Steve Wozniak, Salim Ismail, and Alison Lewis to Speak at Pepperdine Graziadio’s 50th Anniversary Event on April 2

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School


  In honor of Pepperdine Graziadio Business Schools 50th anniversary, the school will host a full day of events to reflect upon its long legacy, as well as look ahead as to how we can prepare todays students for the future of work and the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Pepperdine Graziadio Dean Deryck van Rensburg, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Singularity University Founding Executive Director Salim Ismail, and Institute for the Futures Bob Johansen, along with several other influential thought leaders, will share their insights on how employers can prepare for the 4th Industrial Revolution and how employees can ensure they remain competitive as automation increases in nearly every industry sector.
The event will also include two panel discussions. The morning panel, on women in leadership in the Smart Machine Age, will be moderated by Jadi Communications CEO Denise Roberson, and will feature Johnson & Johnson Consumers Chief Marketing Officer Alison Lewis, Twitters Vice President People Rewards & Experience Dalana Brand, and Pixars Vice President of Inclusion Strategies Britta Wilson. The afternoon thought leadership panel will be moderated by McKinsey Quarterly Editor Allen Webb, and feature Darden School of Business Professor Ed Hess, Aspiration CEO Andrei Cherny, Genoa Healthcares Former CEO John Figueroa, and Twentieth Century Fox Television Chief Information Officer Alex Grimwade.
Throughout the day the school will be utilizing Spigit, a crowdsourcing platform, to engage colleagues and stakeholders from all parts of the world and garner their perspective and insight.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

9 a.m. – Welcome & Introduction: Denise Roberson, President and CEO, Jadi Communications – (MC/Moderator)

9:05 a.m. – Overview of the Past, Present and Future of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School: Deryck van Rensburg, Dean, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

9:15 a.m. – The Smart Machine Age & the 4th Industrial Revolution: Bob Johansen, Past President, Institute for the Future

10:15 a.m. – Common Ground Discussion – Women in Leadership, sponsored by the Pepperdine Graziadio Center for Women in Leadership and moderated by Denise Roberson; Speakers: Dalana Brand, Vice President, People Rewards & Experience, Twitter; Alison Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.; Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar

11:30 a.m. – Lunch/Networking

12:45 p.m. – Spigit Crowdsourcing Platform Presentation

1 p.m. – Graziadio 50th Anniversary Scholarship Presentation

1:15 p.m. – Thought Leadership Panel: Moderated by Allen Webb, Editor, McKinsey Quarterly; Speakers: Ed Hess, Professor, Darden School of Business; Andrei Cherny, Founder and CEO, Aspiration; John Figueroa, Former CEO, Genoa Healthcare; Alex Grimwade, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Television

2:45 p.m. – Featured Common Ground Discussion & Q&A – Values and the Future of Work in the Smart Machine Age: Moderated by Denise Roberson, President and CEO, Jadi Communications (MC/Moderator); Speakers: Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder Apple Computer Inc. and Salim Ismail, Founding Executive Director, Singularity University

4:15 p.m. – Event Ends/Networking Reception



L.A. Live

The Novo
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Suite A335
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Steve Wozniak (Featured Speaker)

Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc.

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apples first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniaks Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, which was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on Americas leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment.

Salim Ismail (Featured Speaker)

Chair of ExO Works, Best-Selling Author of Exponential Organizations, Founding Executive Director of Singularity University, and Former Vice President of Yahoo!

Salim Ismail is the Founder and Chair of ExO Works, a team of innovation experts who create customized solutions for corporations and organizations seeking to remain relevant in todays rapidly changing business environment. He is also the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after technology strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University.

Alison Lewis (Women in Leadership Common Ground Discussion)

Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

Alison Lewis is Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. and a member of the companys Global Operating Committee. In her role, Alison leads strategy for some of the worlds most iconic brands, including JOHNSONS, NEUTROGENA, LISTERINE, TYLENOL and AVEENO, among many others. In addition to driving growth strategies for Johnson & Johnson Consumer brands in over 140 countries, Alison is charged with building global modern marketing capabilities, including transformation in digital, insights & analytics, professional, and content. She also leads development of the innovation pipeline, working closely with the Chief Technology Officer.

Bob Johansen (Featured Speaker)

Distinguished Fellow and Past President at the Institute for the Future (IFTF)

Bob has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for nearly forty years. As a distinguished fellow at IFTF, he draws on his training in the social sciences and his extensive experience at the edges of multiple disciplines as he interacts with top leaders of business, government, and nonprofit organizations to encourage thoughtful consideration of the long-term future. Today, he invests his time with IFTF sponsors and particularly enjoys leading small workshops with creative teams and rising-star leaders, where he uses foresight from IFTFs ten-year forecast to kindle insight and action.
Other speakers include:

¢ Dalana Brand, Vice President, People Rewards & Experience, Twitter

¢ Andrei Cherny, Founder and CEO, Aspiration

¢ John Figueroa, CEO, Genoa Healthcare

¢ Alison Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

¢ Alex Grimwade, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Television

¢ Ed Hess, Professor, Darden School of Business

¢ Denise Roberson, President and CEO, Jadi Communications (MC/Moderator)

¢ Deryck J. van Rensburg, Dean, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

¢ Allen Webb, Editor, McKinsey Quarterly (Moderator, Thought Leadership Panel)

¢ Britta Wilson, Vice President of Inclusion Strategies, Pixar


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About Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

For the last 50 years, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has challenged individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change within their industries and communities. Dedicated to developing Best for the World Leaders, the Graziadio School offers a comprehensive range of MBA, MS, executive, and doctoral degree programs grounded in integrity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Graziadio School advances experiential learning through small classes with distinguished faculty that stimulate critical thinking and meaningful connection, inspiring students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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