Faculty & Staff
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Oliver is the Associate Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab; In this role, Mr. Oliver serves as “COO” and oversees all office operations including curricular and co-curricular programming. Additionally. Mr. Oliver serves as an advisor for the Warren Bennis Scholars program, a two-year leadership colloquium run under the auspice of the Provost office. Mr. Oliver is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Pepperdine University and has earned an M.S. from Syracuse University and B.A. from Oral Roberts University.
Nadine Bentis is the MSSE Program Director at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and student services for the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall.
Michelle runs all of the Lab’s cocurricular programs, including the Undergraduate Scholars Mentorship Program and the MBA Society and Business Fellowship. She also manages communications and oversees the center’s budget. Michelle earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California.
Marci Henkoff is a Program Specialist at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees recruiting, admissions, and program activities for the Warren Bennis Scholars Program, a university-wide leadership initiative offered by the Office of the Provost. Before joining USC, Marci worked in student affairs and program management at Columbia Business School, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Gettysburg College. Marci earned an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and B.A. from Gettysburg College.
As the first point of contact at the Lab, I greet everyone who comes in to the office and answer the phone. I manage Professor Wertman’s calendar and office hours. I assist with budget processes, including processing reimbursements for staff and students. I also assist the Lab staff with clerical support, order office supplies, help coordinate BSEL events and whatever else may be needed.
PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS
Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization, of Sociology, and of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. He holds the Marshall Business School's Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. He began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974, where he received his doctorate in Economics and Management while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering.
PhD, MBA, University of California, Irvine
Greg Autry researches the influence of government in the emergence of new industries. His context is the New Space business: startups commercializing spaceflight. Dr. Autry served on the NASA Agency Review Team and as White House Liaison at NASA. He serves on the editorial board of the New Space Journal. His insights on entrepreneurship and space frequently appear in major international news outlets. Dr. Autry been a serial entrepreneur in video games, computer services, Internet content, enterprise applications, health care IT and material upcycling. Prior to joining the Greif Center, Dr. Autry taught entrepreneurship, strategy and economics at UC Irvine.
PhD, UCLA; MBA, Indiana University; BS, Purdue University
Duke Bristow is an expert on corporate finance and corporate governance, particularly in the areas of private equity and director education. He has published papers in economics, engineering, and law journals, and has advised Corporate Board Member magazine and other publications on matters involving corporate governance and director education since 1998. His research and teaching has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the NASDAQ, the four largest international audit firms, and a dozen national law firms. Professor Bristow is a director of Landec Corporation (Nasdaq: LNDC) and is the Faculty Director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit.
PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, BBA, American University of Beirut
Christine El-Haddad specializes in business, corporate and global strategy and has taught courses in strategy in Marshall’s undergraduate, MBA, and MS in Social Entrepreneurship programs. She has received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching twice alongside multiple other teaching awards and media mentions. Dr. El-Haddad has substantial experience in designing educational programs and conferences. She has developed executive education programs for the USC Office of Continuing Education. She has also organized and delivered two highly successful day-long Marshall conferences featuring nationally renowned speakers. As a management consultant and strategist, she has advised businesses in various industries and leading nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity.
PhD, Stanford University; MBA, American University in Cairo; BS, Cairo University
Omar El Sawy's expertise is in digital business strategy in dynamic environments and business models for digital platforms. He served as Director of Research for Marshall's Institute for Communications Technology Management from 2001-2007. He is the author of over 100 papers and a seven-time winner of the Society for Information Management's Annual Academic Paper Award - most recently in 2015. He is currently Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and on several editorial boards. He teaches in the MBA program and received the Marshall School's Evan C. Thompson Award for Teaching and Learning Innovation in 2012. He served as advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt, and as a Fulbright scholar in Finland. In 2008, he was inducted as the 45th Fellow of the Association of Information Systems for his research contributions.
MBA, Stanford University; BA, Bucknell University
An entrepreneur and investor, Jessica’s work has focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice. She is best known as a cofounder of Kiva, the world's first p2p microlending website. Kiva lets internet users lend as little as $25 to individual entrepreneurs, providing affordable capital to start or expand a small business. Since its founding in October 2005 Kiva has facilitated over $1B in loans worldwide. Jessica teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business. She’s also an independent consultant on social impact initiatives, and an investor and advisor with the Collaborative Fund and SparkLabs Global Ventures.
Gary Painter is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and the newly created Homelessness Policy Research Institute. He has published numerous articles in top journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.
Professor Painter’s research interests focuses on social innovation, housing, urban economics, and education policy. He is among the world’s foremost experts on how changing demographics impact U.S. housing markets. Recent work has focused on how immigrants are integrating into housing markets across the U.S. and the role of the economic cycle on household formation. Other recent work has studied immigrant integration issues in spatial labor markets and in education. Current research focuses on how to evaluate social innovation.
He has served as a consultant for the National Association of Realtors, Pacific Economics Group, Andrew Davidson Co., Fannie Mae, Grant Thorton LLP, Burr Consulting, and the Research Institute for Housing America. Read more.
MBA, BS, University of Southern California
Zivia Sweeney is an expert in strategic planning and budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting and finance operations for manufacturing, healthcare, service, and nonprofit organizations. She has served in senior management roles in public corporate and nonprofit arenas, and has held the of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Professor Sweeney is a PriceWaterhouseCoopers alumnus. She has served for a number of years as a member of the USC Leventhal School’s Accounting Advisory Board.
Jeffrey W. Talley
Lieutenant General (Retired) Talley has over 35 years of global experiences in largescale organizational leadership, global geo-politics, data/analytics and technology, and the environment. His diverse career spans the public, private, and academic sectors, coupled with periods of active and reserve military service as a Citizen-Soldier. His current work emphasizes the integration of engineering, business, and public policy for holistic applications through public, private, partnerships. Areas of focus include cyber security, digitization, artificial intelligence, government-business interactions, and leadership.
Lt. Gen. Talley joined University of Southern California in July 2017 as a Professor of Practice in the Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering, with an additional appointment as Scholar-in-Residence, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, Marshall School of Business. He teaches, researches, and writes about public private partnerships with emphasis on the impact technology is having on society, business, and government. He has served as tenured faculty at the University of Notre Dame and Southern Methodist University, and as adjunct faculty at The Johns Hopkins University.
Lt. Gen. Talley is also Vice President, Global Public Sector, IBM Global Business Services and a Global Fellow at the IBM Center for The Business of Government. He consults with The P3i Group and is a member of General Electric’s Military Advisory Board. Prior to his current appointments, he was an Advanced Leadership Fellow and Cabot House Scholar-in Residence at Harvard University. He retired from military service in 2016.
Lt. Gen. Talley received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his Executive M.B.A. from the University of Oxford, England. He also holds multiple master degrees in engineering, strategic studies, liberal arts, and religious studies. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.), a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), and a Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE).
MBA, University of Southern California; BA, University of St. Thomas
Therese Wilbur has 20 years of business experience from her positions at Andersen, Prudential and Mattel. She has extensive marketing experience from Mattel, where she was Senior Marketing Director of International Marketing for Girls/Barbie. Her global marketing expertise includes both B:C and B:B marketing, brand management, marketing strategy and execution, advertising, distribution, packaging and product development. She has directed and completed the entire new product development process, from opportunity identification to concept generation and selection to product development and launch.