all sorts of topics: visa issues, housing, career, and more.  

Outside class, I plan to attend as many sporting events as I can and explore the city and state.

I hope you enjoy reading about my future adventures and please do not hesitate to connect with me via e-mail at lucerna.huayanay.2017@anderson.ucla.edu or you can follow me on twitter.

Lucerna

 

Ready to go back to the US and not have to suffer from extreme weather (Me in St. Louis)

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It only took me 3 years to learn about Baseball, so now I am so ready to root for the Dodgers all the way! And hang out with my BFF Yasiel Puig

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 and enjoy beautiful sunsets 

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