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Marshall and Leventhal Announce 2024 Commencement Speakers

Marshall and Leventhal Announce 2024 Commencement Speakers

Marshall and Leventhal will celebrate their graduates with addresses from leaders in real estate, banking, and entertainment.


The Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting have announced their 2024 commencement speakers. The ceremonies, which will take place on May 10 at Alumni Memorial Park and Brittingham Field, will feature honorees from a diverse range of disciplines. These three speakers, all Trojans, are respectively responsible for billions of dollars in real estate value, one of the nation’s most successful banks, and a media empire that stretches across dozens of networks.

  • Undergraduate Speaker: Byron Allen

    Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Allen Media Group in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Allen Media Group owns 28 ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX network affiliate broadcast television stations in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 300 million subscribers. Allen Media Group also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for over 73 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations.

    In 2018, Allen was selected for the Bloomberg 50 as one of “the people in business, entertainment, finance, politics, and technology and science whose 2018 accomplishments were particularly noteworthy.” He was also inducted into the Broadcasting+Cable Hall of Fame in 2019. Allen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Motion Picture & Television Fund Board of Governors, and the Foundation Board of Trustees for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

    In 2023, Allen was presented with the inaugural Legendary Honor award at Harvard Business School’s 50th annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh Conference presented by the African American Student Union (AASU). The conference recognizes the contributions of African American leaders and addresses key issues such as Black wealth creation, leadership, business ownership and societal equity.

    “I am honored by the USC Marshall School of Business, and I look forward to engaging with the graduates that day as they step into an exciting and rewarding future. We must always be honest and optimistic, and the promise of our graduates entering the marketplace is bright and encouraging. While many executives in our industry see and employ the word ‘no’ as their power, I believe in being a positive force in business, and I want to share my trials and tribulations with our future leaders.”

    Marshall Undergraduate Ceremony

    Friday, May 10, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.

    Alumni Park | MAP

  • Graduate Speaker: Jaime L. Lee

    Jaime Lee BA ’06, JD ’09 is the chief executive officer of the Jamison group of companies, a $6 billion privately held commercial real estate enterprise. She is an independent director for the James Campbell Company, a $5.3 billion Hawaii-based, nationally-diversified real estate group, a board member for the LA 2028 Olympics games, a trustee at Harvard-Westlake School, and a member of the Mayor’s International Advisory Council, along with many others. From 2018 to 2023 she was the President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Los Angeles, where she led with distinction through the pandemic and ensuing container crisis.

    One of Lee’s greatest passions is the University of Southern California. Earning both a BA from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a JD from the Gould School of Law, she is highly involved on campus and currently sits on the USC Board of Trustees where she co-chairs the Alumni Affairs and University Development committee and sits on the Executive, Audit Compliance Risk & Privacy, and Academic Affairs committees.

    Lee has been named one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal every year since 2018. She has received a Los Angeles Times Women of Influence Award, the LA Parks Foundation’s Rose Award, Asia Society Southern California’s Urban Visionary Award, the USC School of Architecture’s Distinguished Business Leadership Award, and the Asian American Architects & Engineers President’s Award.

    “As a trustee, USC commencement is one of the most thrilling days of the year as we welcome new graduates as fellow Trojan alumni. I am incredibly humbled to be a welcoming voice at Marshall’s ceremony this year. The pace of change in our business world is accelerating in unimaginable ways, both technologically as well as societally, and our graduate students at Marshall are on the leading edge of that change with their entrepreneurship, creativity, empathy, and vision for a more connected future.”

    Marshall Graduate Ceremony

    Friday, May 10, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

    Alumni Park | MAP

  • Leventhal Speaker: Karen Schoenbaum

    Karen Schoenbaum ’85 joined American Business Bank (ABB) as executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2017. The Bank has grown to the top 10% of banks nationally in assets. Preceding ABB, Schoenbaum served as executive vice president and CFO of several banks in the Los Angeles area. In addition, she worked for several years at EY. She received her BA in Business, a Certificate in Computer Science, and a Master’s in Accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting. Schoenbaum is a past president of the USC Accounting Circle as well as a recipient of the USC Leventhal Distinguished Service Award.

    “It is a great privilege to celebrate with the Trojan Family, especially the USC Leventhal graduates’ accomplishments, and to look forward with them and Dean Holder on their next chapter in life. USC means so much to me and I am grateful to serve as a speaker to encourage the graduates and others on the merits of an accounting education and career.”

    Leventhal Ceremony

    Friday, May 10, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.

    Brittingham Field | MAP