Dressing Up (Male Edition)

By Adam Lotz, Staff Writer

It is a nice change of scene to see students all dressed up – even if only for recruiting purposes. On the whole, the Anderson students don’t look half bad. On a scale from the Three Stooges to Cary Grant, we’re leaning Cary Grant. That being said, we still have lots of work to do. Here are some basic tips for everyday suit wear:

Fitting: Fit matters the most. Get a suit that will fit your body well. Very few people can tell the difference between a $400 suit and a $2,000 suit, but even a child can see when a suit doesn’t fit right.
When buying a suit, the shoulders and overall shape are the most important aspects. All of the other features can be easily adjusted by a tailor.
To look extra sharp, get your tailor to taper your jacket sleeves and pant legs (more appropriate for slim body types)

Maintenance: If you plan to wear suits more than once a week, I highly recommend purchasing a fabric steamer. They will save you a lot of time and allow you to throw out your old-fashioned iron.
Do not dry clean your suits unless they absolutely need it. Most suits, especially cheaper ones, will have a fused canvas. Dry cleaning can lead to puckering of the jacket and there is no way to fix puckering once it has taken place.
If you wear the same pair of dress shoes more than three times a week, I would recommend that you get a second pair. Even the most durable dress shoes can wear out rapidly by overuse. It is also good practice to condition and polish your shoes on a regular basis.

Differentiate yourself: Once you know the basics, it’s important to look a bit different and move away from the stereotypical “Men’s Wearhouse ad” look. Here are some ideas:
Pocket square – Get one that will go well with the tie you are wearing, preferably one that is complimentary but not identical.
Tie Bar – A piece of the 1970’s that is coming back in style. I would advise wearing it higher on the tie rather than lower – unless you are going for an old fashioned look
Collar Bar – Another piece from many years ago. Be careful while using these, as they can leave a hole in your collar.
Ascot – Use a color that will go with your outfit. You will definitely receive more attention although they tend to be a more casual occasion item.
English Shoes – Shopping at the men’s dress shoe section seems like just different rearrangements of all the same shoes. Buying yourself some handmade English shoes is more affordable than you think and puts you one step further away from the monotonous masses.


Making Your MBA Work for You

By Jake Richardson, Contributor The acronym “FOMO” – fear of missing out – has officially made it. Last fall, the mantra was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, a harbinger of the word’s popularity, if not its stupidity. And it is in these times that we have elected to pursue a graduate degree. But not just any degree, a business degree. Or a networking degree, as your ‘working’ friends chortle when you complain about the work, or recruiting, or social events that you just have to attend. But inside our tiny vacuum, these are real concerns. The brevity of a […]


Pulse of entertainment shifts to tech and video

By Lin Yang, Content Editor Under bright spotlights and a flame-colored backdrop in Korn Hall, speakers and panelists at UCLA Anderson’s 2015 Pulse Conference for Entertainment, Sports, and Technology painted an industry landscape filled with challenges and strategic inflections. The opportunity lies in making the right bets on creating good video content, and choosing the right mix of technologies and distribution channels for that content. Content and technology were common themes that emerged from panels on film, sports, advertising, and music, as well as one-on-one discussions with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins and AT&T Vice President of Digital Content Andrew Goodman. […]


A Word from the Incoming ASA President

By Mike Stevens, Contributor It has been about two months since the 2015 ASA Cabinet officially handed over the reigns, and I wanted to take advantage of a rare moment of rest to reflect on and share my thoughts on our wonderful institution. My feelings are overwhelmingly dominated by those of gratitude to my fellow classmates for allowing me to be your ASA President, and enthusiasm for the future of our school and for us as Anderson students and alumni. Let me be the first to say: I am surrounded by an incredible team. The ASA Cabinet that is taking […]


Thank you AREA!

Ahead of C4C Stanford Weekend, we would like to thank the Anderson Real Estate Association for the generous donation of their $5,000 prize following their victory at the NAIOP SoCal Real Estate Challenge. Bringing us one step closer to the golden brief case. Go Bruins!


Making the Welcome Back Transition to Business School: An International Student’s Perspective


One year has passed since I started my journey here at UCLA Anderson. Looking back over the past 12 months, I can conclude that it has been one of the most fulfilling years of my life. But I’d be lying if there weren’t some difficult moments. Transitioning to life at Anderson as an international student can be challenging. The school does a good job of providing resources for international students to adapting to life in Los Angeles through obvious channels, such as forming good relationships with classmates and getting involved in school life. However, there are two additional ways that helped me transition to life at business school that I would like to share in this article.

