Graziadio School of Business and Management
Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program
Please know that the Emerging Leaders are intended to guide and advise students about the graduate school experience, and should not be considered a source for official University information.
The Emerging Leaders mentorship program is a student-based initiative designed to enhance the overall Pepperdine experience for full-time Graziadio School students. These individuals, who are selectively chosen by faculty, work closely with the student recruitment staff and faculty to develop programs and activities designed to assist you, the new students, as you transition into this MBA program. The mentors consist of a number of various student club officers. We are here to assist you with anything from academics (concentrations, workloads) to getting around in LA and introducing you to all that the Graziadio School has to offer.
Contact the Emerging Leaders
For questions, we invite you to contact the Emerging Leaders president, Julie Feit.
Meet Your 2013-2014 Mentors
Jorge is a 15-month MBA student hailing from Mexico. Prior to coming to Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, Jorge obtained a degree in industrial engineering. Prior to attending Pepperdine, he worked in the consumer packaged goods industry for P&G and PepsiCo as a brand manager. After completing his MBA, Jorge is interested in continuing to work in the consumer packaged goods industry or pursuing a role at a consulting firm. When he's not working, you can find Jorge out playing volleyball!
Roberto Beckmann is a 15-month MBA candidate at Pepperdine University, originally from Mexico. After graduating from law school in Mexico and practicing for more than a year, Roberto got married, moved to Louisville, Kentucky and worked as an assistant brand manager for two years at Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. He is currently in his second year as an MBA student at the Graziadio School and will graduate in December 2013, when he will return to Mexico and work in the family business. He enjoys going out on the weekends around Culver City, where he lives, and also likes going to sporting events.
Paul Betancourt is a 20-month MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. Having grown up between Southern California and Chile, Paul earned his BA in political science from University of Florida, as well as an MA in communications from California State University at Fullerton. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Paul worked at Teach For America in New York and more recently ran his own business as an independent contractor providing research, editing, transcription and translation services. Paul has lived in the Los Angeles area for the past five years, and in his free time enjoys reading, cooking and hiking the many trails in and around the Santa Monica National Mountains.
Kirsten is pursuing an International MBA at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management and will be studying abroad in the fall at Audencia School of Management in Nantes, France. Kirsten earned a BA in French studies from Wake Forest University. Fluent in French and knowledgeable in conversational Italian, Kirsten hopes to pursue her passion for language and culture in the business community. In addition to Emerging Leaders, Kirsten is a member of the Graziadio Student Ambassador program as well as MBA Women International. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Kirsten worked as a French-English weight loss consultant for Jenny Craig and as a clinical operations assistant for a small biotech firm that develops hypoxia-activated prodrugs that target treatment-resistant cancers. Over the summer, she will be a senior consultant intern at Kalypso, a management and product innovation consulting firm. If you can't find Kirsten, it's because she already passed you on her marathon training runs. If you want to find Kirsten, all you have to do is listen for someone singing and then follow the sound of her voice. Kirsten also enjoys discovering different cultures through her travels, cooking, and playing the harp.
DeWitt Dudley is a 15-month MBA candidate at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management earning a double concentration in Finance and Leadership and Organizational Development. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, he studied marketing at the Stern School of Business at New York University and has a background in financial sales and derivatives trading. After completing his MBA studies, DeWitt plans on going into investment banking with a focus on growing SEER companies through debt and equity expansion capital. In his spare time, DeWitt enjoys hiking and rock climbing.
Jeffrey is a 15-month MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. He earned degrees in sociology, law, and political Science at the University of California at San Diego. Jeffrey has enjoyed a successful career in managing sales, marketing, and analytics. Although he grew a multimillion dollar business, the most enjoyable part of his career has been teaching and mentoring others, something he looks forward to continuing to do both in and out of school. A Southern California native, Jeffrey enjoys pulling on his boots and going hiking.
Julie Feit is an MBA candidate at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management with a concentration in brand management. At Pepperdine, Julie is the chair of the Emerging Leaders program and a member of the Marketing Society, Entertainment Club, and Women MBA International. She also sits on the Junior Board of Volunteers of America and serves as an ambassador to the ADDO Society, which promotes leadership through cultural experiences abroad. When not at Pepperdine, Julie enjoys international travel and spending time with family. Prior to graduate school, Julie worked in Chicago for four years as a Kraft Foods account executive. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in strategic communication and communication science.
Emyay King is pursuing her MBA with concentrations in Leadership and Organizational Change, Marketing, and Digital Innovation. As a 20-month full-time student, she is also pursuing a SEER Certificate. Emyay completed her undergraduate studies at New York University and The Savannah College of Art and Design. She has also lived all over the country including New Orleans, New York City, Savannah, Oklahoma City, and Los Angeles. Emyay is passionate about leadership and loves working in teams to create effective changes in organizational optimization, increase personal engagement, and develop sustainable business strategies. In addition to her career aspirations, she loves to relax with friends, travel, volunteer, eat vegan cupcakes, and participate in adventure races. Emyay is exceptionally creative and enjoys anything that allows her to create "outside the box."
