Twitter Co-founder to Headline Alumni Reunion Conference, April 25


Biz Stone


Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone will headline the April 25 All-Alumni Reunion Conference, capping off a daylong event that also will feature several Haas School faculty members talking about such issues as strategy, change management, and leadership in uncertain times.


Stone, co-founder of the social networking company, will deliver an afternoon keynote speech on communication and modern culture. Stone will recap the story of Twitter from prototype to future developments and discuss the development of larger communication trends over the last decade.


The majority of the daylong conference, titled "Leading in Uncertain Times," will consist of presentations by Haas faculty on leadership, managing wealth, strategic execution, innovation, marketing, negotiation, and nonprofit leadership.


The faculty members who will be speaking are Jenny Chatman, Greg LeBlanc, Paul Tiffany, Henry Chesbrough, Rashi Glazer, Laura Kray, and Nora Silver. Lisa Feldman, MBA 95, director of recruiting for the Haas School's MBA Career Services, will give a presentation titled "Managing Millennials: Generational Differences in a Rapidly-Evolving Work Environment."


The conference will open with a welcome from Dean Rich Lyons followed by a panel discussion on the economic crisis and its impact on various industries moderated by Jim Wilcox, a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy and Finance groups. The panel will include Haas alumni in sectors ranging from retail to high-tech.


The conference is open to students, staff, faculty, and all Haas School alumni. To register, visit haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/conference.


The conference coincides with MBA reunion weekend activities from April 24 to April 26. The MBA activities, which are open to alumni, staff, and faculty, also include a workshop on strengthening business networks using Web 2.0 technologies, one-on-one career advising, and special events for reunion classes. For more information about MBA reunion weekend, visit haas.berkeley.edu/groups/alumni/reunion/.





Dean Urges Alumni to Hire Haas


Tapping the Haas Alumni Network, Dean Rich Lyons sent an email to Haas School graduates asking for their support in finding jobs and internships for current students and alumni. The result: Eight new postings within an hour after the email went out.


"The value of community becomes especially apparent during challenging times such as the current global economic downturn," Lyons wrote in his email letter to MBA alumni. "If you haven't done so yet, please look deep into your organizations and networks and notify Haas of any full-time positions or internships that you find."


Within an hour of receiving Lyons' letter, eight alumni contacted the MBA Career Services office about available positions, according to Abby Scott, director of MBA Career Services. "We knew we could count on alumni, and we have been delighted by their response," Scott says.


Lyons will be sending a similar letter to undergraduate alumni soon.


In his email, Lyons encouraged alumni looking for a job to tap the school's Alumni Career Services programs. Alumni Career Services has stepped up its offerings with career coaching, webinars, and workshops as well as job search teams in New York, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.


Lyons also is meeting with recruiters and prospective employers to spread the word about "our extraordinary students and alumni" and to drum up new job opportunities for alumni.


Meanwhile, Haas staff is working double-time for students and alumni, Lyons noted in the letter. The MBA Career Center, for example, has extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays to offer free career advising to MBA alumni.


The UC Berkeley Undergraduate Career Center also has increased the availability of drop-in counseling sessions, which are focused on job search tactics for a tight economy. In addition, the Career Center's five-person Employer Relations team is mining new employer contacts and reaching out to the employers in its extensive database to attract them to campus as well as marketing electronic resume books to employers and students.


Despite the challenging times, Haas students are continuing to land great jobs in a wide range of industries, from consulting and finance to energy and health care. "Start early and identify the career path you are most interested in by talking to classmates and attending info sessions," advises Vasiliy Zhulin, MBA 09, who will start a job in investment banking at Barclay's Capital in New York in August. "Do as many informational interviews as possible to find out as much as you can about the job and various employers."


For a look at how several other upcoming and recent Berkeley MBA grads have achieved success in the job market, visit haas.berkeley.edu/news/2009studentjobs.html.


Students find success, Scott notes, "by staying focused on their goals, making networking a strong part of their job search, and by tapping into the many resources available to the Haas community for support."


Alumni are a powerful part of the Haas community, Lyons added in his email. "If we work together as a community, we will make a difference," Lyons wrote. "Getting involved has always been the Haas/Berkeley way."





