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Student and Faculty Successes

Careers and Professional Development

The future of our students and their career potential is at the heart of everything we do. We emphasize facilitating paths to greater self-efficacy, personal achievement, and long-term career fulfillment. With a comprehensive approach to professional development, our students are given the competitive advantage and personal connection to step towards their professional dreams. 

Through our personalized career mentorship:

  • The average base salary for our Full-Time MBA graduates is $103k
  • An increase over 45% from the 2019 average

Where Our Students Work

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Student Success

Laura Ahn

Laura Ahn

The Walt Disney Company

  • When Laura joined Graziadio, she was a Region Manager at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • She founded the Honda Young Professionals Business Resource Group
  • During her MBA, she interned with the Walt Disney Company as an HR Business Partner supporting the ABC News Organization. She then accepted a full-time offer within Disney’s Technology & Commercialization division.

Lauren Dunn

Lauren Dunn


  • After she completed her summer internship, Lauren accepted a full-time offer to join IBM as a senior solution sales specialist.
  • Lauren was connected to IBM and her internship through Graziadio alumnus, Adam Buffum (MBA ‘13). Through her Full-Time MBA and Graziadio’s global alumni network, she transitioned her career from hospitality to technology. 


Industry Leading Faculty: Significant Accolades


S&P Global Academic Esg Research Award

Maretno Agus Harjoto, Clemens Kownatzki, Jillian Alderman and Robert Lee

Evaluating Climate Risks and Opportunities in Financial Markets


Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Austria

The U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board 

Kevin S. Groves, PhD
Succession planning for family businesses 

Charla Griffy-Brown

Picmet Fellow Award

Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD

Recognized for outstanding contributions to the development and growth of the Engineering and Technology Management discipline

Maretno Agus Harjoto

2019-2021 Denney Chair Professorship Award

Maretno Agus Harjoto, Pepperdine Graziadio

Bobbi Thomason

2020 Rosabeth Moss Kanter International Award

Bobbi Thomason, Excellence in Work and Family Research

Gary Mangiofico

2020 Service to the OD Network Award

Gary Mangiofico, The Organizational Development Network (ODN)

Keynote Addresses 

  • Cristina Gibson: Convener / Co-Facilitator, Global Summit on Responsible Research
  • Charla Griffy-Brown, PhD: Featured Speaker, UNESCO’s Futures Literacy Summit and Keynote, IEEE Annual Conference (TEMSCON)

Graziadio Awards

  • Julian Virtue Professorship, 2020-2022: Bobbi Thomason
  • Social Science And Humanities Research Council Of Canada National Grant

    • Cristina Gibson, Tom O'Neill, University of Calgary, and Matt McLarnon, Mount Royal University for Time for Flexible Remote Work? Developing the Capabilities of Leaders and Individual Contributors.


Journal of Labor Economics

Journal of Management

Harvard Business Review

Journal of Advertising

Journal of Consumer Behavior

Center for Applied Research

Research Journey Speaker Series, Fall 2020

Continued series with distinguished scholars where they are invited to share behind the scenes insights of their research process, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graziadio’s Faculty Retreat Keynote, March 2021

Whose Calls for Research Should Business Scholars Answer: A Full-Voice Meaningful Approach delivered by Dr. Debra Shapiro, former president of Academy of Management and Clarice Smith, professor of management at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. 

Pitch and Posters Research Forum, June 2021

The annual forum brought in eleven presentations and a Q&A session where faculty presented current and forthcoming research while sharing insights around COVID-19 and the future of the global economy.

Executive DBA and CAR Conference for Applied Research, June 2021

Graziadio’s third annual doctoral conference included presentations from faculty, external academics, and nationally renowned industry leaders who shared cutting-edge research insights and personal expertise to inspire the collective process of dialogue formation.  


Inaugural Doctor of Business Administration Cohort: Student Success

Our inaugural Doctor of Business Administration cohort is graduating at the end of the 2021 Spring term and have shown outstanding dedication to their dissertations. We are exceptionally proud of all their accomplishments, which expand beyond their doctorate degree and have received significant recognition from renowned organizations. 

2020 Engagement Management Scholarship Conference Doctoral Consortium

Robert Bikel

Robert Bikel

Finalist, Best Poster Presentation

Sustainability Paradox Governance

George Dagliyan

George Dagliyan

Finalist, Best Poster Presentation

Adoption of AI Technology: Taking the Bad with the Good


Published Work

Ana Brant

Ana Brant


How Adapting To Ultra-Wealthy Clientele Can Improve A Brand’s Overall Customer Experience

Sharifa Batts

Sharifa Batts

Group and Organization Management

Increasing career advancement opportunities through sponsorship: An identity-based model with illustrative application to cross-race mentorship of African-Americans

2021 Society for Consumer Psychology Conference

Jolie Gutentag


Jolie Gutentag

Best Working Paper Award

Concretizing Sustainability with Circularity: A Construal Level Approach to Encourage Sustainable Consumption