New Fall Courses Stay on Top of Changing Landscape

From lean startups to social media marketing to diversity in the workplace, new fall courses are teaching students forward-thinking management skills while providing hands-on learning to apply them. Read more


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Undergrad Program Holds #3 in U.S. News
The Haas School tied for third place with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in a U.S. News & World Report ranking of undergraduate programs released this week. The Haas Undergraduate Program has held the third spot in the ranking since 2003, except in 2009, when the program came in second.

LinkedIn Ranks Haas #4 in Entrepreneurship

The Haas School was named the fourth most entrepreneurial business school in a ranking by LinkedIn released recently.

Novartis Leader to Talk on Tackling Social Issues
The Haas community will hear how global organizations can solve social issues in a talk Oct. 4 by Klaus M. Leisinger, president of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, a Swiss nonprofit focusing on international health cooperation and corporate responsibility.

Homecoming without a football? Yes!
Show your support for lifelong learning at Berkeley-Haas by joining professors David Robinson and Greg LaBlanc. Learn how the Internet is transforming the world of marketing (9:30 – 10:30 am) and how 'herd behavior' has contributed to the financial crisis (11:00 am – Noon). All at Haas' Andersen Auditorium on October 15. No pre-registration required.

Haas Insights - On-demand Video of Haas Speakers
Watch Virgin America CEO David Cush and Poland's former prime minister Marek Belka during their presentations at the Haas School.

New Program to Hone Entrepreneurship Skills of Post-docs, Grad Students
A new program designed to help Berkeley post-docs and graduate students turn an idea into a real business will launch Sept. 22 with a workshop titled "Creativity, Innovation, and Opportunity Recognition."

Join the premier energy event at UC Berkeley
The 2011 BERC Energy Symposium Oct. 20-21 will showcase cutting-edge energy research from UC Berkeley and debate the most pressing issues and crucial strategies for addressing our shared global energy challenges. Speakers include Arun Majumdar - ARPA-E, Jigar Shah - Carbon War Room, Dan Kammen - World Bank, and many others. Register/More info

Davis and Suh Named Outstanding New Instructors
Assistant Professor Lucas Davis and Lecturer Julie Suh (left) received Outstanding New Instructor Awards from the Haas School's Center for Teaching Excellence.

Conference on Finance and Responsible Business
UC Berkeley and Maastricht University present a conference Nov. 3-4 that bridges theory and practice, bringing together leading practitioners and researchers working in finance and sustainability. The program features Harrison Hong, Princeton; Lloyd Kurtz, Nelson Capital Management; and Scott Beth, Intuit. Register/More info

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum on the Food Industry
Always notoriously competitive, the food industry is even more difficult in a down economy. On Sept. 22, come hear from Noah Alper, the Founder and former CEO of Noah's Bagels, and in-the-trenches executives of food companies as they discuss lessons learned in the challenges of a down market. And come early for the networking hour, featuring displays from some of the Bay Area's most beloved, as well as up and coming, food companies. Register/More info




Handling Job Loss as a Family
A natural tendency at a time like this is to shut out the entire world, including those closest to you. Unfortunately, keeping your family at arms' length will make the situation worse, not better. You need the support they have to give, now more than ever. Learn more

4 Career Tips from the U.S. Open
There's much advice to be drawn from how tennis players approach a tournament, like the U.S. Open, that can provide practical advice in your own career. Learn more

37 Ideas to Grow Your Job Search Network Right Now
Networking is usually the best way to find a job. But growing a network takes time so you want to build it before you need it. Here's how to start growing your job search network today. Learn more


"So, Tell Me About Yourself" -
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Sept. 27, Haas School of Business

Knowing how to talk about yourself in a way that conveys your strengths quickly, clearly, and professionally can set the tone for the entire interview. We'll cover:
- Basic building blocks of storytelling to learn how to develop your short-targeted response to this question.
- Stories and professional experiences that will etch a memory in the employer's mind, rather than give a run-down of your entire background.
- How to talk about your unique strengths.
To register, go to MBA CareerNet, look under "Workshops."

Webinar: How to Develop Compelling Problem Action Results Statements
Tues., Oct. 4, 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Join John Morel and Jeanne Lew from the Haas MBA Career Management group to learn about the importance of PAR statements, and how they can translate into effective/powerful bullet points on your resume, and succinct talking points during your interviews! Register in the workshop section of MBA CareerNet.

