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Game Changers

A "Game Changer" is defined as: a person or thing that dramatically changes the course, strategy, character, etc. of something.  Each of these Marshall graduates created positive change while attending Marshall and continue to change the game in their professional endeavors as Marshall alumni.  Enjoy getting to know a few of our outstanding alumni, from our undergraduate and graduate programs!

 

Roger W Brown
Advisory Services, Ernst & Young, Marshall '16

Roger Brown Graduation        

Roger Brown NDCC 2016

“Attending USC Marshall was a truly transformative experience. Not only did it set me up to enter the job market with confidence post-graduation, but each and every day for four years I had access to a diverse network of phenomenal faculty and staff who were knowledgeable, supportive, and inspiring. Marshall's emphasis on providing opportunities for students to learn and grow is a true gateway for personal growth and development. From my own personal experience representing Marshall at the IU National Diversity Case Competition, I was able to cultivate and showcase skills that I will forever value.”

 


 

Courtney Brunious
Associate Director, USC Sports Business Institute, Marshall MBA '10

Courtney Brunious

“A network is only as powerful as its members are willing to make it.  At Marshall, and through programs and initiatives that create an environment for success, that belief is driven home on a daily basis. That’s why I’m so grateful for receiving the 2017 BGBL Outstanding Alumnus Award. Not because I believe I’ve done enough to earn the recognition, but because it drives me to continue giving back to a community that was built on the strength of the Trojan family.   I look forward to continuing to meet current and future great Trojans that are making a difference in their respective industries, while also hoping to provide my own impact along the way.”

 


 

Khue Hoang
Director of Digital, Nickelodeon, Marshall MBA '14

Khue Hoang

“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.”

 


 

Hector Lucero
Marshall Full-time MBA, Class of '17

Hector Lucero

“As a first-generation college graduate and the first in my family to attend graduate school, attending an MBA program where I would receive holistic support in an inclusive environment was especially important to me. The expectations I sought from an MBA program have been surpassed at USC Marshall, where I have not only received academic support, career guidance and personal mentorship, but I have also felt welcomed and embraced in providing unique perspectives to classroom discussions and conversations with both peers and our administration.”

 


 

Jenifer Okoye
Class of '17

Jennifer Okoye

“Serving as BBSA's President for two years was such a fulfilling experience and incredible honor.  When I joined the Trojan Family as a freshman in the fall of 2013, I had three objectives in terms of campus involvement: to find an organization that would help me grow as a student leader, help me grow spiritually, and to find an organization that would help me grow professionally. BBSA was instrumental in my development as a student and a young professional over the course of four years. We held industry panels, professional development workshops, office hours with recruiters, and information sessions with Fortune 500 companies. Some of my favorite moments were when we came together as an organization for a simple study night or to discuss which classes to take in the upcoming semesters.”

 


 

Leo Olebe
Director, Global Games Partnerships, Facebook, Marshall MBA '02

Leo Olebe

“Marshall was the beginning of a grand adventure that’s taken me to places that I never thought possible. Not only did I get an outstanding education, I made friends to last a lifetime and have access to a network that continues to deliver on the promise of the USC family. I can directly trace the roots of my career back to my time at Marshall.  Marshall enabled me to turn my passion for games into a nearly 20 year career.”

 


 

Emma Sugerman
Senior Director of Product, Real Appeal, Marshall MBA '14

Emma Sugerman

“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.”

 


 

Bill West
Marshall MBA '79

Bill West

"I was certainly surprised and honored when I got the news that I was selected as the first recipient of the USC Marshall BGBL Alumni Award.  I flew to Los Angeles to receive this award and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Dean James Ellis, my fellow honoree Luis Orozco, current BGBL President Prentice Parr and the outstanding students and staff present that day.  The MBA Diversity Conference panel and post-event session were classy, well-done events that made me proud. I am, and will always be, forever grateful to the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management for the role which that organization played in my development and my career."

 


 

Damien White
Chief Operating Officer, Green Dot Public Schools, Marshall MBA '04

Damien White

“It was an honor to receive the 2017 Leslie Adkins Mentor Award which is named after an incredibly accomplished woman.  I am a firm believer in the power of mentorship to transform lives and communities.  I encourage everyone to seek opportunities to mentor others and share the lessons and experiences that have allowed them to be successful.”