We are excited to announce a fresh group of students on The MBA Student Voice and on the UCLA Anderson MBA Twitter feed. Some are familar faces whom you might remember from last year and our summer blogger group, while others are brand new additions to the group. These students, designated as our Social Media Ambassadors (SMA), will share their insights on business school to showcase what it's like to be an MBA student at UCLA Anderson.
Charlotte Baxter, Class of 2013 - blogger
Hi, I’m Charlotte Baxter, a member of UCLA Anderson Class of 2013. I moved to LA from Palm Beach, FL, where I own a home and lived with my fiancé and our cat. I grew up in Atlanta, GA, attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and worked at a bank in New York City prior to moving to Florida. For the last six years I was a Real Estate Developer of hotels in the top MSAs on both coasts, developing products such as Residence Inns in places like DC, Seattle, and San Diego. In my spare time I’m an avid marathoner and triathlete.
Matthew Camp, Class of 2012 - blogger
Matthew Camp is a second year MBA candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management with a focus on marketing and strategy. Matthew was a Summer Associate at ZS Associates, where he will be returning as a Consultant after graduating from Anderson. Matthew is studying abroad during the Fall 2011 quarter at FGV in Sau Paulo, Brazil.
Steven Chang, Class of 2013 - Twitter
Born and raised in Texas, I took the scenic route to an MBA -- working as a management consultant in New York before transitioning to a career in television as a writer in Los Angeles. I landed at UCLA Anderson to revisit my interest in entrepreneurship.
Yael Davidowitz-Neu, Class of 2013 - Twitter
Yael Davidowitz-Neu is a first-year MBA student at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. Prior to starting her MBA program, she worked for Google in a variety of roles including global sales strategist. She grew up in New York and lived in Boston and San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles.
Tara Egan, Class of 2012 - blogger
Tara is currently in her second year at UCLA Anderson, concentrating on nonprofit marketing and management. Before coming to Anderson she spent 4 years in marketing and sales at Ligne Roset, a boutique furniture company. Tara has also worked with several nonprofits, helping develop creative solutions to various fundraising, outreach, and marketing challenges. Over the summer she interned at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, evaluating and improving marketing and development strategies. Tara graduated with honors from McGill University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Economics.
Jesse Ferlianto, Class of 2012 - blogger
Jesse is a 2nd year student at UCLA Anderson with a concentration in Marketing and Strategy. He previously worked in distressed investment banking with Alvarez & Marsal and Morgan Joseph, and interned in Chick-fil-A's marketing department over the summer. Married to his college sweetheart, he's also a tennis player, swing dancer, musician, and board game enthusiast.
Dustin Goot, Class of 2012 - blogger
Dustin is focusing his MBA studies on product strategy and business alliances in digital media. He has 10 years’ experience in media, serving as a writer and editor before transitioning to online product management at such publishers as Hearst, Hachette Filipacchi and Time Out New York Partners. He has led projects to implement eCommerce capabilities, negotiate interactive gaming partnerships, craft custom digital marketing programs, establish content syndication partnerships and generally optimize a website’s functionality and revenue potential. Dustin oversaw a tripling of unique Web visitors at Time Out New York within 18 months. He has been published in Wired, MBA Jungle, The Real Deal and Sports Illustrated. At UCLA Anderson, Dustin serves on the board of the Entrepreneurship Association, as VP of Educational Programs, and the Entertainment Management Association, as VP of New Media & Gaming.
Connie Kim, Class of 2013 - blogger
I've worked as a broker and financial consultant for the last four years and now trying to venture into securities analysis or management consulting. I also speak Korean and Japanese and consider myself a purveyor of all things related to Asian culture. I'm definitely looking forward to blogging about my UCLA Anderson experience!
Babis Makrynikolas, Class of 2013 - blogger
Babis graduated from the American College of Greece and the Department of Banking and Financial Management at the University of Piraeus. He participated in the Erasmus Exchange program studying in the city of Gent, Belgium. He also completed an internship with the Hellenic capital market committee and worked for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. After fulfilling his military service, he traveled to India to join the PwC Entrepreneurship Project. After returning to Greece he co-founded Whiztech, a start up offering consulting services on web-based business models, web development, online marketing and social media. Currently he is an MBA candidate at UCLA Anderson and an editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Young Leadership. His main interests are technology, music and writing.
Willem Suyderhoud, Class of 2013 - blogger, Twitter
Willem is currently a first-year student at UCLA Anderson. Prior to arriving at UCLA, Willem worked as a television sports anchor and producer in Butte, Montana, Medford, Oregon and San Francisco. There, he went by his television name, Will Southwood. Suyderhoud was simply too difficult to pronounce. Willem decided to come back to school not because he wanted to go by his true name, but because he found himself increasingly drawn to television’s future and the role digital technology will play in it. He's excited to develop the business skill set that UCLA Anderson will provide and even more excited to share his experiences through social media.