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Haas NewsWire, April 11, 2005


Berkeley Team Earns Top Place in Lehman Brothers Financial Engineering Competition
Berkeley MBA Students Win First Prize in National Venture Capital Investment Competition
Seven Teams Advance to the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Final, April 28
Haas Community Invited to Global Social Venture Competition Finals, April 15
The Lion and the Rose Redux: Haas Professors Debate "The Incredible Shrinking Dollar," April 19
Joint United Nations/UC Berkeley Conference Brings Tech Ideas to Economic Development, April 21-23
Joy At Work Author Shares Ideas on Re-imagining the Workplace, April 14
Net Impact Dinner featuring Robert Reich on April 12 Sold Out
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas



Berkeley Team Earns Top Place in Lehman Brothers Financial Engineering Competition


The Haas School team of one MBA and four MFE students won the 8th Annual Graduate Business School Financial Engineering Competition held at Lehman Brothers in New York on Friday, April 8, 2005.


The team -- Luca Barone (MFE05), Alex Bauer (MBA05), Jaime Lee (MFE05), Yadong Li (MFE05), and Steve Liang (MFE05) -- defeated competitors from five of the nation’s top MBA programs: Wharton, Chicago, Columbia, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon. Professors Richard Stanton and Nancy Wallace served as the team’s Haas faculty supervisors.


The competition is sponsored by Appaloosa Management Partners, L.P. and Lehman Brothers, and is organized by Carnegie Mellon University and Lehman Brothers Fixed Income Research. This is the third win for Haas in the seven competitions held to date, and it is the second win in just the last three years.


“Our students presented an exceptionally strong case; their victory was well deserved,” said faculty advisor Richard Stanton. “For the past three years, the Lehman Brothers judges have given the Haas team the #1 vote, even when we finished second overall last year. That’s an important vote of confidence for the school’s programs.”


The competition is based on a case involving applications of sophisticated financial engineering techniques to solve risk management problems for a hypothetical client and to devise appropriate hedging strategies for a hypothetical employer that is an investment bank.


This year’s case involved credit derivative products that were securitized by home equity loans and exposed investors to potentially significant levels of residential real estate risk. The solution to the case involved pricing the expected risk exposure and then re-engineering the bond structure to maximize the investment bank’s bond sales, mitigate as much as possible of the client’s exposure to unwanted real estate risk, and design a hedging strategy for the investment bank to manage risk exposure to retained bonds.


The Haas team was the only team to solve all three problems successfully and won by a unanimous vote of the judges. Judging is based on the technical merit of the solution, the professionalism of the presentation, and the responsiveness of team members to the judges’ questions and comments.


“It was clear that all teams had outstanding members, but the Haas team really stood out,” said John O’Brien, executive director of the Master’s in Financial Engineering Program, who attended the competition. “I am convinced that this extra edge came from the team’s extensive preparation and the smart and hard work faculty advisors Nancy Wallace and Richard Stanton brought to the team. We owe a big thank you to Nancy and Richard.”


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Berkeley MBA Students Win First Prize in National Venture Capital Investment Competition


Berkeley MBA students won the $10,000 grand prize at the eighth annual Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC) on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan Flagler Business School.


The Berkeley team, which had placed second at VCIC’s Western regional finals in February, was represented by Manuel Rodriguez, Alex Jeffers, Daniel Yoo, Josh Scott, Camille Landis (who could not make the trip to UNC), and Jeff Renaud (who ably stood in for her). They beat competing business school teams from the universities of Chicago, Colorado, Harvard, MIT, Texas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania (Wharton).VCIC winners


As part of the competition, participating teams evaluated business plans and presentations to decide which plans they would fund in their role as venture capitalists. A panel of actual venture capitalists then judged the teams’ investment decisions. The Berkeley MBA team’s winning strategy was not to fund any of the business plans presented to them.


