Festival Organizing Committee

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Sara Bamossy

Sara Bamossy

CMO, Associate Dean of Marketing & Communications
USC Marshall School of Business

Sara Bamossy is the Chief Marketing Officer and Associate Dean, Marketing and Communications at USC Marshall School of Business. She’s a career strategist and creative leader, having run an ad agency as both a CSO and CEO. Previously, Sara spent 10 years at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, working as a strategist across four continents. She has 17+ years of experience driving growth for the world’s largest brands such as Toyota, P&G, PepsiCo, Roche, Microsoft, Netflix, Burger King, Konami, and Westfield. Her work has earned numerous industry honors including Cannes Lions, Effies, Chiat awards and she’s been named one of The Internationalist's Innovators of the Year. Recently she spoke at the Cannes’s Festival of Creativity about how creative design can unlock the power of modern data. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA and the distinguished EPWL program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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Peter Cardon

Chair, USC Marshall Faculty Council, Professor of Clinical Business Communication
USC Marshall School of Business

Pete Cardon teaches a variety of business communication courses. He researches team communication, role of technology in leadership communication, and intercultural business communication. Professor Cardon previously served as President of the Association of Business Communication. Pete previously taught at the University of South Carolina for six years and Utah State University for three years. Before working in higher education, he held several marketing and management positions in the tourism and manufacturing industries. He is the author of Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World and co-author of Business and Professional Communication: Putting People First.

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Amy Diamond

Amy Diamond, Co-Chair

Chief Investment Officer
University of Southern California

Amy Diamond was named chief investment officer effective October 15, 2020. A recognized national leader in the institutional investment industry, Diamond joins USC after serving two decades as managing director of private investments and real assets with Northwestern University’s Investment Office. As USC’s chief investment officer, Diamond will head the university’s Investment Office and oversee USC’s endowment, which is supported by a balanced portfolio invested in diversified asset classes. The endowment provides enduring funding sources for the students, faculty, research, and programs that drive the university’s mission.

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Rocio Flores

Rocio Flores

Program Administrator, Office of Civic Engagement and Economic Partnerships
University of Southern California

Ms. Flores currently serves as the Program Administrator for the University of Southern California, Office of Civic Engagement.  She oversees all aspects of the Economic Development Program, among other outreach initiatives involving university partners and the local communities surrounding the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus.  Previously to joining the University, Rocio worked at Resurrection School in Boyle Heights, where she was responsible for all development, fundraising, and marketing efforts. Rocio has worked both with the non-profit sector and government agencies.  She is currently the Vice President for the Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce, a Foundation Board Member for NAWBO-LA and Steering Committee Member for CAMEO's Entrepreneurship Advantage.  Rocio is currently an EdD student in the USC Organizational Change and Leadership Program. She received two bachelor degrees from the University of California Irvine in Psychology and Social Behavior and Criminology Law and Society, as well as her master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Long Beach.  She also holds an Executive Certificate in Transformational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. Rocio resides in El Sereno with her husband and 3 young children, and is actively involved in her community.

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Suejean Kang

Suejean Kang

Senior Events Coordinator
USC Marshall School of Business
Erica Keil

Erica Keil, Event Co-Lead

Administrative Assistant, Center for Investment Studies
USC Marshall School of Business

Erica Keil provides assistance for the Center for Investment Studies co-curricular and academic support programs.  Erica’s responsibilities include maintaining departmental databases and related records along with managing budgets, supplies and purchases. She works cooperatively with the Director, CIS Board, and Student Investment Fund managers to ensure smooth operation of the CIS’ initiatives. Erica Keil is an experienced project and program manager, who previously held marketing positions at Yamaha and Honda Motor Corp. She received her BA in Communications from Arizona State University.

