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2021 Student Career Profiles

Our Full-Time MBA students are successfully pursuing their Master of Business Administration to fulfill their career ambitions and positively impact current and future organizations as Best for the World Leaders. All of our students stem from various academic backgrounds and bring vast experience and insight to the table—creating an enriching atmosphere full of fresh perspective and immense educational diversity. These students make waves in their organizations and communities, respectively, and plan to expand their sphere of influence as values-based business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Full-Time MBA Students

Dela Atsu-Swanzy

Dela Atsu-Swanzy

  • Email: dela.atsuswanzy@pepperdine.edu
  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dela-atsu-swanzy 
  • Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Director of Operations, U.S. Sixth Fleet Mine Countermeasures

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: Dela hopes to land a position in real estate development. He is open to several industries, including the sports industry and entrepreneurship as it relates to startups and early-stage companies. He feels that the Pepperdine MBA will give him business analytical skills, management skills, and entrepreneurial tools to succeed.

Julieannah Awopetu

Julieannah Awopetu

  • Email: julie.awopetu@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/julie-awopetu

  • Undergraduate School: Penn State University (University Park, Pennsylvania)

  • Undergraduate Major: International Business and Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Union Representative, Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: After Graduation: Julieannah desires to strategically use her MBA and vast knowledge of the entertainment industry to widely showcase the talents of African Americans in media and sports. Part of dismantling systemic racism is accurate representation and nuanced portrayal of African Americans on a global scale.

Shahaf (Skylar) Bartal

Shahaf (Skylar) Bartal

  • Email: shahaf.bartal@pepperdine.edu   

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/skylar-bartal/ 

  • Undergraduate School: Chapman University (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Sales Executive, VN Enterprises 

  • Top Function: Other 

  • Top Industry: Other

  • Career Goals: Skylar hopes to work in the legal department at a corporation. She is open to a start-up or multinational corporation.

Fernando Bolanos

Fernando Bolanos

  • Email: fernando.bolanos@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ferbolar/

  • Undergraduate School: Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

  • Undergraduate Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Project Manager, One Banana Ingredients 

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Fernando aims to become a top administrative leader in Agroamerica, his family's parent company involved in agribusiness.

David Cooper

David Cooper

  • Email: david.cooper@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/david-cooper-1549aa215 

  • Undergraduate School: United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics and Political Science

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Supply/Logistics Officer, United States Marine Corps 

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: Upon graduation, David aims to land a position in real estate development.

Kia Dargahi

Kia Dargahi

  • Email: kia.dargahi@pepperdine.edu      

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kiajoon/

  • Undergraduate School: University of California Irvine (Irvine, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Earth System Sciences

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Marketing Specialist, Exclusive Option 

  • Top Function: Voice Acting/Content Creation

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Kia plans to start his voiceover business and grow his content creation platform.

Aurora Datuin

Aurora Datuin

  • Email: aurora.datuin@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aurorad320/

  • Undergraduate School: Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Applied Exercise Sciences

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Principal Election Clerk, City of Los Angeles 

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Aurora hopes to land an audit position with a Big 4 accounting firm in the real estate or tech sectors. She believes her time at Pepperdine will give her opportunities to expand her knowledge in consulting, as well as refine her leadership skills to help her advance further in her career.

Ellis Frederick

Ellis Frederick

  • Email: ellis.frederick@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ellisafrederick/

  • Undergraduate School: New York University (New York, New York)

  • Undergraduate Major: Music Business

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Marketing Manager, PointsBet 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Ellis hopes to work in integrated production or marketing for a sports media brand or sports betting brand.

Dianne Gutierrez

Dianne Gutierrez

  • Email: dianne.gutierrez@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/diannelgutierrez/

  • Undergraduate School: Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts)

  • Undergraduate Major: History 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Marketing Specialist, DSC Laser & Skin Care Center 

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Dianne hopes to have a position at graduation in marketing analytics at a mass media company within the entertainment industry. Dianne believes that the MBA program at Pepperdine will help provide her with a well-rounded education to incorporate digital technology, business analytics, and marketing strategies towards her future career.

