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Emerging Leaders 2017-2018

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 carefully selected 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 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, Felicia Palmer or Vice President, Shai Poulard.

Meet Your 2016-2017 Mentors

Frank Balcorta



steveStephen Balliet


Stephen Balliet is a full-time MBA candidate at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Theatre from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Following graduation, he began working with Enterprise Holdings in multiple locations throughout Southern California. After 5 years working in logistics, sales, and business analytics, he enrolled at Graziadio to advance his career prospects. In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, and over-analyzing clever marketing campaigns.


Perri Finnican



jdJD Generoso


JD Generoso is a 15-month MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. He received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. Upon graduating from Stony Brook, he worked at several advertising agencies in New York specializing in media buying and planning for traditional and digital mediums. Outside of advertising, he was actively involved with several Philippine-based non-profits, providing marketing insights and mission awareness campaigns for the Pilipino community in the New York tri-state area. In addition to serving as President of Asian Business Club, JD is also the Director of Marketing for C4C. Post Pepperdine, JD plans to pursue opportunities in media and marketing, specifically in the entertainment vertical. He hopes to one day establish a multi-media agency specializing in ethnic marketing for communities underrepresented in traditional media campaigns in North America.


Micah Hentschel



Abdelaziz Maach



Felicia Palmer



Felicia Palmer is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business & Management pursuing a SEER (Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible) certificate. She worked as a campus director for a student oriented non-profit and as a university program director after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in Music (vocal performance emphasis) from Scripps College. Felicia is a student ambassador and a senator for student government. Passionate about living life to the fullest, Felicia loves exploring the world skiing and SCUBA diving and can't get enough of HGTV.


shaiShaina Poulard

Vice President


Shai is a full-time MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and is also pursuing a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible Business. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. Shai received her Bachelors of Science in Biology degree from Cal Poly Pomona, and has six years of experience in the Biotechnology industry. Her passion is to promote self-sufficiency through education and empowerment. Recently, Shai co-founded a non-profit organization centered around promoting higher education in "at-risk" schools of South Los Angeles. Her hobbies include: Traveling and dancing.



lutherLuther Tarver-Burks








Feixu Wang



shuShu Zhan


My name is Shu Zhan. I came to the United States in 2009 and studied finance and mathematics at the University of Iowa and I moved to LA in 2013 with my family. I become a Christian when I was in high school in China and now I'm a member and serving in Chinese Evangelical Free Church of Los Angeles. I really appreciate this opportunity to serve as the president of this club. I'm hoping to reach out to more students on campus and have a great fellowship time together. In my free time, I like watching movies, reading and traveling