Berkeley EMBA student Kelly Brashear

Your Berkeley Executive MBA Classmates

By Susan Petty


Berkeley EMBA student Kelly Brashear

In the Executive MBA program at Berkeley-Haas, your classmates possess talent, a drive to excel, and deep—and diverse—experience. They also embrace the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Here’s what students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program have to say about their classmates:

Berkeley EMBA student Harold Allen“One of the best surprises was how quickly my classmates felt like old friends. We could immediately engage on a deep level on questions of substance,” says Harold Allen, site supervisor in global operations for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..





Berkeley EMBA student Michael BoosMichael Boos, a first officer for Southwest Airlines, observes, “There is such diversity among professional backgrounds. It’s like having a class full of subject-matter experts, all eager to share stories and their passion for what they do.”





Berkeley EMBA student Kelly Brashear“It seems that for every case study we discuss, someone in the class has direct, personal experience or a similar story to relate,” says Kelly Brashear, director, HR Business Partner for McKesson, who calls being able to blend theory and practice in this way “invaluable.”  




Robert Ford, MBA 15Robert Ford, executive vice president of Medical Devices at Abbott, says most of his classmates were from industries that, “until now, I didn’t have an in-depth knowledge of,” and appreciateds being able to learn from everyone and expand his network “in every direction.” 




Berkeley EMBA student Cristy Johnson Limon“My classmates are all at the same level in our careers, but we all bring something different to the table,” says Destiny Arts Center Executive Director Cristy Johnston Limón. “In our Statistics and Financial Accounting classes, others had stronger quantitative skills, but I contributed facilitation skills that helped us complete our assignments.” 




Berkeley EMBA student Adam KerinAdam Kerin, mobile product marketing manager with Qualcomm in San Diego, says a class visit “was all it took to convince me that Berkeley was the right place for me; I felt so welcomed.” And once the class got started, he says, “The energetic back-and-forth discussion blew me away.” 





Karin Lion, MBA 15“My classmates energize me,” says Karin Lion, associate program officer, Global Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “There’s this feeling that we all are investing in each other as much as in our selves.” 






In addition to amazing students, you'll find rigorous academics, immersive learning, and a truly on-campus experience in the Berkeley EMBA.  

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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.