University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Adlai Wertman

Adlai WertmanAdlai Wertman is a professor of clinical management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business and a professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier Education School at USC.  He is the founding director of the Society and Business Lab at USC Marshall – a center focused on using business models to address global social, environmental and health challenges.

Prior to joining the faculty at USC Marshall, Adlai spent seven years as president and CEO of Chrysalis – the only non-profit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless change their lives through employment. As part of its award-winning program, Chrysalis ran one of the larger social enterprises in the country – Chrysalis Enterprises – with annual revenues over $4.5 million and employing nearly 1,000 clients each year. Prior to Chrysalis, Adlai spent 18 years as a senior investment banker in New York and Los Angeles.

Adlai is an advisory board member of the Global Health Institute and the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) as well as a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation. He is a past commissioner of the Los Angeles Police and Fire Pension Fund.  Adlai holds senior fellow positions at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the UCLA School of Public Affairs.  He is also a Wexner Heritage Fellow.  Adlai is a frequent speaker on the issues of social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, fundraising and non-profit management.  He earned his B.A. in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.B.A. in finance, public policy management and strategic planning from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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