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Technology Without Borders -
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Rose Shuman,
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Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:30pm - 1:50 pm
Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 450
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NetImpactThe Society and Business Lab featured in
USC Trojan Family Magazine

"Historically, there has been a wall of separation between business and business schools and social issues," says Wertman. "If you cared about social, environmental and health issues, you didn't go to business school. The business discipline was pure profit mode. Now, we are saying, 'No, we need your business skill set to address these global challenges.'"

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The Society and Business Lab Scholars

The Society and Business Lab offers graduate and undergraduate students numerous programming opportunities to complement their academic careers. The SBL Scholars Mentoring Program, one of the newest at the Lab, was implemented during the Fall 2010 semester. Designed to provide Marshall undergraduate students with exposure to the field of social business, the program offers an opportunity to meet with established industry leaders. Undergraduate students are matched with an MBA Society and Business Fellow and a Senior Fellow to learn about social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, non-profit management, and sustainability. In addition, students will learn invaluable information from experts in their field of interest and gain exposure to the best practices in social enterprise. The 2010-2011 cohort of SBL Scholars was selected through a competitive essay and interview process.

We congratulate the following students on their acceptance:

Ada Del RossoSeniorBusiness Administration
Praveen GnanamSeniorBusiness Administration
Kelvin TseSeniorBusiness Administration
Sarah BarrettJuniorBusiness Administration
Tameca DavisJuniorBusiness Administration
Alex Duong JuniorBusiness Administration
Katey FinneganJuniorInternational Relations
Kyle David RainesJuniorBusiness Administration
Jeremy SchwartzJuniorInternational Relations
Greg WoodburnJuniorHistory
Clay Busia SophomoreBusiness Administration
Katherine LauSophomoreBusiness Administration

The Program would not be what it is without the tremendous assistance of the
SBL Senior Fellows
and the Society and Business Fellows
We are grateful to have them mentoring the SBL Scholars.

Lunch and Learn Series, Fall 2010 Conte

The Lunch and Learn Series, exposes the USC community to issues of social and environmental importance and how business solutions can be used to approach these issues.

The Series returned for the fall semester and was kicked-off on September 30, 2010. Speaking on the topic of global health issues,
Lisa Conte, CEO of Napo Pharmaceuticals, captivated an audience of nearly 65 students and faculty by shedding some light on what it means to be the first company to use a social business model in the pharmaceutical industry.

Realizing that diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of child death in the world, Napo has tackled the issue by harvesting products in developing nations using sustainable and fair-trade standards. Napo Pharmaceutical's focus is on high-volume profit of emerging economies in order to provide medicines at an affordable cost.

Lisa has pioneered the biotechnology and pharmaceutical field for twenty years. Prior to Napo Pharmaceuticals, Lisa founded Shaman Pharmaceuticals and has received several entrepreneurship awards, including the 1994 E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The 2010-2011 Lunch and Learn series asks the question "Can business models save the world?"  Pertinent topics in the field of social enterprise will be addressed, including: Transforming Lives Through Social Enterprise; Cause-Related Marketing; Technology Without Borders; Sustainable Housing; Socially Responsible Investing; Alternative Energy; and Corporate Social Responsibility.

To view the 2010-2011 line-up, RSVP for Lunch and Learn events, and view videos of previous Lunch and Learns, please visit our website.

Eric WolfeMarshall School of Business Student Highlight

Senior Entrepreneurship student Eric Wolfe needed a way to pair his practical business acumen and his proclivity for art and design. Through a partnership between the Marshall Society and Business Lab and the
Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Wolfe was one of two Marshall undergraduates who had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with a team of design students. The group aimed to develop a strategic plan for sustainable tourism in the Lake Atitlán region. Once a flourishing hotspot of ecology and culture, the lake and community now suffers from pollution, biological degradation, and dwindling economic vitality. Through this collaboration of design, business, and local retail, Wolfe and his team were able to develop a unique identity for Lake Atitlán that would leverage tourism in an environmentally-friendly and socially-conscious way.

Janet Monte 04The Society and Business Lab is proud to introduce two new members to the team. 

Janet Kramer (pictured on the left) came to the Society and Business Lab in August. She serves as the SBL's Program Specialist. Janet oversees the SBL Scholars Mentoring Program and the Lunch & Learn Speaker Series in addition to undergraduate and MBA programming. 

Monteigne Staats (pictured on the right) joined the SBL in August as a Graduate Assistant. She is a Masters student in the Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) Program at the USC Rossier School of Education.  Monteigne devotes most of her time to programming efforts for Marshall undergraduate business students as well as producing content for the SBL newsletter.

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Summer Subsidy2010 MBA Summer Internship Subsidy

Co-sponsored by the USC Marshall Society and Business Lab and Career Resources Center, the MBA Summer Internship Subsidy encourages and supports the participation of Marshall MBA students in the social enterprise and non-profit sector. Organizations with summer internships represent education, arts and culture, environment, human services, international relief, nonprofit consulting, community development, and other social initiatives.

The 2010 Summer Subsidy recipients:

Jennie BartkowiakMarshall MBAEducation Pioneers
Jyoti GaurMarshall MBADeshpande Foundation
Jesse GoldbergMarshall MBADeshpande Foundation
Molly LarsonMarshall MBAChrysalis
Jacob SullivanMarshall MBAEducation Pioneers

Learn about the 2010 summer intern projects by visiting their blogs.

Welcome to the Incoming Cohort of Society and Business Fellows

Each year a small cadre of Marshall MBA students is awarded the designation of a Society and Business Fellow. The Fellowship is highly selective, focusing particularly on MBA students from each class with interests in poverty, homelessness, education, the environment, and health care.

Society and Business Fellows are auspiciously granted personal mentoring from SBL faculty and staff; professional development tailored to non-traditional business careers; unique, one-on-one opportunities to meet with industry leaders and exposure to best practices in social entrepreneurship; as well as a cohort of like-minded individuals in which professional networking relationships are developed with colleagues who share similar values.

The 2010-2011 Fellows consists of twelve Marshall MBA students:

Sally LeeMBA.PM '11
Tracy DennisMBA '12
Asa FirestoneMBA '12
Kevin FutchMBA '12
Genevieve Gonzalez-TurnerMBA '12
Takuya HoshinoMBA '12
Ayesha KhanMBA '12
Jennie KungMBA '12
Arjun KushwahaMBA.PM '12
Jessica SandovalMBA '12
Elena ZagerMBA '12
Sharmin KarimMBA.PM '13

Clinton-Orfalea Fellowship Program

Each year, graduates of the Marshall School of Business, Gould School of Law, and the School of Policy, Planning and Development are selected to work with the William J. Clinton Foundation.  The one-year, post-graduate fellowship allows the graduate to assist in pursuing the Clinton Foundation's global and domestic initiatives.  | Read more |


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