Madison Haws

Madison Haws

  • Email: madison.haws@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/madison-haws/

  • Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah)

  • Undergraduate Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Media, Marketing and Sales Manager, Town Square Inns 

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Other 

  • Career Goals: Madison hopes to work in organizational management and change fields after graduation.

Kaitlyn Iwashita

Kaitlyn (Kaity) Iwashita

  • Email: kaitlyn.iwashita@pepperdine.edu           

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kaity-iwashita/

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior User Acquisition Manager, Life360 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Kaity hopes to gain broader marketing knowledge to help her land a director-level marketing position within the tech industry.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

  • Email: samantha.m.jones@pepperdine.edu 

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/samanthamjones2025/

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Sports Medicine

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Government and Regulatory Affairs Intern, Pepperdine University 

  • Top Function: Law 

  • Top Industry: Consulting

  • Career Goals: After graduating from the JD/MBA program, Samantha hopes to become an employment or corporate lawyer.

Bridey (Mary Brigid) Joyce

Mary Brigid (Bridey) Joyce

  • Email: bridey.joyce@pepperdine.edu            

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bridey-joyce

  • Undergraduate School: The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

  • Undergraduate Major: International Relations and Diplomacy

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Chief of Staff, Africa Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Bridey hopes to land a position in marketing/brand management at a consumer products company.

Eric Kubler

Eric Kubler

  • Email: eric.kubler@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/erickubler/

  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Riverside (Riverside, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Production Manager, Deyan Audio 

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Eric hopes to work in a project management position in the music or video game industry.

Brandon Lew

Brandon Lew

  • Email: brandon.lew@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-layne-lew/

  • Undergraduate School: New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (New York City, New York)
  • Undergraduate Major: Film & Television/Business of Entertainment

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Assistant to COO & SVP, Strategy & Business Development, Participant; Founder, Executive Producer & Host, Views from NYU Late-Night Talk Show

  • Top Function: Business Development

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Brandon hopes to bridge the gap between business and creative sides in the entertainment/media industry through his strong leadership and communications skills, business acumen, and creative problem-solving. His experience working with a COO and Head of Strategy & Business Development of a film and television financier company and creating a late-night talk show will serve him well in bringing to life new creative business ventures.

Jori Liefschultz

Jori Liefschultz

  • Email: jori.liefschultz@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joril/
  • Undergraduate School: DePaul University (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Undergraduate Major: Advertising and Public Relations

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior Sales Rep, Chicago Reader

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Jori hopes to land a position in marketing within the entertainment/media industry.

Cody Maly

Cody Maly

  • Email: cody.maly@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/cody-maly-9ba7976a/
  • Undergraduate School: Stanford University (Palo Alto, California)
  • Undergraduate Major: Management Science & Engineering 

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student 

  • Top Function: Law 

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Cody plans to pass the bar and work for a firm specializing in the sports or entertainment industry.

Michael Mardirossian

Michael Mardirossian

  • Email: michael.mardirossian@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmardirossian/

  • Undergraduate School: University of San Francisco (San Francisco, California)
  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Portfolio Administrator, Western Asset Management

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Michael hopes to land a position in mergers and acquisitions within the finance industry.

John McFarland

John McFarland

  • Email: john.mcfarland@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/john-mcfarland-b88345119
  • Undergraduate School: Allegheny College (Meadville, Pennsylvania)
  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Vice President, Debt and Structured Finance, CBRE

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: John hopes to land a position managing a real estate investment/development portfolio.

Baltazar Moreno Fuentes

Baltazar Moreno Fuentes

  • Email: baltazar.morenofuentes@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/baltazar-moreno-fuentes-786420217/

  • Undergraduate School: Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Santiago, Chile)
  • Undergraduate Major: Civil Industrial Engineering

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Founder, Inversiones BMF

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Baltazar hopes to land a position as an associate in the investment banking industry.

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

  • Email: andrew.nelson@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andrewnelson229
  • Undergraduate School: New York University (New York City, New York)
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Marketing Intern, 2 Market Media

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Andrew hopes to land a position in a creative and analytical space with Google as a target company.

