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2019 C4C Alumni Gala Awards


The 2019 USC Marshall MBA Challenge 4 Charity Alumni Gala & Auction will be on Saturday, March 2rd, at USC’s Town & Gown Ballroom.


We are honored to recognize the following individuals for their continued dedication to service:

-          Golden Briefcase Alumni Award: Ann Kono (MBA '05)

-          Cardinal Young Alumni Award: Charli Kemp (MBA ’14)

Charli earned her MBA from Marshall in 2014, where she was a Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Fellow, Consortium Fellow and an order of Arete Recipient.  Prior to Business School Charli taught middle school math and science in New York City for 5 years, through Teach for America, a non-profit that provides education in low-income communities and under-resourced public schools. Charli has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Spelman College and a Master of Science in Teaching with honors from Pace University.

Ann earned her MBA from Marshall in 2005. After USC, Ann became a board member of Junior Achievement of Southern Californai and currently serves as the Chair of the Board. In Late 2018, Ann founded Leda Advisory Group, a firm focused on developing growth stage companies. In addition to growth consulting, she invests and mentors companies by leveraging technology and data analytics to solve business gaps. Her prior role as Partner, Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Ares Management (NYSE: ARES) provided Ann with tremendous enterprise scale expereince that she now leverages on behalf of growth stage businesses. 

Please join us to celebrate Charli, Ann, and our MBA students’ commitment to Impactful Service. This event is the largest individual USC Marshall C4C fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, and Team Prime Time.

Tables and individual tickets are available here through Feb 24th. This event is open to all alumni, friends, and supporters.


Help us reclaim the Golden Briefcase and support our youth-focused charities!