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Bruin Success

67 EpisodesProduced by UCLA AlumniWebsite

Do you ever wonder how Bruins like you have gone on to achieve success after college? Now you have the chance to find out as UCLA alumni discuss their careers, what has helped them most in their journeys and their tips for personal and professional success.

67 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Jeff Kryka M.A. '08, Ph.D. '11, Film and Television Composer

October 11th, 2022


Los Angeles-based composer Jeff Kryka has been awarded by Turner Classic Movies, ASCAP, the RMALA, and the Henry Mancini Foundation. As both a composer and orchestrator, his work has been featured in major motion …

Chelsea Moore '13 and Jenni Olivero '13 of BOXFOX

August 4th, 2022


About Chelsea Moore: 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chelsea is the CEO and co-founder of BOXFOX. After graduating from UCLA, she and Jenni moved to Venice Beach where the idea for BOXFOX was born after spotting a gap …

Rod A. Ponce '06 of First Republic Bank

July 21st, 2022


Rod A. Ponce ’06 is Senior Account Executive with First Republic Bank. After graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he started his career in financial services …

Nikhil Gupta, J.D. '15 of the Golden State Warriors

July 11th, 2022


Nikhil Gupta is Associate General Counsel for the Golden State Warriors. In this role, he advises the organization on a wide range of commercial, …

Emily Baxt '92 of Baxt Consulting

June 23rd, 2022


Emily Baxt, career coach and principal at Baxt Consulting, specializes in professional growth and development for teams and individuals in the …

Ruben Garcia '08 of Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

June 16th, 2022


Ruben Garcia is Co-Head of the Cultural Business Strategy Group at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). In …

Jenn Wells '07 of the Marlborough School

June 7th, 2022


Jenn received her B.A. from UCLA in 2007 in American Literature and Culture and a minor in Education studies. While at UCLA, Jenn was an Orientation …

Matt Wiener '10 of Innovative Partnerships Group

May 26th, 2022


  Mr. Wiener is a Partner, Managing Director and Head of Consulting & Business Development at Innovative Partnerships Group (IPG360), joining the …

Rachel Salvo, M.B.A. '15 of Warner Bros. Consumer Products

May 19th, 2022


Rachel Salvo, MBA ’15, is a Director of Strategy and Business Planning at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. She currently leads the planning and strategic initiatives across the North America Products team, which includes …

Rafi Sands '18 of Pano AI

May 9th, 2022


Rafi Sands '18 is an MBA candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he's exploring innovative ways to help communities better adapt …

Kelsey Balance '11 of Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal Media

May 2nd, 2022


Kelsey Balance, SVP, Scripted for NBCU International Studios, oversees the Studio’s Scripted division in LA. She has been with International Studios for two years and has been the key executive in packaging and selling …

Lucy Tseng '12 of Resilientsee and UCLA Giving

April 18th, 2022


Lucy Tseng is a Life & Resilience Coach working with folks who are experiencing major changes, particularly athletes of all levels who are …

Hannah Gordon '03 of the San Francisco 49ers

April 11th, 2022


Hannah Gordon is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of the San Francisco 49ers. Gordon is a Bay Area native who grew up in Oakland …

Kristen Choi, M.S. '18 of UCLA and Kaiser Permanente

March 31st, 2022


Dr. Kristen Choi is a psychiatric nurse and Assistant Professor of Nursing and Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Choi studies health services and policy …

Kal Penn '00

March 24th, 2022


Kal Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring …

Matt Kaczmarek '04 of BlackRock

March 17th, 2022


Matt Kaczmarek, Director, is head of sustainable investing and macro policy research for the global credit investment team at BlackRock. He also …

Topology Planning @ Amazon with Izzah Khan '13

June 8th, 2021


Izzah Khan is a UCLA alumna who is currently working as a Program Manager at Amazon's Last Mile business where she supports the expansion of Amazon's delivery network in the US and Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor …

Naturopathic Medicine with Dr. Jasmine Talei

June 1st, 2021


Dr. Jasmine Talei is a California licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Film Studies at UCLA …

Cybrarian @ Oracle with Tim Gallati '10, MLIS '13

May 25th, 2021


Tim Gallati '10, MLIS '13 is a Cybrarian on the Virtual Library team at Oracle with responsibilities in data, user experience research, research …

Social Impact @ Participant with Nicole Starr '01

May 18th, 2021


Nicole Starr '01 is Vice President of Social Impact for Participant, the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to …

Artificial Intelligence and Human Connection @ Ingage with Jamal Madni, M.S. '08, '12

May 11th, 2021


Jamal Madni, M.S. '08, '12 is Co-Founder & CEO of Ingage, a company intersecting artificial intelligence and human connection by developing a behavioral signal analytics videoconferencing platform to help …

Sustainability Data Management @ Google with Liz Schneider '14

May 4th, 2021


Liz Schneider '14 works on Google's real estate sustainability team, where she is currently the team's first-ever data manager. She helped create …

