Please join me in welcoming this year's MBA Student Voice summer bloggers! Meet these six amazing students below, and get to know them by following their weekly posts.
Buzz Black '15
Greetings readers! Although originally from Utah (Brigham Young University, Finance), I am joining the Anderson Class of 2015 after living for the past three years in Westwood, very close to campus. I worked as an analyst at Merrill Lynch's Private Banking & Investment Group managing the assets of high net worth clients prior to making the jump to the MBA. I love sports and look forward to helping keep UCLA Anderson at the top of the rankings for intramural and intercollegiate basketball and flag football. I have a beautiful wife and a baby boy that should arrive around late August--should make for an interesting first quarter!
Devon Dickau '15
A true Bruin and SoCal native, I earned my BA at UCLA in '07 and worked for the university before pursuing a Masters in educational media and technology from Harvard. Since then, I have worked as a social impact consultant, partnering with clients including high-profile documentary films, national nonprofits, billionaire philanthropists and A-list celebrities. And while I'm a passionate activist (including work in the LGBT community and on-the-ground in East Africa), a social entrepreneur, a film lover, a writer and a runner, I haven't done math for over 10 years...so let the MBA games begin!
Hello, everyone! My name is Daniel Genter and I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, I studied Economics at the University of Wisconsin and have spent my time since in Africa and Asia serving Sub-Saharan African and North Korean refugees. I can’t wait to get back to the States and start a new chapter at Anderson!
A Franco-Korean expat, I'm celebrating my first decade in the US this summer. In the past ten years, I've lived in Honolulu, Boston and NYC. I have a journalism and publishing background (magazines and books) and I hope to integrate my past experiences in my business education.
Hi everyone! My name is Alyona Kostenkova, a member of UCLA Anderson’s Class of 2015. I am moving to LA from Moscow, Russia where as a part of a media agency I developed advertising and product placement strategies for large international clients. I am a sociable and a creative person: during undergrad I attended an amateur theatre; I like oil-painting, writing poetry and travelling. I am a passionate couchsurfer: I visit different countries and stay at people's places to explore their culture and traditions first hand. I am super excited about joining the Anderson community this fall and as an advertising person I am happy to promote UCLA Anderson through my blog!
Aimee Musil '15
Originally a Chicago native, I quickly grew tired of snow boots and wind chill factors, so I fled to sunny California, stopping along the way in Philadelphia for college, and New York where I worked in retail and ate way too much Pinkberry. Trading crowded sidewalks for crowded freeways, I made Los Angeles my home, working in TV casting, most recently on 90210 and Franklin & Bash. I am so excited to begin my next chapter at UCLA Anderson (and, for the record, not just because there’s a Yogurtland within walking distance to campus) and I look forward to sharing my experiences as a blogger for the MBA Student Voice!