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SEER Symposium

SEERNovember 8, 2013

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Drescher Graduate Campus, Malibu

Preregistration is now closed. On-site registrations will be accepted.

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The 2013 Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Symposium brings students and social entrepreneurs together with inspirational business leaders who have achieved success using the SEER lens. In addition to our exceptional panel of speakers, this year's program will include the inaugural SEER Symposium Fast Pitch Competition with the chance to win $1,000! The SEER Symposium Fast Pitch Competition gives start-ups the opportunity to get their idea in front of our panel of experts from the entrepreneurial and lending communities.

Speakers will include socially-conscious business leaders who have successfully combined profitability with environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the production of their own quality product or service.

  • LEARN what innovative thought leaders in entrepreneurship have to share about discovering new business with unconventional creative strategies.
  • NETWORK with accomplished business owners and professional pioneers who have made names for themselves with spearheading vision.
  • REINVENT yourself as an entrepreneur by rethinking the way you approach social responsibility.
  • GET INSPIRED to develop your own clever blueprint for a values-centered, successful business.


Mark Bowles

Mark Bowles
Founder, ecoATM

Ankur Jain Ankur Jain
Cofounder and CEO

Chris Mann

Chris Mann
Co-Founder and CEO, Guayaki Yerba Mate

Ayr Muir

Ayr Muir
Founder and CEO, Clover Fast Food

Rick Ridgeway

Rick Ridgeway
Vice President Environmental Programs, Patagonia, Inc.
Founder and CEO, Adventure Photo and Film

Greg Steltenpohl

Greg Steltenpohl
Founder, Odwalla
CEO, Califia Farms

Marilyn Tam Marilyn Tam
Former CEO
Aveda Corp.


Michael Crooke

Michael Crooke
Lead Faculty, SEER Certificate Program
Assistant Professor of Strategy
Former CEO, Patagonia, Inc.

Larry Cox

Larry Cox
Lead Faculty, Entrepreneurship Programs
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

About Pepperdine's SEER Certificate Program

Many sustainable business programs have focused attention on "the triple bottom line" – People, Planet, Profits. The Certificate in Socially, Environmentally and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy, offered to Pepperdine's Full-time MBA and Fully Employed MBA students, goes a step beyond and adds a fourth factor to the equation: Product. 

Seasoned executives can benefit from Pepperdine's Certificate in Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility, a two-day training program focusing on the complexities of sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and ethics, and how these tie into producing a superior product that generates financial growth. 

The SEER Symposium is presented in partnership with:

Entrepreneur's Journey

Palmer Center