News from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management News. http://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool Read how the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management News is making headlines. en-us Sat, 25 May 2019 14:53:00 -0700 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal Pepperdine Graziadio Executive MBA Ranked #8 in the Western US by Ivy Exec https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/pepperdine-graziadio-executive-mba-ranked-8-western-us-ivy-exec/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/pepperdine-graziadio-executive-mba-ranked-8-western-us-ivy-exec The Graziadio School is excited to announce that its Executive MBA program ranked #8 in the Western US on Ivy Exec’s 2019 List of Best Executive MBA Programs. Tue, 21 May 2019 16:45:00 PDT Ivy Exec Executive MBA RankingsThe Graziadio School is excited to announce that its Executive MBA program ranked #8 in the Western US and #44 globally on Ivy Exec’s 2019 List of Best Executive MBA Programs. Pepperdine Graziadio ranked high in all of Ivy Exec’s scoring categories and the school’s 2019 regional rankings include:

  • #6 for Life Balance
  • #7 for Global Experience
  • #8 for Career Advancement
  • #8 for Curriculum
  • #10 for Prestige

Ivy Exec evaluated approximately 300 Executive MBA programs from Asia/Pacific, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. The Pepperdine Executive MBA also ranked #19 on CEO Magazine’s List of Global MBA programs, making it a Tier One Executive MBA among North American Programs. CEO Magazine evaluated the quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, price, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

In the 19-month Pepperdine Graziadio Executive MBA program, working professionals with a requisite level of executive or high-level management experience meet approximately every three weeks to engage and expand leadership style and spur fresh strategies for their business practice. This program provides an unparalleled, personalized learning experience for aspiring executives through the use of an applied strategic research project on a company that students choose.

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Women in Tech Podcast Broadcasts Pepperdine Graziadio 50th Anniversary Women's Leadership Panel https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/women-tech-podcast-broadcasts-pepperdine-graziadio-50th-anniversary-womens/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/women-tech-podcast-broadcasts-pepperdine-graziadio-50th-anniversary-womens The #womenintech Podcast, hosted by WeAreLATech's Espree Devora, broadcast the women’s leadership panel from Pepperdine Graziadio Industry 4.0 Conference. Tue, 21 May 2019 16:30:00 PDT Women's Leadership Panel at 50th Anniversary EventThe #womenintech Podcast, hosted by WeAreLATech's Espree Devora, broadcast the women’s leadership panel from Pepperdine Graziadio Industry 4.0 Conference as a featured post. The Common Ground Discussion, In Collaboration with the Center for Women in Leadership, describes the need for fresh leadership perspectives, and why women are poised to succeed as a result.  Listen again to this incredible, inspiring panel discussion.

  • Moderator: Denise Roberson
  • Dalana Brand, Vice President of People Rewards and Experience, Twitter
  • Alison Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.
  • Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar


The Women in Tech podcast featured and aims to encourage Women in Tech from Engineers, Female Founders, Investors, UX and UI Designers, Journalists all sharing their story how they got to where they are today. The purpose of the show is for every listener to walk away feeling 'If She Can Do It So Can I'. Devora calls it "actionable empowerment”!

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Dean Deryck van Rensburg Named One of LA's Most-Influential Business Leaders https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/dean-deryck-van-rensburg-named-one-las-most-influential-business-leaders/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/dean-deryck-van-rensburg-named-one-las-most-influential-business-leaders Pepperdine Graziadio dean Deryck van Rensburg was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 500 most influential business leaders. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:15:00 PDT Dean Deryck J van RensburgPepperdine Graziadio Business School dean Deryck van Rensburg was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 500 most influential business leaders in Los Angeles County on the LA 500 List published annually by the journal. Dean Van Rensburg joins the ranks of esteemed Pepperdine University leaders in receiving this prestigious honor including Pepperdine University president-elect Jim Gash who is being honored this year and current university president and CEO Andrew K. Benton who was previously named to the LA 500 List in 2017 and 2018.

Deryck J. van Rensburg is the ninth dean of the Graziadio Business School, having joined Pepperdine University in 2016. Under Dean Van Rensburg’s leadership, Pepperdine Graziadio students are encouraged to become Best for the World Leaders—professionals who apply educational, spiritual, and ethical approaches to positively impact the lives of their colleagues, customers, and communities.

