Clubs and Organizations
Our student body is actively involved in a number of clubs and activities outside
the classroom. This involvement enhances the overall learning experience and encourages
the collaborative spirit fostered at the Graziadio School. If you would like more
information on any of the clubs below, please e-mail the contact listed.
Malibu Graduate Business Society
The Malibu Graduate Business Society (MGBS) is the student government association for the full-time MBA program at Pepperdine University. MGBS is the primary association for facilitating all student interests. MGBS assigns students to faculty and administrative committees, hosts top corporate speakers, plans networking and social events, and supervises and promotes all student organizations and clubs.
Contact Wes Young.
Asian Business Club
The Asian Business Club's (ABC) primary objective is to build a platform for students and alumni who are interested in Asian related business to network together, collaborate, and share resources. With companies increasingly focused on global business opportunities, the club also focuses on creating career opportunities in companies who have a presence in both Asia and the U.S. By leveraging the first-hand knowledge of Asian culture, business practices, and politics, ABC strives to enhance the Graziadio global learning experience.
Contact Xueqiu Yu.
Meet the Asian Business Club's officers.
Black Graduate Business Society
Black Graduate Business Association (BGBA) is designed to provide a networking forum for Black MBAs attending Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Its principle mission is professional growth, development of business acumen and job placement. MBA students as well as alumni are welcome as the interchange of ideas in our current economic environment is invaluable. Aside from networking discussions on business related content, our goal is to provide an open environment for all members to freely exchange information and ideas - whether it is mixers, speaking engagements, or invitations to a holiday event or dinner. Our hope is to promote genuine networks of ethical and driven MBAs in order to build a stronger community of diverse businesspeople in corporate America.
Contact Gabriel Oghenekohwo.
Learn more about the Black Graduate Business Society.
C4C (Challenge for Charity)
The MBA Challenge for Charity is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that draws on the talents, energy, and resources of MBAs from nine West Coast business schools (Pepperdine, Stanford, USC, UCD, UCI, UCLA, USF, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington) to raise funds and volunteer for the Special Olympics and other charities throughout the year. C4C is the primary charity cause supported by MGBS.
The aim of the Consulting Collective is to unite students who enjoy all aspects of strategic problem-solving in a hands-on and informative environment. Members will have opportunities to learn about the varying avenues of consulting, interact with consulting industry professionals, and prepare for a career in this exciting field. In consulting, every facet of business school is represented and we strive to make sure there is something for everyone.
Meet the Consulting Collective's officers..
Digital Innovation Club
The Digital Innovation Club drives Pepperdine's Graziadio School student community with business management opportunities within digital space not limited to the high-tech industry in areas such as business development, strategic planning, consulting, finance, marketing, operations, human resources, product development, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and project management. The Digital Innovation Club promotes various networking events to connect and learn from our distinguished Graziadio alumni, faculty members and industry speakers from Fortune 500 companies. These events allow students to learn from success stories of MBA leaders and technology-related experts. The club also helps students incubate a start-up culture in digital space by collaborating with other Pepperdine clubs such as the Entrepreneurship Club and the Leadership Society.
Contact Karla Kihn.
Meet the Digital Innovation Club's officers.
The Emerging Leaders mentorship program is a student-based initiative designed to enhance the overall Pepperdine experience for full-time Graziadio School students. These individuals, who are carefully selected by faculty, work closely with the student recruitment staff and faculty to develop programs and activities designed to assist you, the new students, as you transition into this MBA program. The mentors consist of a number of student club officers. We are here to assist you with anything from academics (concentrations, workloads) to getting around in LA and introducing you to all that the Graziadio School has to offer.
Contact Whitney Merritt.
Meet the Emerging Leaders' Officers.
The goal of the Entrepreneurship Society is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and inspire creativity throughout the Pepperdine community. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss start-up opportunities, hear from guest speakers and encourage one another in pursuing their entrepreneurial ventures. The Society hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the annual Business Plan Competition where students compete for prize money to fund their start-up ventures. The Entrepreneurship Society also hosts the Entrepreneur's Journey, a two-day event of Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussions. The event culminates with finalists from the Business Plan Competition pitching their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges and venture capitalists.
Contact Monique Eginli.
Meet the Entrepreneurship Society's officers.
Finance and Accounting Club
The purpose of the Finance and Accounting Club is two-fold. First, the club seeks to introduce the student to the various fields within the finance industry. The club hosts speakers during informal lunch breaks to discuss topics such as real estate, investment banking, and private wealth management. The second purpose of the club is to introduce students to industry professionals. Each year the club holds the ACG. Cup - an investment banking competition held among USC's, UCLA's and Pepperdine's MBA programs. The annual event is hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth® an organization composed of successful L.A.-based finance professionals. The club will use this opportunity to forge a strong bond between Pepperdine's MBA program and the local community.
Contact Tim Ellsipen.