Berkeley Economists to Address G20 Challenges, March 18


As leaders from the Group of 20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (G20) prepare to meet in April, a panel of UC Berkeley economists on Wednesday, March 18, will explore how the G20 leaders can stem the tsunami washing over the world economy.


The panel discussion "Global Economic and Financial Crisis: What Should the G20 Do?" will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Booth Auditorium in Boalt Hall. The event is being co-sponsored by the Haas School; Berkeley's Center on Institutions and Governance; and Berkeley Law's Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy.


Panelists will include Haas School Professor Andrew Rose, along with Professors Barry Eichengreen, Maurice Obstfeld, and Pierre Olivier Gourinchas from Berkeley's Department of Economics. Aaron Edlin, a professor of law and a professor of economics, will moderate the panel as it explores how the G20 leaders can find common solutions to the international disaster.


The panel comes before the G20 countries, which represent 85 percent of the global economy, meet to develop a coordinated response to the worldwide economic and financial collapse. The G20 is composed of finance ministers and bank governors from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the US, and the European Union.


The G20 panel discussion will be webcast live and also will be available to view later. For instructions on viewing the webcast, visit law.berkeley.edu/centers/bclbe/ or igov.berkeley.edu/.





MFE Program Bids Farewell to Graduates


Sixty-four students graduated from the Haas School's Master's of Financial Engineering Program Friday, culminating an intense year of learning amid major changes in financial markets.


In his commencement speech, Haas School Professor Hayne Leland borrowed from Charles Dickens' Tales of Two Cities, calling the current tumultuous economic era both "the best of times" and "the worst of times."


Leland, a professor at Haas for 35 years who recently won the $100,000 Stephen A. Ross Prize for his research in financial economics, attributed much of the financial storm to overconfidence, particularly in the belief that low volatility and high housing prices would continue. "Avoid the danger of overconfidence that seems to pervade the psyches of even the smartest of us," he advised the graduating class. And be suspicious of people who say it's a "new new world," he added.


Leland pointed out that the worst of times for traditional markets often results in the best of times for innovation and opportunity for smaller firms, which are often the source of innovation. He predicted risk management will be a particular area of growth for financial engineers, also often called "quants" because of their aptitude for quantitative analysis, who he also expects to be in higher demand at such agencies as the Federal Reserve and Securities and Exchange Commission as they design new regulations on firms' leverage.


"I believe that the worst of times can lead to the best of times," Leland told the graduates. "You have the tools and the ambition to tilt the balance in your favor."


Families traveled from such countries as Italy and Mexico to celebrate with the new graduates, whose reception was held in the Wells Fargo Room. Graduates have received offers from Deutsch Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup, among others.





Haas Wins Entrepreneurs Choice Award


VCIC Winners

Haas VCIC Team: Jacob Rios, MBA 09; Josh Ewing, MBA 10; Victoria Liang, MBA 09; and Rei Kasai and SeanDalziel, both MBA 10.


A team of Berkeley MBA students claimed the Entrepreneurs Choice Award at the Western Regional Finals of the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business on March 6.


Berkeley MBA students Sean Dalziel, Josh Ewing, and Rei Kasai, all MBA 10, and Victoria Liang and Jacob Rios, both MBA 09, comprised the team of Karnak Capital. Students in the competition play the role of venture capitalist, evaluating business plans and pitches from start-up companies. Those startups named Karnak as their favorite team.


The Haas team was awarded $500 for the distinction and also placed third in the overall competition, which is judged by venture capitalists. Karnack beat out five other Haas teams in a competition at the Haas School in February in order to compete at the regional finals at USC.


The University of Colorado at Boulder Leeds School of Business won the Western Regional competition at USC and will proceed to the international VCIC final competition in April at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Connecting with the entrepreneurs was part of the team's strategy, according to Ewing. "We always kept in mind that the selection process is bilateral, with us choosing the entrepreneur/company that we felt was the best investment, and the entrepreneurs selecting the VC that would most likely meet their needs as a business partner," Ewing says. "We made sure we knew what the entrepreneurs wanted from their partners and demonstrated how we would be able to fit those needs."


