Global Competition Marks Ten Years of Launching Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Kids in California schools are munching healthier lunches,

Priya Haji

Priya Haji, MBA 03,

World of Good,

past GSVC winner

artisans in developing countries are paid fair wages for their wares, and troubled students are using software that helps improve their behavior -- all thanks to businesses launched by teams that have competed in the Global Social Venture Competition.

Founded by Berkeley MBA students in 1999, the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) has become the world's largest student-led competition of its kind, with a record 317 teams competing this year. The 10th annual competition will culminate with the global finals April 24 at the Haas School.

The competition will be followed by the daylong GSVC Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship April 25 at UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Greenblatt, an experienced corporate executive and social entrepreneur and faculty member at UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

This year, the GSVC preliminary rounds attracted teams from 23 countries, from Singapore to Switzerland and Canada to Cambodia, as well as 130 teams from the US. Participation has doubled since 2007, when 160 teams competed overall.

Past winners include social learning software company Ripple Effects; World of Good, founded by Priya Haji (pictured) and Siddharth Sanghvi, both MBA 03, which recently partnered with eBay to build an online marketplace called for products that are fair trade-certified and often made using recycled, reclaimed, or sustainable materials; and Revolution Foods, founded by Kristin Groos Richmond and Kirsten Saenz Tobey, both MBA 06, which provides healthy food for San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles school kids.

The competition was founded by Berkeley MBA students Lia Fernald, Alison Lingane, and Denise Yamamoto, all MBA 00; and Nik Haas-Dehejia and Sara Olsen, both MBA 01. The event went global in 2003, when the London Business School joined. In 2007, Yale's School of Management joined Haas, London, Columbia Business School, and the Indian School of Business as partners.

Last year, Thammasat University in Thailand and ESSEC Business School in France joined the University of Geneva and a consortium of business schools in Korea called Social Venture Competition Korea as outreach partners. This year, the competition welcomed the ALTIS Postgraduate School Business & Society, Catholic University of Milan, Italy.

Since its inception, the GSVC has awarded more than $500,000 in prize money to budding social ventures and nearly a quarter of past GSVC entrants are still running companies. Winning teams received more than $45,000 in 2008.

GSVC is co-sponsored by the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Center for Responsible Business. For more information about the competition and symposium, visit

Faculty to Address Financial Turmoil's Impact on Workplace, March 31

Haas School faculty will discuss the effect of the financial turmoil on the workplace, including both workers and managers, in a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in the Wells Fargo Room.

David Levine, who holds the Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Chair in Business Administration, will moderate the panel, titled "The Challenges of Managing in Turbulent Times." The other participants will include Jenny Chatman, the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management, and Laura Kray, the Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values and chair of the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group.

The event is part of the Dean's Speaker Series on the financial turmoil. While past events in the series have focused on the causes of and policy responses to the financial crisis, this panel discussion will explore the effects of the crisis on the businesses and the people working in them. It will include a look at the macroeconomic data, such as unemployment and layoff rates, as well as a discussion of the difficult choices faced by managers within organizations and how they can respond.

Haas@Work Helps Newest Corporate Client -- The Haas School

Haas staff members have joined students and faculty in living the Leading Through Innovation brand by participating in Haas@Work -- with the Haas School as their client.

Haas@Work, an applied innovation program launched in 2006, dispatches teams of Berkeley MBA students to tackle key business challenges for corporate clients such as Visa and Panasonic. Students generate recommendations and then spend three months implementing recommendations green lighted by company executives.

Similarly, staff members have stepped out of their day-to-day work functions twice this year to brainstorm and implement ideas that improve the Haas School experience for students and for staff. Adam Berman, executive director of the Haas@Work Program, believes the decision to adopt a highly successful initiative employed in the private sector for staff use is extraordinary.

Dean Rich Lyons concurs. "You know you're really on to something when you come up with a new program, apply it to your own organization, and get so much out of it," says Lyons. "Add that it's a program in applied innovation and there's all the excitement of delivering in yet another way on our Leading Through Innovation brand."

The current staff Haas@Work program is dedicated to improving the experience of students in the Berkeley MBA programs. Some 25 staff members gathered in January to brainstorm ideas to facilitate better teaching, improve computing and technology services, expand experiential learning opportunities, and enhance the sense of community among the three MBA programs.

