Al Gore Addresses, Inspires Berkeley MBA Students

Al Gore came to the Berkeley-Haas campus with a message of optimism that the climate change challenge would be met—tempered by an observation that "Democracy has been hacked" and that a breakdown in effective governance could be an obstacle to achieving that aim.

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7 Things: The Berkeley Full-Time MBA Class of 2015

They arrived from all over the globe; they leave bonded for life as Berkeley MBAs. Along the way they organized top industry conferences, trekked to Cuba and Colombia, gave visibility to new social ventures, worked to advance gender balance, and balanced new babies with MBA studies.

They are the 2015 graduates of the full-time Berkeley MBA Program, and here are 7 things to know about them—and a look at life at Berkeley-Haas.

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Patrick Awuah and the Global Impact of the Berkeley MBA

In the Berkeley MBA Program, student projects can have lasting global impact. This was the case when work in the International Business Development (IBD) course fed into to creation of a transformational university in Africa.

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Strengthening Big Data at Berkeley-Haas

Why Antoine Bruyns, a first-year student in our Full-time MBA Program, left a growing startup to come to Berkeley-Haas, why he thinks Silicon Valley is like Italy during the Renaissance, and how new clubs and courses are giving increased strength to data science (AKA "Big Data") at Berkeley-Haas—all in this post on Haas Achieves.

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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 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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