Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

First Strategic Alliance Scholarship Established October 19, 2009
First Strategic Alliance Scholarship Established

Expert in strategic business alliances, Larraine Segil creates scholarship fund for students in concurrent JD/MBA program of the Drucker School of Management and Southwestern

The first scholarship endowment fund in the world to reward strategic alliance competency has been established by Larraine Segil, an internationally renowned senior executive, author and pioneer in the creation, implementation and management of complex business alliances.

The Larraine Segil Strategic Alliance Scholarship Endowment Fund will award scholarships to women students pursuing the JD/MBA degree offered by the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University and Southwestern. The award will be based on academic merit and the student's expressed interest in strategic alliances. This is also the first endowment associated with the Drucker-Southwestern concurrent degree program that was established in Fall 2009.

A trailblazer in developing the methodology used to create strategic alliances for multiple industries including healthcare, technology, consumer products, manufacturing, aerospace, and financial services around the world, Ms. Segil believes that strategic alliances are a critical component of corporate leadership. Through the new endowment, she seeks to encourage students pursuing a JD/MBA degree to develop expertise in this area, and will serve as a mentor to Segil Scholars.

"My experience and research with Fortune 500 companies indicates that 35 percent of business growth in the next five years will be from strategic alliances," Ms. Segil said. "The skill set needed for strategic alliances is becoming more important....I feel that the endowment will have a positive impact on a woman who wishes to work in strategic alliances and help her understand how important collaborative relationships are to business development and growth."

In announcing the new fund, Southwestern's Dean Bryant Garth said, "We are grateful both for the investment in our new JD/MBA program with the Drucker School and for the strong link that it creates between the program and Larraine Segil, one of our most accomplished and knowledgeable graduates in business."

A 1979 graduate of Southwestern, Ms. Segil is Partner Emerita of Vantage Partners, a privately held consulting firm specializing in internal and external relationship management. She is a member of the Board of Frontier Communications (Stamford CT), and advises Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies on creating and managing critical business relationships.

Ms. Segil is a senior research fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and has taught executive education at The California Institute of Technology for more than 20 years. She serves on the Entrepreneurs Board of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the board of the Committee of 200, a global network of Women CEOs. She is also a member of the board of the WHO (World Health Organization) Tropical Diseases Group advising on their Strategic Alliances with the countries of the United Nations.

Ms. Segil presents keynote speeches on domestic and global alliances and mergers and is a regular commentator for CNN and CNBC. She is the author of numerous books, including Intelligent Business Alliances, Fast Power Your E-Business, Dynamic Leader, Adaptive Organization: Ten Essential Traits for Managers, Partnering - The New Face of Leadership, Measuring the Value of Partnering, and the novel Belonging (Penguin Books). She has been recognized by The Financial Times Knowledge Dialogue Group and The Corporate Strategy Board as a thought leader in alliances.

Previously, Ms. Segil was Chief Executive Officer of an advanced materials company providing products and services to aerospace and electronics manufacturers. She has co-founded and run companies in mortgage banking and medical services and practiced international corporate law. In addition to her JD from Southwestern, Ms. Segil received her MBA from the Presidential Key Executive (PKE) program at Pepperdine and a BA with Honors from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Students who wish to apply for the Larraine Segil Strategic Alliance Scholarship must include a letter of interest with application to the JD/MBA program as part of the admissions process.

For more information about the Larraine Segil Strategic Alliance Scholarship Fund, contact Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement Debra Leathers at Southwestern at (213) 738-6814 or Further information about the JD/MBA concurrent degree program is available online.