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Faculty

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

An entrepreneurial faculty.  Our faculty are thought leaders, doers, and creators. They are academics, entrepreneurs, and domain experts, transforming how entrepreneurship is taught and business is done. 

Elissa Grossman

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Director of Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Orfalea Director's Chair in Entrepreneurship & Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

PhD, MBA, UCLA; MS, London School of Economics; BA, Harvard University

Elissa's research concerns social networks in new venturing – encompassing network development for startup resource acquisition and crowdfunding. Her work has been published in journals including Journal of Management and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Before joining USC, Elissa was on the faculties of Loyola Marymount University and Baruch College. Elissa has received national and university awards for excellence in research and teaching. Early in her career, Dr. Grossman worked in brand and marketing management for companies including Procter & Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and LiveCapital (a start-up acquired by Dun & Bradstreet).

Violina Rindova

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Interim Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Director of Research for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, NYU

Violina Rindova teaches and studies strategic innovation -- how firms create value, intangible assets, and new market opportunities through unconventional strategies across a variety of industry contexts. Her work has been published in the premier management journals and has been covered frequently in the business media, including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the “Thought Leadership” award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2009), and the award for outstanding scholarly contribution from Strategic Organization (2012). She served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently part of the leadership team of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.

Kathleen Allen

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Entrepreneurship

PhD, University of Southern California; MA, UCLA; MBA, BA, CSU

Kathleen Allen, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business where she founded and led the USC Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization. She is the author of multiple books and journal articles in the fields of entrepreneurship and technology. In 2014, she was selected as Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors include co-founding five companies and serving as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at a major aerospace firm. She is on the board of directors of an S&P 500 company as well as several private companies.

Elizabeth Amini

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Anthony Borquez

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

Doctorate, MA, MS and BS all from the University of Southern California. <br>

Dr. Anthony Borquez is an expert at building and scaling creative tech businesses. He is the founder of Grab, a leader in augmented and virtual reality. He also founded Blue Label Games, an early leader in mobile game development, later acquired by Konami. Prior to Blue Label, Anthony co-founded Spacient Technologies, a location-based mobile startup acquired by Trimble.

Anthony has been teaching at USC for 20+ years. He currently teaches BAEP 465 Digital Playbook for Entrepreneurs: Creating a Tech Startup.

Anthony holds a Doctorate, MA, MS and BS all from the University of Southern California.

Garrett Brown

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BS, Business Administration, University of Southern California ; JD, Pepperdine University School of Law

Garrett is a fourth-generation Trojan who began his career as a lawyer representing entrepreneurs. His first sales role was at Fastpoint Games, where he eventually ran all Sales & Business Development efforts until the company was acquired. He then helped launch & scale Bitium, an enterprise software company, where he served as Chief Revenue Officer until they were acquired by Google. Garrett joined Google & learned countless lessons about the inner workings of one of the most recognizable companies on the planet. He’s now an active startup investor & advisor, & a founder of Agency18, a firm that helps companies, build, scale, & inspire sales teams.

Colin Coggins

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Colin is well known for his repeatable approach to scaling revenue, sales IQ, learner EQ and technology evangelism. He’s held senior leadership roles at emerging technology companies including SVP of Sales at Bitium (acquired by Google), Mobile Roadie (acquired by Intellectsoft), Phunware (NASDAQ: PHUNWARE), and Results.com. After Bitium was acquired by Google, Colin became the CRO at Chanje Energy, in addition to championing their DEI board. Colin also serves as a sales advisor and EIR at Techstars LA. He’s also dedicated to helping mission-centric companies transition to revenue-forward cultures while staying true to their purpose, as a founding partner of Agency18.

Jeremy Dann

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Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Director, Case Program

BA, MBA, Harvard University

Jeremy Dann has served as an innovation consultant from 2000 to the present, working with such companies as Daimler-Benz, Levi Strauss, Spalding, Lockheed Martin, Guidant and General Electric. Jeremy has collaborated closely with Harvard Business School professor and innovation authority Clayton Christensen—author of The Innovator’s Dilemma—on many research, case development and consulting projects.