"We definitely owe our success to the Haas Venture Capital & Private Equity Class, taught by Jerry Engel, Terry Opdendyk of Onset Ventures, and Sean Foote of Labrador Ventures, which the majority of our team took during the Fall,” said teammate Dan Yoo, MBA 05. "Moreover, the coaches that the Lester Center arranged, including Steve Kishi of Hummer Winblad, were able to give us valuable feedback for both the regional and national rounds."


The team also received financial support from Partech International, Woodside Fund, and Gabriel Ventures to off-set travel costs to the actual competition and expenses.


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Seven Teams Advance to the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Finals


Seven teams have made the cut and are advancing to compete for more than $50,000 in prizes in the final round of the seventh annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition on April 28 on the UC Berkeley campus.


This year’s finalist business plans represent industries ranging from consumer and enterprise software to green energy and consumer products. In addition, four out of the seven finalist teams -- Harmonic Devices, Helios, PrismVideo, and Telegraph Systems -- are competing for the Technology Prize. The $7,500 prize is awarded to the team whose business plan presents the best technology originating at UC Berkeley.


The finalists are:


+ The Harmonic Devices team, which has already won the UC Berkeley Nanotech Challenge and took first place in the elevator pitch portion of the University of San Francisco's annual International Business Plan Competition, uses micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) devices to improve wireless communication devices.


+ Helios , break-through solar cell technology developed and patented by the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California.


+ Mujisan Pharmaceuticals' drug polymer technology, PolyRx, is a sustained-release formulation that forms polymers using individual drug molecules to provide a tamper-proof release mechanism that increases safety and allows for time controlled release.


+ Plunar Opensource 's plan is based on serving "open source" collaboration software over the Internet.


+ Prismvideo Inc. uses a new video compression and transmission technology to give new mobile video applications better performance and increased cost savings.


+ Telegraph Systems' product, Xtreme DB, enables customers to perform complex analytic analysis on live streaming data in order to make real-time decisions.


+ World of Good , also a finalist in the Global Social Venture Competition, distributes a line of globally sourced fair trade gifts and accessories under fair trade guidelines that generate employment for women and disadvantaged communities, promise a living wage, and promote social and economic development.


The competition is organized by Berkeley MBA students at the Haas School of Business in partnership with the UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and UC San Francisco. It is hosted by the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


The finalists compete for a total of $52,500 in prizes when they present their pitches to the public at the final event in the Haas School’s Arthur Andersen Auditorium on Thursday, April 28. Before the winners are announced, the audience will vote to determine which team wins the 2005 People’s Choice Award.


For more information on the competition, go to http://bplan.berkeley.edu.


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Haas Community Invited to Global Social Venture Competition Finals, April 15


Nine finalist teams with businesses that aim to make a positive impact on issues ranging from air pollution to health care costs will present their plans at the Global Social Venture Competition on Friday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the UC Berkeley Art Museum.


The event is free open to the public, and hosted by the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.


The teams competing for the $25,000 grand prize are:


+ Amhartan Accessible Travel Services ( London Business School) provides services to improve the experience of travelers with special needs.


+ Connect US LLC ( Columbia University, Columbia Business School) uses wireless messaging to remind patients to take medication as prescribed.


+ Fuelture ( University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School) supports the conversion of high-mileage urban vehicles to using automotive propane or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).


+ Fuerza Research ( Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management) hires and trains low-income, urban teens to conduct market research.


+ Green Scene ( New York University, Stern School of Business), trains and employs individuals with criminal records to provide outdoor maintenance services.


+ INYUCA ( ESADE Business School) replaces imported corn with locally grown yucca to be processed into flour in Columbia.


+ MicroCredit Enterprises (UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and UC Davis, Graduate School of Management) is a socially-responsible investment fund targeting the microfinance sector.


+ SolarAMP, LLC ( University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler School) pursues off-grid energy solutions for developing countries.


+ World of Good (UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business) distributes a line of globally sourced fair trade gifts and accessories.