According to the Los Angeles Business Journal, the compilation of the LA 500 list reflects a comprehensive process of research, reporting, and discernment that examined a community of millions and found 500 people whose contributions to Los Angeles County merit inclusion on this exclusive annual list.

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Five Students Receive $50,000 Scholarship in Honor of Pepperdine Graziadio's 50th Anniversary https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/five-students-receive-50000-scholarship-honor-pepperdine-graziadios-50th-anniversary/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/five-students-receive-50000-scholarship-honor-pepperdine-graziadios-50th-anniversary In honor of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s 50th anniversary, we are pleased to have awarded five students a $50,000 scholarship for the Part-Time MBA. Fri, 10 May 2019 10:00:00 PDT Five Students Receive $50,000 Scholarship in Honor of Pepperdine Graziadio’s 50th AnniversaryIn honor of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s 50th anniversary, we are pleased to have awarded five students a $50,000 scholarship for the Part-Time MBA (FEMBA) program. Each of these students exemplify Best for the World Leaders and we are thrilled to provide each of them with $50,000 to support their education and preparation for the workforce of the future. The winners were recognized onstage during the Pepperdine Graziadio 50th anniversary celebration, “Industry 4.0: The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age,” which was held on April 2, 2019 at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. The scholarship recipients were:

  • Austin Caldwell, senior manager, premium services at AEG / STAPLES Center / Microsoft Theater
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KT Berthet, product manager at Farmers Insurance
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Giang Hong, department administrator at Kaiser Permanente
  • Angela Park, associate manager, consumer products at Activision Blizzard
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A winner from AON will be announced in fall 2019

Five Students Receive $50,000 Scholarship in Honor of Pepperdine Graziadio’s 50th AnniversaryIn addition to the $50,000 MBA scholarship, all admitted and enrolled employees from the partner organizations listed above will receive a 10 percent tuition scholarship toward any Graziadio MBA or MS degree program. At the Industry 4.0 event Pepperdine Graziadio dean Deryck van Rensburg, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Singularity University founding executive director Salim Ismail, and Institute for the Future’s Bob Johansen, along with several other influential thought leaders, shared their insights on how employers can prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and how employees can ensure they remain competitive as automation increases in nearly every industry sector. A women’s leadership panel, featuring Johnson & Johnson consumer’s chief marketing officer Alison Lewis, Britta Wilson, vice president of Inclusion Strategies at Pixar Animation Studios and Dalana Brand, vice president of people rewards and experience at Twitter, also discussed how women’s roles at work will change during the age of automation.

For more information about becoming a corporate partner, please contact Shawn Herrera at shawn.herrera@pepperdine.edu.

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Dr. Bernice Ledbetter Recognized as a Trailblazer by Leadership California https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/dr-bernice-ledbetter-recognized-trailblazer-leadership-california/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/dr-bernice-ledbetter-recognized-trailblazer-leadership-california Dr. Bernice Ledbetter was recognized as a trailblazer at Leadership California's 2019 Legacy of Leadership Awards on May 6 in Los Angeles. Mon, 06 May 2019 10:30:00 PDT Bernice Ledbetter, EdD speaking at seminar at Pepperdine UniversityDr. Bernice Ledbetter was recognized as a trailblazer at Leadership California's 2019 Legacy of Leadership Awards on May 6 in Los Angeles. The Legacy of Leadership Awards celebrate women, companies, and one man, who lead the way through civic, business and service achievement, while advancing and supporting women leaders. Specifically, the Trailblazer Award honors a woman who demonstrates a spirit of exploration and passion that leads the way for others.

Dr. Ledbetter is director of the Pepperdine Graziadio Center for Women in Leadership and was recently appointed dean of students and alumni affairs at the Graziadio Business School. She is a recognized expert on women in leadership and was recently a keynote speaker at NAWBO California’s annual conference.  

Leadership California works to increase the representation of women leaders and elevate their influence in business, public service, and local communities across the state. Dr. Ledbetter joins other individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions to support the advancement of women including the other 2019 honorees: Gloria D. Gray, Chairwoman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Director, West Basin Municipal Water District; Dr. Timothy P. White, Chancellor, the California State University; Dr. Lucy Jones, Founder, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society; and Monica Lozano, President/CEO, College Futures Foundation as well as Southwest Airlines.

