Career Management Team
Julia Min Hwang is the Assistant Dean of MBA Career Management Group and Corporate Engagement at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Julia Min Hwang, Assistant Dean, CMG & Corporate Engagement
In her role, she oversees the career services for all MBA students and MBA alumni and works with companies and organizations to engage them with Haas. Prior to this role, Julia was the Executive Director of the FTMBA Program Office where she served as the dean of students overseeing the academics and student life. Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Julia served in many roles at NYU Stern School of Business for ten years including Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Student Services. She also worked at the Embassy of Japan coordinating the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and prior to that, taught English in Japan. Julia received her graduate degree in international education from New York University and undergraduate degree in religious studies/Asian studies from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Julia spends with her two young children (ages 4 and 7) exploring San Francisco and the greater bay area.
Employer Relations Team
Our Relationship Managers have strong relationships with companies in specific industry groups. They partner with employers to set their recruiting strategy at Haas. Relationship Managers also assist students in refining their career search once they have developed a plan with a Career Advisor.
Jenn Bridge, Senior Director of Employer Engagement & Operations
In her role as the Senior Director of Employer Engagement and Operations, Jenn oversees the Relationship Managers, Business Developers and Operations team including the technology, data, marketing and communications strategies for the Career Management Group. Over her last eight years at Haas she has managed a handful of industries including consulting, financial services, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, retail, design strategy and real estate as a Relationship Manager and Director of Recruiting. Jenn joined Haas after spending thirteen years in the retail and consulting industries. As the San Francisco based MBA recruiting manager for Strategy, she was responsible for all aspects of recruiting MBA candidates, including developing on-campus brand building strategies and marketing programs that supported their recruiting efforts across multiple top MBA schools. Jenn also spent eleven years at Gap Inc. where she held various positions in marketing and strategy for the Gap, Banana Republic and International divisions. Jenn holds a BA in technical writing and marketing from San Francisco State University.
Rich Wong, Technology, Entertainment/Media
After achieving his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Haas, Rich worked as an auditor for a major accounting firm and obtained his California CPA license. He then earned his MBA in finance at UCLA, leading to a 17 year high-tech finance career at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Rich joined Haas in 1999 as one of the inaugural employer relationship managers where he utilizes his educational and professional experience to help students and companies in his sectors (technology, media and entertainment) achieve recruiting success.
Betsy Ream, Energy/Cleantech, Technology Online Commerce
Betsy works with both employers and students in the areas of energy/ cleantech, healthcare/biotech and technology online commerce. A few years ago when the school recognized the growing student interest in cleantech, Betsy successfully partnered with faculty, students and alumni to develop industry relationships and grow the number of opportunities we provide to our MBAs in this very strategic area. Similarly, in all of her industry areas, she continues to build relationships with employers. Betsy is committed to helping students navigate their career searches, with a particular emphasis on the network-driven, off-campus job search.
Betsy holds a BA in History from UCLA. Prior to Haas, she worked in MBA recruiting at Booz Allen Hamilton in New York. A proud east bay native, Betsy grew up just a few miles down the street from Berkeley and enjoys exploring new restaurants in her north Oakland neighborhood.
Courtney Walker, CPG/Retail, Financial Services, Real Estate, Non-Profit, Education, Government & CSR
Courtney is focused on CPG/Retail, Financial Services, Real Estate, Non-Profit, Education, Government & CSR. Prior to Haas, Courtney was an Experienced Hire Recruiter for Investment Banking, Global Transaction Banking and Global Markets at Deutsche Bank in New York. She began her Wall Street career at Lehman Brothers as a Campus Recruiter focusing on the MBA, PhD, and MFE populations for Investment Banking: Product & Coverage groups and Capital Markets: Sales, Trading & Research. She covered business schools throughout the US including the Johnson School, Darden, Rice and UT. Having always lived in New York, Courtney holds a BA from Colgate University and a Masters in Social Work from NYU.
