Technology Leadership Summer Institute



Participants of the Technology Leadership Summer Institute will receive 8 units of UCLA credit by taking the required Technology Leadership course (MGMT 180 - 4 Units) in conjunction with the course AI / Big Data (MGMT 180 - 4 Units)



Faculty and Instructors


Over the past decade, Robinne Burrell has been at the forefront of technology and emerging media, having worked with brands spanning digital, interactive, mobile and social experiences. Robinne led product development and strategy at Amazon/IMDb, and myspace at its peak. Through her company Redflight Innovation - an interactive development company located in Los Angeles and Johannesburg, she has built digital products for NBC’s The Voice, Comedy Central and Steven Spielberg’s The VR Company, to name a few.

In addition to her work as an innovator and leader, Robinne was named in the top spot as "5 People Pushing Technology You Want to Work With Now" in Forbes Magazine and "Code Breaker of the Year" by Google and the Digital Diversity Network for her groundbreaking work in tech and media. Standard and Poor’s identified her as part of the “Society of Industry Leaders” and Hollywood Reporter named her “The Next Generation of Industry Execs”. She has been featured on CNN and NBC and is on the board of the Interactive Peer Group for the Television Academy (The Emmys), the most influential board of influencers determining excellence in digital media.

Prior to her leadership positions at top tech and media companies, Robinne also held management positions at Universal Music Group, Sony Electronics, and was an early member of Jimmy Iovine’s start-up Inside Sessions, a digital curriculum designed to introduce young musicians on how to break into the business of music. Robinne would later go on to be an Ambassador of Goodwill and Peace in Mexico, where she launched a non-profit program for kids to learn arts and humanities. In 2016, Robinne authored the virtual reality user experience for "Take Back the Mic: The World Cup of Hip Hop" for Oculus, which would lead her to become the first African-American woman to be up for an Emmy in VR.

Robinne is also the creator of Access to Innovation workshops, part of Redflight's social enterprise efforts around the world to bring emerging technology to underrepresented communities through an immersive curricula in coding, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality and entrepreneurship. She recently partnered with the Mandela Family and Africa Rising to implement the program in Nelson Mandela's hometown of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Robinne holds a B.A in Cinema/Television from USC and completed the Leadership Strategy Program at MITs Sloan School of Business.

She is the co-creator of "In Your Shoes" a broadcast and virtual reality series that allows historically untold stories to be brought to life by 360-degree video. In 2016 she was awarded First Place in the National Association of Broadcasters Innovation Pilot for her "outstanding commitment to furthering the future of broadcasting" for her work on the project. She is currently working closely with the Mandela Family and Africa Rising, A Kweku and Ndaba Mandela organization - the most prolific of the heirs to the Nelson Mandela legacy, as Founder of the Mandela Cultural Fellowship and in 2019 was awarded the honor of being a patent owner of for authoring a location-based dating algorithm and specifications.


Timothy Park - Director, Consumer Strategy Analytics & Business Insights Sony Pictures Entertainment

Mr. Park is currently responsible for strengthening SPE’s consumer data position by enabling strategic analytics to drive targeted outreach for all the Home Entertainment lines of business. He also continues to lead a data management mandate to bridge the gap between business needs and data systems by spearheading cross-functional analytics initiatives. Prior to joining Sony, Tim headed up the Analytics & Reporting department at DIRECTV/AT&T Entertainment Group where he built a data-driven culture. This increased accountability, improved efficiency and utilized predictive analytics to help deliver a premium viewing experience (for not only the traditional cable channels but also the streaming platform). He also worked as a consulting statistician at The Aerospace Corporation, a R&D center that provides technical guidance to the US Air Force, NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) and MDA (Missile Defense Agency) on all aspects of space missions. Furthermore, Tim taught statistics and mathematics at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University and The Aerospace Institute. He has also spoken at numerous Big Data / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence conferences. Mr. Park holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics & Physics from Occidental College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.




As a participant, you are expected to complete all assigned coursework, take all examinations, attend class regularly, and submit all required work by the end of the program. No part of the coursework may be continued beyond the close of the program unless prearranged by the student and the faculty.

The program instructor is required to assign a final grade for each student enrolled in a course. A letter grade will be assigned unless prior to the start of the program Pass/No Pass (or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory for those with a bachelor degree) is requested via email ( Grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by a plus or minus suffix. In addition, the following grades are used to report the quality of student work at UCLA:

F Fail
I Incomplete
DR Deferred Report
P Passed (achievement at grade C level or better; used only for undergraduate study)
NP Not Passed (used only for undergraduate study)
S Satisfactory (achievement at grade B level or better; used only for graduate study)
U Unsatisfactory (used only for graduate study)


Calculating Grade Point Average

Grade points per unit are assigned by the Registrar as follows:

A+ 4.0 B+ 3.3 C+ 2.3 D+ 1.3 F 0.0
A 4.0 B 3.0 C 2.0 D 1.0 NP 0.0
A- 3.7 B- 2.7 C- 1.7 D- 0.7 U 0.0

The grade-point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of units attempted. For example, if you earn a B- in a 4-unit course and an A in a 5 unit course, your GPA would be 30.8 (2.7 x 4 units + 4 x 5 units) divided by 9 (total number of units taken). i.e., 3.42.

Note: DR, I, and NR are disregarded in determining the grade-point average. NR indicates that no grade was received from the instructor.

Transferring Credit

UCLA is on the quarter system. While some schools are also on the quarter system, most colleges and universities are on the semester system. As a general guide to transferring quarter units to a semester system school, one semester unit or credit is worth 1.5 quarter units (e.g., 4 quarter units = 2.5 semester units).

UCLA courses are generally accepted for transfer credit, but all decisions on transferability rest with the home institution. Students should get advance approval of their UCLA Summer Sessions course selections from the home institution prior to registration.

Grading Basis

Some Summer Institute courses offer P/NP grading as an option. If eligible, you may contact the UCLA Summer Sessions Office ( and request to change the grading option from letter grade to pass/no pass (or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, if you have a bachelor’s degree) prior to the program start.

Courses taken on a P/NP or S/U basis might not count toward graduation requirements. Please be sure to consult your school if you are considering this grading option.

For more information on grades, see the UCLA General Catalog.


The transcript is a permanent record that reflects all undergraduate and graduate work completed at UCLA. It lists courses, units, grades, cumulative grade-point average, transfer credits, total units, and work in progress in chronological order.

Ordering a transcript can be done online through MyUCLA. Those requiring expedited or special delivery can submit a Transcript Request Form.

Requests are not processed if students have outstanding financial, academic, or administrative obligations to the University.

NOTE: Current or newly admitted UCLA students will have their grades appear on their UCLA transcript immediately after grades are submitted by the course instructor. Current or newly admitted visiting UC students will have their grades appear on their home UC campus's transcript in October or November.










Program Dates

JUNE 21 - JULY 30, 2021

Important Dates

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

APRIL 1: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Becomes Available

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline - Refund Deadline for Summer Institutes

JUNE 21 - JULY 30: Technology Leadership Summer Institute

UCLA Summer Sessions 2021 will be remote. Learn More.