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Samanaz Kapadia, MBA '10

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Samanaz Kapadia

"When I was in college, I met a lot of people who were in the military and I developed a connection to the armed services. I feel it is important to give back to those who serve our country. Over the last several years, I have helped send care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. From talking to veterans I know, I have learned that one of the hardest things for them, is in assimilating to civilian life. In addition, there serves to be great difficulty in finding a place back to the workforce. In addition to the programming and commercial administration work I do as a Senior Manager at FOX Sports, I also work with American Corporate Partners. ACP is a non-profit organization which works to ease the transition from the military to the civilian workforce. I am currently mentoring a veteran who wants to work in the entertainment industry. I talk to him every couple of weeks, and I connect him with people and resources to assist him with his job search."

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School: Flexible, Convenient and Values-Based

"I chose Pepperdine Graziadio for my MBA because the program fit well with both my personal and professional life. I liked the variety of courses, diversity of students and flexibility of program. The students came from all different backgrounds and industries which provided me with unique perspectives and insights. And since I was working full-time while getting my MBA, having a program close by where I could take night and weekend classes was essential."

"I have wanted to get an MBA since I was 12 when I first understood the value of higher education. I knew having an MBA would help me move up the corporate ladder and it was important to me to go to a school that reflected my values. Helping veterans further their education and re-enter the workplace is a cause that I’m passionate about. And I especially love that the Graziadio School supports those who have worked tirelessly to protect our freedoms."

Giving Back: Sharing My Industry Experience

"My concentration in the Fully Employed MBA program (FEMBA) was leadership and managing organizational change. Through this program, I improved my soft skills and learned how to better manage a team and accomplish a common vision. I was delighted when I was asked to participate in a Graziadio event called Industry Insights from Entertainment, Media, and Technology. I love helping students who want to work in the entertainment industry and I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with students who want to pursue a similar career. I always enjoy talking about how I’ve put my Graziadio MBA to good use!"


About Samanaz

Samanaz received her BA in Business Administration from California State University-Fullerton in 2005 and her MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 2010. She is a big sport fan – especially of the Dallas Cowboys. Her sorority Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness and she enjoys going to NFL games across the country with her sorority sisters to distribute pink breast cancer awareness ribbons.