University of Southern California

Focus on Diversity

USC Marshall Women's Conference January 24-25, 2014. This invitation-only event is presented by the USC Graduate Women in Business organization (GWIB), along with the Marshall MBA Admissions and Career Resources Center offices. Friday, January 24, will focus on "Women Rising: The Future of Leadership". Female leadership will be examined from several perspectives with an special emphasis on achieving success at the highest levels. Development of powerful female leadership will be explored, highlighting networking and negotiation skills, as well as career design and achieving corporate board roles. Esteemed speakers and panelist will include female executives representing several companies and industries, including Warner Brothers, Credit Suisse, AT&T, Toyota, PWC, Nestle, PepsiCo, CBS, and more! Saturday, January 25, is for prospective MBA students only. This day features in-depth insights into the Marshall MBA program offerings, Career Center resources, and Admissions criteria presented by student, staff, and faculty. Lunch will include the presentation of the winners of our first ever Marshall Women's New Venture Pitch Competition!

*Prospective students must attend both Friday and Saturday events for free registration to Friday's conference. If you are not a prospective MBA student, or are only interested in the Friday conference, please use this link to register for the conference:

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. An alliance of leading American business schools in partnership with the corporate community, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management seeks to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the significant under-representation of African-Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and Native Americans in member schools' enrollment and in the ranks of management.

The Consortium recruits qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents from these underrepresented groups, as well as other individuals who demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium mission. Prospective USC Marshall candidates who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply using the Consortium application. (If you apply as a Consortium candidate, you are not required to complete the USC Marshall application). For more information, visit

Forté Foundation. A consortium of major corporations, leading business schools, and influential non-profit organizations, the Forté Foundation is a powerful change agent that provides information, scholarships and networking opportunities for talented women interested in leadership roles in business. The USC Marshall MBA Program is proud to be a member of the Foundation. For more information, and to receive information about Forté's upcoming events, visit

Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Created to increase the presence of minorities of high potential in leading entry-level careers and major graduate business schools, MLT prepares young professionals for leadership positions in corporations, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial ventures.  For more information, visit


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