Special advisor to the President at USC and prolific writer in more than 30 publications, Rob Asghar, is the speaker for the kickoff event of the What Matters to Me & Why speaker series. Light lunch is served. What Matters to Me and Why is a program that encourages reflection about values, beliefs and motivations. It aims to help students and others better understand the lives and inspirations of those who shape the University. Presenters are encouraged to talk about choices made, difficulties encountered and commitments solidified. They are also free to choose any other topic that fits their definition of "what matters to me and why."
Rob Asghar's essays and commentaries have appeared in more than 30 publications around the world, including the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, Providence Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jordon Times, Manila Times and Japan Times. He has edited numerous books on leadership and on theology, including management books by Warren Bennis, Steven B. Sample, and Simon Ramo. He has chaired and served as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Hollywood Urban Project. He is a graduate of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.