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 2017-2018 Mentors


Felicia PalmerFelicia 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.



Shaina 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.



Frank BalcortaFrank Balcorta


Frank Balcorta is a full-time MBA candidate at the Graziadio Business School and received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne. Frank is a proud US Navy Veteran who also has over 10 years of management and business development experience in the construction, financial services and personal lines insurance industries. Outside of school and work, Frank enjoys being a father and husband by spending time with his wonderful wife and two amazing children. When not with his family, Frank fulfills his passions of leading bible studies and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitstu.



steveStephen Balliet


Stephen Balliet is a full-time MBA candidate at the Graziadio Business School. 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

Perri Finnican


Perri Finnican is a second year MBA candidate at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. She received her undergraduate education at Gettysburg College in Religious Studies and Elementary Education. Prior to starting her MBA, Perri worked for a public relations firm in New York City doing business development and acquisition. Over the summer, she worked as a MBA Summer Associate at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the Merrill Edge platform team. In addition to her studies, Perri is the president of the Finance Club, vice-president of Student Ambassadors and co-chair of the Ethics Committee.



jdJD Generoso


JD Generoso is a 15-month MBA student at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. 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

Micah Hentschel


Micah is a full-time MBA candidate at Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in Pre-Law. After a year as an IP paralegal in Dallas, she spent five years in Japan, first on the JET Programme, before moving to Tokyo as an administrator for a private international school. When not studying analytics, she enjoys Star Wars trivia and making colorful crafts.


Abdel Maach

Abdel Maach


Abdel is a full-time MBA student with a Finance concentration at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. He is also part of Malibu Graduate Business Society (MGBS) serving as co-director of student life. He was raised in Casablanca, Morocco and moved to California at the age of 18. He attended Chapman University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Communication Studies. He then went on to a career in consulting and strategy before deciding to pursue an MBA degree. His hobbies include playing basketball and traveling.



lutherLuther Tarver-Burks


 Luther Tarver-Burks is full-time MBA candidate at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School with a double concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. After graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Marketing from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, he decided to pursue his MBA degree to further accelerate his career. Prior to attending Pepperdine, he spent time working in sales and also worked at UCLA and the Los Angeles Urban League. At the completion of his degree he plans to gain the acumen necessary to become a better leader and coach others how to lead more effectively.



Feixu Wang

Feixu "Will" Wang


Feixu Wang is a second year, full-time MBA student at Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School focusing his studies in Finance. In addition to his role as vice president of the Finance Club, Feixu is also an Emerging Leader/student mentor for the MBA class entering fall 2017. Prior to his graduate studies, Feixu was working for Syngenta as a marketing management trainee. He led and supported multiple projects in Syngenta (China), and helped the company in time saving and performance enhancement. Upon completion of his MBA, Feixu plans on undertaking a career in private equity, venture capital and technology start-ups. In his spare time, Feixu enjoys trying new computer games and video games.


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