Webinar: Quick Topic - Attention-Getting Cover Letters
Tues., Oct. 11, 12:00 to 12:30 PM
What do employers want to read? Learn how to write a cover letter that is targeted to a specific job description-including proper use of key words and relevant experience based on the job requirements. Register in the workshop section of MBA CareerNet.

Webinar: Being Your Best When It Matters Most- Science of Great Leadership
Fri., Oct. 14, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Knowledge, skills, a high IQ and well developed technical skills, once considered cornerstones for a successful career are now simply not enough. Organizations are coming to the realization that high Emotional Intelligence (EI) is what is needed to provide a distinct advantage in the workplace. Join Bill Benjamin, CEO of the Institute for Health & Human Potential, named one of the Fastest Growing Companies as part of PROFIT Magazine's 'Fast 100' ranking, to learn more about how improving your EI can help. Register in the workshop section of MBA CareerNet.



2010 Haas Alumni MBA Salary Survey
The Berkeley MBA Alumni Compensation Bi-Annual Survey is provided by the MBA Career Management Group and the Alumni Relations Office. The survey results can be found under Salary Negotiations in the "Resources" section of MBA CareerNet. Or, View the Survey Now (username = alumni p/w = salarysurvey)

Haas MBA Career Management Group Staff Available for Help Today!
MBA alumni in transition and/or affected by the economic turmoil - please contact the Haas MBA Alumni Career Management Group for assistance with career coaching, interviewing tips, and resume review. There are also many events, webinars, directed job search teams, and other resources available to you today. To learn more, please EMAIL or call us at 510-643-3108.


Ctr for Exec Ed, Berkeley-Haas
15% Discount for Haas alumni. Enroll now and enter priority code "cee15" for your discount on these programs:

The BioExec Institute
An internationally-renowned program that provides the keys to managing business trade-offs within highly regulated and competitive industries. Industry leaders will join session participants to discuss the trade-offs caused by exploring new R&D models with the goal of creating value for your organizations. Delivered by industry specialists, including BioExec Institute faculty and alumni, the Institute offers attendees six-days of interactive programming from October through December 2011, including three evening networking receptions. Participants will have unique opportunities to debate the strategies and tactics of business leadership within biopharma and will complete the program with invaluable insight and powerful networks to help them deliver bottom-line value in this growing industry. Learn more and register

Strategic Advantage in Competitive Markets: Developing an Interactive Mindset
Nov. 14-15, 2011
Develop an interactive mindset that shapes your understanding of key players' motives up and down the supply chain and keeps you steps ahead of competitors. In the digital information age, the business landscape is a dynamic chessboard where players' moves and countermoves constantly reshape the playing field. Participants interact in hands-on sessions, formulate progressive business plans and develop tactics to stay competitive in their industry. Learn more & enroll

Venture Capital Executive Program
Dec 5, 2011 - Dec 9, 2011
Get an insider's perspective on the inner workings of venture capital firms and entrepreneurship. This program offers a window into some of the most successful venture capitalists in the premier innovation milieu: Silicon Valley, California. Guided by one of the leading researchers and investors in the Silicon Valley, Jerome Engel, and featuring guest lecturers from the venture capital community, you'll master the ability to identify profitable ventures, raise investment capital, manage the deal process and build effective leadership teams. Learn more & enroll



Web Calendar

Sept 21 - Lafayette, CA
Innovation Presentation

Sept 22 - Mountain View, CA
Berkeley-Michigan Networking Evening

Sept 24 - San Francisco
BCEMBA Reunion

Sept 29 - Lafayette, CA
Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Sept 29 - Palo Alto, CA
Career Success Presentation

Sept 30 - Woodside, CA
CPM Course

Oct 14 - Berkeley
Industrial Forestry Presentation

Oct 15 - Berkeley

Oct 18 - Los Angeles
Marketing Forum with Haas Professor Nelson

Oct 20 - San Francisco
Alumni/Student Networking Evening

Nov 4 - San Francisco
Haas Gala



Prof. Jennifer Chatman (top) and Senior Lecturer Homa Bahrami (bottom) were quoted in the New York Times on the firing of Yahoo's chief executive.

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