Shivaune Field is a journalist who writes a column on entrepreneurs and leaders for Forbes. Field is fascinated by culture, leadership, behavioral economics, and entrepreneurship. She hosts a podcast on artificial intelligence and leadership skills required in the future, and was a 2016 co-chair of the UN Women L.A. Media Summit in support of HeForShe focused on gender equality in the media. Field founded the Demeter Group in 2016, is a GSEP doctoral student, and is writing a book.
Larraine Segil is currently the Chair and CEO of the Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation, aimed at changing women’s lives through a proprietary, metrics-based mentoring program. The program selects mid-career women from multiple industries and provides mentorship, guidance, and career redesign advice to propel them to sustainable success, known as the Exceptional Women Awardees (EWA). Ms. Segil also runs a family-held, small urban farm company called the Little Farm Company and holds an adjunct professor position at Southwestern Law School and Pepperdine School of Law Straus Center for Conflict Resolution. She served on Frontier Communications’ board and presently holds board member positions at Kandela Inc. (Chairman), Vanir Construction Management (Audit and Nom), NACD Southern California section (Chair Nom/Gov), and APCO Worldwide.
Larraine’s previous accomplishments include Partner Emeritus and former owner and director of Vantage Partners LLC, member of UNICEF’s Tropical Diseases Special Advisory Group on Alliances (SAAG), global alliance educator for 30 years in the Americas, Europe, United Kingdom, China, and Singapore, and practiced immigration, litigation and corporate law as a licensed attorney.
Larraine holds a BA, BA Honors in Classics, Juris Doctorate from Southwestern School of Law, and an MBA degree from the Presidential Key Executive MBA program at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
Daniel Linde co-founded the Bardstown Bourbon Company in 2014 and currently works as their Chief Financial Officer. Located in Kentucky, Bardstown Bourbon has grown to become one of the largest bourbon producers in the world. This summer, visitors can take a tour, eat at their restaurant, bar and tasting room.
Previously, Daniel worked in investment banking as the CFO of a small manufacturing and consumer goods business, and held a position as a startup business consultant. Daniel received his MBA in 2000 from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.
Dr. Shawn Andrews has recently published a book titled The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide. It was based on her 2013 doctoral dissertation research on leadership, emotional intelligence, and gender. Her book covers wide-ranging issues related to women and leadership. The Power of Perception can be found on Amazon and other retailers.
Dr. Andrews is also a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, workshop facilitator, and adjunct professor at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Andrews teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Leadership and Ethics, Diversity in Organizations, and Women in Leadership.
Dr. Andrews holds an Ed.D. degree in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine GSEP, an MBA from the Graziadio Business School Fully Employed program (1996), and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.
Jesse Heller is the creator of the goal-setting app, GoalWard. The GoalWard app was developed to raise funds for cardiovascular research to honor of his mother, who recently passed away due to heart disease and his father, who also recently passed away from cancer. The app helps track individual and team goals and can also be used by employees and managers in a corporate environment. GoalWard is available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play. All proceeds from the app go towards the UCLA Cardiovascular Discovery Fund (CDF) for cardiovascular disease research funding.
Jesse is currently the Marketing Director at FayeBSG, a software company based in Woodland Hills, CA. He received an MBA from the Graziadio Business School Fully Employed program in 2011 and his MA from the Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2004. He received his B.A. in American Literature from UCLA.
Verginie Touloumian was appointed the Executive Director of the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) in October 2017. ARS, founded in 1910, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the humanitarian needs of Armenians and non-Armenians. Her duties include managing the activities of all 26 ARS branches internationally, overseeing strategic operations, planning long-term projects, and using outreach and activism to further the organization’s objectives. Previously, Touloumian worked as a project coordinator and Armenian Studies (Hai Tahd) teacher at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has served the Armenian Youth Federation – Western United States organization as a secretary for the Central Executive team and Vice-chairperson. She has also actively contributed to Haytoug Magazine, Woodbury University’s Armenian Student Association, and the ARF Shant Student Association.
Verginie Touloumian, received her B.A. in Business Management from Woodbury University, obtained a certificate in Human Resources Management from Loyola Marymount University, and graduated from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School MSML program in 2015. More details about her recent position can be found by visiting Armenian Weekly.
William Gardner was recently re-elected to the New Canaan (Connecticut) Republican Town Committee, in which he serves as Vice Chairman. Before retiring in 2014 from the federal government, he was a staff attorney with the Social Security Administration. The majority of his career has been in corporate management. He is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
William graduated from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School Fully Employed MBA program in 1983.
Los Angeles native Lauren Gibbs is a former sales executive and a competitive athlete. She was recently chosen to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, representing the United States on the women’s bobsled team.
Following completion of the EMBA program in 2014, Lauren served as Regional Sales Director for Trumaker, a San Francisco-based made to measure men’s apparel company. A lifelong athlete, she was introduced to the sport of bobsledding by a member of the USA National Rugby team (Jill Potter).
Lauren has spent the last several years competing professionally in bobsledding and training for the Olympics. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University, where she also played volleyball.
Aaron Young serves as the head of HR for MSC Software leading talent acquisition & management, people operations, learning & development, and organizational development. In October, MSC Software was awarded Best Tech Culture Company in Orange County by Tech in Motion. Aaron joined MSC Software in 2013 leading the talent acquisition group and grew his role to include being a senior business partner. His current responsibilities include oversight of MSC HR operations as well as the divisional representation with MSC’s parent company.
Aaron is a dual graduate of Pepperdine University having completed his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from GSEP and his MBA in Dispute Resolution from GSBM. For his doctoral dissertation, Aaron’s study of cultures of innovation helped MSC Software to be recognized as a Best Tech Culture Company in Orange County by Tech in Motion.
Currently, Aaron is working in Orange County while commuting from North County San Diego where he currently resides with his wife & family.
John Miller has been appointed President of Swisher International, effective January 1, 2018. John joined Swisher in 2012 as its Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing after working within the Tobacco and CPG industries for more than 25 years. John worked for the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company where he rose to the position of Regional Vice President, was interim President of Goldwater’s Foods of Scottsdale and a principal in two consulting firms. During his tenure with Swisher, John positioned the sales and marketing teams for record growth by expanding the National Accounts team, developing the Trade Marketing, Business Analytics and Consumer Engagement functions and overseeing more than 150 promotions in the field sales force.
John received his Bachelor of Science degree from UNLV and his Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.