USC Alumni Leadership Conference
Answering the Call

August 31, 2018

University Park Campus

Registration is now open!  Each year, the USC Alumni Leadership Conference brings together volunteer leaders from across the university and around the world, including representatives from regional alumni organizations, alumnae groups, industry networks, affinity programs, age-based groups, the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, USC school alumni boards and USC Athletics support groups.

This year’s conference will include discussions with the university’s senior leadership, as well as breakout sessions focusing on the groundbreaking research being conducted by our faculty and students.

$40 per person / $50 after August 12

All guests must register separately and indicate the sessions they wish to attend.

No refunds after August 27.

For more information, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300.

Friday, August 31, 2018

University Park Campus

All sessions will take place in Town and Gown except where noted.  

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast Buffet
Exchange ideas and share best practices for engaging alumni, while enjoying a full buffet breakfast.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Conference Welcome
Michael A. Felix ’83
President, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations                                                                                                        

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
University Updates
Senior leadership gives university updates on diversity and inclusion as well as student health.

11:05 – 11:20 a.m.
USC Athletic Compliance Update
Michael Blanton JD ’97, vice president for athletic compliance, reminds us of our collective responsibility in ensuring that every member of the Trojan Family plays by the rules.

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Breakout Session 1 (Ronald Tutor Campus Center)
Details may be found under the “Breakout Sessions” tab; attendees will select from the following:

  • Tour of Wallis Annenberg Hall
  • USC Alzheimer’s Initiative
  • Leading with Integrity
  • Wellness

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch (Ronald Tutor Campus Center Grand Ballroom)
 
USC Student Showcase
Enjoy a special showcase of our best and brightest students, moderated by Tammara Anderson ’81, MS ’90, associate dean of experiential and applied learning at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

University Advancement Update
Al Checcio, senior vice president for university advancement, provides insights into the future of advancement at USC.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Session 2 (Ronald Tutor Campus Center)
Details may be found under the “Breakout Sessions” tab; attendees will select from the following:

  • Tour of USC Michelson Hall
  • Homelessness
  • USC Volunteer Leadership
  • Wellness

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.
USC Enrollment Update
Katharine Harrington PhD ’93, vice president for admissions and planning, shares admissions trends and highlights of the incoming fall class.

3:45 – 3:55 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Michael A. Felix and Patrick E. Auerbach

3:55 – 4:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception                                                                         

5:00 p.m.
Pep Rally (Heritage Hall)
(optional and subject to change based upon USC Athletics)

Breakout Sessions

Breakout speakers will be announced in August. 

Breakout Session 1  

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

(attendees will select one)

Revolutionizing the Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Discover how the USC Alzheimer’s initiative is charting a bold new course in the fight against the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Leading with Integrity: Developing Yourself and Others
Developing new leaders is vital to an organization’s success. Learn how to recognize and nurture leadership potential in yourself and others from USC Marshall professor Peter Cardon, the author of Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World.

Creating a Culture of Wellness at USC
USC has become a frontrunner in cultivating a university culture that promotes mental health and well-being for students, faculty and staff. Learn about the many support services now available, as well as plans for new initiatives to meet the needs of our university community.

Tour of Wallis Annenberg Hall
Tour this state-of-the-art media center and learn how USC Annenberg faculty and students are ushering in a new era of digital media communication and production.

Breakout Session 2

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

(attendees will select one)

A Deep-Rooted Commitment to Addressing Homelessness
From 2016 to 2017, Los Angeles County experienced a 23% increase in persons living unsheltered. Learn how USC is tackling the homelessness crisis by creating and sharing tools with our community.

Answering the Call: The Essentials to USC Volunteer Leadership
Volunteering for USC is unique and rewarding if you identify a volunteer program that works for you. Explore volunteerism at USC and learn how you can contribute to the university’s success. Hear from USC volunteers and alumni relations professionals as they share their experiences and insights.

Creating a Culture of Wellness at USC
USC has become a frontrunner in cultivating a university culture that promotes mental health and well-being for students, faculty and staff. Learn about the many support services now available, as well as plans for new initiatives to meet the needs of our university community.

Tour of USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
Visit the innovative Michelson Hall, where Interdisciplinary collaboration is leading to the development of new life-saving devices and therapeutics that address the most critical health issues of our time.

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2016 Alumni Leadership Conference
Photos from the
2017 USC Alumni Leadership Conference

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