April 4-6, 2018

A two-and-a-half day, highly interactive leadership development program to help you master the critical soft skills needed in today’s competitive workplace and take your career to the next level.

University of Southern California
Wallis Annenberg Hall
USC Campus
Los Angeles, CA


You'll Learn

  • The leadership skills you need to succeed in today’s communication-at-the-center world
  • Your current proficiency on five critical soft skills: Adaptability, Cultural Competency, Empathy, Intellectual Curiosity and 360-Degree Thinking through our Third Space Thinking Assessment that is exclusively available to participants at the Boot Camp
  • How to become a more effective problem-solver by using the Center’s new mobile app that will also connect you to a community of other like-minded Third Space Thinkers
  • How Third Space Thinking can help you break down organizational barriers, unlock innovation and drive increased collaboration
  • How Third Space Thinking can have a positive impact on your career, your relationships and your life

Who Should Attend

The Third Space Boot Camp is designed for high performers with 5 to 10 years’ experience in corporations, non-profits and government with existing roles in communications, human resources, strategic planning, finance, marketing, legal and technology. Last fall’s Boot Camp included employees from Google, IBM, Western Union, United Airlines, Southern California Edison, AECOM, Quest Diagnostics and more.

What You'll Experience

During this rich, highly immersive learning experience, you will join 25 other professionals in a series of in-depth explorations into five key soft skills that include hands-on exercises, case studies, group problem-solving sessions and unique USC experiences.

What Is Included

The registration fee includes daily sessions led by renowned academics, leaders in business and entertainment and a special session by a USC football coach; course materials; interactive team exercises; breakfast; lunch and on-campus parking.


  • I think anyone can buy or access hard skills, but it’s the soft skills that are the differentiator.  They make the difference between the company that wins and the company that comes in second.  And we want to be the company that wins.

    Susannah Thurston, Corporate Communications, United Airlines

  • I believe every leader should have an opportunity to attend one of these boot camps because it makes you a better leader.  Sometimes we forget that soft skills can make you perform much better.

    Paula Barifouse, Corporate Communications, Director for Latin American Caribbean Region, Western Union

Boot Camp Schedule

Wednesday, April 4 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception
Thursday, April 5 – 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A more complete agenda can be downloaded here.

April Boot Camp Overview

A short, downloadable overview of the upcoming Boot Camp can be found here.


To learn more about the next Third Space Boot Camp, call us at 626.319.1062 or email us at [email protected].

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Learn More About Last Year’s Boot Camp

Last October, the Center held its first Boot Camp. A total of 25 participants from a diverse set of organizations attended the two-day camp, including IBM, Google, AECOM, United Airlines, Western Union, Edison International, Quest Diagnostics, the Annenberg Foundation and others. The Boot Camp was an overwhelming success with 90 percent of the participants rating the overall experience as excellent or good. A complete rundown on the first Boot Camp can be found here.

Interested in Being a Sponsor?

If you are interested in becoming a Boot Camp sponsor, please contact Shellee Smith, executive director, USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking at 626.319.1062 or email her at [email protected].

More About The USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Housed in USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Center for Third Space Thinking is dedicated to conducting applied research, executive leadership education, community empowerment and teaching a whole new generation of leaders equipping them with the problem-solving skills needed to thrive in a communication-at-the-center world. More information on the center can be found here.