Faculty & Staff

Adlai Wertman

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BRI
Room / Office
105C
David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Founding Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

MBA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, SUNY at Stony Brook

Adlai Wertman is the David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School. He is the founding Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, as well as the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship and the Warren Bennis Scholars programs. Before USC, Adlai spent seven years as CEO of Chrysalis — an LA social enterprise devoted to helping homeless through employment. Prior to Chrysalis, Adlai spent 18 years as an investment banker. He earned his BA in economics from SUNY Stony Brook and his MBA in finance from The Wharton School.

Jill Kickul

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JFF
Room / Office
513
Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Research Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Jill was formerly at NYU’s Stern School of Business as Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in social Innovation and Impact. She is the Founding Director of the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest academic conference in the field. She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship has been adopted in over 80 universities. Jill is the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal and her work on entrepreneurship education has been nationally recognized by Fortune as a Top 10 Innovative Program.

Abby Fifer

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BRI
Room / Office
105
Executive Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Abby Fifer Mandell is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and teaches BAEP 471 and 571, courses in which interdisciplinary teams of students use design thinking to create products for underresourced communities in California. Prior to joining USC, Abby served as the Director of Admissions of the graduate school of education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. As a consultant for Brailsford & Dunlavey, she designed educational programs and facilities at Duke University, The University of Vermont, and Dartmouth University, among others. Abby is a Wexner Heritage Fellow and serves on the board of Question Box.

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Nadine Bentis

Career Services Advisor

Nadine Bentis is the MSSE Program Director at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and student services for the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall.

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Duke Bristow

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HOH
Room / Office
232
Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

PhD, UCLA; MBA, Indiana University; BS, Purdue University

Duke Bristow is an expert on corporate finance and corporate governance, particularly in the areas of private equity and director education. He has published papers in economics, engineering, and law journals, and has advised Corporate Board Member magazine and other publications on matters involving corporate governance and director education since 1998. His research and teaching has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the NASDAQ, the four largest international audit firms, and a dozen national law firms. Professor Bristow is a director of Landec Corporation (Nasdaq: LNDC) and is the Faculty Director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit.

Christine El Haddad

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HOH
Room / Office
421
Assistant Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, BBA, American University of Beirut

Christine El-Haddad specializes in business, corporate and global strategy and has taught courses in strategy in Marshall’s undergraduate, MBA, and MS in Social Entrepreneurship programs. She has received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching twice alongside multiple other teaching awards and media mentions. Dr. El-Haddad has substantial experience in designing educational programs and conferences. She has developed executive education programs for the USC Office of Continuing Education. She has also organized and delivered two highly successful day-long Marshall conferences featuring nationally renowned speakers. As a management consultant and strategist, she has advised businesses in various industries and leading nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity.

Ira Kalb

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HOH
Room / Office
604
Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing

MBA, BS, University of California, Los Angeles

Ira S. Kalb is a professor, consultant, speaker and author of 10 books and 357 published articles and 613 media appearances. He has 45 years of business experience as President and VP of marketing of COMPAL Inc. and CEO of Kalb & Associates. He received the Golden Apple teaching award in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016. He was Knighted by the Finnish Government as Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland. Students and clients are employing his marketing inventions with great success in the marketplace. He is on a Wall Street Journal crisis management expert panel.

Zivia Wilson Sweeney

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ACC
Room / Office
109
AssociateProfessor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Zivia Sweeney is an expert in strategic planning and budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting and finance operations for manufacturing, healthcare, service, and nonprofit organizations. She has served in senior management roles in public corporate and nonprofit arenas, and has held the of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Professor Sweeney is a PriceWaterhouseCoopers alumnus. She has served for a number of years as a member of the USC Leventhal School’s Accounting Advisory Board.