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- Departmental Strategic Plan
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- Semester Outline
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The MBA Advisory Board is comprised by seasoned business professionals from a variety of backgrounds. The board meets once per semester to provide strategic guidance and advice to the Mount Saint Mary’s MBA Program.
Vice President for Human Resources, Ingram Micro
MBA, University of San Francisco
Kendra is an HR-Business Leader who is committed to employee development and organization culture. She joined Ingram Micro in 2015, bringing over 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field, spanning several different industries. Prior to joining Ingram Micro, she was with University of Phoenix as Campus Vice President for Southern California Campuses where she provided transformational leadership and strategic direction to 10 campuses with over $300M revenue and 300 associates. “My general management role was the best HR experience I have ever had”, says Kendra, “having to put my years of HR preach into real-life practice and being a customer of HR were invaluable lessons”. In her career, Kendra has served in various Human Resources leadership roles at THINK Together, Pepsi, Accenture and Pacific Gas & Electric. Kendra holds a MBA from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
MBA, USC Marshall School of Business
Director of Global Academic Alliances, Salesforce.com
Shirlene Chow is Director of Global Academic Alliances for Salesforce.com. She previously served as Managing Consultant in the Business Analytics & Strategy Practice of IBM Global Business Services with a specialization in Digital Analytics, Business Intelligence, Change Management and Social Business. She works closely with Fortune 500 Executives to manage major enterprise transformation, focused on the human capital of the organization, learning and development and building new capabilities. She focuses in digital analytics, business intelligence and data transformation to generate deeper business insights and increase operational efficiencies.
Shirlene graduated from USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR Program in 2012. Prior to USC, she worked at Digitas managing major advertising campaigns on across digital channels for Proctor & Gamble and General Motors. Shirlene worked at Deloitte in public accounting upon graduating from Boston University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration.
She currently serves as the lead campus recruiter for IBM GBS Consulting for USC, and spends her free time traveling, running an educational non-profit in Cambodia, and running races and triathlons.
Director, Structured Solutions, UBS Wealth Management Americas
Richard is responsible for the marketing and distribution of Structured Solutions covering UBS Financial Advisors and their UHNW and Family Office clients in the New England Region.
Richard first joined UBS in 1999 after graduating from USC Marshall School of Business IBEAR Program with an MBA in International Business. With over 20 years' experience in financial services, Richard first started his UBS career in Private Banking focusing on Technology clients in San Francisco.
He has since held various roles at the firm, and more recently was responsible for all Investment Bank Product marketing into UBS Wealth Management. His specialty includes Foreign Exchange, Precious Metals and Equity Linked Derivatives and focuses on solutions for UBS Americas UHNW clientele.
Prior to UBS, Richard worked in various capacities in financial services including: running the San Francisco office for a Boston based money management firm, and also has worked globally in London and Zurich for major Japanese Investment Banks specializing in Asian linked Derivatives and Convertible Bonds covering West European- and Asia Pacific institutional clients. Next to his MBA, Richard also has a BA in International Relations from Boston University.
In his free time, Richard enjoys skiing the Swiss Alps in the winter season, international travel and works on improving his golf game. Richard and his family reside in Greenwich, CT.
George KyriacouMBA,USC Marshall School of Business
CGMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
Deputy Chief Finance Officer for United Nations Development Pragramme (UNDP)
Mr. George Kyriacou is currently the Deputy Chief Finance Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' global development agency, where his role encompasses improving the management of financial resources of the organization globally.
Previously George served 10 years within finance at the United Nations, focusing upon governance, risk and control, fraud prevention and financial systems change initiatives. Prior to the United Nations, George was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, focusing on change and cost management.
Earlier George served Her Majesty's Treasury for 8 years performing a range of policy role focusing on public sector reform, including the application of accrual accounting and budgeting to the UK government, privatization and establishing performance-based agencies.
A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he also holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Southern California
EdD, University of California, Los Angeles
MFA, University of Massachusetts
Assistant Dean for Research in the USC Rossier School of Education
Deborah Karpman, Ed.D. is currently the Assistant Dean for Research in the USC Rossier School of Education. As Assistant Dean, she works to develop and implement strategic plans with the goal of enhancing Rossier’s research competitiveness and visibility. Prior to joining Rossier, she served as Senior Analyst for Strategic Research Opportunities in the Office of Research Affairs at the University of California San Diego. In this role, she managed the institutionally limited funding opportunities for the university, coordinated internal funding programs, and worked with principal investigators on proposal development. Her dissertation, “Leaning into Engineering: Tenured Women Faculty and the Policies and Programs That Support Them” explored the challenges that female engineering faculty faced in their careers, as well as the institutional policies and programs (i.e. family-friendly policies, diversity/equity programs, mentoring initiatives, etc.) that helped them to be successful in obtaining tenure.
Sister Joan O’Dwyer
Sister Joan O’Dwyer, Mount Saint Mary’s University Campus Ministry
Sister Joan O’Dwyer, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, the founders of Mount Saint Mary’s University, provides spiritual and ethical support to the Mount Saint Mary’s MBA Program, sustaining the Holy Spirit at many events and educating students about the history and significance of the order at the University. Sister O’Dwyer is a proud Mount alumna, a devoted educator, and champion of the underserved. Sister O’Dwyer brings over fifty years of service to students in her support of the MBA Program.
Professor of Sociology, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) for over 35 years
MBA, Harvard Business School
Retired Finance Executive
Mr. Pope began his professional career with a BS in Physics from Emory University in 1964 and engaged in R&D and systems developments in Navy and commercial laboratories in Florida and Washington DC. He transitioned to technical consulting with Booz Allen which took him on assignments in DC, Vietnam, and finally Panama, where he met and married an American schoolteacher, now his wife of 45 years. He opened and operated a commercial import-export company in Panama before deciding to return to school for an MBA at Harvard, 1976.