The team was well-prepared, says Dalziel, by the Haas School's Private Equity and Venture Capital course. "The many years of real VC experience possessed by instructors Jerry Engel, Terry Opdendyk, and Sean Foote gave us the perspectives needed to do a professional VC's job in the contest, including due diligence, opportunity selection, and term sheet preparation," says Dalziel.





Conference to Navigate Turbulent Real Estate Markets, April 14


National and local industry leaders will tackle the challenging complexities of today's real estate markets at the 14th Annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference on April 14 at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.


Haas School Professor Robert Edelstein, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, will provide a real estate and economic forecast at the beginning of the conference. The forecast will investigate when the recovery will occur, which sectors will do best, and whether the current planned fiscal and monetary stimulus package is the correct medicine for fixing the US economy in general and the real estate markets in particular.


Titled "Real Estate, Finance, and the Economy: How Do We Adjust to the New Reality?" the full-day conference also will address such topics as how the economy and real estate industry are being affected by failing housing markets, the sub-prime crisis, demographics, and environmental issues.


Panelists will include Haas School Professors Nancy E. Wallace, co-chair of the Haas School's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Jim Wilcox, a member of the Haas Finance and Haas Economic Analysis and Policy groups. Speakers from outside of the Haas School will include Robert H. Zerbst, chairman of CB Richard Ellis Investors; James G. Lasher, senior portfolio manager of CalPERS' Real Estate Housing Program; and Kevin A. Shields, president of Griffin Capital.


Sessions throughout the day also will address opportunistic real estate strategies, global real estate, apartments and multi-family housing, and the continuing sub-prime crisis.


Registration costs $375 per person through April 12, then rises to $450.


For more information or to register, visit groups.haas.berkeley.edu/realestate/ExecEd/AnnConfinfo.asp.





Wal-Mart Exec to Talk on Leadership, Innovation, Sustainability, April 14


John Fleming


THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE.

 

John Fleming, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Wal-Mart, will speak on the connections between leadership, innovation, and sustainability in a lecture April 14 in the Wells Fargo Room.


The event, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., is part of the Peterson Lecture Series on Corporate Responsibility.


Fleming is responsible for six merchandising divisions -- apparel, entertainment, grocery, home, hardlines, and health and wellness - at Wal-Mart, which has developed several sustainability goals. Among its objectives: to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, to create zero waste, and to sell environmentally friendly products.


Fleming also has responsibility for the customer experience and planning, pricing, and replenishment organizations. He previously served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Wal-Mart Stores, leading all marketing consumer communications programs.


Fleming was an executive at Target before joining Wal-Mart in 2000 as the chief merchant of Walmart.com, where he moved up to president and CEO. Under his leadership at Walmart.com, the website grew into one of the country's top three destinations for online shopping.


Fleming's lecture is open to the Haas community. Space is limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Fleming and the lecture, visit haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/upcomingevents.html.





Research Spotlight: Gertler Finds Concrete Floors Improve Child Health


Paul Gertler


Replacing dirt floors with cement in the homes of urban slums is not only more comfortable for residents but also healthier for the children who live there, according to new research led by Haas School Professor Paul Gertler.


Cement floors significantly improve children's health by interrupting the transmission of intestinal parasites and also boost youngsters' cognitive abilities, according to the study conducted for UC Berkeley's Center of Evaluation for Global Action.


The study, commissioned by the Mexican government, was influential in Mexico's decision to nationally scale up a program that replaces dirt floors with concrete, according to Gertler, director of UC Berkeley's Institute for Business and Economics Research and the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the Haas School.


The study concludes that replacing dirt floors with cement appears to be at least as effective for health as nutritional supplements and as helpful for brain development as early childhood development programs. The findings are detailed in the article "Housing, Health and Happiness" in the February 2009 American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.


In addition to young children being better off with concrete floors, their mothers are less depressed, the study found.


"The reasons adults are happier may have to do with the fact that they are living in a better environment and that their children are healthier," says the report.


The researchers tracked a Mexican government program, "Piso Firme" or "firm floor," which offered up to 538 square feet of concrete flooring to homeowners. The program cost the government about $150 per home.


