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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Going the Extracurricular Mile at Berkeley-Haas Means Extra Value

Evening and weekend students here at Berkeley-Haas are either over-achievers or gluttons for punishment. On top of a strenuous academic schedule, demanding full-time jobs, and busy personal lives, many are up to their elbows in extracurricular activities—and loving it.

Take second-year student Ennis Olson for instance. He participated in six business case competitions before being on the winning team for the PG&E Net Impact energy ideation competition. Why did he keep trying? Because “each competition was an opportunity to collaborate with team members who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to everything we did,” he explains.

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


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 Series Niederauer 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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Women in Leadership Club hosts annual conference

On March 3, 2012 the Berkeley-Haas Women in Leadership (WIL) Club will host its 16th annual Women in Leadership Conference—Beyond Mentorship: Women Championing Women. You're invited!

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Are You Ready To >play?

Last Saturday was the 7th annual >play Digital Media Conference, a student run conference hosted at Haas that brings together over 500 business professionals, industry leaders and graduate students to discuss the most important trends in digital media and cast predictions for the future.

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Water Entrepreneurs Workshop Impressions

My classmate and friend, Andrew Collier, recently put together an awesome event on entrepreneurship and sustainability issues in the water sector. He kindly agreed to write a few words as a guest blogger:

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Leadership Communication & Ferran Adrià

As most of the other first-years, I've been spending the last few days racing against the clock to get some decent studying before Fall A finals. They've arrived so quickly, all of a sudden! It's OK though, I tell myself, they'll be finished as quick as they came. Hopefully....

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2 Weeks Of Classes

Fall A classes finally started last week. The actual classroom experience doesn't take up too much time in the MBA life, but there's a lot of preparation involved; readings, cases...A very pleasant surprise came in the form of a subject called "Leadership Communication" in which we will be training our soft skills in general, and communication skills in particular, through speeches and improvisation exercises. The first class was a blast.

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Learning From Failure

Today, I went to the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum to increase my knowledge about angel and venture capital financing. The event was hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at Haas and Fenwick & West LLP.

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All settled in!

It's been 3 weeks since I arrived in Berkeley from Sydney, and it has been an amazingly jam-packed and fun couple of weeks settling in. There is so much to do exploring both Berkeley and the Bay Area in general - I can see now that I am going to be doing a lot of weekend trips to nearby destinations like Napa Valley, Point Reyes, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and so on in the coming months!

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