This past Saturday evening 40 prospective women applicants were invited to join seven of our alumnae for a wine & cheese social event on campus. The event provided an exclusive opportunity for the women to explore the MBA application process, student experience and post-MBA careers of women who had recently graduated in the last few years.
Our alumnae have successfully transitioned from a variety of different backgrounds into careers in technology, consulting, finance and more. During the roundtable networking portion of the evening, they were able to speak with prospective applicants 1-on-1 and in small groups about their recruiting process and post-MBA careers. On the panel, they openly shared their enthusiasm for the lifelong friendships they made, how to apply for and finance the MBA, in addition to new skills they learned, such as how to negotiate effectively for pay.
One notable conversation was around this question: "Given that most MBA programs are 30%-40% women, what was it like to be a woman on campus?" Some women were used to working in male-dominated environments. Others noted that business school provided them a safe space to explore gender biases, how to overcome these biases and build male allies before they joined the management ranks upon graduation -- in fact, inspired by the UN "HeforShe" campaign, UCLA Anderson's Women Business Connection launched its MANbassador program this past year.
UCLA Anderson MBA Alumnae (from left to right): Cindy Rule (Manager, Finance - Beckman Coulter), Yael Davidowitz-Neu (Sr. Manager, Product Marketing & Strategy - Pandora), Britney Sussman (Strategic Consultant - Johnson & Johnson Management Development), and Judy Hsu (Director, HR - Bloomingdale's)
We look forward to getting to meet more women (and men!) on the road this summer at our information evenings, Forté Forums and the MBA Tour fairs around the world. To find out if we'll be near you, check out our Admissions Events calendar around the world.