MBA Conference at Haas Attracts International Group of Students

Clifford Dank, MBA 08, and Chip Conley, CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

A conference at the Haas School in April for MBA student leaders from a dozen countries generated so much enthusiasm that participants for the first time ever volunteered to contribute funds for future events.

The more than 90 MBA student leaders from the world's top 40 business schools converged at the Haas School on April 3 to April 5 for three days of networking, personal development workshops, and inspiring speakers at the annual Graduate Business Conference.

During the conference, students voluntarily pledged money from their student association budgets for the Graduate Business Forum, an international, nonprofit group for MBA student leaders that helps organize the Graduate Business Conference each year.

"The fact that the conference hosted by Haas inspired students to dedicate resources to the forum for the first time in its 26-year history was the most exciting demonstration of the event's success," says Clifford Dank, MBA 08, president of the Haas School MBA Association.

Dank was elected chairman of the Graduate Business Forum Presidents' Network at last year's conference and consequently was responsible for coordinating this year's conference at the Haas School.

"Students seemed to enjoy virtually every aspect of the conference at Haas, whether it was a charisma coach speaking during lunch or a casual evening barbecue," Dank says.

The conference's theme was "The Global Leader and the Leader Within," reflecting both the event's international focus and the Haas School's Leading Through Innovation strategy. As part of that strategy, the Haas School is emphasizing the importance of developing self-awareness and an individual voice to becoming an effective leader.

Conference participants gained inspiration from energetic business leaders such as Chip Conley, president and CEO of the boutique hotelier Joie de Vivre Hospitality, who spoke on how he applies Maslow's hierarchy of needs to serving customers and managing and understanding employees.

Best-selling author and management coach Marshall Goldsmith spoke on humanizing the leadership process. Richard Lyons, chief learning officer for Goldman Sachs and former acting dean and Haas professor, talked how Goldman Sachs recognizes leaders within its organization.

Participants also attended sessions on best practices in student government facilitated by Berkeley MBA students, who received training from Haas School Senior Lecturer William Sonnenschein.

The largest sponsor of the conference was the Institute for Business Innovation, headed by Executive Director Adam Berman and Associate Dean for Strategic Planning Steve Tadelis.

Haas Energy Challenge Launches in April

The Haas School has launched a challenge in the month of April for faculty, staff, and students to cut down on their energy use.

The objective of the Haas Energy Challenge is to measurably reduce energy use from computers, office equipment, elevators, and lighting and to educate the Haas community about energy consumption. The campaign is part of an initiative by the Dean's Staff Advisory Committee to save energy at Haas. DSAC enlisted the help of Green Campus, a student-led energy conservation campaign on the UC Berkeley campus, and Net Impact, an MBA club focused on social responsibility, to create the Haas Energy Challenge.

The Haas School will win a bagel party if it reduces energy consumption by at least 3% or an ice cream sundae party if it achieves a reduction of at least 7% during the month of April.

To help achieve those goals, Green Campus offered seven energy saving tips:

  1. Do not use screen savers; they don't save energy. Turn off your monitor when not in use.
  2. Switch off the lights when you leave a room and when there is enough natural light.
  3. Shut windows when you leave, especially over the weekend.
  4. Turn off printers when you go home for the day and weekends.
  5. Turn off A/V equipment when you leave a room.
  6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  7. Turn off your power strip whenever possible.

Send questions about the Haas Energy Challenge to

MBA Students Explore Business in Asia and Latin America Over Spring Break

Forget "location, location, location." In China, real estate is all about "policy," according to Jesse Nelson, MBA 08. Nelson and six other members of the Berkeley Real Estate Club made this and other observations on a spring break trip to Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Macau. They were among dozens of Berkeley MBA students who spent the spring break exploring business climates and cultures in Asia and Latin America.

"We wanted to witness the largest building boom in the history of the world," says Nelson. The group met with a variety of local real estate developers and visited the Shanghai World Financial Center, soon to be the world's tallest building. They also toured the MGM Grand and other casino resorts in Macau, the world's largest gaming market. "China's growing middle class is partly driving the white-hot residential sector in China, and generating 70% of the gamblers traveling to Macau," says Nelson.

Shanghai was also the destination of choice for Berkeley MBA students traveling on one of two Seminars in International Business, offered through the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy. Four full-time and 26 Evening & Weekend MBA students traveled to Shanghai with Lecturer Sam Guo. They learned about China's financial markets and legal system from professors at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and visited corporations including semiconductor company AMD.

Four full-time and 16 Evening & Weekend MBA students participated in a Chile Seminar in International Business led by Sebastian Teunissen, executive director of the Clausen Center. Visiting ten businesses in five days, the group toured printing operations at El Mercurio newspaper, met management at telecom operator Entel, and surveyed Chile's venture capital landscape at Fundación Chile and Austral Capital.

