Meet Daniella Benabou, a Business Administration major with a Creative and Cultural Industries minor at Chapman University. Throughout her time at Chapman, she has had the opportunity to explore her passions, participate in leadership activities, and build meaningful relationships.

Choosing to attend the Argyros School was an easy decision for her. Daniella was always interested in business and was accepted into Chapman as an undeclared student. After attending Panther for a Day and hearing Dr. Kyle Hampton’s speech, Daniella knew that the Argyros School was the right place to be!

Impactful Experiences

One of the most impactful experiences Daniella has had is the Argyros School’s first-ever Leadership Crisis Challenge in April of 2023, which gave her a glimpse of what it’s like to be a C-level executive for a business. The Leadership Crisis Challenge was an opportunity to solve a business crisis and present the solution to a real board of directors within a 24-hour period of time. Daniella says that “The challenge encouraged me to be even more confident and apply the knowledge that I learned here at Chapman to real-life scenarios.”

Additionally, Daniella was an Orientation Leader for Orientation 2022. As an Orientation Leader, Miss Benabou had the opportunity to make an impact on incoming Chapman students by guiding them through the start of their new chapter. She said it was rewarding to see the student’s growth and know that she played a role in it. Additionally, Daniella made many new friends, which made the campus feel even more tight-knit than it already had.

Important Figures & Favorite Classes

For Daniella, her sorority sisters in Delta Delta Delta have been her biggest support system, along with faculty and staff, including Pete Evanow, Christopher Pagel, Dr. Patrick Fuery, Dr. Kelli Fuery, and David Berkovitz. Her favorite classes were Advertising and Promotion Strategy and Sports and Entertainment Marketing with Pete Evanow. Both classes were structured like a meeting with colleagues, and it gave her real-world simulated experience!

Daniella says that Argyros Professors Pete Evanow and Chris Pagel made a significant impact on her Chapman experience. Both professors are very knowledgeable in their field, which ultimately led her to not take an emphasis. Daniella wanted to do both marketing and management later on in life and knew taking an emphasis would limit her in those fields. By not emphasizing, Daniella feels she was able to branch out and take many different classes in the business school to develop a deeper understanding of both marketing and management.


When not on campus, Daniella enjoys line dancing and trying new restaurants. She picked up line dancing in 2020 and now dances in competitions with a group of friends that she met while learning. Overall, Daniella’s time at Chapman University has been rewarding, and she has had many opportunities to grow personally and professionally. Congratulations, Daniella! We are excited to see where your future takes you.