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About Career and Professional Development

Director's Message

Diane Singel

Diane Singel
Executive Director
Career and Professional Development

On behalf of the Career and Professional Development team, welcome! We are a team of professionals dedicated to your growth and success, and our mission is to empower the next generation of purpose driven leaders for lifelong career readiness and success. We meet you where you are and guide you where you want to go. Whether you are here to begin or advance your career, make an industry change, or become an entrepreneur, our dedicated team of career coaches and employer engagement professionals are here to support and guide you towards a path of success.

We work alongside you from day one helping you navigate the journey through a variety of ways. This can include personalized coaching, job search readiness including crafting effective resumes, cover letters, and personal brand development. We also offer a professional development series with subject matter experts, in-class sessions, employer and networking activities, and more. All of this is designed to help you strategically manage your career exploration and success.

We look forward to meeting you and supporting this journey of lifelong career and professional development.

Meet the Team

We are committed to your growth and achievement. Our emphasis is the four pillars of success—Passion, Preparation, Performance, and Purpose. We facilitate paths to greater self-efficacy, personal achievement, and long-term career fulfillment. With a comprehensive approach to professional development, we strive to help you make a difference, positively impacting the greater good. We are proud to have a professional team of Directors, Specialists, and Coaches as partners to help bring Pepperdine’s vision of world-class career experience to life.

Malibu (Main Campus)

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Kristen Oshiro
Assistant Director of Full-Time MBA
Malibu Campus
310 506 8565
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Elizabeth Pode

Elizabeth Pode
Career Coach
Malibu Campus
elizabeth.pode@pepperdine.edu Connect with Elizabeth on LinkedIn

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Vanessa Espina
Career Coach
Malibu Campus

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Donna Brabec
Internships and Education Specialist
Malibu Campus
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Vania Garcia
Project Administrator
Malibu Campus
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West Los Angeles Campus

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Karen Weiss
Director, Employer and External Engagement
West Los Angeles Campus
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Kenneth Murphy
Director, Professional Programs and Alumni Career Services
West Los Angeles Campus
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Irvine Campus

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Desiree Williams
Employer Engagement Specialist 
Irvine Campus
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Calabasas Campus

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Lauren Nakano
Sr. Employer Engagement Specialist
Calabasas Campus



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