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Admissions Tips | 5 MIN READ

The online GMAT/GRE/EA: what to expect and how to succeed

Prospective MBA students who have been unable to take in-person admissions exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now take all three tests at home.
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Berkeley Haas alums help feed the community in the midst of a crisis

Kirsten Tobey spent a decade in education before pursuing her MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She knew when her students did not have ...
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Economic uncertainty as catalyst: how an MBA helps you to pivot in unpredictable times

Thanks to economic shakeups caused by COVID-19, many Americans are bracing for a recession. Berkeley Haas professor Laura Tyson says the depth and ...
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How to calculate the ROI of an MBA

While an MBA is a significant investment, it can also be a wise one. Here's one way to calculate the ROI.

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Women in Leadership | 4 MIN READ

Learning from the female leaders spearheading the global pandemic fight

Women account for 51% of the U.S. population, but only 33% of business owners with employees, and just 7% of all global leaders. But, during the ...
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Work Experience | 4 MIN READ

7 ways to maximize a suddenly remote work experience while you're earning an MBA

COVID-19 is changing how the world works, plays, studies, and communicates—at least for the time being. If you’ve recently shifted into a remote work ...
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Diversity | 4 MIN READ

Kellie McElhaney talks equity fluency, courage, and vulnerability

Starting from the position that “if you aren’t intentionally inclusive, you are unintentionally exclusive,” Kellie McElhaney helped develop the concept of equity fluent leadership™.
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Application Tips | 4 MIN READ

Why right now is the time to apply for a Berkeley MBA

At the start of 2020, innovating was something companies did to stay competitive. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s something that ...
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Technology | 3 MIN READ

From retail wine to Big Tech: Executive MBA spurs alumna’s career pivot

Berkeley MBA for Executives graduate Molly Zucker Carson, EMBA 19, attended Haas to grow her business and leadership skills. She planned to apply her ...
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Finance | 3 MIN READ

The MBA from the eyes of a hiring manager at Goldman Sachs

If you dream of working in investment banking, you would do well to devote some of your waking hours to applying to a highly ranked business school, ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Haas hooks EWMBA alum up to a career in sustainable food

When it comes to innovation in the sustainable food arena, Ashley Kleckner, MBA 15, and head of global enterprise sales at Impossible Foods, doesn't ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

MBA admissions process continues remotely during COVID-19 measures

Updated April 15, 2020 - With current health and safety recommendations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and to protect ...
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Faculty | 3 MIN READ

Prof. Lucas Davis shares hardest economic concept for MBA students to grasp

Enthusiasm, listening and drawing students into participating in class are keys to becoming a successful teacher, says Professor Lucas Davis, winner ...
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Women in Leadership | 3 MIN READ

Confidence without attitude: how women lead at Haas

In late 2019, Business Insider reported on Kohl’s joining an “exclusive club” of Fortune 500 companies with females in both the CEO (Michelle Gass) ...
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Healthcare | 3 MIN READ

Physician leader uses MBA skills to transform the patient-provider experience

As Chief of Hospital Medicine for Oklahoma City-based INTEGRIS Medical Group, Kate Mansalis, MD, EMBA 18, treats patients, leads physicians, and ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

A focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and allyship drives this Berkeley MBA

What Nuhamin Woldemariam, MBA 22, remembers best about landing in Chicago from Addis Ababa at age six, and speaking no English, is that the Windy ...
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Women in Leadership | 3 MIN READ

How women can find mentors in the workplace

Most would agree connecting with the right mentor can help propel your career. Studies show women who have a mentor get more promotions, achieve ...
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Faculty | 3 MIN READ

Prof. Jenny Chatman gives three benchmarks of an effective organizational culture

Jennifer Chatman, Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management, is an energetic, passionate teacher, a Haas alumna (PhD 88), and an expert ...
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Marketing | 4 MIN READ

How Uber's Senior Marketing Insights Manager bridged passions for people and storytelling—and made it a career

With an educational background in anthropology and film, Joanna Shujman, MBA 17, had a passion for people and storytelling. After working in human ...
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Consider | 8 MIN READ

Five reasons why MBA grads chose Berkeley Haas

There are many reasons why working professionals choose to pursue an MBA—from career advancement or making a career change to starting their own ...
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Product Management | 3 MIN READ

The MBA from the eyes of a hiring manager at Amazon Web Services

Whether you see your MBA as a step toward switching careers or moving up a rung or two in the field that already fuels your passion, the job you land ...
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Consider | 3 MIN READ

Three time management skills you'll master in business school

Most students come to business school to grow their business acumen and learn new skills in core subjects like data analysis, finance, marketing, ...
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Healthcare | 2 MIN READ

How a surgeon saw an MBA as key to his future in healthcare

Before business school, Howard “Nando” Cooke, EMBA 19, had a highly specialized skill set. A maxillofacial surgeon, he could mend a cleft palate, ...
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Faculty | 3 MIN READ

Jennifer Cohen talks equitable and inclusive leadership

Jennifer Cohen, PhD, is both data- and diversity-driven. Her scientific credentials—educated at City College of San Francisco and Howard University, ...
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Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

How to ace your video interview

Video interviews continue to increase in popularity. 60% of hiring managers and recruiters use them to assess potential new hires according to a ...
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Diversity | 2 MIN READ

