Graziadio School of Business and Management

Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter Wins Rookie Chapter of the Year Award

Pepperdine University's Net Impact chapter received the prestigious Net Impact Rookie Chapter of the Year award during the 2006 Net Impact Conference. Along with a significant growth in membership, in its first year the group also executed many successful projects including an initiative to increase campus environmental sustainability efforts and the Net Impact Board Fellows and Service Corps programs, which provide opportunities to members to help their communities through pro bono board service and consulting projects.

Graziadio School Copresents 2007 Annual Directorship Boardroom Forum

In partnership with Directorship magazine, the Graziadio School of Business and Management presented the 2007 Annual Directorship Boardroom Forum titled "The New Rules of Board Effectiveness." Fortune 500 directors, chief executives, and governance experts, as well as Graziadio School faculty, led the first-ever West Coast forum in a unique mix of panel discussions, work groups, and in-depth peer group exchanges. The forum presented more than 35 speakers, 11 executive keynote addresses, six peer-driven break-out sessions, and over 70 companies and organizations, with topics ranging from executive pay to managing risk and complex regulatory complicacy.

Dean Linda Livingstone and Patricia Sellers

Dean's Executive Leadership Series Offers New Podcasts

The Graziadio School's Dean's Executive Leadership Series featured top business practitioners and thought leaders who shared their views on the real world of business. In-depth interviews with these speakers were made available online as podcasts. The 2006-2007 series featured Patricia Sellers, editor at-large of Fortune magazine; Brian Frons, president of daytime for the Disney-ABC Television Group; Dennis Tito, CEO of Wilshire Associates Incorporated; William George, professor at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic, Inc.; and Kawanna Brown, managing partner and COO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.

Graziadio School Studies Investor Attitudes Concerning Corporate Ethics

On the heels of the fifth anniversary of Sarbanes-Oxley legislation, the Graziadio School commissioned a study of investor attitudes toward CEOs and their corporate boards. The Sarbanes-Oxley law holds CEOs and senior management personally accountable for the accuracy of their companies' financial disclosures. The survey received extensive coverage in the media and revealed that most investors (57 percent) believe the requirements imposed by the law are about right, while approximately one-third (32 percent) say its restrictions did not go far enough. Only eight percent say the law went too far.

Business Plan Competition Supports Entrepreneurial Venture

The 2006 Pepperdine Business Plan Competition drew business plan proposals from 26 teams offering the chance to win $25,000 and the possibility of obtaining venture financing. Full-time MBA student Tim McCormack was on the winning team recognized for iRent2u.com, a "virtual marketplace" for the rental of goods and services for and by individuals.