Great Place to Work Institute Presenting at Networking Event Hosted by Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Human Capital Institute

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The Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Human Capital Institute, a professional association and educator in talent management strategies, announced today that Hal Adler, senior consultant of the Great Place to Work Institute, will speak at the third program in a series of Human Capital Leadership events for the Southern California business community.

The Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Human Capital Institute (HCI), a professional association and educator in talent management strategies, announced today that Hal Adler, senior consultant of the Great Place to Work Institute, will speak at the third program in a series of Human Capital Leadership events for the Southern California business community.

The networking breakfast event will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at the Graziadio School's West Los Angeles Graduate campus at the Howard Hughes Center located at 6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045, Room 203, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT.

Adler's presentation, "Creating a Great Place to Work: Lessons from the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America," will provide an overview of the essential ingredients found in a great place to work. This session includes both individual and group-learning experiences designed to create a great place to work; addresses potential pitfalls; and spotlights the ways other companies have achieved great workplaces.

Hal Adler, a senior consultant with the Great Place to Work Institute, brings a broad base of knowledge and experience to his work with the Institute. His solutions-oriented, pragmatic approach to equipping organizations to make change has impacted companies across all industries. Adler, a dynamic trainer and consultant, is also known for his creative approach to skill building and instructional design.

His previous experience includes work with the Training Arts Institute, a training and development company he founded, as well as leadership positions with the Center for Talent Retention and Manpower.

Hal Adler is a regular keynote speaker and presenter with several San Francisco Workforce Development organizations, including Glide, Jewish Vocational Services, and the members of the San Francisco IT Consortium. He is on the board of directors of VOLTI, a non-profit new music ensemble, and maintains close ties to the San Francisco arts community.

Adler's educational background includes an undergraduate degree in music and graduate work at The Boston Conservatory, where he studied conducting and education. It was at the Conservatory that Adler first recognized the critical role that trust between leaders and team members plays in the workplace transformation process.

"In order to effectively compete in today's business environment, companies cannot merely be good; they must be great. Hal Adler's unique, creative approach to his work has enabled many organizations to make the leap from good to great," said Allan Schweyer, HCI's Executive Director. "We are pleased to collaborate with the Graziadio School to bring the Southern California business community this dynamic presentation."

"The Graziadio School is committed to partnering with companies such as HCI within the business community. Hal Adler's unique presentation is just another way our students can accomplish a pragmatic, real-world learning experience," said Mike Sims, Executive Officer, Corporate and External Relations for the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

There is no charge for the Southern California event, and it is open to the public. Interested professionals should call 866-538-1909 to register. For a list of Human Capital Leadership events at prestigious universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, please visit: http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

ABOUT THE GRAZIADIO SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management is one of the nation's largest AACSB-accredited business schools on the West Coast. Founded in 1969, the business school is named for the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Imperial Bancorp, George L. Graziadio. Financial Times ranks its Full-time MBA program among the top 55 programs of its kind and cites the business school as second in the world in Organizational Behavior. The Graziadio School's Executive MBA program is also ranked among the top 25 programs globally by BusinessWeek Magazine while Forbes Magazine recently placed its Fully Employed MBA program among the top 20 in the nation for return on investment. The Graziadio School also offers a bachelor's completion degree program, a Master of Science in Organization Development, and non-degree executive education programs. With an alumni network of nearly 29,000 graduates, the mission of the

Graziadio School is to develop values-centered leaders for contemporary business practice. For more information visit: http://www.Bschool.pepperdine.edu

ABOUT THE HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE

The Human Capital Institute is a think tank, educator, and professional association dedicated to the advancement of talent management practices with individuals and organizations. HCI serves as a catalyst for innovative thinking in integrated talent strategy, acquisition, development, engagement, management, and measurement. Through research and collaboration, HCI programs collect original, creative ideas from a field of the brightest thought leaders in talent management. Those ideas are then transformed into measurable, real-world strategies that help its members attract and retain high-performing people, build a diverse, inclusive workplace, and leverage individual and team performance throughout the enterprise. HCI members represent a broad coalition of educators, talent managers and executives. For more information, please visit: http://www.humancapitalinstitute.org

PRESS CONTACTS

The Graziadio School of Business and Management

Pepperdine University

Emily R. Garcia

310-568-5580

Human Capital Institute

Andrea Miller

866-538-1909

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