University of Southern California


Society Business Lab BSEL hosts of variety of events throughout the year, from our featured Lunch and Learn speaker series to information sessions about career opportunities and BSEL programs. We also partner with student-led organizations and other USC departments for cosponsored events, such as the Social Innovation Fast Pitch. To see a full list of BSEL events as well as other related events across the university, visit our Calendar page. Highlighted events are listed below.

Lunch and Learn Series
Social Innovation Fast Pitch
Past Events

Lunch and Learn Series

The Lunch & Learn series exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues. The 2013-2014 Lunch & Learn series is titled "Can business models end poverty? Spotlight on the business of food." Lunch & Learn events are open to Marshall undergraduate and MBA students, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the greater USC community.

BSEL Lunch & Learn events are held once a month from 12:30p.m. to 1:50p.m. RSVP is requested; complimentary lunch is served. Watch past Lunch & Learn presentations on BSEL's YouTube channel.
SBL Lunch and Learn Series

Current Events

  • Targeted Philanthropy
    Goldhirsch Foundation
    Tara Roth, President
    Wednesday, October 22, 12:30-1:50PM
    Location TCC 227
    Learn More
    Co-Sponsored by: LACI

  • Impact Investing
    Y Combinator
    Kate Courteau, Director of Y Combinator Nonprofits
    Thursday, November 20, 12:30-1:50PM
    Location TBA

Past Events

Solar Energy and Job Creation
GRID Alternatives
Michael Kadish, Executive Director
Tuesday 9/23, 12:30-1:50PM
TCC 227
Co-sponsored by: Marshall Outreach and Volunteer Entrepreneurs

Alternative Energy
New Leaf Biofuel
Jennifer Case, CEO
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
12:30-1:50 p.m.
JKP 104

Engaging the Private Sector
Emerging Markets, Inc.
Elwood Hopkins, Managing Director
Daniel Tellalian, Director
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
12:30PM - 1:50PM
JKP 104

Private/Public Partnerships
LA Regional Food Bank
Michael Flood, President/CEO
Wed., January 22nd, 12:30pm-1:50pm
Co-Sponsored by: LACI

Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Product Design
Jean Shia, Vice President of Business Operations
Thursday, November 21st, 12:30pm-1:50pm
Location: MHP 101
Co-Sponsored by: Marshall Net Impact and Global Brigades at Marshall

Workforce Development
Delancey Street Foundation
Dave Durocher, Los Angeles Facility Manager
Wednesday, September 25th, 12:30p.m. - 1:50p.m.
Location: Lewis Hall (RGL) 105

Global Health Solutions
September 30, 2010
Napo Pharmaceuticals
Lisa Conte, CEO
Cosponsored by Delta Sigma Pi and USC Global Health Institute
| more information | watch the video |

Transforming Lives Through Social Enterprise
October 12, 2010
Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe
Sandi "Mama" Romero, Founder
Cosponsored by Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI)

Cause-Related Marketing
November 2, 2010
Julie Cordua, Vice President of Marketing
Co-Sponsored by Marshall NetImpact

Technology Without Borders
December 2, 2010
Question Box
Rose Shuman, Founder
Co-Sponsored by Global Business Brigades

Sustainable Housing
January 24, 2011
Steve Glenn, Founder and CEO
| more information |

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)
February 24, 2011
Goldman Sachs GS Sustain
Marc Fox, Executive Director
Co-Sponsored by the Trojan Investing Society
| more information |

Alternative Energy
March 28, 2011
GeoGreen Biofuels
Joel Rubin, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
| more information | watch the video |

Corporate Responsibility
April 12, 2011
Warner Brothers Entertainment
Michelle Yates, Vice President, CSR
| more information |

Alternative Retail Development
September 27, 2011
The Camp
Shaheen Sadeghi, Developer of The Camp
Co-Sponsored by Real Estate Law Society and SC Outfitters
| more information |

Organic Food Delivery
October 12, 2011
Revolution Foods
Carl Cade, Vice President Southern California
Co-sponsored by National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
| more information | watch the video |

Corporate Foundations
November 15, 2011
CAA Foundation
Michelle Kydd Lee, Founder & Director
Co-sponsored by
Black Business Student Association (BBSA)
Global Business Brigades (GBB)
| more information |

Social Entrepreneurship: Taking Matters into Your Own Hands in the Age of Austerity (moved location)
November 28, 2011
FINCA International
Rupert Scofield, CEO
| more information | watch the video |

Cause Related Marketing
January 19, 2012
Participant Media
Christina Lindstrom, Director, Social Action & Advocacy
Co-sponsored by
Graduate Marketing Association (GMA)
Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI)
| more information | watch the video |

Water Sanitation and Distribution
February 22, 2012
WaterHealth International
Sanjay Bhatnager, CEO
| more information |

The Business of Impact Games: A moderated discussion with gaming executives (moved location)
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Laird Malamed, Adjunct Faculty, USC School of Cinematic Arts and President, Creative Learning Technologies and George Rose, former Chief Legal Officer and Chief Public Policy Officer and current Senior Consultant to Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard
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Corporate Philanthropy
March 26, 2012
1% for the Planet
Rebecca Calahan Klein, VP Organizational Development
| more information | watch the video |

Access to Global Healthcare
April 26, 2012
Venture Strategies Innovations (VSI)
Melodie Holden, Founder and Board Member
| more information |

The 2012 Social Innovation Fast Pitch program
October 24, 2012.
The goal of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch program is to build the capacity of and create visibility for innovative local nonprofits and the social entrepreneurs who lead them. Nonprofits are selected to participate based on their innovative approaches to creating social change and their potential for significant positive community impact.
Learn more about the program and check out last year's participants.
Watch a last year's Fast Pitch competition.
Questions? Please visit the website
| watch the video |

Can business models end poverty?
Spotlight on the UN Millennium Development Goals

Scaling Children's Literacy
September 5, 2012
Room to Read
Pierre Towns, Chief Talent Officer
Co-Sponsored by Global Brigades at Marshall and USC Dornsife Joint Educational Project (JEP)
| watch the video |

Global Healthcare Franchising
October 2, 2012
World Health Partners
Karen Pak Oppenheimer, Vice President
Co-Sponsored by the Black Business Student Association (BBSA) and Marshall Outreach and Volunteer Entrepreneurs (MOVE)

Social Business Certification
November 29, 2012
B Lab
Andy Fyfe, Community Development 
Co-Sponsored by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation and Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI)

Base of the Pyramid (BoP) Job Development
December 4, 2012
Maria Springer, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Sponsored by USC Enactus and Alpha Kappa Psi

Corporate Responsibility
January 28, 2013
Elissa Loughman, Environmental Analyst
Co-Sponsored by SC Outfitters and USC Office of Sustainability

Rural Healthcare Technology
March 5, 2013
Medic Mobile
Josh Nesbit, CEO
Co-Sponsored by USC Global Health Institute and Engineers Without Borders

Domestic & International Microfinance
April 22, 2013
ACCION San Diego
Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director
Location JKP 212
Co-Sponsored by USC MoneyThink and USC Microfinance Club