Daniella Reda

Daniella Reda

  • Email: daniella.reda@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/daniellareda/
  • Undergraduate School: Fordham University (New York City, New York)
  • Undergraduate Major: Economics and Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Organizational Consultant, O.C.D. Experience

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Daniella hopes to land a position in consumer insights at a large CPG company. As an experienced marketeer focusing on consumer targeting and messaging, Daniella looks forward to managing market research and analytics projects in order to make data-backed recommendations.

Jamie Rhodes

Jamie (McKala) Rhodes

  • Email: mckala.rhodes@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mckala-rhodes/
  • Undergraduate School: College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Undergraduate Major: International Business 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Sales, Big Red Incorporated 

  • Top Function: Sales/Marketing

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: Jamie hopes to land a position in sales or real estate after graduation.

Oliver Stein

Oliver Stein

  • Email: oliver.stein@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/oliverstein9/
  • Undergraduate School: Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • Undergraduate Major: Sports Marketing and Management 

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Director of Production, Development, and Content Acquisitions at a Large Film Studio

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Oliver looks to secure a management consultant position at a leading firm. He hopes to utilize his past experience to specialize in developing thorough insights and implementing an effective strategy in the entertainment, media, and sport industries.

Joseph Velladao

Joseph (Joe) Velladao

  • Email: joe.vellladao@pepperdine.edu

  • Undergraduate School: Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California)
  • Undergraduate Major: Political Science

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Non-Commissioned Officer, US Marine Corps

  • Top Function: Human Resources/Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Joe hopes to land a position as either a human resources manager or digital marketer in the entertainment industry.

Bianca Vertil

Bianca Vertil

  • Email: bianca.vertil@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bianca-vertil/
  • Undergraduate School: Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
  • Undergraduate Major: Environmental Studies

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Marketing Analyst, GQR Global Markets 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Consulting/Healthcare

  • Career Goals: After receiving her MBA, Bianca plans to work as a strategic consultant within the senior living industry. Her goal is to create innovative solutions that address seniors' needs and challenges as well as improve operations at living facilities. Working with seniors first-hand has given her insight into areas where seniors need advocates regarding long-term care, financial, and health plans.

Anthony Vogt

Anthony Vogt

  • Email: anthony.vogt@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-vogt-04b84220b/
  • Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California)
  • Undergraduate Major: Film and Television Production

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Founder, Little Unicorn Productions

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Anthony wants to continue his work as an independent film producer and expand his company by working with larger studios.

Joseph Waugh

Joseph Waugh

  • Email: joe.waugh@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/waughjoseph/

  • Undergraduate School: Concordia University (Mequon, Wisconsin)

  • Undergraduate Major: Marketing

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: SaaS Account Executive, ZenTap

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Joseph would like to land a position with a venture capital firm to learn more about early-stage funding of technology start-ups.

Nicholas Whitney

Nicholas Whitney

  • Email: nicholas.whitney@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-Whitney-mba/

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Intern, Manchester Financial

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Nicholas hopes to land a position in the finance field at graduation.

Yuga Yamaguchi

Yuga Yamaguchi

  • Email: yuga.yamaguchi@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yugayamaguchi

  • Undergraduate School: International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)

  • Undergraduate Major: Media Communication and Culture

  • Professional Experience: 5+

  • Position Prior to MBA: Freelance/Sales Project Leader, Honda Access Corp.

  • Top Function: Sales/Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Yuga hopes to start a business to bridge Japanese and American cultures. She would like to expand Japanese pop culture and food globally.

Yu Zhou

Yu (Joey) Zhou

  • Email: yu.zhou@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joey-chou-2a7900197

  • Undergraduate School: MinJiang University (Fuzhou, China)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 5+

  • Position Prior to MBA: Chief Manager of Operation, Fujian Initial Tea Technology

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Yu hopes to land a position in marketing and branding within a technology company.