"The full-time, evening and weekend, and Berkeley-Columbia program offices work very closely together and informally share best practices," says Jen Sang, director of cross-program initiatives and director of academic affairs for the Evening & Weekend MBA Program. "Haas@Work was a great avenue for engaging in more formal collaboration."

Jay Stowsky, senior assistant dean for instruction, was particularly pleased to have participation from program office staff. "These are the people on the front lines with all of our students," notes Stowsky. He says he was "thrilled by the creativity and ambitions for improving the quality and quantity of services to our students and to providing our faculty with new resources to enhance the quality of their teaching."

The first staff Haas@Work program launched last August, with three teams subsequently implementing ideas that enhance employee engagement and collaboration.

While teams working on the student experience are just starting implementation, teams focused on employee engagement already have brought some ideas to fruition. For example, Function Functions, a series of events in which Haas employees present a work-related topic to colleagues, launched in December with a talk by Director of Recruiting Lisa Feldman on cross-generational communication.

Jennifer Chizuk, senior assistant dean and chief operating officer, initiated the idea of adopting the Haas@Work Program for staff as a tool to ensure that Haas creates an innovative culture for staff as well as for students and faculty.

"Haas@Work is the perfect applied innovation model," says Chizuk. "It's wonderful to have great ideas, but you have to be able to execute -- the implementation piece is the real differentiator in transforming an organization to create tangible change."

Software, Social Entrepreneur Tom Siebel to Speak at Public Leadership Dinner, April 15

Tom Siebel

Thomas M. Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems and the Meth Project Foundation, which launched a campaign to stop first-time methamphetamine use, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Public Leadership Dinner on April 15.

The event, hosted by the Haas School's Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at UC Berkeley's International House. A networking reception will be followed by dinner and Siebel's presentation, The Meth Project: Case Study in Strategic Philanthropy.

Siebel, who founded Siebel Systems in 1993 and held the posts of chairman and CEO, sold the software company in 2005 to Oracle, where he worked early in his career. After the sale, the part-time Montana resident and father of four children founded the Meth Project Foundation, applying key business strategies -- such as market research and strong messaging -- to help solve Montana's growing meth problem.

Siebel assembled a world-class communications and marketing team to build the core of the project: a hard-hitting prime-time television, radio, print, and billboard ad campaign that targeted kids before they started using highly addictive methamphetamine.

Within two years of the Meth Project's 2005 launch, methamphetamine use among Montana teens declined 42 percent and meth-related crime dropped 62 percent. "Tom Siebel is an example of a business leader who has really succeeded in applying innovative business strategies to solve a critical social issue," says Debbie Ng, program developer at the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at Haas.

The television ads are particularly gripping, portraying a youth who kicks at his parents' locked front door threatening to kill them and a girl who encounters a gruesome vision of how she will look in the future if she starts doing meth.

Illinois, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, and Hawaii are now following Montana in adopting Siebel's program.

Last year's Public Leadership Dinner sold out with 240 alumni, students, business, and nonprofit sector leaders attending. Admission is complimentary for faculty; $20 for students; $60 for alumni, business, and community leaders; and $70 including parking for alumni, business, and community leaders .

To register for the dinner, visit The deadline to register is April 1.

Zipcar Founder to Talk at Haas, March 16

Robin Chase

Robin Chase, founder and former CEO of Zipcar, will speak on "Rethinking 'Mine' in a Scary World" at the Haas School from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 16.

Chase, also founder and current CEO of GoLoco and Meadow Networks, will give her presentation to the Haas community in Cheit C230. She also will be speaking that evening at the Entrepreneurship course taught by Haas School Lecturers Naeem Zafar and Jack Fuchs.

Robin founded and led Zipcar, the world's largest carsharing company. Zipcar’s use of the Internet and wireless technology enables rental cars to emulate personal cars giving members on-demand access to cars by-the-hour.

Chase currently leads Meadow Networks, a consulting firm that advises NGOs and transportation and planning departments at city, state, and federal government agencies on wireless and mesh networking applications in the transportation sector as well as on innovation and economic development.

In her other current position as founder and CEO of GoLoco, an online ridesharing community, she has helped shape how people arrange to share car trips of all lengths between trusted friends, neighbors, and colleagues. GoLoco's combination of social networks and online payment systems recasts thinking about car travel, making it a time for socializing and creating a new emphasis on trip efficiency in order to reduce passenger costs.

