Lunch with a Leader: Christine Harada, former U.S. Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama Administration

Christine Harada most recently served as the US Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama Administration. In this role, she provided oversight for all sustainability-related initiatives across the Federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions by overseeing game-changing improvements that added to our nation’s clean energy future.  She also served as the acting Chief of Staff for…

Lunch with a Leader: John Bedrosian

A first-generation Armenian-American whose parents emigrated to the United States in the early 20th century, John Bedrosian credits his success to living and working in an open and democratic society. Mr. Bedrosian is the former co-founder and chairman of the board of Auto-by-Tel Corporation, the largest Internet-based car marketing referral service covering the United States and Canada. Previously,…

Lunch with a Leader: Jennifer Samson (photos)

Lunch with a Leader provides students, faculty, and members of the public the opportunity to hear ideas from local, state, and national leaders, share their own ideas, and gain inspiration for effective governance in a more intimate and informal setting. Jennifer Samson handles all aspects of River LA’s real estate development and placemaking including deal…

Jennifer Samson and the Revitalization of the LA River

On September 20, the Bedrosian Center welcomed USC alumna Jennifer Samson to campus for an engaging conversation as our first Lunch with a Leader event of the semester! Ms. Samson is the Director of Real Estate Development at River LA, a nonprofit that works to develop the 51-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River into an open space that brings the community and nature together.

Lunch with a Leader: Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College (photos)

Maria Klawe, has been a powerful force in closing the gender gap in science and engineering. Harvey Mudd College’s fifth president, she joined the college from Princeton University after serving 14 years at the University of British Columbia. Prior to UBC, Klawe spent eight years with IBM Research in California and two years at the…

STEM education maverick, Maria Klawe is our next Lunch with a Leader guest

On Tuesday, March 8, the Bedrosian Center welcomes Maria Klawe to USC for our second Lunch with a Leader event of the semester! Ms. Klawe is the President of Harvey Mudd College and has been a powerful force in closing the gender gap in science and engineering. She has devoted significant attention to improving K-12…

Lunch with a Leader: Nick Griffin and the Revitalization of Downtown LA

On January 26, the Bedrosian Center welcomes Nick Griffin to USC for our first Lunch with a Leader of the 2016! Mr. Griffin is the Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID). He will join us for a discussion about the recent growth of Downtown LA and the rise of Business Improvement…

A conversation with Dr. Lucy Jones: Lessons Learned

On Monday November 30th the Bedrosian Center held their last Lunch with a Leader of the semester with seismology expert Dr. Lucy Jones. Dr. Jones has worked with the US Geological Survey for over 30 years. More recently she started a collaboration with Mayor Garcetti and the City of LA, first in the development of…

A Conversation with Paula Daniels: Lessons Learned

On Tuesday, November 17 the Bedrosian Center welcomed the Executive Director of California Central, Paula Daniels for our third Lunch with a Leader event of the semester. Daniels has worked extensively on sustainability policy, holding important positions in both the nonprofit and public sector. She started her environmental work volunteering with Heal the Bay, where…