Laura Ahn

Laura Ahn

  • Email: Laura.Ahn@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ahnlaura
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Communication Studies

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Technology and Client Relations Specialist, Eagleson Arndt Financial Advisors, LLC

  • MBA Internship: HR Business Partner Intern, The Walt Disney Company

  • Top Function: Human Resources Management

  • Top Industry: Human Resources/Organizational Development

  • Career Goals: Laura pivoted her career to Human Resources in the entertainment industry during her MBA Program and intends to pursue a career as a Human Resources Strategic Business Partner in the future.

Caleb Arndt

Caleb Arndt

  • Email: caleb.arndt@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/calebwarndt
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: English/Music Production

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Technology and Client Relations Specialist, Eagleson Arndt Financial Advisors, LLC

  • MBA Internship: Eagleson Arndt Financial Advisors, LLC and RenCenter

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Upon graduation, Caleb hopes to land a career in financial services for underserved communities.

Gabriel Berenson

Gabriel (Gabe) Berenson

  • Email: gabe.berenson@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gabeberenson/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022 
  • Undergraduate School: Loyola University, Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

  • Undergraduate Major: History

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Music Assistant, APA Agency

  • MBA Internship: Consumer Marketing Analytics and Data Science Intern, Verizon

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Gabe hopes to land a position in marketing analytics and business intelligence in the technology or entertainment industry.

Shawn Bhatita

Shawn Bhatita

  • Email: shawn.bhatia@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shawnbhatia/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of Houston (Houston, Texas)

  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior Associate, The Heritage Foundation

  • MBA Internship: Strategy & Management Summer Associate, Bank of America

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Shawn hopes to land a position in marketing within the technology industry.

Tai M. Brown

Tai M. Brown

  • Email: taim.brown@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/taimbrown 
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022

  • Undergraduate School: Michigan State University (East Lansing, Michigan)

  • Undergraduate Major: Finance/Telecommunications

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Managing Editor, AthleticDirectorU.com

  • MBA Internship: Special Projects, Care First Rehabilitation

  • Top Function: Leadership/Program Management

  • Top Industry: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Tai would like to solve problems using creative leadership. His interests are in program/project management, organizational culture, and executive leadership.

Brendan Cindric

Brendan Cindric

  • Email: brendan.cindric@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/brendan-cindric/

  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Risk Assessment Intern, K2 Insurance Services LLC

  • MBA Internship: College Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Brendan's interests are in the financial advising space or commercial real estate as a broker.

Ryan Cohen

Ryan Cohen

  • Email: ryan.cohen@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ryancameroncohen
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Willamette University (Salem, Oregon)

  • Undergraduate Major: Psychology

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Social Media Strategist, The Dental Sedation Center

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Assistant, Rossman Media 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Sports

  • Career Goals: Ryan hopes to land a position in digital marketing within the sports, food or fitness industry.

Peter DiCianni

Peter DiCianni

  • Email: peter.dicianni@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/peter-dicianni/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Assistant Brand Manager, Truffl

  • MBA Internship: Marketing and Data Analytics Intern, Last Crumb

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Peter DiCianni hopes to continue with Last Crumb after graduation.

Maria Martinez Davila

Maria Martinez Davila

  • Email: maria.martinezdavila@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mariamdavila/ 
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Survey Research Assistant, RAND Corporation 

  • MBA Internship: Project Management + Operational Excellence Intern, AvantStay

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Maria hopes to land a position in insights and analytics where she will be able to apply her skillset in quantitative/qualitative research, dashboard metrics, and market intelligence to track business performance, look for new solutions, and provide strategic insights to the business.

Kirstine C. Donato

Kirstine C. Donato

  • Email: kirstine.donato@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kirstine-donato/ 
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022

  • Undergraduate School: California State University, Northridge (Northridge, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Kinesiology

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Lead Patient Care Coordinator, BASE Training and Physical Therapy

  • MBA Internship: Risk Adjustment Intern, Blue Shield of California

  • Top Function: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Top Industry: Healthcare/Bio-Tech

  • Career Goals: Kirstine hopes to land a position in operations in the healthcare industry, looking to make healthcare more accessible, affordable, and transparent through her work.