A largely cultural, student-organized visit to Japan attracted 54 students from the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program, visited Toyota in Tokyo, and also traveled to Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Ernesto Rodriguez, MBA 09, and Yang-Yang Chen, MBA 08, were part of an eight-person team of business, engineering, and public policy students who traveled to Guatemala to further develop a business that will manufacture and market solar water heaters. The team received a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance grant of $38,000 in January for their plan to provide affordable, clean solar-heated water to families in urban areas of Guatemala and other developing countries.

Global Social Venture Competition to Culminate in Symposium, April 19

The 2008 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, held in conjunction with this weekend's Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC), will bring together leaders and innovators in social entrepreneurship, business, and academia on Saturday, April 19, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

Keynote speakers include Pamela Hartigan, founding managing director of Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and founding partner of Volans Ventures, and Jason Green, general partner of Emergence Capital Partners.

The symposium also will feature panel discussions on such topics as social venture financing and marketing strategies for socially conscious businesses. Panelists will include representatives from a wide range of companies, including Gray Matters Capital, Sun Microsystems, blueEnergy Group, and Clif Bar.

The symposium follows the Global Social Venture Competition, to be held on Friday at the Haas School. Ten teams from around the world will compete for $45,000 in cash prizes in the final round of the completion, which will be open to the public and run from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room. The competition's special Social Impact Assessment Prize for the team with the best social impact analysis will be presented at Saturday's symposium, and that team will give a presentation to symposium attendees.

The symposium is sponsored by the Omidyar Network with additional support provided by The Goldman Sachs Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Registration prices are $45 for students, $115 for nonprofit professionals, and $155 for professionals. For information on the competition or to register for the symposium, visit

Finalists To Face Off in Berkeley Business Plan Competition, May 1

A record 101 entries have been whittled down to eight finalists who will vie for $45,000 in cash prizes at the Tenth Annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition on May 1.

The plans run the gamut from a consumer technology that would make it easier to buy a used car online, to a treatment system that uses nanotechnology to deliver therapeutic treatments. Teams will make their final presentations from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium as part of the UC Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum. The event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The competition is organized by Haas MBA students to challenge Berkeley students and alumni to develop and test their business ideas, turning some into viable ventures. This year was the most competitive to date, with 30 percent more entries from departments as diverse as bioengineering, psychology, and journalism, as well as from alumni.

The 2008 finalists are:

- Carsala, a proprietary technology that helps used car buyers find the right vehicle, negotiate with dealers, and save thousands of dollars.

- Glycometrix, a biomedical startup developing glycan-based blood serum technologies for early-stage cancer detection that has already conducted a positive 200-person clinical trial.

- Implicit Interfaces, a search technology that leverages computer vision and machine learning techniques to make virtual clothes shopping more consumer-friendly and increase online apparel sales.

- Kebima, a mobile and online platform that allows event attendees to become "social reporters," publishing media snippets, reporting live, and interacting with "social viewers" interested in the event.

- LReady, an Internet company that helps families prepare for and stay connected during emergencies.

- Reporterist, an online news exchange and publishing platform aiming to improve the quality of citizen journalism by providing a revenue stream for both editors and contributors.

- Omniox, a biotechnology company to commercialize a breakthrough therapy discovered at UC Berkeley's Department of Chemistry to treat oxygen deprivation diseases.

- Titan Medical, which is using nanotechnology to create a high-precision, low-cost system for delivering therapeutic treatments for chronic diseases. The system, called NanoFlow, allows drugs to enter the blood stream at a steady rate in very low doses, cutting down on side effects.

The UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition is hosted by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in cooperation with the College of Engineering, the School of Information, and the UC San Francisco Innovation Accelerator. The 2008 finalist judges are Laura Oliphant of Intel Capital, Peter Buhl of BlueRun Ventures, Beckie Robertson of Versant Ventures, Paul Holland of Foundation Capital, Gary Little of Morgenthaler Ventures, Jay Watkins of De Novo Ventures, and John Steuart of Claremont Creek Ventures.

For more information on the competition, visit

Forum to Address Nascent Nanotech Market, April 27

Nanotechnology's emergence from the laboratory to the marketplace will be the focus of the Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum on Sunday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The event, titled "Prospects: From Ideal to Real," is expected to attract hundreds of students and faculty from UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and Stanford University, along with scientists from national laboratories and private industry.

