EMBA’s Emeric L. Kennard: Pride in art and identity

In honor of Pride Month, we’re highlighting members of the LGBTQ community at Haas.  (Note: Emeric L. Kennard, who identifies as a queer, nonbinary, transgender person, uses the preferred pronoun “they.”) Growing up, Emeric L. Kennard’s sleep-deprived father would hand them crayons and a pile of paper and they’d draw for hours. That passion to […]

Binundu Isaiah Samuel, EMBA 20: It is not OK!

In response to the violence against Black and African-American people and the wave of protests and unrest across the country, we’re sharing some of the perspectives of our Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Binundu Isaiah Samuel, co-president of the Berkeley Haas Executive MBA Class of 2020, sent this letter to classmates. We’re reposting with […]

Alex Lopez, EMBA 20: Honored after serving in Benghazi, fighting for banking equity

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we’re featuring interviews with members of our Latinx community. After the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans in 2012, U.S. Marine Sgt. Alex Lopez, EMBA 20, was deployed to Libya, where he led a team that provided support to the U.S. Embassy as Americans […]

EMBA’s Kirsten Berzon on the hard-won fight for marriage equality

In the summer of 2009, Kirsten Berzon and her wife, Kathy, could be seen embracing everywhere around San Francisco. Larger-than-life pictures of the couple covered the sides of MUNI buses and shelters, reflecting San Francisco Pride’s “To Form A More Perfect Union” theme. At that time, Berzon was a board member for Marriage Equality USA […]

EMBA students’ Alabama road trip: Reflections on racial injustice

A trip to Montgomery and Selma, Alabama, over Memorial Day weekend led Lisa Rawlings, EMBA 19, to redefine courage. “Putting myself in my grandparents’ shoes, I realized that courage was not always resistance, but sometimes it was simply endurance, which often required unthinkable compromises to their dignity to save their lives and those of their […]

Michael Kim, EMBA 20, on snacking to success

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re featuring profiles and interviews with members of our Haas community. Twenty years after founding 180 Snacks, a healthy snack company he started up in his kitchen, Michael Kim, EMBA 20, decided to seek a formal business education. His goal was to leave his $30 million company […]

Cristy Johnston Limón, EMBA 16, on transforming lives and communities through the arts

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we’re featuring interviews and profiles with members of the Haas community of Latin American descent. For our first interview, we caught up with Cristy Johnston-Limón. Cristy Johnston-Limón, EMBA 16, is the daughter of Guatemalan immigrants who grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District, where she worked as a young […]

Berkeley EMBA Ranks #4 in the World

The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program ranks #4 in the world, according to The Economist‘s “Which MBA?” ranking for EMBA programs released today. This is the first time the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program has participated in the three-year-old ranking. Executive MBA programs were evaluated on two broad measures: personal development/educational experience and career development […]

EMBA class launches entrepreneurship fund to honor classmate’s daughter

Students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program turned a classmate’s tragedy into a mission to help others, creating a grant fund that will provide seed funding to under-represented minorities and social impact startups. Members of the EMBA Class of 2017 established the Sanaya Shah Memorial Fund after the passing of Sanaya Shah, the daughter […]

Pediatric Surgeon Brings EMBA Lessons to Children’s Hospital

When Wolfgang Stehr is at work in the operating room at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, he’s at the center of a complex ballet, performing delicate surgeries with a highly-skilled team. The stakes are high. Stehr, the hospital’s division chief of pediatric surgery, operates on around 20 children per week, from one-pound premature babies to […]

EMBA Students Meet Janet Yellen, Members of Congress During D.C. Immersion

Meeting Federal Reserve Chairman and Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen in Washington D.C. last month with fellow classmates in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program was an unforgettable experience for David Dieterich. “That level of access to one of the world’s most powerful people was incredible,” says Dieterich, EMBA 15, one of 68 Berkeley-Haas EMBA […]

EMBA Class of 2014 Startups: 16 and Counting

Joe Inkenbrandt was on a routine run with his jogging buddy in 2013 when he was struck by a great idea for a tech company. The idea “was more of a pipe dream,” he says. “Neither of us had any experience starting companies.” It wasn’t until Inkenbrandt, EMBA 14, (back row, second from right), began […]

Berkeley EMBAs Get Inside Track on How Washington Works

Federal Reserve Chair and Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen was just one of the Washington luminaries to meet with students in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program during their immersion week in the nation’s capitol. Students shared a week that yielded insights from members of Congress, White House policy makers, ambassadors, lobbyists, and journalists. The […]

Silicon Valley Immersion Yields Entrepreneurship Insights for EMBAs

In an office above San Francisco’s leafy South Park neighborhood, Amy Errett reveals the inner workings of entrepreneurship to students from the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program: how she observed 50 different women in their own bathrooms while they were coloring their hair. The search for a way “to stop torturing women and give them […]

Full-time MBA Students Embark upon their Futures, Invest in Haas

The full-time MBA class of 2012 may have marched to Pomp and Circumstance on May 19, but they leave a lasting legacy: More than $69,000 raised in the annual Lifelong Connections (LLC) Campaign. This year 94 percent of the class gave, with an unusually high 20 percent of them donating up front rather than pledging. […]

Berkeley Haas Executive MBA Program ranked #1 by The Economist

The Berkeley Haas MBA for Executives Program placed #1 worldwide, according to The Economist “Which MBA?” 2020 ranking, published today.  The Haas program got the top rating in career development. According to EMBA students and alumni, the program excels at meeting their pre-EMBA career goals. The program was also rated highly for alumni career progression […]

A mission to make business school cases more diverse

As a student in the MBA for executives program, Adam Rosenzweig found that most of the cases used to teach real-world business problems in his classes often featured the same sort of leader: a white male. “Our experience was definitely that case protagonists were overwhelmingly not diverse,” said Rosenzweig, EMBA 19, now a Haas lecturer […]

Bree Jenkins, MBA 19: Being Black at Berkeley Haas

In response to the violence against Black and African-American people and the wave of protests and unrest across the country, we’re sharing some of the perspectives of our Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Bree Jenkins, MBA 19, who now works at Pixar, wrote this perspective for the Berkeley Haas magazine Summer 2019 issue. I […]

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