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Zarik Boghossian, MBA '93

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Zarik Boghossian

Why did you choose Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School?

“I chose Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School over other institutions because I wanted a diverse curriculum that would not only help me to achieve career advancement and professional development, but also align with my personal values.”

How would you define the “Pepperdine difference”?

“By far the biggest differentiator is the caliber of the instructors and the small class sizes. Students are taught by business professionals who are able to bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and real world perspective to the classroom. Learning from professors who were career-oriented and had a real sense of what’s happening in today’s industries was invaluable for me.”

How did getting your MBA from Pepperdine help to advance you in your career?

“Earning my MBA from Pepperdine helped me to advance my career in more ways than one. Not only did I move up the career ladder, but I also developed the leadership skills that I never realized I lacked and was capable of developing.”

What is one lesson learned at GSBM that you have been able to apply to your career or personal life?

“One lesson I continue to take with me in my career is the importance of listening and networking. I myself have benefited from broadening my network, and thus make it a point to introduce young professionals and entrepreneurs to seasoned business leaders. In today’s market, you never know who you’ll meet and how they’ll help you or you will help them.”

What advice would you give to someone who is considering seeking an MBA?

"Students are taught by professionals who are able to bring a real world perspective to the classroom."

Zarik Boghossian

FEMBA Alumnus

“If you are serious about learning and developing your skill set for your profession, then an MBA is the way to go. You will learn practical lessons from real people from various trending industries.

Also, take advantage of the resources and opportunities that your program offers – from your professors and classmates to networking events and internships – it will pay off in the end.”

How would you describe your ROI on your MBA?

“The ROI on my MBA is clear. I have since excelled in my career, advancing from a mid-level manager to an executive and founder of my own software company, and finally an entrepreneur with the ambition of changing the world.”

How are you supporting or staying engaged with the Pepperdine Community?

“Currently, I teach a couple of undergraduate business courses for Seaver College and three MBA classes for the Graziadio Business School. I give back by teaching my students everything I learned at Pepperdine University and from my own career and business endeavors.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

“I see myself completing some of my startups, adding value to society, and engaging with young entrepreneurs. I also plan to write a book about my journey, coming to the United States from a third-world country under a lot of hardship, to where I am today. Lastly, I hope to become a tenure-track full-time professor at Pepperdine University and give back to the community that helped me grow professionally and personally.”

About Zarik

Dr. Zarik Boghossian is an expert in the software industry with more than 30 years of experience designing and developing advanced technologies and innovative solutions, including aerospace systems. He was responsible for the development of the Mission Critical Electric Power System Flight Software for the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA. As a passionate entrepreneur, Dr. Boghossian founded Zema Enterprises, Inc. to develop innovative solutions in ecommerce, social networking & collaboration, digital media, and mobile apps.

In addition, Zarik has co-founded and invested in a number of startups including AUGmentecture Inc., DriverSquare Inc., RideMates Inc., and Wovenmedia, a cloud-based Content Management System and a video publishing platform designed for non-media enterprises. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for many other startups. As a professor at Pepperdine University, Zarik teaches and mentors MBA and undergraduate business school students. Dr. Boghossian holds an MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, and a Doctorate degree with high honors from Pepperdine University specializing in Organizational Leadership.