Business Diversity & Inclusion @ Nike with Anthony Martore '16

April 27th, 2021


Anthony Martore '16 is a Manager on the Business Diversity & Inclusion team at NIKE. In his current role, he leads an enterprise-wide initiative …

Asset Optimization @ Netflix with Kate Pflueger '11

April 20th, 2021


Kate Pflueger ’11 is Manager of Asset Optimization Strategy at Netflix. After graduating in 2011 with a BA in Communications, Kate launched her career at Paramount Pictures in their Worldwide Marketing Partnerships …

User Acquisition @ Headspace with Brandon Dang '16

April 13th, 2021


Brandon Dang '16 is responsible for user acquisition at Headspace - an app for meditation, mindfulness and mental health. He graduated UCLA in 2016 …

Global Mobility @ WeWork with Sei Ishikawa '05

April 6th, 2021


Sei Ishikawa '05 began his career in the global mobility industry over 15 years ago. After graduating from UCLA with double majors in Political …

10 Careers You’ve Never Heard Of

April 1st, 2021


When someone says “career,” you probably think of the classic ones like Doctor, Lawyer or Teacher, right? It makes sense yet so many career choices exist beyond the ones we may think of first.

Over the next 10 episodes, …

A Farewell Message from Katie Russo

March 23rd, 2021


Katie Russo shares a farewell message and her thoughts on success in her final episode of Bruin Success. Since May 2019, Katie has hosted over 35 interviews delivering incredible “life after UCLA” stories from Bruins …

Ann Wang '13 of Enrou

March 9th, 2021


Ann Wang is the co-founder and CEO of Enrou, an online story-driven marketplace for the socially conscious consumer to discover one-of-a-kind products created in developing communities around the world. Enrou empowers …

Joshua Arce '97 of the City & County of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

February 24th, 2021


Joshua Arce serves as the City of San Francisco's Director of Workforce Development following his appointment by Mayor London Breed in August 2018. …

Sudheer Doss '01, Ph.D. '06 of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

February 10th, 2021


Sudheer Doss, Ph.D., is responsible for creating the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s data and technology vision and strategy and for all patient …

Kevin Brazile '80, J.D. '83 of the Los Angeles Superior Court

February 2nd, 2021


Judge Kevin C. Brazile’s life reflects a series of firsts — he was the first in his family to graduate from college, first to graduate from law …

Craig Ehrlich '78 of the UCLA Foundation

January 28th, 2021


Craig is the former chairman of the GSMA, the world’s largest trade association for the mobile industry, a position that he held for seven years. He is also former chairman of Carmel Ventures Asia, a leading venture …

Max Barnes '16 of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

January 21st, 2021


Maximilian "Max" Barnes ’16 is the Communications Manager at the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) where he leads media + public relations, press around new housing developments, …

Career Tips for a New Year

January 15th, 2021


As we all start a new year and reflect on all the change 2020 brought us, Bruin Success is here to support you in exploring, clarifying, and achieving new career goals you have in mind for the year. In this episode, our …

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie '81, J.D. '84 of Human Rights Watch

December 8th, 2020


Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a lawyer, human rights and children’s rights advocate, author, philanthropist, and former television executive. She is also an active member of the DNC National Finance Committee and the Biden …

Araceli Almazan '04 of Alvarez-Glassman & Colvin

November 3rd, 2020


Araceli Almazan ’04, Senior Associate at Alvarez-Glassman & Colvin (AGC), represents municipal entities and public entity clients in all areas of …

John Arboleda '96 of Adobe

October 27th, 2020


John Arboleda ’96 has been based in Europe since 2004, and currently resides in Barcelona, Spain, where he serves as the Head of Primary & …

Paco Retana ’87, M.S.W. ’90 of Wellnest

October 20th, 2020


Paco Retana ’87, M.S.W. ’90 has been serving the vulnerable youth and marginalized communities in Los Angeles for nearly 30 years. As a recognized …

Cathy Choi '96 of The Eisner Foundation

October 13th, 2020


Cathy Choi is senior director of programs at The Eisner Foundation, overseeing the planning, strategic development and distribution of $7 million in annual grants. She develops grantee relationships during and after the …

Vito Costanzo '84 of Holland & Knight

October 6th, 2020


Vito A. Costanzo is a partner in the litigation section of the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight, where he assists technology companies in …

Cheryl Lott '01, J.D. '04, UCLA Alumni Association President

June 15th, 2020


Cheryl Lott ’01, J.D. ’04 represents corporate clients, banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court. Her practice focuses on general business and commercial litigation, as …

Steve O'Dell & Robbie Page '14 of Tenzo Tea

June 8th, 2020


Steve O’Dell and Robbie Page '14 are the founders of Tenzo Tea, a lifestyle brand founded on the belief of better energy for the mind and body. Steve …

David Eisman '92 of Goldman Sachs

May 25th, 2020


David Eisman '92 is head of the Northwest Region and co-head of the firm’s West Region Advisory Group in the Investment Banking Division. He has worked with many of the firm's most important clients in the Retail, …

