USC Alumni Leadership Conference

September 3, 2021

Greetings, USC Alumni and Volunteer Leaders!

After a year of social distancing and staying safe at home, we are eager to welcome you back to the University Park Campus (local and USC health guidelines permitting) for the 20th annual USC Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) on Friday, September 3. A foundational component of USC’s alumni relations program, this inspirational day brings together alumni and volunteer leaders from around the world, representing USC schools and departments, industry and affinity networks, multicultural organizations, generational groups and more.

As you recharge your Trojan Spirit, you’ll hear briefings from senior university leaders, distinguished faculty and alumni experts, and have the opportunity to network with fellow volunteer leaders … all while learning how USC is addressing the issues of the 21st century and beyond.

We also invite you to join us for the annual USC Volunteer Recognition Dinner, which will take place Thursday, September 2, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. PDT (location TBA). Get a list of this year’s honorees and purchase tickets here.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Fight On!

John Iino JD ’87
2020-22 President, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

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

The USC Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) brings together volunteer leaders from across the university and around the world—including representatives from the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, the Council for Opportunity and Regional Engagement (Alumni CORE), USC school, division and athletics boards, multicultural alumni associations, industry and affinity networks, age-based groups and alumnae (women’s) groups—to hear briefings by senior university officials and faculty, meet and network with fellow Trojan leaders, and learn and share best practices. 

This event is by invitation only and intended for members of the Trojan Family actively serving as volunteers for USC.

Each guest must register separately and indicate each session they will attend.


$45 per person through August 13

$60 per person from August 14-31

$75 Late Registration and Walk-Ups (if available)

Contact the USC Alumni Association for questions at (213) 740-2300.

All times are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).


Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Visit here to purchase tickets and learn about this year’s honorees.



USC Alumni Leadership Conference
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 8:30 a.m.
Registration opens

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome remarks by John Iino JD ’87 and university briefing by USC President Carol L. Folt

9:45 – 9:55 a.m.

9:55 – 10:15 a.m.
USC Athletic Compliance update featuring Scott Simon ’07, MEd ’13 and moderated by Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08

10:15 – 11:10 a.m.
University highlights featuring Stacy Giwa (USC Office of Ethics and Compliance) and Steven Shapiro (USC Health Affairs)

11:10 – 11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Breakout session (select one:)

  • Leadership: Cultivating a Collaborative and Inclusive Community
  • Volunteerism: Evolving as a USC Volunteer—Finding the Courage to Step Up
  • Digital Engagement: The Role of the Alumni Leader in the Digital Age

12:20 – 1:15 p.m.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
University showcase featuring Amber Miller, dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Kate Weber, director of the Public Exchange™; and students from the USC Thornton School of Music.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
USC Admissions featuring Kedra Ishop, vice president for enrollment management

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Closing remarks, followed by a final networking session


Dr. Carol L. Folt
University of Southern California

Dr. Carol L. Folt is a highly experienced leader, internationally recognized life scientist and award-winning teacher. In leading USC, Dr. Folt brings broad executive and leadership experience across the academy, including arts and sciences, professional schools and academic medicine. Throughout her career, she has earned a reputation for always placing students at the center, advancing academic excellence and innovation, setting ambitious goals, prioritizing shared governance and focusing on the future.


Stacy Giwa
USC Vice President of Ethics and Compliance

Stacy Giwa oversees the USC Office of Ethics and Compliance. In this role, she is responsible for helping people across the university comply with legal and regulatory requirements, especially in areas like research, data privacy and health care services. Giwa also works alongside members of the President’s Culture Commission, a group tasked with assessing and strengthening USC’s campus culture.

Kedra Ishop has more than two decades of experience in college admissions and enrollment. (Photo/Austin Thomason)

Kedra Ishop
USC Vice President for Enrollment Management

Kedra Ishop is a nationally recognized expert in higher education who leads the university’s admissions, financial aid and registration functions. In addition, Ishop promotes student success and retention by ensuring that students have opportunities to achieve their personal and professional goals in an engaging and rewarding environment. Ishop joined USC from the University of Michigan, where she served as vice provost for enrollment management.


Amber Miller
Dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Amber D. Miller is the 22nd dean of USC Dornsife and the holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair. A noted experimental cosmologist, she holds a faculty appointment in USC Dornsife’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. As dean of the university’s largest and most academically diverse school, she is committed to raising the profile of all USC Dornsife academic departments; expanding faculty and student diversity; and defining a liberal arts education for the 21st century.


Steven D. Shapiro
USC Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

Steven D. Shapiro is the interim dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He directly oversees Keck Medicine of USC and Keck School of Medicine; works closely with the Office of the Provost and the university’s senior leadership team; and serves as a critical member of the USC Health System Board. A physician-scientist, Shapiro joined USC from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Scott Simon

Scott Simon ’07 MEd ’13
Associate Vice President,
Office of Athletic Compliance

Scott Simon oversees the Office of USC Athletic Compliance, which ensures USC’s compliance with NCAA and Pac-12 rules. He has created cutting-edge policies to address trending NCAA and Pac-12 membership issues; helped coaches, administrators, student-athletes, parents and boosters interpret NCAA and Pac-12 regulations; and conducted rules-education programs forathletes, staff and university liaison groups. In addition, he supervises investigations of potential NCAA and Pac-12 violations and oversees all waiver petitions.