Kayla Eber

Kayla Eber

  • Email: kayla.eber@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kayla-eber-1b768888/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Design/Media Arts

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: Intern, Miss Diamond Ring

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Kayla plans to find a job working for a luxury jewelry brand (or luxury brand with a jewelry line) for a few years to gain more knowledge of the industry and then ultimately start her own jewelry company.

Tommy Essoka

Tommy Essoka

  • Email: tommy.essoka@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tommyessoka/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)

  • Undergraduate Major: Finance

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Research Associate, Iburu

  • MBA Internship: Business Ops Analyst Intern, Amazon Web Services

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: After completing his MBA, Tommy intends to pursue a career in business strategy within technology-intensive industries. He has a long-term goal to deliver the analytical insights business leaders use to enable customers to innovate in emerging markets.

Jeremy Farraye

Jeremy Farraye

  • Email: jeremy.farraye@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyfarraye
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Assistant Manager, Nekter Juice Bar

  • MBA Internship: Financial Assistant Intern, JFC Funding

  • Top Function: General Management 

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports 

  • Career Goals: Jeremy hopes to land a position as a business manager within the entertainment or sports industry, primarily with a baseball team or companies like Disney or Warner Bros.

Ivy Fernandez

Ivy Fernandez

  • Email: ivy.fernandez@pepperdine.edu

  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) 

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Finance Associate, Elevation Consultants

  • MBA Internship: Accounting Coordinator, Visible Graphics 

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Ivy has a background working in accounting and hopes to acquire a full-time accounting position within the real estate or entertainment industry post-graduation. Her goal is to eventually become the Financial Controller or Chief Financial Officer within a company.

Shubham Gajera

Shubham Gajera

  • Email: shubham.gajera@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shubhamgajera
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: Procurement Intern at Niagara Bottling  

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Shubham has been working in the packaging and food/beverage industry for the past three years. His experience in project management, financial modeling, and business development has allowed him to gain valuable insight into different business sectors. He seeks to broaden his scope of opportunity through refining his skills and active collaboration throughout the MBA program. After graduation, he plans to pivot into investment and wealth management services.

Aliyah Galindo

Aliyah Galindo

  • Email: aliyah.galindo@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aliyah-galindo-555b2a178/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Market Specialist, Unum

  • MBA Internship: Financial Valuations Associate, Marshall & Stevens  

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Aliyah hopes to land a position as an analyst within the venture capital industry.

Shant Ganoumian

Shant Ganoumian

  • Email: shant.ganoumian@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shantganoumian/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Events Manager, Neptune Productions

  • MBA Internship: Research and Analytics Summer Intern, Root  

  • Top Function: Business Analytics

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Shant hopes to land a position in business analytics within the sports and entertainment industry, either with a professional team or a sports agency.

Michael Graney

Michael Graney

  • Email: michael.graney@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michaelgraney/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)

  • Undergraduate Major: East Asian Studies, American Studies 

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Interpreter/Translator, Various Organizations

  • MBA Internship: Sourcing Intern, JEM Organics  

  • Top Function: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Michael hopes to land a position in international supply chain/logistics where he can put his language skills to work while interacting with people around the world.

Bahar Hakakian

Bahar Hakakian

  • Email: bahar.hakakian@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/baharhakakian/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Sociology

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Front Desk Officer, Tarzana Outpatient Surgery Center

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Intern, Vytal Medical and Surgical Center 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Healthcare/Bio-Tech

  • Career Goals: Bahar hopes to land a position in social media marketing within the medical, fashion, or real estate industry.

Shasha (Narisa) Kiattaweesup

Narisa (Shasha) Kiattaweesup

  • Email: shasha.kiattaweesup@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/shaaahs
  • Expected Graduation: August 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Boston University (Boston, Massachusetts)

  • Undergraduate Major: Mass Communications - Advertising

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Freelance Visual Designer

  • Top Function: UX/UI Design

  • Top Industry: Creative Agency/Technology

  • Career Goals: Shasha hopes to land a position in User Experience and User Interface design within a technology and creative agency. She hopes to bring her design skills and business knowledge to practice and collaborate with other design professionals to produce human-centric digital solutions that meet both business and user needs.

