Berkeley-Columbia Alumni to Celebrate at Reunion

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA alumni will hit the links, learn about leadership, network, and dance at the fifth annual Berkeley-Columbia reunion on Friday, Sept. 11, and Saturday, Sept. 12.

A golf tournament at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Monarch Bay Golf Club in San Leandro is a new addition to the festivities this year.

Saturday’s events take place at the Claremont Hotel. The day begins with a morning leadership seminar with Jennifer Chatman, the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management, followed by an afternoon session on strategy taught by Senior Lecturer Paul Tiffany. Attendees will lunch with Dean Rich Lyons.

The day will be capped off by a gala and auction to raise funds for the Berkeley-Columbia program. The gala, designed to be less formal than in previous years, will maximize networking opportunities over dinner, followed by dancing. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Alumni can also take advantage of complimentary career coaching sessions offered in person and over the phone on Thursday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 11. "We want our alums to know that they can take advantage of our services long after graduation," says Patricia DeMasters, director of career services for MBA alumni and for the Berkeley-Columbia Executive and Evening & Weekend MBA programs. "We are here to help whether they have lost a job or are exploring new opportunities."

“I'm really excited that we've turned the Berkeley-Columbia Gala into a full day reunion event where we get a chance to learn and have fun,” says Martha Gerhan, MBA 04, one of the reunion organizers. “Having Jenny Chatman and Paul Tiffany provide seminars is an incredible opportunity, while the end of the day offers the perfect wrap-up — all social, meeting people, and giving back to the program through the auction.”

Register for reunion events and for career advising on the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program Reunion Weekend website.