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Soul of Team PA Dinner 2021

45th Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner

In 2007 Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to their second Super Bowl championship, becoming the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. 

In Dungy's 2019 book, The Soul of a Team, the former NFL defensive back draws upon his decades of experience in coaching to explore the impact that deep personal relationships, strong mentor-leadership, individual growth, and long-term sustainability can have on the development of effective teams.

At Pepperdine, The Soul of a Team captures how Waves have come together in the midst of both success and adversity. As the University community and our alumni reflect on the challenges and triumphs we have collectively endured in the last year, The Soul of a Team is an opportunity for us to explore the heart of our "togetherness."

Join Pepperdine as president Jim Gash and Dungy discuss the power of our uncommon sense of spirit—anchored in community, scholarship, and faith—to propel us and our extraordinary mission forward.

Keynote Speaker

Tony Dungy

Former Head Coach, 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts
Football Analyst, NBC Sports

As one of only three individuals who have won the Super Bowl as both a player and a coach, Tony Dungy has had a remarkable career in the NFL. Starting his professional football journey as a safety with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dungy moved to the sidelines at age 25, kicking off a coaching career that emphasized decency and respect. During his 13 seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dungy's teams averaged more wins in the regular season than those of any head coach in NFL history, and in 2007 he became the first African American coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl win.

Dungy's achievements off the field may be even more impressive than his NFL success. Upon retirement he became an Emmy-nominated analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. He also became an author, writing best-selling self-empowerment titles including Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, in which he reflected on lessons he learned from his parents, his career, and his faith. Dungy now devotes his passion to programs that uplift him, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Dungy Family Foundation, which he and his wife founded to strengthen, sustain, and empower communities in need.


  George Pepperdine Society 2021

New Inductees and Sustaining Members

The George Pepperdine Society was established to recognize those special friends who have made monumental commitments to the University during their lifetimes.

  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • Jeanette and Michael (JD '74) Bidart
  • Kara and Brett Biggs
  • Stephen P. Birch (MDR '17, EdD '18)
  • Brenden Mann Foundation
  • Jennifer and Roger Brown
  • Noelle and James Burkey
  • Julie and James Cardwell
  • Courtney Bryan-Caron and Paul Caron
  • Joanne and Clark ('77) Cowan
  • Joan and Robert Cummins
  • Chana and Jerel ('99) Davis
  • Gretchen and Jeffrey (JD '94) Davis
  • Marlyn ('90, JD '94) and Robert Day
  • Nancy De Liban and Jacob Arias
  • Lucia C. Dean
  • LisaKay Epstein
  • The Fletcher Jones Foundation
  • Kalli O'Malley and Terry Giles (JD '74)
  • Ann and Samuel Ginn
  • Pamela and Stephen ('80) Hackett
  • Jolyn ('02) and Seth ('02) Haye
  • Chavi Hertz
  • Blanche and Peter Johnson
  • Melanie and Jeffrey ('91) Johnson
  • Amber (’99) and Jeremy (’02, MBA ’04) Johnson
  • Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services
  • Dina and Frederick Leeds
  • Keri and Denny ('65) Lewis
  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Kimberly and Don Lindley
  • Tammy and Scott (JD '82) Mager
  • Henry Salvatori and Joyce Mandell
  • Chandra ('99, JD '02) and Adam ('99) Melton
  • Lisa and Michael Meyer
  • Miramar Property Investment Company
  • New Venture Fund
  • Rosebud and Eddie ('66) Ngo
  • Martha T. Norman
  • Geoffrey H. Palmer (JD '75)
  • Lily and Kib Pearson
  • Pilgrim Foundation
  • Agatha and J. Anthony ('93) Precourt
  • Terri and Michael Pretiger
  • Susan (EdD '86) and Donald Rice
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation
  • Margaret and Gerald Sheppard
  • Christine and Robert (JD '05) Simon
  • Lee and Larry Sisson
  • Lisa Smith Wengler
  • Sunset Haven Inc.
  • Anne and Gregory Thorson
  • Rozanne and Deryck van Rensburg
  • Stasia (MBA '13) and Michael (MBA '16) Washington
  • John F. Wilson

Platinum Sponsor

  • Jolyn ('02) and Seth ('02) Haye | Morgan Stanley

Gold Sponsors

  • Regina and Mario Gabelli
  • Blanche and Peter Johnson, Jr. 

Silver Sponsor

  • Melanie and Richard Flamminio | Umina Bros., Inc.

Sapphire Sponsors

  • Katherine and Frank Baxter
  • Janis Black Warner, Douglas Warner, and Stanley Black
  • Kathy and Lou Colombano
  • Janet Kerr ('75, JD '78)

Topaz Sponsors

  • Denise and Robert Beaman
  • Debby and Andy Benton
  • Deborah ('87) and Eric ('86) Beyer 
  • Paula and Ed Biggers
  • Lucia C. Dean
  • Sara ('74) and Sam ('75, EdD '84) Jackson
  • KCOMM Team
  • Keri and Denny ('65) Lewis
  • Mary and Ernest (BSM '76, MP '80) Maldonado 
  • Virginia Milstead (JD '04) and Zac Evans
  • Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12)
  • Ronald F. Phillips
  • Heidi and Barton Stern
  • Alice and Ken Starr
  • Kai and Sinan Kanatsiz
  • Stuart D. Sequin Jr.

Entertainment Sponsor

  • Chloe Ross ('62)

Dinner Contribution

  • V'Etta and Robert Virtue




Saturday, May 15, 2021
5 PM Pacific Time



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