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Celebrating Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is an annual celebration where we honor the academic, cultural, political and social achievements of women around the world, both throughout history and in our society today. This year marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitutions, securing the right to vote for women. This milestone was only made possible by the relentless and devoted leadership of women heroes, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

During Women’s History Month, we honor the women who have made an everlasting impact on our lives and the world. Pepperdine Graziadio is committed to supporting Best for the World women leaders and would like to highlight three notable alumnae.

Tiffany StithTiffany Stith, Chief Operating Officer at Lawry’s Restaurants, MBA ‘09

Tiffany landed her first job at AC Propulsion by responding to an ad she saw in the newspaper. Unfamiliar with electric vehicles and engineering, Tiffany accepted the position with a positive mindset and with a “yes” attitude. Years later, Tiffany interviewed with Lawry’s Restaurants and instantly fell in love with the business and people. Wanting to take the next big step in her career, Tiffany found Pepperdine Graziadio. The key drivers that led Tiffany to choose Pepperdine Graziadio was the value-centered education and how well the program fit her busy professional and personal life. Tiffany is proud to be the first female and the first non-family member to hold the COO position at Lawry’s Restaurants.

Monzerrat Brunkhorst portraitMonzerrat Brunkhorst, Owner of Cafe de Mundo, MBA ‘17

Being driven by her love for coffee and the various cultures that enjoy and cherish coffee, Monzerrat founded Cafe de Mundo. Located in Santa Monica, Cafe de Mundo shares the world’s love for coffee with people from all backgrounds, cultures, and religions. Monzerrat recalls her entrepreneurship class with Dr. Cox where she learned the basic foundations of building and creating her own business, as well as minimizing the risk of failure.

Beth PageBeth Page, Chief Executive Officer of Dream Catcher Consulting, MSOD ‘04

Nine months after graduating from Pepperdine Graziadio’s MSOD program, Beth started her first company. Beth was able to build her business from the ground up with no network and go on to start two other companies. Through her MSOD program experience, the people she met, and from the coursework, Beth was encouraged to live big in her own life. As a role model for others, Beth encourages people to live big in their own lives too.

In addition to working as a consultant, Beth is an adjunct faculty at Royal Road University and at the University of British Columbia. As a graduate-level teacher, she trains the next generation of business leaders and teaches them to see the possibilities that are available to them and achieve success with the proper mindset and skill set. Interested in the never ending changing business world and training employees to be resilient, Beth aims to help organizations cultivate resilience and build communities of belonging.