Graziadio Business School | MBA 2018, PKE 139
Chief Executive Officer, Health Care Foundation for Ventura County
Amy Towner is recognized for her tireless work in establishing the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County. During COVID-19 she provided unparalleled leadership in funding initiatives to overcome the challenges of the pandemic, including mobilizing staff to create additional capacity.
What does being an honoree of the Outstanding Alumni in Healthcare campaign mean to you?
It means that I am simply reflecting the amazing people around me. I am fortunate
to have co-founded a public benefit corporation nonprofit that leverages public/private
investment to enhance and augment the public safety net health care system. County
employees and leadership, my board of directors, community, Larraine Segil Exceptional
Women Awardees, and my Pepperdine family that surround me in this venture. I feel
that great leaders simply reflect those around them, so this honor is reflective of
those around me and their mission-centered servant leadership.
Describe your road to success.
My road has been winding in more ways than one riddled with challenges and obstacles.
I was born with an entrepreneurial strategic mind coupled with being a connector and
a maven. I have sought mentors all along my journey and continually pay it forward
by mentoring, sponsoring, and elevating those around me. I have been fortunate in
my business ventures, able to raise my children, and then my local philanthropic volunteering
created my latest vocation.
Who has Pepperdine played a role in your success?
Education is a gift that can never be taken away from you. Pepperdine education is
delivered by accomplished businessmen/women professors who foster building best for
the world leaders. My education has provided me with a board of directors for life;
a network of Pepperdine brothers and sisters in education who support, nurture and
cultivate positive growth in the world, and support me unequivocally.
Describe a lesson you've learned from a challenging time in your career or life.
The 2017 Thomas Fire left me homeless with just the belongings I had with me all while
working full time and going to Pepperdine to attain my MBA. My family, work family,
board members, community, and Pepperdine family rallied around me. It was one of the
most vulnerable times in my life. Life will bring challenging times, how we navigate
them is up to us. As a servant-hearted person, I enjoy giving. Never in my wildest
dreams did I realize how deep my relationships would grow. During this time, I had
to humbly receive. It was through this act of receiving and graciously accepting help
at such a dark time that I found my relationships with others truly deepened. Once
strong again, I was able to pay it forward to others.
How do you prepare for a busy day?
Proactively prepare day(s) prior. Wake up and physically smile after opening my eyes,
thank God for the new day and humbly ask him to guide me in His will not mine. Daily
devotion. Pack healthy food. Dress for success. Proactive preparation gives you names
with spelling and pronunciation correct, directions, full tank of gas if needed. Never
"Life will bring challenging times, how we navigate them is up to us."
Amy Towner (MBA '18 PKE 139)
What's next for you?
Continue to serve my community and the world around me. Continue to mentor the next
generation and pay it forward. Continue to live a healthy life, filled with quality
of life, meaningful relationships, and longevity. Be of service to others in their
business ventures to help elevate the business landscape and world strategically.
What is your mantra or favorite quote?
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." - Serenity Prayer
This mantra assisted me in navigating change efficiently and effectively, and humbly and respectfully assess whatever situation so I can navigate it well. for the current timing.