University of Southern California

USC Marshall Team Captures Third Straight Golden Briefcase
Marshall MBA Students Excel in Challenge for Charity Event
April 16, 2012 • by News at Marshall

A team of USC Marshall MBA students won the Golden Briefcase award for the third year in a row, capturing a Challenge for Charity event on April 14 that combined community service, fundraising and athletic competition.

The Golden Briefcase is earned by the West Coast business school that achieves the highest score in an ongoing competition that culminates at the annual Challenge for Charity (C4C) weekend at Stanford University. The categories include most hours volunteered, most funds raised and best attendance and performance at the C4C weekend. The MBA teams compete against each other in a series of 26 competitive sports; teams vie for top spots in events ranging from basketball to soccer, a spelling bee and even darts.

In addition to accumulating 5,336 volunteer hours, the Marshall team raised a total of $150,000, an increase of 10 percent from last year’s fundraising total. The funds will support three local charities, including the Special Olympics of Southern California, Junior Achievement of Southern California and A Better LA.

"C4C not only allows Marshall MBAs to make a significant impact through organizing fundraisers and volunteer events with local Los Angeles charities, but it instills in many of us a motivation to continue to give back regardless of where our careers take us in the future," said Alex Abraham '12, co-chair and president of the Marshall team.

For Brian J. Wang '12, co-chair and president, C4C is an essential part of the Marshall MBA experience. "It is woven into the social fabric of Marshall," Wang said.

"Challenge for Charity allows students to work with organizations to help them be more effective. Our MBA team’s success demonstrates Marshall’s commitment to developing business leaders who are working toward the greater good of society," said Shantanu Dutta, vice dean for graduate programs at USC Marshall.

C4C is a 27-year-old non-profit organization started at Stanford, with chapters at nine top West Coast MBA programs. C4C's mission is to develop future business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.

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.