Elizabeth (“Lizz”) Vilardo, M.D. says that getting her MBA at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School was one of the best experiences she’s ever had in regard to personal growth and the student experience. Getting her MBA taught her to think more holistically and gave her a framework for dealing with business issues which have been invaluable throughout her career. She says it was fascinating working with other professionals who were in very different industries, but faced very similar business challenges.
Dr. Vilardo is an internal medicine physician who has held a series of leadership positions, including serving on the boards of Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and nine years on the board of Sutter Health. She became chief executive officer for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in September 2015. She is the fourth CEO of PAMF since the organization was founded in 1930 and the first female CEO. She has been named a “Top Doc” by San Francisco Magazine four times.
Dr. Vilardo is an active community leader and has served on several boards of non-profit organizations, including Y Silicon Valley, Youth Outside, Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA), and Healthier Kids. She was recently honored at the 9th annual George Awards where she was presented with the Waves of Service award. Dr. Vilardo received her M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her Presidents and Key Executives MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 1999.