Graziadio Christian Business Society
The Graziadio Christian Business Society's purpose is to provide a community for Christian business students and to demonstrate how Christianity is relevant to the modern business world. The club partners with other student groups to organize service events, bring in business professionals to speak at Pepperdine, and to provide networking opportunities.
Graziadio Entertainment Society
This organization brings together students interested in the media/entertainment industry. Members become familiarized and educated with the local entertainment industry through:
- Networking events with other Southern California MBA programs
- Entertainment professionals brought in to discuss different aspects of the industry (movies, TV, music, etc.)
- Industry networking events
- Social events and activities (off campus)
The main goal is to increase career placement of Graziadio School MBAs within the media and entertainment industries through networking opportunities at our club's events.
Graziadio Reaching Out
Graziadio Reaching OUT is a networking and professional group for LGBT & Allied MBA students and alumni built on the foundation for inclusion, diversity, and social responsibility at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management. We are building a network for our students and alumni connecting them with companies focused on our core values: inclusion, diversity, and social responsibility in the workplace. With these values, we will connect our students with professionals and companies who have impactful Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) and active community involvement. We will bring strategic HR professionals, executives, and diversity/inclusion professionals to come and speak to our students and alumni about the importance of our values and to show how successful companies use these values to increase their triple bottom line. Our organization will be partnered with ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA), a national organization focused on education, inspiration, and building networks for MBA students who identify as LGBT or are an ally to the community and have a passion for equality and inclusion. ROMBA connects Pepperdine students, faculty, and alumni to a network of over 1,500 companies and 494 of the Fortune 500 Companies.
Contact Honora Javier.
Graziadio Student Ambassadors
The purpose of the Graziadio Student Ambassadors is three-fold: 1) to provide current students an opportunity to become involved in marketing the Graziadio School, 2) allow students to "give back" to the University, and 3) to recruit qualified and capable students. Membership is by selection at the beginning of each year. Members serve as campus hosts when candidates visit campus and as contact candidates by telephone and email. They also provide assistance at on- and off-campus recruitment events.
Contact Matthew Forrest.
Graziadio Veterans Business Society
The Mission of the Graziadio Veterans Business Society is to support military veterans through outreach, camaraderie, mentoring, and networking to enhance veteran success in graduate business studies in order to promote the Graziadio School of Business and Management throughout the military community The purpose of the Veterans Business Society is to enrich veteran experiences at Graziadio as a means of promoting Pepperdine throughout the military veteran community. The society serves as a structured association for supporting the unique needs of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces as they transition into graduate business programs at Pepperdine University. The society fosters relationships between veterans throughout the various business programs, as well as to veterans in the Graziadio Alumni Network, as a means of offering guidance and mentorship to veterans in the process of career transition. Working closely with Graziadio Recruiting and Graziadio Student Ambassadors, the Veterans Business Society serves as a valuable resource for outreach to future veteran students. Ultimately, the society enhances success of veterans in Graziadio as a means of promoting the business programs to future veteran students.
Contact Rob Voyles.
The Leadership Society is a student-driven organization supporting leadership collaboration between the academic and business worlds. It supports activities and events that strengthen the presence of ethical practices and social responsibility in corporate management and entrepreneurship, demonstrating that there is a market for both profit and purpose in today's business environment.
Contact Jesse Gonzalez
Meet the Leadership Society's officers.
Pepperdine's Marketing Society provides professional development, networking and educational opportunities to students planning to pursue careers in marketing. We seek to prepare students to successfully attain internships and full-time positions in marketing through a comprehensive schedule of events that includes:
- Informational seminars and skill-building workshops
- Networking opportunities with alumni, current students and faculty
Contact Juliana Graham.
Meet the Marketing Society's officers.
MBA Women International
MBA Women International (formerly NAWMBA) aims to provide a positive environment for women to grow and learn. They engage and participate in a variety of activities and events that will establish strong networks and help women achieve their career goals. Each year, the club arranges for female business leaders to speak on campus.
Contact Deepti Ramesh.
Meet the MBA Women International officers.
Net Impact is a global leadership organization committed to nurturing an extensive and influential network of current and future business visionaries who believe in making a profit while affecting a positive social and environmental change. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter aims to create an added competitive advantage for the students by providing practical tools and knowledge on how to maximize positive business impact. It is a platform for business innovation and unique networking opportunities. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter hosts renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, networking events, company tours and provides an opportunity to attend the annual National Net Impact Conference. Chapter members closely collaborate with Pepperdine's Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy, a nationally renowned program for its robust curriculum and the annual SEER Symposium featuring industry leaders and other executive level speakers.
Contact Milica Zivanovic.
Toastmasters is dedicated to helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The Graziadio chapter is part of an international organization consisting of nearly 226,000 members in 11,500 clubs in 92 countries, offering a way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian.
Contact David Yangyang.
Meet the Toastmasters Club's officers.