 1. Join a trip

Group travel is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of your classmates and to make new friends early on. These shared experiences act as icebreakers, and spending several days off campus with classmates enables you to discover sides of these new acquaintances that you may never see on campus.

Discovering cultural differences through these shared experiences helps to shape your impressions of these differences, usually in a positive way. In the past year, I’ve joined both the pre-orientation Canoe Trip up the Colorado River and the Israel Spring Break trip. At the pre-orientation trip, my best memories were simply sitting around a campfire and playing a game through which we revealed our past heroic and foolish stories. Carlos Noriega Belausteguigoitia (Class of 2015 from Mexico) probably wins the award for the most outlandish stories that night. Jumping from the cliff into the Colorado River is another memory from that trip that I will never forget.

Attending that pre-orientation trip gave me a chance to know more than ten classmates before school even started, which was very helpful when classes and extracurricular activities began to pick up. It is always encouraging when you are in a new environment and you have someone that you can talk with and rely on.

The Israel trip also provided several simple, but lasting memories. While staying in the desert, we spent time watching the stars and catching sunrise at a Bedouin camp. Visiting Jerusalem and experiencing religious culture and tense relations between different religions was also an eye-opening and memorable experience.

Masa and friends outside the classroom

Masa and friends outside the classroom

But the best part about the spring trip was that I was able to expand and deepen my relationship with the classmates I had gradually come to know over the year. By winter quarter, it’s easy to fall into a group of fixed relationships – learning team, section mates, “secondary learning teams” an so on. However, on the Israel trip I was able to broaden my horizons again and get to know classmates that I had rarely interacted with before, including second years. Throughjust these two trips, which accounted for just two weeks’ time, the relationshipsI had with my classmates were dramatically enriched.

2. Learn a new sport

Learning to surf has enhanced my life at business school in several ways. Surfing enabled me to be mentally and physically sound, which in turn helped me to focus on my academic and socia activities. I started surfing in November of last year for two reasons: 1) I was curious about the experience, and 2) I needed exercise.

Surfing has given me more than I could have expected. In addition to the physical exercise, you can relax simply by going to an awesome beach and floating on the water.The waves wash away my daily pressures and concerns. Riding on a wave is so smooth and relaxing that it is easy to get hooked on surfing (though as a beginner sometimes I could only catch waves once or twice a day). Similar to the Anderson sponsored trips to the Colorado River and Israel, surfing allowed me to get outside of my comfort zone and meet new people. There are a number of other classmates that are interested in surfing and it is not difficult to find a group to go with you. Surfing provided me with yet another opportunity to hang out with my classmates, share the same experiences, and build my network beyond my circle of friends.

To conclude, two powerful ways to form lasting connections with classmates as an international student are to join those well-organized  MBA trips and to get involved in a sport in the area or through the university. By doing these two things in my first year, it greatly helped my transition to business school.

While I recommend these two methods, you don’t necessarily have to join all the trips or become a pro surfer –what you choose to do should depend on you own interests. But be sure to find ways to quickly and deeply connect with your new peers.

My own personal recommendation to those who are considering
joining a trip during spring break: the Japan America Business Association (JABA) is already planning a legendary Japan Trip for Spring Break!


California Dreamin


Being an orientation leader makes it evident how we’ve come full circle as MBAs in our second year. Seeing the excitement, nerves, and posturing of first years is such a vivid reminder of all of my emotions just one year ago. Some people jump in headfirst, others dip a toe in the water, and all are taking advantage of a new environment filled with future business partners, spouses, and unavoidable lifelong friends – while tolerating orientation leaders with titanic levels of enthusiasm. The relationships gel, the hustle grows, and after a year you feel like you’ve got your arms around it all as you go into your internship.

Just as things got comfortable last year I found myself back out on that limb. Starting an internship, like any new challenge, comes with the same jitters, the same promise of hard-earned opportunity, and the same desire of making a positive impact on a new team. For me, transitioning from school to the internship was relatively painless. I hit the ground running by missing my first flight on the first day (I have some layout suggestions for LAX) and then locking my 20-person case team out of the client computer terminal for booking meetings for a week (I have some IT suggestions for a Fortune 500 in Phoenix). On paper I should have called Parker, notified them that they somehow got a half-functioning human being a job, congratulated them on this feat, and then geared up for re-recruiting. In reality, though, these are the experiences that make us who we are. These vulnerabilities, paired with the ability to not take oneself too seriously, allow us to forge relationships that will ultimately make us effective throughout the unforeseeable turns our lives will all take.

