Clubs and Organizations
Our student body is actively involved in a number of clubs and activities outside the classroom. This involvement enhances the overall learning experience and encourages the collaborative spirit fostered at the Graziadio School. If you would like more information on any of the clubs below, please e-mail the contact listed.
Malibu Graduate Business Society
The Malibu Graduate Business Society (MGBS) is the student government association for the full-time MBA program at Pepperdine University. MGBS is the primary association for facilitating all student interests. MGBS assigns students to faculty and administrative committees, hosts top corporate speakers, plans networking and social events, and supervises and promotes all student organizations and clubs.
Contact Charchil Shah
Analytics and Digital Innovation Club
The Analytics and Digital Innovation Club drives Pepperdine's Graziadio School student community with business management opportunities within digital space not limited to the high-tech industry in areas such as business development, strategic planning, consulting, finance, marketing, operations, human resources, product development, manufacturing, entrepreneurship and project management. The Analytics and Digital Innovation Club promotes various networking events to connect and learn from our distinguished Graziadio alumni, faculty members and industry speakers from Fortune 500 companies. These events allow students to learn from success stories of MBA leaders and technology-related experts. The club also helps students incubate a start-up culture in digital space by collaborating with other Pepperdine clubs such as the Entrepreneurship Club and the Leadership Society.
Contact: Benjamin Petersen
Asian Business Club
The Asian Business Club's (ABC) primary objective is to build a platform for students and alumni who are interested in Asian related business to network together, collaborate, and share resources. With companies increasingly focused on global business opportunities, the club also focuses on creating career opportunities in companies who have a presence in both Asia and the U.S. By leveraging the first-hand knowledge of Asian culture, business practices, and politics, ABC strives to enhance the Graziadio global learning experience.
Contact J.D. Generoso
Meet the Asian Business Club's officers.
Chinese Student and Scholar Association
Pepperdine CSSA (Chinese Student Scholar Association), established in 2009, is the only official registered Chinese student organization in the Chinese embassy from Pepperdine. The mission of CSSA is to enrich student life and career opportunities. With 30 officers, CSSA holds many creative activities involving welcoming, career, team building, net working, etc. Our slogan is "We are always there by your side." CSSA has great influence among Chinese students and has been expanding its spirit to the other groups significantly.
Contact: Tianyu Zhao
Meet CSSA's officers
The Emerging Leaders mentorship program is a student-based initiative designed to enhance the overall Pepperdine experience for full-time Graziadio School students. These individuals, who are carefully selected by faculty, work closely with the student recruitment staff and faculty to develop programs and activities designed to assist you, the new students, as you transition into this MBA program. The mentors consist of a number of student club officers. We are here to assist you with anything from academics (concentrations, workloads) to getting around in LA and introducing you to all that the Graziadio School has to offer.
Contact Felicia Palmer
Meet the Emerging Leaders.
The goal of the Entrepreneurship Society is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit and inspire creativity throughout the Pepperdine community. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss start-up opportunities, hear from guest speakers and encourage one another in pursuing their entrepreneurial ventures. The Society hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the annual Business Plan Competition where students compete for prize money to fund their start-up ventures.
Contact: Neil Joshi
Meet the Entrepreneurship Society's officers.
Finance and Accounting Club
The purpose of the Finance and Accounting Club is two-fold. First, the club seeks to introduce the student to the various fields within the finance industry. The club hosts speakers during informal lunch breaks to discuss topics such as real estate, investment banking, and private wealth management. The second purpose of the club is to introduce students to industry professionals. Each year the club holds the ACG. Cup - an investment banking competition held among USC's, UCLA's and Pepperdine's MBA programs. The annual event is hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth® an organization composed of successful L.A.-based finance professionals. The club will use this opportunity to forge a strong bond between Pepperdine's MBA program and the local community.
Contact: Perri Finnican
Meet the Finance and Accounting Club's officers.
Global Business Club
The Global Business Club is a student-run organization that is led by members of the MSGB Program and is open to all members of the Graziadio graduate student community. The primary objective is to provide its members with opportunities to heighten their global business awareness and readiness by exploring international business practices, cross-cultural differences, and global business careers opportunities. By experiencing influential global exposure of the in-depth cultures, experiences, and business practices, GBC seeks to forge life-long relationships to sustain and promote these activities throughout members' work lives.
Meet the Global Business Club's Officers
Graziadio Christian Business Society
The Graziadio Christian Business Society's purpose is to provide a community for Christian business students and to demonstrate how Christianity is relevant to the modern business world. The club partners with other student groups to organize service events, bring in business professionals to speak at Pepperdine, and to provide networking opportunities.
Contact Shu Zhan.
Graziadio Entertainment Society
This organization brings together students interested in the media/entertainment industry. Members become familiarized and educated with the local entertainment industry through:
- Networking events with other Southern California MBA programs
- Entertainment professionals brought in to discuss different aspects of the industry (movies, TV, music, etc.)
