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    Student Spotlight: Kathy Lee (’19) Reflects on the Forté MBA Women’s Conference

    June 22nd, 2017

    This post is a part of the Student Spotlight series where we highlight a current Anderson student or alum to learn about his/her experiences at Anderson. 


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    Student Blogger: Kathy Lee '19

    Hometown: Bellevue, WA

    Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, Marketing & English

    Pre-MBA Career: QBM Trading International and Microsoft

    Post-MBA Goals:
    CPG Marketing


    Kathy Lee is an incoming UCLA Anderson MBA student from the Class of 2019. This past weekend, she attended the Forté MBA Women's Leadership Conference in Seattle, WA at Amazon headquarters. In the below blog post, Kathy reflects on the conference,  advice for prospective MBAs, and her future at UCLA Anderson. 

    In my past role, I rarely had the time to dive deep into the issues and leadership styles of women. One of my top goals of my MBA is to connect with and learn from women leaders, and the Forté Women’s Leadership Conference, started by the Forté Foundation, provided an excellent platform for me to get a head start.

    This year, Amazon held the event at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington from June 16 – 17, and I had the chance to connect with over 600 attendees from 49 MBA schools. With 59 participants, UCLA Anderson led the way with the largest group of women from the Class of 2019, showing that our community embodies the core value of “driving change”.

     

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    UCLA Anderson was the most represented business school with 59 attendees!

    UCLA Anderson’s Parker Career Management Center not only equipped us in advance with comprehensive resume and 30-second pitch preparation, but advisers also arrived early to coach group sessions. Dean Judy Olian, who spoke to us at our annual school dinner, even joined my group of speed networking practice, and gave each of my group members personal tips on how to improve our 30-second pitches. Additionally, during dinner, several local alumnae offered useful advice before we embarked upon our MBAs.

    The conference theme this year was ‘RISE’, and emphasized that as women, we must rise to the top, whether it is the C-Suite or the summit of Everest, and the journey getting there will be most significant. Some personal key takeaways from keynotes, C-suite dialogues, workshops and panels were:

    • Confidence is an ability to move towards something without holding back
    • Take a negotiations course, always negotiate, and influence other women to negotiate
    • Surround yourself with people who will never let you quit.

    We also had time to connect with students from other schools, and network with corporate recruiters at the Career Expo & Networking Reception. The conference provided strategic tools to help me navigate both my MBA experience and entire career.

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    Keynote speakers displayed at the Forte MBA Women's Leadership Conference

    For prospective MBA students, I highly advise attending this conference in order to learn from successful women and meet new classmates. I am very excited that I will already have more than 50 friends when I arrive on campus on the first day of school!

    When applying to business school, applicants will constantly hear that “fit” is imperative in choosing the right MBA. I wholeheartedly agree that researching not only the academic requirements but also the program’s culture is key to ensure that the entire MBA experience, including conferences like Forté, is what you are looking for. Additionally, I felt that I came to really grasp a program’s culture after I heard current students give personal stories during information sessions and webinars.

    An exceptional experience, the Forté MBA Women’s Leadership Conference helped me gain confidence to start my MBA. Having the strong Anderson community and Parker Center was one of the unique advantages to attending the conference. This experience proved that Anderson genuinely strives to “share success” so that everyone can win and ultimately achieve their goals.

     

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    UCLA Anderson annual dinner on Thursday night before the conference kicked off

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    #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #50 – Recommendations

    June 21st, 2017

    Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.  

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    @uclaMBA #InstagramTakeover: Taylor St. Clair ’19 at the Forte Conference

    June 17th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's special Instagram Takeover student, Taylor St. Clair, from the incoming UCLA Anderson MBA Class of 2019!  Taylor will be taking over our @uclamba Instagram Story to share her experiences at this year's Forté MBA Women's Leadership Conference!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about Taylor's "Day in the Life" !