Homeowners with the concrete floors reported a nearly 20 percent reduction in the presence of parasites. Their children also showed the following improvements when compared to neighbors without concrete floors:


- Almost 13 percent fewer episodes of diarrhea
- A 20 percent reduction in anemia
- Scores 30 percent higher on language and communication skills for toddlers
- Scores 9 percent higher on vocabulary tests for youths ages 36 to 71 months


In addition to Gertler, the research team included Rocío Titiunik, a UC Berkeley graduate student in agricultural and resource economics; Sebastián Martinez, a World Bank economist who earned his Ph.D. in economics at UC Berkeley; Sebastian Galiani, an associate professor of economics at Washington University; and Matias Cattaneo, an associate professor of economics at the University of Michigan who also earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.





Spring Lectures Feature Silicon Valley Leaders


Tech consultant and author Geoffrey Moore, whose insights on how groups adopt technology have shaped entrepreneurial marketing, will speak from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the Wells Fargo Room.


Moore's talk is part of the spring Management of Technology Program/Fisher IT Center Lecture Series, "An Inside Track to What's New and What's Next." The series also will feature venture capitalist Randy Komisar with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, BS 81.


"We're bringing some of Silicon Valley's most seasoned visionaries to talk to students about what it takes to be successful in the high-tech world," says Adjunct Professor Drew Isaacs, executive director of the Management of Technology Program. ""The speakers also are sharing their insights about upcoming developments in the Valley, entrepreneurship, and innovation." Quote-TK


Moore's 1991 book, Crossing the Chasm, focused on how companies that attract early adopters must switch strategies to reach the lucrative mainstream market. He has written several other influential books, including his most recent, Living on the Fault Line, aimed at executives of companies created before the Internet. Moore founded The Chasm Group, a strategy consulting firm for high-tech organizations, where he still serves as managing director. He is also a partner with venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures.


On April 15, Komisar, a general partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, will speak on the current climate for entrepreneurs and how the firm makes its picks. Komisar co-founded Claris Corp. and previously served as CEO for LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics.


Riccitiello will give the final lecture in the series on April 22. As head of Electronic Arts, he leads one of the world's top 10 largest software company in total sales. The Redwood City, Calif., company's successful games include The Sims and the Need for Speed series.


The Management of Technology (MOT) Program is a graduate certificate program managed jointly by the Haas School and the College of Engineering. Admission to the lecture series is free to students, faculty, and the university community. For more information, visit mot.berkeley.edu/Berkeley_Students/News/Lecture_Series/Lecture_Series.html.



Berkeley-Columbia Students Take Classes to Wine Country



Taking advantage of the Haas School's unique location, classes for 64 Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA students moved to Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley for one day in February, combining academics with experiential learning as students tasted a different part of California culture.


"This event is a perfect opportunity to enhance experiential learning for our students," says Marjorie DeGraca, interim executive director of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program. "They heard from a wine industry leader, toured Mondavi's facilities, and tasted the wines. It's important to broaden classroom learning, and what better place to do this than in Napa."


Two professors traveled to Napa for the day, with Columbia Professor John Donaldson teaching a Capital Markets class in the morning and Haas Professor Laura Tyson teaching International Business after lunch. In between classes, students enjoyed a buffet-style lunch with wine pairings, learned about wine making during a tour, and did some tastings during their time at the Mondavi vineyard in Oakville.


This year's lunch speaker, Mondavi's vineyard manager Daniel Bosch, spoke about sustainability issues for vineyards, including managing water resources and complying with sustainability standards.


"It was a fun, unique learning experience to have our traditional classes in Napa and learn about the business of winemaking," says Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA student V. Christopher Holbrook, who is a managing partner at cPrime Inc., a consulting firm. "The trip was a great team-building activity."



 

 

Haas Experts Tackle Economic Crisis in CalBusiness


CalBusiness


Pick up the latest issue of CalBusiness magazine today to read what five Haas experts are proposing to address the economic crisis. Copies of the magazine are available in student, faculty, and staff lounges, as well as the Dean's Suite.


The new issue of CalBusiness, the Haas School alumni magazine, also features alumni profiles of three CFOs and three trailblazers charting new ground in Asia. In addition to the print edition, the magazine is available online at haas.berkeley.edu/calbusiness/.


