Leaning Into Sharp Curves
Malibu. May 2006. Leather jacketed, wearing biker boots and a helmet, and riding his motorcycle, Erik Bleitz wends his way through Malibu Canyon from Calabasas to Pepperdine. As a student in the Graziadio School of Business and Management’s Full-time MBA Program, and as president of the school’s Graduate Business Society, his calendar doesn’t offer much time for scenic rides up the central coast. A political science graduate of California State University, Northridge, Erik takes his position as head of the business society seriously with the goal of strengthening the value and experience of Pepperdine’s highly regarded full-time program. Erik is a voting member on the program’s administrative committee, which includes faculty department chairs and others. He has offered input on curriculum, helped implement changes to new student orientation, and worked to integrate Dean Linda Livingstone’s concept of “value centered leadership” into the school experience. Among his areas of focus has been the Graziadio School’s participation in the annual Challenge for Charity, which celebrates service and giving back on the part of students from several prominent graduate business schools including Stanford University. Erik has also served as president of Net Impact’s Pepperdine chapter and is a volunteer tutor at the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation.