Haas to Honor Financier and Philanthropist Richard Blum, BS 58, MBA 59, at Gala

Haas School alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to celebrate the school and honor 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Blum, BS 58, MBA 59, at the annual Haas Gala on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The black-tie-optional event will start with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner, award presentations, and for the first time, live music and dancing.

The evening will honor Blum in recognition of the enduring support, exceptional service, and strong leadership that he has shown to the Haas School and UC Berkeley. Blum, a Haas board member, is chairman of Blum Capital Partners and founder and chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation. He also founded UC Berkeley's Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies and is a past chair and current member of the UC Board of Regents.

"Dick Blum is an exemplar of the type of leader that Berkeley-Haas strives to produce," says Dean Rich Lyons. "A pioneering businessman, he invested in Asia decades before others, but didn't stop there. He also dedicated himself to improving the lives of people in remote regions of Asia through his philanthropy and hard work."

During the gala, Haas School Professor and alumnus Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, also will be recognized as the first recipient of the school's new Leading Through Innovation Award. (See related article on Chesbrough and the award.)

In addition, the Haas School will honor members of the Haas Leadership Society; Martha Gerhan, BCEMBA 03, recipient of the Raymond E. Miles Alumni Service Award; Filip Nowak, BS 08, winner of the UC Berkeley Young Bear Award; and HAN Shanghai, winner of the Haas Alumni Network Chapter of the Year Award.

To attend the Gala, RSVP by October 23 at the Gala website.