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Data from PCA Index Featured in Associated Press About Manufacturing Malaise https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/data-pca-index-featured-associated-press-about-manufacturing-malaise/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/05/data-pca-index-featured-associated-press-about-manufacturing-malaise An Associated Press article cited growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is contributing to the dip in small business optimism. Thu, 02 May 2019 16:00:00 PDT An article in the Associated Press cited that “growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year. Reports last month from the government and an industry group point to a drop in manufacturing activity. While the manufacturing sector is a relatively small part of the gross domestic product — the government has estimated it at 11.4 percent in the third quarter of last year — most manufacturers are small businesses as are service companies that do business with them.”

The article by Joyce Rosenberg cited findings from the the Pepperdine Private Capital Access (PCA) Index which was in line with data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife, Wells Fargo and Gallup that have all shown weakening confidence in the economy among small business owners since the start of 2019. Read more

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Dr. Nelson Granados Weighs in Academy of Motion Pictures' Decision to Keep Qualifying Rules for Oscar Eligibility Intact https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/dr-nelson-granados-weighs-academy-motion-pictures-decision-keep-qualifying-rules/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/dr-nelson-granados-weighs-academy-motion-pictures-decision-keep-qualifying-rules Dr. Granados blogged on Forbes about the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ decision to keep the qualifying rules for Oscar eligibility unchanged. Mon, 29 Apr 2019 17:00:00 PDT Dr. Nelson Granados recently blogged on Forbes about the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ decision to keep the qualifying rules for Oscar eligibility unchanged. This settles at least temporarily the controversy from this year's 10 Oscar nominations and three wins for Roma, a Netflix film by award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón. Roma premiered on an exclusive theater window of three weeks on independent U.S. theaters, just enough to meet the Academy's requirement of a minimum seven-day theater run for a film to qualify for an Oscar. It then released the film on the Netflix streaming service.  

Dr. Granados says that “a longer theater window requirement would protect box office revenues, but it could do so at the expense of revenues from other distribution formats like streaming and downloading. Dr. Granados and Dr. John Mooney have been working on a paper entitled Popcorn or Snack? Empirical Analysis of Movie Release Windows that found that on average 82% of box office revenues are captured in the first month. So purely on distribution economics, the Academy's range to consider extension of the theater window requirement is from seven days to about a month.

Dr. Granados says "I have argued that the Academy should embrace streaming as an important channel for distribution and monetization of motion pictures. But it should also safeguard its broader goal to reward the best motion pictures. By keeping the status quo for at least a year, the Academy has precious time to evaluate the trade-offs, analyzing carefully what's best for its members. Oscar qualifying rules are not changing for now, but the debate doesn't end here." Read more

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Dr. Shawn Andrews Comments on Gender Bias in the Music Industry https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/dr-shawn-andrews-comments-gender-bias-music-industry/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/dr-shawn-andrews-comments-gender-bias-music-industry Dr. Shawn Andrews shared her insight on gender bias in the hip-hop world commenting on the controversy surrounding Cardi B’s disturbing remarks. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 11:45:00 PDT Dr. Shawn Andrews shared her insight on gender bias in the hip-hop world commenting on the controversy surrounding Cardi B’s disturbing remarks saying “the one big difference with Cardi B, of course, is that she’s a woman — which, as it turns out, amounts to just one more strike against her when the controversy card gets played. It’s absolutely a double standard. You’ve got men who got into the genre with criminal backgrounds or a history of violence, and a lot of times hip-hop is a platform, a voice for them. You’ve got a platform that is dominated by males, and so it’s not uncommon to see a double standard, where a male artist with the same background would be excused.”

