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Pepperdine University Hosts Second Annual TEDxPepperdineU

May 4, 2020  | 1 min read

On January 30, 2020, the second annual TEDxPepperdineUniversity took the Smothers Theatre stage, featuring 11 speakers from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who shared their powerful stories focused on the theme “Surf-to-Summit.”

The student-run event feted Pepperdine’s collaborative culture and featured speakers including Adam Housley (’94), Emmy Award- winning former journalist; Marissa Muller, Tesla’s global product marketing lead; Eric Wilson, Pepperdine’s associate dean of student affairs and executive director of spiritual programs; Jeff Walling (MS ’16), director of the Pepperdine Youth Leadership Initiative; and Seaver students Kaci Courtright and Payton Silket.

“TEDxPepperdineU celebrates those who strive for the pinnacles of achievement and ride the waves of change,” said Ryan Groves (MA ’15), director of strategic employer partnerships at the Seaver College Career Center. “The Pepperdine community curated a roster of phenomenal speakers, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from each of their triumphs, hardships, and lived experiences.”