Pepperdine students work with Chamber


A Pepperdine University Seaver College service leadership class worked collaboratively with the Malibu Chamber of Commerce to help plan a visitor’s center in Malibu that will possibly open this year. The class-structured around the teaching of community leadership, service as a lifelong commitment and the world of business-allowed Pepperdine students the opportunity to work as consultants to a specific client.

Rebekah Evans, CEO of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, asked the group to aid in researching the financial and advertising needs of a visitor’s center in Malibu. Weekly meetings between students and the chamber created a working partnership.

Jere Yates, professor of organizational behavior and management at Seaver College, led the group that worked with the chamber. The student group members were Dan Evans, Mallary Hamilton, Lauren Weldon, Sean Detorres and Alexis Padis.

“It was my pleasure to encourage their steps and facilitate the stages they set … I truly believe they had hands-on learning by working in this project,” Evans said. “I hope to have more students in another class take their suggestions to the next level of implementation.”