Glenn Fox

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Lecturer of Entrepreneurship

PhD, University of Southern California; BA, University of California, Santa Cruz<br>

Dr. Glenn Fox is a faculty member at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, in the Marshall School of Business. His current projects focus on neural systems for emotion regulation, high stakes training, and developing entrepreneurial mindset skills in founders and business leaders.

Glenn received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from USC, where he focused on the neural correlates of gratitude, empathy, and neuroplasticity. Currently, Glenn is the Director and Founder of the USC Found Well Initiative which aims to understand and promote entrepreneurial mindset in founders and business leaders.

Abby Fifer Mandell

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Executive Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BA, University of Virginia; MA, American Jewish University

Abby Fifer Mandell is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and teaches BAEP 471 and 571, courses in which interdisciplinary teams of students use design thinking to create products for underresourced communities in California. Prior to joining USC, Abby served as the Director of Admissions of the graduate school of education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. As a consultant for Brailsford & Dunlavey, she designed educational programs and facilities at Duke University, The University of Vermont, and Dartmouth University, among others. Abby is a Wexner Heritage Fellow and serves on the board of Question Box.

Susan Harmeling

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Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

PhD, University of Virginia, MBA, Harvard Business School; BA, Harvard University<br>

Susan is a business ethicist whose research focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and the intersection of entrepreneurship and ethics. An expert on the case method, she founded the International Case Method Institute LLC and has served as a Facilitator for Harvard Business Publishing. Recently, she formed Equitas Advisory Group LLC whose mission is to advance DE&I in a broad range of organizations. Susan is the author of dozens of Harvard Business School case studies and her research has appeared in top journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, The Journal of Business Venturing, Business Ethics Quarterly and The Journal of Business Ethics.

Christopher Harrer

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BBA, Loyola Marymount University; MBA University of Southern California; MSBA University of Southern California

Christopher J. Harrer is a successful entrepreneur and educator with over 30 years experience in the finance, real estate, and service industries. He is an Adjunct Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business and has been teaching at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies since 2002 and has won the student-voted Golden Apple Teaching Award. An accomplished entrepreneur in the hospitality and information management industries, Harrer was the founder of United Document Storage LLC and Pacifico’s LLC prior to successfully selling both companies.

Jill Kickul

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Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Research Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Jill was formerly at NYU’s Stern School of Business as Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in social Innovation and Impact. She is the Founding Director of the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest academic conference in the field. She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship has been adopted in over 80 universities. Jill is the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal and her work on entrepreneurship education has been nationally recognized by Fortune as a Top 10 Innovative Program.

Thomas Knapp

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Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Knapp is the Academic Director of the Master's of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. His teachings encompass all facets of entrepreneurial studies including Venture Management, Feasibility Analysis, Business Planning and Launching. Knapp developed the “E”-Challenge and a new course for students involved in a family firm: Entrepreneurial Family Business. A three-time Golden Apple Award winner for outstanding teaching as voted on by the student body. Knapp is founder of Club Sportswear and Honolua Surf Co, an Action Sports Industry leader, and partner in Blue Jay Bay Ventures a real-estate investment firm.

Steven Mednick

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Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

JD, MPA, University of Southern California; BA, UCLA

Steven Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and angel funding. He is the past Associate Director of Marshall’s Center for Global Innovation and is an author and frequent speaker in the field. Professor Mednick currently teaches in the Marshall MBA, EMBA and Master of Medical Management programs and is a two-time winner of the Marshall Golden Apple teaching award. Outside of USC, he has advised over 500 early stage companies through his ten-year relationship with the Small Business Administration. Steve’s clients have reported over $620 million in economic impact to the SBA, and he has been awarded the SBA’s State Star for outstanding performance.

Gene Miller

Professor Emeritus of Clinical Entrepreneurship

JD, New York University; MBA, Harvard University; BS, New York University

Gene Miller has consulted for a variety of organizations, including the Sound Advance Systems, Rockwell Science Center, Munger, Towles and Olsen, and Akin, Gump. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara.

