UCLA Anderson announced the election of Nicole Fencel (’17) as new Anderson Student Association president. Fencel will begin her term this spring; before then, she’s cultivating connections in high-tech.
Interview by Golie Alemi
Q. What made you pursue your MBA? Why Anderson?
I decided to pursue my MBA because I wanted to pivot from financial services into the technology industry. It was important to me to attend a program that had relationships with top technology firms, but I was also focused on schools with smaller student bodies and a strong culture. Anderson truly is the best of both of those worlds. The connections I have made with individuals from top technology companies have exceeded my expectations. More important, the relationships and culture of the student body at Anderson are incredibly special. These two things are the key reasons why I chose Anderson.
Q. What does it mean to you to be the new ASA president?
Being one of the few women elected as ASA president is an honor, but being part of the first woman president/EVP team is truly special (Jen Ocklemann ('17) was elected ASA executive vice president). I am proud to be part of a student body that has so many strong women leaders and am grateful to be a part of this leadership team. I consider myself lucky to be part of a community of people, both men and women, who view each other as equals. It is this type of environment that makes Anderson so great and is the main reason why I wanted to run for ASA President.
Q. What excites you most about this new role?
The ability to work with my classmates and have a real influence on the direction of this program. Specifically, increasing the number of opportunities where students can learn directly from fellow students and continuing to build relationships between first- and second-year candidates — those are the two things I’m passionate about working on.
Q. What have been some of your favorite experiences at Anderson so far?
There are truly too many to count. My section’s orientation skit ending in an epic haka dance, road tripping to DOJs (Days on the Job), staying up all night working on case competitions, section dinners, Anderson Afternoons, and impromptu basketball games with multiple jumbotron appearances are just a few highlights.
Q. Where will you be doing your summer internship?
I am happy to say that I will be spending my summer internship at Apple working on the central ops team for Apple Corporate Retail.
Q. Where do you see yourself after graduation?
After graduation I hope to be working at one of the major high-tech companies in a role that has tremendous influence on the international strategy of the company.