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Speakers

Nadia Allaudin

Nadia Allaudin, BS '98

Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Nadia Allaudin is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Century City. She earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation.* Nadia has been named to the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list in 2020.* Nadia was named to Working Mother/SHOOK Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list in 2019.*

With more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the financial services industry, Nadia and her partner, Bill focus on empowering women and the LBGTQI community to better understand their wealth management needs. They enjoy exploring their clients’ relationship to money and assisting them with their financial concerns.

Having founded the annual Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference in Los Angeles that brings together hundreds of professional women, Nadia works to foster deeper relationships and participate in discussions with renowned speakers on health/wellness, leadership and spiritual best practices. In appreciation of her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Recognition award.

Nadia plays an active role in the community through her involvement as a Board Member of Marymount High School and MADRE. She completed her yoga teacher training program at Yogaworks and is a certified yoga instructor.

Nadia earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Business Communication from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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Carol L. Folt

USC President
University of Southern California

Dr. Carol L. Folt serves as the twelfth president of the University of Southern California. She is a highly experienced leader, internationally recognized life scientist, and award-winning teacher. In leading USC, Dr. Folt brings broad executive and leadership experience across the academy, including arts and sciences, professional schools, and academic medicine.

Throughout her career, Dr. Folt has earned a reputation for always placing students at the center, advancing academic excellence and innovation, setting ambitious goals, prioritizing shared governance, and focusing on the future.

Prior to her appointment at USC in July 2019, Dr. Folt led the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – one of the nation’s most distinguished and research-intensive universities – from 2013 to 2019. At UNC, she set a bold course for the university’s future by spearheading a historic capital campaign, raising billions of dollars; building the school’s first-ever strategic plan in collaboration with every school and department; fighting to make college education accessible and affordable; and inspiring thousands of Tar Heels to embrace the arts and sustainability. Under her leadership, UNC was repeatedly named the No. 1 value in public higher education, surpassed $1 billion in annual research expenditures for the first time in school history (No. 5 in the nation overall), and set admissions records every year.

Prior to her tenure at UNC, Dr. Folt served in various leadership roles at Dartmouth College, including as interim president, provost, dean of faculty, and Dartmouth Professor of Biological Sciences.

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Rachiel Jiang

Rachel Jiang, MBA '13

Head of Alexa Health and Wellness
Amazon Alexa

Rachel Jiang currently serves as Head of Amazon’s Alexa Health and Wellness in Seattle, WA. As Head of Alexa Health and Wellness, she and her team focus on increasing consumers’ accessibility to healthcare and making the process more efficient. In her role, she partners with healthcare providers as well as developers to create and enhance HIPAA-eligible “skills” or capabilities for Alexa to create a more personalized experience for consumers.

Jiang has worked at Amazon for nearly eight years. Prior to her current role, she served as Head of Amazon Products Ads and then as Senior Manager for Product and Engineering.  Prior to Amazon, Jiang spent four years at Microsoft as a program manager.

Jiang received her B.C.S. in computer science (business option) from the University of Waterloo and her MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business where she was a Forté Fellow and an MBA ambassador.

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Glenda McNeal

Glenda McNeal

President, Enterprise Strategic Partnerships
American Express

Glenda McNeal serves as President, Enterprise Strategic Partnerships where she defines American Express’s partnership strategy, provides strategic guidance on partnership opportunities, and leads the key initiatives and negotiations for the company’s largest relationships across multiple industries. In this role, her focus is on delivering revenue growth, creating differentiated value, and improving customer engagement. Glenda is a member of the American Express Executive Committee which sets the strategy for the company.

Prior to this role, Glenda led the formation of the Global Client Group, transforming traditional account management to an integrated relationship platform for the company’s largest global merchants. Glenda has held roles of increasing responsibility across the card-issuing and network businesses, including positions in business development, strategy, sales and client management, and marketing. She was instrumental in leading the company’s innovative growth strategy into industries that traditionally did not accept credit cards.

Glenda currently serves on the corporate boards of Nordstrom, Inc. and RLJ Lodging Trust. She is a member of the board of directors for Global Business Travel, a JV company for American Express, and the World Travel & Tourism Council. Her prior board experience includes U.S. Steel Corporation, Vente-Privee US, PepsiCo Multicultural Advisory Board and several not-for-profit organizations. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

Glenda is a graduate of Dillard University and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to working for American Express, Glenda worked for Arthur Andersen & Company and Salomon Brothers.

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Carmen Nava

Carmen Nava, BS '84

Chair, Board of Councilors
USC Trustee

Carmen Nava, Chair of the USC Marshall Board of Councilors, is a retired executive with more than 33 years in the telecommunications industry.

She retired from AT&T in 2017 as senior vice president of premium care and customer loyalty for AT&T's Entertainment Group, where she led a national operation serving AT&T's more than 90 million consumer customers.

Nava was recruited directly from USC’s Marshall School of Business into AT&T’s Leadership Management Program, where she successfully performed in a broad range of functional areas throughout the business. She moved several times between Texas and California as the industry transformed and consolidated.

Over her career she held a variety of executive roles in marketing, sales, human resources information technology, external affairs and operations as the company evolved from Pacific Bell to SBC and finally AT&T.

She was recognized by Latina Style Magazine as one of the Top 5 Latina Executives in 2013. In 2016 she was selected by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) as one of the 100 most influential and notable Hispanics in the technology industry.

She was appointed to the USC Board of Trustees in December 2016.

She currently serves on the Finance Committee and the Nominating Governance Committee. She has served as a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, and is currently on the Corporate Advisory Board of the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA). As a former scholarship recipient, she has been a strong supporter of LAA scholarship programs that enable Latino students to attend USC.

She currently resides in Texas with her husband Robert. The couple has one daughter.  

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Leigh Tost

Associate Professor of Management and Organization

Leigh Plunkett Tost studies the psychological and sociological dynamics of hierarchy and diversity in organizations. Her research on hierarchy focuses on questions about how power differences in teams and organizations affect team performance and ethical decision making. Her work on diversity examines people’s attitudes about diversity and explores the unintended consequences of diversity initiatives. Her research has been published in a broad range of academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Psychological Science. In addition, the implications of her research have been discussed in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.

https://www.marshall.usc.edu/personnel/leigh-tost

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