For the first time, CalBusiness is asking readers to share their views on stories in the magazine. Email letters to the editor at letters@haas.berkeley.edu.





California Management Review Looks at Building Bridges, Roads, Schools


California Management Review


A special winter 2009 issue of Haas' California Management Review (CMR) takes on the complex and politically sensitive subject of managing public-private infrastructure projects - a sector at the heart of President Obama's hopes for economic recovery.


"The renewal, development, and operations of infrastructure demand an understanding of the application of management thinking - particularly so as governments worldwide recourse to privatization and private finance," Sara Beckman, acting CMR editor and a Haas senior lecturer, writes with co-author Nuno Gil, a Manchester Business School associate professor, in their extended introduction to the special issue. The issue is titled "Infrastructure Meets Business: Building New Bridges, Mending Old Ones."


CMR is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal published by the Haas School that serves as a bridge of communication between those who study management and those who practice it. Beckman is serving as acting editor while Editor David Vogel is on sabbatical.


Two articles in the special issue examine different facets of the £4.2 billion expansion of London's Heathrow Airport, while another article explores a UK private hospital financing initiative.


Complimentary copies of CMR are available to Haas School students in the program offices and lounges. Student and alumni subscriptions are $40, or $60 for international mailing. To subscribe, e-mail cmr@haas.berkeley.edu. Alumni may also request a complimentary copy of a previous issue. CMR is available online at cmr.berkeley.edu.





Staff News


Staff Invited to Engage@Haas Teambuilding Event, March 24


Ever wonder what those people who work down the hall do? Envious of those MBA students with their cool cohort T-shirts? Then join us for the launch of Engage@Haas, featuring an afternoon of team-building on March 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., starting in Arthur Andersen Auditorium.


Engage@Haas is a staff Haas@Work initiative designed to help staff strengthen connections to colleagues, acquire new skills, and link to the larger picture at one of the world's top business schools. Staff will participate in three Engage@Haas events each year, beginning with the March 24 launch.


The program draws upon Haas School programs with proven success at fostering pride and enthusiasm and building skills: the student cohort structure and O-Week events. Engage@Haas committee members introduced the program to staff at a special meeting on Friday, March 13, when cohort assignments were announced and cohort T-shirts were distributed.


"I am really excited that staff members have this opportunity to build connections across the organization and to view Haas from a new perspective," says Jennifer Chizuk, senior assistant dean and chief operating officer. "We anticipate that this program will do a lot to enhance workplace communication and satisfaction."


If you were unable to attend the March 13 event, please see MaryAnn McNally of Human Resources and Administration, S549, to find out your cohort assignment and get your cohort T-shirt.





Haas in the News - As of 03/16/09


New York Times
Weary of Looking for Work, Some Create Their Own
March 13, 2009
Jerome Engel, director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was quoted about entrepreneurs these days trying to come up with an idea that will produce revenue quickly.


Bloomberg
Expert who supported Microsoft breakup joins Justice Department
March 12, 2009
Carl Shapiro, a professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was featured for rejoining the US Justice Department as the antitrust division's chief economist.


It's Getting Hot in Here
What's Next? A New Model for Student Innovation
March 11, 2009
The Haas School was mentioned in an article about a group of Berkeley MBA students starting the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative, a student-run organization cited in the article as an example of how the youth movement could help solve the challenge of making energy cheap.


Med Compare
Study Finds Pay for Performance Stimulates Changes in Medical Practice
March 11, 2009
Kristiana Raube, an adjunct professor and executive director of the Graduate Program in Health Management, was mentioned as an author of a RAND Corp. study on the adoption of information technology by medical groups.


Raube was also featured in the following media outlets:
Honi Online
Study finds pay for performance stimulates changes in medical practice
March 11, 2009
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Study finds pay for performance stimulates changes in medical practice
March 9, 2009
WebWire
Pay-For-Performance for Medical Groups Stimulates Changes in Practice
March 9, 2009

Computer World
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff
March 10, 2009
Jennifer Chatman, a professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted about how job seekers are blogging more to get grounding on the economic crisis.


