Jacobson Family Sustainable Impact Lecture Series
Throughout the academic year, the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab hosts lectures featuring leaders in the social impact space. Students meet and learn from successful social entrepreneurs and social impact professionals tackling various issues, including homelessness, food insecurity, sustainability and more. These free events are open to the USC community and beyond.
The 2021-2022 Jacobson Family Sustainable Impact Lecture Series addresses the topic “Rethinking Business’ Role in Society: A Series on Stakeholder Capitalism.” This year's lecture series is virtual. Follow us on Instagram or join our mailing list for details.
Feb. 21, 2019
Can great design promote gender equality? Audrey Anderson, chief operating officer at Be Girl, joins us to share how product design can give women access to opportunities, health and financial freedom.
Media, Impact & Inclusion
March 26, 2019
What role can media play in social impact? Paul Polizzotto (CEO of of Givewith), Kimberly Bryant (CEO of Black Girls CODE), and Lesley Slaton Brown (chief diversity officer at HP) join executive director Abby Fifer Mandell to discuss how we can create opportunities for underrepresented minorities to participate in digital innovation.
Why is Toilet Paper More Compelling Than Democracy?
Sept. 26, 2019
How can we apply the same ideas used to sell products to sell ideas? Is it possible for Hollywood to both entertain and educate the public on important social issues? What does it take for a company to be political without being partisan? The Lab hosts a provocative conversation about strategy, branding, media and social impact with three of today’s most innovative leaders in cause-related marketing: Sophie Ragir (vice president, OMG WTF); Anjelica Triola (director of marketing, Wethos); Lindsay Scola (director of strategic communications and social impact, Friends at Work).
Capitalism, Credit and Race
Nov. 6, 2019
What role does generational wealth play in maintaining the status quo? What is an equitable financial system? In a segregated economy, can systems that initially created the racial wealth gap now be trusted to close it? Why do experts advocate for solutions like postal banking? Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at UCI and author of "The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap," and David Jette, co-founder and legislative director of Public Bank LA, join us to discuss the economic structural failures that severely underserve communities of color and the fundamental reforms needed to achieve economic equality.
Feb. 25, 2020
The average American throws away 80 pounds of clothing every year, and 85% of donations end up in a landfill. What does it really mean to be eco-friendly? Can a fashion brand truly be zero-waste? Kristy Caylor, co-founder and CEO of For Days, discusses how to build a clothing line that matches her values and the future of sustainable apparel.