2017 Speaker Series

The Speaker Series is a wonderful opportunity to engage with thought leaders and your surrounding community in Orange County. Every year the USC Alumni Club of Orange County comes together over of the course of four months to learn about relevant and important topics in today’s world. Take a look at our 2017 schedule below and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

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January 19th, 2017 - Dan Schnur

photo_1023575“Looking Back on The 2016 Campaign: What to Expect Moving Forward” 

Dan Schnur is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become active in the world of politics and encourage public officials to participate in the daily life of USC. For years, Dan was one of California’s leading political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns. Dan has spoke at our Speaker Series before and we look forward to welcoming back for an engaging conversation around our recent election!

Light dinner provided. 6:30 start. Buy Tickets Here! 

February 22nd, 2017 - Professor Ashish Soni

23253_3405258_3045_n“Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Imagination: Improve your Power of Ideation, Innovation and Capacity for Building the Future”

Ashish is the Founding Director of the Viterbi  Startup Garage, the Viterbi Students Institute for Innovation(VSi2), Executive Director of Digital Innovation,  and Associate Professor of Engineering Practice at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He also founded and leads the USC Viterbi Startup Garage, the only technology incubator at a top engineering school launched in collaboration with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

He teaches courses related to high tech entrepreneurship, user experience design and innovation and recently launched one of the nation’s first educational programs in Digital Entrepreneurship.

Light dinner provided. 6:30 start. Buy Tickets Here!

March 15th, 2017 - Debra Holland

“The Journey of a Best Selling Author”

Debra Holland is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of the award-winning Montana Sky Series and The Gods’ Dream Trilogy. Debra works as a psychotherapist and corporate crisis/grief counselor. She’s the author of The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, a book about helping people cope with all kinds of loss. In 2013 Starry Montana Sky was selected by Amazon as one of the Top 50 Greatest Love Stories.

Debra will join us for a discussion about her journey as both a self-published and traditionally-published author. We look forward to learning more about her path to success. The night will conclude with a book signing by Debra.

Light dinner provided. 6:30 start. Buy Tickets Here!

April 19th, 2017 - Dr. David Schonfeld


“The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: USC Helping Schools and Families Support Children at Times of Crisis and Loss”

David Schonfeld is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB). He holds a joint appointment at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

In 2005, Schonfeld established the NCSCB with funding from the September 11th Children’s Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust. The center aims to promote an appreciation of the role that schools play to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss; to collaborate with organizations and agencies to further this goal; and to serve as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance.

Light dinner provided. 6:30 start. Buy Tickets Here!

May 10th, 2017 - Professor Larry Harris

“Why Interest Rates Will Remain Low for Many Years” 

Larry Harris holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business.  His research, teaching, and consulting address regulatory and practitioner issues in trading and investment management.  His introduction to the economics of trading, Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners, is widely regarded as a “must read” for entrants into the securities industry.

Dr. Harris is lead independent director of Interactive Brokers, Inc. (IBKR), director of the Selected Funds, research coordinator of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (the Q-Group), and executive director of the Financial Economists Roundtable.  He has served as Chief Economist of the SEC, associate editor of several academic journals, and director of CFA Society Los Angeles.  He also has worked for an institutional broker and for a proprietary trading firm.

Professor Harris received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1982, and is a designated CFA charterholder.

Light dinner provided. 6:30 start. Buy Tickets Here!