USC Marshall Society and Business Lab

Summer 2011

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Two concepts that are at the very core of Marshall and USC are 'entrepreneurship' and 'service to society'. In perfect alignment with those ideas, we are excited to announce the creation of an interdisciplinary University-wide minor in social entrepreneurship. One of the first such programs in the country, President Nikias suggested the creation of the minor several years ago in response to student demand. After recent University approval, students from any school at USC will be able to sign up for the minor beginning this fall.The Marshall-based minor - in partnership with the School of Policy, Planning and Development - will offer students basic coursework in business, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise management along with courses that allow a specialization based on students' interests. The minor is designed to give students a framework within which they can apply what they are learning throughout their undergraduate coursework to the benefit of society. We are very excited about this new endeavor and look forward to this newest opportunity to train the next generation of USC global and local leaders.


Adlai Wertman

Founding Director

Congratulations to SBL's Inaugural Class of Society and Business Fellows

cohort 1 fellows grads

SBL's first class of Society and Business MBA Fellows graduated in May. Fellows are now working at social impact organizations around the globe, including Blue Garnet Associates nonprofit consulting, City Year Los Angeles, the Clinton Foundation and Southern California Edison green technology sales, among others. The Society and Business Fellowship is a highly selective designation awarded to a small cadre of Marshall MBA students in each class seriously pursuing careers in the social sector, particularly those interested in poverty, homelessness, education, the environment, and health. MBA Fellows receive specialized networking opportunities and professional development through the Society and Business Lab.


Society and Business Fellows were recently featured by USC Marshall News.  Read article 


Marshall Students Selected for Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowships

2011 Edu Pioneer

Education Pioneers works to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming America's education system. This year, sixteen USC graduate students were chosen to be Education Pioneers Fellows, including five from the Marshall School of Business. SBL and the USC Marshall Career Center were pleased to provide subsidies to support these students in their work this summer.


Tracy Dennis, The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools*

Kevin Futch, Teach for America Chicago*

Jessica Salazar, Los Angeles Unified School District*

Doug Valentine, LA Education Partnership

Henry Yeung, Los Angeles Unified School District


*Society and Business Fellows


MBA Students Intern at Social Enterprises Around the World

2011 summer subs

The USC Marshall Society and Business Lab and the Career Resource Center (CRC) believe that MBA interns can learn vital business skills in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. This summer, ten Marshall students are receiving summer subsidies that allow them to take nontraditional business internships that yield a high social impact. Organizations supported by the summer internship subsidy include California Charter School Association, CORE Educational Services, LA Education Partnership, Teach for America, LAUSD, Partnership for LA Schools, USC University Hospital, Kids Walk Across America, and the Acumen Fund in Pakistan.


Learn about current and past summer intern subsidy recipients by following their blog.


New Summer Social Entrepreneurship Internships in Africa

2011 ThinkImpact

This summer, six Marshall undergrads supported by the USC Marshall School of Business will live, work and build social businesses in rural Africa with community entrepreneurs. In partnership with ThinkImpact, the USC Marshall School of Business offered six summer social entrepreneur internships in Kenya and South Africa. Students will identify and evaluate supply chains and develop a socially innovative business plan. Additionally students learn through an asset-based community development curriculum and help create jobs, products and services that change lives.


Scott Fairbanks, '13 

Roxie Friberg, '13

Ayushi Gummadi, '12

Willie Kuo, '11

Bryan Medlock, '11

Veronica Osinski, '11

Apply for the SBL Scholars Mentoring Program


SBL Scholars Undergraduate Mentoring Program 

Deadline to Apply - Monday, September 2


The SBL Scholars Mentoring Program is a one year program that offers an elite group of USC  undergraduate students passionate about social enterprise with personal mentoring from industry experts.



 USC Marshall SBL Scholars Mentoring Program Video - Greg Woodburn, '12


News & Local Events


SBL has a new website!  Visit the new SBL website for student programs, resources and news.


Molly Larson, MBA '11, former USC Net Impact President and a Society and Business Fellow, featured on Net Impact Career Center websiteRead Article 


USC Marshall Undergraduate Net Impact receives Gold Chapter rating.  Read Article 


LASVP Fast Pitch Competition 

Deadline to Apply - Monday, July 18

A two month mentoring program for some of LA's most innovative non-profits and an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to compete for over $20,000 in grants. 

2010 Social Innovation Fast Pitch Highlight Reel 




2011 Net Impact Conference 

Dates:  October 27, 2011 - October 29, 2011

Location:  Portland, OR


Social Enterprise Alliance National Summit 2011 

Dates:  October 31, 2011 - November 2, 2011

Location:  Chicago, IL


Los Angeles

Eat Real Festival 

Date:  July 16, 2011 - July 17, 2011

Location:  Culver City, CA


Mindshare LA 

Date:  July 20, 2011

Location:  Downtown Los Angeles


The Do Good Bus 

The Do Good Bus is a social enterprise that creates community and awareness by providing volunteer opportunities for small groups and corporations.


Levitt Pavilion Free Concert Series 

Date:  Summer 2011

Location:  McArthur Park - Los Angeles


Thank you for being a part of SBL's network. Enjoy your summer! 

USC Marshall Society and Business Lab

In This Issue
SBLs Innagural Fellows
Ed Pioneers Fellows Announced
MBAs at Social Enterprises
Students Implement Social Enterprise in Africa
Become an SBL Scholar
News & Local Events

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