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Reconnecting to Remain Competitive
USC Marshall Convenes Lifelong Learning Conference in Conjunction with Annual Alumni Reunion Weekend
March 18, 2010 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall hosts the "Build Your Future" Lifelong Learning Conference, Saturday March 27, in conjunction with the second annual USC Marshall and USC Leventhal;Alumni Reunion March 26-27, 2010. The one-day conference is open to the USC University community and offers an opportunity to reinvigorate business skills and expand professional networks.

Professor Warren Bennis, Founding Chairman of USC's Leadership Institute, and Tony Hsieh, author of the upcoming book Delivering Happiness and CEO of, will open the conference with an interactive discussion, On Leadership for the 21st Century. The following educational sessions feature presentations from top USC Marshall faculty and business leaders, including Professor Larry Harris, director of the USC Marshall Center for Investment Studies, discussing Prospects for Economic Recovery and Inflation and Lucy Hood, director of the USC Marshall Center for Telecommunications Management, discussing The Social and Digital Media Revolution. The conference also includes networking breakout sessions tailored to specific industries including entertainment, health care, banking, IT and real estate.

"Normally a reunion means reconnecting with each other," said Tommy Papa (MBA.PM '00), co-chair of the event with Mimi Cheng (MBA.PM '05) and Ken LaCroix (EMBA SD II '09). "This reunion is also focused on reconnecting with Marshall and the resources the school has to offer."

Evening activities are focused on the USC Marshall and Leventhal graduate classes of 2000, 2005, and 2009, who return to USC for a weekend of reconnecting with classmates and exploring career and economic issues. The 1 - 5 - 10 Year graduate reunion festivities will kick off Friday night, March 26, with a Mix and Mingle event with USC Marshall School of Business Dean James G. Ellis and culminate Saturday evening with a cocktail reception and gala dinner with remarks by USC Leventhal School Dean Randolph P. Beatty and USC Marshall Partners Chairman Christopher Harrer, as well as a keynote address by Greg Hillgren, President, CALVEST Realty Advisors.

"This is one event that all three alumni classes--from 2000, 2005 and 2009 -- can take advantage of," said Papa, Principal and CEO at investment banking firm CRESO Capital Partners. "The conference offers an opportunity for Marshall to share its resources with the USC community, creates a forum for innovative lifelong learning to a university-wide audience and still provides an opportunity for the first-year grads to meet the 10-year grads and build a network within the Trojan family and glean career advice and guidance from fellow Marshall and Leventhal alumni."

Saturday Lifelong Learning Sessions with distinguished faculty and business alumni include:

  • The Social and Digital Media Revolution, Lucy Hood, director, USC Marshall Center for Telecommunications Management
  • Prospects for Economic Recovery & Inflation, Professor Larry Harris, director, USC Marshall Center for Investment Studies
  • Your Value Proposition: Leveraging your MBA Effectively, Peter Giulioni, Assistant Dean & executive director, USC Marshall FTMBA Student Affairs & MBA Career Services
  • Creating the Global Strategic Mindset, Alan C. Shapiro, Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Banking and Finance Emeritus., and Arvind Bhambri, associate professor of management & organization
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Tom O’Malia, director emeritus, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, with special guests Shannon Blake Gans, co-founder New Deal Studios and Tuomas Holmberg, vice president, corporate development, Novadigm
  • Networking & Informational Interviewing: Nuts and Bolts, Scott Turner, associate director, USC Marshall Keenan MBA Resource Center

For more information about the "Build your Future" conference and Reunion 2010, please visit, email or call (213) 740-0038.

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.