Westside Network September 2013 Newsletter


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Young Alumni Happy Hour, Communication Panel, Cal vs UCLA Taligate, and so much more.

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Westside Network September 2013 Newsletter

  2. 2. 2SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Effective Communication & Public Speaking Panel Bruin Professionals Westwood Networking Meeting Young Alumni Happy Hour Blue Page - What’s Bruin? Cal vs. UCLA Football Tailgate Reading to Kids (R2K) Saturday Reading Club Westside Bruins Committee: Looking For a Few Good Bruins New Bruin Send Off Party: Recap 3 6 6 6 7 8 9 11
  3. 3. 3SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 3 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION & PUBLIC SPEAKING PANEL Tuesday, Oct. 1st | 6:30 - 8:30 P.M • Would you like to be a more persuasive and confident communicator? • Do you want to energize and engage listeners? • Do you want to develop more effective or stronger business presentations? • Do you make speeches or interact with the media at work? Come to the Westside Network’s Effective Communication and Public Speaking Panel and learn how to communicate more effectively and get your audience to act. Hear speakers discuss presentations that have audience-grabbing power, methods for motivating people, improving or increasing sales, structuring, focusing messages, and awareness of body language. You will hear from an expert panel of recruiters, then network with other attendees and the guest panelists to promote your own talents. Matthew Boatright-Simon, UCLA Communications and Public Outreach Screen and stage director Matt Boatright-Simon has shot and directed commercials, stage plays, and television from New Delhi, India to New Castle, Indiana. Spanning shoots in high fashion to higher education, Matt tells great stories with a unique colloquial voice. He has worked for top Los Angeles production houses including Lost Planet, Rhythm & Hues, and the Henson Company. He has framed up Mick Jagger’s super group Super Heavy, jazz legend Kenny Burrell’s docu-concert with B.B. King and Stevie Wonder, and has lensed other music luminaries including Kanye West, Dave Stewart, Michael Jackson, T.I., and the Pussycat Dolls. Matt’s background has made him an expert in public speaking, on-camera opinion, interview and reporting for national outlets.  
  4. 4. 4SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 4 Sanjay Nambiar, Tengo Communications Sanjay Nambiar is an award-winning author as well as the founder of Tengo Communications, a freelance copy writing firm, and Umiya Publishing. His business experience spans a wide array of disciplines including investment banking, private equity, marketing, business development, strategic marketing, and entrepreneurship. He has worked for Hambrecht & Quist (now part of JP Morgan Chase), Listen.com, ABC Television, Artisan Entertainment, and Creative Artists Agency. As an author, Sanjay won a Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal and a Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for his debut book, Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones). He also is the author of the award-winning Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones) and Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones). In 2013, Sanjay published The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started, a picture book that subverts the princess paradigm and encourages girls to be empowered. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley, with degrees in Economics and Neurobiology, and earned a M.B.A. from UCLA.   Robert Chew, BoldPoint Now Bob Chew is the founder of BoldPoint Now, a unique presentation training system designed to make everyone a more powerful communicator. Prior to BoldPoint, Bob was a business journalist with Advertising Age, Executive Vice President at Global PR firms Burson-Marsteller, Grey Advertising’s GCI Group, and a business writer for Time.com. He has worked on many of the top global brands, from GE, Singapore Airlines, and Toyota. The BoldPoint Now system is based on point of view development, story-telling, and great design techniques for non-designers. Bob has taught communications, public relations, and presenting at UCLA Extension. He offers lessons developed from decades of presenting, pitching, and packaging powerful stories from the front lines of business.  