Sandy Lee is a second-year Full-time MBA student at Pepperdine's University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. She received a BA in both legal studies and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from Villanova University, School of Law. She worked for several years as an attorney before becoming a general manager at a specialty Hawaiian restaurant and eventually helping her friend with a health and wellness start-up company. At Pepperdine, Sandy is extremely active in all the clubs and serves as co-president of NetImpact, vice president of MBA Women International, an Emerging Leader, secretary of the Ethics Committee, a Graziadio Student Ambassador, and a Palmer Center Microenterprise Champion. Over the summer, she is interning at Business Resource Group, a consultancy firm, setting up a CSR program connecting corporations to small businesses to benefit local economic development.
Estelle is a 20-month MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and will be studying abroad in Japan in the fall. Of Japanese descent, but born and raised in Taiwan, Estelle moved to Los Angeles in 2010. After graduating with a major in management science and decision making, Estelle worked in the field of consumer goods marketing, IT project management and online media. Estelle is passionate about eating and cooking; in other words, she is a self-proclaimed foodie. If you need any LA restaurant recommendations, ask Estelle!
Elmer Li pursuing his MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Elmer grew up in the largest county in the US, San Bernardino County, California. He earned his undergraduate degrees in entertainment marketing and communications from California State University. Prior to attending Pepperdine, Elmer worked in the entertainment industry. His goal is to become a talent agent or entertainment marketer. In addition to his career goals, he loves to watch movies, go to concerts, relax with friends, volunteer at film festivals, practice Chinese calligraphy, cook and enjoy different types of cuisine from all around the world. Elmer is a friendly a sociable person and tries his best to make everybody around him happy.
Chris Rovin is a 20-month MBA candidate pursuing concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business Strategy. Born in Chicago, Chris grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in history in 2010. In addition to being a member of Emerging Leaders, Chris serves as the president of the Malibu Graduate Business Society. Outside of school, Chris rides with the Los Angeles area La Grange cycling club and enjoys playing guitar and banjo.
Shelby Schoolcraft is a second-year JD/MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. She received her bachelor of business administration in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to starting the MBA program, she worked at the Texas State Capitol as a bill status clerk. In addition to her position as the mentorship co-chair for Emerging Leaders, Shelby is also the co-president of Challenge 4 Charity, co-president of the Ethics Committee, and a member of the Graziadio Student Ambassador program. She will graduate from the MBA program in 2014 and the School of Law in 2015. After graduation, Shelby plans to pursue a career in corporate law, ideally working as in-house counsel for a large corporation in Texas.
Kevin is a 20-month MBA student at the Graziadio School. He got his BS in biology from the University of California, San Diego. After graduating he worked at a venture capital firm in the Bay Area. During his time at Pepperdine he has been involved in the Entertainment Club and has been a competitor in many case competitions – including advancing as a semi-finalist in the international Net Impact Case Competition held at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During the summer, he interned with The Mark Gordon Co. in the television production department. In his spare time he enjoys watching TV and movies and playing video games.
Bart Templeman is a 20-month MBA student pursuing a concentration in Entrepreneurship and a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy. He is originally from Southern California and completed his undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara before working in the environmental consulting field for five years. Bart has also spent time in Japan working as staff English instructor at Yamaha, Suzuki Motors, and Sony Inc. He is currently a member of Net Impact and president of the Pepperdine chapter of Toastmasters International. A lifelong surfer, when not on campus you can find Bart patrolling the local lineups around LA and Ventura.
Xue (Fiona) Wang is a student in the 20-month MBA program at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management, pursuing a concentration in Finance. Fiona is originally from Beijing, China and had worked for three years in marketing before coming to Pepperdine to pursue her MBA. She is completing her summer internship as a financial analyst in New York. In her spare time, Fiona would love to bike to the beach, find vintage clothes in thrift stores, and go to see live rock and roll shows.
Byron Wittenberg is a 12-month MBA student at Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business Management. Byron completed an undergraduate degree in business from Florida State University and a master's in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to Pepperdine, Byron worked for more than two years as the director of finance for RedPrairie, Inc. leading the financial, planning and analysis functions for the company's largest division. Prior to joining RedPrairie, Byron spent more than six of years in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. Outside of school and work, you can find Byron out on the ocean as he is an avid paddle boarder.
Jon has just completed the first year of the full-time International MBA program at Pepperdine University while pursuing a SEER certificate. Originally from Santa Barbara, Calif, Jon worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC and for Ernst & Young in Honolulu. He completed three bachelor of arts degrees at the University of California, Santa Barbara in statistics, econonmics/mathematics (with accounting), and Portuguese. He has studied at the University of Lisbon in Portugal and will be studying abroad in São Paulo, Brazil during the fall of 2013. Jon is married with two children and has more stories than you have the patience to listen to. Interesting jobs along the way include working as a certified nursing assistant (please don't scream at him for your medications or he might change your diapers), as a butcher and as a wine salesman.