Seven-by-Seven

Seven alumni. Seven minutes. Seven stories to inspire you.

The USD School of Business presents Seven-by-Seven: An annual evening of inspiring storytelling to spark your next big idea and help change how you approach the world.

The inaugural 2017 'Seven-by-Seven: Stories of Creativity and Innovation' featured seven alumni speakers sharing the out-of-the-box thinking that helped them overcome everyday challenges, as well as a presentation on cultivating personal creativity by Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of management.

Video vignettes of the 2017 Seven-by-Seven are available on YouTube.

Interested in sharing a compelling story about leading in the face of change at the 2018 Seven-by-Seven: Stories of Leadership? Pitch your story to sbalumni@sandiego.edu.

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights

Recent Spotlights

Garry Ridge, USD alumni and CEO of WD-40 Co.

Garry Ridge, '01

President and CEO

June 14, 2018

Photo credit to Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times.  The True ‘Chief’ Executive Officer Behind the global success of the popula…

Read more read more 

Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage CEO

CEO of Success

Mary Ann McGarry, ’80, Accounting and Computer Science

April 23, 2018

When you meet Mary Ann McGarry, you know you’re in the presence of someone very special. Warm, congenial, and quick to laugh, behind her winning…

Read more read more 

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

The Chess Master

Justin Crachy, BSS, Procurement & Finance, MS-SCM, Supply Chain Management

March 6, 2018

The wall in Justin Crachy’s office at Solar Turbines holds a large whiteboard illustrating various models innovating for his company’s sup…

Read more read more 

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

Real Estate Maven

Michelle Muñiz ’16, MS in Real Estate, USD School of Business

January 16, 2018

During her 2800-mile road trip from Long Island to San Diego, 21-year-old Michelle Muñiz had a lot of time to contemplate her future. “I …

Read more read more 

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

Supply Chain Explorer

Chris Peyre, ’04, MBA, Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Finance

January 9, 2018

For centuries, the word “Amazon” conjured images of a journey filled with challenge and mystery. For those early explorers whose curiosity…

Read more read more 

Kenny Bates

The (Not-So) Mad Man

Kenneth Bates, Associate Professor of Marketing

January 4, 2018

For Kenny Bates, associate professor of marketing, standing on the edge of a canyon in Switzerland, poised to jump is just part of the journey. Withou…

Read more read more 

Scott Di Valerio

Team Captain

J. Scott DiValerio, ’85 BACC, Accounting

June 26, 2017

Crouched in a racing shell with seven crewmates, J. Scott Di Valerio didn’t realize how much rowing would teach him. In his first days on USD ca…

Read more read more 

Andrea Godfrey Flynn

Career Builder

Andrea Godfrey Flynn, Associate Professor of Marketing

June 19, 2017

Developing fan loyalty with bobblehead giveaways, teddy bear tosses and Taco Tuesdays didn’t always interest Andrea Godfrey Flynn. In fact, she …

Read more read more 

James Brennan

Enlightened Entrepreneur

James Brennan ’96 BBA Marketing

June 12, 2017

In the fall of 1992, James Brennan arrived on USD campus uncertain if he’d complete his first year of college. A streetwise New Yorker who learn…

Read more read more 

CPC Lab

Student Innovations

May 1, 2017

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) powered by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego prepares students to be conscio…

Read more read more 

View All Spotlights