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Susan is Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. She has nearly twenty years of experience in marketing and advertising, having worked in several different industries including technology, travel, healthcare -- and many others from her media planning days at J. Walter Thompson where her clients included Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, Nestle, and Ford. She enjoys advising prospective students and guiding them through their personal MBA experience.

Recent Posts

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

By Susan Petty   |   2/13/2020
Before business school, Howard “Nando” Cooke, EMBA 19, had a highly specialized skill set. A maxillofacial surgeon, he could mend a cleft palate, repair a broken jaw, and fix all manner of problems concerning ...

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

By Susan Petty   |   1/30/2020
Jason Atwater, EMBA 19, never thought that he could base his career on establishing diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) work environments—until he came to Berkeley Haas. His time in b-school has changed ...

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

By Susan Petty   |   1/23/2020
Welcome to our series featuring women who are leading innovation, growth, and success in various industries. Today we talk with two Haas alumnae making an impact in the healthcare industry and learn how the ...

Mastering business models for industrial design

By Susan Petty   |   1/16/2020
Martha Davis, EMBA 17, had already launched several businesses before coming back for an MBA. Her entrepreneurial instincts were finely tuned, and she had a track record of launching successful start-ups. But ...

EMBA student finds leadership inspiration among Haas women

By Susan Petty   |   1/09/2020
Megan Zweig, EMBA 19, enrolled at Haas because she wanted to see more women leaders in the business world.

MBA student looks for exploratory intersections of new ideas, people

By Susan Petty   |   11/14/2019
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 impulse has crystallized into a dependable modus operandi ...

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

By Susan Petty   |   10/31/2019
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 several major junctions in his career.

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

By Susan Petty   |   10/24/2019
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 Berkeley Haas MBA for Executives class of 2020, he served ...

Six ways to make your MBA application stand out

By Susan Petty   |   10/15/2019
Applying for your MBA is more than test scores and transcripts. Admissions offices, especially at top business schools, want to see more than the data that defines a student—they also look for the character of ...

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

By Susan Petty   |   10/10/2019
Embracing data, developing her leadership skills, and networking have been key factors in Sally Allain’s career and her fight against disease. Her most recent move is a promotion to the position of head of ...