Around the World: Meet Global Executive EdD student Elizabeth Chan

The attorney is finding a seat at the global table of today’s education leaders

Elizabeth Chan is a counsel attorney at I Love Country Cafe and counsel at the Law Offices of David F. Day. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor with Certificate in Pacific Asian Legal Studies from William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master of Laws from the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. She will graduate from USC Rossier’s Global Executive EdD program in July 2016.

Elizabeth Chan attended the USC Global Conference in Shanghai, where she enjoyed dinner with Dean Karen Symms Gallagher (left foreground) and USC faculty, students and alumni. Chan is four seats (moving clockwise) from Dean Gallagher.

Elizabeth Chan at the USC Global Conference in Shanghai, where she enjoyed dinner with Dean Karen Symms Gallagher (left foreground) and USC faculty, students and alumni. Chan is four seats (moving clockwise) from Dean Gallagher.

What inspired you to enroll in the Global Executive EdD program?

Elizabeth Chan

Elizabeth Chan

The Global Executive EdD program’s focus on policy and innovation to create change convinced me that this program would be a good fit. I also liked the idea of a hybrid program that allowed me to continue working full time while pursuing an EdD.

You have already taken advantage of many global opportunities—How have your studies enriched your international experiences?

Prior to the fall term in Hong Kong, I traveled to Myanmar as part of a preliminary assessment for a consulting project. And in November I went to Qatar for the WISE summit. I also attended the USC Global Conference in Shanghai. Some of my travels have been the result of connections through this program.

Tell us about the value of the USC Trojan Network.

Invaluable! The USC Trojan Network is one of the most amazing intangible benefits of this program. It’s incredibly easy to find someone with the right connection for any professional question in any field, and it always astounds me how fellow Trojans are always quick to assist or propose collaboration on professional projects.

Every time I prepare briefings for consulting projects, I laugh a little to see how many times I’ve referred to something discussed during this program and how much this program has affected my approach to problem solving.

—Elizabeth Chan, student in USC Rossier’s Global Executive EdD program

Can you see how you will build on your EdD studies to become a better educational leader?

This is a tricky question for me, as I am not in education in the traditional sense of the term—I identify strongly with law and business. With that said, I think education is omnipresent, which makes this program particularly relevant for any leader in any field. Every time I prepare briefings for consulting projects, I laugh a little to see how many times I’ve referred to something discussed during this program and how much this program has affected my approach to problem solving.

What would you say to someone considering entering our program?

The time commitment was a concern for me when I applied, and I imagine that it would be the same for most people interested in this program, as I know we are all working professionals with a hectic schedule. Honestly, it seems like a lot of work, but it is well worth it, and with sufficient time management, devoting time to writing a dissertation and completing coursework is not as bad as it seems initially. It demands planning, but it’s not impossible.