Chatman was also featured in the following news outlets:
Wall Street Journal
Blogging about a layoff to make sense of fallout
March 9, 2009
Wall Street Journal
Windows Into Lives After a Layoff
March 9, 2009


The Daily Californian
Mayor Gavin Newsom Holds Local Town Hall Meeting
March 10, 2009
Haas Professor and former Dean Tom Campbell was mentioned as a candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial election.


Financial Times
Opportunities shine amid the gloom
March 9, 2009

Naveen Sikka, MBA 09, was quoted about his job hunt in clean tech.

 

Wall Street Journal
In Defense of Obamanomics
March 9, 2009
Laura D'Andrea Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, wrote an op-ed article about history showing that the president's tax plans are consistent with strong economic growth.


Her article was also featured in the following media outlets:
History News Network
Laura D'Andrea Tyson: In Defense of Obamanomics
March 9, 2009
Heritage Foundation
No Defense for Obamanomics
March 9, 2009


Christian Science Monitor
Real estate woes seep into malls, office towers
March 9, 2009
Kenneth Rosen, chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the importance of providing even more credit to prevent more real estate losses.


Financial Times
Auf Werbetour im Netz
March 8, 2009
Peter Johnson, director of Full-time MBA Admissions, was quoted in a story about the use of blogging and other techniques during recruiting.


Forbes
When To Sell Your Stocks
March 4, 2009
Terrance Odean, a professor in the Haas Finance Group, was quoted about the tendency to spend more time thinking about buying a stock rather than selling it.


PC Magazine Brasil
A história secreta do Vale do Silício
March 2, 2009
Steven Blank, a lecturer in entrepreneurship, was quoted in this article in PC Magazine in Brazil.


The Christian Science Monitor
A year when savings trumps investing
March 1, 2009
Lecturer Kathleen Connell wrote an article about the plummeting stock market and conservative investments.


CFO.com Magazine
Lost and Foundering?
March 1, 2009
James Wilcox, a professor in the Haas Finance and Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was featured for his working paper about the banking bailout and the stimulus program.


The Financial Times
Lessons in crisis management
March 1, 2009
The Haas School of Business was mentioned for founding the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg State University.


Critica de la Argentina
Manual K de Gobierno
Feb. 28, 2009
Tyson was mentioned as being on the "Economic Dream Team" of President Obama.


The Huffington Post
100 Percent of Stimulus Spending Will Go To Top One Percent of US Firms
Feb. 27, 2009
Tyson was mentioned as being among economic experts who believe that the most efficient manner for the government to stimulate the economy is to direct federal infrastructure funds to the small businesses where most Americans work.


San Jose Mercury News
On top of the bottom
Feb. 27, 2009
Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted on how the unprecedented nature of the financial and real estate crisis means we might not know we've reached the worst point for a while after reaching it.


CBS Channel 5
California Unemployment Soars Into Double-Digits
Feb. 27, 2009
Kroll was quoted about a very difficult year for California and the state being heavily dependent on the federal stimulus package.


The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Persuading Sports Fans to Give to Charity
Feb. 26, 2009
The Haas School's team that competed in the Sports MBA Case Competition was mentioned for winning third place for its campaign inspired by Nike's yellow Livestrong bracelets.


Money Magazine
Why the experts missed the crash


Philip Tetlock, a professor in the Haas Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was featured in a Q&A on why the experts missed the economic crash, based on his research about the accuracy of expert commentary.


The article about Tetlock was also mentioned in the following blog entry:
The Economist
Better a fox than a hedgehog
Feb. 18, 2009





Happening at Haas


Global Economic and Financial Crisis: What Should the G20 Do?
Wednesday, March 18
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall
For more information, contact Heddy Riss, executive director, Center on Institutions and Governance, hriss@berkeley.edu.


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 meg_fellner@haas.berkeley.edu.


14th Annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference
Real Estate, Finance, and the Economy: How Do We Adjust to the New Reality?

