18 May Sabrina Kay MBA ’05

Sabrina Kay has led a diverse professional life as a serial entrepreneur, tech educator, fashion designer, philanthropist and public speaker. Her success is all the more remarkable given her beginnings as a poor, non-English-speaking South Korean immigrant and single mother. After dropping out of college,...

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18 May Joyce Kennard ’71, MPA/JD ’74

Joyce Kennard retired as an associate justice on the California Supreme Court in 2014. Appointed in 1989 by then California governor George Deukmejian, she was the court’s second woman and first Asian American justice. She also served as: chair of the California Judicial Council’s Appellate...

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11 May Randal Kleiser ’74

Randal Kleiser is an internationally known film director whose first feature film, Grease (1978), remains the top-grossing movie musical of all time. His other directing credits include The Blue Lagoon (1980), Summer Lovers (1982),  Flight of the Navigator (1985), White Fang (1991), Honey, I Blew...

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11 May Lisa Middleton MPA ’79

  With her election to the Palm Springs City Council in November 2017, Lisa Middleton became the first transgender person elected to a non-judicial office in the state of California. Representing the desert resort city, she serves on the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the Sunline Board...

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11 May Kristen Kavanaugh MSW ’12

In 2010, while earning her graduate degree at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Kristen Kavanaugh founded the Military Acceptance Project (MAP). What began as a class project, focused on addressing the needs of LGBT service members, has since evolved into a full-fledged...

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02 May Jon M. Chu ’03

Jon M. Chu is a filmmaker whose credits include Step Up 2: The Streets (2008), Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), Now You See Me 2 (2016) and the hotly anticipated Crazy Rich Asians (2018), which is based on the bestselling novel by...

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22 Mar Cynthia Kadohata ’79

Cynthia Kadohata is the author of the Newbery Medal-winning book Kira-Kira (2005), the Pen USA Award-winner Weedflower (2006), and the National Book Award-winner The Thing About Luck (2013), among other prize-winning works for children. Her writing has appeared in Grand Street, the Mississippi Review, The...

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21 Mar Justin Chon ’03

Justin Chon is an actor/director best known for his role as Eric Yorkie in the popular Twilight film series. A Southern California native, he began acting in 2005, two years after he graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business.  Guest-starring roles in such television...

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21 Mar Marie Lu ’06

Marie Lu is a YA novelist whose critical and commercial success prompted the New York Times to call her "a hit factory." The author of the bestselling Legend and Young Elites trilogies, she began writing science fiction and fantasy stories as a child; video games...

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24 Oct Lindsay Harrison ’00

Lindsay Harrison is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Jenner & Block. She assists corporations and individuals with federal and state appellate and U.S. Supreme Court litigation, as well as in federal and state trial courts and arbitrations. A 2003 cum...

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