Haas inspires EMBA student to pursue career in diversity, equity, and inclusion

Jason Atwater, EMBA 19, never thought that he could base his career on establishing diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) work environments—until ...
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Application Tips | 3 MIN READ

5 steps to requesting a Letter of Recommendation

Whether you're considering applying to an MBA program or looking to switch careers, letters of recommendation are often necessary. Asking someone ...
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Alumni | 4 MIN READ

Women in leadership: two Haas alumnae leading innovation in the healthcare industry

Welcome to our series featuring women who are leading innovation, growth, and success in various industries. Today we talk with two Haas alumnae ...
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Application Tips | 3 MIN READ

How to describe your career aspirations in your 2020 MBA application

It’s the beginning of a new year, and many of us have thought about and set goals. Goal-setting is important for moving forward in life, ...
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Alumni | 3 MIN READ

Mastering business models for industrial design

Martha Davis, EMBA 17, had already launched several businesses before coming back for an MBA. Her entrepreneurial instincts were finely tuned, and ...
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Networking | 4 MIN READ

Reflecting on the decade: Berkeley grads get real about their experience with Haas

Where do you want to be in one year? How about five years? What steps will you take in 2020 to ensure you’re making strides to achieve these goals?
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MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

EMBA student finds leadership inspiration among Haas women

Megan Zweig, EMBA 19, enrolled at Haas because she wanted to see more women leaders in the business world.
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Faculty | 4 MIN READ

Clark Kellogg shares how he teaches design thinking, creativity, and innovation

A founding partner of The Berkeley Innovation Group, Clark Kellogg has been a pioneer in design thinking. Here the Berkeley MBA lecturer talks about ...
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Alumni | 4 MIN READ

Women in leadership: Two impactful Haas alumnae you'll want to meet

This is the first post in an occasional series featuring women who are leading innovation, growth, and success across multiple industries. We start ...
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Alicea Wu

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Former urgent care doctor finds surprising opportunities in pharmaceutical industry

When Alicea Wu, MD, MBA 16, came to Berkeley Haas, she wanted to expand what she could do with her medical degree.
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Finance | 3 MIN READ

Berkeley's Finance and FinTech clubs deepen the MBA experience

The Berkeley Haas MBA program has nearly 70 student-run clubs, ranging from just fun social groups like the Haas Beer Club to career-driven ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Shifting from finance to a healthcare startup was an offer he couldn't refuse

When the call offering the perfect career opportunity comes, you take it. Then maybe you go get an MBA to ensure your success.
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Faculty | 3 MIN READ

Dave Rochlin talks flipping the classroom: MBAs learn by doing

One of the advantages of attending a top business school is the opportunity to learn from faculty like Dave Rochlin. Innovation and hands-on learning ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Student Always, this Marine also had a lesson or two to teach

When Staff Sergeant Edgar Vigil, MBA 18, left the Marine Corps, he started intensive training right away—but this time it was on how to transform ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Haas MBA questions the status quo as a matter of course

Tess Peppers, MBA 19, attended every single admissions event she could when she was applying to Berkeley Haas, including one at which then-Dean Lyons ...
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Veterans | 2 MIN READ

MBA student looks for exploratory intersections of new ideas, people

Matt Dunn, EMBA 19, is always picking up new things to learn and seeking to expand his world with new people and ideas. During his time at Haas, this ...
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Faculty | 3 MIN READ

Maura O'Neill says narrow-mindedness is the enemy of innovation

Maura O’Neill, named by former President Barack Obama as the first chief innovation officer of the US Agency for International Development, is a ...
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Veterans | 1 MIN READ

Honoring student veterans and how they continue to serve at Berkeley Haas

Today and everyday, Berkeley Haas celebrates veterans everywhere. We've built a strong community of veterans here at Haas. This year, we have 78 US ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Former Marine translates MBA to new career in finance and consulting

Ben Vickery, MBA 19, knows a thing or two about transition and translation.
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Two MBA grads help communities financially flourish

Pedro Moura, MBA 18, and Jessica Eting, MBA 18, share similar backgrounds, passions, and vision. Both come from immigrant families and witnessed ...
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Veterans | 3 MIN READ

Former Coast Guard skipper and sales exec explores the academic side of business

The Crab Fisherman’s Ball in the tiny town of Trinidad on California’s north coast was a critical turning point for Joe Odell, EMBA 20, who’s faced ...
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Veterans | 2 MIN READ

Proud Marine uses EMBA education to create positive change in his community

Alex Lopez is proud of his association with two strong organizations: the US Marine Corps and the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the ...
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Marketing | 4 MIN READ

Bill Pearce says most important trait of a successful marketer is empathy

Bill Pearce brings a career’s worth of insight and experiences to his work at Berkeley Haas, both inside the classroom and in his administrative ...
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Alumni | 3 MIN READ

Seven business leaders who (you might not realize) got their MBA at Berkeley Haas

People are always interested in the stories behind successful people. Their childhood, their interests, their education. These days—more often than ...
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Pre-Application Advising | 3 MIN READ

Six ways to make your MBA application stand out

Applying for your MBA is more than test scores and transcripts. Admissions offices, especially at top business schools, want to see more than the ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

Haas MBA student encourages others to take action

Ana Simoes, MBA 20, chief of staff, AI Inference Products Group, says Berkeley Haas has changed her in ways she never expected. Now she’s passionate ...
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Healthcare | 4 MIN READ

