Linda LoRe, MBA ‘12

As a Pepperdine student completing her Presidents and Key Executives (PKE) MBA degree this fall, Linda will deliver the graduating student speech at the commencement ceremony for the Graziadio School of Business and Management on Saturday, December 8th.

For each of three graduations hosted during the year, the faculty and graduating class nominate a student who has demonstrated “outstanding academic performance and represents the school’s mission and values both inside and outside of the classroom in exemplar fashion.”

“Ms. LoRe is a dynamic and compassionate leader with skills honed by years of experience as a senior executive at well-known companies,” said PKE MBA program faculty lead Dr. William Smith regarding the selection. “She is now devoting much of her time to helping the less fortunate in our society and is having a meaningful impact in these efforts. She epitomizes Pepperdine’s motto: Freely ye received, freely give.”

With a 21-year-career as a CEO of world-renowned brands, LoRe is widely recognized as a leading brand advocate. Her extensive experience includes building consumer companies from the ground up, revitalizing storied brands and breathing new life into consumer favorites. She has the distinct honor of having also received a 2012 George Award for Outstanding Presidents and Key Executives MBA Student.

LoRe became president and CEO of Frederick’s of Hollywood in August 1999 and immediately set upon revitalizing and relaunching the iconic Frederick’s of Hollywood brand. In August 2011, she left the corporate world to pursue her degree at Pepperdine University and devote much of her time to Youth Mentoring Connection, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping “at risk” youth from our inner cities graduate from school and learn skills to become productive members of society. Her Capstone is a plan dedicated to building a campus called “URBAN OASIS” in the Inner City for these kids.

Her latest venture, The Engagement Principle, is a social enterprise devised to help turn the workplace back to an engaged and profitable place of business. The company’s non-profit component introduces the Future Generations Fund, giving an opportunity for at-risk youth to cultivate their talents and ultimately find a career path.

LoRe is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Woman of Accomplishment for Bnai Zion, 2002 NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Hall of Fame Award, 1997 Woman of the Year Award from the Museum of Science and Industry and 1997 Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising award of Excellence and recipient of the Spirit of Life award and The Beautiful Apple award.

She is a mother of two and wife of Steve Starleaf, owner/operator of Burbank Tennis Center.

Linda LoRe, MBA ‘12

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