Pepperdine Graziadio Alumnus Michael Bennett, EdD, is the Founder and Chief Adventure Officer at Muddy Shoe Adventures, where he creates and delivers handcrafted, life-changing adventure programs in some of the world’s most incredible and iconic destinations. Built around Michael’s doctoral research into the transformational power of travel experiences, every Muddy Shoe Adventure is an opportunity to explore the world in a fun, yet meaningful way with a small group of fellow explorers. Travelers challenge themselves with exciting adventure activities while immersed in different cultures and connect with new people, places, perspectives, and ideas. Muddy Shoe Adventure offers both fixed date programs and customized adventures. The adventure travel company also works with corporate groups looking to improve performance and build leadership skills through Muddy Shoe Team Adventures.
Prior to launching Muddy Shoe Adventures, Michael worked four years in higher education administration, and six years as a senior level organizational development consultant and personal and professional development coach. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2006 and his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) from the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2012. In addition to his work at Muddy Shoe Adventures, Michael is a life and career coach, as well as Co-Founder of the Transformational Travel Association.