USC Marshall Greatness Shared


Marshall enjoyed an outstanding 2018-2019 academic year. As we did last summer, we wanted to share some of our recent news, events, and accomplishments with you.

Our incoming undergraduate and graduate classes were our strongest ever. Our faculty shared their expertise not only with their students but also with the wider business world via the media. Our programs hosted innovators and world leaders in fields from entertainment to global logistics and supply chain. And we earned some of our highest marks from our peer institutions — something that fills me with gratitude for all who teach, learn and work at the school.

I invite you to click on the content below and enjoy this update on the many impressive accomplishments of the USC Marshall community in its 99th year.

Finally, with a transition in leadership with Interim Dean Gareth James starting next month, followed by incoming Dean Geoffrey Garrett, I will take this opportunity to say that it has been my privilege to have served as Marshall’s Dean for the past 12 years. I am so proud of the achievements of this outstanding community of teachers, learners, and creators.

Thank you for your continued interest in USC Marshall — and Fight On!

James G. Ellis

Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration

Celebrating the Class of 2019

Highlights from Commencement


U.S. News & World Report 2020 “Best Grad Schools” Rankings


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By the Numbers

Faculty Research and Awards

In the news

Bloomberg Businessweek

Starbucks Employees Challenged to Serve Even Those Who Aren’t Buying

New York Times

Human Contact is Now a Luxury Good

Morning Consult

The Surprisingly Bright Future for Malls

Wall Street Journal

A Strong Dollar Is Good for America

Outside Online

Clif Just Called Out Kind Bar in The New York Times


Stop Waffling and Get That Brightly Colored Gadget – Science Suggests You’ll Like It More

Brit + Co

How Bringing Home Leftovers Could Derail Your Health Goals

Bloomberg Businessweek

Here’s How 10,000-Plus MBA Students Grade Their Schools


Why Retailers Love the Term “Pre-owned”

& Innovation

ATHENA Summit: Stronger Together

More than 500 women entrepreneurs convene at USC to discuss the state of their startups.

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The Future of Everything

USC Marshall and USC Annenberg co-host SCALE — an event bridging technology and storytelling with future vision.

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Launching New Ventures

USC Marshall students Jake Olson and Daniel Hennes co-founded Engage, an online marketplace for experiences and events that aims to modernize the talent booking process, which still often relies on paper, fax machines, phone calls and checkbooks.

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Marshall Incubator Welcomes 100th Company

The USC Marshall/Greif Incubator launched in 2015 with a mission to serve the university community with an unorthodox approach: opening its doors to a broad range of company types.

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Best MBAs for Entrepreneurs

Poets & Quants, an online publication that covers all things business-school related, has ranked USC Marshall in its 2019 Top 10 Best MBA programs for entrepreneurship.

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Thought Leadership

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Sharoni Little

Dr. Sharoni Little Speaks on Critical Thinking

"Critical Thinking is a skilled process of analysis," the associate dean for diversity and inclusion says in a new podcast.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week

USC’s third annual DEI Week features over 100 sessions throughout campus.

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Women in Business

Women in Business

C-Suite scholars, students and staff convene at USC Marshall for the third annual International Women's Day summit.

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Diversity Leader Honored

Provost Professor Shaun Harper recognized with prestigious awards from two education groups.

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Black accountants

Students Relaunch National Association of Black Accountants

Students of color at the Leventhal School of Accounting have reestablished the USC chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.

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Latino Business Students

Latino Business Student Association Attracts New Membership

A USC Marshall transfer student helps bring the organization back to vibrancy.

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Helping the Heros

Helping the Heroes

USC Marshall hosts new program serving retiring Navy SEALs and their families.

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Community-Building Partnerships

Some of our greatest accomplishments come when we look beyond campus and remember to connect with a wider community in LA, across the nation and around the world.

Risk Management Program

Working closely with leading Los Angeles businesses — including Disney and Aon — the USC Marshall Risk Management program is addressing the coming talent shortage in an essential leadership field.

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Food Industry Management Program

As the preeminent program of its kind in the western United States, the USC Marshall Food Industry Management continues to grow its partnerships with leading retailers.

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ICCI Creative Industries Program

The Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry is a joint project of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and the University of Southern California (USC). This collaboration between two of the world’s leading academic institutions prepares students for senior management positions in industries including new media, entertainment, publishing, e-commerce, tourism and more.

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Business Talks

USC Marshall hosts visionaries and leaders from across the business world to speak to students.

Dr. Pedro Aspe

President of Insignia Capital and former Mexican minister of finance

Elissa Fink

MBA.PM ’93, retired chief marketing officer, Tableau Software

Shane Snow

Journalist, Entrepreneur, Author of “Dream Teams”

Gary Vaynerchuk

Chairman of VaynerX and CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia

Philip Bailey

Lead singer of Earth, Wind & Fire

Milan D. Smith

Honorable Justice of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals


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