Alumni Spotlight: Richard Velazquez, MBA 03, Wins National Hispanic Leadership Award

Richard Velazquez

Richard Velazquez, MBA 03, has been honored as a "rising star" by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) for his work connecting mainstream and minority business cultures through professional development, networking, and mentoring.

Velazquez is a senior product planner for Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, and is the co-founder and president of the Seattle chapter of the NSHMBA. He was one of three professionals honored by the national organization.

"In his latest book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell talks about how successful people owe their success not just to talent and hard work, but to opportunities," Velazquez says. "I credit my own success to the opportunities I was able to leverage, and I do this work so others can have opportunities they may not have had due to [their] circumstances."

As the third of six children whose parents emigrated from Puerto Rico, Velazquez grew up in Brooklyn and was accepted to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art - an exclusive free college. He earned an engineering degree, and then worked as an auto designer for both Honda and Porsche.

Seeking business acumen, he headed to Haas on a full scholarship. After a brief stint in Puerto Rico for Proctor & Gamble's marketing wing, he was recruited by Microsoft to join the Xbox 360 team.

"I wouldn't have been able to make the jump to this industry without the framework and groundwork I gained at Haas," he says.

State Air Chief Says California Will Lead the Way

Despite a dire economy and political infighting, California is poised to lead the increasingly urgent national quest for a cleaner and more efficient future, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols told a sold-out crowd at the UC Berkeley Energy Symposium last Monday.

"California has shown time and time again that optimism about technology and faith in our own ability to solve problems has worked for us," Nichols said. "The Gold Rush, Hollywood, Silicon Valley -- we know how to attract creative thinkers. I would say even in the arena of politics and government, frustrating as it has been, we also have agencies with a history of innovation."

The third annual student-led symposium, organized by the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC), attracted a record 700 attendees.

Nichols commented that the theme of this year's symposium, "Bold Ideas for a New Energy Landscape," couldn't be more timely. Friendlier leadership in Washington combined with the expected cash infusion from the economic stimulus package will allow the state to move forward with some long-delayed programs, she said.

She listed specific changes that need to occur in the policy landscape, focusing on energy efficiency, transportation, and incentives to fight sprawl - one area that has undermined the state's leadership in the others.

"There's a role for everybody to play," Nichols said, mentioning that there will be many opportunities for entrepreneurs along the way.

Nichols is an environmental lawyer who first headed the air resources board from 1978 to 1983 under Gov. Jerry Brown and was again appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007.

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau opened the symposium, noting that it has rapidly become the largest energy event on a campus. "Berkeley is emerging as a world center for energy research and teaching," he said.

Hermalin Joins Berkeley Faculty Committee

Ben Hermalin

Haas Professor Ben Hermalin has been appointed to the campus Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations for the 2009-10 academic year.

The Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations is an academic personnel committee of Berkeley's Academic Senate. The committee offers advice on all appointments, promotions, and merit increases for faculty members and reviews requests for new or revised full-time faculty. The committee is guided by two general mandates: to maintain the excellence of the Berkeley faculty and to promote the equal treatment of the faculty across campus.

The committee makes recommendations to the campus administration about hiring and advancing faculty members and about authorizing searches for new faculty members. It also makes recommendations to both the administration and the Senate about a variety of policy issues.

Hermalin's term on the committee will begin July 1. He will be one of nine members of the committee.

Haas Undergrad Program Jumps to #6 in BusinessWeek

The Haas School climbed to #6 in BusinessWeek's survey of US undergraduate business programs, released Feb. 26.

Haas ranked #11 in the survey in 2008 and #3 in 2007.

The ranking is based on student responses (30%), recruiter responses (20%), starting salaries (10%), and on which schools make the best MBA feeder schools (10%). The final 30% is based on academic quality data provided by the schools.

Haas ranked #2 based on the recruiter survey and #3 as an MBA feeder school, which measures how many graduates go on to enroll in BusinesWeeks's top 35 MBA programs. Haas received an A+ for facilities and service and an A for job placement. BusinessWeek commented that "Haas wins accolades for programs, less so the steep grading curves and fierce competition."

For more information on the survey, visit

Haas Ties for #8 in Mexican Ranking

Expansión, a Mexican business magazine, ranked the Haas School #8 worldwide and #6 among US schools in its global MBA ranking, published Feb. 14.

In that ranking, Haas tied with Darthmouth College's Tuck School of Business. Haas moved up in the ranking from last year, when it placed #12 worldwide and #9 among US schools.

