I am so grateful for my life. I have been blessed to have multiple careers – and now am in a position to give back.
To that end I have created two scholarship funds – one at the Drucker School of Management in collaboration with Southwestern School of Law – for a JDMBA Woman Candidate who shows an interest in conflict resolution ( and collaboration rather than litigation). Candidates are being evaluated at this time for the 2012 award. I will feature her and the school when the award is given.
The other scholarship fund is at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business for a Woman in the Presidential Key Executive MBA program. These are women leaders who have already obtained a level of recognition and who are venturing out to study for a midcareer MBA – generally an expensive and risky undertaking in that they are challenging their own status quo. This is the program that I am featuring on my blog today.
Above you will see me announcing the award, and on my left, is Linda Livingstone, the Dean of the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
This year the award was given to Linda LoRe, formerly CEO of Fredericks of Hollywood. Her photo is below.
The award was given this week at the Graziadio Board of Visitors Meeting, Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012, at 11:30 am at the Pepperdine West LA Campus, 6100 Center Drive, Room 203,Los Angeles, CA 90045. Both awards are called The Larraine D. Segil Award for Strategic Alliance Competency.
I graduated from the PKE program in 1984. It was by far the best program available at that time – in fact the ONLY Senior Executive MBA available in Southern California for senior executives who were running companies full time, and thus wanted to participate in a practical and substantive program that allowed for those time constraints.
The mission of the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation. The chief aim of a graduate business education at the Graziadio School is to produce more than competent business professionals who pursue profit and shareholder return; in addition, the school seeks to produce businessleaders who are ethical, entrepreneurial, and globally aware, and who work for collective good
A values-centered leader is one who believes ethics and profits need not be mutually exclusive to achieve success in business. In fact, we believe they should go hand in hand.
That’s why Pepperdine provide opportunities for values-centered leadership both in and out of the classroom. For example:
- The program in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business practice allows Full-time MBA students to earn a certificate in corporate social responsibility along with their MBA.
- Professor Mark Chun and his students have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity and tutored for Los Angeles Literacy Programs.
- As part of a Civic Leadership course, Presidents and Key Executives MBA students provide job coaching to homeless individuals.
- Students in the M.S. in Management and Leadership program provide management solutions to nonprofit organizations free of charge in the Education to Community (E2C) Capstone Project.
- Student-run clubs Values-Centered Leadership Lab, Net Impact, and Challenge for Charity (C4C) focus on issues such as business ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and service to community.
Noteworthy examples abound of Graziadio School students emerging as courageous leaders, compassionate global citizens, and people of integrity – the future of business.