The competition, founded by five Berkeley MBA students in 1999, has grown into a global partnership between the Haas School of Business, Columbia Business School in New York, and London Business School. Long-time sponsor The Goldman Sachs Foundation and Omidyar Networks also support the competition. To be eligible to compete, each team must have at least one MBA student currently enrolled at an accredited business school on its management team.


For more information on the competition, visit http://www.socialvc.net.


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The Lion and the Rose Redux: Haas Professors debate "The Incredible Shrinking Dollar," April 19


The Haas Community is invited to take in a display of erudition and impeccable logic—along with a few well chosen barbs—when Dean Rich Lyons and Professor Andrew Rose go head to head once again at their annual Clausen Center debate, this time considering “The US Dollar: Will the Bottom Fall Out?” on Tuesday, April 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.


In this corner, Lyons on the “No” side, declares that “Anybody peddling the view of major crisis in the dollar is reading too much sensational press. Simple efficient markets logic tells us that if the dollar were headed for a big fall, and everybody knew it, it would fall right away. It's a little sad that Professor Rose doesn't seem to be able to apply the skills and knowledge that all economists and Haas graduates possess."

On the “Yes” side, Rose, the Bernard T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Trade, contends that "My colleague Professor Lyons is the quintessential ivory-tower academic. That I've known for a long time now. What stuns me--I mean really stuns me--is that as an international economist, he fails to appreciate that we operate in a global economy. That global economy is producing powerful forces for a dollar fall. I look forward to a little consciousness-raising at the debate."


Consumers of sensational press and those of un-raised consciousness alike are invited to both the debate and the post-debate reception in the Bank of America Forum. For more information on the debate and other events sponsored by the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/HaasGlobal/events.htm.


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Joint United Nations/UC Berkeley Conference Brings Tech Ideas to Economic Development, April 21-23


Get your ticket now for the second annual “Bridging the Divide” conference on technology and the developing world, hosted by UC Berkeley’s Management of Technology (MOT) program and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on April 21, 22, and 23 at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering.


The conference will draw scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to discuss issues of development in the world’s emerging economies. This year’s focus is on information technology, education, healthcare, and energy- and environment-related technology.


“These technologies involve fields in which UC Berkeley has long excelled,” says Andrew Isaacs, adjunct professor and executive director of the MOT program. “This year’s conference gains particular relevance from the current crossroads in global development. We have learned that philanthropy is insufficient to solve problems of economic development, that sustainable solutions require sustainable business models.”


Carlos Magarinos, the Director-General of UNIDO, will give the opening keynote address, followed by additional keynotes by development experts from around the world on April 21 and 22. A full list of speakers can be found at http://bridge.berkeley.edu/.


UC Berkeley students who participated in the MOT-UNIDO Fellowship program in 2004 and 2005 will also present their work at this year’s conference. Nearly 50 UC Berkeley graduate students from across campus traveled overseas under last year’s fellowships to work on technologies appropriate to developing regions.


The five teams of UC Berkeley students that will head out on MOT-UNIDO Fellowships this coming summer, have already been selected. Their projects include:


+ Rural Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa ( Mali),


+ Lab-on-a-Chip Devices for Ballast Water Analysis ( China),


+ Biodiesel from Non-Edible Oil Seeds for Power Generation ( India),


+ Assessing the Sustainability of a Household UV-Disinfection System for Drinking Water ( Mexico),


+ Technology-Assisted DOTS: Extending the TB Treatment Program ( Kenya).


Conference information and registration can be found at http://bridge.berkeley.edu/.


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Joy At Work Author Shares Ideas on Re-imagining the Workplace, April 14


Eliminating organization charts and hourly wages are just a few of the ideas put forth in pursuit of a more fulfilling workplace by Dennis Bakke, author of Joy At Work and speaker at a special Net Impact event on Thursday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club.


The enjoyment of work was Bakke’s operating ethos when he co-founded Applied Energy Systems (AES), a global energy company with 40,000 employees and $10 billion in annual revenue, in 1981. In his book, Joy At Work, he explains his philosophy for "making the workplace exciting, rewarding, stimulating, and enjoyable for all employees" by empowering them to make decisions and to use their talents every day.


