University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

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

Track 1 – 3:30 PM, Friday, May 24

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


Adlai Wertman NewAdlai 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.


Karen Gallagher NewKaren Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School of Education on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School’s highly innovative graduate programs prepare students to be change agents as teachers, school leaders, and scholars. The USC Rossier School has risen to #15 in U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Under her leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking online master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) degree in 2009, which has grown the number of highly prepared teachers ten-fold in three years, with students in all 50 states and over 40 countries. The School also pioneered the practitioner-focused education doctorate, the Ed.D, that is now a national model. Gallagher’s team launched its global executive Ed.D. program in 2012 to prepare senior education executives from around the world for the challenges of the 21st century. In Los Angeles, she and her faculty opened USC Hybrid High School, a transformational charter school with a blended learning environment, using personalized curriculum, technology and flexible schedules to assure success for students most at risk of dropping out.

Karen Symms Gallagher was named a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Fellow, the first school of education dean to join a cohort of two dozen nationally known education entrepreneurs and reformers. She was also the co-recipient of the inaugural Provost’s Prize for Innovation in Educational Practice. She received the Los Angeles Urban League’s Social Responsibility Award and, in 2011, the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Service Key from the USC chapter of PDK, the premiere international association for educators.


Dean KlineDean Kline is co-founder, fund manager and managing director for Penn Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. He is also a managing member of the fund’s general partner. In addition, Kline is a board director for several companies: Corporate University Xchange, the Harrisburg Senators, Journal Publications, Probity MT, and Thermacore.

Prior to joining Penn Venture Partners, Kline was vice president of Schoffstall Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage technology companies. He is the former executive vice president of CURE International, which establishes children’s hospitals in developing countries, and was a start-up when Kline began working for the organization. Previously Kline was vice president of planning for a large manufacturing company. He also served as assistant to the executive director at the World Bank, and was responsible for improvement of loan quality, the education and health sectors, and the portfolio for Africa and subsequently Asia. Moreover, he served on the bank’s Joint Audit Committee and the Committee for Development Effectiveness.

Kline began his professional career as an international economist at the U.S. Treasury Department, where he worked on financial and economic relations with Asia and the Middle East, including exchange rate negotiations, financial market liberalization, and funding related to the Gulf Crisis. He was awarded the Secretary’s Certificate and the Certificate of Award by the Treasury Secretary.

Dean Kline received his M.Phil. and Graduate Diploma from Cambridge University and his B.A. from Wheaton College.


Doug LynchDoug Lynch is the chief academic officer for CorpU. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Rossier School of Education. Lynch has long been active in education entrepreneurship. In Arizona, he helped launch one of the first charter schools in the United States and in the mid-90’s, helped launch the online revolution, testifying before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations on the topic. President George W. Bush recognized him for innovation in exporting in education.

He also launched the world’s largest education business plan competition and recently gave a TED talk on the topic. Lynch is active in workforce training and has worked with most of the Fortune 100 companies to help them with their training needs. He was the chair of American Society for Training & Development public policy forum, the board of visitors forthe Central Intelligence Agency, and chaired the U.S.delegation to the International Standards Organization.

Lynch has won several awards including the APX award for best program, an HR Executive Top 10 award, a U.S. Presidential award in innovation from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was recently recognized by Harvard’s Education Next as one of the most important voices in education.

Lynch holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in economics and education from Columbia University. He did his doctoral work in evaluation at Arizona State University, where he also received a B.A. ineconomics. In addition, Doug has an M.B.A. in international finance from New York University.