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    Name:
    Taylor St. Clair

    Hometown:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Undergraduate Studies:
    Psychology,
    Duke University

    Pre-Anderson: 
    SPDR Exchange Traded Funds

    Post-MBA Goals:
    Management Consulting



    LEARN MORE ABOUT TAYLOR

    I am an incoming first year full-time MBA student at UCLA Anderson (Class of 2019!). I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Duke University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I've spent the past five years working in the financial services industry in New York City — most recently on the Institutional Team at SPDR Exchange Traded Funds. My role included sales, project management, and data analysis responsibilities, and I found that I am most excited by projects that require the use of data and analytics to develop business strategy, and better understand and serve our Institutional clients. I am thrilled to begin my UCLA Anderson journey and leverage my experience and MBA education to transition to a role in management consulting – an ideal fit for me due to the focus on data to drive strategic decisions and solve complex business problems!

    I am so excited to be at the Forte Women's Leadership Conference in Seattle, hosted by Amazon. I'll be sending updates about our amazing experiences at the conference, from distinguished speakers, to career opportunities, to fun outings with my new Anderson classmates! #LetsPowerUp!

     


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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Giselle Gorsky ’18

    June 14th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Giselle Gorsky! Giselle will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about Giselle's "Day in the Life"!


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    Name:
    Giselle Gorsky

    Hometown:
    Rowland Heights, CA

    Undergraduate Studies:
    Philosophy, UCLA

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Franchise Marketing Manager, Disney ABC TV Group

    Summer Internship:
    Client Solutions, Facebook



    LEARN MORE ABOUT GISELLE

    Academic Specialization: Marketing and Technology

    Leadership@Anderson: Vice President of Prospective Students, AnderTech; AAC Ambassador 

    Clubs@Anderson: AnderTech, Entertainment Management AssociationRetail Business Association,

     


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    #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #49 – Essay

    June 14th, 2017

    Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.  

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Nicole Wissmann ’18

    June 7th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Nicole Wissmanm! Nicole will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

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    Name:
    Nicole Wissman

    Hometown:
    Calabasas, CA

    Undergraduate Studies:
    Accounting, University of Southern California

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Senior Assurance Associate, EY

    Summer Internship:
    Consumer Insights, FabFitFun



    LEARN MORE ABOUT NICOLE

    Academic Specialization: Strategy and Marketing

    Leadership@Anderson: President of the Retail Business Association, AAC Ambassador

    Clubs@Anderson: Retail Business Association, Management Consulting Association, Marketing Association, Women's Business Connection

     


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    #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #48 – Re-Applicants

    June 7th, 2017

    Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.  

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    #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #47 – Application

    June 1st, 2017

    Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.  

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    Instagram @uclaMBA #TuesdayTakeover: Yuhei Iwasaki ’18

    May 30th, 2017

    Introducing you to today's Instagram #TuesdayTakeover student, Yuhei Iwasaki! Yuhei will be taking over our Instagram account @uclamba for a whole day today to show everyone a "Day in the Life" of a UCLA Anderson student!

    Check in throughout the day to our @uclaMBA instagram account to hear about Yuhei's "Day in the Life"!


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    Name:
    Yuhei Iwasaki

    Hometown:
    Tokyo, Japan

    Undergraduate Studies:
    Environment and Information Studies, Keio University

    Pre-Anderson: 
    Associate, Nomura Securities



    LEARN MORE ABOUT YUHEI

    Academic Specialization: Corporate Finance

    Leadership@Anderson: VP of Admissions, Japan America Business Association

    Clubs@Anderson: Investment Finance AssociationAnderTech, Entrepreneur Association, Japan America Business Association, Asian Management Student Association, Surf Club, Craft Beer Club


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    #TuesdayTips by @uclaMBA Admissions: Tip #46 – Culture

    May 24th, 2017

    Here's the next tip in our new series of Admissions Tips by the UCLA Anderson MBA Admissions team.  

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