Class Advisors

Kathleen Grave
Class Advisor

Professional Experience
Kathleen's more than 25 years in international business spans across industries with her most recent focus in the technology sector. Her leadership and senior management competencies include engineering, sales, business development, M&A, joint ventures, sales, and general management.

Her early career began in Silicon Valley's high-energy startup environment and Kathleen remains an active member of the local VC/Angel investor community today. Kathleen applies her expertise to advancing business opportunities, defining strategies and executing complex implementations. As a strategic change leader, Kathleen brings positive growth and improvements to new organizations. She has a proven track record of success metrics through strong leadership and applying her unique approach to affect change leadership in emerging business arenas.

Currently, Kathleen is a worldwide business unit executive in IBM Software Group leading sales and delivery of IBM's world-class solutions. Kathleen parlays her engineering experience with her sales and business development background creating and leading new industry solutions for IBM business growth.


Teaching Experience
Kathleen brings a wide range of teaching experience to academia from the business environment. She delivers subject matter to technical audiences as well as business and leadership to executives and management teams. Kathleen is a regular guest speaker at many professional and industry conferences.

As an active mentor and coach, she is dedicated to helping others learning to cultivate stronger business alliances with internal and external clients. Kathleen has been the director of the IBM Silicon Valley EXITE program, is a leader mentor with Women Unlimited and several leadership and technology organizations.

Kathleen's comprehensive knowledge of organizational process design, strategic planning, and implementation complements the content of the Pepperdine Executive MBA program. Kathleen is an exceptional people manager, always promoting an open environment for communication. In her class advisor role, she works closely with faculty peers facilitating an innovative learning environment for individuals, teams, and the EMBA class as a united cohort.