Always a community-oriented person, Elizabeth A. Williams, PhD, wanted to do things in the arenas she entered in. In her time, there was not much emphasis when it came to women in business or government. She currently serves as the chief executive officer of Ultimate Vacations Inc., a well-respected lodging wholesale service. Dr. Williams began her professional career as the manpower coordinator of federal programs for the U.S. government in San Francisco before serving as a patient service representative with the Health Care Service in Oakland, California. Consulting in insurance and real estate, she then served as president of Investments Unlimited in Oakland and EWJ & Associates Marketing Firm. Following this, she was the planning commissioner for the City of Pittsburg, California.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Dr. Williams pursued a formal education at the University of California, earning a degree in 1979 followed by a Master of Business Administration. She later received a PhD in human services. Outside of her primary trade, Dr. Williams served as a human relations commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Contra Costa County. In order to keep up with trends in her field, she has maintained involvement with numerous related organizations including the American Association of University Women, the National Association of Female Executives, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Real Estate Owners Association and the National Notary Association. The national ritual director of Beta Pi Sigma, she was also active with the Order of the Eastern Star, the Heroines of Jericho, Soropotimist Inc. and the Toastmistress Club.
In honor of her myriad accomplishments, Dr. Williams was awarded the Public Speaking Award and Grand Juror Award by Contra Costa County, California. Additionally, she was recognized as a European Investment fellow and was selected for inclusion in the 27th edition of Who’s Who in the West and several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Dr. Williams wants to encourage women that they should not give up. Today, she is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Brian and Jonathan.