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Knowledge and Study Tour Los Angeles

In partnership with UCLA and Disney, we’re taking a group of women to Los Angeles for four days/five nights of exceptional world-class learning and knowledge sharing. You’ll get access to world-class learning at the distinguished UCLA Anderson School of Management, go behind-the scenes at Disneyland and head into carefully-selected LA-based companies where you’ll have the opportunity to directly talk with the executives from these businesses to garner their expertise and take this knowledge back to the company where you work.

Why Los Angeles?

While New York is the hub for financial services, and San Francisco is the tech powerhouse, Southern California takes the prize as the largest economy in the US. It’s undeniably reputed as the entertainment capital but what many people don’t know is it’s also a true engine for business and industry.

Los Angeles to be one of the most competitive marketplaces in the world it’s home to a burgeoning amount of companies including Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Facebook and Salesforce. In the past five years, venture funding to Los Angeles-based startups has exploded. In fact, in 2016, LA startups raised more than $4.2 billion.

Our partner UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university that has been a pioneer preserving through impossibility and turning the futile into the attainable for nearly 100 years. This can-do perspective has brought them 13 Nobel Prizes, 12 MacArthur Fellow and over 261 Olympic medals. Not to mention, the birthplace of the internet.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is the graduate business school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management now ranks among the top-tier business schools in the world. An award-winning faculty renowned for research and teaching, highly selective admissions, and world class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment in the heart of Southern California.

In partnership with UCLA and Disney, we’re taking a group of women to Los Angeles for four days/five nights of exceptional world-class learning and knowledge sharing. You’ll get access to world-class learning at the distinguished UCLA Anderson School of Management, go behind-the scenes at Disneyland and head into carefully-selected LA-based companies where you’ll have the opportunity to directly talk with the executives from these businesses to garner their expertise and take this knowledge back to the company where you work.

Why Los Angeles?

While New York is the hub for financial services, and San Francisco is the tech powerhouse, Southern California takes the prize as the largest economy in the US. It’s undeniably reputed as the entertainment capital but what many people don’t know is it’s also a true engine for business and industry.

Los Angeles to be one of the most competitive marketplaces in the world it’s home to a burgeoning amount of companies including Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Facebook and Salesforce. In the past five years, venture funding to Los Angeles-based startups has exploded. In fact, in 2016, LA startups raised more than $4.2 billion.

Our partner UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university that has been a pioneer preserving through impossibility and turning the futile into the attainable for nearly 100 years. This can-do perspective has brought them 13 Nobel Prizes, 12 MacArthur Fellow and over 261 Olympic medals. Not to mention, the birthplace of the internet.

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is the graduate business school at the University of California, Los Angeles. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management now ranks among the top-tier business schools in the world. An award-winning faculty renowned for research and teaching, highly selective admissions, and world class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment in the heart of Southern California.

Your time in Los Angeles

Day 1 

We welcome you! The week ahead is as much about mindset and connection as it is about knowledge and growth and over the course of our first evening together, you’ll get to know and connect with your fellow participants and facilitators and set expectations for the week ahead.

Day 2 

Your time on campus at the world renowned UCLA Anderson School of Management begins. Today we will head into the classroom and explore tools that empower businesses to map, discuss, design and invent new business models. You’ll learn to identify and communicate the ways to create, visualise and test models without wasting capital or overcomplicating the approach. You’ll also learn how to methodically generate ideas, de-risk guesses, and make sure you’re solving the right problems for the right people.

Day 3 

As well as creating a magical environment for guests from around the world, Walt and Roy Disney mastered the art of business. They discovered that leadership, service and employee engagement were key concepts that when used holistically, would lead to maximum results.

Today is your opportunity to engage with the Disney brand and observe key examples, using the Disneyland theme park as a business lab. We’ll spend time at the Disney Institute learning how time-tested core concepts helped establish Disney as one of the world’s leading brands and then take you behind the scenes to explore firsthand how Disney business insights and proven methodologies are operationalised to deliver a great customer experience. You’ll also see how committed, responsible, inspiring leaders are able to motivate their team and keep employees aligned on the vision of making the park the happiest place on earth and how they continue to innovate and build brand loyalty too – even after 100 years in business.

