Guest Speaker Biographies

Beverly WeiseBeverly L. Weise, President, Leadership Talent Solutions

Bev Weise’s passion for developing leaders, teams and organizations led her to founding Leadership Talent Solutions in 2008. She consults and coaches across industries, functions, roles, and geographies to accelerate the development of leaders and create systems that support higher performance and greater employee engagement.

Prior to founding Leadership Talent Solutions, Bev Weise was Executive Director of Interlaw Ltd., where she led an international association of law firms through a period of tremendous growth and change. She created innovative programs for independent, full service, local law firms to collaborate cross-culturally on sharing Best Practices in law firm management and business development.

Previously, as Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Director of Executive Planning and Development, she created the first companywide succession management process (Organization & Leadership Review), facilitated the CEO’s year-long Total Quality Management team, and implemented the CEO’s annual Strategic Leadership Conference for the top 120 company leaders. While at Northrop Grumman, she focused on all aspects of leadership development, organization change and team development.

Bev Weise completed her B.A. in History (cum laude), M.B.A. in Organization Management, and the Executive Program at UCLA. She is an ICF certified coach and an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch University.

As a speaker on talent and organizational management, Bev has been a speaker at conferences in Brazil, Czech Republic, Mexico, The Netherlands, China, Australia, Los Angeles, New York, Ohio, and more.


William YuWilliam Yu, PhD, Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast, UCLA Anderson School of Management

William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011 as an economist. At Forecast, he focuses on the economic modeling and forecasting of Los Angeles economy. He also conducts research and forecast on China’s economy, and its impacts on the US economy. His research interests include a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, stock, bond, real estate, and commodity price dynamics, human capital, and innovation. He has published over a dozen research articles in Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of International Money and Finance, etc. He also published op-ed articles in Los Angeles Times and other newspapers. He developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate and has been cited in the local, national and overseas media frequently including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Al Jazeera, U-T San Diego, LA Daily News, LA Daily Breeze, Straits Times, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN, and NPR, as well as various Chinese and Korean media.

He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from National Taiwan University in 1995 and was an analyst in Fubon Financial Holding in Taipei from 1997 to 2000. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Washington where he was also an economics instructor and won two distinguished teaching awards. In 2006, he worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group for Treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. From 2006 to 2011, he served as an assistant and an associate professor of economics at Winona State University where he taught courses including forecasting methods, managerial economics, international economics, and macroeconomics. Currently, he teaches business forecasting courses at UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA Extension.