Executive MBA Students Explore Policy Making in DC

By Susan Petty

In December, students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program traveled to Washington, DC for their final field immersion before graduation.

While there, the executive MBA students met with Federal Reserve Chairman and Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen. Berkeley-Haas Professor Laura Tyson, a former economic advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, leads the immersion, which allows students to go behind the scenes in Washington and dig deeper into the development of the policies that affect their professions and their companies’ business decisions. 

EMBA student David Dietrich found the experience very valuable. “To go to the boardroom of the Fed and meet Chair Yellen—and to know that she had reviewed our bios ahead of meeting us, that she clearly had an understanding of our backgrounds, and had tailored her presentation—created such a lasting impression,” he says.

The students also visited the National Press Club for a panel discussion by Prof. Tyson, NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal correspondent David Wessel, and capped the week with a formal dinner at the Italian Embassy.tyson_press_club.jpg

  Professor Laura Tyson with journalists Andrea Mitchell and David Wessel.

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Topics: Academics  |   Experiential  |   MBA for Execs
Susan Petty
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.