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John Arboleda

Position and company: Founder & Managing Partner, A New Kind of Leadership
Country of work: Spain
Degree Attained at UCLA: BA in Latin American Studies
Graduation Year: 1996
What sort of opportunities has working abroad presented you with?
Too many to mention, but I will share the main ones. 1. The opportunity to evolve and develop a global mindset, perspective and understanding that has shaped and influence my personal and professional journeys. 2. An enriching global network of people that have become part of my global community. 3. To challenge some of my early assumptions, embrace uncertainty, tremendous personal growth and appreciation for what's important to me.
Can you speak a little bit about your career and how it has progressed since graduating from UCLA?
Throughout my career I have always been led by the purpose to enable and empower people/teams/organizations along their personal/professional journeys. I have done this as an (intrapreneur) leading new initiatives for large organizations (University of California Office of the President, Adobe, ESADE Business School, Cerritos College). I have ran my own businesses (strategy consulting), and in 2021 I launched my newest venture in Leadership and Organizational Coaching serving clients in USA, Europe and Africa. I also completed the Coro Fellows Program in Leadership and Public Affairs in 1999.
What would you say to a UCLA student who is planning on having an international career?
The paths to an international career are many, and allow yourself to be open to the possibilities. That being said, as a student, take full advantage of the international opportunities UCLA has to offer. The
y include: explore the various study abroad programs, reach out to alumni overseas (be curious when engaging them), meet and connect with international students, take relevant courses with focus on international, tap into the "local global" communities in/outside of campus, learn another language, etc.
Are you involved in any international UCLA alumni groups or support networks?
I served on the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors (2015-2021), and am actively engaged supporting UCLA and UCLA Alumni when called upon for strategic initiatives.