Virtual Events Continue to Offer Exclusive USD School of Business Experience

Monday, April 20, 2020TOPICS: Conferences and Workshops

A student smiles and works on his laptop on campus at the University of San Diego

As the spring semester forges on, the University of San Diego School of Business continues to offer enriching experiences to our students, alumni, faculty and local community members to foster this deep sense of community, which USD is known for.

Our staff and faculty have poured their passion for education and student success into these experiences to ensure that even while at home, you can learn valuable lessons, make new connections, hear first-hand how businesses are adapting their practices to thrive during a pandemic and more. So far, our virtual programming has brought together our Torero community in a never-before-seen way. 

We invite you to join us and your peers, alumni, faculty, and business industry leaders to connect. To challenge yourself. To feel inspired. To discover new insights.

Student Experiences for Rising Innovators

  • The Resilient Entrepreneur (now - May 12) - Time and space may be the silver lining to this quarantine. With this time, you could gain an encyclopedic knowledge of ALL the shows on Netflix. Or, you could decide to work on becoming the entrepreneur you had always dreamed of becoming. In the Resilient Entrepreneur series, you will learn critical lessons from alumni entrepreneurs, build skills through workshops, and even get the chance to pitch your very own business idea. Register for the next event.
  • Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge - USD Finals (April 29) - At the USD Finals, Toreros will pitch their ventures to a live online audience and panel of expert judges, competing to advance to the Global Finals. All proposals have been crafted to address one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Join us to vote for your favorite social innovators and support social ventures shaping a brighter future. $10,000+ of seed funding will be awarded, including a People’s Choice Award.

Career Development for Students

  • Lunch and Learn: Industry Insights (now - April 28) - This weekly series connects local professionals with our graduate business students to discuss career paths, industry trends and share job search ideas. The event was adapted from an in-person experience to a virtual event, but you are still welcome to bring your lunch! Register for tomorrow’s event with Resmed and the one next week featuring an MBA alum from Petco.
  • Alumni Zoom Trips (online now) - Two prominent USD School of Business alumni were featured in Alumni Zoom Trips hosted by the USD Career Development Center. These virtual interviews by our very own alumni experts delve into the latest economic outlook and how to navigate the uncertain job market created by COVID-19. Watch Aaron Blumenkranz (BBA in economics), head of sales at Google, offer career tips based on his own experience working at an industry giant. You can also see Garry Ridge (MSEL), CEO of San Diego-based WD-40 and the embodiment of servant leadership, discuss how to lead during uncertain times. 

Community Events for the Globally-Minded

  • Ahlers Center for International Business Virtual Speaker Series (now - April 28) - This semester, this ongoing series has been modified to a virtual setting and follows the theme, managing under uncertainty. All of the guest speakers are MBA alumni and leading industry experts from our Torero community discussing how they are meeting current challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis and finding opportunities to thrive. 

Supply Chain COVID-19 Impacts for Students and Professionals

  • Company Experiences with COVID-19 by the Supply Chain Management Institute (April 21) - Three supply chain leaders from the Reshoring Institute, Lytx and Neurocrine Biosciences will serve as panelists in this virtual meeting and discuss the actions their companies have taken to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their respective supply chains. This event is geared towards students but all are welcome to attend.


Renata Ramirez
(619) 260-4658