8:15 - 9:30 a.m. UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board Meeting
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Navigating the Real Estate Market
Eric Sussman, Senior Lecturer of Accounting, UCLA Anderson
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Self-Awareness & Workplace Effectiveness
Sara D. Tucker '88, Director, Coaching and Team Skills Program, UCLA Anderson
The key components of leadership in the workplace require knowledge of how we lead and impact others. Sara D. Tucker ‘88, Director, Coaching and Team Skills Program at UCLA Anderson, will explore approaches to leading in a way that sustains rather than drains. She will focus on approaches to developing self-awareness and resilience, including exploring somatic and mindfulness practices, that can be leveraged in the workplace and life.
Jill Baldauf ’81, Associate Dean, Alumni Relations
Dwight Holcomb ’11, President, UCLA Anderson Alumni Network
Dean Judy D. Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
Michael Burns '92, Vice Chairman, Lionsgate
Interviewer: Dean Judy D. Olian, Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management
John E. Anderson Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient
Robert S. Murley '74, Vice Chairman-Senior Advisor of Credit Suisse and Chairman of Investment Banking for the Americas
Outstanding Alumni Service Award Recipient
Leland L. Sun '86, Founder & Managing Director
Pan Asian Mortgage Company
Innovating with Impact in Asia
Moderator: Bhagwan Chowdhry, Professor of Finance, UCLA AndersonSonali Kothari ’07, COO, Kiva.org
Will Ongkowidjaja ‘07, Co-Founder & Managing Partner Alpha JWC Ventures
Leland L. Sun '86, Founder & Managing Director
Pan Asian Mortgage CompanyAsia is a region made up of vastly different economies. However, Asian countries do share a few commonalities: social penetration, openness to new technology and the desire to innovate. Countries like China, India, and Indonesia are not only rich with opportunity but are leading the way in pushing the boundaries with innovation. In this session, we will explore where finance and technology intersect with social impact in various regions of Asia.
How Innovation Really Works
Anne Marie Knott (MBA '86, Ph.D '96), Professor of Strategy, Olin Business School, Washington University
Innovation is the key driver of growth—not just for firms, but for the economy as well. Despite its importance, companies are getting worse at it—their R&D productivity (RQ) has declined 65% over the past several decades, and as a result, economic growth is stagnant. The good news is this problem is fixable. Anne Marie Knott will present results from two National Science Foundation (NSF) funded studies explaining why companies’ RQs have declined, offer prescriptions for reversing those declines, and introduce the RQ tool she has developed to measure a company’s R&D capability. This tool not only helps companies avoid future declines, but it allows investors to identify investment opportunity (a portfolio of high RQ companies has a CAGR of 16.91% over the past 40 years vs. 10.93% for the market).
Innovation and Growth Through Design Thinking
John Ravitch, Partner, IDEO
In today’s fast changing world, what makes organizations more competitive? Find out how global design firm IDEO tackles this question through a human-centered design approach. An approach that incorporates empathy, prototyping and storytelling, human-centered design is helping leaders and companies innovate and grow. John Ravitch will share how he helps his clients uncover key insights—from product design to customer experience to new product ideation stage—and lead interactive exercises to immerse session participants in a new way of thinking about innovation.
Moderator: Jerry Nickelsburg, Adjunct Professor of Economics, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Uday Karmarkar, UCLA Distinguished Professor, LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy
Edward Leamer, Distinguished Professor, Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Alexandra Rosen '11, Global Marketing and Sponsorships Lead, Cisco
Innovation can come from something as simple as connecting dots that were unconnected. Technology has gone from physically carrying us—via planes and trains—to empowering our ideas and fostering connections. Alex Rosen will share how Cisco, a leader in the tech space, is helping power the transformation of industries and major properties, such as the Rio 2016 Olympics. Find out how Cisco makes a lasting and meaningful impact by connecting people to more opportunities and to each other, through creative programs and solutions that drive innovation inside and outside the company.
Ryan Cummins '11, Co-Founder, Omaze
What if you could appear in the next Star Wars movie? Have John Legend perform at your wedding? Or grab beers in Boston with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tom Brady? Well now you can. Omaze is a charitable fundraising platform that partners talent and brands to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Since launching in 2012, Omaze has launched over 350 campaigns with the world’s biggest influencers, from Bono to Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Lawrence, Ronaldo, Meryl Streep, President Clinton, Serena Williams, Star Wars and many more. Omaze has raised over $75 million from donors representing 175 countries. In addition to international expansion, Omaze is now convening global foundations and family offices with its celebrity and brand partners to radically amplify the funds and awareness raised through its civic engagement campaigns. Find out from Co-founder Ryan Cummins how Omaze is leveraging the power of storytelling and technology to revolutionize the philanthropy industry.
More speakers and topics will be announced soon.
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