From Chocolatier to Biotech Pioneer, Business Luminaries Visit Haas This Fall
Co-founders from Chiron and Scharffen Berger Chocolate, a Goldman Sachs managing director, and the chief strategy officer of Pandora are among the business leaders sharing their experiences with students this fall in the classroom and at club gatherings. Read more


Take Our Alumni Survey, Win an iPad 2
Watch your inbox today for a 15-minute survey from Tenny Frost about Haas School alumni services, resources, and communications. (Check your spam filter for email from Hanover Research.) Your feedback will help the Alumni Relations Office set priorities to better serve you. As a thank you, respondents will be entered for a chance to win an iPad 2 donated by If you don't receive an email today and would like to participate, contact us tomorrow.

Consortium Membership, Springworks Scholars Expand MBA Diversity
An even more diverse group of Berkeley MBA students will hone their leadership skills at Haas this year, thanks to the school rejoining the Graduate Consortium for Study in Management and three Springworks Scholars in the entering class.

Top Energy Thinkers to Examine Challenges at BERC Symposium
UC Berkeley's status as a hotbed for some of the world's most exciting new energy research and innovation will be on display as 800 scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and students convene for the 2011 BERC Energy Symposium Oct. 20-21.

Live Webcast of Global Business Pioneer Carl Hahn, Former Volkswagen Chairman, Oct. 11
Carl "Mr. Volkswagen" Hahn, who built the people's car company into an international powerhouse as chairman from 1982 to 1993, will speak to the Haas community. Check the Dean's Speaker Series page on Oct. 11 for a link to the 12:30 pm webcast.

Asia -- Join Dean Lyons
If you live or travel near Jakarta or Tokyo, make a reservation to have breakfast or lunch with Dean Rich Lyons next week. In Jakarta, the dean will meet alumni over breakfast on Oct. 4 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and, in Tokyo, a power lunch is slated for Oct. 6, at the ANA Intercontinental in Akasaka. More info / Register

LA -- Marketing Forum: Pay-What-You-Want Pricing
Join the discussion on the emerging "Pay What You Want" pricing model, in Beverly Hills on Oct. 18. After a rooftop networking reception overlooking Rodeo Drive, Haas Marketing Professor Leif Nelson will give an overview of the new pricing model's risks and rewards and how it relates to you as a consumer, marketer, and producer. More Info / Register

NY -- Is the World Crumbling or Should We Just Get Used to Volatility?
Popular finance professor Steve Etter and a panel of local business leaders will lead a lively one-hour discussion, in New York on Oct 11, about some of today's headlines, from austerity measures in Greece to an "intervention" by the Fed. The discussion follows a networking reception in the Grand Salon of the historic 3 West Club. More info / Register

Power to the People: >play Conference Focuses on User Revolution
The growing power of digital media users-who this year downloaded their 10 billionth app, ignited the Arab Spring, and snapped up millions of Groupons for everything from teeth whitening to donuts-will be the focus of >play 2011: The User Revolution on Oct. 29.

MBA Students Cast Eye on the Cloud for New Tech Challenge
Competitors from eight of the most prestigious business schools will put their heads in the clouds for the first annual Haas Tech Challenge at the Haas School Sept. 29 - Oct. 1.

Haas Moves Forward on Diversity Plan
The Haas School has started to implement its diversity plan, with an effort to hire a new part-time diversity director now under way.

Haas Among Top Schools for Teaching Social and Environmental Impact
The Berkeley Full-time MBA Program ranked #10 worldwide and #8 among U.S. business schools in terms of teaching social and environmental impact, according to the Aspen Institute's Beyond Grey Pinstripes ranking.

Paul Newman Award Honors Two Undergrads for Giving Back
Two Haas undergraduates received $2,500 awards apiece this year for developing creative plans that combine good business sense and social responsibility.




