The skills we learned in Gary's class were so transferable that I find myself using them in my current role at a large tech company. His classes are a hidden gem at USC. They wonderfully blend theory with hands-on opportunities to understand the intricacies of the unique Communication world. Gary's charisma, knowledge, and soul made this class a highlight in my journey as an Annenberg Master student.
Social Data and Insights at Netflix
"Not to give his age away, but Gary is the coolest Boomer in town. Sit in one of his sessions and you'll know what I'm talking about. His classes emulate a real-world agency environment, where you're forced to put your laptops away and engage in creative thinking. Be prepared to work in groups and flex your creative muscles, and flex them harder when you have to defend your ideas in front of the creative director (Gary plays this role well). This class gives a quick sneak-peek into what advertising life is like. Highly recommended if you're leaning towards a career in advertising, copywriting, social media, or if you just want to learn how to harness your creativity."
Officer, Indonesia Foreign Service, Jakarta
Gary's class liberated us to think outside the box, radically. This enabled the creative thinking process through the semester. The class wasn't about lecture, but more about sharing ideas among the students. It taught us to reflect on our ideas, and pit them against other ideas. I honestly felt reborn after taking the class.
RN, Director of Marketing Strategy & Public Relations at Alignment Healthcare
Gary Wexler is the consummate creative. His course in creativity helped me reach beyond my comfort zone and experiment in the art of persuasive communications – both visually and through prose. Trained as a just-the-facts news reporter, Gary’s approach to teaching, built on years of experience in the advertising world, engages students and pushed me to think critically and creatively, to work in teams and to take risks. I use the lessons I learned from Gary every day to forge new paths in my own career.
Account Manager Healthcare for the Netherland, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Spain
If I had to summarize, Gary left me with what I value and look for in life: Curious creativity, profound caring, insightful intersections.
Customer Engagement Manager at Lithium Technologies
In the two years I spent as Gary’s student, he became my greatest mentor, my creative inspiration, and my friend. His greatest strength as a professor is his lack of conventionality. He questions everything, yet his roots are traditional, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to the classroom. He treats his students as equals and pushes them beyond their limits. Gary brought out in me a creative, strategic, and entrepreneurial spirit that was buried deep below and needed the right person to bring it to surface.
Project Manager at a Cupertino based, Fortune Top 10 Tech Company
Gary’s class was the epitome of my entire Master’s experience. His unique yet timely relevant teaching style encouraged me to be myself, and learn how to embrace and harness the fullness of my creative abilities. Gary’s persistence to extract excellence from his students made me not only a better creative force in the industry, but also a leader that stands out through being compassionate and empathetic all while inspiring excellence from my team. Gary consistently inspires confidence in his students, and will forever have left a mark in us: the next generation of millennial leaders.