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The Leading Lady

Amy Chau '17 is Georgetown Law-bound, and has been awarded the Order of Troy and the Dittrick Leadership Award.

May 12, 2017
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At USC Marshall, Amy Chau learned a good deal of hard-edged business fundamentals—and also discovered her passion for helping others.

“Through the various leadership positions I’ve held and classes I’ve taken, I’ve learned that by speaking up, I can provide a voice to those who have none, fight for those who are unable to fight for themselves, and empower others to contribute valuable perspectives,” she said.

That spiritedness also informed her next move: Law school. After a short, post-graduation break, Chau, a San Diego native, will pack her bags and head east to join Georgetown Law’s class of 2020 as a Business Law and Opportunity Scholar in Washington, D.C.  (She may also need to buy her first-ever pair of snow boots…)

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Her undergraduate Marshall resume is heavy with service projects and team leadership. From her service as events coordinator and external community chair with the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly to her work as a PEER Mentor for the Asian Pacific American Student Services, Chau aimed to make an impact at USC. “I hope that I’ve inspired others to give back in the same way that my mentors and upperclassmen inspired me to do so.”

Her leadership skills have not gone unrecognized: USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis awarded her with the Order of Troy and the Dittrick Leadership Award at the Marshall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony May 12.

Chau, an Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholar and Marshall Honors Scholar, participated in Marshall’s elite Global Leadership Program for top incoming freshmen. She earned the distinctions of Discovery Scholar, Global Scholar and Renaissance Scholar for excelling academically in two disparate fields (business major and law and society minor).

Expressing gratitude for the dedication and support of the faculty and staff, the valuable mentorship she received from alumni through the Career Advantage Program, and the internships and job opportunities she has had as a result of the Trojan Network, Chau said, “Perhaps the greatest part of this experience is knowing that, as I look toward the future, I will continue to have the Marshall family behind me, long after I receive my diploma.”