Emily O'Connor, Consulting, Healthcare, Design Consulting
Emily focuses on the Consulting, Healthcare and Design Consulting industries. She joins us from Saint Mary's College where she was previously in graduate admissions, focusing her efforts on prospective students and marketing their Leadership Studies programs. Prior to her time at Saint Mary's, she was a Human Resources and Recruiting Manager for an electronic billing software company in San Francisco. Her background also includes executive search functions within venture capital firms, healthcare companies and advertising agencies. Emily is an East Bay native and holds her BA from the University of California, Davis.
Career Advising and Programs
Berkeley MBA Career Advisors have the experience and expertise to help students determine career goals, develop skills, and structure and implement an effective job search.
Michael G. Katz, Director of Full-time MBA Careers
Michael has coached hundreds of business professionals-from mid-career to senior executives on issues such as career development, job search, team dynamics, and presentation skills. For nearly eight years, Michael's client base has included Executive MBAs, Full-Time MBAs, Evening MBAs, and school alumni. In addition to coaching at three Top-20 business schools, he was also Director of the MBA Professional Development Program at MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow), America's premier career development organization serving high potential black, Hispanic, and Native American professionals. Michael is also a frequent speaker at the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance annual conference and has published a book chapter on case interviewing in finance for “Crack the Case System: Complete Case Interview Prep” by David Ohrvall.
Prior to his career as a coach, Michael served institutional clients in the financial services sector. While at First Manhattan Consulting Group, his work covered customer segmentation, pricing, and organizational design for retail brokerage firms. At Kasina, he focused on organizational and task design for the customer service groups of mutual funds. In addition to his consulting experience, Michael has also worked as an Assistant Vice-President of Corporate Planning at Merrill Lynch & Co.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Information Systems from the NYU Stern School of Business and a Master of Business Studies in Organization & Management from Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He also completed the Professional Coaching Course offered through New Ventures West.
Lesah Beckhusen, Career Coach
Lesah has more than twenty years of deep and broad career counseling experience as an independent career consultant, trainer, product developer and small business owner. Lesah has been at the Haas School for over twelve years as a career advisor and program manager. She has developed and managed many programs including the Career Coaches and Super Saturday Interview Program and most recently the new Haas Virtual Interview Coaching Program. In 1987 Lesah launched SkillScan, a publishing business that develops and markets innovative skills assessment tools to universities and colleges, adult career centers, career counselors and corporations. SkillScan is used by thousands of college and universities throughout the U.S.
Lesah holds an MS degree in Counseling and a BA degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. She is a Certified Toastmaster and travels throughout the U.S. conducting trainings on SkillScan products and is a regular presenter at the International Career Development Conference.
Mark Friedfeld, Career Coach
With a background in law, marketing and admissions, Mark joined Haas in 2001 after working for the MBA program at the University of Maryland. Following judicial clerkships in Alaska and attorney positions in Washington, D.C., he entered the business world by joining the Princeton Review, where he taught students, trained instructors, designed courses and served in various corporate roles including Special Project Manager and Director of Marketing. As an MBA Career Advisor, Mark works with all students but has a particular focus in financial services.
Away from Haas, Mark is active with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training triathlon program. He received a BS in economics and a BA in international relations from UC Davis and a JD from the American University's Washington College of Law.
Lara Klein, Career Coach
Lara Klein is committed to supporting the EWMBA students and all Haas alumni in making their next career move, whether it’s advancing to a higher level role or making a career transition. Prior to joining Haas, Lara spent the past five years coaching the working professional MBA populations at NYU Stern School of Business, helping students and alumni to advance their careers and make transitions in a variety of industries and functions including consulting, finance, marketing, media, entertainment, technology, and healthcare/pharma. Lara spent the first 15+ years of her career in recruiting, career development, and other HR roles across a range industries, including companies such as Sony, International Creative Management, and Sanyo North America (now Panasonic). She has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from San Diego State University. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an accredited coaching program in New York.