How to Ask for a Pay Raise in a Tough Economy
You can ask for a pay raise during tough economic times -- you may even receive a pay raise -- but your preparation for asking must be thorough and communicate your value. Learn more

Need a job? Contract Work Could be New Normal
Many business groups and labor advocates believe the contingency work force is on the rise and will become a mainstay in U.S. companies even after economic hard times are behind us. Learn more

Ten Things Career Changers Need on Their Resume
When it comes to resume writing, keywords help you move past the electronic filters. For a career changer, that's the first potential barrier in stepping into a new role; a resume full of accounting keywords, for instance, will have a hard time getting past filters for a job in marketing. Learn more


Webinar: How to Develop Compelling Problem Action Results Statements
Tues., Oct. 4, Noon 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: Attention-Getting Cover Letters
Tues., Oct. 11, Noon 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.

So, Tell Me About Yourself (back by popular demand)
Tues., Oct. 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Haas School
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.
Register in the workshop section of MBA CareerNet.


Student Projects in the Business Community
Haas School students are eager to apply their learning to real-world situations. Individually or in groups, our MBA, Master's in Financial Engineering, and undergraduate business students are happy to volunteer their classroom knowledge and skills in the business and non-profit communities. Learn more

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 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 Microfinance Speaker Series
Wednesdays, October 26-December 7, 2011
Available online!

Originally a hugely popular course at the Haas School, this in-demand series is now offered to business professionals. The six-week course explores how microfinance operations have become sustainable models for financial services for the developing world. Led by renowned Berkeley faculty and tied to the Bay Area's exciting venture capital environment, the course comprises advice and best practices from around the world, and delivers an inside look into new technology ventures targeting the industry. With speakers from ACCION,, CARE, and more, the course is a must for anyone who wants inside knowledge into the social and business innovations of microfinance and impact investing. Available on campus and streaming online. More info / Register

The Berkeley Executive Leadership Program
November 7-11, 2011 | April 2-6, 2012
Leadership is the ability to navigate at many different altitudes with finesse, energizing and inspiring those around you to achieve. It is the relaxed self-confidence that the best managers possess through a knowledge of themselves and others. The Berkeley Executive Leadership Program cultivates your capabilities to lead with vision, confidence and superior communication - forging your personal success and ensuring your organization's forward momentum. Master exceptional leadership at UC Berkeley.
* Limited availability! More info / Register

Negotiations and Influence
December 12-14, 2011 | March 26-28, 2012
Negotiation skills are critical for success in business. Negotiations and Influence at UC Berkeley helps you master the skills to develop networks and high-productivity relationships in your job. Learn key persuasive communication and negotiation skills and put them into practice through engaging in-class exercises with peers. You will learn strategies for getting results with people of all levels of experience and cooperation. More info / Register



Web Calendar

Sept 29 - Palo Alto, CA
Career Success Presentation

Sept 30 - Woodside, CA
CPM Course

Sept 30 - Zurich, Switzerland
Joint Alumni Conference

Oct 4 - Jakarta, Indonesia
Alumni Breakfast with Dean Lyons

Oct 6 - Tokyo, Japan
Alumni Luncheon with Dean Lyons

Oct 11 - New York
Panel Discussion with Prof. Steve Etter

Oct 11 - Webcast
Former Chairman Volkswagen Carl Hahn Presentation

Oct 13 - Chicago
Haas/Boalt Happy Hour

Oct 14 - Berkeley
Industrial Forestry Presentation

Oct 15 - Berkeley

Oct 18 - Los Angeles
Marketing Forum with Haas Professor Nelson

Oct 19 - Palo Alto, CA
Successful Family/Career Presentation

Oct 20 - San Francisco
Alumni/Student Networking Evening

Oct 20-21 - Berkeley
BERC Energy Symposium

Oct 23 - Los Angeles
Haas/Anderson Cirque du Soleil Evening

Oct 25 - San Francisco
Discover Cal Sleep Science Presentation

Oct 26 - Seattle
Women in Leadership Speaker Event

Oct 29 - Pleasanton, CA
Cal/UCLA Football Viewing Party

Oct 29 - Berkeley
>Play Conference - User Revolution

Nov 2 - San Diego
Discover Cal Mark Twain Biography Presentation

Nov 3 - Los Angeles
Discover Cal Astronomy Presentation

Nov 4 - San Francisco
Haas Gala

Nov 12 - Shanghai
Berkeley Ball 2011

Nov 12 - Shanghai
Berkeley/Shanghai Biotech Forum

Nov 14 - Oakland
YEAH Golf Tournament



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