  5. 5. 5SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 5 Jinah Kim, NBC & WorldWise Productions Jinah Kim’s first full-time job in broadcast journalism came during her junior year at UCLA when she began working as the weekend desk assistant and news writer at KTLA in Los Angeles. Kim moved on to KCCN, when it was a CBS affiliate in Monterey, California. She produced the 11 p.m. news broadcast. She then joined the report and anchor chair at KCBA, the FOX television station in Salinas, California. In 1999, she became a reporter/fill-in anchor for KSWB-TV Channel 5 in San Diego, California. Just prior to that, she had a brief stint as a reporter at OCN in Orange County. In February 2003 she moved to Denver, Colorado to work as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KUSA-TV, Channel 9. She is now a correspondent for KNBC, NBC News Channel, and MSNBC in Los Angeles, California.   Capital One 360 Cafe 11175 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90025 This event hosted by Space is limited. Reserve your seat early for $20. $25 at the door, space permitting. Please RSVP on our BruinWorks page: http://tinyurl.com/nuvu24w Register by September 25, 2013. Complimentary refreshments and beverages provided. Check in begins at 6:15 p.m. Speakers will begin at 6:35 p.m. Send inquiries to Teresa Chien, teresa@alumni.ucla.edu
  6. 6. 6SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 6 Thursday, Sept. 26th | 6 - 9:00 P.M Come celebrate the first day of school young alumni style. Reminisce with fellow Westside young alumni about your days on campus and toast to the next generation of Bruins. Bamboo Izakaya will have an area roped off and will be extending their happy hour just for you! To RSVP log onto our Bruinworks page: http://tinyurl.com/my338mt And look for updates on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/kqd62vm Contact Matt Ross with questions mross@alumni.ucla.edu Bamboo Izakaya 1541 Ocean Ave, Ste 120 Santa Monica, CA 90401 bambooizakaya.com Young Alumni Happy HourBruin Professionals Westwood Networking Meeting Thursday, Sept. 19th | 7 - 9:00 A.M Join fellow UCLA Alumni in this business networking environment. Networking from 7:00 - 7:30 a.m Business Meeting from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m Enjoy a continental breakfast for five dollars. To RSVP log onto www.bruinprofessionals.com Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP 11355 W Olympic Blvd. 10th FL, East Tower Los Angeles, CA 90064 Happy Hour | Thursday, Nov. 7th | 6:00 P.M Hang with your fellow alumni at the Westside Network’s happy hour! Our quarterly happy hours have become a great tradition for the Westside Network. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet other westside Bruins in a small and intimate setting. Details on the venue will follow soon. So, please stay posted for more information coming soon. Contact Christie Asselin with questions: christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu. Want to share your good news? Tell fellow Bruins about a promotion, birth of a child, new job, birthdays, or upcoming nuptials? Email your submissions to: cpatel@alumni.ucla.edu by Oct.10, 2013. Blue Page - What’s Bruin?
  7. 7. 7SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 7 Cal vs. UCLA Football Tailgate at the Rose Bowl Saturday, Oct. 12th The Westside Network is excited to bring you our Cal vs. UCLA tailgate. Join fellow alumni as we eat, drink, play games, and talk UCLA Bruins football! An all-you-can-eat menu will be provided for tailgaters that includes: - Slow-roasted chicken & pork tacos (vegetarian option provided as well) - Grilled fajita vegetables, pinto, black beans, warm corn & flour tortillas - Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, chips & salsa - Cold domestic, imported beers & homemade margaritas - Soda & water Corn hole tournament throughout the day! Winners will receive some UCLA swag to take home. Come hang out with fellow football fans before the game and fill-up on some delicious food and drink! This is sure to be a great time with Bruins. We welcome all from any age or geographic region. You don’t want to miss out on this one! $20 advance registration, $40 at the event *Includes unlimited food and drink. **Does not include tickets to the game or parking. Game time will be announced by the Pac-12 Network. An email will be sent to attendees with time & location of the tailgate. More information will also be posted on BruinWorks: http://tinyurl.com/ow89qvm
  8. 8. 8SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 88SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 8 Reading to Kids (R2K) Saturday Reading Club Saturday, Nov 9th Support our community and help some great kids get excited about reading and college at the Reading to Kids (R2K) Saturday Reading Club! R2K is dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading. They coordinate reading clubs at elementary schools in downtown Los Angeles where volunteers read aloud to children and create arts and crafts projects about the stories. Each child receives a book to take home and the books read aloud are donated to the school’s library. Reading aloud to children imparts a love of books that leads to improved literacy, to a more successful education, and to a brighter future. College Spirit Day! Each year R2K organizes College Spirit Day to encourage students to think about college. Early exposure will instill a sense of excitement and anticipation. It is