Students Brian Harman and Toni Washington are recipients of scholarships from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)-Southern California Roundtable, valued at $3,000 each. CSCMP annually awards its tuition-supplementing scholarships to promising masters level students from Southern California colleges and universities who demonstrate an acumen in supply chain management logistics, transportation, distribution, or a closely related field.
Enrolled in the part-time evening Bachelor of Science in Management program, Mr. Harman serves as the purchasing manager at American Landscape Inc. , a Canoga Park-based landscape and irrigation construction firm. Exposure to basic supply chain management techniques with a previous employer led to the decision to make SCM a life-long career aspiration. Following that job opportunity, he used his skill as a buyer to open his own profitable screen-printing and embroidery company, which he eventually sold before joining American Landscape. When Harman graduates the BSM program next April, he will be first person in his family to earn a college degree. He will be back at Pepperdine in the summer to pursue another year of study toward an MBA, for which the scholarship would make an immense financial difference.
A student in the part-time evening Master in Business Administration (FEMBA) program , Ms. Washington is a sales specialist at Astra Zeneca, LLP, the global biopharmaceutical company. Washington aspires to a career in operations management within the healthcare sector. Looking to advance into management within the operations division of Astra Zeneca ‘s logistics department, Washington has worked closely with her managers and other key personnel throughout supply chain channels ranging from pharmacies to laboratories and purchasing departments within private health care systems and large hospital groups. With the aid of the scholarship, Washington will be able to accelerate her studies at Pepperdine and complete her MBA in spring 2015.
Harman and Washington follow in the footsteps of previous scholarship recipient Stephanie Cervantes, who last year became the Graziadio School’s first ever CSCMP awardee. Candidates for the scholarship are evaluated based on 35 percent academic performance, 50 percent demonstrated commitment to a supply chain management career and 15 percent need. Founded in 1963, with more than 85,000 members, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management.
Student Jeffrey Fein, vice president of The Leadership Society at the Graziadio School, congratulates Oliver Chacon, Yury Adamov, Sarah Iskamker, and Ravi Gupta on earning first place in the Annual Values-Centered Leadership Lab Case Competition; held on Saturday and kicking off SEER Week, seven days of events celebrating socially, environmentally and ethically responsible business practice that will culminate in the annual conference of socially conscious entrepreneursSEER Symposium, as well as a student leadership development retreat. Continue reading
The entrepreneurship programs at Pepperdine have successfully guided the launch of almost 100 new companies, says program director Larry Cox. Twenty-five startups launched by Graziadio School entrepreneur students and alumni competed this week for a chance to win $1,000 and an invitation to be on KFWB 980′s “Business Rockstars” radio program.
At the Inaugural Board of Visitors $100,000 Investment Challenge, board members, faculty, invited alumni and staff divided $100,000 worth of imaginary “George Dollars” among the ventures with whom they would most likely invest. The opportunity for real money and radio exposure went to the top five companies with the most “George Dollars” invested by the end of the day.
Earning the most “votes,” respectively, top honors went to Crystal and Chip Reibel of Beyond the Olive; Nick Stankevich, Shuyaa Al Robayan and Brad Rowland of Unus Card; this year’s Pepperdine Business Plan winner Audra Quinn of UnCorked! in a tie with Neal Bloom of The Portfolium; and Jerry Lee and Jon Drew of Twistx. Continue reading
Graziadio School students Jorge Arreola, Roberto Beckmann, Paul Betancourt, Jeffry Fein, and Maria Valencia took second place in the case competition sponsored by PepsiCo at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Annual Conference and Career Expo in San Antonio.
Twenty-three teams from seventeen different universities submitted proposals. Pepperdine’s Team Hispanic Heritage were among the three finalists selected to advance to the final round in Texas, competing against Chapman University and the first-place winner College of William and Mary for $3,000 in scholarships and prizes.
Arreola, Beckmann, Betancourt, Fein, and Valencia attended the conference’s CEO Dinner and had the opportunity to meet such leaders in attendance as Josue Robles, Jr., President and CEO, USAA and Martha Poulter, Vice President and CIO, GE Capital.
The student business case competition is a unique event designed to give high-powered MBA student teams an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, problem-solving skills and teamwork abilities in a formal competition. Teams are judged on their analysis of the case, the feasibility of their recommendations and the quality of their presentations.
Selected by faculty and fellow classmates, graduating student Rui “Alice” Wan will address fellow new grads at the Graziadio School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 3. She will share the stage with Gary Burnison, CEO OF Korn/Ferry International, who will receive an honorary doctorate and Distinguished Alumni Award recipient David Neu (PKE MBA ’09), president of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp.
The graduation tradition goes to a student in each of the three ceremonies held during the year who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and represented the school’s mission and values both inside and outside of the classroom in exemplar fashion, as established by Dean Linda Livingstone.
Alice will earn a Master of Science in Applied Finance from the Graziadio School of Business and Management. She holds her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she received numerous academic awards and studied abroad in several countries.
Alice has been an active member of the full-time program student body, participating in the Graziadio School Business Case Competition and the ACG Cup. She is the recipient of the first Values-Driven Leader Scholarship and a George Award for outstanding M.S. student. This spring, Alice participated in Global Program excursions to New York City and Washington D.C. She completed an internship with Claros Communications building financial models.
Capitalizing upon her studies that concentrated on investment, Alice is pursuing her career in investment analysis and asset management upon graduation.