"It's a very interesting time for nanoscience, as we've had 10 to 20 years of experience in the laboratory and we're at the cusp of widespread use," says Kayte Fischer, president of the Berkeley Nanotechnology Club, a bioengineering Ph.D. student, and forum organizer. "We'll have representatives from the entire spectrum of the industry, from theoretical scientists to those who are out there using nanoscale drug carriers to treat real clinical needs."

The featured speakers are Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University and director of the NASA Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing; Liwei Li, professor of mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley and co-director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center; and Donald Lucas, staff scientist for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Environment Energy Technologies Division. Panel discussions will cover healthcare, electronics, accelerating solar power, and regulatory efforts.

Support for the forum was provided by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Haas School of Business, the UC Berkeley Colleges of Chemistry and Engineering, and the Department of Physics.

Preregistration at is encouraged.

Real Estate Conference To Examine State of Housing Market, May 6

"Mid-Year Update: Has the Other Shoe Dropped?" will be the focus of the 13th Annual Fisher Center Real Estate Conference May 6 in San Francisco.

The full-day conference, to be held at the St. Francis Hotel, will feature a luncheon keynote speech titled "The State of the State" by California State Controller John Chiang.

The event also will include six sessions on topics such as finding opportunity in the residential housing market slump, resolving the sub-prime crisis, and green energy and building. Panelists include Haas School Assistant Professor Catherine Wolfram; James Saccacio, CEO of RealtyTrac; Larry Souza, managing director of index services for Charles Schwab Investment Management; and Laurence Pelosi, executive director of Morgan Stanley's US Real Estate Investing Division.

Registration costs $375 per person through May 5, and then goes up to $450. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and handout materials. All Haas School faculty and Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics faculty associates are invited to attend the conference free of charge.

For more information or to register, visit

US News Ranks Haas #8 among Executive MBA Programs

The US News & World Report ranking of executive MBA programs, which ranked Haas #8, was inadvertently excluded when Haas NewsWire reported on the rankings in its March 31 issue.

MBA Students Win Award in Sustainable Venture Capital Competition

Berkeley MBA students took home the Entrepreneurs' Choice from the annual Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition (SVCIC) in March at the University of North Carolina's Keenan-Flagler School of Business.

The winning Haas team consisted of Kevin Casey, MBA 09; Megha Doshi, MBA 09; Jen Malkin, MBA 08; Nick Pearson, MBA 08; and Will Wright, MBA 09.

SVCIC, held on March 28 and 29, is the only MBA competition in which students evaluate business plans that incorporate financial profitability, environmental integrity, and social equity. The plans are submitted by entrepreneurs actively seeking venture capital funding. Haas students competed against teams from eight business schools, including Columbia Business School and the Kellogg School of Management.

Taking on the role of venture capitalists, students evaluated four operating businesses that are leaders in their fields of waste composting, non-toxic paint, organic children's food, and solar energy. Those businesses selected the Haas team as the winner of the Entrepreneurs' Choice award. The Haas team chose to invest in an organic food company, based on its current operating strength and significant impact on all stages of the value chain.

The competition was judged by Good Capital portfolio officer Wes Selke, MBA 07; and venture capitalists from Goldman Sachs, SJF Ventures, CEI Finance, The Conservation Fund, Cherokee Investment Partners, and Sherbrooke Capital.

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School won first place and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business earned second place. The other schools that competed were New York University's Stern School of Business, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Columbia Business School, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Daisuke Tanaka, MBA 09, Wins Sony Marketing Competition

A proposal to segment the digital reader market garnered first prize for Daisuke Tanaka, MBA 09, and his teammates at the first Neeley Sales & Marketing Strategy Competition March 29 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Fifty-five MBA students from 17 US business schools participated in the competition, which was sponsored by Sony Electronics. Tanaka was randomly matched with four students from other schools, including the Neeley School of Business, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, the College of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.

The teams were given five hours to develop a marketing strategy for The Reader Digital Book from Sony and ten minutes to present their ideas to judges, who included Jay Vandenbree, president of Sony Consumer Sales, and Steve Haber, senior VP of marketing for Sony's Digital Imaging and Audio Division. Tanaka and teammates proposed creating a digital reader for children and marketing The Reader in select Starbucks.

The judges awarded Tanaka's team the $6,000 grand prize and praised their ability to answer difficult questions succinctly and professionally. "It was rewarding to present in front of so many high-level Sony executives and hear their feedback," says Tanaka.

Ph.D. Program to Offer Concentration in Operations Management

A new Ph.D. concentration in operations management at the Haas School will begin accepting applications from candidates in the fall and start instruction in fall 2009.

