Twitter Co-founder and serial entrepreneur Biz Stone will share his experiences and insights with the Haas School as the school’s fourth executive fellow.
Stone will kick off his appointment to the Haas School with a keynote to incoming full-time Berkeley MBA students at their MBA Orientation today (Aug. 16, 2011). This will not be the first time he has set foot on the Haas campus: He welcomed full-time Berkeley MBA students at orientation in 2010; spoke at >play, the MBA student-organized digital media conference, in 2008; and participated in the All-Alumni Reunion Conference in 2009.
“I’m thrilled to be invited to be a part of Haas in this way,” says Stone. “Haas students are enthusiastic about new ideas and bring such a variety of experiences and perspectives that it’s an inspiration every time we interact.”
The Berkeley-Haas executive fellow is considered a part-time, professional faculty position. It was created in 2007 for respected executives and thought leaders to serve as advisers to the dean, faculty, and staff. Students also are exposed to the trailblazing ideas and expertise of Haas executive fellows through their participation in various events and programs throughout the school year.
Other Haas executive fellows include IDEO General Manager Tom Kelley, MBA 83; John Hanke, MBA 96, vice president for product development for Google Maps, Local, and Earth; and retired Chevron CFO Steve Crowe, BS 69, MBA 70
“We are excited to welcome Biz back to our campus as an executive fellow,” says Haas School Dean Rich Lyons. “In the spirit of developing innovative leaders here at Berkeley-Haas, we welcome Biz’s experience in creating and sustaining an environment at Twitter in which so much innovation takes place continually. Biz not only represents entrepreneurial leadership but exemplifies the enormous impact people can have when they take a risk and delve into unexplored territory. And Biz continues to find channels for even greater positive impact.”
Named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. Magazine in 2009, Biz Stone was also named among the 100 most influential people by TIME Magazine and nerd of the yYear by GQ in 2009. Vanity Fair named him one of the top 10 most influential people of the information age in 2010. In addition, he won the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award in 2010 and received an honorary doctorate of laws from Babson College in 2011.