An EMBA is helping this scientist have an impact in the healthcare field

Embracing data, developing her leadership skills, and networking have been key factors in Sally Allain’s career and her fight against disease. Her ...
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Leadership | 4 MIN READ

Why you should, or shouldn’t, apply for an MBA in the Bay Area this year

If you ask any graduate about their decision to pursue a full- or part-time MBA, and what their life was like after earning their degree, they’ll ...
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Funding MBA | 4 MIN READ

Debunking 5 myths about getting into a top MBA program

MBAs are one of the most popular advanced degrees in the United States. In 2012-2013 — the most recently measured year — more than 188,000 students ...
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Leadership | 4 MIN READ

How an MBA helps you get the position and salary you deserve

Updated December 2019 - Have you ever been passed up for a promotion? Did you receive the pay bump you expected during your last review cycle?
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MBA for Execs | 3 MIN READ

Trends and outlooks: What it takes to be a Chief Innovation Officer

Over the last several decades, businesses have begun making space for Chief Innovation Officers. As the demand for candidates who can fill this role ...
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Full-time | 2 MIN READ

How Elisabeth Diana went from Haas alumna to Instagram’s Head of Global Communications

Elisabeth Diana, MBA 08, is blunt when asked about her journey from business school to becoming head of Instagram Communications.
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Entrepreneurship | 5 MIN READ

SoftBank’s Vision Fund has $100 billion to invest in tech companies

If the current state of startups proves anything, it’s that the possibilities are endless for entrepreneurs, no matter where you are in your career. ...
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Technology | 3 MIN READ

Get your MBA and get on the fast track to becoming a world-class tech leader

Do you dream of becoming the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Susan Wojcicki, or Elon Musk? These and other influential tech leaders take a visionary ...
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Technology | 2 MIN READ

Making impact: Berkeley EMBA grad fuels cleantech and women entrepreneurs

When Rose Maizner, EMBA 17, met with RenewableTech Ventures founder Todd Stevens to discuss the possibility of joining their team, she complimented ...
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Industry | 4 MIN READ

How MBA skills can promote inclusion and diversity in the corporate cannabis world

The 21st-century gold rush is in full force, and everyone from your neighbor to CEOs of major companies like Anheuser Busch is panning for a chunk of ...
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Pre-Application Advising | 3 MIN READ

Eight things to look for when searching for an MBA program

Everyone has a different motivation for getting an MBA. Perhaps you want to take on a more challenging role or increase your current salary. Maybe ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

How a “deep geek” rose to leadership during the tech revolution

From an internship at NASA to running engineering at Reddit to developing business intelligence (BI) software first at Microsoft and now as chief ...
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Consider | 4 MIN READ

Six fears students face when applying for an MBA (and how to overcome them)

Spiders. Public speaking. Heights. You probably recognize these common fears, but would you be surprised to learn that applying for an MBA also ...
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Pre-Application Advising | 3 MIN READ

How to apply to Berkeley's MBA program in five easy steps

If you’ve already made the decision to get an MBA – congratulations. Often, making the decision to go for it is the hardest part. Getting your MBA is ...
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Entrepreneurship | 4 MIN READ

Trends & outlooks: corporate responsibility in times of crisis

When it comes to a corporation’s success, revenue is not the only consideration. A recent study by Cone Communications found that Americans want more ...
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Consider | 3 MIN READ

Three ways an MBA will advance your intrapreneur career - and three ways it won't

Before embarking on any new adventure in your academic and professional life, it’s important to begin with clear expectations of what may or may not ...
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Leadership | 3 MIN READ

The evolution of the MBA: professional advancement in the Information Age

When we discuss the MBA, the first things that come to mind are its practical applications and benefits in today’s modern, technology-filled global ...
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Alumni | 2 MIN READ

Curious about post-grad MBA salary? Learn which concentrations pay the highest

Advancing in a career and growing wages are two common reasons MBA hopefuls apply to top business schools. Data published by the National Association ...
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Mukund Chavan, EMBA '15

Energy | 2 MIN READ

Haas alum leverages curiosity into a cleantech career

It was 1986 and a teenaged Mukund Chavan, EMBA '15, landed on the East Coast from India deeply curious about the technology that was incubating ...
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Entrepreneurship | 3 MIN READ

Is the Berkeley MBA a good fit for you? Ask yourself these four questions to find out

Your life is filled with choices. Some—soup or salad with my sandwich at lunch?—are routine. Others—would an MBA help me achieve my career ...
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Healthcare and Business

Leadership | 2 MIN READ

Physician-leader finds his “it factor” via Berkeley MBA, Adam Tibble, MD, EMBA 17

Adam Tibble, MD, EMBA 17, had already proved himself a capable leader before arriving at Berkeley.
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Defining Leadership Principles | 3 MIN READ

Seven things every student should know about the MBA program at Berkeley

Potential MBA candidates are likely taking a broad approach when choosing the ideal program and school. After all, your time spent obtaining an MBA ...
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Alumni | 3 MIN READ

Snaps & claps: the story of Berkeley alums and Shazam’s $400M Apple acquisition

In 2017, Apple announced it would be purchasing the music application Shazam, and in 2018, the roughly $400 million acquisition was finalized. Though ...
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Internships | 5 MIN READ

Top reasons you should get your MBA at Berkeley this year

Prospective students seek out Berkeley to earn their MBA for several reasons. Its rich history of activism and questioning the status quo is only the ...
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Experiential | 3 MIN READ

