Haas Student Ambassador, Voices: How Culture Comes to Life at Haas

Posted by Matt Richards on 11/19/2014

Insights from Matt Richards, Haas Student Ambassador and MBA 2015

One of the biggest reasons I chose Haas over any of the other schools that I applied to was the student body.  Everyone I met was friendly, accomplished, intelligent, and, most importantly, everyone was down to earth.

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Topics: haas culture

From Undergrad to Exec MBA: A Berkeley Education Across Generations

Posted by Susan Petty on 11/17/2014

Unlimited curiosity. Unbridled enthusiasm. And an understanding that, no matter how much you think you know, there is always so much more to learn. That’s the sentiment behind “Students Always,” one of the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles. And at Haas, there are countless members of our community who embody this value.

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Topics: executive

5 Things I Learned in my First 10 Weeks as an EWMBA Student

Posted by Kate Kleinschmidt on 11/5/2014

When I started business school, I had a lot of goals -- learn new skills, grow my network, advance my career and much more. Now, I'm ten weeks into this 3-year adventure, and I've already learned a lot -- not just from classes, but from several parts of the experience. 

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Topics: evening & weekend, events, student perspectives, work/life balance

HSA Voices: 7 Top Reasons to Love the Berkeley MBA's Bay Area Location

Posted by Greg Guglielmo on 10/31/2014

Guest Blogger: Greg Guglielmo, MBA 15

Location was an important factor as I considered where to go to business school. Haas’s place as a Bay Area MBA Program – a half hour from San Francisco and an hour from Silicon Valley – offers an ideal combination of academic excellence and professional opportunities with city life and the outdoors.

Here are my 7 top reasons to love the Berkeley MBA's Bay Area location:

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Topics: full-time, bay area, student perspectives

Student Voice: An EMBA Immersion in Leadership Communication

Posted by Susan Petty on 10/21/2014

Spencer Brasfield, MBA 15, is the founder of Mindshare Law, a boutique law firm in Gray, Tennessee. He entered the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program in May 2014.

Here, he shares his thoughts on the EMBA program's Leadership Communication immersion (one of five immersive experiences), held in Napa:

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Topics: executive, leadership, student perspectives, academics

Work-Life Balance is a Myth. But...

Posted by Andy Garlikov on 10/14/2014

Despite what people tell you, there’s no such thing as a good work-life balance. And, since you’re considering applying to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program (EWMBA), I should warn you that when you throw school into that, the difficulty of “balancing” goes even further out the window.

But what you can do – what I did – is figure out work-school-life integration. That’s what made my first year in the EWMBA program fun and successful.

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Topics: evening & weekend, student perspectives, work/life balance

Get Your Hands Dirty: Applied Innovation in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 10/7/2014

In the Berkeley MBA Program, we shape innovative leaders, who question the status quo.  

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Topics: full-time, academics

No Bull: MBA Students Get Leadership Lessons from Former NYSE Chief

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 10/2/2014

What could you learn in an hour spent with an NYSE chief? A packed room full of Berkeley MBA students found out when Duncan Niederauer, former CEO of the New York Stock Exchange came to campus for our Dean's Speaker SeriesNiederauer drew on a career that has included 22 years with Goldman Sachs and 7 years at the helm of the NYSE to share lessons on business and leadership success, including these:
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Topics: evening & weekend, careers, speakers, full-time, executive, leadership, industry

EMBA Alum Opens Apple Mobile Wallet for JPMorgan Chase

Posted by Susan Petty on 09/30/2014

Asked what he finds most rewarding about his career, Avin Arumugam sums it up in one word: scale. He’s talking about the complexity of his work and the scale of his impact—and he’s not kidding.

As Executive Director at Chase Digital for JPMorgan Chase, Arumugam, MBA 12, is leading Chase’s implementation of Apple Pay, a feature of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The massive rollout to all Chase Credit and Debit customers and Chase Merchants has taken the work of hundreds of Chase employees across 11 divisions.

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Topics: careers, alumni, executive, finance, leadership, technology, academics

MBA Career Advancement: From Strategic Pricing to SunPower Promotion

Posted by Julia Sprague on 09/17/2014

Iris Korovesi didn't necessarily expect a return on investment so early in her MBA studies.

But in her microeconomics course she discovered the true potential of the price tag. She credits this knowledge with helping her quickly advance at SunPower—to global sales operations—during her second semester in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Korovesi, MBA 16, previously worked as a sales analyst for the solar panel manufacturer, running financial models to estimate the economic value of solar energy and to yield the highest benefit for the customer. 

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Topics: evening & weekend, careers