Karen Williams (’93) is a career coach at Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a career development institution that works with high-potential African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans. Previously, she served as the executive director of UCLA Anderson’s Center for MEMES. She has also held posts with Hearst Magazines, Disney, Time Inc. (with Essence Magazine) and USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Williams is currently the president of the Anderson African American Alumni Association (5As). She was gracious enough to answer a few questions from the UCLA Anderson blog.
Q: What are the purpose and goals of the group?
5As is a forum for black alumni to convene, communicate and contribute to mutual professional development and the cultivation of Anderson African-American graduates both present and future. We are committed to building and strengthening the Anderson African-American community.
The goals are as follows:
- To enhance the professional and personal development of our members at all stages of their career journey.
- To support the academic, career and personal development of current students.
- To increase the number of talented African-American students applying and choosing to attend Anderson.
- To assist in identifying, recruiting and retaining underrepresented African-American administrators and faculty.
- To create initiatives for members to serve the communities in which we live and work.