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LEARNED THE WAY TO GO. BEFORE, THE WHOLE PROCESS WAS DAUNTING."
NOT THAT ALEXANDER LAWRENCE M.B.A. '99 wouldn't have gotten
into one of the nation's most prestigious business schools and gone
on to join the international team of a management-consulting firm
without the Riordan Fellows Program at The Anderson School. It's
just that doing it strictly on his own would have been a lot harder.
wouldn't have felt as comfortable in knowing what to do," from
writing school applications to deciding on a career path, he says.
college graduate, Lawrence earned a graduate degree in electrical
engineering in the early 1990s and went to work supervising production
lines at manufacturing plants in Minnesota and California.
did that for a couple of years, then decided I wanted to move up
in the food chain," he says. "I wanted to be more on the
how to get there? That's when he heard about Anderson's Riordan
Program. Founded in 1987 by the Riordan Foundation with leadership
from former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan and Management Professor
William Ouchi, holder of the Sanford and Betty Sigoloff Chair in
Corporate Renewal the program aims to help fill the growing
demand for trained managers from diverse and underserved backgrounds
by offering Fellows broad exposure to the business world.