On Sept. 18, 2014, Alex Lawrence (’99), assistant dean of MBA admissions and financial aid at UCLA Anderson, joined Diversity MBA’s 2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders to be honored at an awards gala. This highly selective group of leaders from Fortune 500 companies, health care organizations, educational institutions and nonprofit agencies are chosen based on their position within their company, their time in that role, the advanced degree held, their contributions to the community and achievements in the workplace.
“My role as dean of admissions is not just a job for me, but a significant part of my life. It is an honor to be recognized by colleagues for my performance in a field that is many times a labor of love,” says Lawrence. “One takeaway from the event, which is a constant reminder, is that ‘Diversity is not just about counting heads … it’s about inclusion and making heads count.’”
Lawrence stepped into his current Anderson role in 2012 and is responsible for sourcing, attracting, recruiting and enrolling qualified candidates to the Full-time MBA Program. Prior to that, he served as executive director of The Riordan Programs for more than eight years. He currently serves on the advisory board of The Riordan Programs, on the board of trustees for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and on the Business School Advisory Council for ETS (Educational Testing Service).
Lawrence was a successful systems engineer before graduating from The Riordan MBA Fellows Program in 1996. He remained involved in the program as a mentor, volunteer and as president of the Riordan Fellows Alumni Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech and his MBA at UCLA Anderson.
Diversity MBA is a leadership organization that aims to advance the understanding of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. This 8th year of Top 100 Under 50 awards honored winners — selected from 300 applicants —from companies such as AT&T, Accenture, Verizon, Target, Sears, Intel, Kaiser Permanente and others. The winners will be featured in the 2014 fall issue of Diversity MBA Magazine. To learn more, visit here.