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Suh-Pyng Ku, Co-Chair

Vice Dean for Graduate Programs, Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics, and Director of Center for Investment Studies
USC Marshall School of Business

Suh-Pyng Ku is Vice Dean for Graduate Programs, Director of the USC Marshall Center for Investment Studies, and Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics. Her teaching and research specialties include corporate finance, portfolio management and security valuation. She is the co-instructor for the MBA and the Undergraduate Student Investment Fund classes. Previously, Ku served as USC’s Vice Provost and Executive Director of Continuing Education and Summer Programs, USC’s Chief Technology Officer for Enhanced Learning, Associate Dean for Marshall’s MBA Programs and Marshall’s Chief Information Officer. She received the 2014 Golden Apple Teaching Award (Full-Time MBA) and was a 2014 Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award nominee. She earned her Ph.D. in finance from USC.

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Rubin Miller

Rubin Miller, Marshall MBA ‘15

Partner and CIO
Perspective Wealth Partners

Rubin graduated from Kenyon College ('06), and played forward on the NCAA men's soccer team. He began his career at the Chicago Board of Trade as a fixed income trader. Rubin left the Midwest for an opportunity to attend USC Marshall (and warmer weather), and graduated with his MBA in 2015. He is a SIF alumnus and has been active in the USC investment community ever since.

Following USC Marshall, Rubin joined Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he spent six years consulting with financial advisors on implementing evidence-based investment solutions for clients. He left Dimensional in August, 2021, to join Perspective Wealth Partners.

He is passionate about removing hurdles and democratizing access to successful investment experiences. In 2021, he launched the Fortunes & Frictions blog to share investment and financial planning perspectives for people who work outside the industry, particularly those overwhelmed by financial jargon and unsure how to navigate their investment journey. A competitive chess player growing up, Rubin received the title of National Master at age 15. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Sarah Peyron-Murphy

Sarah Peyron-Murphy

Executive Director of Development
USC Marshall School of Business

Sarah Peyron-Murphy is responsible for major gifts fundraising across USC Marshall School of Business. Plan and execute comprehensive engagement and fundraising strategies in support of key USC priorities. Oversees team of major gifts and leadership gifts officers.

Liaison between USC Marshall School Dean's office and alumni and friends on the East Coast and in Europe.

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Fred Nunez

Fred Nunez, Event Co-Lead

Managing Director, Investment Office
University of Southern California

Fred Nuñez is a managing director at the University of Southern California’s Investment Office where he serves as a senior team member overseeing the university’s $8 billion endowment. Fred leads the endowment’s venture capital strategies and is responsible for all aspects of investment and portfolio management. He also collaborates across private and public equity and total return asset classes. Prior to USC, Fred was a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co in the Investment Management Division. Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

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Gohar Palanjian

Senior Associate Director of Alumni Initiatives, Office of the Vice Dean for Graduate Programs
USC Marshall School of Business

Gohar Palanjian is the Senior Associate Director of Alumni Initiatives in the Office of Graduate Programs. In this role, Gohar supports all Marshall graduate programs to create new outreach and engagement opportunities for Marshall's graduate alumni. Gohar has worked for the USC Marshall School of Business for over 19 years in various capacities, including supporting Marshall's largest comprehensive fundraising campaign, managing the development of the School's strategic plan and working on its implementation. She has held marketing and management positions at Ticketmaster Media Group, A&E Television Networks and the History Channel. Gohar has earned a BS from Marshall’s Undergraduate Program, an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a certificate in public relations from the NYU School of Continuing Education.

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Belin Robertson

Belin Robertson, Marshall MBA ‘00

Head of Wealth Management West Coast
StrategIQ Financial Group, LLC

As Head of Wealth Management West Coast, Belin brings 20+ years of experience to SFG. He provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management, focusing his work on high net worth business leaders and executives, with an emphasis on complex tax and estate issues and the development of strategies to reduce income and estate taxes.  Belin recently joined SFG from Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, where he served as First Vice President and Trust Specialist in the Southern California market. He oversaw complex wealth transfer, business transition planning and estate planning for the clients of 400+ advisors. Prior to first joining Merrill Lynch in 2008, Belin worked for Neuberger Berman helping clients with their investment and wealth planning needs. Belin started his career in finance at Wilmington Trust in California, with a focus on helping clients with their Delaware trust needs. 

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Arlene Williams

Arlene Williams

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
USC Marshall School of Business

Other Participants

USC Marshall Finance and Business Economics Department and the Center for Investment Studies