Albert Lai

Albert Lai

  • Email: albert.lai@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/albylai/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior Program Manager, United States Army

  • MBA Internship: Pathways Operations Manager LDP, Amazon   

  • Top Function: General Management 

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation 

  • Career Goals: Albert hopes to land a position in operations or program management within the tech industry.

Lively Lai

Lively Lai

  • Email: lively.lai@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lively-lai/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: National Taiwan University of Arts (Taipei, Taiwan)

  • Undergraduate Major: Journalism

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Special Effect Makeup Artist, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. 

  • MBA Internship: Digital Marketing Internship, HKG LLP   

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Moving from Taiwan to LA, Lively is realizing her dream of becoming part of the world's biggest filmmaking industry. She hopes to leverage her MBA to find a role in project management or data analytics in Hollywood.

Havana Lee

Havana Lee

  • Email: havana.lee@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/havana-lee
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Swiss Hotel Management School (Leysin, Switzerland) 

  • Undergraduate Major: International Hospitality and Event Management

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Operation Support Specialist, The Wine Locker

  • MBA Internship: Destination Experience Intern, Inspirato   

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Upon graduating, Havana hopes to land a project-based position in retail management within the entertainment or consumer goods industry, where she can utilize the best practices of creativity to amplify her impact on the organization, thereby helping to transform its vision into reality. She firmly believes those sorts of complex practical challenges will train her well to deploy the imperative skills she will need when it comes time to launch her own business and grow it into a long-term success.

Talia Malekian

Talia Malekian

  • Email: talia.malekian@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/taliamalekian
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: Operations Manager, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

  • Top Function: Law 

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development

  • Career Goals: Talia hopes to attend law school and then enter the real estate development industry.

Stanislav Mallkov

Stanislav Mallkov

  • Email: stanislav.mallkov@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stanislav-mallkov-3b95371b4/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Management

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Regional Director, Merkado

  • MBA Internship: Sr. Business Analyst, Blue Shield of CA    

  • Top Function: Operations/Supply Chain

  • Top Industry: Healthcare/Bio-Tech

  • Career Goals: Stanislav hopes to land a position within the healthcare industry. He plans to be in an operations management role.

Breanne Maupin

Breanne Maupin

  • Email: breanne.Maupin@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/breannemaupin
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Brand Development Intern, Shift Mind Body Soul

  • MBA Internship: Online Media Marketing Intern, Pritchett-Rapf Realty    

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Consumer Products/Manufacturing

  • Career Goals: Breanne hopes to secure a position in marketing within the food and beverage industry, and also plans to pursue her real estate license. 

Lydia Maxson

Lydia Maxson

  • Email: lydia.maxson@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lydiamaxson
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: Intern, LumaSol

  • Top Function: General Management 

  • Top Industry: Real Estate Development 

  • Career Goals: Lydia hopes to work in real estate development after graduating with her MBA.

Kevin Mirand

Kevin Mirand

  • Email: kevin.mirand@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kevinmirand
  • Expected Graduation: August 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Loan Officer, Total Quality Lending 

  • MBA Internship: Loan Officer, Total Quality Lending     

  • Top Function: Finance 

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment 

  • Career Goals: Kevin's goal after completion of the MBA program is to pursue a management position in finance, preferably investment banking. Currently, he is in the process of transitioning at his current company to Lock Desk/Mortgage Secondary Market.

Sean Moran

Sean Moran

  • Email: sean.moran@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sean-moran-78460b113/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Account Associate, Wunderman Thompson 

  • MBA Internship: Intern, Tucker Tooley Entertainment     

  • Top Function: Television/Film Development 

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports 

  • Career Goals: Sean hopes to land a position in television/film development in the entertainment industry.

William Moseley

William (Will) Moseley

  • Email: william.m.moseley@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: ​​www.linkedin.com/in/wmmoseley/

  • Expected Graduation: April 2022 
  • Undergraduate School: Occidental College (Los Angeles, California) 

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics 

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Project Management Assistant, Green Diamond Resource Company

  • MBA Internship: Impact Measurement Intern, Planet     

  • Top Function: Other 

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation 

  • Career Goals: Will seeks to continue his career at the intersection of aerospace and natural capital, pursuing solutions for the forestry industry utilizing satellite technology.