The ranking is based on admissions selectivity and GMAT scores, academic quality, return on investment, and the international character of the program.

The academic quality was measured by the percentage of international faculty, faculty with Ph.D.s, and research quality based on the Financial Times research ranking. The return on investment measure included MBA cost, living expenses, post-MBA salary, placement success, and preferences of Mexican recruiters and headhunters. The international measure is based on the percent of international students and number of countries represented.

Staff News

Daniel Roddick Named Financial Aid Assistant Director

After joining Haas on a temporary basis, Daniel Roddick was named the assistant director of financial aid on Feb. 23.

Roddick has worked in higher education for more than five years and was most recently a relationship manager for Key Bank Education Resources throughout California. In that role, he developed relationships with more than 150 colleges and universities. Prior to that, he worked at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business as assistant director of academic operations, managing student enrollment processing, and as a financial aid advisor. He has experience with counseling, working with an international student population, and data analysis.

Outside of work, Roddick enjoys writing fiction and researching his genealogy.

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Haas in the News - As of 03/02/09

Associated Press
Obama budget has new $750B bank rescue contingency
Feb. 26, 2009
James Wilcox, a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group and Haas Finance Group, was quoted about the uncertainty over how much banks are worth.

Los Angeles Times
Untangling the Mortgage-Backed Securities Gridlock
Feb. 25, 2009
Jon M. Quigley, a professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was quoted about the Federal Housing Association's mortgage authority to force lenders to recognize the values of homes.

San Francisco Chronicle
Consumer Confidence Index Hits Record Low
Feb. 25, 2009
Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about how job losses are becoming the primary worry, and how people are reacting to that.

Business Mirror
Stocks rebound on hopeful assessment
Feb. 25, 2009
Wilcox was quoted about the economy and taxpayer repercussions.

San Francisco Chronicle
Assessing affordable housing in the Bay Area
Feb. 24, 2009
Cynthia Kroll, a senior regional economist for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Jenny Wyant, a research assistant, were featured for their paper which was featured at an all-day conference hosted by Haas, Bridge Housing, and the Urban Land Institute.

San Francisco Chronicle
Few in Bay Area qualify in housing rescue plan
Feb. 23, 2009
Wilcox was quoted about how more than 90 percent of Bay Area mortgage holders cannot qualify for the low-cost refinances included in President Obama's housing plan.

Los Angeles Times
Obama recovery plan stimulates whining
Feb. 22, 2009
Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was quoted about his opinion of the new housing proposal from President Barack Obama.

The Christian Science Monitor
Will pension funds suffer the next financial implosion?
Feb. 22, 2009
Kathleen Connell, a Haas lecturer, wrote an article about the concerns regarding personal and corporate pension plans and the financial crises.

Associated Press/Tampa Bay Online
Untangling The Complexities Of The Banking Crisis
Feb. 22, 2009
Wilcox was quoted on the possibility of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. eliminating its deposit limit if a huge bank, such as Citigroup or Bank of America, were to fail.

Strategy + Business
The Practical Wisdom of Ikujiro Nonaka
Feb. 21, 2009
David Teece, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group and Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about the Tokyo-based business scholar Ikujiro Nonaka.

San Francisco Chronicle
Cost of solar installation has fallen in decade
Feb. 20, 2009
Severin Borenstein, director of the University of California Energy Institute and a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was mentioned for his research on the costs of solar energy and for speaking at the UC Berkeley Energy Symposium.

Borenstein was also featured in other media outlets:
Solar Thermal vs. PV: Which Tech Will Utilities Favor?
Feb. 24, 2009
Does the U.S. Need a Federal Reserve for Energy?
Feb. 23, 2009
All Headline News
Cost Of Solar Installation Continues Drop
Feb. 20, 2009

Sacramento Bee
California budget's higher taxes 'ugly' but necessary, experts say
Feb. 20, 2009
Borenstein was quoted about the failed proposal of a higher California gas tax, which would dampen oil consumption and spur innovation of alternate technologies.

The Daily Independent Bangladesh
Cheap Valentine's Day Roses Cost the Earth
Feb. 19, 2009
Kellie McElhaney, co-faculty director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School, was mentioned as a member of the judging committee to honor three US communities with the 2009 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards.

San Jose Mercury News
Will Obama's mortgage plan help Silicon Valley homeowners?
Feb. 19, 2009
Rosen was quoted about how additional bailout money will help push interest rates lower.

