Upcoming Speakers

Neil Barsky
October 24, 12-1:30pm

The Marshall Project: Shedding Light and Heat on Criminal (in)Justice

Description: The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and its criminal justice system is irretrievably broken. Neil Barsky will discuss the challenges of creating a new, prize-winning non-profit journalism organization to elevate the need for criminal justice reform in the national conscience, and whether (and if so, how) the Marshall Project can move the needle on justice reform.

Bio: Neil Barsky is the chairman and founder of the Marshall Project, a non-profit journalism enterprise that covers the American system of criminal justice with the goal of sparking a national conversation about reform. He has enjoyed a varied career in the fields of journalism, finance and film. He has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, working for the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal. Later, he embarked on a career in finance, and served as an equity research analyst in the areas of real estate, casinos and hotels for Morgan Stanley. Neil next went on to build two hedge fund businesses, Midtown Capital and Alson Capital Partners. He retired from the money management business in 2009.  Neil directed and also produced the critically-acclaimed documentary film KOCH, which aired nationally on PBS’s POV series. He also recently taught economics at Oberlin College.  Neil is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

RSVP to stacia.fewox@usc.edu for lunch and location.


Tanya Tull
November 14, 12-1:30pm

The Evolution of a Social Activist (How I Found My Voice!)

Description: Leading homelessness advocate Tanya Tull is serial social entrepreneur who founded Para Los Ninos, A Community of Friends, and Partnering for Change, and co-founded LA Family Housing. She will share her “light-bulb moments” over four decades in what she calls “a front-row seat to an American tragedy.” She believes that our often well-meaning but faulty efforts to help end homelessness have instead created a new subclass that may be here to stay.

RSVP to stacia.fewox@usc.edu for lunch and location.


Jonathan Greenblatt
November 16, 8:30-10am

Bio: Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League will be giving a morning talk.

RSVP to stacia.fewox@usc.edu for breakfast and location.


Stephen McConnell
November 28, 12-1:30pm

Bio: Before assuming the role of President of Civic Participation Action Fund, Mr. McConnell spent 7 years at the Atlantic Philanthropies, the last three of which as Country Director for U.S. Programs. Previous experience includes 19 years as Vice President for Public Policy for the Alzheimer’s Association and 7 years on Capitol Hill, as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and as a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee on Aging. Mr. McConnell earned both his Ph.D. in Sociology and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

RSVP to stacia.fewox@usc.edu for lunch and location.


Kim Bailey and Gary Painter
November 30, 12-1:30pm


Kim Bailey is Pay for Success Senior Associate at the Non-profit Finance Fund.

Gary Painter is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at USC.

RSVP to stacia.fewox@usc.edu for lunch and location.