How an MBA will give you a jump on global leadership

Fueled by fast-changing technology, products, information, and jobs have spread across borders and cultures to make our world feel smaller than ever.
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Entrepreneurship | 4 MIN READ

Berkeley entrepreneur turns to search funds for a place to call home

Jeff Oldenburg, MBA 18, is a “searcher.” As co-founder of The Tusker Fund, he’s in the process of finding a business to buy with the help of ...
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Experiential | 3 MIN READ

Design thinking: What every MBA seeker should know about it and why

At its core, design thinking is all about creating unique solutions to complex problems — no matter how big or small. In fact, nearly every aspect of ...
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Nancy Hoque, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Using MBA skills to incubate new MENA leadership

Nancy Hoque, MBA 19, arrived at Berkeley Haas in search of a fresh start in her career. She'd worked as an engineer at Nokia and Motorola for more ...
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Kyle Bertin, MBA 18

Energy | 3 MIN READ

Taking a big risk to do great things along a 100-year time horizon

How did a guy who launched his career trading derivatives during the great recession, then dove into hydraulic fracking, end up on the cutting edge ...
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Amy Fan, MBA/MPH 19

Healthcare | 2 MIN READ

Improving healthcare equity and access for women

What happens when an entrepreneurial spirit collides with the Berkeley MBA concurrent degree program? For the answer, consider the career of Amy Fan, ...
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Leadership | 3 MIN READ

How to use your MBA experience to become the boss you always wanted

People leave managers, not companies. However cliché that saying may be, it still holds true. If you have been in a management position before, you ...
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Pradeep Khanal, EWMBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Redesigning problem solving through design thinking

Too often, businesses approach a problem with a tried-and-true solution already in mind. But that kind of approach makes innovation difficult – and ...
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MBA | 4 MIN READ

Rage against the MBA: Why some CEOs praise MBAs and others don’t

Not all CEOs have MBAs. Some, like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, don’t even have BAs. Steve Jobs famously said during his 2005 Stanford commencement ...
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Consider | 3 MIN READ

How your professional past improves your MBA experience

While top business schools value a medley of students in their MBA programs, the coursework caters to students who have had full-time work ...
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Nick Johnson, EMBA 16

Marketing | 4 MIN READ

Nick Johnson examines the future of marketing and the roles of a leader

The director of Content Programs at Salesforce, Nick Johnson, EMBA 16, shares his views on “thought leadership,” the value of a Berkeley MBA for ...
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Entrepreneurship | 3 MIN READ

Innovation + the modern MBA: a recipe for professional success

In 2019, some executives confidently say earning an MBA is overrated and unnecessary, while other executives truly believe in the value of an MBA as ...
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Leadership | 3 MIN READ

The immediate benefits of a top MBA program

From improving your transferable skills to bolstering your professional credibility, there are many benefits of obtaining an MBA. But, don’t fall ...
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Adrian Williams, MBA 18

Finance | 2 MIN READ

For Adrian Williams, MBA 18, his MBA was about sharpening a blade in his tool set

Adrian Williams is fresh from working on a slew of deals at Credit Suisse where he is a dedicated investment banker. But whatever you do, don’t put ...
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Kaelin Merrihew, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Evening & Weekend program allows Kaelin Merrihew, MBA 19, to evolve her career without breaking stride

Telling stories was always part of Kaelin Merrihew’s DNA.
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the job market | 4 MIN READ

How to transition from a traditional career to an intrapreneur

Organizations big and small are looking for employees who can inspire innovation from within. When ideas are big enough, companies are willing to ...
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Consider | 3 MIN READ

Five soft skills you’ll sharpen at a top business school

When you think of applying for a job or going for a promotion, it’s common to only think of how your hard skills, like coding, proficiency in a ...
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Preethi Mukundan, MBA 18

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Using tech to influence the healthcare sphere: Preethi Mukundan, MBA 18

Preethi Mukundan, MBA 18, was headed toward her senior year in college and set on becoming a doctor when she happened to sit next to a tech executive ...
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Bosun Adebaki, MBA 19

Finance | 2 MIN READ

Bosun Adebaki, MBA 19, plans a career legacy that goes beyond himself

At the end of the day, full-time Berkeley MBA student Bosun Adebaki, MBA 19, would like his career legacy to be one in which he leaves the business ...
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Rohan Vashdev Balwani, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

The ‘double’ career switch: Rohan Vashdev Balwani, MBA 19

Seven years into his hardware engineering career, Rohan Vashdev Balwani, MBA 19, sensed a shift in his interests and his industry.
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Yogesh Soni, MBA19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Learning to lead—and follow—in Patagonia: Yogesh Soni, MBA 19

In mid-March, a group of Berkeley Haas MBA students went on a hike on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County. Not unusual until you learn that the last time ...
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Noa Elan, MBA 14

Marketing | 3 MIN READ

Noa Elan’s marketing odyssey from selling soap to the ride of her life at Lyft

Noa Elan’s career has unfolded a bit like the title of the Grateful Dead album – what a long strange trip it’s been.
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Shaun Hundle, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

IBD consulting project provides a career pivot: Shaun Hundle, MBA 19

For Shaun Hundle, MBA 19, his International Business Development (IBD) experience in Mexico City provided exactly the opportunity he wanted to hone ...
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Laura Teclemariam, EMBA 18

Leadership | 3 MIN READ

Six questions for Laura Teclemariam, Electronic Arts

Laura Teclemariam, EMBA 18, has redirected her career many times. She followed her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer ...
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Jake Wamala, MBA19

Finance | 2 MIN READ

Experience best teacher for Haas finance fellow: Jake Wamala, MBA 19

If you want to harness the power of knowledge, you must acquire the wisdom to apply it correctly. Take chess for example.
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Conor Farese, MBA 19

Leadership | 2 MIN READ

Leading through empowerment: Conor Farese, MBA 19

When Conor Farese, MBA 19, was invited to speak at a recent Days at Haas, it caused him to ponder his role as a campus leader.
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Lisa Rawlings, EMBA 19

Leadership | 3 MIN READ

Can MBA skills help Lisa Rawlings tackle social injustice issues?