Olivia Nilsson

Olivia Nilsson

  • Email: olivia.nilsson@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/olivia-nilsson22/
  • Expected Graduation: December 2021 
  • Undergraduate School: Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) 

  • Undergraduate Major: English and Classics 

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior Director, Blue Heron Research Partners 

  • MBA Internship: Research Consultant, Agoura Consulting     

  • Top Function: General Management 

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation 

  • Career Goals: Upon graduation, Olivia hopes to land a CSR role at a mission-driven company.

Michelle Okinedo

Michelle Okinedo

  • Email: michelle.okinedo@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michelleokinedo/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration 

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Supervisor, Waves on Call Pepperdine

  • MBA Internship: Music Publishing Intern, Integrity Music    

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Michelle plans to utilize her leadership, fundraising, and management skills in the entertainment space. Her internship with Integrity Music and her experience as a Grammy U Ambassador has fueled her passion for making a positive impact in the music industry.

Catherine Ott

Catherine (Catt) Ott

  • Email: catt.ott@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/catherine-ott 
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022

  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: International Business

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: HQ Brands Manufacturing Intern, Niagara Bottling     

  • Top Function: Business Development

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Catt hopes to land a position with an emphasis on travel and international connection.

Gokul Raj

Gokul Raj

  • Email: gokul.raj@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gokul-raj-3b500b3/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)

  • Undergraduate Major: Computer Science

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Senior Consultant, Google

  • MBA Internship: Summer Finance Management Associate, Citibank     

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Gokul plans to continue growing his career in the tech industry or work in financial services in a digital transformation role.

Ignacio Rodriguez

Ignacio Rodriguez

  • Email: ignacio.rodriguez@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ignacio-rodriguez-v
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: American Literature and Culture

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Independent Consultant, James Jordan Middle School

  • MBA Internship: Summer Associate, JPMorgan Chase     

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Ignacio hopes to land a position in strategy within the consumer and commercial banking industry.

Corey Roth-Ramsdell

Corey Roth-Ramsdell

  • Email: corey.rothramsdell@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn:​​ www.linkedin.com/in/coreyproth/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of Redlands (Redlands, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration 

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Customer Marketing Specialist, AmaWaterways Luxury Cruises

  • MBA Internship: Partnerships and Digital Marketing Intern, kynekt    

  • Top Function: Marketing 

  • Top Industry: Advertising

  • Career Goals: Corey’s career goal post-graduation is to work for a creative marketing agency in California, to continue honing his skills as a marketer, growing quickly to fill the role of a brand strategist or associate marketing manager. His interests lie within hospitality, travel, outdoor sports/apparel, action sports, and esports.

Amelia Samek

Amelia Samek

  • Email: amelia.samek@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ameliasamek/

  • Expected Graduation: December 2022
  • Undergraduate School: American University of Paris (Paris, France)

  • Undergraduate Major: Comparative Literature & Art History

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Entrepreneur

  • MBA Internship: Available for an MBA internship in summer 2022    

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Healthcare/Bio-Tech

  • Career Goals: Amelia cares about advancing the availability, efficacy, and integration of mental health services around the world, especially in cases of abuse and trauma. She hopes to land a position in a value-driven organization that works towards this end.

Erika Sanchez

Erika Sanchez

  • Email: erika.sanchez@pepperdine.edu

  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: Intern, MGT Industries Inc.    

  • Top Function: Purchasing/Supply Chain

  • Top Industry: Fashion

  • Career Goals: Erika hopes to combine her love for business and fashion together to find her dream job, possibly as a buyer. She enjoys working with others, planning, and problem-solving.

Stephanie Sanchez

Stephanie Sanchez

  • Email: stephanie.sanchez@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie--sanchez/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022 
  • Undergraduate School: California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Business Administration

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Operations Administrator, Southern California Builders

  • MBA Internship: Summer Property Consultant/Intern, Grayce Property Consultants    

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Construction/Real Estate

  • Career Goals: Stephanie hopes to land a position in project management within the construction or real estate development industry.

