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Eileen is Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals. She enjoys meeting prospective students and helping them explore the benefits of an MBA, and hopes these blog posts provide valuable insight into the Berkeley MBA experience.

Recent Posts

Eight things to look for when searching for an MBA program

By Eileen Jacob   |   9/17/2019
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 you want to start a business or refine your communication, ...

Trends & outlooks: corporate responsibility in times of crisis

By Eileen Jacob   |   9/09/2019
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 transparency from the businesses they work with. Consumers ...

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

By Eileen Jacob   |   7/11/2019
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 modern business applies design thinking. At Berkeley Haas, ...

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

By Eileen Jacob   |   6/18/2019
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 know becoming a strong leader is about more than perfecting ...

Innovation + the modern MBA: A recipe for professional success

By Eileen Jacob   |   6/06/2019
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 a crucial springboard for long-term professional success.

Video: Pursuing an MBA to Scale Impact—at OpenIDEO and as an Entrepreneur

By Eileen Jacob   |   7/30/2018
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 her to pursue her MBA in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA ...

How Storytelling as a Product Manager Helps You Build Great Products

By Eileen Jacob   |   7/12/2018
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 engage and motivate a business audience. Stories are ...

From Entrepreneurship to Finance: How an MBA Community Helps With the Next Move

By Eileen Jacob   |   5/16/2018
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 scale his current businesses. Based in Los Angeles, Li chose ...

Why Business School? Berkeley MBA Students Share Their Reasons

By Eileen Jacob   |   4/27/2018
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 to move their careers forward in new ways. They also tell ...

Part-time MBA ROI: A Career Change to Management Consulting

By Eileen Jacob   |   4/24/2018
When Desirae Early, MBA 15, looked at part-time MBA programs, the extensive career resources in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program were an important factor in her decision to enroll at Berkeley-Haas.