Faces in the Crowd

Robert Fagnani Is a Man on a (Ad)mission

BY JOHN KAPTEYN – SECTION EDITOR

Robert Fagnani

Robert Fagnani

Robert Fagnani (MBA ’15) leads the Anderson Admission Corps (AAC), which has a mandate from Anderson to increase three factors within Admissions this year: the number of applications, the quality of applicants and the yield (attendance rate) of those applicants. To this end, Rob oversees a recently recruited batch of 50 students who will be responsible for 80% of the student interviews for the Class of 2017 as well as Group Information Sessions for the coming year. Two “low hanging fruit” items the AAC will be pursuing this year include finding a way to better display the Anderson culture on a revised UCLA Anderson website to be unveiled this spring and improving the way in which visiting students experience UCLA. Many current Anderson students remember their campus visit, including a class visit, information session, and — most likely — a lot of down time. “The AAC wants to provide [visitors] with a more comprehensive day,” Fagnani states. This includes coffee chats, lunches and facilitating interaction with the centers that are of interest to each candidate. According to Fagnani, “Ultimately, it’s about finding prospective [students], communicating the Anderson culture to them and creating a personal connection.”

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Jarred Herman (FEMBA ’14)

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Jarred Herman

BY ZUBIN DAVAR

Some folks pick up a second job to pay for their undergraduate education. Jarred Herman found work with the U.S. Navy on a fast attack nuclear submarine, helping pay off his Applied Mathematics degree from the University of Nevada.

Jarred’s four six-month deployments gave him a front row seat on intelligence and reconnaissance work across the Western Asia-Pacific region. After leading a 150 member naval crew as a 23-year-old, Herman moved to LA where he served as an Assistant Adjunct Professor advising UCLA’s Naval ROTC program. He eventually enrolled in the Anderson FEMBA Class of 2014.

Jarred brought his refined team-leadership experience from the Navy to business school and found those skills valued and applicable in the high-pressure arena of consulting. Herman spent the summer of 2013 as a Summer Associate at McKinsey & Company, and he is looking forward to returning as a fulltime hire post-graduation.

Understanding how to leverage the network here at Anderson and realizing that there is no substitute for hard work has contributed to Herman’s success thus far, preparing him well for a continued meaningful and impactful career.

 

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 Nicole àBeckett 

BY ERIC SMITH

FEMBA classmates might know Nicole àBeckett (FEMBA ’15) from her work advising and driving the international trade policy for both Los Angeles mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti.

But what you might not know is that Nicole is leveraging her prior work in international trade, fluency in Mandarin, and high-caliber network to launch a business. The company, called Mercatura Global Trade Associates, is a strategic advisory firm assisting small and mid-sized businesses grow their overseas markets.

Nicole àBeckett with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chinese President Xi Jinpiing.

Nicole àBeckett with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chinese President Xi Jinpiing.

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Lindsay Shaffer

BY MIKE HIRSHMAN – EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Lindsay Shaffer

Lindsay Shaffer

Lindsay Shaffer’s (MBA ’15) education and career have been guided by a passion for wellness, sport, nutrition, and personal development. Lindsay played Lacrosse while studying pre-med as an undergraduate at Notre Dame. After working for IBM, she sought to return to the world of sport, so she came USC where she pursued graduate study and worked two years as a learning specialist with the football team. She then spent three years as an Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes at Stanford. She advised 250 student athletes and designed two undergraduate classes.

Shaffer came to Anderson looking to take the benefit of sport to a wider population beyond elite athletes. She is also making an effort here at Anderson to make healthy food available and accessible to the Anderson community. She is looking to identify a company to bring a truly healthy vending machine to the student lounge.

 

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Tina Ramos

BY JOHN KAPTEYN – SECTION EDITOR

Eaten at ShopHouse yet?

Tina Ramos

Tina Ramos

It’s probably only a matter of time. Chipotle’s new Asian fast-casual chain just opened a second location in Los Angeles – and second-year Anderson student Tina Ramos can take some credit for its success.

A summer marketing intern at Chipotle, she was tasked with building recognition and customer loyalty for the chain. It was a bold pursuit for Ramos, who previously worked as a researcher at the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based progressive think-tank.

ShopHouse was her first foray into marketing, Ramos says, adding that her time at Anderson helped her find the “courage of conviction” to pursue an internship outside her comfort zone. She hopes her experience will inspire other students to do the same.

“There is a big world out there,” Ramos says. “Follow your gut, and don’t be afraid to beat to your own drum.”

 

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Ed Moses

BY ERIC SMITH - FEMBA EDITOR

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Ed Moses poses with his Olympic Medals (Photo by Z. Davar)

You might know Ed Moses (FEMBA ’16) as the co-founder and co-owner of MoJo Marketing & Media, a creative content consulting company.
But what you might not know is that Moses is also an Olympic gold medalist. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he and his teammates nabbed the gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay. He also scored the silver medal and broke multiple world records in the 100-meter breaststroke.
His success didn’t end there. Moses continued his sporting career as a semi-professional golfer. He says his passions, experiences and international travels inspired him to start MoJo, where he currently serves as a Vice President.

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