Luke Kreinberg, Career Coach
Luke Kreinberg primarily serves Executive MBA students and MBA alumni, specializing in helping students to move forward in their careers. He helps them gain clarity about objectives as well as identify the competencies they need to flourish in their professional lives. Some of the companies he's coached at include: Bain & Company, McKinsey & Company, and Yahoo. Luke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Davis with a BA in international relations. He received his Coaching Certification from New Ventures West in San Francisco. In his former life, Luke served as a partner in a boutique search firm and developed learning curricula for emerging technology firms. He is the author of The Book of Goals: Achievements, Plans, and Dreams of a Lifetime which has sold 100,000+ copies. Luke swims and gardens, but not at the same time.
Jeanne Lew, Career Coach
Jeanne has 15+ years in marketing and management consulting successfully introducing products and programs across the financial services, technology and consumer packaged goods sectors. Her professional career began in strategic, systems and litigation consulting with Price Waterhouse Management Consulting Services. Currently, she is a marketing and strategy consultant advising clients in strategic marketing and branding, and product development and implementation initiatives. Her educational background includes an MBA in Marketing from UCLA's Anderson School.
Hoyt Ng, Career Coach
Erica Peng, Career Coach
Dorothy Zhuomei, Career Coach
Dorothy Zhuomei is a leadership and career coach specialized in working with high-performing emerging leaders. Since 2011, Dorothy has coached hundreds of MBA students, business professionals and entrepreneurs on leadership, career and personal development. Her clients include emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from Google, Y Combinator and 500 Startups. Dorothy received leadership coaching training and earned her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. She is further certified as a Professional Integral Coach after a year-long intensive training at New Ventures West.
Prior to becoming a coach, Dorothy worked as a Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group's San Francisco Office. She has accumulated business experiences in a broad range of sectors including healthcare, technology, non-profits, venture capital and entrepreneurship. In addition to her MBA from Kellogg, She holds a BA in Biochemistry from Occidental College and a Master in Engineering Management with a focus in Design and Operations from Northwestern University. In her spare time, Dorothy loves taking dance lessons, listening to podcasts on interesting human stories, and exploring the Bay Area restaurant scene with her husband and friends.
Kay Dawson, Director of Operations, Technology & Data
Kay joins the Haas CMG having honed her MBA career management skills at HEC Paris and Chicago Booth. She has been a career coach, business developer, relationship manager and an MBA recruiter, so brings this comprehensive knowledge of the diverse needs of the CMG stakeholders to the Operations Team. She studied languages at the University of Cambridge and worked as a headhunter before spending 12 years with GE managing recruitment and operations for undergraduate and MBA leadership programs. Kay is a British citizen who came to the US 3 years ago and is doing her best to see as much of the country as possible whilst amassing half marathon finisher medals.
Aileen Bautista, Program Manager
Aileen comes to us from her previous role working in the MBA Admissions Office for Working Professionals here at Berkeley-Haas. Prior to joining us at Haas, Aileen worked at the UC Davis Career Recruiting Center. She is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Communication and a minor in Sociology. While in college, she interned at Appency, a PR and Marketing firm for mobile apps, and KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Aileen was born and raised in the Bay Area. Outside of work, Aileen enjoys travelling, working on DIY projects, and trying out new restaurants.
Christine Blaine, Operations Manager
Born and raised in the Boston area, Christine has been a resident of Berkeley for the past 20 years. Before joining Haas, Christine worked in the retail, banking and specialty food industries with positions in sales, marketing, production and operations. She graduated from California State University in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Christine manages and supports our CMG operations for the MBA programs.
Jenna Choban, Event Coordinator
Jenna is our fall events coordinator at Haas CMG. She handles all of the event logistics from catering, A/V, and valet requests to set-up and execution. She is very passionate about events and loves making them perfect! She majored in Hospitality from Ohio University in May of 2013 and earned her MBA from Saint Mary's College of CA in July of 2015. Her dream is to start her own wedding coordination & design business in the Bay Area.