USC Marshall students went back to grade school to help their local community during the annual Junior Achievement JA in a Day event, held last month at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Los Angeles. Forty-five volunteers from Marshall’s MBA program for professionals and managers (MBA.PM) teamed up to teach more than 500 schoolchildren the basics of financial literacy and share with them the confidence that dreams can be realized.
“Marshall students are not only some of the most enthusiastic volunteers, but also some of the most reliable,” said Katharine Stofer, senior program manager for Junior Achievement of Southern California (JA), who went on to thank the volunteers for “the impact they are making on the students of Los Angeles and, ultimately, on our economy and our world.”
One of many Marshall philanthropic partners, JA teaches students to generate and manage wealth, think entrepreneurially and recognize the economic importance of doing well in school.
Jordan Alajov ’14, vice president of philanthropy for Marshall’s MBA.PM program, a part-time program for students who wish to remain fully employed while earning an MBA, highlighted the School’s position on giving back as what makes the Marshall brand unique. “I wholeheartedly believe,” he said, “that USC Marshall is producing future business leaders of the world who believe in their power to make a positive impact through their business skills.”
The MBA.PM students’ philanthropic work will culminate next month when they compete with nine top west coast MBA programs at the annual Challenge for Charity (C4C) competition, hosted by Stanford. C4C is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization with the goal of developing future business leaders with a sense of social responsibility and community. The Marshall team—on pace to raise more than $200,000 for Junior Achievement, A Better L.A. and the Special Olympics—hopes to claim the coveted Golden Briefcase trophy for the fifth consecutive year.
“So much of the MBA experience centers on leadership development,” said Daniel Hauser ’14, co-president of the Marshall’s C4C leadership team. “Leadership is something that successful professionals do all day every day, beginning with caring for the people in your neighborhood and investing in your community. Marshall students embody this; it sets us apart in academia, in the workplace and in the community.”