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Philanthropic at Heart
MBA.PM Class Teams with Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day
March 27, 2014 • by News at Marshall

USC Marshall students went back to grade school to help their local community during the annual Junior Achievement JA in a Day event, held last month at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Los Angeles. Forty-five volunteers from Marshall’s MBA program for professionals and managers (MBA.PM) teamed up to teach more than 500 schoolchildren the basics of financial literacy and share with them the confidence that dreams can be realized.

“Marshall students are not only some of the most enthusiastic volunteers, but also some of the most reliable,” said Katharine Stofer, senior program manager for Junior Achievement of Southern California (JA), who went on to thank the volunteers for “the impact they are making on the students of Los Angeles and, ultimately, on our economy and our world.”

One of many Marshall philanthropic partners, JA teaches students to generate and manage wealth, think entrepreneurially and recognize the economic importance of doing well in school.

Jordan Alajov ’14, vice president of philanthropy for Marshall’s MBA.PM program, a part-time program for students who wish to remain fully employed while earning an MBA, highlighted the School’s position on giving back as what makes the Marshall brand unique. “I wholeheartedly believe,” he said, “that USC Marshall is producing future business leaders of the world who believe in their power to make a positive impact through their business skills.”

The MBA.PM students’ philanthropic work will culminate next month when they compete with nine top west coast MBA programs at the annual Challenge for Charity (C4C) competition, hosted by Stanford. C4C is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization with the goal of developing future business leaders with a sense of social responsibility and community. The Marshall team—on pace to raise more than $200,000 for Junior Achievement, A Better L.A. and the Special Olympics—hopes to claim the coveted Golden Briefcase trophy for the fifth consecutive year.

“So much of the MBA experience centers on leadership development,” said Daniel Hauser ’14, co-president of the Marshall’s C4C leadership team. “Leadership is something that successful professionals do all day every day, beginning with caring for the people in your neighborhood and investing in your community. Marshall students embody this; it sets us apart in academia, in the workplace and in the community.”

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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.