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Susan is Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. She has nearly twenty years of experience in marketing and advertising, having worked in several different industries including technology, travel, healthcare -- and many others from her media planning days at J. Walter Thompson where her clients included Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Nestle, and Ford. She enjoys advising prospective students and guiding them through their personal MBA experience.

Recent Posts

Student Perspectives: Is an EMBA Right for Me?

By Susan Petty   |   8/03/2017
Sometimes, people don't see themselves as a fit for an EMBA program. They often worry that they are the wrong age or that they aren't executive material—or even, that they’re not currently executives. These ...

How Much Work Experience Do EMBA Students Have? Our 2018 Class Profile

By Susan Petty   |   7/12/2017
If you're looking at EMBA programs, you're likely seeking answers to questions like: How many women are in the program? What is the mix of industries represented? How much work experience do EMBA students have?

Pursuing an MBA to Move from Exec to Entrepreneur

By Susan Petty   |   6/14/2017
President of Lucy Activewear and Berkeley MBA for Executives student Laurie Etheridge made the Poets & Quants 2017 Best EMBAs list. Laurie sees herself moving from exec to entrepreneur in the next phase of her ...

Shoe Designer Finds Berkeley EMBA a Perfect Fit for Her Business

By Susan Petty   |   5/25/2017
For Martha Davis, shoes are not solely about fashion. As an industrial designer, she has always valued the unique balance of function and form in footwear, but turning her passion into a business has given her ...

How an EMBA Propelled Marketer Nick Johnson from Startup to Salesforce

By Susan Petty   |   4/18/2017
Meet Nick Johnson – a director of marketing at Salesforce and a 2016 graduate of the Berkeley-Haas EMBA program. Nick spoke with us about his Berkeley MBA, his career in marketing, and his recent shift from ...

Should I Retake the GMAT?

By Susan Petty   |   4/10/2017
Taking standardized tests like the GMAT and GRE is, of course, part of applying to top MBA programs—but did you know that applicants are taking these tests more than once in hopes of increasing their score?

Graduate Reflections from Berkeley MBA for Executives Program (video)

By Susan Petty   |   3/30/2017
It's really about investing in yourself," said Kelly Brashear on graduating from the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. "I'll never be able to explain how big an impact it’s had on me.  The investment that ...

Beyond Yourself EMBA Fellowship An Enduring Class Gift

By Susan Petty   |   3/15/2017
How much do the members of the Berkeley MBA for Executives class of 2016 believe in the power of going Beyond Yourself? Enough to provide an EMBA fellowship to help “future alumni” participate in the program. 

Conquering Sticker Shock: Insights Into financing your EMBA, Part II

By Susan Petty   |   3/08/2017
  Paying for an EMBA program can be a daunting prospect, sometimes requiring creative solutions. One of our students describes his solution, entering into a financing partnership with his company to achieve a ...

Meet Chris Sampson: Balancing Business and Family with a Berkeley EMBA

By Susan Petty   |   3/01/2017
“The Berkeley EMBA program really encourages you to dig deep and discover what your motivating factors are... There has been a lot of self-reflection, asking myself and other people: what drives me?” Like many ...