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Scott Bowling

Scott Bowling

Hollywood, California

Title: President/CEO

Company: Exceptional Children's Foundation



Graduate School of Education and Psychology Class of 1990

MA, General Psychology


How has your Pepperdine experience impacted your personal and professional success?

Pepperdine's education, including the school's values, reputation, and influence helped to strengthen my commitment to service while preparing me for exceptional professional opportunities.

Describe a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career:

Expanding ECF's mission impact and create a unique service continuum with the statustory merger of the Kayne Eras Center into the Exceptional Children Foundation in 2007/2008.

Who or what inspires you? Tell us why.

Leaders who make decisions and take action based on solid values.

Are you where you thought you would be in life when you were in college?

Professionally, yes.

In five words or fewer, what career or life advice would you give a new college graduate?

Follow your passion with blinders.

What profession other than your own would you have liked to attempt?

Talk Show Host on a news channel/Reporter.

What three things could you not live without?

Family, friends, learning.

How do you unplug?

A regular fitness routine, a devotion to two professional teams (NFL and MLB), watching college sports, and dinners and wine with friends and colleagues.

Is there a particular quote, mantra, or philosophy that motivates you?

"Place your feet in the position of right, then stand firm," - Lincoln

What would your autobiography or memoir be called?

A Life with Gratitude in Focus. 

What's one idea you think could change the world?

Prioritize service of others in your life.

What's next for you professionally?

More impact through service.