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Kobe Bryant Speaks at USC Marshall, and More – Los Angeles News

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Take a look at some of the biggest news stories of the week from our favorite Los Angeles business schools.


Kobe Bryant, at USC Marshall Event, Shares His Grit and Competitive Edge – USC News Room

The Performance Science Institute, a multidisciplinary center at the USC Marshall School of Business, recently hosted five-time-NBA champion, Los Angeles icon, venture capitalist, and recent Academy Award-winner Kobe Bryant, who spoke to a sold out crown at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Bryant discussed a number of topics, from his early days of playing basketball to the challenges of changing course from basketball to business. Bryant has become a leader and innovator in the field of business in addition to his basketball success.  He established a $100 million venture capital fund in 2013 and debuted Granity Studios, a media and animation studio, after his retirement in 2016.

Bryant speaking at USC / Photo via William Vasta

The event also included the awarding of the Jake Olson Vision Awards, a new scholarship established by USC student leader Jake Olson. The scholarship, which was established as an award for students who have had to overcome adversity to join USC, was awarded to Cailin Stroyke and Isiah Dixon at the start of the event.

To read more about Kobe Bryant and his visit to USC Marshall, click here.

The 29 Most Powerful Business Degrees in the World – Business Insider

A new ranking covered by Business Insider names the Anderson School of Management at UCLA among the most powerful business degrees in the world. Along with the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the Stanford Business School, Anderson is one of three schools from California to make the list.

The ranking was compiled by the education company QS, which compiles a list of top business degrees around the world each year. The ranking takes into consideration factors such as an institution’s reputation among employers and in the academic community, in addition to the number of research citations the school gets in published papers within the fields of business and management. The Anderson School of Management dropped two places this year from 16th to the 18th highest ranked business degree in the world. While the list includes several schools from throughout the United States, top schools from the U.K. and Europe—like the London Business School—as well as top schools from Australia also make the list.

Click here to read more about the most powerful business degrees in the world.

Digital Transformation: At a Crossroads – UCI Paul Merage School of Business Newsroom

The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine recently hosted the annual Road to Reinvention conference at the end of March, hosting a number of top speakers within the industry to share their insights on digital innovation. The event was hosted by the Center of Digital Transformation (CDT) at Merage, with the CDT’s founder—professor of information systems and computer science Vijay Gurbaxani—as the keynote speaker.

“We are at a crossroads,” Gurbaxani said in his opening speech. “Technology is extraordinarily powerful and can lead to fantastic things for society and the economy. But, we have to manage the risks. It is incumbent upon every one of us to lead this change responsibly.”

Read more about the insights shared at the 2018 Road to Reinvention conference here.

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