Chicago Tribune
Housing Advocates See Glimmer of Hope in Recovery Plan
Feb. 19, 2009
Rosen was quoted about how loan modifications, rather than foreclosure, are helping borrowers save 50 percent of their loss.
Rosen was also mentioned in these media outlets:
San Francisco Chronicle
California sees hope in mortgage rescue plan
Feb. 28, 2009
Obama Unveils Plan to Stem Foreclosures
Feb. 18, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle
Who are these 'responsible' homeowners?
Feb. 19, 2009
Rosen was quoted about how borrowers who lie on their loan applications should not receive loans.

Money Magazine
Why the experts missed the crash
Feb. 18, 2009
Philip Tetlock, a professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was featured for explaining how to judge which expert to listen to about the direction of the economy and the markets, and what to listen for.

Tetlock was also featured in the following outlets:
Yahoo! Business
Philip Tetlock on expert predictions on the economy
Feb. 18, 2009
Experts, Crashes, Media, Skepticism
Feb. 18, 2009
Seeking Alpha
Why Forecasters Go to Extremes
Feb. 18, 2009
Democratic Underground
Why the experts missed the crash... and a Wish list for reporters covering a financial crisis
Feb. 18, 2009
Better a fox than a hedgehog
Feb. 18, 2009

The Wall Street Journal
Programs for Dealing with a Downdraft
Feb. 17, 2009
Whitney Hischier, assistant dean for executive education, was quoted about a new course "Leading Through Volatile Times" created to help companies deal with the downturn.

The Berkeley Daily Planet
Office Vacancies Climb, but Retail Remains Solid
Feb. 17, 2009
Jeffrey Weil, MBA 73, was quoted about how far the current downturn has affected housing and commercial rentals.

ABC 7 News
Homeowners reliant on Obama housing plan
Feb. 17, 2009
Davidoff was quoted about his concern regarding the cost of President Barack Obama's housing plan and the lack of any guarantee it will work.

Wall Street Journal to Convene Financial Leaders for Its Future of Financial Initiative
Feb 17, 2009
Laura D'Andrea Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was mentioned as a financial leader of the Future of Finance Initiative.

Tyson was also mentioned in the following media outlet:
Dow Jones
Wall Street Journal to Convene Financial Leaders for Its Future of Finance Initiative
Feb. 17, 2009

Insider Buying Drop A Bad Sign
Feb. 16, 2009
Terrance Odean, a professor in the Haas Finance Group, was quoted about insiders buying companies' stocks.

Odean was also featured in the following media outlets:
The Post Chronicle
Insider Buying Drop A Bad Sign
Feb. 16, 2009
UPI Newstrack Business
Feb. 16, 2009

Yahoo! Finance
7 Courses Finance Students Should Take
Feb. 16, 2009
Adjunct Professor John O'Brien was featured for recommending areas of study for finance students to take outside of their business school curricula.

Washington View: Shrinking government can pay off now, in long run
Feb. 16, 2009
Jennifer Chatman, a professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted about companies cutting costs to avoid layoffs

San Francisco Chronicle
Hard to see where jobs will come from
Feb. 15, 2009
David Levine, a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group and Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted about the how transfers will preserve a large number of jobs the states would have to otherwise cut without the federal funding.

Levine was also featured in the following media outlets:
ABC 15
Will stimulus bill really create millions of jobs?
Feb. 18, 2009
Scripps News
Net Worth: Will stimulus really create millions of jobs?
Feb. 18, 2009
The Herald Times (subscription required)
Will stimulus really create millions of jobs?
Feb. 22, 2009

El País
Barcelona, referente en innovación
Feb. 15, 2009
Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was mentioned for overseeing a committee that analyzes business proposals from all over the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Competition to conclude in Barcelona in July.

Engel was also featured in the following other Spanish newspaper:
Más de 700 expertos participan en la III Jornada de Clústers Urbanos, que ha inaugurado el conseller Huguet
Feb. 12, 2009

San Diego Union Tribune
Rivals are lining up now to run state in '11

Feb. 13, 2009
Haas Professor and former Dean Tom Campbell was featured for running for Governor.

