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CEO MBA Earl Cummings to Receive Pepperdine Distinguished Alumni Award


Pepperdine University will honor Presidents and Key Executive MBA graduate Earl Cummings with the Distinguished Alumni Award at graduation on Saturday, April 12, 2014, and Mr. Cummings address graduating students.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a graduate whose professional and personal accomplishments uphold the values-centered principles of Pepperdine University and the Graziadio School. Continue reading

Pepperdine EMBA Student Selected as Graduation Speaker


Graduating executive MBA student Arjun Jolly has been named this April’s commencement student speaker and will be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma for academic excellence.

Nominated by his professors and fellow classmates, and selected by Dean Linda Livingstone, he receives the honor of addressing fellow graduates having demonstrated outstanding academic performance and having represented the school’s mission and values both inside and outside of the classroom. Continue reading

MSML Hosts March 20 Reunion for Students and Alumni

Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML) program will hold its second student/alumni reunion on Thursday, March 20, at the Irvine Graduate Campus. Celebrated management strategist and leadership consultant Lori Heffelfinger will be the inspirational keynote speaker.

Alumni, current students and prospective students are invited take advantage of this unique free networking experience.

lori.heffelfingerFounder of the Heffelfinger Company, Ms. Heffelfinger has extensive experience working directly for Fortune 100 and Middle Market companies in the areas of: strategy implementation, organizational change, and leadership development.  She led organizational effectiveness at Raytheon and served as director of organization and management development at Honeywell. She has taught at the Graziadio School.

Ms. Heffelfinger holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University Nebraska as well as certificates in coaching and organization & systems development representing five years of post-graduate study.

Parking will be validated and light refreshments provided.

Please RSVP to: or 949-223-2540

Master of Science in Management and Leadership Reunion

Thursday, March 20, 2014

6 – 8:30 p.m.
Irvine Graduate Campus – Room 233

18111 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine , CA 92612

(Lakeshore Towers)


U.S. News Publishes 2015 B-School Rankings

grad-2015-business-160U.S. News & World Report recently announced 2015 graduate business school rankings for the 2014-2015 academic year. Out of the 127 full-time MBA programs that qualified to participate this year, the MBA program in Malibu jumped 20 places nationally to take the #76 spot.  Employment at graduation among full-time students, a key metric, improved from 38 percent for the Class of 2012 to 50 percent for 2013 graduates. Another key metric, employed three months after graduation, improved from 60 percent for 2012 to nearly 68 percent for the Class of 2013.

The Graziadio School is one of only eight part-time MBA programs in California to continue to earn a place in the ranking. Out of the 282 part-time MBA programs that qualified to participate this year, the Fully Employed MBA placed #61 nationally.

This year’s new U.S. News ranking follows on the heels of Bloomberg Businessweek’s global assessment of Executive MBA programs last fall. In the biennial ranking, the Graziadio School jumped eight places to #23. Businessweek placed the Fully Employed MBA program at #12 for the Western U.S. region and #50 globally.

2013 graduating Executive MBA and Presidents and Key Executives MBA program students helped the Graziadio School score #17 in the graduate poll rank category, as well as an A+ for curriculum, A for academic support and B grade for teaching.

George Award Winner Maggie Stonestreet Named Graduation Student Speaker


A personal commitment to social values, ethics and leadership are defining characteristics of Pepperdine University students. Maggie Stonestreet personifies those character traits.

Throughout her time as a working MBA student at Graziadio School of Business and Management, Maggie Stonestreet demonstrated an outstanding talent for leadership and incorporating ethical values. “She was one of the students who always put others before herself,” said Professor Agus Harjoto.

It is these qualities that led students and faculty to nominate, and Dean Livingstone to ultimately select, Maggie to be the student speaker at graduation on Saturday, December 7, 2014 Continue reading