An expert in leadership, gender, hidden bias, diversity & inclusion, and emotional intelligence, Dr. Andrews said in the Chicago Tribune article that “a male-dominated culture isn’t accepting of a woman who looks to shift the power dynamic. It really doesn’t matter the position or status of a woman. Gender bias affects women all the way up to celebrity and CEO. It is absolutely pervasive today, in all genres, all aspects of media, in business, in politics. Men try to maintain status in the hierarchy by demeaning women.” Read more

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John Figueroa Authors Advice on Being "Future Proof" https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/john-figueroa-authors-advice-being-future-proof/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/john-figueroa-authors-advice-being-future-proof John Figueroa, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School board member and past CEO of Genoa Healthcare, authored an insightful article in Employee Benefits News. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:45:00 PDT John Figueroa speaking at the Future of Healthcare SymposiumJohn Figueroa, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School board member and a past CEO at Genoa Healthcare, authored an insightful article in Employee Benefits News based on key learnings from the Pepperdine Graziadio 50th Anniversary event.  His top take aways to ensure professionals are 'future proof': focus on creative thought, human interaction and learn a skilled trade.  Figueroa concludes: HR and benefits managers need to take this time to help their employees adapt, to not just look at the skills these people offer now and how they can adapt them. They should embrace lifelong learning to keep "future-proofing" themselves. A focus on learning will be one of the most important components of success.

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Professor Emeritus, Dr. Charles Morrissey Set to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/professor-emeritus-dr-charles-morrissey-set-receive-distinguished-alumni-award/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/professor-emeritus-dr-charles-morrissey-set-receive-distinguished-alumni-award Pepperdine Graziadio Professor Emeritus, Dr. Charles A. Morrissey will receive Drucker Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient on May 10. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:00:00 PDT Drucker Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Charles MorrisseyPepperdine Graziadio Business School Professor Emeritus, Dr. Charles A. Morrissey, affectionately referred to as the "Johnny Appleseed of the Digital Age," will receive Drucker Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient on May 10. The award honors professionals for their professional excellence and positive impact on society.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Morrissey attended Harvard Business School (’62) from where he was initially hired by Eastman Kodak Company to manage new product test sites in the Pentagon.

Early in his career, he learned about Dartmouth BASIC, a pioneering time-sharing project designed to provide a personal computing environment to students. From this, he and his business partner formed TimeShare, a company which was eventually acquired by Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. He became a founder of the Orange County Harvard Business Club, whose initiatives led to the formation of Tech Coast Angels.

In 1989, Morrissey became an associate professor of information systems at Pepperdine University and was supported by a grant from the Beckman Foundation to develop a technology curriculum. He received Pepperdine’s outstanding teacher award in 2008. He received a PhD in Drucker’s Executive Management program in 1997 and applied what he learned to focusing on the impact of the Internet on management education. He has delivered a series of presentations to national meetings of management educators as well as written articles on the impact of digital transformation on business-school strategy.

Morrissey was a contributor and supporter of the Paul Gray Personal Computing Museum in 2005. He has served as a member of the Drucker School Board of Industry Advisors since 2014.

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Future of Healthcare Symposium Featured in American Journal of Managed Care https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/future-healthcare-symposium-featured-american-journal-managed-care/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/future-healthcare-symposium-featured-american-journal-managed-care The Future of Healthcare Symposium was featured in an article in the American Journal of Managed Care highlighting insights from Dr. Eric Topol. Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:00:00 PDT The Future of Healthcare Symposium was featured in an article in the American Journal of Managed Care highlighting insight that Dr. Eric Topol, Founder and Director of The Scripps Translational Science Institute, shared with the audience. In his presentation, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, Dr. Topol explored the far-reaching changes that smart technology and smart machines are having (and will have) on the practice of medicine and the experience of providing and receiving healthcare. Dr. Topol said that “physicians are valued for being brilliant diagnosticians and they now have more information and tools and technology at their disposal than ever before; yet patients don’t feel cared for, and doctors don’t feel like they can care for patients enough. If used properly, artificial intelligence will restore the human connection between doctors and patients.” In his engaging talk, Dr. Topol also said “the real possibilities of artificial intelligence are that it can penetrate through many layers of information to understand patterns, make diagnoses with greater accuracy, and give “the gift of time” back to doctors.”

