Meet UCLA Anderson’s MBA Class of 2020

Emily Moore

UCLA, Anderson School of Management

Connector, Avid Foodie and Sports Enthusiast, Passionate for all things underrated.”

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I like to perform singing toasts at my close friends and family members’ weddings even though I have a hard time carrying a tune.

Undergraduate School and Major: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Business Administration

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: ESPN, Sports Marketing Manager

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: In 2017 and 2018, I brought in 3 new sponsors for NCAA Championship events on ESPN – Pizza Hut, Google Cloud, and Werner Ladder – all of which had not previously been a sponsor of these events.    

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Synergetic. While my Anderson classmates have very diverse backgrounds, we all are interested in getting to know each other and being collaborative both in and outside the classroom.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you?  Career Opportunities. What I want to do (strategic partnerships/sports sponsorships) is very specific and niche, With my network and the Parker Career Management Center at Anderson, I think I will be able to get there. UCLA Anderson students get jobs in a field that they are passionate about – either entertainment, sports, healthcare, consulting or so many others. Other schools are so focused on the “generic” paths – finance, consulting and brand management.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Sports Business Association

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I have high ambitions for my career and myself; I wanted to be intellectually challenged and grow my leadership skills.

How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment? When I decide to go for something, I go all in and a person ultimately gets out of an MBA what they put in. I’m planning to get super involved in my two years at Anderson so it will be worth it – both in the immediate future and for my entire career.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? Stanford Graduate School of Business, Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and UVA Darden School of Business 

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I prioritized location, culture/people, and career opportunities. I spoke with various current students and alumni from all four schools to which I applied. For the ones where I got accepted, I visited the admitted students weekends, which were very helpful in meeting potential classmates and learning more about opportunities at the school.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? Getting the Marketing Coordinator job offer at ESPN in the fall of 2014. It taught me persistence and the benefit of holding out for something that I really want.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? I am hoping to work in Strategic Partnerships for a lifestyle brand.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I plan to be at a large company in a big city making my way towards being the Head of Strategic Partnerships.

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