Lisa Rawlings, EMBA19, acknowledges that business and finance is a world away from social work. But the chief of staff of the Courts Services & ...
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Blakey Larsen, MBA 18

Technology | 2 MIN READ

A Peace Corps tour led Haas alum to a fintech career: Blakey Larsen, MBA 18

A tour in the Peace Corps may not seem like a direct line to a career in finance. At least finance wasn't on Blakey Larsen's mind in 2008 when she ...
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Victor Leclere, MBA 18

Finance | 2 MIN READ

Consultant seeks macro impact on healthcare through investment banking: Victor Leclere, MBA 18

Injury and that classic desire to help people first drew Victor Leclere to consider the healthcare field. But it was a desire to have a macro impact ...
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Brian Tajo, EMBA 18

Leadership | 3 MIN READ

One path, two goals: Brian Tajo, EMBA 18

By age 31, Brian Tajo was hitting his professional goals with remarkable speed and precision. He had worked as a consultant for IBM, a workday design ...
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Finance | 4 MIN READ

Investment banker Jeff Chang thrives on the strategic chessboard of M&A

The partner who runs the software practice at Qatalyst Partners talks about the rigors of investment banking and his road from a political science ...
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Kriya Chantalat, EMBA 16

Finance | 2 MIN READ

Learning to see at C-level: Kriya Chantalat, EMBA 16

At a pivotal point in her career, Kriya Chantalat, EMBA 16, faced the best sort of problem: a promotion out of her comfort zone. After working for ...
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Juan Cueva, PhD, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

From scientist to venture capitalist by way of a Berkeley MBA

You might be tempted to call Juan Cueva, PhD, MBA 19, an accidental venture capitalist, but you’d be wrong. Every step of the neuroscientist’s career ...
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Dustin Seely, MBA 18

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

How a Berkeley MBA led to a Dodge & Cox dream job—before graduation

Dustin Seely, MBA 18, had his eye on Dodge & Cox for years. He first approached the San Francisco firm in 2012 while working as an analyst for ...
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Berkeley MBA alum and McKinsey Partner Hrishika Vuppala

Full-time | 4 MIN READ

Leadership is about passion and vision for consultant Hrishika Vuppala, MBA 11

The McKinsey partner talks about the art and satisfaction of consulting, the proper role of a leader, and how Berkeley Haas helped shape her future.
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Allie Foote, EMBA 18

MBA for Execs | 3 MIN READ

Finding her focus through an MBA: Allie Foote, EMBA 18

By age 29, Allie Foote had a dream job. Eight years into her consulting career, she had worked in three groups at PricewaterhouseCoopers: from ...
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Lida Kourita, EMBA 16

Entrepreneurship | 2 MIN READ

Taking the entrepreneurial path to improving global healthcare: Lida Kourita, EMBA 16

“What is the best way to help?” It’s a question physicians ask often in the course of their careers as they contemplate a patient’s situation.
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Mandar Kulkarni, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Career redesign—from engineer to consultant: Mandar Kulkarni, MBA 19

Before he re-engineered his career, Mandar Kulkarni was creating the blueprints for next-generation technology. Working as a design engineer, he ...
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Full-time | 2 MIN READ

MBA helps students shift from "they do that" to "I do that": Kim Ayers, MBA 18

Kim Ayers was working in Chile as an account manager for Endeavor, a nonprofit business advisory firm, when she realized that instead of linking ...
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Melanie Akwule, MBA 19

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Coaching through corporate hurdles: Melanie Akwule, EWMBA 19

Melanie Akwule wouldn’t be who she is—as a person, a leader, or a founding CEO—if it hadn’t been for the hurdles.
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Berkeley MBA student Jorge Tellez

Full-time | 2 MIN READ

Bringing leadership skills from the U.S. Navy to the business world

During his time as an officer in the US Navy, FTMBA Jorge Tellez was no stranger to the demands of leadership and responsibility. Among other tasks, ...
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Chris Cindy Cordova, FTMBA '20

Full-time | 2 MIN READ

Balancing full-time MBA and family

“In the aerospace industry, innovation is welcomed – to a point,” says full-time Berkeley MBA student and aerospace engineer Chris Cindy Cordova. ...
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Sandra Tamer, FTMBA '19

Full-time | 2 MIN READ

Globetrotting engineer finds a home at Haas

Born in Montréal to Lebanese parents, mechanical engineer and full-time Berkeley Haas MBA student Sandra Tamer was raised in Zahlé, Lebanon. She ...
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MBA for Execs | 1 MIN READ

