Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles: From Launch to Lasting

The Haas School's Dean Lyons rocks

The Berkeley MBA program maintains a vibe that goes beyond traditional b-school camaraderie, in part due to the school's Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. 

Articulating Berkeley-Haas culture was a challenge that Dean Rich Lyons tackled alongside faculty and students in 2010, a process he calls both challenging and worthwhile.

"I was at lunch recently with some venture capitalists who don't know the school very well, and I handed a culture card to them. They said, 'This describes the kind of people we like to fund.'" 

 

On the fifth anniversary of the Principles, the school's chief (but far from only) culture evangelist, reflects  in a Haas Now story on both their launch and their lasting value.

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Blowing Up the Business Plan at Berkeley-Haas

 

As a Berkeley MBA student, Andre Marquis learned how to write a business plan. Some 15 years later, after a series of successful ventures, he was leading the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship.

And he realized that MBA entrepreneurship programs hadn't changed with the times. That’s where Lean LaunchPad comes in.

Andre shared his story in a Steve Blank blog post for the Huffington Post, noting that, "As I began my search to increase the relevance of our entrepreneurship curriculum...I found the answer right here at Berkeley, in the Lean LaunchPad class."

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Landing your Dream Job: How These MBA Grads Did It

From consulting to investment banking and marketing, people come to Haas to change the course of their careers—and we can't think of a better MBA ROI.

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From Contacts to Coaching: Berkeley MBA Career Services Support You

 

When the Financial Times ranked the Berkeley MBA Program #10 in the world and #7 in the U.S. in its recent 2015 Global MBA ranking, it called out the strength of career services at Berkeley-Haas.

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Berkeley MBA Students: Proud to Be LGBTQ Allies, Part II

 This is the second post in a two-part series reflecting on the LGBTQ ally culture in the Berkeley MBA Program, following a #1 ranking this past quarter in the Friend Factor Ally Challenge. In the first post, we heard from one of the Q@Haas club's VP of Allies Shadie Andraos. 

This time, we hear from Rachel Park, MBA 16.

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Berkeley MBA Students: Proud to be LGBTQ Allies, Part I

The LGBTQ-friendly culture at Berkeley-Haas was recently recognized by Friend Factor's MBA Ally Challenge, in which the Berkeley MBA Program topped 22 other schools to be ranked number one for the past quarter in the ongoing competition. 

To measure b-school LGBT-friendliness, the ranking evaluates the percentage of a student body participating in the challenge, the number of ally engagement activities, and an inclusion score, measured against a pre-challenge survey.

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Comparing the Class Profiles of Top MBA Programs

Thanks to MBA Mission for this infographic comparing the class profiles of 10 top full-time MBA Programs, based on the U.S. News ranking. 

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43% Strong: Women in the Berkeley MBA Class of 2016


"I am fortunate to attend classes where almost every other seat is occupied by a female classmate, and I work through group cases with female voices at the table.

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Berkeley-Haas Veterans Learn VC Ropes on Trek to Andreessen Horowitz

Members of the Haas Veterans Club spent an afternoon at VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, engaging in a case study on funding negotiations, learning about the tech employment landscape for vets, and sitting down with Founder Marc Andreessen.

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Constructing a New Berkeley MBA Student Experience

Coming in 2016 to Berkeley-Haas: 80,000 square feet devoted entirely to student learning and interaction.

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