MBA to DVD

In June 2003 Lara Klingman '98 graduated from an MBA program at the International University of Japan (IUJ). IUJ, affiliated with Dartmouth and sponsored by Fuji-Xerox, Matsushita, and the Japanese Ministry of Education, attracts faculty and students from around the globe. "My graduating class of 72 students was comprised of 41 nationalities," Klingman says. "In addition to innovative core MBA courses and an excellent Japanese language program, IUJ offered me the opportunity to spend one term in France at the C9cole de Management E0 Lyon (The Lyon School of Management) studying European business law and corporate finance." BMC's career development office referred Klingman to IUJ in 1999, when she was considering graduate study in Japan. IUJ is an hour-and-20-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo in the small mountain village of Urasa, famous for sake, soba, skiing, and rice.

Klingman now works for Warner Brothers Entertainment in the Asia Pacific regional office in Tokyo, managing DVD production and operations for Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China. Before graduate school she worked as a production accountant and production manager for various television and film projects in the U.S. and French Polynesia. She was the location production accountant for the CBS remake of "South Pacific," starring Glen Close and Harry Connick Jr., for which she spent three months on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia. She also ran the accounting department for the Emmy Award-winning Angela Bassett TV movie, "The Rosa Parks Story."

In the photo, Klingman poses in her graduation gown. Students were given a choice of modern or traditional dress; Klingman's yukata features dragonflies, a Japanese symbol of good fortune. The photo was taken in the home of Asako Endo, Klingman's host mother, in Kita Uonuma-gun.

"I am more than happy to speak with any BMC students or alumnae who are interested in working or studying in Japan," Klingman says. Contact her via email; for more information, see www.iuj.ac.jp.

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