2005 In Review
The Graziadio School of Business and Management
B-Plan Competition is a Success
As winners in the school's first annual Business Plan Competition, two full-time MBA students earned $20,000 to start their new enterprise, The Parvez Michel Company. Parvez Taj and Emilie Fritz began the competition as one of 27 Graziadio student teams, advancing to first place after being chosen for the top award by an experienced panel of business executives.
Faculty in Print
Full-time business school professors coauthoring books during the 2005 fiscal year included: Robert M. Fulmer, Growing Your Company's Leaders; Christopher G. Worley, Organization Development and Change, (8th edition); and William O. Stratton, Introduction to Management Accounting, (13th edition).
Lecture Series Taps Author
The school's Dean's Executive Leadership Series featured bestselling author Dennis Bakke on April 25, 2005. He is cofounder and former CEO of AES, a worldwide energy company with revenues of $8.6 billion. Several other noted professionals were featured as speakers in the series.
Human Capital Institute Partnership
Pepperdine is the first American university to join the Human Capital Institute's academic affiliates program. In this partnership, Pepperdine will codevelop a series of Human Capital Leadership Programs for the Southern California business community.
The business school's inaugural Entrepreneurship Symposium in June featured three award-winning entrepreneurial business leaders including Inc. magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year and Graziadio alumnus Victor Tsao.
The business school's Education-to-Business (E2B) program connected the needs of the education system to that of the business community through solution-driven programs. In 2004, Pepperdine partnered directly with prestigious companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Experian, Baxter, Los Angeles Business Journal, Time Warner Cable, and J&R Fleet Services to identify strategic problems or opportunities confronting the organizations.
Graziadio Golfers Unite
One of the business school's most prominent events is the annual Friends of George Graziadio (FOGG) golf tournament which honors the founder's legacy with an event featuring Mr. Graziadio's favorite sport. In 2004, the tournament raised more than $70,000 to support student scholarships and special initiatives.