The next class of incoming MBA students need not look far for answers to the wealth of questions they’re undoubtedly coming across as they plan the next two years of their lives. The Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program, a group of 17 second-year students, are on hand to offer tips and guidance on topics ranging from course selection to apartment hunting.
The Emerging Leaders work closely with incoming students to aid in what can often be a difficult transition into the role of a full-time graduate student, offering information with a personal touch that the University’s administration can’t provide.
Designed to enhance the overall Graziadio School experience, these mentors, who are hand-picked by faculty, are comprised of students holding various leadership positions, notably newly elected president of the Malibu Graduate Business Society (MGBS) Nicholas Stankevich and Pepperdine’s Challenge 4 Charity co-presidents Robin Davidman and Ann Chen. The Emerging Leaders are an ideal resource for students who are curious about a Graziadio experience that extends beyond the classroom. The group is intended to help first-year students explore personal and professional opportunities through a multitude of extracurricular activities, including clubs, social outings, personal interest groups, and plenty of networking events.
The Emerging Leaders website is equipped with an array of subjective information about orientation, using WaveNet, choosing professors, living on campus, joining a club, finding an internship, where to play volleyball, and much more.
Meet the 2012-2013 Emerging Leaders
David Bickham serves on the Club Enrichment sub-committee in the MGBS Student Senate and on the Consulting Collective as the director of alumni relations. During the fall semester David will be taking his education abroad to study in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Sabanci University School of Management. Read more.
Adam Buffum worked as a high school science teacher and basketball coach before coming to Pepperdine. As a first-year student at the Graziadio School, Adam was selected to the Ethics Committee and senator for the GSBM student body. Read more.
Berenice Carrasco is originally from Ecuador and speaks Spanish, English and Turkish. A former IT consultatn, Berenuce came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar to complete her master’s degree in computer engineering. Read more.
Ann Chen was born in Taiwan and raised in Los Angeles. Ann is an active participant in club activities and holds leadership positions in NAWMBA, Net Impact, and is co-president of Pepperdine’s C4C. Read more.
Robin Davidman is an active member of NAWMBA, as well as co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Mentor committee. Robin will be serving as co-president of Pepperdine’s Challenge for Charity chapter (C4C). Read more.
Rehmen Kurji currently serves as the Emerging Leaders president, and serves as the group’s point person (feel free to e-mail him). He participated in the Graziadio School Case Competition, where he finished as a finalist. Read more.
Rae Li has always been passionate about volunteering and was a leader of a Chinese youth volunteer organization, advocating for youth participation. Currently, she serves as the director of operations at the Value-centered Leadership Lab and has been an active participant in various club activities. Read more.
Jessica Mandelbaum founded her own consulting company that focuses on supporting real estate professionals. She serves as the mentor co-chair for the Emerging Leaders, and is an energetic member of the MGBS Senate committee that focuses on organizing the weekly networking and social events. Read more.
Tommy Mitchell is an Aviation Electrician’s Mate 1st Class (Air Warfare) in the United States Navy Reserve, and spends his free time working on F/A-18E/F Super Hornet jet aircraft. He once worked in the pharmacy department at Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills and is very interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry. Read more.
Jay Mountain has enjoyed a successful career as a CPA in corporate functions within the financial services, entertainment, and non-profit industries. Jay decided to further his education by pursuing his MBA in an effort to launch a more robust career in the entertainment industry. Read more.
Sara Phillips serves as vice president of the Malibu Graduate Business Society (student government), is a student mentor with the Graziadio Emerging Leadership program, and a Graziadio Student Ambassador. She participates in local community and industry associations like the Association of Women in the Metal Industries and the Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach. Read more.
Nivi Ramakrishnan She holds various leadership positions including vice-chairman of Emerging Leaders, event coordinator for the Consulting Collective and a member of the Graziadio Student Ambassador. She graduated from BITS-Pilani in India with a dual degree in physics and electrical and electronics engineering. Read more.
John Reberger has spent the last 20 years designing and implementing strategies that help companies successfully market and sell their new and established products to their target customers. His spare time is spent enjoying the Los Angeles area with Jennifer, his wife, and Jack (age 5) and Hank (age 2), their two sons. Read more.
Taylor Simpson is secretary of the Emerging Leaders and an active member in both the Sports Management Club and High-tech Club, and holds a leadership role as project manager for Net Impact. Taylor was recently married in Negril, Jamaica, and relocated from Florida with his wife and two dogs. Read more.
Nicholas Stankevich is very active in local politics and serves as the current MGBS president for Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Prior to enrolling at Pepperdine, he started and currently operates his own company. He’ll launch his next business endeavor after completing his MBA. Read more.
Yanan Sui completed her bachelor of arts degree in English at a Chinese University in Inner Mongolia. She is the general secretary of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at Pepperdine and a Finance Club member. Read more.
Hugh Wang is a master of science in applied finance student at Pepperdine University. He was born in Zhejiang Province, China. In addition to Emerging Leaders, he is also a member of the Finance Club and the Consulting Collective. Read more.