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Raed Al-Adl, Rho Prime, '16

RaedMy Experience

The Pepperdine's MSOD program has not only enriched my OD knowledge but introduced me to new ways to look at the field. the design of the program allowed me to be a better person and not only a better OD practitioner. I managed to practice OD in four different continents with four different business cultures and methods, i am not only graduating with MSOD Degree but with a cohort that had a big impact on my development.

My Story

Raed is a Canadian/ Syrian citizen who is practicing OD as an Organization development Manager for a leading FMCG company in Saudi Arabia, in my job I am handling OD Design, Talent Management solution, Succession Planning, Performance Management and Oracle HCM Development. Raed has worked previously in Canada, Syria, Dubai and Saudi.

Cynthia Fields, Pi Prime, '15

Cynthia MSODMy Experience

My experience in Pepperdine's MSOD program was truly transformational. Through its ingenious design, I engaged in an unexpected and introspective journey towards self-discovery. This process coupled with the opportunity to apply my learning through intense domestic and international practicum sessions heightened my level of self-awareness. As a result, I have become a more confident and effective practitioner. I hold a great appreciation for the MSOD program's academic rigor, elite faculty, and high-caliber students. My decision to become a student of Pepperdine's MSOD program ranks among the top decisions of my entire life.

My Story

Cynthia works in the Employee and Organizational Development Division of Human Resources at East Bay Municipal Utility District. In this role she is responsible for helping to launch a new organization-wide values initiative; primary efforts for implementation include: communications, performance, embedding, employee recognition and teamwork. She also serves as Human Resources Director for a family owned transportation business. Previously, Cynthia worked within state government, where she focused on change management, training development and instruction, employee engagement, and leadership development.

Luis Morejon, Pi Prime, '15

LuisMy Experience

The Pepperdine MSOD program introduced me to new ways of viewing and responding to people, uncertainty, and organizational change. In doing so, I developed the ability to step back and re-assess situations, challenge existing mindsets, and integrate new insights into action—all in real time.

Professionally, the return-on- investment payoff began immediately. I was able to apply many of the foundational concepts and lessons learned during the first intensive as soon as I returned to my organization. The international practicums were instrumental in helping me understand the cultural nuances that impact organizational effectiveness, and how to prepare accordingly.

On the personal side, I discovered new areas of strength and strategies to minimize depleting patterns. More importantly, I built the foundation for continued self-reflection and learning while joining a very special group of life-long friends and colleagues.

My Story

Luis Morejon is a Human Resources Director & Business Partner at Kuehne & Nagel, a global logistics and supply chain management organization. In his role, Luis works closely with the leadership team and helps to drive large scale change initiatives, assess culture & team effectiveness, and design and facilitate corresponding sessions. Overall, he partners with business leaders to co-creates the desired cultural environment and fully align the human capital plan with the overall organizational strategy.

Addam Marcotte, Lambda Prime, ‘10

Addam MarcotteMy Experience

MSOD was the bedrock of my OD and consulting career, providing me the tools, models, and skills needed to be a knowledgeable advisor to sophisticated clients with complex challenges. In addition to the practical tools and frameworks, MSOD also provided me profound clarity in my personal life to identify my biases and eliminate blind spots. I am abundantly grateful for my MSOD education and experience. MSOD isn’t just a Master’s degree; it was a life-changing experience and inflection point in my personal and professional journey.

My Story

Addam Marcotte is Vice President of Organization Development for FMG Leading, an OD-based consulting firm. As a consultant and executive coach, Addam helps leadership teams navigate enterprise-wide change, gain strategic alignment, and focus development of their human capital. His client work involves 1:1 coaching, facilitating team sessions, and assessing organizational culture. Internally, he runs FMG Leading’s Analytics and Organizational Change divisions. Previously, Addam has worked with DreamWorks Animation and UCLA in a variety of OD and business leadership roles.

Kimberly Jutze, Kappa Prime ‘09

Kimberly JutzeMy MSOD Experience

The Pepperdine MSOD Program was instrumental in setting me on the career path that I'm currently on. Through this program I not only learned the fundamentals of organization development and honed my consulting skills, I also discovered my professional calling— helping social enterprises and social justice organizations strengthen the organization behind their social change mission.

My Story

Kimberley Jutze is the Founder and Chief Change Architect of Shifting Patterns Consulting, which is a B Corporation that facilitates social change by working alongside changemakers to enhance their financial and organizational sustainability. Throughout her career, Kimberley has helped organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America determine their strategic direction, secure funding, and build stronger teams.

Marco Cassone, Omicron Prime ‘14

Marco CassoneMy MSOD Experience

For me, there was no better way to become deeply related to the theory and practice of organization development than through helping business leaders address real world challenges. Pepperdine's experiential learning design let me experience client engagement from multiple perspectives. It fundamentally transformed who I am and how I approach business consultation. The Return On Education from my MSOD graduate degree has been priceless.

