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48th Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner

More than 550 Pepperdine friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the 48th annual Pepperdine Associates dinner and welcome keynote speaker Condoleezza Rice—the 66th secretary of state of the United States, who has played a critical role in safeguarding the interests and integrity of the nation both at home and abroad. The event’s theme, “Shining the Light of Truth,” recognized the significance of seeking truth as a cornerstone of American ideals and aspirations and Pepperdine’s guiding principles that are embedded in the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

In the face of the most pressing national and global issues of our time, the pursuit of and commitment to a singular value—truth—prevails over all. Indeed, the founding principles of our country that have driven democracy, innovation, and civil discourse for more than two centuries continue to resonate among the populace and shine a light on how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. While many throughout history have assumed roles that have required the fortitude, faith, and courage needed to defend truth in pursuit of freedom and justice for all, some have answered the call in extraordinary ways that have changed the course of history.

Just as our country fixes its gaze on the North Star of its founding values, Pepperdine’s journey ahead, charted by the divine guidance of our faith and our commitment to the bedrock ideals of our nation, will illuminate the path to greater understanding that has the power to promote transformative progress at the University and beyond.


Saturday, February 17, 2024
6 PM Reception | 7 PM Dinner


The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Keynote Speaker

Condoleezza Rice


Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and a Senior Fellow on Public Policy. She is the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition, she is a founding partner of Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC.

Rice served as the 66th secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and the first Black woman to hold the post. Rice also served as president George W. Bush’s national security advisor from January 2001 to January 2005, also the first woman to hold the position. From February 1989 through March 1991, Rice served on president George H. W. Bush’s National Security Council staff.

Rice served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999 and has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981. She has won two of the university’s highest teaching honors. She is the author of three New York Times best-sellers and in 2022 became a part owner of the Denver Broncos as a part of the Walton-Penner Family Ownership Group.


Dinner Committee 2024

Dinner Chairs | Jolyn (’02) and Seth (’02) Haye

  • Bea and Paul Bennett

  • Jacqueline and A. Ronald (’62, MBA ’67) Berryman

  • Stephen P. Birch (MDR ’17, EdD ’18)

  • Tina and Rick (JD ’83) Caruso

  • Rebecca (MA ’01) and John (MBA ’97) Figueroa

  • Joline (’92) and Jim (JD ’93) Gash

  • Sara (’74) and Sam (’75, EdD ’84) Jackson

  • Brian Krueger

  • Blanche and Peter James Johnson

  • Deanne (’84) and John (’83) Lewis

  • Sharon Mullin

  • Dee Anna (’86) and Hubie Smith

George Pepperdine Society Honorees 2024

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

New Inductees and Sustaining Members

  • Nahed and Sherif Abdou

  • The Ahmanson Foundation

  • Holly and Joe (’80) Baker

  • Stephanie and William (MBA ’81) Beazley

  • Bea and Paul Bennett

  • Paula and Edwin Biggers

  • Monica (’95) and Jeffrey (’95) Bjork

  • Brenden Mann Foundation

  • Sharon and James (JD ’87) Bristol

  • Melinda (’95) and Jesse Bromberg

  • Christina and Ben (’08) Bullock

  • Noelle Burkey

  • Brenda Zawatski and Frank Calderoni

  • Mark Cameron

  • Rebecca and Brian (MPP ’07) Chatwin

  • Joan and Robert Cummins

  • Marlyn M. Day (’90, JD ’94)

  • Cheryl and Trip duPerier

  • Shelle and Mark Ensio

  • Rebecca (MA ’01) and John (MBA ’97) Figueroa

  • Wendi and Chad (JD ’93) Fischer

  • Jordan R. Fish (JD ’17, MDR ’17)

  • Leigh and Blake Foster

  • Regina and Christopher (JD ’98) Frost

  • Joan Garner

  • Kalli O'Malley and Terry Giles (JD ’74)

  • Maureen Grace

  • Lauren and James (MBA ’85) Harger

  • Jolyn (’02) and Seth (’02) Haye

  • Abigail and Peter (’00) Hilton

  • David N. Holden

  • Amber (’99) and Jeremy (’02, MBA ’04) Johnson

  • Colene and Russell Johnson

  • Debra and Thomas Koos

  • Lilly Endowment Inc.

  • Nancy Linck

  • The Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation

  • Anne and Scott Macdonald

  • Jeffrey MacLean

  • Anna and Carl Mergele

  • Diana B. Hiatt-Michael and John Michael

  • Amy and Vincent (MBA ’01) Monteparte

  • Christine and Richard Newman

  • Kimberly and Michael Okabayashi

  • Julie Pardee

  • Lily and Kib Pearson

  • Jason K. Putnam (’09)

  • Eleanor and Jim Randall

  • Diane Reilly (’58)

  • Marilyn Reilly (’56)

  • Jennifer (’76) and Fred Ricker

  • Caelan Rottman (’14, JD ’18, MDR ’18)

  • Reed S. Ruschhaupt (’10)

  • Michael F. Schlueter (MA ’77)

  • Karyn (JD ’93) and Devin (JD ’90) Scott

  • Sharoll and Bryan Sheffield

  • Amy and Jason Shroff

  • Cary and Will (’84) Singleton

  • Lee and Larry Sisson

  • Lisa Smith Wengler

  • Alice M. Starr

  • Dianne and Tad Taube

  • Janie and Victor (MBA ’86) Tsao

  • Jennifer ('88) and Eric (’88) Wolford

  • Stephanie and David Wolkoff

  • Christa Zofcin Workman (’97, MBA ’00, JD ’01) and Michael Workman

  • Ruth (’17) and Steven (’15, MA ’17) Zhou