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About Dr. Robert Woodcock

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Dr. Robert Woodcock is the spiritual life officer for the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Woodcock has worked in personal and professional spiritual development in over 20 countries, and has experience as a professor, minister, executive coach, consultant to NGO and ministry organizations, faith-based diplomacy, dispute resolution, and refugee relief.

Dr. Woodcock’s education includes a BS in behavioral science, University of Maine; MA in biblical studies, Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium; D. Min. transformational leadership, Ashland University & Seminary; certificate in spiritual direction through the Kairos School of Spiritual Formation; certificate in formational counseling through the Institute of Formational Counseling; and professional skills development in dispute resolution through the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.

Dr. Woodcock enjoys flying, hiking, the ocean, travel, and time with his family. You can read more about about Dr. Woodcock’s commitment to spirituality, and to Graziadio, in his Pepperdine Magazine profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does spirituality mean?

Robert Woodcock, spiritual life officer at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, defines spirituality as the human impulse to transcend the mind’s limited perception of reality, consisting of activities that have the power to incite inner transformation. It is the opportunity to explore and examine the world outside of our own limited experiences, identifying the ways in which the world works on a higher plane of existence.

How is spirituality relevant to business and education today?

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, tension between the pursuit of profits and the betterment of humanity has grown exponentially. Both people and the planet are finite resources, and it is paramount that today’s business leaders understand the impact of their decisions on future generations. Incorporating faith-based leadership into modern business solutions provides guidance and creates room for courage, compassion, and integrity during the decision making process.

Is Pepperdine Graziadio Business School associated with a particular religion?

While Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is rooted in Christian heritage, we encourage all individuals to engage with our community and share their personal faith and spiritual beliefs. Our office of spiritual life aims to create an all-inclusive space to collectively explore the intersection of faith-based leadership in business.