Kate Weber

Kate Weber
Director of Public Exchange™

Kate Weber is the director of the Public Exchange™, USC Dornsife Dean Amber Miller’s signature initiative, which facilitates and streamlines partnerships among USC researchers and civic and business leaders. Weber brings more than ten years of federal government experience to USC from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she developed environmental protection, health, civil society and infrastructure development projects across five countries. She also helped launch the U.S. Global Development Lab in 2014.

John Iino

John Iino JD ’87
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

John Iino has served on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors for eight years. In addition, he has served as the chair of the USC Gould School of Law’s Board of Councilors for the past two years.  A former member of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors, he currently serves as pro bono counsel to Ednovate, the charter management organization overseeing five charter high schools, including USC Hybrid High.

Patrick Auerbach

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations
University of Southern California

Patrick Auerbach manages all operations of the USC Alumni Association and serves as the university’s primary representative to its alumni. He advances USC’s mission by developing and implementing programs, events and services to engage the Trojan Family’s diverse alumni constituency of more than 437,000, and also works closely with the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. As a senior leader in University Advancement, Auerbach also supervises the USC Associates, the university’s 2,500-member premier academic support group.

The USC Alumni Association gratefully acknowledges the dedication and hard work of the members of our 2021 USC Alumni Leadership Conference Planning Committee.


John Iino JD ’87
2020-2022 President, USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

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

Committee Members

Preet Bassi MPA ’04
Washington D.C. Regional Advisory Group

Jay Berger ’66, MS ’67, PhD ’71
Half Century Trojans

Alex Blecksmith ’01, MBA ’12
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
USC Marshall School of Business

Julian Bonse ’12
USC Athletics

Marissa Borjon MA ’10
Dallas, TX Regional Advisory Group

Crispulo Cecilio Bucao MBV ’20
USC Alumni Veterans Network

Amy Carter ’03
Los Angeles Regional Advisory Group

Kristina Chatow ’00, MSW ’02
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Stephanie Chavez MCG ’17
Orange County Regional Advisory Group

Christina Gonzalez EdD ’19
USC Latino Alumni Association

Vivian Gumbiner ’80
Alumnae Coordinating Council

Priya Kapoor ’93, MFTH ’06
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Mark Kawa JD ’88
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

Leticia Kimble ’05
Class of 2005 15th Reunion Committee

Ratri Lertluksamipun
USC School of Architecture Alumni Relations

Ehrin Marlow ’08
Trojan Entertainment Network

David Moreno ’16
Young Alumni Council

Martin Nguyen MRED ’18
USC Alumni Real Estate Network

Ifunanya Nweke MNLM ’16
USC Black Alumni Association

Peter Pirnejad MPLD ’02, DPPD ’17
Bay Area Regional Advisory Group

Henry Wu ’08, MD ’12
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Brigette Young ’02
USC Alumni Entrepreneurs Network

USC Alumni Association Staff

Lara Abell
Director, Signature Events

Blaire Chapman
Executive Assistant, Alumni Relations

Melissa Chapman
Associated Director, Signature Events

Christina Denning ’13
Assistant Director, Regional & Engagement Programs

Danielle E. Harvey ’00, ML ’19
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations

Pasha Hawthorne
Director, Regional & Engagement Programs

Cole Morris
Associate Director, Marketing

Teresa Verbeck ’94, MS ’03, EdD ’10
Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Below are resources to support USC volunteerism. Additional resources will be posted as the conference approaches.

USC Alumni Association at a Glance 2020-2021

Get the latest stats and program updates on the alumni in our global Trojan Family.

USC Office of Athletic Compliance – Playing by the Rules

Volunteer leaders and ambassadors must always strive to maintain the integrity of our great Athletics tradition. Bookmark the digital Athletic Compliance guidelines “Playing by the Rules” and use it as a point of reference for any and all compliance questions.

ALC Zoom Backgrounds

Show your Trojan spirit with one of these Trojan-themed conference backgrounds during the ALC networking sessions and Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Inspiration from around the Trojan Family

Trojans are making a difference on campus, in the community, and around the world. During the conference breaks or whenever you need a little inspired pick-me-up, enjoy watching, liking, and sharing these videos covering some of USC’s exciting programs and most groundbreaking work.


A Place Like No Other: The University of Southern California

First-Generation College Students at USC


Conquest for the Class of 2020


Fight On


Street Medicine Team Helps the Unhoused

Images of Resilience: Keck Medicine Staffers Share Their Selfies


We are USC


USC Business of Cinematic Arts

USC Cinema 90th Anniversary

USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance: The New Movement

USC Mobile Dental Clinic

USC Rossier Impact in L.A.

Technology Changes Lives at USC for Veterans and Military Programs

The Robotics and Coding Academy – USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Research for Alzheimer’s Patients Changes Lives at USC

2019 USC Alumni Leadership Conference
2019 Alumni Leadership Conference

If you are looking for information about the Volunteer Recognition Awards, click here.