Video: For these students, an EMBA on campus makes all the difference

For David Reile and Moj Payombar, an EMBA program that would let them study on campus was a key factor in choosing the Berkeley MBA for Executives ...
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Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA student Jamie Lee

Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Using an MBA to drive digital strategy at Nike

Sports have always been a big part of Jamie Lee's life, so landing a position as global director of eCommerce at Nike was a dream job. Challenging ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Berkeley Haas leadership digest

In our Berkeley MBA programs, we believe in developing leaders who champion bold ideas while taking intelligent risks and who lead with confidence ...
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U.S. Army veteran and Berkeley EMBA student Kevin Nguyen

Veterans | 3 MIN READ

Six questions for U.S. Army veteran and EMBA student Kevin Nguyen

What do you do after you've served over eight years in the U.S. Army, from deployment in Iraq as a platoon leader to conducting training missions as ...
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Veterans | 2 MIN READ

Six questions for U.S. Army veteran and MBA student Jennifer Nixon

Earning an MBA after serving in the U.S. military may seem like an unlikely career choice, but it actually makes a lot of sense: “Veterans tend to ...
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Coast Guard veteran and Evening & Weekend MBA student Andrew Price

Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Six questions for U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Evening & Weekend MBA student Andrew Price

When most of us want adventure, we might visit a new city—or try a different kind of coffee. But when former Coast Guard Lieutenant Andrew Price ...
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A Berkeley EMBA student

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

The value of an MBA for women aspiring to leadership

Many people think of an MBA simply as another qualification—a piece of paper to frame and hang on your office wall. While a degree from a quality MBA ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

How to get what you need to be a successful leader

No matter who you are, if you want someone to do something for you, the best way to achieve your goal is to simply ask. Unfortunately, for many of ...
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Berkeley EMBA student Laura Teclemariam

MBA for Execs | 3 MIN READ

Seeking greater impact on the creation of gaming content

Even as a child, Laura Teclemariam sought to understand the merging of stories and technology—by pulling apart and examining a VHS tape. Now, as a ...
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Full-time | 2 MIN READ

The keys to shaping culture to foster gender equity

Unfortunately, the American workplace has not been making significant progress towards gender and racial equity. According to Catalyst, there are ...
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Full-time | 2 MIN READ

Four myths that (still) get in the way of women and leadership

Surprisingly, almost two decades into the 21st century, there are still myths about women in business and leadership that get in the way of our ...
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Full-time | 10 MIN READ

The gender gap at work: Real and pervasive, but not invincible

For decades we have known that there’s a significant and deeply-entrenched gender gap in the workplace—that women are paid less than men for doing ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Video: Pursuing an MBA to scale impact—at OpenIDEO and as an entrepreneur

Hannah Lennett began her career as an actor and theater teacher. A love of storytelling led her to marketing, and a desire to have greater impact led ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

How storytelling as a product manager helps you build great products

You may have thought "Once upon a time…" was primarily a way for parents to get children to sleep, but it turns out that stories can also be used to ...
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Evening & Weekend | 6 MIN READ

Calculating the ROI of an MBA

Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree can revitalize career paths and change lives—but it can come at a high financial ...
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Berkeley EMBA student Sarah Reichenbacher

MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

Video: Finding an MBA community of like-minded women

For Sarah Reichenbacher, meeting the Berkeley MBA for Executives community made it easy to choose the program for her MBA. "I wanted to be sure that ...
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Justifying the cost of an MBA

Evening & Weekend | 5 MIN READ

7 ways to justify the cost of an MBA to yourself, your partner, and your boss

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to pursue an MBA. But before you can proceed, you may need to think about the price tag and ensure you’re ...
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Earn your ROI while in School

Evening & Weekend | 5 MIN READ

5 ways to earn ROI before you complete your MBA

When many prospective applicants calculate the return on investment (ROI) of their Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, they often use ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

From entrepreneurship to finance: How an MBA community helps with the next move

As a successful entrepreneur of several ventures—including two e-commerce sites and a co-working space—Sean Li first decided to pursue his MBA to ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

5 reasons why MBAs are landing the jobs you’d love to have

How many hours have you spent searching for jobs on websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor, or Indeed? How many times have you found the perfect position ...
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Abhishek Sharma

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Evening & Weekend MBA sense of community inspires grants for commuters

Abhishek Sharma spent hundreds of hours on Amtrak trains and in cars while earning his MBA, commuting to Berkeley Haas from his home in Sacramento.
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

What exactly do people do with an MBA? Stories from Berkeley Haas

What exactly do people do with an MBA? There are as many answers to that question as there are students—maybe even more if you consider the changes ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Why business school? Berkeley Haas MBA students share their reasons

At its core, a decision to pursue an MBA is a decision to take ownership of one's career. We hear often from students about the desire to explore and ...
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MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

An Executive MBA: worth so much more than the financial ROI

As an engineer, Tom Duggan (above left) took an analytical approach when considering whether an executive MBA (EMBA) would be worth the time and ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Part-time MBA ROI: A career change to management consulting

When Desirae Early, MBA 15, looked at part-time MBA programs, the extensive career resources in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program were an important ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

16 benefits of an MBA

Earning a professional business degree, or an MBA, can have a number of both expected and unexpected benefits in your life. In fact, those benefits ...
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Product Management | 4 MIN READ

Product management vs. product marketing

Imagine that your job is to champion projects that bring life-changing products to the market. Would you describe yourself as a product manager or a ...
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Nancy Hoque

Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

A glimpse at Lean In at Berkeley Haas

We've previously introduced you to Nancy Hoque, a student in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program with a passion for gender equity. She has ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

From Wall Street to Google with a Berkeley MBA

When Christopher Jones joined the Evening & Weekend Berkeley Haas MBA (EWMBA) program, his hoped for MBA ROI was to transition from a long career in ...
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Diversity | 3 MIN READ

Consulting as a path to social sector leadership, entrepreneurship

For the past three years, 20-26 percent of Berkeley Haas MBA graduates have gone to work in consulting, with companies such as Bain, Boston ...
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Career | 5 MIN READ

Strategies for building product management skills

 
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Tansy Brook

MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

A Berkeley EMBA takes marketing from design thinking to systems thinking

Tansy Brook has always been passionate about business as a vehicle for positive change. After more than a decade of experience designing and ...
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Evening & Weekend | 7 MIN READ

Five skills every product manager needs—and why

On the road to developing the next new thing, product managers need to be able to communicate strategy, negotiate scope and trade-offs, excel at ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

From building product to building business, an MBA career move

When Manasi Jagannatha began her first year as a student in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley Haas MBA program, she was working in engineering and ...
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Élida Bautista, director of inclusion and diversity for Berkeley Haas

Diversity | 1 MIN READ

P&Q profiles Berkeley Haas director of inclusion and diversity

Business School news site Poets & Quants (P&Q) has featured Élida Bautista, the new director of inclusion and diversity at Berkeley Haas.
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Closing the gender gap: Female CEOs from Gap Inc. share wisdom

When we pulled together a room full of women at Gap Inc. headquarters, recently, it was an opener to what we intend to be an ongoing conversation ...
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MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

An EMBA paves the way from consulting to product management

Ask Berkeley MBA Ashok Sundararajan about how an executive MBA (EMBA) can take you from consulting to startups – the degree enabled him to make that ...
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Berkeley EMBAs Shawn and Hallie Higbee

MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

An EMBA love story: Hallie and Shawn Higbee

Hallie and Shawn Higbee, both EMBA 17s, fell for each other during the first months in the program, while running the trails above campus in the ...
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From the Berkeley MBA to new careers in tech: Meet three MBA 17 grads

Top employers for graduates of the full-time Berkeley  MBA class of 17 include Adobe, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft—not surprising for a class that ...
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Full-time | 1 MIN READ

104% in 3 years: Haas FT ranking reflects alumni salary boost

Berkeley Haas alumni are among the highest paid MBAs in the world, with strong salary gains that helped Berkeley Haas rank #10 in the world and #7 ...
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Leadership | 6 MIN READ

Student perspective: Leading in a time of political turmoil

When Sharifa Dunn woke up Nov. 9, 2016, the first big news she got was that Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States.
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Evening & Weekend | 5 MIN READ

Secrets to crafting your best MBA application

Not to scare you off, but applying to an MBA program is a big deal. It takes a lot of planning, rigor, and yes, self-reflection. But, if you were ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

7 reasons to choose a part-time MBA program

Congratulations—you've decided to go business school. And you've decided that study in a top-ranked MBA program will give you the knowledge, skills, ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

Be vulnerable: A Berkeley Haas student shares his MBA essay tips

Deciding that the MBA application essay was truly a chance to reveal himself as a whole person—beyond his resume and test scores—Brad Shervheim dug ...
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Katherine Mlika

Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

Executive MBA or part-time MBA? How to choose

Executive MBA or part-time MBA? Katherine Mlika, manager of product program management at Fitbit, thought a compressed timeline with classes that met ...
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Leadership | 6 MIN READ

How to be an MBA "leader amongst leaders"

 As one of the dozens of clubs and organmgzations that students in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program can get involved with, the MBA Association ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

How to decide which MBA schedule is right for you

Business schools offer the option to study full-time or part-time so that there is a format to fit everybody—no matter where you are in your life or ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Berkeley executive and part-time MBA application tips: the GMAT

For Berkeley EMBA student (and now podcast co-host) Manoj Thomas, taking the GMAT meant taking a standardized test for the first time in nearly 20 ...
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MBA for Execs | 2 MIN READ

How an executive MBA paid off for this product marketing director

For product marketing director Adam Kerin, EMBA 16, it hasn’t taken long to see the return on investment (ROI) from his Berkeley Executive MBA. One ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

Do I need an MBA to be a product manager?

Product managers draw upon a wide array of skills to help companies envision, deliver, and market the new and the next. Some of the abilities a ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

At the Diversity Summit for Working Professionals

 This fall, Berkeley Haas students in the Evening & Weekend and MBA for Executives Programs organized a Diversity Summit for Working Professionals.
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

MBA student Nancy Hoque leans in for gender equity

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In sparked a long-awaited conversation around women in business, dynamics of gender roles (both professional and personal), ...
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Berkeley MBA student Jordan Waiwaiole

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Six questions for post-military MBA student Jordan Waiwaiole

Air Force veteran Jordan Waiwaiole saw the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program as the perfect way to make a post-military pivot back to civilian ...
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Veterans | 2 MIN READ

Six questions for Air Force reservist, MBA student Ricky Cornejo

"Haas opens all the doors and then you get to choose which one you walk through," says pilot, military reservist, and MBA student Ricky Cornejo of ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Six questions for military surgeon, MBA student Jane Alston