Anderson’s reach put me on a team with multiple graduates as well as two members of the incoming Class of 2016 -allowing them to rib me in the way that only people who have your back could. The projec was challenging, but learning from the candor of those around me brought me up to speed quickly. By the time I was hitting my stride, it was over.

Touching base with the world outside the AnderBubble tends to come just in time, but lasts only long enough for you to reground yourself before plunging back into school. Like waking up an hour before your alarm goes off and realizing you get that extra bit of bliss, I’m eager to hit the cooler side of the pillow as a second year. To have the privilege of building relationships with a new class, while cementing those I started last year, is something I’ll be pinching myself over for the next nine months.

Can’t wait.

Sunset at the Santa Monica Pier, photo credit Subodh Kolla

Sunset at the Santa Monica Pier, photo credit Subodh Kolla


The Anderson Exchange


Dan Brown

Dan Brown

When Mike Hirshman and Zubin Davar revived the Anderson Exchange from its brief hiatus last year, their mission was to provide a forum for thoughtful opinion and considered commentary for the Anderson community. Our hardworking staff is excited to bring you another year of meaningful content via both this newspaper as well as TheAndersonExchange.org.


We would also like to hear from you. We are always looking for contributors to the publication, on both the writing and the production side of the organization. Please send any questions, comments, or letters to the editor to me at daniel.brown.2015@anderson.ucla.edu.

We are looking forward to a great – and newsworthy – year ahead!

Dan Brown


Class of 2014 Superlatives


Korn/Ferry: A look at the Past and Present

The Exchange editors sat down with Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, during his April 28 visit to Anderson. Korn/Ferry was founded in 1969 by Lester Korn (MBA ’60) and it is today the world’s largest executive search company. In 1988, the Anderson School’s main convocation hall was named after Lester Korn and his wife Carolbeth.

The Exchange: Here at Anderson, most students know of Lester Korn as the namesake of Korn Hall. Can you tell us about the history of the business that Lester Korn founded?

Gary Burnison

Gary Burnison

Gary Burnison: [We] were founded about 45 years ago. And Lester [Korn] and Richard Ferry both were at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., and they had a vision about creating a global executive recruiting company, and they got together and started here in Los Angeles. And, you know, one thing led to another. From a very humble beginning and small office until today, a company that has a market cap of a billion and a half dollars, and we’re in 40 countries…

The Exchange: In your book, The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership, you talked about leaders having blind spots that stemmed from a lack of soft skills. What does Korn/Ferry do to measure those soft skills? Is there a methodology that you have within the firm?

Gary Burnison: We’ve both developed and acquired a tremendous amount of intellectual property around really what separates great from good. A lot of it anchors around one’s leadership style, thinking style, emotional competency. All of which we believe is really trying to get at the notion of learning agility and whether people really continue to have an appetite to learn and to grow. We think that that’s the number one predictor of executive success today.

The Exchange: Do you think that can be taught? In other words, is that a skill that can be imparted in a business school setting?

Gary Burnison: Well, it can be taught, but the person has to have a willingness to grow and to learn, so it absolutely can be taught. But there’s also a piece of it that comes down to insatiable appetite to listen to music, to read all sorts of different things. One has to have the desire to do that.

The Exchange: What are the challenges of leading a public company? How has the experience been for Korn/Ferry as a public company?

Gary Burnison: It really comes down to your strategy that you have for your business. If you believe that you need access to capital, to financing, then each business owner needs to make the decision on how best to do that. So you can find friends and family, you could go to venture capital, you could go to private equity, you could go to your bank, or you could tap the public market. I really think it first starts with where you’re trying to take your business and what kind of capital do you need to foster that growth. Then, you need to make a decision on what avenues [are] going to be the best [ones] for your company. For us, we do need access to capital to make our brand more lasting and to get into other types of businesses that reinforce the flagship recruiting business, so we need access to capital for acquisitions as an example. So we’ve done almost 10 acquisitions over the last few years. If we were not public that would be very difficult for us to do.

The Exchange: You mentioned in your talk [at the Anderson Speaker Series] that your business has moved beyond just search and that now only 60% is the core recruiting business. Do you expect this percentage to change over the next few years?

Gary Burnison: Well, I think that it’s always going to be the foundation of the business. There’s no doubt about that, but I see that there’s a huge opportunity to continue to build solutions and services for what the board or CEO really thinks about it. It’s great to get really good people in the organization but it’s a whole other thing to get them to work together and move in the same direction. So we’re trying to anchor our organization not only in finding great people but finding out who they are and then getting them to work together towards the organization’s, the client’s common purpose.