Andrea Usuga

Andrea Usuga

  • Email: andrea.usuga@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-usuga/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics & International Relations

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Merchandise Flow Analyst, Neiman Marcus Group

  • MBA Internship: Summer Sustainability Intern, Cuyana & JOSEFIN LILJEQVIST    

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Consulting

  • Career Goals: Andrea hopes to land a position in sustainability consulting within the retail industry.

Carolyne Van Den Hoogen

Carolyne Van Den Hoogen

  • Email: carolyne.vandenhoogen@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/carolyne-van-den-hoogen1/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: International Business

  • Professional Experience: 0-1 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Student

  • MBA Internship: DGX Product Marketing Intern, NVIDIA    

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Carolyne aspires to join a fast-paced tech company and continue her career in marketing.

Adriana Weng

Adriana Weng

  • Email: hadeez.weng@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adrianasposatoweng/
  • Expected Graduation: August 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Lynn University (Boca Raton, Florida)

  • Undergraduate Major: International Business

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Business Owner Of NL.ND & Levels Vape Stick 

  • MBA Internship: Digital Marketing Intern, Black Box LA    

  • Top Function: Marketing 

  • Top Industry: Entertainment/Media/Sports

  • Career Goals: Adriana hopes to land a position as a creative strategist or creative director within the entertainment industry.

Kimberly Schroeder Wilson

Kimberly Wilson

  • Email: kimberly.wilson@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-schroeder-wilson/
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: Pepperdine University (Malibu, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Integrated Marketing Communication

  • Professional Experience: 5+ Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Account Manager - Brand, Marketing, & Digital, Marriott International  

  • MBA Internship: MBA Summer Associate - Strategy and Management, Bank of America 

  • Top Function: Marketing

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Kimberly aims to work in a Product Marketing Manager role that blends entertainment and technology, targeting firms such as Disney and Netflix. Given her breadth of experience in digital marketing – developing go-to-market strategies for Disney apps and managing digital platforms at Marriott – this is a logical next step as it will allow her to own the full lifecycle strategy for a suite of products.

Brandon Yaghoobian

Brandon Yaghoobian

  • Email: brandon.yaghoobian@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/brandonyaghoobian
  • Expected Graduation: April 2022
  • Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Sociology

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years 

  • MBA Internship: Marketing Intern, HealthyGreens    

  • Top Function: General Management

  • Top Industry: Entrepreneurship - Want to start or run a business

  • Career Goals: Brandon hopes to begin his vegan empire in the food industry after completing his MBA at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

Di Yu

Di Yu

  • Email: di.yu@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/diyucn/ 
  • Expected Graduation: December 2021

  • Undergraduate School: University of California Davis (Davis, California)

  • Undergraduate Major: Economics

  • Professional Experience: 1-3 Years

  • Position Prior to MBA: Staff Accountant, Dong & Associates CPA 

  • MBA Internship: Staff Accountant, New Eastern Accountancy Service    

  • Top Function: Finance

  • Top Industry: Financial Services/Banking/Investment

  • Career Goals: Di hopes to find a job in the finance and accounting industry. His target companies are Big Four accounting firms, top private equity firms, and top broker-dealer firms. Di passed the Level III CFA exam, all four sections of the CPA exam, and the CFP exam.

Songwei “Barry” Yu

Songwei (Barry) Yu

  • Email: barry.yu@pepperdine.edu

  • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/baryu/
  • Expected Graduation: August 2022
  • Undergraduate School: SUNY Albany (New York, New York)

  • Undergraduate Major: Applied Econometrics

  • Professional Experience: 3-5 Years 

  • Position Prior to MBA: Product Manager, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center  

  • MBA Internship: Data Intern, United Nations    

  • Top Function: Analytics/Big Data

  • Top Industry: Technology/Digital Innovation

  • Career Goals: Barry hopes to land a position in a media agency to optimize company marketing strategy and online/offline advertising campaigns.