Make decisions based on who you are and not what you think you are or think you should be, urged April 2013 graduation speaker and Distinguished Alumni Award recipientBlake Irving (MBA ’88), CEO of Go Daddy, the world’s largest provider of Web hosting.
Addressing new graduates at the Graziadio School, he said, “Answering the who-based question actually drove my what…There are moments in life when you have a moment to pause and take an introspective look at who you are and the path you might take because of it.” Watch his speech.
It takes more than a title to be a leader, Al Plamann, Chief Executive Officer, Unified Grocers, told new graduates at the April 2013 commencement ceremony for the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Plamann was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree at the event.
Plamann said, “Don’t be afraid to try, but learn from your mistakes. Failure is actually a critical component of success.” Watch his speech.
The Dean’s executive and alumni advisory board, the Board of Visitors, awarded its highest honor, the George Award, to an accomplished selection of eleven students, alumni and faculty this April.
Led by Stevan Cavillo, principal at law firm Calvillo & Meyer LLP and son-in-law of school benefactor George L. Graziadio, Jr., the Board annually host a luncheon and recognize the finest members the Graziadio School community who exemplify “integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, while enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.” The Graziadio family, daughters Mary Lou Area and Alida Calvillo and son G. Louis Graziadio III, personally conferred to each recipient the statuette featuring the likeness of their father.
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The Santa Monica City Council approved a “bill of sustainability rights” on March 12 that represents a major, progressive step forward for a California city.
The ordinance would, among other things, codify Santa Monica’s commitment to achieving sustainability and formalize a biennial reporting and compliance procedure to help ensure the City is following its Sustainable City Plan.
While some might view this as a conflicting force with doing business in Santa Monica, I do not.
In fact, I see it as a historic opportunity for Santa Monica businesses to excel in adopting practices that give them a major competitive advantage and help to ensure future business prosperity. Continue reading →
Fully Employed MBA student Audra Quinn, with partner Ashley Borg, took the $10,000 grand prize in the 2013 Pepperdine Business Plan Competition. The team’s Uncorked! won over judges with its business concept for intimate at-home or larger hosted wine-tasting events built around participants trying to trick one another into guessing who is the better connoisseur. The challenge is to invent convincing and creative descriptions for the wines one is sampling.
Ms. Quinn is a digital editor and writer for investment management firm Capital Group and formerly served as managing editor of the practitioner e-journal Graziadio Business Review. She is due to graduate in August with an MBA and an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Ms. Borg is senior art director at mutual fund and investment firm American Fund. Continue reading →