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USC Marshall Recognizes Alumni Success, and More – Los Angeles News

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We’ve rounded up the top stories coming out of business schools in the Los Angeles metro this week.


Marshall Represents! – USC Marshall Newsroom

Graduates from the Marshall School of Business at USC have reason to celebrate this week, with the release of the Los Angeles Business Journal’s feature, “20 in their 20s,” which heavily features USC Marshall alumni. Nearly half of the list (9 out of 20) have ties to USC Marshall, and several used the feature to call out their most inspiring faculty mentors from the university, such as assistant and associate professors of clinical entrepreneurship, Tommy Knap and Greg Autry.

The list profiles young entrepreneurs already making an impact in their community, though the nature of their work can run the gamut. The organizations and products these entrepreneurs represent include real estate, fitness gear, home furnishings, and more. Laura Hertz, who encountered challenges throughout her career as a result of both age and gender, turned a Marshall class project into an agent for real change with her business gifting company, Gifts for Good.

“I tell [investors] that some of the most disruptive founders in history have been people in their ’20s with no industry knowledge—think Amazon, Airbnb, Uber,” Hertz commented.

Read more about the young Marshall entrepreneurs making an impact here.

Chapman Hosts First Shadow Open Market Committee Conference Towards the West Coast – Chapman University Newsroom

This summer, the Argyros School of Business at Chapman University served as host of the first-ever West Coast conference for the Shadow Open Market Committee. Created in 1973, the SOMC has met annually to discuss issues surrounding the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee. For the past 45 years, this conference has gathered distinguished monetary economists from both academia and private institutions in New York or Washington DC. This summer, the organization chose Chapman University as the location for its West Coast debut.

“They are very busy people and famous in the economics and finance world so we are very honored that the SOMC chose Chapman for their first meeting outside of the East Coast,” commented Argyros professor and conference organizer Marc Weidenmier. This year’s conference theme was “The Fed’s Return to Normalcy.”

You can read more about the SOMC conference at Chapman University here.

Their Future is Our Business – UCLA Magazine

This week, UCLA Magazine celebrates the Riordan Programs, now in their 31st year at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Beginning in the early 1980s, the Riordan Programs emerged as a way to counter the unrest plaguing the South Los Angeles Area. Now-retired Anderson professor, William Ouchi, believed that getting more people of color involved in business could help inspire a new professional workforce that had the needs of diverse communities in mind. With the help of philanthropist and eventual mayor of Los Angeles, Richard Riordan, Ouchi put his ideas into motion.

The program offers students from low-income backgrounds resources such as college preparation, career guidance and mentorship. Certain programs even help prepare first-generation college students to apply to MBA programs. For students like Denise Gonzalez-Kim, the program opened opportunities that might have never been available otherwise. “I know that my life could have gone a very different way,” she commented on her childhood in South Los Angeles. Today, Gonzalez-Kim is pursuing her MBA at Anderson, after graduating in 2008 with her B.A.

Read more about the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson here.

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