Guiding Exceptional Minds to Success (GEMS) is a highly selective early career development program that each year offers exceptional students in accounting, finance and business firsthand exposure and networking with professionals in leading industries, customized mentoring and unparalleled professional presence and leadership training. Selected students typically spend half a year participating in trips to meet management and executives in multinational companies, roundtable discussions with professionals at varying levels of the organization, and learning about potential internships and employment roles in these organizations. Each GEM is paired with a USC mentor, who is an expert in the student’s declared field or industry of choice, to facilitate their growth, both as individuals and young professionals. The purpose of the GEMS program is to provide gifted and highly motivated business students with the resources to harness their leadership potential and assist them in creating a uniquely purposeful and authentic career.




Nikki Tran and Jamie Morgan

Jamie Morgan – GEMS 2024 – Marshall Student Commencement Speaker
Nikki Tran – GEMS 2024- Leventhal Student Commencement Speaker
Alfonso Aguilar Vazquez

Alfonso Aguilar Vazquez – GEMS 2024 – Poets & Quants Best Undergraduate Students in the US
Prof. Michael Paranal

Prof. Michael Paranal- 2024 Marshall Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Recipient and 2024 Leventhal Diamon Teaching Award Recipient


April 13, 2024 – Announcement: Golden State Bank Partners with GEMS Real World Ready Financial Literacy Program

We are thrilled to announce that Golden State Bank is the official sponsor of the GEMS Real World Ready Financial Literacy Program, in partnership with GEMS and the LAPD Cadet Program. This comprehensive curriculum is designed to teach children positive financial habits, aligning with Golden State Bank’s mission to provide tailored financial solutions to our diverse clients. We are proud to collaborate with esteemed partners in this initiative, including Mr. Robert Setrakian, Chairman and CEO of Golden State Bancorp; Ms. Mercedes Herrera, President of Golden State Bank; Ryan Bieggar, VP and Relationship Manager; and Zaven Charkchyan, Assistant VP and Senior Financial Analyst. Together, we look forward to making a positive impact on the financial literacy of the next generation, empowering them to make informed decisions and build a strong foundation for their future.

Stay tuned for more updates on the GEMS Real World Ready Financial Literacy Program and how Golden State Bank is contributing to the financial education of our community.

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