Day 4 

This is the day of site visits where we take you behind the scenes of companies leading the way and achieving phenomenal growth. Using the benchmarking methodologies learned during the trip’s programming, today we’ll take you to two businesses and scratch deep beneath the surface to uncover their proven strategies for scaling up.

This is not education tourism. It’s a chance for you to ask questions of the executives at these businesses and be immersed in their expertise. How do they acquire customers? What project management software do they use? What are their hiring policies? When did the business really start to take o ? How do they manage staff disputes and conflict? How do they get more performance from their teams?

Touring the offices and meeting the people behind these businesses will give you real life insights into how they’ve achieved success, strategically conquered obstacles, and ultimately acquired market share.

Day 5 

We’ll be back on the UCLA campus for another full day of classroom sessions, armed with the knowledge of our benchmarking visits. Today, the UCLA faculty will guide us through methodologies to harness persuasive communication, leveraging growth through your presence and the leadership of your team, and a renowned Professor will help you see how bringing the future to the present will help you revolutionise your company and its operations.

Seven reasons to experience
The Business Chicks Knowledge + Study Tour

1. Learning and growth, on a new level.  

You don’t need to have a business to experience the Study Tour. Nor do you have to be a senior exec in your company. You do however have to be open to possibility, be willing to go deep and extend yourself. This Tour will push you to experience new learnings and concepts that you’ll be able to bring back and apply to your work, but it does require your openness and commitment.

2. Exceptional education.  

Through our partnership with UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, we’ll provide you with access to world-class learning. We’ve handpicked exceptional faculty members who – through interactive lectures – will help you identify immediate strategies to take home to your jobs and businesses. Plus you’ll stay on campus at UCLA (with a short five minute walk to the classroom) and get to experience all the university’s picture perfect Brentwood campus has to offer.

3. Money-can’t-buy experiences.

How many of your friends can say they’ve gone behind the scenes at Disneyland? At the Knowledge + Study Tour, we’ll uncover the secrets of how Disney has been making magic for its customers and people for almost a whole century now and use the theme park as a business lab. We’ll get the insider scoop on how Disney has been able to intentionally design and operationalise the customer experience from start to finish and how they continue to innovate this iconic brand. It’s a spectacular day with in-depth discovery and learning (and a bunch of pinch-me moments along the way too.)

4. The people you’ll meet.  

You’ll all come from different places. Some of you will be business owners. Some of you will be senior leaders. Some of you will be just starting out. But you’ll all be there for the same reason. By the end of The Tour, you’ll leave with a tribe of women who’ll continue to support you even after the final cocktail has been enjoyed. You’ll start the Knowledge + Study Tour thinking you’re there to learn from the businesses and from the lecturers, and walk away having learned just as much from the conversations you’ll have on bus trips or over breakfast or dinner with your fellow participants.

5. The location  

With picture-perfect beaches, palm-tree lined streets, and backdrops of the iconic Hollywood Hills (not to mention 329 days of sunshine a year!), it  would be remiss of us not to sneak in some sights and dine at some of Los Angeles’ premier restaurants, enjoying all LA has to offer.

6. We open our black book to you.  

One of the highlights of the Study Tour is visiting local American businesses to see how they’ve scaled, attracted talent, solved problems, built brands, achieved market share etc etc. From the scribbles on Post It notes on the walls to the intentional design of the offices, you’ll see how some of the top companies of the world really operate and learn how they motivate their teams to achieve success. We work hard to curate a fantastic selection of companies that we can all learn from, no matter the stage in your career or industry type.

7.  Life is too short.

You could wait until you have more money. You could wait until the kids are a bit older. You could say you’re not experienced enough. You could make hundreds of excuses about why this isn’t the right time to go, or you could just listen to that little voice inside your head and just say yes. Trust us, you’ll be grateful you did!

Ready to book?

Whether you’re a business owner, business leader or manager, or just a damn amazing person who might be seeking more, this educational experience will spark something in you, open your eyes to new levels of possibility for yourself and your business and leave you with bunch of life-long friends and connections too.

The Knowledge + Study Tour is an exclusive event, available only to Business Chicks Premium members. We only have limited spaces on this experience so to get yours, please fill your details below.

Got questions about the finer details? We’ve got answers over here.

Register your interest below and we’ll be in touch soon with next steps. Go on, just do it!

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