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Wayne L. Strom, Ph.D. 
Professor of Behavioral Science
Graziadio School of Business and Management

Phone: (310) 568-5541
E-mail: wayne.strom@pepperdine.edu
Location: West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive transformation
  • Organizational and executive change and renewal
  • Leadership
  • Ethical business practices

From his 40 year history as an Executive Coach and Organizational Change Specialist, Dr. Wayne Strom takes a pragmatic, applied and 'real world' approach in his classes. With his students, he gives special attention to the models, skill sets and attitudes which help to build upwardly mobile careers in management. Professor Strom has worked with a long list of local and multinational corporations in Europe, Asia, and the United States. These include such firms as ABC-TV, Baxter Healthcare, CB-Richard Ellis, Citicorp, Consolidated Capital, Disney, NAIOP, The Culver Studios, SmithKline, Edison International, Toshiba America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Yamaha and Native American Indian Tribes. He has also provided pro-bono services to a long list of charitable and not-for profit organizations.

Professor Strom's current focus is on the development of leadership processes for corporate renewal. He has evolved approaches for raising confidence through interpersonal influence processes for facilitation and communication. With an emphasis on authentic presence, he teaches a range of personal competencies such as ‘High Impact Listening,' and ‘Non-reactive Conflict Resolution.' As a seminar leader on the topic of ‘Spirituality in Business,' he has a special interest in the relationship between various meditative and energy focused processes, such as ‘Mindfulness' and the management of breath.

Dr. Strom became a full-time faculty member in 1970. In 1971, he was one of three founders of the prestigious Pepperdine Presidential and Key Executive MBA Program. He has served as Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Programs, and Chair of various academic committees. He was selected as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 1991. Dr. Strom's primary interests are in organizational performance enhancement and spirituality in business. He founded the Pepperdine Civic Leadership project in 1986. Currently he enlists executives in coaching employable but unemployed and homeless men and women in developing job searching skills.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
F. Douglas Gore III
Director of Public Relations
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Direct: (310) 568-5580
E-mail: fgore@pepperdine.edu


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James R. Wilburn, Ph.D. 
Dean of the School of Public Policy
School of Public Policy

Phone: (310) 506-7490
E-mail: james.wilburn@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • American history
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate governance
  • Tax reform
  • Russian reform

James R. Wilburn has served as dean of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy since September 1996. Before joining the School of Public Policy, Wilburn served as dean of Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management for 12 years and was a professor of strategy. During Wilburn's years as dean of the business school, it moved more aggressively into international business and started five new academic programs with the nation's foremost program for mid-career adults and the largest MBA program west of Chicago.

Wilburn has extensive experience in public policy, both internationally and domestically. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Committee to Assist Russian Reform, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head the board of the CFTR Education Foundation. He also has served as corporate director of several companies in the United States and Europe.

Wilburn has appeared as an expert commentator on newscasts and shows including KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, KTLA-TV, FOX-TV, NPR and Voice of America.He has been quoted in several publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Christina Ramirez
Manager of Communication
School of Public Policy
Direct: (310) 506-7497
E-mail: christina.ramirez@pepperdine.edu

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