Students, Alumni to Go “Beyond Themselves” at First Community Day, April 10

Pull out your green thumbs and old clothes for a day of volunteering at the first annual Haas Community Day at the Alameda Point Collaborative on April 10.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., was organized by the East Bay Haas Alumni Network Chapter and Haas Challenge for Charity to serve the community while bringing together current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their families. Challenge for Charity is a nonprofit that involves nine West Coast business schools to support the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other local charities.

Volunteers will be landscaping, painting, and farming at the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), which provides affordable housing and services in 239 units on the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

“After watching the first-year full-time class bond while volunteering at APC during orientation week, we saw an opportunity to expand the idea and make an even greater impact,” says Jennifer Burns, MBA 12, VP of community in the MBA Association. “Our plan is to designate this as an annual event that encourages everyone affiliated with Haas to continually live the core value of ‘Beyond Yourself.'”

The day will be split into two volunteer shifts, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A barbecue lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. for both shifts. The event will be held rain or shine. Children are enthusiastically welcome at the event.

For more information, including registration, visit For questions, contact Kandra Chan, MBA 11, at [email protected] or Hubert Lin, MBA 12, at [email protected].

Alumni to Reflect on Haas Defining Principles

About 100 Haas Alumni Network (HAN) ambassadors from around the country and as far away as China will participate in a unique brainstorming session this weekend on the behaviors that exemplify the school’s defining principles.

The HAN Ambassadors Leadership Summit on Saturday, Sept. 25, will begin with a report from Dean Rich Lyons on the school’s strategic plan and four defining principles: beyond yourself, question the status quo, student always, and confidence without attitude.

After a Q&A session, Lyons will turn the podium over to Haas Professor Jenny Chatman, PhD 88, who will talk about why clarifying the school’s alumni culture is strategic, important, and powerful.

That will segue into a group exercise to elicit feedback from the ambassadors — alumni volunteers and leaders — on the ideal behaviors that exemplify the school’s defining principles and values.

“The school’s defining principles put into words what makes the Haas culture so unique,” says Alumni Relations Director Leslie Kanberg. “Now we are asking alumni to describe the ideal behaviors for each defining principle they would hope to observe in fellow alumni and that they aspire to internalize.”

Later in the day, alumni will share their own stories about how they have experienced these powerful defining principles. The stories could be about anything from a fellow alum who crafted an innovative solution to a tricky business problem to their own work that has made a difference in society.

The activities on Saturday are part of a two-day annual leadership retreat, which begins Friday, Sept. 24. The retreat unites volunteers from eleven different alumni chapters as well as volunteers serving on the Haas Alumni Relations Council and Development Council. The theme of the retreat this year is “Celebrating Our Distinctive Alumni Culture.” Activities on Friday will focus on best practices for alumni chapters, such as using social media, enhancing the school’s brand, and providing career services to local alumni.

Can’t attend the retreat, but what to share your own examples of the Haas School’s defining principles in action? Visit