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Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance: The Certificate in Second Half Significance

Program Launch Workshop
October 29 – 31, 2014

Villa Graziadio Executive Center
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Visit the Halftime Institute website for program inquiries

Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, in collaboration with the Halftime Institute, announced today it will offer a new Certificate in Second Half Significance beginning in fall 2014. Based on Bob Buford’s best-selling book about how to find meaning and fulfillment in the second half of life (Halftime, 1994) and leadership insight from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, the program is designed to help high-capacity leaders move from success to significance by living a life with greater joy and impact.

Through a proven process of teaching, exceptional executive coaching, a cohort of peers and the ability to connect with marketplace and nonprofit leaders, the Certificate in Second Half Significance will offer executives, entrepreneurs and professionals the opportunity to discover a second half filled with purpose and to engage in issues they care deeply about. The program includes one year of executive coaching, monthly cohort calls, a three-day launch workshop and access to Halftime Talent Solutions’ executive search expertise.

“I know Bob Buford and I’ve known of his work for many years. I have the highest regard for his desire to help men and women achieve a meaning-filled second season in their life,” said Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton. “Those who take part in this certification will embark on a transformative process that can impact them years to come. I am grateful to Bob for his passion and his example.”

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in Second Half Significance from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Halftime Institute.

“When I first heard George Pepperdine’s story and his second half journey that led to the founding of this great university, I was inspired. When I met with President Benton and his team to discuss partnering, I was intrigued. And when I realized each of our organization’s missions and hearts were aligned, I became excited,” said Bob Buford, founder, Halftime Institute. “Since the partnership was finalized, my enthusiasm has continued to grow with confidence that this will allow us to serve more marketplace leaders who desire a transition from success to significance, just as George himself did.”

When Gary Veurink retired in 2007 as a senior corporate vice president of manufacturing and engineering from Dow Chemical after 35 years, he wondered what was next. He chose to take part in the Halftime Institute to aid in directing his journey.

“It became clear to me that my second half mission was to use the experiences and leadership gifting that God had given me and that had been really developed at Dow to use that in some large mission effort globally in the Kingdom as the second half,” Veurink said. He now serves as COO of International Justice Mission, using the experience from his first half to guide in his second.

Those who take part will explore:

Peer collaboration – Studentsjoin a small group of marketplace leaders. In stimulating group sessions, professionals will work together to discover new and creative ways to have a second half of significance based on their experience and unique gifts.

A Head and Heart Approach – Drawing on tried and true concepts, key influencers and decades of study and best practices, students will listen and learn, reflect and renew, and begin to design a roadmap of personal next steps

One-on-one executive coaching – During the year-long program, in addition to regular team discussions, students work closely with a certified Halftime Institute coach

Halftime Talent Solutions – As students identify their skills and interests, Halftime Talent Solutions will introduce them to key industry leaders and organizations in the marketplace to help them reach their objectives

Private Meetings and Special Events – Students are also invited to exclusive special events sponsored by Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Halftime Institute, featuring leading thinkers and authors such as Jim Collins, Bob Buford, and Ken and Margie Blanchard

David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

davidsmithDavid M. Smith, senior associate dean and associate professor of economics, has been named interim dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, effective August 1, 2014.

“I am honored to serve the university in this capacity. We have a great team of faculty and staff to help advance the Graziadio School over the coming year, to pursue our strategic priorities, as well as fulfill the university mission,” Smith says.

David earned his B.A. from Wheaton College and both his M.S. and PhD degrees from Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this new role, David has served as associate dean for eight years at the business school, most recently as senior associate dean. In this role, he had primary oversight for the faculty at the Graziadio School, and he was instrumental in launching two new centers, the Center for Applied Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. David also oversees the Graziadio School’s e-learning initiatives and online MBA program, which will see its inaugural class graduate in December 2014.

Prior to obtaining his PhD in economics, Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. Since completion of his academic credentials, Smith has consulted for various industries, specializing in information technology, financial services, medical, and nonprofit sectors. A labor economist with an applied focus, Smith’s economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, the economics of gender, and analysis of specific labor markets. He has published in numerous academic and practitioner outlets. His research on credit unions has been used in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings.

Smith closely follows current economic trends and is a frequent commentator on radio and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor’s Business Daily. His opinion in matters related to the Employee Free Choice Act and union negotiations within the entertainment and grocery industries have been widely reported. Smith has been a full-time faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University since 1997.

Dean Linda A. Livingstone Named Dean of George Washington School of Business

Dean Linda A. Livingstone (2012)Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, has accepted the position of dean at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and will assume her new duties on August 1, announced Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton in a statement.

“For more than 12 years as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Linda A. Livingstone has committed herself to the growth and development of our students, faculty, and programs, while helping to build Pepperdine’s reputation as one of the leading business schools in the world. Throughout her tenure, Linda has skillfully guided the business school along its quest to advance responsible business practices and develop values-centered leaders,” Dr. Benton said. 

In preparation for Dr. Livingstone’s departure, Dr. David M. Smith, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Economics, has accepted to serve as interim dean. Pepperdine University will partner with an executive search firm to begin a nationwide search to identify her successor, according to Benton’s statement.

At the Graziadio School, Dean Livingstone championed a $200 million expansion of the business school’s regional campuses, increased the school’s international partnerships to 40 business schools around the world, and led the school to membership in the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education. As dean, she oversaw the hiring of approximately 60 percent of the business school’s faculty.

Under her leadership, the Graziadio school established the E2B (Education to Business) Live Case Program, which partners students with companies to find solutions to strategic issues; launched the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series, a high-profile lecture program that brings to campus leading business innovators; introduced a business plan competition for students seeking to start their own companies; and added new degree programs in management and leadership, applied finance, and global business.

NEW Graziadio Magazine Highlights Past School Year

Graziadio Magazine’s 2013-2014 Academic Year issue is now available to view online and download. In addition to the cover article “George Graziadio: Larger Than Life” readers will find select highlights from the past school year including major milestones reached, awards and recognitions and other key moments. A small sample of alumni class note is also featured. Access now. Continue reading

Pepperdine University Now Hosts Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance



LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Dr. Craig R. Everett, director of the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project and an assistant professor of finance at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, has been named co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, a premier source of academic research related to small business finance and entrepreneurship, jointly overseeing the peer-reviewed publication with Dr. James C. Brau of Brigham Young University. The academic journal and its archive of past volumes can now be found at Continue reading