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Director's Message

Gary Mangiofico

Dear MSOD Alumni and Community:

Wow! What an alumni conference! We have been so awed and proud of our alumni community; coming away from the conference this year inspired and renewed to our work in the MSOD program. The sharing of your talents and gifts has truly been a treasure. With this in mind, it is with great pleasure and humility that I assume the Academic Program Director position for MSOD again!

Over the last four years, under the direction of Dr. Julie Chesley, we have seen many innovations emerge while maintaining the integrity of the core of the program we all regard so highly. It is with much appreciation we thank her for her stellar stewardship of MSOD. The program is stronger, more dynamic, and highly regarded as ever. I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to our amazing core faculty, Julie, Ann, Terri, Miriam, Kent and Darren for their continued exemplary teaching, caring for our students, and nurturance of the MSOD program. And, of course, a great big thank you to all the alums who have served as Learning Group Consultants, whose contributions and support for the development of our students is truly a unique attribute of being in MSOD.

Now, as we move forward we aim to redouble our efforts in ensuring that the MSOD program is known for its value centered cutting edge OD knowledge and development of extraordinary OD practitioners. In collaboration with our MSOD Alumni Council, we will continue to work closely with our alumni to continue creating opportunities to showcase our graduates' talent and achievements. We will invest in the development of programs for advanced learning and professional development beyond the degree program, and bring forth exciting and relevant research. Equally important we will uphold a leadership role in contributing to the advancement of the field of OD with mindfulness and doing good for the world.

This past August, we congratulated Tau Prime as they completed their program and continue to develop the growth of Upsilon Prime as they enter their second year, and enthusiastically welcomed the new class of Phi Prime which is 36 members strong! We are ever so grateful to Shany Mahalu who leads our recruitment efforts in bringing together this great new class! And, I'm delighted to introduce Kim Weiss, who has taken on the role of Assistant Director for the MSOD program handling the program office responsibilities that ensure our program runs well. Please join me in welcoming Kim on board and making her feel welcome in to the MSOD family.

I look forward to having dialogues with all of you and co-creating ways we can continue to build and nurture the MSOD to be the preeminent program in OD. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration at Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School I want to extend our appreciation and let you know how much you matter to our collective success. Together we make a difference in the world!

With warmth and affection,


Gary Mangiofico, PhD
Academic Program Director
Master of Science in Organization Development


5 Reasons You Should Attend

#1 – Making the connection

We invite you to step away from the stress of daily life and make connections in new ways.

Self: Connect with your mind, body, spirit, and use of self as instrument.

MSOD Community: Connect with the MSOD community, alumni, practitioners, and current students.

OD Field: Connect with speakers and experts in our field to learn about current trends, career opportunities, and challenges within the world of OD.

Nature: Connect with the wildlife and scenic views at the Semiahmoo resort, take in the fresh air as you go for a long walk along the shore, ground yourself, and consider solutions to global warming.

#2 – Hear from the experts

Our General Session and alumni speakers are experienced organization development leaders, strategists, practitioners and pioneers. During the conference you will get a solid grounding in tried-and-true OD fundamentals and unique insight into new practices that may change the way you do business.

#3 – Learn new skills

No matter how long you've been in OD or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in our field happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of OD knowledge.

#4 – Location, location, location…

Tired of the hustle and bustle of work and home? Come join us for an educational opportunity in a relaxing atmosphere to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

#5 – Have fun as you connect with both old and new alumni

While learning at the MSOD Annual Conference, you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your alumni peers. When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you might find a mentor or even become one.