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Graziadio School Lecture Series Hosts Former Xerox Senior Executive Bernard Kinsey
The Graziadio School of Business and Management’s 2012-13 Dean’s Executive Leadership Series will open Wednesday, Oct. 17, with a lecture from Bernard Kinsey, a former senior executive with Xerox and founder of The Kinsey Collection. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. before the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center, Malibu.
In addition to his role at Xerox, Kinsey is the president and founder of management consulting firm KBK Enterprises, Inc., and is also the former chief operating officer and co-chair of Rebuild Los Angeles. He is a recognized expert and leader in the field of urban revitalization and market development, and as the leader of KBK Enterprises, provides advice and counsel to senior-level executives in the public and private sectors, addressing areas of communication, change management, business process re-engineering and problem solving real issues.
Kinsey was called upon to lead the rebuilding efforts of Los Angeles in his role at RLA, the revitalization entity formed after the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest. He was responsible for generating more than $380 million in investments from the private sector for inner city Los Angeles.
He enjoyed a remarkable 20-year association with the Xerox Corporation and was one of the early pioneers in helping break down racial barriers in corporate America. Holding a multitude of C-level positions, Kinsey holds the distinction of achieving number one status nationally in every sales and marketing position he has held from 1968 through 1984. His leadership of the Xerox Black Employees Association led to the hiring of thousands of black employees, women and Latinos, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study.
In December 1995, Kinsey was appointed as Honorary Consul General by the U.S. State Department and the Central African Republic. He has counseled the governments of South Africa, Germany, England, and France in economic development.
Kinsey has served as past President of the National Alumni Association for Florida A&M University, representing of 50,000 alumni worldwide an helping to raise over $9 million for the school.
He completed the Executive MBA program at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management in 1973. He also received honorary doctorate degrees from Florida A&M University and Alabama A&M University.
Kinsey has brought the African American experience to life with The Kinsey Collection through original documents, manuscripts, photographs, paintings and sculptures. The collection of premier African American artifacts spans nearly four centuries and documents the hardships and the triumphs of the African American experience.
Each year, the Dean's Executive Leadership Series at Graziadio brings leading business practitioners and thought leaders to one of Pepperdine University's campuses to discuss real-world challenges and opportunities facing the business community today.
Held each fall and spring, the series was created in Spring 2004 to help support the Graziadio School of Business and Management's mission to provide business knowledge that is applied and relevant. Check out the DELS Podcast Series to listen to previous lectures online.