Albert Napoli

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Senior Lecturer of Clinical Entrepreneurship

Michael Napoliello

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BA, University of Maryland; Omnicom Advanced Management Program, Babson College

Michael Napoliello is a lifelong entrepreneur who loves teaching.  The company he co-founded in his college dorm (U.S. Marketing & Promotions, www.themarketingarm.com, now part of Omnicom) is currently the leading promotional marketing agency in the country.  Napoliello is currently a movie and television producer and a founding board member at Radar Pictures, known for hit films such as “The Last Samurai,” “Spring Breakers,” “Riddick” and "Jumanji."  He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed.

Paul Orfalea

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea grew a single copy shop into the industry leader with 1200 branches worldwide and over 23,000 co-workers. Much of Kinko's success is grounded in Orfalea’s passion for retailing, his insistence on taking care of his co-workers and customers, and a sharp eye for opportunity. Orfalea retired in 2000 and is no longer involved with Kinko's. Orfalea has always invested in real estate, stocks and opportunities ranging from small business ventures to entire chains. Orfalea is in demand for public speaking and lectures at colleges nationwide. His family's philanthropic foundation supports early care and education in California.

Paul Orlando

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Director of USC Incubator Program & Adjunct Professor for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

MBA, Columbia University; BA, Cornell University

As Director of the USC Marshall Greif Incubator, Paul works with businesses founded by USC students, alumni and faculty. Paul also teaches Growth Hacking at USC. Before USC he co-founded AcceleratorHK (Hong Kong's first startup accelerator) and was Program Director for the Laudato Si startup accelerator (run in partnership with the Vatican). He also co-founded a communication technology startup and was a hackathon winner at TechCrunch Disrupt. He wrote the book Growth Units (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GJVV8Rj) about the way businesses grow.

Information on the Incubator: https://www.marshall.usc.edu/departments/lloyd-greif-center-entrepreneurial-studies/programs/usc-marshall-greif-incubator

Rob Schoeben

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Adjunct Professor, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Rob is adept at helping entrepreneurs develop a winning strategy and craft a compelling story to attract investment, partners, employees and market share. His most recent full-time gig was as Chief Strategy Officer at Carbon, a disruptive 3D printing startup, where he orchestrated the company’s emergence from stealth at TED2015. Rob also spent 6 years as a VP at Apple, where he directed worldwide product marketing. Before Apple, Rob spent 8 years with Microsoft, most recently as GM of the TV services division. Before that, he was an executive at Ogilvy & Mather. Rob holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith is the Founder and CEO of Global Sports Analytics, a technology company that provides basketball analytics to teams, leagues, and fans worldwide. He is responsible for strategic planning and implementation on behalf of all company stakeholders.

Brandon holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business where he attended as a Consortium fellow and was recognized as the 2014 Marcia Israel Award winner. He has a BA from Wesleyan University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Marianne Syzmanski

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Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BA, Marquette University; Post Graduate Certification, Stanford University Publishing Course

Marianne Szymanski is the founder and creator of the TOY TIPS brand and publisher of toytips.com. She has talked toys on Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, and Oprah. She is the co-author of Toy Tips: A Parent's Essential Guide to Smart Toy Choices and creator of Toy Tips and Parenting Hints Magazine. Szymanski, who started her company at 23 with just a great idea, will share her knowledge of bootstrapping a business with Greif's graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship students.

Dan Wadhwani

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

BA, Yale University; PhD, University of Pennsylvania<br>

Dan's research and teaching examines how entrepreneurial processes drive socio-economic change. He has published in leading journals in management (AMJ, SMJ, SEJ, JMS) and business history (BHR, BH, E&S), and is co-editor of Organizations in Time: History, Theory, Methods (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dan is former chair of the AoM Management History Division and currently president-elect of the Business History Conference, the leading business history association in North America. He has received research and teaching awards, most recently the Williamson Prize which is awarded every 2-3 years to a mid-career scholar "who has made significant contributions to business history."

Adlai Wertman

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David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Founding Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

MBA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, SUNY at Stony Brook

Adlai Wertman is the David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School. He is the founding Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, as well as the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and the Warren Bennis Scholars programs. Before USC, Adlai spent seven years as CEO of Chrysalis — an LA social enterprise devoted to helping homeless through employment. Prior to Chrysalis, Adlai spent 18 years as an investment banker. He earned his BA in economics from SUNY Stony Brook and his MBA in finance from The Wharton School.