Have you ever wondered what it was like to attend UCLA and how to succeed after college? Join us at our Alumni Panel to learn about the different paths our alumni have pursued after graduating from UCLA.
Panel Zoom Information:
When: Saturday, April 18 at 1:00pm PST
Link: Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 973 8459 9690
Angela Arunarsirakul is currently a 2nd year MBA student at the UCLA Anderson School of Management where she serves as the Executive VP of the Anderson Student Association. Prior to business school, she spent three years in Indonesia and two years in Japan teaching English to university and high school students. After graduation, she will go into management consulting with Bain & Co.
A native Angeleno with a Thai mom and Khmer dad, Angela herself was a SEA Admit student back in 2009. At UCLA, she took advantage of study abroad opportunities, interned in local government, participated in culture nights, and was involved in student government. Angela graduated from UCLA in 2013 with a B.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, History, Asian American Studies, and Political Science and a minor in Public Affairs.
Chau is driven by her aspiration to be an influential businesswoman and community leader. She is passionate about creating a world-class financial services organization specializing in planning and wealth management, and she has dedicated her 25-year career developing strategic services dedicated to growing high performing advisors and professional teams. She leads all centralized services, encompassing financial planning and investments, technology, and talent acquisition. She is also seasoned in financial services industry regulation, compliance and corporate risk management.
Chau has successfully integrated philanthropy with business goals to advance corporate responsibility. In 2017, Chau and her partner, John Klemm, co-founded a pioneering program, “Peers For Careers,” at UCLA designed to help students on the autism spectrum improve their college experience and professional employability. She has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the UCLA Foundation, and received numerous honors and awards for her work.
Chau attended UCLA where she received a B.A. in Economics. She earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. She and John are life partners who share a passion for philanthropy, world travel, and impactful time with family.
Yosephine graduated UCLA in 2014 with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Global Studies. Currently, she is working in the biotech industry, specifically in the field of clinical trials management. As a Country Study Manager (more commonly known as a Clinical Trial Manager) at Genentech, she is responsible for managing late phase clinical studies for immuno oncology drugs. During her time at UCLA, she was involved in many parts of SEA CLEAR, including SEA Admit weekend, mentorship, and peer counseling. She was also part of UCLA Marching Band and VSU Modern. Originally from Napa Valley, Yosephine has been a Bay Area resident for most of her life and currently resides in San Francisco. Outside of work, Yosephine loves to travel and has a goal of visiting all 50 states in the US (currently visited 39 so far).
I graduated from UCLA in 2008, majoring in History and minoring in Southeast Asian Studies. At UCLA, I was part of the Vietnamese Student Union and heavily involved in HOPE, an outreach program that worked with high school students in Westminster and Chinatown. I also studied abroad in Vietnam and Singapore. After finishing at UCLA, I tutored SAT for a couple years (hated it) and then left to Vietnam to teach English for 4 years. I returned to California in 2015 and got a teaching credential at Cal State Northridge. Now I teach AP Government and Economics. I am also currently getting my Master’s in Linguistics.
CARESSE L. VUONG
I’m a fourth year medical student at UCSD School of Medicine and am in a dual degree program, pursuing an MPH as well at UC Berkeley. My interests in medicine are emergency medicine, health equity, and addiction research. I graduated UCLA 2015 as a Physiological Science major and was very involved in Vietnamese Student Union and SEA CLEAR. During my undergraduate I was also part of a pre-health society, a CPR instructor, and volunteered at Ronald Reagan. For hobbies, I love running, camping, rock climbing, & anything outdoors!
JOHN M. KLEMM
John is a high tech serial entrepreneur having led, managed and participated in four successful acquisitions, IPO’s and exits.
Today, John and his lifetime partner and fellow alumna, Chau Le, are executive advisors to a pioneering program at UCLA focused on helping students with autism to improve their college experience and employability. In addition, John serves on UCLA’s Chancellor’s Cabinet Council alongside other corporate advisory seats.
Entering UCLA in 1985 and completing his bachelor degree in 2015, John’s thirty year journey has taken him through the first Persian Gulf War as a Navy Corpsman, raising a family, and developing a successful entrepreneurial career. Having found his True North in reconnecting with Chau, John returned to UCLA to finish his education and discovered a higher calling in UCLA philanthropy.
When asked as to his greatest achievement, he would share his “pride in mentoring and inspiring individuals to maximize their potential.” John’s story is not the typical college to career biography as he took the road less traveled.