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Four Pepperdine Graziadio Alumni Named 2024 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine

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This year Savoy magazine honored the 2024 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America, featuring distinguished leaders who are integral to the progress and prosperity of major organizations across the globe. This special issue showcased a dynamic group of CEOs, COOs, and top executives who exemplify exceptional leadership and influence in the corporate world. Four Pepperdine Graziadio alumni were recognized on the list as among the Most Influential Executives in Corporate America. Savoy magazine, a leading publication celebrating the African American lifestyle and culture, is a key influencer in driving meaningful discourse in the African American community.

L. P. Green II, the publisher of Savoy magazine, shared: "As we celebrate our 23rd anniversary, it's an honor to spotlight such extraordinary individuals in our 2024 edition. These leaders are not just excelling in their fields; they're setting new benchmarks for excellence and inspiring future generations."


Lilicia Bailey

Lilicia Bailey (MBA '08, PKE 119, PhD '23)
Senior Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer
CommonSpirit Health 

“Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School is exceptionally well-suited for leaders seeking to grow personally and professionally. The program is designed to infuse critical thinking skills for decision-making with an emphasis on strategic leadership and problem-solving skills that are crucial in dynamic business environments. Through the PKE-MBA curriculum I was equipped with advanced management tools and techniques that have been instrumental in my career trajectory. By engaging with faculty and peers who are leaders in their respective fields, I expanded my professional networks while gaining insights that were immediately applicable. Additionally, the focus on ethical leadership prepared me to navigate complex global challenges, enhancing my effectiveness as a leader.”

Candi Castleberry

Candi Castleberry (MBA '06)
Vice President, Inclusive Experiences and Technology (IXT)

“The Graziadio Business School not only provided me with the strong foundation required to solve tough business problems, but also instilled in me the importance of forever remaining a student. There’s always an opportunity to keep learning, and I continue to be grateful for my Pepperdine experience and my cohort, who are quite frankly some amazing humans who continue to leave their footprints on the world.” 

Meisha Sherman

Meisha Sherman (MBA '05)
Chief People Officer

"Pepperdine University is near and dear to my heart. My grandfather is an alumnus, class of 1956. Completing an MBA at Pepperdine University prepared me to strategically lead in large global organizations, with values-based leadership and collaborate with leaders around the world. At Pepperdine, we lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership, and the business school prepared us to do so."

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold (MBA '88)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

The selection process for the 2024 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America involved a thorough review of accomplishments in corporate influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach, and recognition. This year's list features more than 300 outstanding professionals across various industries.

View the full list of the 2024 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America published by Savoy magazine.

Read the full press release on PR Newswire.