Campbell was also featured in the following other media outlet:
Best Syndication
Ex eBay CEO Meg Whitman Announces Her Intention To Run For Governor - Stephen Poizner and Tom Campbell Join Republicans
Feb. 13, 2009

San Francisco Chronicle
Stimulus' real estate incentives shrink
Feb. 13, 2009
Rosen was quoted about the housing addition to the Senate's version of the package being taken out, which would have otherwise led to a higher demand for housing.

Seattle Post Intelligencer
Guest Columnist: The benefits of increasing state unemployment benefits
Feb. 13, 2009
Tyson was mentioned as a key adviser to President Barack Obama who has urged that states maintain their Medicaid spending using forthcoming additional federal assistance for the federal-state Medicaid partnership that provides health care to vulnerable citizens.

Happening at Haas

13th Annual Women in Leadership Conference
Judith Estrin, CEO of JLABS and author of Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy
Michaela K. Rodeno, CEO, St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery
Saturday, March 14
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Haas School

Dean's Speaker Series on Financial Turmoil:
The Challenges of Managing in Turbulent Times
Tuesday, March 31
7:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Meg Fellner at

11th Annual Public Leadership Dinner
Thomas M. Siebel, Founder, Siebel Systems, Meth Project Foundation

Wednesday, April 15
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
International House, Berkeley

10th Annual Global Social Venture Competition
Global Finals
Friday, April 24
Haas School

Global Social Venture Competition Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship
Jonathan Greenblatt, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Saturday, April 25
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco



Entrepreneurship Best Practices Series: Business Models/Pitching
Tuesday, March 3
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information:

Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Surviving and Thriving During the Downturn
Tuesday, March 19
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
For more information:

For more information, visit

Paul Campbell, Founder, Hewlett Packard Gaming Business
Wednesday, March 4
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room, Cheit C420

Michael Marks, Founder and Managing Partner, Riverwood Capital
Wednesday, March 11
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room, Cheit C420

For more information, contact Clifford Mak at

Daniel Ames, Columbia University
In Search of the Right Touch: Interpersonal Assertiveness in Organizational Life
Wednesday, March 11
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit 330

For more information:

Ernesto Dal Bo (Haas)
"Self-Esteem, Moral Capital, and Wrongdoing"
Thursday, March 5
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit C325

Ernesto Schargrodsky (Stanford)
"Criminal Recidivism after Prison and Electronic Monitoring"
Thursday, March 12
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit C325


Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer of IBM's Big Green Initiatives
Monday, March 2
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall


Renana Peres, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Role of Within-Brand and Cross-Brand Communications in Competitive Growth
Thursday, March 5
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250

K. Sudhir, Yale University
Wednesday, March 12
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


"First Tuesday" Cross Business School Networking Event
Tuesday, March 3
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Miel Restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel, 510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
For more information, contact George W. Reitter at

Turbo Job Search Workshop
Wednesday, March 4
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business, Lakeshore Towers III, 18111 Von Karman Avenue, Room 324/26, Irvine
Register online at
Cost: $25, including food and beverages.
For more information, contact Marti Wilimzig at or (847) 467-4195.

Wine Tasting
Monday, March 16
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Valentino Restaurant, 3115 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
Cost: $75 per person through March 6, $80 per person through March 13, $85 thereafter or at the door, space permitting

"Capitalism Next - A year-long seminar exploring the evolution of society towards a truly sustainable future"
Panel Discussion, Session 3: "Sustainable Design for the Greater Good"
Thursday, March 5
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

Seventh Annual Haas Celebration in the San Francisco at Gap Inc.
Tuesday, March 10
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Gap Inc. Corporate Headquarters, Two Folsom Street, San Francisco
Cost: $45 for alumni and guests, $30 for Haas Annual Fund donors, $15 for students, complimentary for Haas faculty and staff.

Monte Jade Science and Technology Association (West) 19th Annual Conference: "'Global Connectivity' and the Impact on Technology and Economy"
Saturday, March 7
Afternoon program: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Evening program: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara
Register at
Cost: Afternoon conference - free; dinner registration $60 for Monte Jade individual members, $70 for non-members, $600 per table (10 tickets) for members, $700 per table for non-members.

DiscoverCal Event: "The Challenge of Change: What to Expect from the Obama White House"
Tuesday, March 17
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Pacific Athletic Club, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City
Cost: $20 per person, $25 at the door

Monthly 2001 MBA Class Lunch
Tuesday, March 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rincon Center Food Court 101 Spear St, San Francisco
For more information, contact Martin McMahon at

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