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

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 5

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/15/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fifth and final week!  

We're a few weeks away from our Round 1 application deadline and thus into our final week of the application countdown challenge.  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge - you're in great shape for submitting your application on time!

Week 5 of our challenge encourages you to upload your essays or ensure receipt of your letters of recommendation.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 4

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/8/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fourth week!  Plus, updates on prizes for our winners to date. 

This Wednesday, September 10, winners from weeks 1, 2 and 3 will be treated to an exclusive webinar with Assistant Dean of Admissions and the Full-time MBA Program, Stephanie Fujii.  Stephanie will share some personal insights about the application process and then take questions from the audience.  Winners will be notified by email with webinar details.  We hope you can join us!

Countdown Challenge - Week 4

We're entering into the home stretch!  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge.  You're just a few weeks away from completing your application - we hope you're as excited as we are!

Week 4 of our challenge encourages you to upload your resume or pay the application fee.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips

How to Choose a Berkeley MBA Program

Posted by Julia Sprague on 09/2/2014

Berkeley-Haas has three MBA programs: Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and MBA for Executives.

All three share the same emphasis on innovative leadership, a world-renowned faculty, and a culture embodied by students who Question the Status Quo and have Confidence Without Attitude.

All three confer a degree that opens doors around the world.

So, how do you choose? If you decide you’d like to continue working while you earn an MBA, you still have a little work to do, comparing our two part-time programs. Or, we could do it for you:

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Topics: evening & weekend, executive

Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 3

Posted by Morgan Bernstein on 09/1/2014

The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge continues into week 3!   

What is it?  We have outlined a suggested timeline for completing different elements of the application.  Each week we will reward you for completion of those elements.  You could win an exclusive opportunity to chat with the Executive Director of Admissions or a leather Haas pad folio.  Week 3 of our challenge encourages you to complete the Employment section of the application for a chance to win!

Enter the Application Countdown Challenge for Week 3!  Once you have completed the Employment section of the application, provide the required information in the below form.

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Topics: admissions, full-time, tips