What are the Top 10 Questions to ask during an interview? And what is the ideal resume for someone making a career change? Also, can the Watson supercomputer transform Global Healthcare? Berkeley Haas students are working to find out.

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Steve Blank

A New Kind of 'Lean' May Save Lives

Can a wave of new startups commercialize life science ideas with lightning speed? Haas School Lecturer Steve Blank is leading a pilot I-Corp National Institutes of Health program that uses methods taught in his Lean LaunchPad course instead of traditional business plans. "We're going to create new companies that bring life-saving drugs, devices, and diagnostics to clinicians and patients faster and cheaper," Blank says.



Berkeley MBA Programs Rank in the Top Ten
The Full-time Berkeley MBA program ranked #5 among US schools and #7 globally in the The Economist's "Which MBA" ranking. The Economist also confirmed that jobs in financial services are now less popular with new MBA graduates than consulting and technology.

Can the Watson Supercomputer Transform Global Healthcare?
UC Berkeley is one of 10 schools across North America selected to offer Watson-focused courses. To build disruptive business models for global healthcare, undergrad students will use data from Apollo Group, the largest private integrated hospital group in Asia. Solomon Darwin, executive director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, teaches the class, "Open Innovation, Leveraging IBM Watson."

10 Finalists in Intel Wearables Competition Heading to Haas
A flying camera released from a mountain climber's wrist to shoot an awe-inspiring selfie and a high-quality robotic hand manufactured through lower-cost 3-D printing are among the futuristic product ideas teams are developing.

Student Startup Roundup: Twindom, Wetravel.to, and Lend Me Your Literacy
Meet three new companies in this occasional series of articles spotlighting students who juggle their studies with starting a new business or social enterprise.

Students to Work with Bike Maker in Innovation Challenge
The Design and Innovation Strategy Club (DISC) at the Berkeley Haas Innovation Lab, will help solve a critical business challenge for one of the world's largest bicycle makers, Specialized, when students gather for a one-day Innovation Challenge.

Centenarian Finally Receives Diploma
It may have taken Hugh D. Williams more than 70 years to earn a UC Berkeley degree, but at age 101, he finally did it. Williams received the diploma last month, surrounded by his family.

Record Crowd Expected at 10th Annual >Play Conference
The >play conference on Oct. 24 will offer alumni the chance to connect with recruiting teams from top Bay Area tech firms, hear from entrepreneurs disrupting multiple industries, dance at a Silent Disco, and share company ideas.

Polish-American Innovators Head to Berkeley
UC Berkeley's Center for Executive Education will co-host a day of events Nov. 19 to promote growing economic and scientific opportunities in Poland and to advance cooperation and collaboration between the two nations.

Scholarships Offered to Half the Full-time MBA Class
Berkeley Haas scholarship recipients are a diverse group including a West Point-educated Special Forces battalion operations officer and a former General Electric exec who founded a solar company in Mexico.

From Our Blogs:

Haas Achieves
43 Percent Strong: A Student Perspective
In the second of a series on gender balance, Ryann Kopacka, MBA 16, describes what it's been like for her so far in a class with 43 percent women.

The Berkeley MBA Blog
Get Your Hands Dirty: Applied Innovation
In the Berkeley MBA Program, we shape innovative leaders who question the status quo. It starts with a core curriculum that requires a course in Problem Finding, Problem Solving.

Institute for Business & Social Impact Blog
Three Powerful Ways to Measure Social Impact
"If you ask 50 smart people how to measure social good, you'll hear 50 very different answers," says Ben Mangan, the new executive director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership.

Energy Economics Exchange
Energy-Saving Device Not Seen in the US
A cool energy-saving device was spotted in hotels in France, Singapore, and Kenya by Haas Professor Catherine Wolfram, co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas.




MBA Alumni
Coaching for Managers - (webinar)
Mon, Oct 20 at Noon
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

All Alumni
The Art of Networking Part 1: 10 Keys to Making Connections - (webinar)
Wed, Oct 22 at 10am
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops
Other alumni registration

MBA Alumni
Storytelling Workshop
Tu, Oct 28 at 7pm at Haas
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

All Alumni
The Art of Networking Part 2: Strengthening Connections for Professional Results - (webinar)
Wed, Oct 29 at 10am
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops
Other alumni registration

MBA Alumni
How to Ask for a Promotion or Raise - (webinar)
Th, Oct 30 at Noon
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

All Alumni
LinkedIn Networking: Connect Before You Need to Ask for Favors - (webinar)
Mon, Nov 3 at 10am
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops
Other alumni registration

MBA Alumni
Executive Resumes - Learn How to Write a Powerful Resume - (webinar)
Mon, Nov 3 at Noon
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

MBA Alumni
CareerLeader--Discovering your Career in Business - (webinar)
Tu, Nov 4 at Noon
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

MBA Alumni
Haas Presentation Group: Storytelling
Tu, Nov 4 at 7:30pm
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops

All Alumni
Perfect Your 'Elevator' Personal Pitch - (webinar)
Wed, Nov 5 at 10am
MBA alumni register in MBA CareerNet under workshops
Other alumni registration

All Alumni
Professional Presentations: Get Past the Dread and Build Your Brand - (webinar)
Wed, Nov 12 at 10am
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Other alumni registration


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Take a Cal Student to Work: Host an Extern
Haas alumni are invited to be a sponsor for the Cal Externship Program and share your work day with a Cal student(s) over the January 2015 winter break. Co-sponsored by the Cal Career Center. Learn more

Recorded Career Webinars
Alumni Relations and MBA Career Management present a library of pre-recorded career webinars to support your career development. Create your free account and learn at your convenience.

