Adlai Wertman

Professor Wertman affirmatively answers the question "Can Business Models Save the World?"

Adlai Wertman is Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and the Founding Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at USC's Marshall School of Business, a center focused on using business education and resources to address global social, environmental and health challenges.

Prior to joining USC, Professor Wertman spent seven years as President and CEO of Chrysalis, the only nonprofit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless men and women change their lives through employment. He led Chrysalis with the benefit of 18 years as Managing Director and Manager of Prudential Securities' West Coast Public Investment Banking Group. 

Professor Wertman is also a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) and the Global Health Institute at USC's Keck School of Medicine and a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

Professor Wertman consults with nonprofits and government groups on fundraising, strategic planning, and governance. He is also a frequent speaker on social responsibility, social enterprise and public/private partnerships.