Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: University of Southern California; Accounting
Pre-Business School: Audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Summer Internship: M&A-HR at Hewlett-Packard
Post-Anderson: I accepted my full-time offer with HP's HR Management Associate Program (MAP), two years of rotations in various HR roles. I've also started a company with my sister called Graphic Girls, which designs bold, whimsical tees for young girls. We'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign at the end of March.
Childhood dream job: President, because I wanted to help as many people as I could.
Why business school? From my professional experience, the people I wanted to model my career on all had MBAs. Business school had given them a mix of hard and soft skills. They were able to confidently talk about how to make predictions based on data as well as manage a large group of diverse individuals. Getting an MBA seemed like the logical next step in my career progression.
Why Anderson? When I was in high school, I attended the Riordan Scholars Program at UCLA Anderson. The program pairs inner-city students with Anderson student mentors. My mentors were phenomenal, and one of them even followed up with me 10 years later to ask if I was going to get my MBA. Anderson students make such a community impact in addition to being successful leaders in their professions, and I wanted to be one of them. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Favorite class and why? I can't pick one, so it's going to be three.
- Business Plan Development with Matt Ridenour: It taught me to take risks and do what I love.
- Leading Teams with Prof. Bendersky: We got to analyze our teaming experiences immediately, which increased my understanding and appreciation of team dynamics.
- Insight to Outcome, a strategy course led by Tom Wurster, a BCG senior partner and managing director: We had amazing strategy speakers from a variety of industries, and he helped me to understand how I could better drive and lead organizational changes.
Applied Management Research Project: I helped a classmate take his business idea and launch it as part of the Business Creation Option (BCO). Our company is called Penny Pets, and our first app, Memory Matching with Shelter Pals, is now available on Apple and Google app stores! We wanted to create a fun mobile gaming experience, and 25% of our net revenues will go to local, no-kill animal shelter partners.
Anderson highlight: Presenting the Best Mentor of the Year Award to my fellow classmate, Robert Rebholz, when I was the mentor coordinator for the Riordan Scholars Program. His high school student mentee wrote an amazing nomination about how Robert had inspired him and changed his life, and it was such a privilege to share the moment with them.
What helped most in your interview preparation and career search? The ACT team experiences and the Parker Career Counselors helped me the most. The second year students who led my ACT team were open, friendly and genuinely invested in our success. The counselors were invaluable resources for tailoring my resume to my new career and conducting mock interviews. I once had a phone interview in less than 24 hours, and they managed to squeeze me into their calendars to ensure I felt confident.
Hardest interview question you've been asked: "What sets you apart from every other great candidate we interview?"
How did you land your internship? Significant help from an Anderson alumnus Rory Chen ('11). He made sure HP recruited with UCLA Anderson, and we were introduced through the Parker Center when I indicated an interest in HR. He helped me to build my HP network quickly, setting up informal interviews for me and guiding me every step of the way.
Why HR? When I looked back on all my previous jobs, I realized the common element that I enjoyed the most was helping people feel valued as part of the company or team. I want to help employees find meaning in their jobs and map out how they can further develop their careers. Strategic HR was a great fit for me given my project management and client relationship experience.
Parting thoughts? I'm an MBA mom! Yes, I believe we should try to have it all, and I wouldn't be able to do this without the support of my husband, family and friends.
--Drew Glicker, Parker CMC Social Media Coordinator