His career from that point was concentrated in Southern California, including financial analysis and financial management with a variety of companies and industries, including Arco, Hughes Aircraft, and AM International where he was the top treasury operations manager working under the chairman, Roy Ash. Following that, Mr. Pope was Controller and VP Finance for several small high-tech companies, primarily engaged in turnarounds in struggling electronics and computer manufacturing companies. His corporate experience there included companies in personal computer product developments, word processing and data capture systems, and precision microscopic photomasks for the integrated circuit manufacturers.
He completed his varied and highly responsible career in Finance with retirement in 2004 from Southern California Edison. There his final position was the chief financial manager over Edison’s $10 Billion annual energy trading operations. He was appointed as the financial manager over Edison’s $250 Million project to adjust to the California’s attempted electric utility deregulation. He was also the chief financial manager over Edison’s Customer Service Department which included meter reading, billing, and phone-center operations covering 4.2 Million customers.
He is a long-term resident of Long Beach, residing 28 years in a historic gated community. He is active in homeowners associations, local social events and politics, gardening, cooking and home remodeling. His and his wife’s gardens have been featured in a respected garden magazine, and they have hosted several charity garden tours.
MA, Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles
Retired Senior Vice President, American Honda Corporation
Jim Roach, former Senior Vice President, American Honda Motor Company, spent 35 years with Honda before retiring two years ago. Jim's background includes managerial and executive roles in Auto Sales, Parts and Service Operations, Customer Service, Power Equipment, Dealer Relations, Export Fixed Operations, Corporate Risk and Automobile Technical Support Services. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Not For Profit organization, I-Car, and serves Mount Saint Mary's University in the capacity of Executive in Residence, MBA Program and also as an Undergraduate Instructor in the Weekend and Evening College. Jim holds an MA from Mount Saint Mary's University, and is a graduate of the Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech.
Angela Stern is a Principal at Mercer Health & Benefits Los Angeles office. Angela has more than 30 years of brokerage and consulting experience. She is responsible for overseeing all insurance services and activities for approximately 15 major middle-market clients. She is also the Enterprise Practice leader which focuses on all clients up to 2000 lives.
Angela attended Mount St. Mary’s University, where she received a B.A. in business with an emphasis in marketing and a Master of Business Administration. She also completed the University of Southern California’s marketing and sales program in 1986. In 1999, Angela was recognized as Marsh’s top sales performer in the Pacific South Region.
Angela is the current President of EWI, LA, an organization that focuses on helping professional women come together to help their companies, their careers and their communities thrive. She is currently a Regent on the MSMU Advisory Board and also a member of the Advisory Board of the Archdiocesan Youth Employment-Los Angeles.
Thank you to all of our Advisory Board members for their hard work and dedication to our program. Jim Roach will chair the next Advisory Board meeting on October 26, 2017.
Christian Teeter, EdD
MBA, USC Marshall School of Business
Professor Business Administration, Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles
Christian B. Teeter serves as Assistant Professor of Business in the Mount Saint Mary’s University MBA Program. He was previously Chief of Staff for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and began his career within higher education leadership by serving as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Coast Community College District. Dr. Teeter has taught at the university level for thirteen years and teaches the Leadership Seminar within the MBA Program’s Leadership Concentration, and chairs Business Administration Department committees for accreditation and online learning. Dr. Teeter is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is actively involved with alumni leadership causes, and has received national and local recognition for his teaching, management, and alumni volunteer efforts. His research is focused on lifelong learning and alumni engagement. Dr. Teeter resides in Los Angeles with his pet dog, Murphy, and plays tennis as often as he can.
MBA, UCLA Anderson School
Executive Vice President, Lowe Enterprises
Mr. Walker is Executive Vice President of Lowe Destination Development (LDD), the subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises (Lowe) which is responsible for the development of hotels and resort communities. In addition to providing general strategic direction for LDD, Mr. Walker is responsible for the company's business development efforts as well as oversight of its real estate sales and marketing activities. Mr. Walker joined Lowe Enterprises in 2000 and is a shareholder with the firm.
While at Lowe, Mr. Walker has successfully helped to bring several significant projects to the company including Suncadia, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Grizzly Ranch and the Resort at Squaw Creek. Mr. Walker has also served as project executive on the Stowe Mountain Lodge project, overseeing its development, design, construction, operations and sales and marketing. Since 2005 Mr. Walker has directed the company's real estate sales and marketing activities. These include successful sales launches at the Village at Wild Dunes near Charleston, South Carolina; Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California; the Lodge at Suncadia and the Resort at Squaw Creek which at the time was the most successful mountain sales launch in US history. During Mr. Walker's tenure, Lowe projects have completed more than $400 million in resort and second home real estate sales. Mr. Walker is currently involved in two large mixed use projects - Ivy Station, a $300 million mixed-use hotel/office/residential/retail development located on top of the existing Culver City Metro Station parking lot, and Town and Country Resort, a redevelopment of an existing 954 room hotel in Mission Valley near San Diego which will include a large multifamily development. In addition, Mr. Walker is working on a master planned community in Maui and hotel development projects in Aspen, Colorado; Charleston, South Carolina and the Bay Area.
Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his MBA from UCLA. He has taught an MBA real estate development course at UCLA and is actively involved in the Urban Land Institute as the Chair of the Recreation Development Council Blue Flight. Mr. Walker is a resident of Pacific Palisades, California where he lives with his wife and four children.