Bakke now is the CEO emeritus of AES and serves as president and CEO of Imagine Schools, a company that operates elementary and secondary charter schools in 10 states.


This event is free and open to the entire Haas community. For more information, contact


Dave Guendleman, MBA 06 and the Berkeley Net Impact Club’s vice president for guest speakers, at guendelm@haas.berkeley.edu.


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Net Impact Dinner featuring Robert Reich on April 12 Sold Out


The UC Berkeley Net Impact Alumni/Student Dinner on Tuesday, April 12, featuring former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich as the keynote speaker, has sold out.


For those already holding tickets, the event will from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the International House in Berkeley.


This is the sixth annual alumni dinner sponsored by the Haas School's Nonprofit and Public Management Program, and is hosted for the first time by the Net Impact Club at Haas. The Haas Alumni Relations Office and the Center for Responsible Business provided additional support.


Robert Reich will address "Leadership and Social Change: Overcoming the Real Obstacles and Challenges of Leading Today." Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. Reich is a professor at Brandeis University and at Brandeis' Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He is currently a visiting professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.


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Haas in the News


Hal Varian, professor in the Haas Operations and Information Technology Management Group, wrote an article in the New York Times titled “File-Sharing is the Latest Battleground in the Clash of Technology and Copyright” on April 7. For full text: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/07/business/07scene.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1112904177-KVhrOYUhauBm+ogSIwLyeA


Pablo Spiller, the Jeffrey A. Jacobs Distinguished Professor of Business and Technology, was interviewed on KSTS Telemundo, San Francisco, television on the topic of illegal immigration and social security revenues on April 6.


Henry Chesbrough, lecturer and executive director of the Center for Open Innovation, was mentioned in the New Yorker in an article titled “All Together Now” on April 4. Chesbrough discussed the trend of business collaboration and partnerships. For full text: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/articles/050411ta_talk_surowiecki


Terrance Odean, associate professor in the Haas Finance Group, was quoted in the Boston Globe in an article on social security titled “Can You Manage Your Own Money?” on April 3.


Priya Haji, MBA 2003, was quoted in the MSNBC News in an article titled “New Companies Hope to be Good and Profitable” on April 3. Haji was mentioned with David Guendleman, a first-year MBA student at Haas, for their participation in the final round of the sixth annual Global Social Venture Competition with their company, World of Good Inc. For full text: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/7378128/


Terrance Odean was quoted in the Los Angeles Daily News in an article titled “Women’s World” on April 3. Odean commented on women’s investment patterns and their investment portfolios. For full text: http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~20950~2795241,00.html


Emily Harrold, MBA 2006, wrote an article titled “Where are the Women?” published in the Wall Street Journal on March 22. Harrold‘s article is part of a series of essays written for the Wall Street Journal that offer a first-person perspective on the business school experience. For full text: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB110796384827350066-IVjgINglaB4n5upaoCGaquIm4,00.html


Mark Coopersmith, lecturer in entrepreneurship, was quoted in The New York Times’ advertising column titled “Bull Crashing through Glass Wall Signals New Direction for Merrill Lynch” on February 17. Coopersmith commented on Merrill Lynch’s brand mascot and logo, the bull, and its effect in advertising. For full text:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/17/business/media/17adco1.html?ex=1113019200&en=c061d16f55438eab&ei=5070&oref=login


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Happening at Haas


CLAUSEN CENTER SPEAKER SERIES
"The Story of How Two Haas Students Started a University in Ghana" by Nina Marini, MBA 99, co-founder and vice president of Ashesi University and the Ashesi Foundation
Tuesday, April 12
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Ashesi University is a new private, nonprofit university in Ghana, West Africa, an extension of its parent organization, Ashesi University Foundation in Seattle Washington. Marini has been involved in all aspects of the university's growth, from a feasibility study in 1998 to the start of instruction in March 2002.
For more information, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/HaasGlobal/events.htm or contact Erin Smith at epsmith@haas.berkeley.edu.


