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About Luis Morejon


My name is Luis Morejon and I graduated from pi prime in 2015.  I currently work as senior director for learning and organizational development for Kuehne Nagal.

I don't think the Master's in Organization Development program necessarily changed the trajectory of my life. I think it helped to illuminate it, actually and focus it, I'm Cuban. I migrated from Cuba when I was very young and really when I finished high school, if I look back, my focus was on getting a good job to help my family. I ended up working for some really amazing companies, being exposed to really people that had gone on to pursue education and so education became a priority for me as well.

When I applied to Pepperdine, I didn't know that my background would be an asset to me, to the class. That probably sounds kinda weird or arrogant, but I had all these experiences as a result of my own path and it was the first time where I felt proud of my heritage, looking back and say, "Yes, I'm Hispanic and I've had this experiences," and then being able to understand how those helped me be who I was. It helped the discussions that we had in the class and it was a huge confidence builder for me, going back to work and now looking at myself and my contribution through completely different lenses. That was very powerful.

In terms of how it affirmed it, sometimes I think of MSOD as, you know, I think of Harry Potter and Hogswart. I sort of think that MSOD is my Hogswart. When I arrived there, I felt like I fit in. Finally, all these people who are committed to learning and value the same things that I valued. That was huge for me. I, for a long time, considered doing MBA and it never felt right, so I felt at home right away when I started at MSOD.

I am building a life. I am building a life that inspires me and I'm helping others to do the same. There is, looking back at my MSOD trajectory, from the beginning, from the moment that I first discovered the program, to how it has helped me to grow within my organization, to empower me with the confidence to say, "Hey, what are the questions that I want my life to answer?" As opposed to depending on other people to validate that or provide that for me. So from a legacy standpoint, yes this idea that we are masters of our own destiny, if you will, so go and create the life that inspires you and help others to do the same.

In my current role, right, I have about 12,000 employees, 12,000 lives that I'm responsible for, from a development standpoint. I really have gotten to understand the impact, the power that we have when we are deliberate at developing and helping not employees, but people to grow. What I would want to focus on for the next six years, ten years, is helping as many people as possible to learn to identify who they are, to identify what's possible for them and help them pursue it. Not necessarily be responsible for their work, but helping them to identify the opportunities and what's possible for them.

When I think about all the individuals that were in my cohort, and obviously everyone here at the Alumni Conference, there's one thing that I know is that, and I say this to my nephews all the time, "That there has never, nor will there ever be anyone like you, so bring all those gifts because the world is waiting for you." This idea of really identifying who you are and discovering your gifts, and putting them into service, I think if we all do that, the world will be a much better place. "Building individuals and bringing ... Everyone's got something to bring to the table."