University of Southern California

USC Marshall Hosts Initial Pacific Rim Entrepreneur Summit
185 International Entrepreneurs to Meet in Shanghai October 23-25
October 13, 2008 • by News at Marshall

LOS ANGELES (October 15, 2008) – The USC Marshall School of Business will host the initial Pacific Rim Entrepreneur Summit, in Shanghai October 23-25 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Co-developed by the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), this three-day networking event will bring together 185 international entrepreneurs and business leaders to meet and share their knowledge and networks with the goal of  creating highly-profitable business partnership opportunities around the Pacific Rim.

To create the summit, USC Marshall has formed partnerships with business schools from 15 universities: Stanford, Chicago, Northwestern, Maryland, Cornell, Colorado, Virginia, Sydney, Malaya, Nanjing, Zhejiang, Shanghai Jiao Tong, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. This first gathering features alumni, friends and affiliates of these top entrepreneur programs along with senior executives and investors from the Pac Rim.

During the summit, industry experts will share their journey and entrepreneurship faculty will moderate discussions of key issues within four main themes: Culture, Partnering, Technology, and Money, each designed to address specific aspects of breaking into markets around the Pacific Rim—including the U.S. markets.

“We’re calling it a summit because the format is not lecturing, but rather is a discussion—it’s about the hunters gathering around the fire and sharing their stories—we’re putting people with a common interest together and we know from past experience magical things will happen,” said Tom O’Malia, director of the Lloyd Greif Center at USC Marshall, who developed the program with Richard Drobnick, the director of USC Marshall’s CIBER.

Among summit participants are USC Trustee Ronnie Chan, chairman of Hang Lung Group, Ltd., Marshall alumnus and benefactor Lloyd Greif, president and CEO of Greif & Co., and Dr. Min Zhu, group executive vice president, Bank of China.

Summit participants can expect to come away with an expanded network of at least 20 to 25 contacts. American participants will find new Asian customers, investors, suppliers, licensees, et cetera, and Asian participants will develop similar new relationships with American and other Asian participants,” said Richard Drobnick, director of USC Marshall’s CIBER.

“The essence of entrepreneurship is networking—you can get more done through networking than any other way. This is where people make new contacts and commerce happens,” O’Malia added.

For more Pacific Rim Entrepreneur Summit program details, visit

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.