Ann Graham Ehringer will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business degree and deliver the commencement address at the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management commencement ceremony on Aug.8.

Ehringer is chief executive officer, chair, and owner of S.P. Land, Inc., a real estate holding entity, and Saddle Peak Lodge in Calabasas, a fine dining restaurant consistently rated as one of Southern California’s best.

Over the last 40 years, Ehringer has served as a director of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations, which include the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the California Heritage Museum Advisory Council, the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, and the Pepperdine University Crest Associates.

Ehringer has been director of the Family & CloselyHeld Business Program and associate professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business since July 1996. Ehringer is a specialist in coaching CEOs in decision making, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurial leadership. She has worked extensively with CEOs of small and mid_sized companies on personal development and leadership effectiveness, developing individualized programs for personal and business strategic management, executive team development, and succession planning and management.

She is a former visiting professor at the School of Business at Trinity College Dublin, and is the author of Make Up Your Mind: Entrepreneurs Talk About Decision Making.

Ehringer received a B.A. in art history from the University of Hawaii, an M.A. from Stanford University, a diploma from the Owner and President Management Program of the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in management from the University of Southern California.

A former longtime resident of Santa Barbara and Malibu, Ehringer now lives in Santa Monica. She has two grown children.

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