In 2008, USC business school student Elizabeth Amini asked Tom O'Malia, the Director of the Greif Center if there was an alumni group solely for CEOs and other leaders. Tom, his is usual manner, smiled and said to test consumer demand to see if building such a network was worthwhile . An email invite was sent out to a pilot group of 30 CEOs from USC asking about their interest level in a peer-learning group called the Trojan CEO Network. Within two days of that email being sent, the pilot program for the Trojan CEO Network was sold out.
Co-Founders Tom O'Malia and Elizabeth Amini launched the Trojan CEO Network with the generous help of the Trojan CEO Network Founders' Circle, a large group of USC Marshall /alumni who are too numerous to list but deserved to be thanked. Also deserving of gratitude is the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and its members who worked tirelessly to set up the structure and programs of the Trojan CEO Network as well as many other CEOs who contributed advice and feedback to help shape the program.
The current President of the Trojan CEO Network is Elizabeth Amini. She can be reached at TrojanCEO@gmail.com. TCN Membership and Operations are headed by current USC students Mariah Miller and Adam Branson. Lisa Chen, our Director of Finance is a Financial Planning and Analysis expert from Toyota Financial. All committees are staffed by current Trojan CEO Network members.
In February 2015, the Trojan CEO Network introduced the Trojan CEO Excellence Awards to honor the excellence in both business and philanthropic impact. The first two Trojan CEO Network awards were given to Alexander Cappello Founder and Managing Director of Cappello Group, Inc. and Professor Ralph Carson, Founder of Carson/Roberts Advertising.