"What made the difference for me was Pepperdine's focus on ‘learning by doing.' It's hands-on, not theory based... It was the most valuable part of my learning."
How would you describe your experience in the program?
It was great. I was very happy with the quality of faculty; they are extraordinary professors. You develop a special bond with peers and faculty. We were all going through the same experience, and we came together as a team. The tougher the class subject got, the more we came together. There was a healthy competition between teams, but within teams, if someone lacked a skill, another team member would help.
I did visit another Ivy League school's orientation and I got to see the students – very cut throat. The attitude at Pepperdine is different. As another classmate said: We get enough competition in the workplace, we're here in class to learn.
Describe the experience-driven nature of the program.
That's what I appreciated the most – real application with real life experience. It was the most valuable part of my learning. I don't want to learn from someone teaching from a book. I want real time, real skills, real experience combined with experience that students are bringing to the classroom. That's exactly what I got.
How valuable is the alumni network?
The Pepperdine network is something I'll use the rest of my life. What's unique about the Pepperdine network is that people feel a sense of camaraderie. We have alumni in all parts of the world with all kinds of backgrounds. Having a large alumni base with different backgrounds part of why you're buying into Pepperdine.
Would you recommend the EMBA program to other business leaders?
I've already recommended the program to my colleagues. It's proximity, the availability of classes, campuses, professors, alumni, and the quality of education are all key.