Riordan Programs Alumni Association

What is the DMAC?

The Diversity MBA Admissions Conference (DMAC) is an annual event in Los Angeles that connects talented diverse, underrepresented and underserved candidates who wish to pursue a degree in business with Admissions Directors at top-tier business school. The conference allows attendees to interact directly with MBA Admissions Directors from the country’s top business schools, learn about the MBA Admissions process and the relative strengths of the attending business school’s curriculum and student culture. The conference has continually helped connect and place participants with top-tier MBA programs.

The Advantages of Attending the DMAC

  • Meet Admissions Directors Face to Face
  • Get advice directly from Admission Directors
  • Workshops and panel discussions focusing on making you a top candidate
  • Top 20 MBA programs in attendance
  • Start creating personal relationships with Admissions Directors
  • Exclusive pre-DMAC webinar hosted by the Consortium & the RPAA
  • The only event of this kind on the West Coast
  • Limited number of attendees so you don’t have to compete with hundreds of other people

DMAC Master of Ceremony: Angélica S. Gutiérrez

Angelica Gutierrez

Angélica S. Gutiérrez, Ph.D. was born and raised in the Los Angeles community of Lincoln Heights. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.P.P. in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she was elected as the school’s Executive Committee student representative and served as the student voice on all university matters. Dr. Gutiérrez recently earned her Ph.D. at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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Research & Experience

Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in universities and in the workplace, and the effects of stereotypes on negotiations. Her research has been published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, a top journal in the field of Social Psychology. At UCLA Anderson, Dr. Gutiérrez taught the summer course in Organizational Behavior for entering international MBA students. She also assisted in teaching various courses including Leadership Foundations, Negotiations, and Organizational Behavior for the full-time, fully-employed, and Executive MBA programs at Anderson, including seminars in Shanghai, China.

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Gutiérrez was awarded the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity postdoctoral fellowship, and is serving as a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. As a postdoc, Dr. Gutiérrez’s research focuses on diversity and inclusion in the work place, including the representation of underrepresented groups on executive boards. With her research she hopes to increase the representation of ethnic minorities in business school and diversifying corporate America. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship Dr. Gutiérrez will continue her research and teaching pursuits as a tenure-tracked professor at the Loyola Marymount University College of Business beginning in August 2013. She will be one of a select few of Latina business school professors teaching at a U.S. business school.

Prior to UCLA Anderson, Dr. Gutiérrez worked in the fields of education, transportation, housing and economic development, in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She served as the transportation policy analyst for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during his tenure as Chair of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Additionally, she was the policy analyst for the Executive Management team for the Los Angeles County Community Development Corporation.

Despite her rigorous work load, Dr. Gutiérrez has devoted her spare time to several organizations in hopes of giving back to her community. Dr. Gutiérrez has served as a mentor through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the TELACU Education Fund and UCLA Riordan Programs’ Saturday Business Academy and the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, she has conducted presentations on negotiations, networking, business etiquette, time management, and organizational diversity challenges for professionals in the non-profit and public sectors. She also enjoys volunteering for various philanthropic organizations, including Reading to Kids, Padres Contra el Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), and the California Latino Caucus Institute’s Madrinas Padrinas Leadership Program. Additionally, Dr. Gutiérrez devotes her time to inspiring young students to strive for their dreams through panel discussions and keynote addresses, including Overcoming the odds: the power of purpose, passion & perseverance, which she delivered as keynote for the annual Latino Leadership Conference at Purdue University and at the annual WESTOP TRiO Programs Southern California Conference at UC San Diego, and presentations for the USC Latino Alumni Association, USC Upward Bound, Los Angeles Mission College, Whittier College and at the Adelante Mujer Latina Conference at Pasadena City College.

Notable Online References

Angelica Gutierrez (PhD ’12) Takes A Look at Legacy/Affirmative Action Admissions Policies
Angélica Gutiérrez (Ph.D. ’12) Named “Next Generation Latina” by Latina Magazine
Riordan Programs Alumni Champions

Featured 2013 Keynote Speaker: Peter J. Aranda, III

Peter Aranda

Peter J. Aranda, III is Executive Director and CEO for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Peter began his MBA career as a consultant with Andersen Consulting and Price Waterhouse. His aspirations included running a business unit where he later transitioned into industry with a merchandising subsidiary of MCA, and at BMG where he held several positions including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and managing director. Focusing the latter half of his career on academia, Peter has been an adjunct faculty member and guest lecturer in business at several institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Southern California and Columbia University.

As the first Consortium alumnus to lead the organization in its 45 year history, Peter combines his personal connection with the organization, his knowledge as an industry executive and his experience in the academic sector to strengthen the organization and further its mission.

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Education & Experience

Focusing the latter half of his career on academia, Peter served as an adjunct faculty member or guest lecturer in business at Belmont University, Parsons School of Design, University of Virginia, University of Southern California and Columbia University. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from University of Southern California, a Master’s of Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Engineering and Applied Science and an MBA from the university’s Olin School of Business. Additionally, he completed all coursework, residency requirements and qualifying exams (ABD) for the Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management, Management of Organizations Division at Columbia University.

Role within the Consortium

In 2003 Peter embraced his passion, and decided to take on a mission near and dear to his heart. A victim of exclusion early in his academic career, Peter began his role as The Consortium’s CEO and Executive Director. Under his leadership, The Consortium witnessed significant growth. The operating budget grew from $14.1 million in fiscal year 2003 to $21.2 million in fiscal year 2010, representing a 36 percent increase. Also during this same period, The Consortium added four member schools, bringing the total number of participating MBA programs to 17. During Peter’s tenure, The Consortium also added nearly 2,000 students to its member base and increased its alumni to over 6,000 members. In an effort to enhance The Consortium’s overall operating capacity, while charting a strategic direction in support of all its constituents, Peter reorganized its top management team to include three vice presidents with a significant amount of experience in several critical areas.


As CEO and Executive Director, Peter combines his personal connection with The Consortium, his industry knowledge and his experience in the academic sector to strengthen the organization, and to further advance its 45 year mission. Peter’s perspective as a former Consortium student helps him to serve as an advocate for minority populations seeking a business degree. Additionally, his experience as an industry executive allows him to successfully collaborate with corporate partners to advance The Consortium’s mission.

Representing the organization which allowed him to achieve professional success, Peter spreads a positive message about inclusion, diversity and tolerance as its spokesperson.

Peter currently serves on the advisory board for NSHMBA and board of directors for College Horizons and Field of Plenty. He also serves as College Horizon’s treasurer.