My Story

Marco Cassone has a lifelong passion for insight, mentoring, and coaching. He has created and lead professional development programs in arts education across four continents. In his current board role serving the OD Network, Marco designs and develops programs for graduate student members of the world's largest professional association for OD practitioners.

Mary Price, Xi Prime ‘13

Mary PriceMy MSOD Experience

The MSOD program was life-changing for me both personally and professionally. Personally, I grew in ways that I didn't realize were in my capability. Professionally, I gained a deeper understanding of leadership, group dynamics, and cultural implications from a global perspective which influences the way I lead and think about my work today. The skills gained throughout the program are transferrable across industries, functions and roles, and that was very appealing to me.

My Story

Mary Price leads Talent Acquisition for Sales and Marketing at LinkedIn. Her teams are responsible for using data-driven recruiting, as talent advisors to the business. Her career and experience have been built around people and doing the kind of work that has transformed people's lives. Her expertise is in technology, high-growth and fast-paced companies that are focused on changing the world.

John Atwood, Xi Prime, ‘13

John AtwoodMy MSOD Experience

The Pepperdine MSOD program introduced me to powerful people, processes, and practical experiences that changed the trajectory of my professional career. I entered the program looking to understand models and theories. I was fortunate to find a unique group of individuals - classmates, faculty, and advisors - who motivated me and challenged me. Each class session was an intensive learning lab, forming different project teams, consulting with clients in different global locations, and practically applying organization development theory daily. I graduated with a stronger conviction in my work, a toolkit filled with invaluable practical experiences and knowledge that can I apply everyday, and a great professional network who supports my development.

My Story

John Atwood is a Learning and Development Manager at Google. He partners with engineering leadership to grow engineering talent and scale learning programs and resources globally. Recent work includes developing leadership development programs that focus on peer consultation, case study work and mentorship, leading a global team who creates site-specific communities of practice, and scaling team development resources across Engineering. During his time at Google, John has worked in the US and Switzerland, and also partnered with leadership and teams across Asia, Europe, and South America.

Melissa Cruz, Omicron Prime ‘14

Melissa CruzMy MSOD Experience

Choosing to be part of the MSOD program was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The professional and personal growth I experienced was invaluable, catalyzing my development into a more aware and compassionate person with the desire to build capacity in others--organizations and people. This experience has given me lifelong memories and connections I wouldn't trade for the world.

My Story

Melissa is a Senior Consultant at OnPrem Solution Partners, a consulting and product development firm focused on media and entertainment. She works with clients to help drive strategy, process and technology changes that enable companies to achieve success. Prior to this role, Melissa was a Change Management Consultant focused on developing organization readiness tools and activities in support of large-scale technology changes.

Martin Goldberg, Nu Class 1986

Martin GoldbergMy MSOD Experience

I am proud and honored to be part of MSOD's "long gray line." The experience deeply influenced the course of my professional career and personal development and is a community out of which I 've made lifetime friendships on what has indeed been a shared journey in our field. True to its traditions founded by Pat Williams, the program is a kind of branding iron that leaves a lasting mark.

My Story

Martin Goldberg is Principal of Distant Drummer LLC, a Washington DC area organization development and strategic change firm. He previously served for many years as Managing Director of KPMG/BearingPoint's North American Change Solutions Practice and as Vice President of OD for California based Imperial Bank, working closely with its founders George Eltinge and George Graziadio. He serves as Learning Group Consultant in the program and on its Alumni Board.

Jennifer Case, Omicron Prime, ‘14

Jennifer CaseMy MSOD Experience

The MSOD program provided me with great clarity: clarity around the ever-changing concept of "OD", clarity around my purpose as a leader, and clarity around how I can build strategic capability in organizations. The program is so much more than an education – starting with a network of alumni that includes some of the brightest and most accomplished OD professionals in the world.

My Story

Jennifer Case is an Organization Development Manager at Activision Blizzard, where she focuses on global talent management, leadership development and organization development efforts. Prior to joining Activision, Jennifer worked in talent acquisition for Mattel and held various strategic HR positions for a leading human capital consulting firm.

Kim Goff, Omicron Prime ‘14

Kim GoffMy MSOD Experience

When researching the MSOD program I heard many alumni say, "Hands down it was the best thing I've ever done for myself." After my MSOD journey, I couldn't agree more. I was challenged to grow personally and professionally in ways beyond my imagination. Since the program, I've been amazed at the doors that have opened and my confidence to enter them boldly.

My Story

Kim Goff, Organization Effectiveness Partner at Intel, works at the organizational level with businesses undergoing significant change, major organizational challenges, or where other acute org-level help is needed to achieve the business strategy. Prior to this role, Kim spent 10 years driving improved performance at Nike, Inc., through a variety of HR/OD and business leadership roles.