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Sana Rahim, Founder and CEO

Sana is a People Operations Manager at Freckle Education. As Freckle’s first HR leader, Sana builds the people and culture function – and thinks critically about how to cultivate an environment where employees are happy and able to do their best work. She oversees diversity and inclusion, talent development, and performance management for Freckle. 

Previously, Sana served as an interfaith ambassador for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, where she built faith-based community coalitions for social justice projects in Atlanta, GA. After that, she led large teams as a sales and operations manager for five years at McMaster-Carr in Chicago, IL, overseeing employee development and operational performance. After leaving this role, Sana led executive coaching and leadership development at the Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UCLA.

 

Outside of her professional life, Sana is always looking for opportunities to build bridges by sharing her experiences as a Muslim American woman. Sana was recently selected as a Fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute (AMCLI) at USC. At UCLA Anderson, she was selected as a John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow for her work around inclusion and social justice. She also co-founded Intersectional Feminists of LA, a community forum for women to gather and dialogue.

 

Sana holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA from Northwestern University.

Bhavna Sivanand, Executive Director, Impact@Anderson

 

Bhavna Sivanand is determined to show the world (and MBA students) that business can be a force for social change. She is the executive director of Impact@Anderson, the school’s faculty led initiative to launch a new Center for Social Impact and Innovation at UCLA Anderson. In this role, Bhavna is responsible for establishing the vision and strategy for the new Center, garnering financial resources, and engaging with students, alumni, faculty and impact professionals in the community. Prior to Anderson, Bhavna spent over 10 years in the field of public health, forging public-private partnerships at all three levels of the Canadian government. She launched several public health programs and implemented new policies that served marginalized segments of the population to prevent chronic disease. She also developed awareness-raising public health campaigns, built multi-sector partnerships, and engaged high-profile stakeholders to further the obesity prevention policy agenda.  She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson. Her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology is from the University of Toronto.

Amanda Williams, Senior Program Manager at Apple  

 

Originally hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amanda has optimized for impact throughout her career.  Currently a Senior Program Manager for Apple Retail, Amanda spent time in Hardware Development at Apple and in Operations Management at McMaster-Carr.  In addition to her work in the private sector, she has prioritized social impact as volunteer at several non-profit organizations - most recently as a Court Appointed Friend and Advocate for a Fresh Lifelines for Youth.  To relax, Amanda enjoys culinary adventures and watching and playing sports. Amanda holds three degrees from Stanford (BA, Psychology; MA, Sociology; MBA) and currently lives in San Mateo, California with her husband. 

Amy Nardi, Senior Operations and People Manager 

Amy Nardi served as a general manager of the midwest operations of McMaster-Carr for over 15 years. Amy distinguished herself as a leader who worked amongst and lead dozens of teams through change management and improved performance measures both in the distribution center and customer service operations. As a senior manager in the warehouse operations, Amy contributed to an innovative safety program that reduced injuries by 50% across a team of 50 people, without compromising quality or productivity. A trusted advocate for employees and new supervisors, Amy was the "go to" manager for questions about job performance, career development, and coaching. Amy also spent 5 years working with for a non-profit organization focused on helping children with autism. Across a wide variety of roles, contributing to the success of others is what Amy finds truly rewarding.

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