Jeff Stibel Healthcare Symposium Keynote SpeakerThe other keynote speaker at the Healthcare Symposium was Jeff Stibel, PhD, vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet, who discussed brain science, "real” intelligence, and how his company, BrainGate, is using AI to advance neuroscience and treat those with neurological disorders.There were also two panels that featured physicians and healthcare experts who discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with using artificial intelligence and technological innovations to improve healthcare efficiencies, access to care and patient outcomes. Read more

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Los Angeles Times: Dr. Nelson Granados Comments on Continuing Feud Between WGA and Talent Agencies https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/los-angeles-times-dr-nelson-granados-comments-continuing-feud-between-wga-and-talent/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/los-angeles-times-dr-nelson-granados-comments-continuing-feud-between-wga-and-talent In a recent Los Angeles Times article, Dr. Nelson Granados commented on the ongoing feud between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood talent agencies. Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:30:00 PDT Writers Guild of America buildingIn a recent Los Angeles Times article, Dr. Nelson Granados commented on the ongoing feud between the Writers Guild of America and Hollywood talent agencies saying “in some sense, the higher demand for scripts and productions is giving a leg up to the creatives to negotiate harder.” While the two sides agreed to a one-week extension, the clock is ticking and “the fruitless negotiations have kept the entertainment industry in a state of suspense during the last month as the two sides fought it out over packaging fees and the agencies’ encroachment into TV and film production.” The LA Times reports that the “labor dispute is unusual because writers typically are at odds with studios, not with the agents who are supposed to represent their interests.”

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Bob Johansen, Speaker at Industry 4.0 Event, Pens Op-ed in Los Angeles Business Journal https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/bob-johansen-speaker-industry-40-event-pens-op-ed-los-angeles-business-journal/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/bob-johansen-speaker-industry-40-event-pens-op-ed-los-angeles-business-journal Bob Johansen, one of the speakers at the Graziadio’s 50th anniversary event Industry 4.0, pens op-ed in Los Angeles Business Journal. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 16:00:00 PDT Bob Johansen Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow and Past President, Institute for the Future, was one of the speakers at the Graziadio’s 50th anniversary event Industry 4.0 - The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age where he talked about the competencies we will need to thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

He captured his insight on how to lead a company into the future in the age of automation in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Business Journal. Johansen said that in order for the “Southern California region to prosper in the next digital wave, business leaders need to prepare now for this major disruption at work. He cautioned that the majority of tasks will become automated and that executives should “embrace shape-shifting organizations. New organizational forms will become possible through distributed computing networks, which have no center, grow from the edges and will be uncontrollable. Economies of scale (where bigger is almost always better) will give way to economies of organizational structure, in which you will be what you can organize. Authority will be much more distributed.”

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Dr. Joetta Forsyth Provides Personal Finance Advice for Students https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/dr-joetta-forsyth-provides-personal-finance-advice-students/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/dr-joetta-forsyth-provides-personal-finance-advice-students In a recent piece on WalletHub, Dr. Joetta Forsyth offers advice for students who do not have any credit, but are interested in applying for a credit card. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:45:00 PDT In a recent piece on WalletHub, Dr. Joetta Forsyth offers advice for students who do not have any credit, but are interested in applying for a credit card. When asked how important it is for students with no credit history to get a credit card Dr. Forsyth said “the important question is whether the student is absolutely sure they will pay the card off responsibly. It is better to have no history than a bad history.”

Building credit is important for renting an apartment, buying a house, and purchasing a car. WalletHub says that credit card companies “actually roll out the red carpet for students despite their lack of credit history because of students’ earning potential and decades of forthcoming financial independence, which can be very profitable for banking institutions.” Having good credit may also help workers secure a job that requires a security clearance or the handling of money.

There could be downfalls as Dr. Forsyth said “it is possible that a potential employer might not hire a graduate with bad credit. However, most employers are going to understand that college student job applicants, or recent graduates, are not going to have much of a credit history. What is particularly essential is to keep bad information from ending up on credit reports.”

Dr. Forsyth’s research interests include theory and empirical work in corporate finance and she is the author of Financial Wisdom: Personal Finance and Career Skills to Guide Teens and Young Adults on Their Journey to Success and Happiness.

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Pepperdine Graziadio Hosts Historic, Momentus 50th Anniversary Celebration https://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/04/pepperdine-graziadio-hosts-historic-momentus-50th-anniversary-celebration/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/bschool/2019/04/pepperdine-graziadio-hosts-historic-momentus-50th-anniversary-celebration On April 2, Pepperdine Graziadio hosted a historic event celebrating a new era in business and a momentous occasion for the business school. Tue, 09 Apr 2019 23:30:00 PDT On April 2, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School hosted a historic event celebrating a new era in business and a momentous occasion for the business school. Industry 4.0: The Future of Humanity in the Smart Machine Age, brought together world class leaders and breakthrough ideas on Tuesday, April 2 at the Novo in Downtown Los Angeles.

