Britney Sussman (second from right) at UCLA Anderson's Velocity Women's Summit
By Carolyn Gray Anderson
UCLA Anderson alumna Britney Sussman (’16) found her passion for human capital management while earning her MBA. She’ll pursue her career with Deloitte next year and is meanwhile working on a short-term human capital consulting project for the Los Angeles Lakers.
BusinessBecause interviewed Sussman about her deep interest in and commitment to women’s advancement in business and management education. “The MBA gender gap is no secret,” she told Christian Robinson. “Anderson and other schools are undertaking significant efforts to try to make their student bodies more equitable, but more can be done. I was focused on attracting high-potential women to the MBA, and enhancing the current female student on-campus experience.”
TechDay comes to Los Angeles on Thursday, September 22, and UCLA Anderson alumni in the startup community are gearing up. The one-day technology exhibitor and demonstration event hosts more than 50,000 people from six continents at events in major cities like New York and London.
Max Lynn (’13) manages business development and finance for AtomTickets, the app that simplifies locating movies you want to see, purchasing tickets and concessions, and coordinating with friends — skipping the line in the process. AtomTickets will be at TechDay at a booth in the entertainment and music section.
Lynn’s title is Road Warrior and, by contrast, his favorite movie is Up in the Air. He and the AtomTickets team said their top tip for UCLA Anderson students interested in launching a startup is “Make sure your idea solves a problem.”
We asked them to describe the tech startup environment at the intersection of Hollywood and Silicon Valley in 140 characters or fewer: “We are surrounded by smart, driven companies looking to change the game for the better — which is great company to keep.”
Visit AtomTickets at TechDay Los Angeles and follow them on social media @atomtickets
In the short time since she graduated, UCLA Anderson alumna Shreena Grewal (FEMBA ’16) has added an online shop and new event concepts to her ice cream catering company, Bites Desserts. Trained as a financial analyst, Grewal is a self-described fashionista, foodie and jetsetter — all of which inspired her entrepreneurial ventures, including the recently launched Cake and Couture line of gifts.
“I’ve always been a problem solver and have always enjoyed the idea of being an entrepreneur and creating my own solutions,” she says. “My company helps to make events more memorable with all-natural ice cream in unique flavors and packaging. Our ‘solutions’ range from custom sundae cups to s’mores bars.”
The entire FEMBA family, along with the rest of the UCLA Anderson community, are encouraged to get acquainted with their current FEMBA classmates and FEMBA alumni through Drive Time, UCLA Anderson’s FEMBA podcast.
In recent episodes, FEMBA Class of 2016 commencement speaker Cara Bibbiani talked about the international experiences with Anderson’s Global Access Program that made her want to return as a GAP Fellow. PetSnap founder Matt Rose (FEMBA ’16) shared how he launched his pet health records platform with classmates and FEMBA Council President Katie Kroeger-Davis (FEMBA ’16) described her career transition. FEMBA Associate Dean Gonzalo Freixas chimed in with an account of his family’s arrival in the U.S. as political refugees.
Most recently, Professor Jeff Scheinrock shared three tips all new students can use and talked about The Agile Startup, the book he wrote with FEMBA alumnus Matt Richter-Sand (FEMBA ’10). And Senior Associate Dean Margaret Shih discussed how her international upbringing shaped her education and, ultimately, her passion for research in the areas of diversity, culture, stereotypes and decision-making.
Visit Assistant Dean Dylan Stafford’s UCLA FEMBA Works blog to hear these and many other podcasts to help you match the stories to the faces of FEMBA.