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Women's Lifelong Lecture Series

Designed for an elite group of women, the purpose of this series of presentations is to assist women in staying abreast of current events and establishing sound, logical, and innovative positions related to issues that shape our world and finding solutions to the complex questions of the day.

Participation in this three-week program is by invitation only.  The group meets once a month during the fall and spring semesters for seminar presentations.  Each seminar will focus on one topic, with the majority of sessions being presented by Pepperdine University faculty.

The seminar will consist of a one-hour lecture, followed by a thirty-minute “questions and answers” portion. The seminars will be held at a private residence in Pacific Palisades and are preceded by a continental breakfast.  The following presentations have already taken place and can be viewed online:


2016 -2017 - Event Schedule 


 Thursday, February 9th

Healthy Aging, Scientific Discoveries, and Social Enterprise

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


Thursday, March 9th

"Leadership Lessons from the Bench"

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


Thursday, April 13th

“Myths about Sleep: Insights from studies of sleep in human hunter-gatherers"

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



Fall Series 2016


Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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

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


Thursday, November 10th

“Mindset Matters: The Neuroscience of Leading Change”

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


Thursday, December 8th

"Emotional Mastery: The Gifted Wisdom of Unpleasant Feelings"

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


Spring Series 2016


Thursday, March 3rd

Living a Values-based Life

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


Thursday, April 7th 

A Look at the 2016 Election

Professor Pete Peterson, Dean of School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University 


Thursday, May 5th

Gender Intelligence: A Look at the Male & Female Brain

Professor Stephanie Blondell, School of Law, Pepperdine University 



Fall Series 2015

Thursday, October 15th

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

Ms. Joan Sullivan, CEO of the Partnership for LA Schools


Thursday, November 19th

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

Dr. Shelly Harrell Licensed Psychologist, Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University  


Thursday, December 17th

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual & Social Lives

Dr. Craig Detweiler, Associate Professor of Communication at Pepperdine University



Spring Series 2015

Thursday April 16th

ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

Dr. Robert Lloyd, Pepperdine University


Thursday, May 21st

Stem Cell Research

Dr. Donna Nofziger-Plank, Pepperdine University


Thursday, June 18th

Positive Psychology and Living an Abundant Life

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis,  Professor of Pscyhology, Graduate School of Education and Pscyhology, Pepperdine University


Fall Series 2014


Thursday, October 23rd

Healthy Aging

Dr. Priscilla MacRae and Blue Zones by Lauren Nakano


Thursday, November 20th

Affordable Care Act

Minda Wilson


Thursday, December 18th

Ebola and other diseases

Dr. Sadina Reynaldo



For more invitation and details for future events please contact

Dr. Kerri Heath, Assistant Vice Chancellor,

Graduate School of Education and Psychology,

Pepperdine University at Kerri.Heath@pepperdine.edu or 310.506.2880.


 Registration is required.


Fall Series 2014

Healthy Aging by Dr. Priscilla MacRae and Blue Zones by Lauren Nakano

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 Healthy Aging and the Brain by Dr. Priscilla MacRae, Professor of Sports Medicine in the Natural Science Division at Pepperdine University in Malibu and the Director of the Motor Behavior Laboratory

Healthy Aging

Affordable Care Act by Minda Wilson


Ms. Wilson hold a Juris Doctor from U.C.L.A., an M.B.A. from N.Y.U., and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from U.C.L.A. Shewas the founder and CEO of On-Site Health Management Services, Inc., a vaccination services company providing wellness services to their corporate clients. Established in 2004, she grew this business from startup to become the 5th largest private provider of flu shots in the state of California. In December 2012, this business was sold to a private company. Ms. Wilson continues to advise clients on legal matters and works with businesses to improve business performance. Most recently, she is involved in assisting several companies, including XovoxMedia, a technology startup in the payment facilitation filed. She is extremely proud of the recent launch of the Affordable Healthcare Review, an organization providing free services designed to educate businesses and individuals about how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will impact their lives. Minda Wilson is the founder and president of Wilson and Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in offering litigation support, advising financially distressed companies and parties involved in commercial real estate ventures. For twenty years she has worked with companies in the areas of productivity improvement, crisis management, corporate organization and structure, computerized systems development and implementation, credit and accounting control, business and financial planning, asset management, portfolio analysis, valuation and fraud detection, property development and disposition activities. She held many impressive positions including Vice President and manager of the New York office of the brokerage firm Anglo American Financial. She was in charge of all trading, operations, marketing, and financial reporting for the parent, and its' subsidiaries, including their FCM and NASD member affiliates. At Chase Manhattan Bank including managing the world-wide computer operations supporting the bank's real estate sector and was the first person in 8 years chosen from their operations side to attend the prestigious Chase Manhattan Bank Credit Training Program.
Minda Wilson, a leading expert and advisor on the Affordable Care Act to lead a conversation on "Obamacare- Great intent; Bad implementation." Minda is an attorney by training and was the owner of a healthcare business when legislation passed. She founded the Affordable Healthcare Review to educate Americans by presenting an unbiased consumer-based balanced point of view.

Ebola and Other Diseases by Dr. Sadina Reynaldo


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