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Outside the Ivory Tower
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BETTER BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

"I LEARNED THE WAY TO GO. BEFORE, THE WHOLE PROCESS WAS DAUNTING."

IT'S 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.

"I wouldn't have felt as comfortable in knowing what to do," from writing school applications to deciding on a career path, he says.

A first-generation 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.

"I 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 managerial side."

But 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.

 

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