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.
(Standing, left to right) Jessica Wishan, director of PATH; Claire Orr, founder of PATH; Graziadio School’s Soledad Gonzalez; PATH’s Megan Colvard; (seated, from the Graziadio Schoo) Nora Guerrero, Dean Linda Livingstone, and Michael Stamper.
On behalf of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Dean Linda Livingstone accepted the Community Support Award from the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition, an alliance of more than 30 organizations, public agencies and faith communities committed to ending hunger and homelessness through service coordination, public education and advocacy. WSHC recognized the school this October at its 18th Celebrating Success Breakfast for the volunteer work Graziadio staff performed with the member agency PATH, the West Los Angeles non-profit that helps homeless people find work, save money, secure housing, and empower their lives.
Attending the awards ceremony with Dean Livingstone were Nora Guerrero, Admission Counselor/Support Receptionist; Soledad Gonzalez, Financial Aid Advisor; and Michael Stamper, Director, Graziadio Technology Services; all of whom have been actively involved in volunteer activities with PATH.
For more than four years, Graziadio staff have partnered with PATH through Pepperdine University’s Call to Service initiative. Staff members have helped prepared and served more than 2,000 nutritious meals for homeless residents, Professor Joetta Forsyth organized financial workshops and Graziadio Technology Services led computer workshops. Graziadio staff also held clothing drives, Christmas toy drives and fundraisers to benefit homeless parents and their children.
Pepperdine Magazine recently detailed these service activities.
Students Embarking on Completion of 300 Consulting Projects in Popular, Experiential Learning Program
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – This Fall Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Education-to-Business (E2B) program, a real-world intense learning experience embedded within the curriculum of select MBA classes such as marketing, finance, information systems, decision sciences and organization management. Over the past ten years, Pepperdine students have completed 285 consulting projects for businesses of all sizes in a variety of industry sectors.
The Graziadio School’s E2B program provides applied, experiential learning that allows students to translate textbook theories into solving real world business challenges. Over a 14 week term, students research, analyze and provide recommendations to selected businesses. At the end of the trimester, the teams present a report – both oral and written – to the team of executives. 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.
Forbes magazine released its eighth biennial ranking of business schools based on the return on investment achieved by the graduates from the Full-time MBA class of 2008, who graduated into the first year of a challenging job market severely impacted by the Great Recession. The Graziadio School advanced six spots from its 2011 position to place #69 nationally.
Crowning the list’s top five are Stanford, Chicago, Harvard, Wharton and Northwestern, respectively.
The ranking compares earnings of full-time MBA graduates in their first five years out of business school to their opportunity cost (two years of forgone compensation, tuition and required fees) to arrive at a “5-year M.B.A. Gain.” “Forbes surveyed 17,000 alumni from 100 schools and heard back from 27% of those grads,” the publication says.
Before they arrived at school, the Graziadio Class of 2008 earned $40,000 on average and $96,000 five years out for a 5-year gain of $4,400.
Companies are expected to hire more MBA graduates this year, according to the new GMAC 2013 Corporate Recruiters Survey. Experts say hiring remains strongest in high-tech, management consulting and corporate finance sectors. “Having gone through a long period of ‘making do’, it seems many businesses are now keen to refresh their senior talent pipelines,” said Tony Goodwin, CEO of recruitment company Antal International, in Forbes.