"Effective leadership in both the military and in medicine requires a systematic approach to problems as well as a degree of resourcefulness. I think ...
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Veterans | 2 MIN READ

Six questions for US Navy Lieutenant, MBA student Nick Stoner

"I wanted to round out my existing skills and develop new ones, whether that was analyzing big data and learning design thinking and innovation ...
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Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

Video: Advancing careers—and women—as Evening and Weekend MBA leaders

Two women, initially unsure if their backgrounds were right for an MBA program, now lead the student association for the Evening & Weekend Berkeley ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

What we learned by taking a chance on innovating for Tesla

When the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth calls you with an opportunity to present a business case to a panel of Tesla judges, you answer! Even ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Why a part-time or Executive MBA works for a wide array of people

An MBA can have a transformative effect on your life and career. But, is it right for you? What if you want to continue working or have a family? How ...
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Technology | 2 MIN READ

How I'm using my MBA to break into entertainment

 When I discuss my post-MBA goals of transitioning into the entertainment industry as a writer-producer, the question I get most often is, “Wait, why ...
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Academics | 1 MIN READ

Video: The engaging and rigorous Berkeley EMBA classroom

Step into a Berkeley EMBA classroom, and you will be stretched and challenged both by your professors and your peers.
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Full-time | 1 MIN READ

What is the Berkeley Haas MBA looking for? Here's the class of 2019—by the numbers

There is no one formula for getting into Berkeley Haas. We build each class in our Full-time MBA Program to cultivate a diverse mix of backgrounds, ...
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Community | 2 MIN READ

Berkeley Haas alumni network connects MBA entrepreneurs in biotech

Anyone who’s launched a startup knows that the road to success is never straight or smooth. Riding the inevitable ups and downs and finding your way ...
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Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

How to become a product manager

Product managers help companies envision, produce, and market products. They are responsible for every stage from conception to sale. Their role is ...
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Alumni | 2 MIN READ

8 reasons to consider an MBA

Your MBA journey is unique, launched by a set of experiences and aspirations that belong to you alone. But if you’ve been asking yourself, “Why get ...
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Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

Evening & Weekend MBA class profile infographic: Meet the 2020s

In the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program, part-time students are all in. It takes drive and commitment to earn your MBA while working—traits ...
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MBA for Execs | 3 MIN READ

Becoming a leader in product management: Jay Dave's Amazon career

Although Jay Dave, EMBA 16, came from an engineering background, he'd always considered transitioning to a leadership role in product management. ""I ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Can a part-time MBA help you change careers? Ask Yi Lin Pei.

Although there are people who attend part-time MBA programs to advance along their current career trajectories, there are some people who attend ...
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MBA for Execs | 3 MIN READ

Student perspectives: Is an EMBA right for me?

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 ...
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Diversity | 3 MIN READ

An international student perspective: Should I move abroad for my MBA?

 When I was accepted to Haas, I wasn’t sure whether moving abroad for business school would be worth it. I already had a business background and a ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Can an MBA help you find more rewarding work? Ask Swetha Tupelly

When Swetha Tupelly came to Berkeley Haas to get her Berkeley MBA in the Evening & Weekend Program, she had a specific goal in mind: to find her way ...
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MBA for Execs | 1 MIN READ

How much work experience do EMBA students have? Our 2018 class profile

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 ...
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Evening & Weekend | 3 MIN READ

Using an MBA and fintech to empower underserved communities

Oportun product manager Pedro Moura works to create scalable solutions to the financial challenges faced by underserved communities. A third year ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Berkeley Haas MBA students share tips for improving your GMAT quant score

Taking (and doing well on) the GMAT or GRE is one way to show you are ready for the quantitative rigor of an MBA program. But getting a good score on ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Yes, it’s possible to achieve MBA-work-life balance

Swetha Tupelly used her Berkeley Haas MBA from the Evening & Weekend program to successfully transition from a previous career as an engineer. But ...
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MBA for Execs | 1 MIN READ

Pursuing an MBA to move from exec to entrepreneur

President of Lucy Activewear and Berkeley MBA for Executives student Laurie Etheridge made the Poets & Quants 2017 Best EMBAs list. Laurie sees ...
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Evening & Weekend | 4 MIN READ

What can you contribute to an MBA class?

For your application to be accepted to an MBA program, it should illustrate how you will contribute to your MBA class. Read on to learn:
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Berkeley MBA alum and product manager Swetha Tupelly

Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Why business school? For a career switch to product management

Swetha Tupelly is a senior product manager for online fashion service Le Tote, a big leap from a previous role as a technical lead and engineer at ...
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Entrepreneurship | 3 MIN READ

Shoe designer finds Berkeley EMBA a perfect fit for her business

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 ...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

The Berkeley MBA for social impact

How do you see yourself making an impact on society? Is it...
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Women in tech: 5 things I learned about succeeding in Silicon Valley

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the challenges women face in Silicon Valley—and in the tech world more broadly. Since many women here ...
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Evening & Weekend | 1 MIN READ

Why an accelerated part-time MBA option was right for Nikhil Kumar

When Nikhil Kumar was deciding on part-time MBA programs, a 2.5-year accelerated plan was important to him.
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Evening & Weekend | 2 MIN READ

Balancing an MBA with family—when family is in India

From activities outside the classroom to weekend events, school was center stage from day one for Barun Mazumdar. He was committed to his studies in ...
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