Miriam Lacey, Ph.D.
Describe the learning experience in your classroom.
Pepperdine offers a small community atmosphere that becomes highly cohesive and caring, where students both challenge and support each other. I am a subject matter expert, and I like to pose provocative questions and live cases to engage students and have them apply their own experiences in combination with what we're learning in the classroom. There is a lot of hands-on small group work as well to hone team and leadership skills.
How can values-centered leaders contribute to their organizations?
I think you can develop a character-driven personal style that can contribute to an organization's profitability. People who trust that you have their best interest will be loyal to you and committed to the work. Ethics and character are inexplicably bound.
What do you hope students take away from their Pepperdine experience?
Our students have the power to make the world a better place and they can participate in that better place so they have more satisfaction and enjoyment in their lives.