Recognizing faculty at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School as leaders in the creation, promotion and application of innovative ideas and concepts that create value for business and society.

HUFFINGTON POST: Tips for Women Starting Businesses


bernice.ledbetter.facultyResearch has shown that strong network ties are critical for women entrepreneurs, especially when it comes to accessing capital, writes Pepperdine management professor Bernice Ledbetter, a contributor on Huffington Post. While women are making headway in securing financing, Pitchbook reports that women-founded companies represented 13 percent of Venture Capital deals through the first half of 2013. “Having strategic connections can help women navigate the complex investment environment and secure the financing they need to support their business,” she writes.

Dr. Ledbetter offers advice to women starting businesses. She highlights the importance of building a network, take advantage of numerous organizations dedicated to helping women succeed, and encourage women to find a mentor and then become one.

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Conejo Valley Chamber Taps Dr. Craig Everett for Economic Forecast Event

The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce has invited Dr. Craig Everett to join a panel of esteemed experts at its Economic Forecast event on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The forecast will be held at the California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Craig Everett

Dr. Everett is an assistant professor of finance and director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. He specializes in entrepreneurial finance. He oversees the school’s simultaneous, comprehensive, and on-going investigation of capital providers, lenders and investors, as well as the privately-held businesses that depend on them. Through the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, Everett engages in multiple survey research initiatives and publishes an annual Capital Markets Report, an annual economic forecast, quarterly index of demand for and access to capital and a quarterly report concerning the climate for buying and selling of small businesses.

Also speaking at the Economic Forecast will be Bill Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics and Executive Director for the Center of Economic Research and Forecasting at California Lutheran University, and Jared Barton, Assistant Professor of Economics, California State University Channel Islands. Margie Cochrane, Regional Publisher, Ventura County Star, will moderate a discussion with the professors.

View the Economic Forecast webpage here.

Publisher Awards Dr. Gary Mangiofico for Scholarly Excellence

Organizing for Sustainable EffectivenessAssociate Dean Gary Mangiofico has been selected for the Outstanding Author Contribution award in the 2014 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. The editors of the book series “Organizing for Sustainable Effectivenesscite Dr. Mangiofico’s book chapter in their new third volume as one of the most impressive pieces of work the team has seen throughout 2013.

The chapter, “Using Trans-Organizational Development and Complexity Theory Frameworks to Establish a New Early Childhood Education Network”, describes the development of an early childhood learning network. Mangiofico explores the unfolding dynamics and emerging meaning that became central to facilitating the design, development, and implementation of the complex multi-stakeholder network. He identifies 12 implications from complexity theory for practitioners of trans-organization development, and then applies those implications to the process and understanding of development stages of an early childhood education network. Continue reading

Santa Monica Names Dr. Michael Crooke as Keynote for Sustainable Quality Awards

Pepperdine University’s Dr. Michael Crooke will present the keynote address at the 2014 Sustainable Quality Awards. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Monica and Sustainable Works will be honoring this year’s winners during a special luncheon award ceremony on April 30, 2014 at Santa Monica’s Le Meridien Delfina Hotel.

michael-crookeWEBFormer CEO of Patagonia, Inc., Dr. Crooke is an assistant professor of strategy at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he serves as a founder and the lead faculty of the school’s MBA Certificate in Socially, Ethically, and Environmentally Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy program. Through SEER, Crooke teaches next-generation entrepreneurs and business executives how to develop a framework to make strategic organizational decisions that incorporate corporate social responsibility, environmental stewardship and financial strength with a quality product or service.

Crooke was named as one of North America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior – 2012 by the think tank Trust Across America and recognized by the Ford Foundation and SHFT.com as one of the “10 Innovators Changing Our World.” SEER has been honored as a finalist for the Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. Continue reading

Pepperdine MBA Class Skype Greece, Argentina Dignitaries

Going far beyond traditional classroom lectures, Pepperdine University’s Presidents and Key Executives (PKE) MBA program at the Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted dialogues via Skype on the Greek and Argentinian economies with former Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos of Greece, and former two-time Minister of Economy Domingo Cavallo, Ph.D., of Argentina. Minister Cavallo also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and president of Argentina’s central bank. The presentations were followed by candid question-and-answer sessions  that tied lessons from the economic crises of both countries to present-day global challenges.

Domingo Cavallo

Domingo Cavallo

“The discussion with the former Argentinian minister was especially impactful for me. By walking us through the last 20 years of fiscal policy in Argentina, the minister was able to show how sound fiscal policy sets the country on a track for sustained growth, but when short-sighted policies are implemented, growth stops and capital providers flee as rising inflation devastates the average wage earner. A textbook example of Economics 101,” said current PKE student Jim Freitas, Boeing’s 737 Fleet Support Chief.

Minister Cavallo provided “fantastic insight into the Argentinian economy over the past two and a half decades,” concurs fellow student Ned Curic, chief technology officer of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), North America.

But for PKE alumnus Robert Radi, president of CUSV Strategic Ventures and candidate for La Quinta City Council, leadership lessons from Minister Cavallo were the real takeaway. He especially appreciates that “Dr. Cavallo’s remarks were effective in providing a pragmatic historical overview, along with refreshing overtones of candid self-criticism with regard to his monetary policy. Leadership is cemented in substance, not in mere formalities, an aspect not lost in Dr. Cavallo’s words.”

While some found Minister Cavallo’s words memorable, others, like student Mark Borao, managing partner for Media & Entertainment Services at Ernst & Young, were most struck by Minister Roussopoulos’ candor and “display of emotional vulnerability when he spoke not just of the economic challenges Greece and the European Union (EU) are facing, but the challenges posed to humanity, quality of life, and value systems as citizens continue to face high unemployment and rising taxes.”

PKE alumna Noelle Nguyen, whose company, American Love Affair, originated as a PKE capstone project, shares a similar sentiment: “Minister Roussopoulos’ remarks made clear he’s optimistic about Greece’s current path toward progress, but he did not shy away from acknowledging the tragic human costs of the European sovereign-debt crisis. I was pleasantly surprised by his deep concern for human welfare.”

Theodoros Roussopoulos

Theodoros Roussopoulos

Hoping that Greece will learn from Argentina’s economic collapse of 2001-2002, Minister Cavallo expounded, “Miranda Xafa (Chief Economic Advisor to former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis) and I tried hard to counteract the advice of Nouriel Roubini and, to some extent, Paul Krugman, for Greece to exit the Euro and reintroduce the Drachma. I used the Argentinian experience to explain that that would be a disaster for Greece.”

The minister has an ally in none other than Pepperdine Professor Demos Vardiabasis: “A return to the Drachma would put private companies seeking financing in a challenging position when the EU’s reserve currency is the Euro, and Greece’s government itself would have a difficult time borrowing in the Drachma based on its track record,” warned Dr. Vardiabasis. Indeed, Dr. Vardiabasis and Minister Cavallo not only see eye to eye, but plan on pursuing a productive relationship by which to advise Greek’s current government.

The event was facilitated by Professor Demos Vardiabasis, Ph.D., former Economic Commissioner of California and chair of Executive Programs at Pepperdine University. This month, the Presidents and Key Executives MBA program will host Kevin Madden, senior advisor and strategist to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and press secretary for Bush/Cheney ’04 and House Speaker John Boehner.

Source: Noelle Nguyen