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Student Life

Our student body is actively involved in a number of student clubs, organizations, and activities outside the classroom. Below is a list of current student clubs and organizations that serve to enhance the quality of Graziadio student life and strengthen and build community across academic programs.

For more information about leadership opportunities or to learn how to join a student club or organization, please review the information for each club or organization listed below. 

If you have any questions please contact Student Engagement and Success at pgbs.ses@pepperdine.edu or call Jessica Pope, Assistant Director of Student Engagement at 310-506-6541.

Student Clubs

Student clubs are student-initiated and student-led groups that have completed the annual registration process and have been officially recognized by the Office of Student Engagement and Success. Each student club maintains its own constitution and retains a president, vice president, treasurer, and faculty/staff advisor throughout the academic year. Membership is open to all current Graziadio students.  To view and join all of the current student clubs and organizations, please visit the Graziadio Student Hub

Student Club Handbook

For more information about student club requirements and policies, please visit the Graziadio Student Club Handbook.  

 Graziadio Black Student Association

Purpose

Graziadio Black Student's Association seeks to provide an affirming space for students of color and those that stand in solidarity with students of color. Our purpose is to promote diversity and affect equity in the workplace as well as in the Graziadio Business School community.

Connect With Us

For more information or to join this club, visit the Graziadio Black Students Association on the Graziadio Student Hub

Officers

President, Lauren Dunn

Vice President, Tomairrio Young

Treasurer, Franklin Simmons

Faculty Advisor

James Hogan

 Graziadio Women's Business Association

Purpose

The Graziadio Women's Business Association (GWBA) is a Pepperdine Graziadio Business School professional club that supports, challenges, and empowers women to thrive in the business world. By engaging the community through innovative initiatives and thoughtful programming, the Women's Business Association promotes meaningful connections, diversity, and gender equity.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

Co-President, Mary Anne Buckley

Co-President, Courtney Fulton 

Vice President, Lizzy Manaud

Treasurer, Leslie Semerena 

Staff Advisor

Diane Singel, Executive Director, Career and Professional Development

 Pepperdine Real Estate Association

Purpose

We are a dynamic and diverse association, passionate about developing our real estate expertise through academic achievement and impactful relationships within the Pepperdine & Global Real Estate communities. Our goal is to establish a solid foundation for the MS in Real Estate program through communication, respect and support. We are the voice of our program, for our program.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

President, Martin de Chavarria

Vice President, Brandon Maghen

Treasurer, Jordan Gudger

Faculty Advisor

Heather Boren

 Net Impact

Net Impact logo

Purpose

Net Impact is a global leadership organization committed to nurturing an extensive and influential network of current and future business visionaries who believe in making a profit while affecting a positive social and environmental change. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter aims to create an added competitive advantage for the students by providing practical tools and knowledge on how to maximize positive business impact. It is a platform for business innovation and unique networking opportunities. Pepperdine Net Impact Chapter hosts renowned speakers, hands-on workshops, networking events, company tours and provides an opportunity to attend the annual National Net Impact Conference. Chapter members closely collaborate with Pepperdine's Certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) Business Strategy, a nationally renowned program for its robust curriculum and the annual SEER Symposium featuring industry leaders and other executive level speakers.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

For more information on Net Impact Central and to see all the benefits of becoming a member, check out www.netimpact.org.

Officers

President, Open Role

Vice President, Danirose Hill

Treasurer, Sahiba Guraya

Faculty Advisor

Robert Bikel, Director of the SEER Program

 PepperMasters

Purpose

At Peppermasters we are focused on developing the networking, leadership, and other professional skills of our members to provide them an edge in today's business environment and a network of professionals with which to succeed. 

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

President, Hiral Patadia

Vice President, Emir Mizell

Treasurer, Erick Espinoza

Staff Advisor

Kristen Oshiro, Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development

 Finance Club

Purpose

The Finance Club will connect students to organizations and individuals within the various fields of finance. This club desires to allow students to better network, obtain knowledge on fields outside of the immediate and direct courses of Finance provided by Pepperdine University, but also to encourage leadership and personal development.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

President, Russell Hoss

Co-Vice President, Amanda Hinchey

Co-Vice President, Penelope Gallardo

Treasurer, Luke Hirschhorn

Faculty Advisor

Davide Accomazzo

 Pepperdine Graziadio Marketing Association

Purpose

The Pepperdine Graziadio Marketing Association celebrates our members' passion for marketing and prepares them to excel in their chosen career paths by providing opportunities for professional development, career exploration, and networking within the marketing community.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

President, Daniela Raudales

Vice President, Andrew Di Giovanna

Treasurer, Open Position

Faculty Advisor

Jim Salas

 Latinx MBA Conexion

Purpose

Harness the power of the Latinx allies within the PGBS community to strengthen diversity, inclusion and belonging. We are committed to developing students' leadership skills while building meaningful connections and celebrating Latinx cultures.