The event started with inspiring words from Pepperdine Graziadio Dean Deryck J. van Rensburg who paid tribute to the school’s past achievements such as being one of the first West Coast business schools, producing some of the world’s highest level executives and leading the way in teaching ethical business practices.

Industry 4.0 also focused on the road ahead. Speakers discussed the defining spirit and mood of the current era as shown by the ideas, beliefs and practices taking shape in the business world. Attendees also heard, discussed and learned what it means to be human in the age of automation.

Steve Wozniak and Salim Ismail at 50th Anniversary Industry 4.0 ConferenceThe day’s agenda featured a discussion with Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Computer and Salim Ismail, Founding Executive Director of Singularity University about the transformation of leadership skills that will take place in the era of automation and AI. They discussed how these disruptive forces present both challenges and opportunities for employees and employers. Ismail described major breakthroughs taking shape in business and society driven by new human approaches, data and neuroscience. Technology, said Ismail, can make people masters of their outputs. Wozniak, harkening back on his past history starting Apple Computer, urged business leaders to rethink innovation: “get the whole picture in your head,” “imagine what you would build for yourself,” seek “truth” and “recognize ideas that are better than yours.”

Bob Johansen, Distinguished Fellow and Past President, Institute for the Future described the new cognitive framework driving management and leadership, which he labeled full-spectrum thinking in his remarks. This approach requires developing a mindset that recognizes the need to simultaneously deal with multiple challenges in an integrated fashion in support of a broad range of focused interests. It also includes integration of insights gleaned from massive data capabilities and artificial intelligence. Johansen, whose organization produces a 10-year forecast on the Future of Work Skills, described how global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and the skills we will need to be productive contributors in the future. He expressed optimism in the up-and-coming generation, younger than 23 years old, who are primed to adjust to convergent thinking and completely comfortable with data and technology.

Group of women's leaders at 50th Anniversary eventThere was also an inspiring discussion about how the fourth Industrial Revolution requires fresh leadership perspectives and why women are poised to succeed as a result. Moderated by Denise Roberson, President of Jadi Communications, this panel featured Dalana Brand, Vice President of People Rewards and Experience, Twitter; Alison Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.; and Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar. This accomplished group of women shared their career highlights, observations for the future and advice for aspiring women leaders.

Brand, Lewis and Wilson described how women are inadvertently put into stereotypical roles and that we all can play a part in eliminating gender discrimination. Lewis stressed that we are living in a world of ambiguity and because of that you may not have all the answers and will need to take a leap of faith. Brand said that while tech skills are becoming increasingly important a key driver of success is collaboration, a trait women overwhelming possess. Wilson said that women leaders have a responsibility to not only tell their story, but to serve as sponsors and mentors for more junior women. They also said that companies can help women find the right work life blend and advised women to not be driven by fear, but to be bold and “raise their hands” as that is the best way to learn, grow and become a stronger leader.

In the afternoon, a distinguished panel of thought leaders, moderated by Allen Webb, Editor McKinsey Quarterly, discussed purpose, meaning and navigating dynamic change. Panel members included Ed Hess, Author, Professor at Darden School of Business; Andrei Cherny, Founder and CEO, Aspiration; John Figueroa, Former CEO, Genoa Healthcare; Alex Grimwade, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Television; Lindsay Moran, Head of Communications for the Environmental Investigation Agency.

The panel addressed the shift in the last 50 years in which business went from being an integral part of the community in the past era to the profit-above-all-else mentality of the current era. However, Cherny noted that the tone is starting to shift again with business leaders such as Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett urging businesses to consider the human impact of their business. The consensus among panel members was that the underpinnings of a productive economy include being a Best for the World leader alongside serving shareholders, employees and the community.

“The goal is not to abandon capitalism,” said Figueroa. “The goal is to make capitalism better for more people.”

For more information about Pepperdine Graziadio Business School please visit our website. We have programs that can benefit professionals in any stage in their career; from those just starting out, to experienced professionals seeking to move up to experienced senior executives who seek a peer-to-peer learning experience.

It truly was an inspiring day and I hope that you can join us for future Pepperdine Graziadio events.

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