ANNUAL NET IMPACT/NONPROFIT AND PUBLIC MANAGEMENT ALUMNI-STUDENT DINNER
Leadership and Social Change: Overcoming the Real Obstacles and Challenges of Leading Today
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley's International House


SOLD OUT
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, will give the keynote address.
To register for the dinner, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=82796.


MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY LECTURE
Geoffrey Moore, founder, the Chasm Group
Wednesday, April 13
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.


NET IMPACT SPEAKER
Joy at Work author Dennis Bakke, cofounder and CEO emeritus of Applied Energy Systems (AES)
Thursday, April 14
12:30 p.m.
Seaborg Room of the Faculty Club
This event is free and open to the entire Haas community. For more information, contact
Dave Guendleman at guendelm@haas.berkeley.edu.


GLOBAL SOCIAL VENTURE COMPETITION FINALS
Presentation of Global Social Venture Competition finalists
Friday, April 15
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum
Free and open to the public
For more information, visit http://www.socialvc.net.


ANNUAL CLAUSEN CENTER DEBATE
The Lion and the Rose Redux - "The Incredible Shrinking Dollar"
Tuesday, April 19
4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Organizer(s): Clausen Center for International Business and Policy
Admission is free, reception to follow in Bank of America Forum
Haas Professor Andy Rose and Dean Richard Lyons are setting up for a re-match on the timely topic, "The US Dollar: Will the bottom fall out?" at the annual Clausen Center debate.


UNIDO/MOT SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Bridging the Divide
April 21, 22, and 23
College of Engineering
The conference brings together scholars, practitioners and government and corporate policymakers into a single forum focused on the role of technology in the world's developing economies.
For more information, visit http://mot.berkeley.edu.


14TH ANNUAL YOUTH VENTURE CAPITAL COMPETITION
Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
The Venture Capital Competition completes the 9th grade series of the Saturday Business Academy. 9 th grade students and their Berkeley MBA business coaches will pitch their business ideas to a mock board of venture capitalists.
For more information, contact the YEAH office at 510-643-0923 or visit
http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/yeah.


DAVID AAKER DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES IN MARKETING
"Brand Portfolio Strategy" by David Aaker, Marketing Professor Emeritus
Tuesday, April 26
4:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis. No reservations required.
For more information, contact Sarah Benson at benson@haas.berkeley.edu.


MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY LECTURE
Michael Marks, CEO, Flextronics
Wednesday, April 27
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.


Seminars


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
Erika Henik, Jennifer Kurkoski, and Carmit Tdamor, Haas School of Business Ph.D. candidates
Wednesday, April 13
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
TBA by Marianne Bertrand, University of Chicago
Thursday, April 14
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
”Estimating Standard Errors in Finance Panel Data Sets: Comparing Approaches,” by Mitchell Petersen, Northwestern University
Thursday, April 14
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR
TBA
Friday, April 15
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


OBIR COLLOQUIUM
TBA by Neal Roese, University of Illinois
Wednesday, April 20
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C330
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.


INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS WORKSHOP
“Peer Effects in the Workplace: Evidence from Professional Transitions for the Superstars of Medicine,” by Pierre Azoulay, Columbia University
Thursday, April 21
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325
For more information, contact Anita Stephens at stephens@haas.berkeley.edu.


FINANCE SEMINAR
“Market Discipline and Internal Governance in the Mutual Fund Industry,” by Josef Zechner, University of Vienna
Thursday, April 21
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C135
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


SHANSBY MARKETING SEMINAR
“Preference Reversals Induced by Screening: The Biasing Effects of a Two-Stage Decision Process,” by Chris Janiszewski, University of Florida
Friday, April 22
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.


Alumni Events


ALL ALUMNI
Annual Net Impact/Nonprofit and Public Management Alumni-Student Dinner
“Leadership and Social Change: Overcoming the Real Obstacles and Challenges of Leading Today”
Tuesday, April 12
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
UC Berkeley's International House


SOLD OUT
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor and visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy will give the keynote address.
Sponsored by Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business
For more information, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=82796.

SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER
"What Is Your Dream? Driving an Invisible Movement That Will Change Everything" By Will Marre
Wednesday, April 13
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
World Trade Club, One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
Sponsored by San Francisco Haas Alumni Network
For more information, visit www.acteva.com/go/hansf.


BOSTON CHAPTER
Georges Doriot Business Speaker Series
“Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant,” by Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, INSEAD
Thursday, April 14
6:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
The French Library and Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough Street, Boston
For more information, visit http://www.inseadusa.com/newengland/bos.htm.


NEW YORK CHAPTER
New York Cares’ Annual Spring Volunteer Event
“Hands On New York Day 2005,” Annual Volunteer Day
Saturday, April 16
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fort Tryon Park , 190 Street and Fort Washington Avenue, New York
For more information, visit http://acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=84827.


TOKYO CHAPTER
Seminar on Japanese Diplomacy Regarding the United States and China (presented in Japanese)
Seminar by Dr. Gregory Noble, professor at the University of Tokyo
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Gakushi Kaikan Room 202, Tokyo, Japan
Sponsored by Tokyo Haas Alumni Network.
For more information, contact ucjapan@gol.com.


ALL ALUMNI
14th Annual Youth Venture Capital Competition
Saturday, April 23
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
The Venture Capital Competition completes the 9th grade series of the Saturday Business Academy. 9 th grade students and their Berkeley MBA business coaches will pitch their business ideas to a mock board of venture capitalists.
For more information, contact the YEAH office at 510-643-0923 or visit
http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/yeah.


BOSTON ALUMNI
3rd Annual Russian Financial Markets Conference
Tuesday, April 26
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
State Room Boston, 60 State Street, 33rd floor, Boston
Learn more about opportunities in direct and portfolio investing in Russia.
For more information, visit http://www.usrccne.org/events.phtml?n=68.


LONDON ALUMNI
Reception with University of California President Robert C. Dynes
Tuesday, April 26
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
For more information, contact Matthew Daines at 020-7495-2774.


SAN FRANCISCO ALUMNI
Professor Jennifer Chatman in conversation with Jack Welch, author of Winning and former CEO & chairman, GE
Wednesday, April 27
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco
For more information, visit http://www.commonwealthclub.org/sf.html#welch.


PARIS ALUMNI
Reception with University of California President Robert C. Dynes
Wednesday, April 27
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
American Ambassador’s Residence, Paris
For more information, contact Matthew Daines at 020-7495-2774


ALL ALUMNI
Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum: Presentation of UC Berkeley’s Business Plan Competition finalists
Thursday, April 28
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Andersen Auditorium
For more information, contact Ramona Ellerbe at rellerbe@haas.berkeley.edu.


MASSACHUSETTS ALUMNI
Sloan Women’s Leadership Evening – “Stay at the Top”
Friday, April 29
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Faculty Club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For more information, visit http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=84758.


EAST BAY ALUMNI
Community Volunteering: Oakland’s “Rebuilding Weekend 2005”
Saturday, April 30
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Join Rebuilding Together, Oakland’s neighbor-helping-neighbor team, as we work to transform 20+ homes and four community facilities this April. Everyone 14 and over is welcome.
For more information, contact Rachel Fleet at rfleet@syllc.com.


ALL ALUMNI
“10 Sales Principles that Build Market Capitalization and Create Personal Wealth” Online Seminar
Tuesday, May 3
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by the Wharton Alumni Association of New York and the Columbia Business School Alumni Association of the Bay Area. Online address available when you register.
For more information, visit http://www.whartonny.com/article.html?aid=267.


NEW YORK ALUMNI
“Global Issues in Competition Policy” by Dan Rubinfeld, Boalt Hall School of Law
Wednesday, May 4
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cornell Club, 6 East 44th Street, New York
For more information, visit http://www.law.berkeley.edu/alumni/events/register/guest/.


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