Suzanne Seplow, Ed.D. '01 of UCLA Student Affairs

May 18th, 2020


Suzanne Seplow Ed.D. '01  is the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Development. The areas within Student Development provide programs and services …

Peter Taylor '80 of ECMC Foundation

May 11th, 2020


Peter Taylor '80 has been the president of ECMC Foundation since May 2014. During his tenure, he has overseen more than $165 million of grants and PRI investments in initiatives affecting higher education outcomes, …

Elisabeth Michaels '09 of Facebook

May 4th, 2020


Elisabeth Michaels graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a B.A. in Political Science. She currently leads Strategy & Operations for the AR/VR …

Monique Billings of the WNBA

April 27th, 2020


Fashion-forward, athletic, cultured and full of personality. All of these traits describe WNBA player, Monique Billings. Born on May 2, 1996, Monique …

D'Artagnan Scorza '07, Ph.D. '13 of the Social Justice Learning Institute

April 20th, 2020


D'Artagnan Scorza '07, Ph.D. '13 and his work is grounded in efforts to create communities where all people can thrive. His expansive research, …

La'Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D. '04 of UCLA

April 13th, 2020


La'Tonya Rease Miles, Ph.D. '04 is the Executive Director of First-Year Experience at UCLA, where she works collaboratively with Residential Life, …

Todd Sargent '96 of Walt Disney Parks, Experiences & Products

April 6th, 2020


Todd Sargent ’96 leads talent and organizational development solutions for The Walt Disney Company’s Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products …

Jamika Martin '17 of ROSEN Skincare

March 29th, 2020


Jamika Martin '17 is the founder of ROSEN Skincare, a clean beauty brand for people with acne-prone skin. After years of dealing with difficult skin …

Stephen Mendoza '18 of Wells Fargo

February 7th, 2020


Stephen Mendoza '18 is a proud product of the Santa Ana public school system. His experience growing up in a poor, underprivileged community …

Nurit Katz, MBA/MPP '08 of UCLA

January 21st, 2020


As UCLA’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurit Katz, MBA/MPP ’08 works to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to create a world-class living laboratory for sustainability. She …

Paul Viviano, MPA '76 of Children's Hospital Los Angeles

January 6th, 2020


In 2015, Paul Viviano, MPA ’76 accepted his current role as President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Prior to this position, he …

Anna Lee Fisher '71, M.D. '76, M.S. '87 of NASA

December 6th, 2019


Anna Lee Fisher '71, M.D. '76, M.S. '87 is a famous chemist, physician and astronaut and an amazing Triple Bruin with 3 degrees from UCLA. Dr. Fisher …

Jake Rosen '16 of Hulu

November 20th, 2019


Jake Rosen '16 is an Account Manager at Hulu working within the Advertising Sales organization. He was previously a Sales Planner within the Pricing …

Vishaka Sriniwasan '16 of Amgen

November 6th, 2019


Vishaka Sriniwasan '16 is a Sr. Associate Business Analyst at Amgen in their Information Systems group. She graduated from UCLA with a major in …

J.J. Lee '13 of L'Oréal

July 29th, 2019


J.J. Lee '13 studied Computational and Systems Biology and graduated in 2013. Currently, she is a program manager at L'Oréal’s technology incubator …

Jared Richmond '11 of Wasserman

July 8th, 2019


Jared Richmond '11 believes in the power of positive thinking. He is persuasive with a natural strength in relationship building. He is a student, …

Johnathan Franklin '12 of Los Angeles Rams

June 24th, 2019


Johnathan Franklin '12 is a Los Angeles native heading into his 4th season in Community Affairs and Engagement for the Los Angeles Rams. Franklin …

Patrick Fontenette '16 of Game Seven Marketing

June 17th, 2019


Patrick Fontenette '16 is a Production Coordinator at Game Seven Marketing. Channeling his creative and entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick has utilized his degree to launch a career in entertainment and event production. …

Jasmine Yen '15 of Warner Bros. Entertainment

June 12th, 2019


Jasmine Yen '15 is an Associate Recruiter for Warner Bros. Entertainment. In her role, Jasmine is responsible for various aspects of the recruitment …

Jordyn Wieber '17 of UCLA Gymnastics

June 3rd, 2019


Jordyn Wieber '17 is an Olympic Gold Medalist and former Assistant Coach for UCLA Gymnastics.  A member of the “Fierce Five” United States squad that …

Greg Wolf '94 of CBS News

May 20th, 2019


Greg Wolf '94 is a studio anchor & play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports 1 & PAC-12 Networks, having hosted the flagship shows on both …

Jennifer Ferro '91 of KCRW

May 11th, 2019


Jennifer Ferro '91 is President of KCRW, a Los Angeles-based public radio station known around the world for its curation of music, public affairs …

What is Bruin Success?

May 11th, 2019


Welcome to Bruin Success, the newest podcast to hit the UCLA campus and Bruin community. We’re here to deliver “life after UCLA” stories from fellow Bruins who have graduated and gone on to conquer the world in diverse …

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