- Industry networking events
- Social events and activities (off campus)
The main goal is to increase career placement of Graziadio School MBAs within the media and entertainment industries through networking opportunities at our club's events.
Contact: Jack Sherrer
Graziadio Reaching Out
Graziadio Reaching OUT is a networking and professional group for LGBT & Allied MBA students and alumni built on the foundation for inclusion, diversity, and social responsibility at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business Management. We are building a network for our students and alumni connecting them with companies focused on our core values: inclusion, diversity, and social responsibility in the workplace. With these values, we will connect our students with professionals and companies who have impactful Employee Resource Groups (ERG's) and active community involvement. We will bring strategic HR professionals, executives, and diversity/inclusion professionals to come and speak to our students and alumni about the importance of our values and to show how successful companies use these values to increase their triple bottom line. Our organization will be partnered with ROMBA (Reaching Out MBA), a national organization focused on education, inspiration, and building networks for MBA students who identify as LGBT or are an ally to the community and have a passion for equality and inclusion. ROMBA connects Pepperdine students, faculty, and alumni to a network of over 1,500 companies and 494 of the Fortune 500 Companies.
Contact Michael Henry
Graziadio Student Ambassadors
The purpose of the Graziadio Student Ambassadors is three-fold: 1) to provide current students an opportunity to become involved in marketing the Graziadio School, 2) allow students to "give back" to the University, and 3) to recruit qualified and capable students. Membership is by selection at the beginning of each year. Members serve as campus hosts when candidates visit campus and as contact candidates by telephone and email. They also provide assistance at on- and off-campus recruitment events.
Graziadio Veterans Business Society
The Mission of the Graziadio Veterans Business Society is to support military veterans through outreach, camaraderie, mentoring, and networking to enhance veteran success in graduate business studies in order to promote the Graziadio Business School throughout the military community The purpose of the Veterans Business Society is to enrich veteran experiences at Graziadio as a means of promoting Pepperdine throughout the military veteran community. The society serves as a structured association for supporting the unique needs of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces as they transition into graduate business programs at Pepperdine University. The society fosters relationships between veterans throughout the various business programs, as well as to veterans in the Graziadio Alumni Network, as a means of offering guidance and mentorship to veterans in the process of career transition. Working closely with Graziadio Recruiting and Graziadio Student Ambassadors, the Veterans Business Society serves as a valuable resource for outreach to future veteran students. Ultimately, the society enhances success of veterans in Graziadio as a means of promoting the business programs to future veteran students.
Contact: Luis Murillo
The Leading Waves are a student-based initiative designed to enhance the overall Pepperdine experience for full-time Graziadio School students. These individuals, who are carefully selected by faculty, work closely with the student recruitment staff and faculty to develop programs and activities designed to assist you, the new students, as you transition into your MS program. The mentors consist of a number of student club officers. We are here to assist you with anything from academics (concentrations, workloads) to getting around in LA and introducing you to all that the Graziadio School has to offer.
Meet the Leading Waves Officers
Pepperdine's Marketing Society provides professional development, networking and educational opportunities to students planning to pursue careers in marketing. We seek to prepare students to successfully attain internships and full-time positions in marketing through a comprehensive schedule of events that includes:
- Informational seminars and skill-building workshops
- Networking opportunities with alumni, current students and faculty
MBA Women at Pepperdine
Pepperdine Women in Business connects, empowers and celebrates the next generation of women leaders, and engages the community in the continued pursuit of gender equality in the workplace.
Pepperdine Women in Business is an official chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs. Joining this organization of dynamic women is free and includes membership to the national organization.
Contact Felicia Palmer
Net Impact is a global leadership organization committed to nurturing an extensive and influential network of current and future business visionaries who believe in making a profit while affecting a positive social and environmental change. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter aims to create an added competitive advantage for the students by providing practical tools and knowledge on how to maximize positive business impact. It is a platform for business innovation and unique networking opportunities. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter hosts renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, networking events, company tours and provides an opportunity to attend the annual National Net Impact Conference. Chapter members closely collaborate with Pepperdine's Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy, a nationally renowned program for its robust curriculum and the annual SEER Symposium featuring industry leaders and other executive level speakers.
Contact Shaina Poulard
Pepperdine Human Resources Club
Our mission is to establish a professional network and foundation of mindful HR Servant Leaders.
We commit ourselves to maximizing the development of contributors and MSHR/GSBM students through HR workshops, professional development, and global HR/ business cultural development activities.
As a community of learners, we pledge ourselves to promoting the "humanity" in HR, while staying engaged in the trends, practices, and current events within the industry.
Contact: Osama Abbasi
Toastmasters is dedicated to helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The Graziadio chapter is part of an international organization consisting of nearly 226,000 members in 11,500 clubs in 92 countries, offering a way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills. Participants practice and learn skills by filling a meeting role, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving as timer, evaluator or grammarian.
Contact: Anthony Cardenas
Meet the Toastmasters Club's officers.