GWiB Leaders; Laura Lee, President 2017-18 and Jessica Schleder, President 2018-19
Laura Lee, Full-time MBA, Class of 2018 and President of GWiB
This year I am focusing on hosting more events for women of Marshall that not only support their career goals but also allow for us to come together and build deep relationships. In addition to building our community of current Marshall students, we hope to continue to create opportunities for our members to engage with our alumni and other women groups at USC. We are also very focused on bringing our male allies into the conversation and creating opportunities for them to learn more about how they can support women during their time at Marshall and beyond.
Senior Director of Product, Real Appeal, FT MBA '14
“Leading MGSA as the 2013-2014 President was one of the best experiences I've had in recent memory (at Marshall or otherwise). I ran because I thought I could make a difference - because I thought I'd do a good job. Women were presidents for the majority of the clubs at Marshall while I was MGSA president. So you might have a class, where, like most business schools, women are underrepresented at only 30% of the class. But in our class, that 30% was STRONG, and that 30% had no fear and no misgivings about their ability to lead, based on gender or anything else. They stand up and raise their hands and make a difference - that's what I did as President of MGSA. I didn't do it despite being a woman, I did it because I wanted to, because my peers enabled me to, because it was important to me, and because Marshall is worth the dedication it required.”
Director of Digital, Nickelodeon, FT MBA '14
“A great memory of my time at Marshall includes leading the Business of Entertainment Association as the 2013-2014 president, and being involved in as many activities as possible. This journey included participating in the E2: Evolution of Entertainment conference, Sundance Film Festival, studio and network visits, and company industry nights. This opportunity also helped me succeed in the 3 Cs of Community, Curriculum, and Career at Marshall. The community aspect allowed me to strategize with enthusiastic classmates and network with industry alumni. I also completed the graduate certificate program in the Business of Entertainment, which is a joint curriculum offering with the USC School of Cinematic Arts.”