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Lifelong Learning Women's Forum

Women's Life-Long Learning Lecture Series

Women's Life-Long Learning Breakfast Forum

A private-invitation event for women, the Lifelong Learning Women's Forum exists to assist women in staying current on events and establishing sound, logical, and innovative positions related to issues that shape our world. 

This Forum is held on the second Thursday of each month. One topic is addressed from a scholarly viewpoint, with the majority of sessions being presented by Pepperdine faculty. Each one-hour lecture is followed by a thirty-minute question and answer portion. 


Fall Forum 2018

"Artificial Intelligence: What Are the Real Perils and How Can Women Help Create Stronger "Moral Code"?

Thursday, November 8, 2019

Charla Griffey-Brown is a Professor in Information Systems and Technology Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business 


"From Surviving to Thriving: The Science of Stress and Resilience"

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Dr. Natasha Thapar-Olmos, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine GSEP


Spring Series 2018

"Nutritional Genetics: Is Your Health in Your Genes?"

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dr. Susan Helm, registered dietitian nutritionist, Seaver College Associate Professor of Nutritional Science, and coordinator of the nutritional science program


"A New Normal: Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum"

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Adel Najdowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Director of the M.S. in Behavioral Psychology program at Pepperdine University


"Cancer Risk and Prevention"

Thursday, March 8, 2018

UCLA Health medical experts, Dr. Aashini Master and Erica Silver, MS discussed the genetics and the breast cancer family history connection, along with lifestyle and personal risk factors.

Life Long Learning Event - GSEP Spring 2018

Fall Series 2017

 "Women's Laughter is What Men are After"

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Yakov Smirnoff, World Famous Russian Comedian, Actor and Writer Star of the PBS Special "Happily Ever Laughter: The Neuroscience of Romantic Relationships"

Mr. Yakov Smirnoff

"Finding Truth in an Era of "Fake News", Post-Truth and Polarized Debates"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dr. Natasha Thapar-Olmos, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Dr. Natasha Thapar-Olmos

Spring Series 2017

"Myths about sleep: Insights from Studies of Sleep in Human Hunter-Gatherers"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dr. Jerry Siegel, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director of the UCLA Center for Sleep Research

LLL - Dr. Jerry Siegel

"Leadership Lessons from the Bench"

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Dean Deanell Tacha, Dean of the School of Law, Professor of Law, Former Circuit Judge, Former Chief Judge

Dean Deanell Tacha

"Healthy Aging, Scientific Discoveries, and Social Enterprise"

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dr. Steve Kirnon, Director of GSEP Social Entrepreneurship and Change, Professor, CEO of PharmaPlan LLC

LLL - Dr. Stephen Kirnon


Fall Series 2016

"A life designed for miracles: Leadership tools for creating spectacular results"

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Dr. Farzin Madjidi, Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

LLL - Dr. Madjidi

"Mindset Matters: The Neuroscience of Leading Change"

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dr. Terri Egan, Professor, Graziadio School of Business Management

LLL - Terri Egan

"Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings"

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dr. Joan Rosenberg, Visiting Professor of Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, TEDTalk Speaker

Spring Series 2016

"Living a Values-based Life"

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dr. Judy Ho, Asst. Professor of Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

LLL - Judy Ho

"A Look at the 2016 Election"

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Professor Pete Peterson, Dean of SPP

LLL - Pete Patterson

"Gender Intelligence: A Look at the Male & Female Brain"

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Stephanie Blondell, Associate Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Assistant Professor of Law and Practice, Pepperdine School of Law

LLL - Stephanie Blondell

Fall Series 2015

"K-12 Education Reform: Are We Getting It Right?"

Thursday, October 15, 2015
Ms. Joan Sullivan, CEO of the Partnership for LA Schools

"Living Positive Psychology: Focus, Flow, & Well-Being"

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Dr. Shelly Harrell Licensed Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University

LLL - Shelly Harrell

"iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual & Social Lives"

Thursday, December 17, 2015
Dr. Craig Detweiler, Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University

LLL - Craig Detweiler

Spring Series 2015

"ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)"

Thursday April 16, 2015

Dr. Robert Lloyd, Pepperdine University

"Stem Cell Research"

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dr. Donna Nofziger-Plank, Pepperdine University

"Positive Psychology and Living an Abundant Life"

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Pepperdine University

Fall Series 2014

"Healthy Aging"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dr. Priscilla MacRae and Blue Zones by Lauren Nakano

"Affordable Care Act"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Minda Wilson

"Ebola and other diseases"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dr. Sadina Reynaldo