Tuesday, April 14
St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco
http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/realestate/ExecEd/AnnConfinfo.asp


John Fleming, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer
Wal-Mart

Peterson Lecture Series on Corporate Responsibility
Tuesday, April 14
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness/upcomingevents.html


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
Registration: www.acteva.com/go/CNPL


10th Annual Global Social Venture Competition
Global Finals
Friday, April 24
Haas School of Business
www.gsvc.org/


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
www.gsvc.org/


SEMINARS


LESTER CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION


Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Surviving and Thriving During the Downturn
Panelists: Faysal Sohail, Managing Director, CMEA Capital; Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite; Bob Walters, CEO, Untangle
Tuesday, March 19
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
For more information: entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/bef/mar09forum.html


MOT/FISHER IT CENTER LECTURE SERIES
For more information, visit http://mot.berkeley.edu/Berkeley_Students/News/Lecture_Series/Lecture_Series.html.


Geoffrey Moore, Venture Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures
Wednesday, March 18
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room


Randy Komisar, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Wednesday, April 15
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room


ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SEMINAR
For more information, contact Clifford Mak at cliff_mak@haas.berkeley.edu.


Jennifer Chatman, Haas School
Wednesday, March 18
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit 330


Emily Choi & Fiona Kun Yao, OBIR doctoral students, Haas School
Wednesday, April 1
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit 330


OLIVER E. WILLIAMSON SEMINAR ON INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS
For more information: http://imio.haas.berkeley.edu/williamsonseminar/workshops2009.htm


Ernesto Schargrodsky, Stanford
"Criminal Recidivism after Prison and Electronic Monitoring"
Thursday, March 19
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit C325


Tracy Lewis, Duke University
"Delegating Search Agents"
Thursday, April 2
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit C325


OPEN INNOVATION SERIES


Marko Torkelli, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Monday, March 16
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330


Alex Osterwalder, business model advisor
Monday, March 30
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330


THE SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR SERIES


David Godes, Harvard Business School
Wednesday, March 19
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


Sanjog Misra, University of Rochester
Quota Dynamics and the Intertemporal Allocation of SalesForce Effort
Wednesday, April 2
4:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


ALUMNI EVENTS


LOS ANGELES ALUMNI
Wine Tasting
Monday, March 16
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Valentino Restaurant, 3115 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica
COST: $85
www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=177090&CFID=14383710&CFTOKEN=92200176


SOUTH BAY ALUMNI
DiscoverCal Event: The Challenge of Change: What to Expect from the Obama White House
Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, and Director, UC Energy Institute
Henry Brady, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, March 17
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pacific Athletic Club, 200 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City
Cost: $20; $25 at the door
discovercal.berkeley.edu/


LOS ANGELES HAAS/HSB ALUMNI
Wine Tasting at Wades Wines
Wednesday, March 18
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wade's Wine, 30961 West Agoura Road, Suite #321, Westlake Village
Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members
www.hbsasc.org/store.html?event_id=284


EAST BAY ALUMNI
Charles Chocolates Factory Tour
Saturday, March 21
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Charles Chocolates, 6529 Hollis Street, Emeryville
Cost: $25
Registration: acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaID=179168
For more information, email David Tjen at davetjen@gmail.com.


NEW YORK ALUMNI
NY Gala and Global Campaign Celebration
John C. Whitehead, Former Chairman, Goldman Sachs, and Former Deputy Secretary of State
Thursday, March 26
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
New York Yacht Club, 37 W. 44th Street, New York
Cost: $135, $85 recent grad (04 - 08); complimentary for Haas Leadership Society members and current students
haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/haasgala


SOUTH BAY BCEMBA ALUMNI
Monthly BCEMBA Happy Hour
Thursday, March 26
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
University Cafe, 271 University Ave, Palo Alto
For more information, contact Warren Tsai at warrentsai@gmail.com.


BOSTON ALUMNI
Beer Tasting Social
Thursday, April 2
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston
Please RSVP to Tim Gray at timothyegray@mba.berkeley.edu or George Reitter at gwreitter@sgh.com.


BAY AREA ALUMNI
Drinks at Bourbon & Branch
Thursday, April 2
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bourbon and Branch, 501 Jones St, San Francisco
Free to attend ($5 donation to the Haas Annual Fund suggested)
For more information, contact Meg Roundy at meg@haas.berkeley.edu.






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