Connect With Us

Visit our page on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Officers

President, Freddy Rojas Briceno

Vice President, Lauryn Lawton 

Treasurer, Cindy Sanchez

Staff Advisor

Jose Lozano, Recruiter

 

 Out and Allied at Graziadio

Purpose

Out and Allied at Graziadio is an LGBTQIA+ club and safe space for Graziadio students and alumni. All identifying individuals and allies are welcome! We operate in an educational environment that focuses on queer issues as they relate to business and politics.

Connect With Us

For more information or to join, visit Out and Allied at Graziadio on The Graziadio Student. Hub

Officers

President, Faith Cheltenham

Vice President, Rafael Terrero

Treasurer, Paul Ocampo

Staff Advisor

Elizabeth Pode, Career Coach

Student Organizations

Student organizations are department-sponsored student groups, boards, or councils that serve a specific purpose or function for Graziadio programs and initiatives. Membership is considered through a recommendation and application process facilitated by the sponsoring department, and membership requirements vary by organization. For more information or to apply for membership to a student organization, please review the information listed for each organization below. 

 Graziadio Student Advisory Board

Purpose

Facilitated by the Office of Student Engagement and Success, the Graziadio Student Advisory Board (GSAB) is an advisory body that provides a representative student voice on matters involving the student experience outside the classroom, including allocation of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS) Student Activity Fee and the development and implementation of student-focused programs, initiatives, and services.

As stakeholders in their Graziadio student experience, GSAB members develop a significant level of expertise and insight into the administration of PGBS co-curricular programs, processes, and services, and advise PGBS staff and administrators on matters that directly impact the current and future student experience.

Objectives

The GSAB is charged with the following objectives:

  • To advise PGBS staff and administrators on matters pertaining to the current and future student experience as the need arises.
  • To serve as Graziadio Business School ambassadors who foster a culture of engagement and community building within the student body.
  • To assist in the planning, promotion, and implementation of Student Engagement and Success initiatives such as school-wide events and the Full-Time New Student Orientation.
  • To participate as student representatives at school-wide events, initiatives, and committees as the need arises.
  • To allocate PGBS Student Activity funds through a fair, equitable, and timely process.

GSAB members are selected by Student Engagement and Success staff based on an application and interview process. 

Connect With Us

For more information, visit us on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Board Members

Full-Time Program Representatives

Amanda Auciello, Full-Time MBA, Vice Chairperson

Benjamin Castillo, Full-Time MBA

Paige Fontes, International Full-Time MBA

Stanley Li, MS in Applied Finance

Part-Time Program Representatives

Neel Parikh, Part-Time MBA

Anise Potjes, Part-Time MBA, Chairperson

Kristina Schneider, Part-Time MBA

Jill Gooman, Part-Time MBA

Online Program Representatives

Anthony Gamboa, Online MBA, Treasurer

Claudia Hanten, Online MBA

Samantha Hee, Online MSHR

Robyn Watkins, Online MBA

International Exchange Program Representative

Open Position

Executive Programs Representative

Fernando Gomez, Presidents and Key Executives MBA

Staff Advisors

Genesis DeLong, Director, Student Engagement and Success

Jessica Rubalcava, Assistant Director, Student Engagement

How to Apply

Student Engagement and Success accepts Graziadio Student Advisory Board (GSAB) applications on a rolling basis as space is available.

Apply here.

Questions?

Contact Student Engagement and Success at pgbs.ses@pepperdine.edu

 Graziadio Student Ambassadors

Purpose

The Graziadio Student Ambassadors (GSA) is an association that provides a student voice on matters involving any prospective student activity or experience. As participants in the graduate student body experience, members develop a significant level of expertise and insight into the administration of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS) co-curricular programs, processes, and services, and advise PGBS staff and administrators on matters that directly impact the student recruitment process.

GSA members are selected by Recruitment staff based on a recommendation and application process.

Connect With Us

For more information, visit us on the Graziadio Student Hub.

How to Apply

The Recruitment office accepts Graziadio Student Ambassador applications on a rolling basis as space is available.

Apply here.

Questions?

Please contact Kandace Phyall, Director of Recruitment Operations and Partnerships.

 Graziadio Scholars

Purpose

This networking organization is intended to enhance Graziadio Scholar Full-time MBA students and alumni’s connectivity w/ co-scholars, faculty, and staff throughout their educational journey and beyond. Students must be nominated, vetted, and interviewed in order to be part of this student organization.

Connect With Us

For more information, connect with us on the Graziadio Student Hub.

Questions?

Please contact Kandace Phyall, Director of Recruitment Operations and Partnerships.

 MSML Champions

Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML) Champions Group is to foster a stronger MSML community, encourage greater alumni engagement, career development opportunities, and assist in the recruitment of new MSML students through collaborative efforts.

The Graziadio MSML Champions consists of current students and alums representing this Master’s degree program. The board members are appointed to a two-year term. Candidates are selected by the current President and advisors based upon the candidate’s willingness to serve the MSML community.

Connect With Us

For more information please contact Desiree Williams, Employer Engagement Specialist, Professional Programs & Alumni Career Services.