Your Alumni MBA CareerNet Briefcase...
...contains resources to help manage your career.
Career websites include resources for executives, flexible workforce recruiting, global jobs, networking, jobs in the nonprofit sector, executive search firms, salary information, and self-employment.

Networking: Make Better LinkedIn Introductions
When should you introduce one colleague to another, and how do you do it. Tips for Using LinkedIn



Explore New Options for Lifelong Learning
Conferences, lectures, and videos for your travels. Check out the menu of options for Lifelong Learning through Haas.

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 Art of the Pitch
Oct 20-21
Maximize your communication and presentation skills by training with a noted international actress, the executive who brought you March of the Penguins, and a communication expert. The Art of the Pitch is an advanced, two-day presentation skills training for corporate leaders and high-potential executives who seek to improve their persuasion and connection with their audience. Register

Business Leadership for IT Professionals
Nov 11-13
Business Leadership for IT Professionals is a career-advancing opportunity for IT professionals to step outside their day-to-day, and learn the business skills essential to becoming a strategic partner. Using a curriculum that blends case studies, personal coaching and dynamic exercises, our Berkeley Haas faculty draw upon decades of experience training IT and tech leaders from the Silicon Valley. Register

Corporate Business Model Innovation
Nov 17-19
Corporate Business Model Innovation is led by three inspiring and engaging masters in the field of innovation. Attend and you will be introduced to new concepts in business model innovation, open innovation strategies, and applying startup models in a corporate context. This program will help you and your company learn how to develop, evaluate and scale new business models inside your company. Register



Visit Our Calendar

Oct 16 — Palo Alto, CA
Venture Capital Panel Presentation

Oct 17 — London, England
Welcome Party for New Grads

Oct 19 — San Francisco, CA
HULA Scholarship Application Review

Oct 21 — Atherton, CA
Discover Cal - Transforming the Food System

Oct 21 — Palo Alto, CA
iReLaunch Return to Work Event (Stanford)

Oct 22 — Irvine, CA

Oct 22 — Los Angeles, CA
Cancelled Mindfulness: Where Neuroscience & Emotional Intelligence Meet Success

Oct 22 — Palo Alto, CA
Dinner Connect Event with Google Sales Director

Oct 22 — Portland, OR
Global Networking Night on the Portland Spirit (All B-Schools)

Oct 23 — Mt. View, CA
Haas Happy Hour

Oct 23 — San Francisco, CA
Q@Haas Alumni Reception

Oct 24 — Los Altos, CA
Parent Education Presentation/Empowering Creative Children

Oct 24 — San Francisco, CA
>play Digital Media and Tech Conference

Oct 25 — Alameda, CA
Tour & Tasting at St George Spirits

Oct 28 — Los Angeles, CA
All B-School Happy Hour

Oct 30 — San Francisco, CA
Discover Cal - Transforming the Food System

Nov 6 — San Francisco, CA
MBA 2001 Happy Hour

Nov 6 - San Francisco, CA

Wine Tasting & Business Leadership

Nov 5 - Barcelona, Spain Dinner with IBD Director

Nov 8 - Seoul, Korea
Berkeley Haas Golf

Nov 8 — San Francisco, CA
Electric Car Event at Crissy Field

Nov 11 — New York, NY
Monthly Social

Nov 13 — London, England
Drinks & BT Sports Live Show at Olympic Park

Nov 14 — San Francisco, CA
Haas Gala

Nov 18 - Los Angeles, CA
Discover Cal - Transforming the Food System

Nov 19 - Newport Beach, CA
Discover Cal - Transforming the Food System

Nov 22 — Zurich, Switzerland
5th Joint B-Schools Ball

Nov 27 — Sydney, Australia
Global MBA Alumni Mixer

Dec 2 — Los Angeles, CA
All B-School Happy Hour

Dec 2 — San Francisco, CA
Post Seed Conference

Dec 4 — London, England
Pre-Christmas Drinks

Dec 9 — New York, NY
Monthly Social

Dec 11 — Berkeley, CA
Old Blues Luncheon

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Amir Kermani

Did Low Interest Rates Boost Household Spending?
Real estate Asst. Prof. Amir Kermani and co-authors suggest that lower interest rates and reduced mortgage payments prompt consumer spending but encourage consumers to attempt to pay off existing debt, which dampens the effectiveness of monetary policy.


Dechow, Ryans, and Lawrence

New York Times
Haas Accounting Research Featured

A column about insider sales cites a study of S.E.C. comment letters by Patricia Dechow, James Ryans, and Alastair Lawrence. "It seems that the insiders are using information that's not available to other market participants," Dechow says.

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