particularly important for the kids in these schools to hear about college because many of the R2K students will be the very first in their families to seek a higher education. Please wear your Bruin Gear! We will have the opportunity to talk with the kids about UCLA and our experiences there. Parents who attend will also receive information about financial aid and planning for college from R2K (not us!). Volunteers often meet for lunch at El Cholo on Western Avenue after the reading clubs for complimentary appetizers. Volunteers, please visit www.readingtokids.org where you’ll need to register and RSVP. Please sign up for Alta Loma Elementary School and select UCLA Spirit as your volunteer group affiliation. *An RSVP on BruinWorks or Facebook will not reserve your space* Sign up is first-come, first served. Please sign up early! You may register after October 14, 2013. To receive updates from Reading to Kids, please click here to join their e-mail list: http://www.readingtokids.org/News/Subscribe.html Contact Christie Asselin with questions: christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu
  9. 9. 9SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 9 The Westside Network is looking for a few good Bruins Did you know that the Westside Network is recruiting for our committees? That’s right! It’s easy to get more involved with us! In addition to being an active member of the Westside Network, you can also add this as volunteer experience to your resume. Most importantly, you are in complete control of how deeply you get involved and how much time you to commit. So if you’re interested, here are the committees that we are currently forming: Business Networking Email ranjun@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. Communications Members of this committee would be tasked with supporting any and all efforts related to communications including writing content for the newsletter, posting on social media outlets, and writing press releases. Email cpatel@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. Community Service Members of this committee would be tasked with helping to find, organize, and recruit for our community service-based efforts. Christie Asselin’s Reading to Kids (R2K) effort is a good example. We also have Volunteer Day coming up on September 24th. Email christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. Events Members of this committee would be tasked with supporting the development, production and execution of our events. This includes assisting with existing events (e.g. the Send Off party, the Public Speaking Panel, and our ongoing happy hours) to organizing new events (for example -- a brunch club). Email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. Fundraising Members of this committee would be tasked with supporting any and all efforts related to fundraising for both our general as well as our scholarship fund. Email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu for more information.
  10. 10. 10SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 10 Sports Members of this committee would assist with any and all sports-related events. It includes things like finding locations and organizing watch parties and assisting with group outings such as UCLA or Los Angeles Dodger games. Email brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. Young Alumni Email mross@alumni.ucla.edu for more information. To join one (or more) committee, just email the Board member leading that group. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
  11. 11. 11SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 11 New Bruin Send-Off Party The Westside & South Bay Network co-hosted a Bruin Beach Party at Ocean Park Beach on Sunday, Sept. 8th, to welcome our incoming students to the Bruin Family. Students taking a moment to smile for the camera. Incoming freshman Rebecca wins a pair of blue & gold TOMS! Westside Network scholarship recipient Alan Grusky. Beach volleyball! It was a day filled with students, family, friends, and it was an absolute blast! In addition to a few rounds of beach volleyball, we also raffled off some UCLA swag and a donated pair of TOMS UCLA Campus Classics. The best part was watching our new students lead us through an 8-clap lead by incoming freshman Brian. We look forward to hosting another Send-Off party again next year.
  12. 12. 12SEPTEMBER 2013 VOL, 1 ISSUE 3 12 Join the Los Angeles Westside Network Connect with us Questions? Comments? Interested in getting more involved? We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Co-Presidents: Christie or Brandie Christie Asselin: christiemasselin@alumni.ucla.edu Brandie Barrera: brandiebarrera@alumni.ucla.edu Calendar of Events Sept. - Nov. 2013 Sept. 19th | 7:00 a.m BP Westwood Networking Meeting Sept. 26th | 6:00 p.m Young Alumni Happy Hour Oct. 1st | 6:30 p.m Communication Panel Oct. 12th | TBA Cal vs. UCLA Football Tailgate Nov. 7th | 6:00 p.m Westside Network Happy Hour Nov. 9th Reading to Kids (R2K) Westside Network Board of Directors 2013-2015 Co-Presidents Christie Asselin & Brandie Barrera Vice President Teresa Chien Secretary Vacant Treasurer Claudia Hart Membership Chair Ranjun Chauhan Young Alumni Chair Matt Ross Communications Chair Chet Patel Scholarship Chair Diane Rogers Members at Large Tory Haas Brian Blake Gloria Whitmoyer Immediate Past President Julie Stewart click on the icons above to reach us online Check out our Alumni pages We’re on BruinWorks, Facebook & LinkedIn