ITP Distinguished Speaker Series

USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Technology Program (ITP) is proud to present the ITP Distinguished Speaker Series. Each month, the program will host a distinguished industry professional to speak to USC students, faculty, and staff about many and varied topics that encompass what it means to work in an Information Technology field.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Please join us in November for “Facilitating Innovation,” an engaging workshop with USC Graduate Professor and international award-winning keynote speaker, SASHA STRAUSS.

Wed, November 8, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) 101

Sprinkles cupcakes reception to follow!

Speaker Bio:
SASHA STRAUSS is an international authority on brand strategy. Corporations, non-profits, universities, and faiths call on Sasha and his team to create and communicate organizational purpose for startups to Fortune 100s.

In 2006, Sasha founded Innovation Protocol, a brand consultancy headquartered in Los Angeles, with staff in San Francisco and New York. Clients range from Google, Disney, and Amgen, to the Roman Catholic Church, Homeboy Industries and the Boy Scouts.

A renowned international keynote speaker, Sasha has been the lead presenter at some of the world’s largest conferences, and has record high satisfaction ratings from Vistage, YPO, Tiger21, and EO audiences. As a graduate professor for 11 years, Sasha is directly engaged with the most decisive consumer minds of the era, and uses their fresh insights to inform his latest speaking engagements.

For full event information and RSVP, please see our event link:

Future Event Dates for 2017-2018

February 14, 2018
March 14, 2018
April 4, 2018

Check back for updates on speakers!

Previous Events


For our September fireside chat, we featured USC alumus, JASON BOSCO.

Speaker Bio:
JASON BOSCO graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is currently Vice President of Engineering at Dollar Shave Club. He leads their Software Engineering organization that’s responsible for building, scaling and evolving DSC’s proprietary high-volume Subscription E-Commerce & Content platforms behind – the Front-end Experience, Web Tier, Subscription Billing, Fulfillment, Order Management, Internal Tools, the Infrastructure that hosts their technology platforms, Data Pipelines and Data Science capabilities. He was the second engineer at DSC, built version 1 of several core backend systems and then built teams around each of them. He’s helped scale DSC’s technology and team to support a rapidly growing business with over 3M customers.

Prior to DSC, Jason was Lead Software Engineer at BlockBeacon, a location-based local deals aggregator startup that was later acquired by Dun and Bradstreet. He was part of the founding engineering team and helped build out the front-end and infrastructure.


For our October event, we held a fireside chat with USC alumna, ERICA GRAYSON, and had Sprinkles Cupcakes!

Speaker Bio:
ERICA GRAYSON graduated from the USC Annenberg School of Communication. Her inaugural professional role at Jive Records positioned her beside pioneers in the entertainment industry. She evolved quickly, harnessing invaluable knowledge and a network of producers, Artist and Repertoire (A&R) executives, and top-level artists. Erica’s career foundation carved a path to her position as a Creative Manager for Sony, where she gained insight into sourcing new songwriters, negotiating publishing deals, and navigating transnational branding.

She later joined Interscope after an inspiring interview with Jimmy Iovine. She eventually took on a VP Position, working alongside the CEO and hot talents such as Pussycat Dolls, Keyshia Cole, and Mary J. Blige to name a few. Erica’s ability to deliver on the needs of artist, market, and stakeholder alike distinguishes her as a triple threat.