The Strategy & Operations Management Association (SOMA) serves UCLA Anderson students interested in learning more about and exploring careers in the fields of “Internal Strategy / Corporate Strategy“, “Operations and Supply Chain“, and “Data Analytics“. SOMA has propelled Anderson students into industry opportunities and learning experiences with alumni and the broader business community through career nights, company presentations, workshops and networking events. The club conducts several analytics and data sciences workshops throughout the year to help club members get data-smart for their summer internships and also full-time careers post-Anderson. SOMA is committed to strengthening and expanding its professional network in the best interest of its members.
Ashlee Sheppard (’17)
SOMA Executive VP 2016-17
I joined SOMA as soon as I started at Anderson because I wanted to gather as much information as possible about strategy and operations. While I came from a financial operations job, I was surprised by the variety of roles that fit into the SOMA realm. The club did a great job of educating me and helping me succeed in transitioning to a new industry. The resources and people involved in the club made the recruitment process much easier than if I had not joined SOMA first year!
We work closely with UCLA Anderson’s Parker Career Management Center and other large clubs such as the Management Consulting Association, the Anderson Tech Business Association, the Marketing Association, the Investment Finance Association and others to bring a large variety of recruiting and skill-building opportunities for our members. Some of the roles our members have taken up are:
Amazon: Pathways Operations Manager
Nike: Global Supply Chain Manager
The Capital Group: Data Science Summer Associate
American Airlines: Commercial Strategy
Mattel: Internal Strategy
Flex: Corporate Strategy
Mercer: Human Resource Consultant