The operations management concentration, developed by the faculty's Operations and Information Technology Management (OITM) Group, will feature an emphasis on the quantitative side of operations management in response to the strong demand for doctoral graduates in this area. The interdisciplinary curriculum will rely on courses from the Departments of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Economics, and Statistics as well as doctoral seminars offered by Haas faculty from the OITM, marketing, finance, and accounting groups.

"The faculty in the Operations and Information Technology Group is excited about starting our Ph.D. program and expanding our research as we work with doctoral students," says Candace Yano, the group's chairwoman. "We look forward to preparing top-flight doctoral students to satisfy a growing need for faculty in operations management and related fields."

In addition to Yano, Haas School faculty who will teach courses in the new concentration includes Sara Beckman, Terrence Hendershott, Dorit Hochbaum, Thomas Marschak, Xuanming Su, and Terry Taylor.

Staff News

Frost to Receive Excellence in Management Award

Tenny Frost, executive director of Alumni Relations at the Haas School, will be honored with an Excellence in Management Award from the Berkeley Staff Assembly (BSA) in a ceremony May 12 at the International House.

Frost will be honored with 15 other award recipients at the BSA's 12th Annual Excellence in Management Awards Ceremony, which will feature Chancellor Robert Birgeneau as the keynote speaker. BSA is a staff organization open to all staff employees on campus.

Frost was nominated for the award by Leslie Kanberg, director of Alumni Relations, on behalf of Frost's staff. At least half of an award recipient's direct reports must generate and support the nomination

Frost, who has led the Alumni Relations team for more than a decade, was credited with emphasizing professional development and cross-training among her staff. "Her employees know their strengths and are encouraged to develop new skills, expand their knowledge, and enrich their experiences," Kanberg wrote in Frost's nomination. "Tenny cheers her team on while urging them to aim for the stars."

The theme of the award this year was "Riding the Wave of Successful Succession Planning." The award recognizes supervisors and managers who are skillfully addressing the needs of their unit as a whole, as well as individual employees, to successfully navigate the current and impending turnover in the campus workforce.

Haas in the News - As of 4/14/08

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration and director of the UC Energy Institute, was quoted on his research on solar energy costs in two articles April 13:
+ Fort Worth Star Telegram, "Solar and wind duking it out in high-powered battle,"
+ Sacramento Bee, "Daniel Weintraub: SMUD subsidy isn't best deal under the sun,"

Kellie McElhaney, executive director of the Center for Responsible Business, is featured in an article titled "A Matter of Strategy" in Investor Relations Update's April 2008 issue.

Pablo T. Spiller, the Jeffrey A. Jacobs Distinguished Professor in Business and Technology, was interviewed about the turmoil in the airline industry in an April 11 segment on KTVU News.

Spiller was quoted on the evolution of the US airline industry in an April 10 Sacramento Bee article titled "Thousands in limbo after American Airlines grounds MD-80s for inspection." Full article:

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted on his relation with the late Ernie Scherer in an April 10 San Jose Mercury News article titled "Some say slain man had ax to grind." Full article:

Erika Walker, the executive director of the undergraduate program at the Haas School, is quoted in an April 7 Daily Cal article titled, "Haas to Impose Stricter Summer Session Policy." Full article:

Walker also was quoted in a Daily Cal editorial April 4 on the same topic. Full article:

An April 7 article titled "FOCUS Gains International Financial Expertise with New CFO" reported on alumnus Frank Slacik, BS 84, being named the new chief financial officer of FOCUS LLC, a national market investment banking firm. Full article:

Terrance Odean, professor of finance and banking, was quoted in an April 6 New York Times article titled "How to Turn a Herd on Wall Street" on the herd behavior phenomenon and its dynamics. Full article:

Odean also was mentioned in an April 5 New York Times article titled "At Last, Buffett's Key to Success" on his study published in 2001 titled "Boys Will Be Boys: Gender, Overconfidence, and Common Stock Investment." Full article:

Clifford Dank, MBA 08, president of the MBA Association and chairman of the Graduate Business Forum, an international nonprofit organization representing MBA student leaders, was quoted in an April 4 East Bay Business Times article titled, "Haas Hosts World's Top MBA Programs." Full article:

Erin Carlson, MBA 04, was quoted about Yahoo! for Good's green programs in an April 4 Sustainable Industries article titled "Do green MBAs get green jobs?" Full article:

An April 3 New America Media article titled "Newsroom Cuts Send Journalists in New Directions" mentioned how the Haas School is teaming up with the Graduate School of Journalism to teach media website classes. Full article:

Tom Davidoff, assistant professor in the Real Estate Group, was quoted about credit card debt in an April 3 ABC Local News story titled "The next phase: credit card crisis." Full story:

Borenstein was quoted on presidential candidates receiving money from individuals who work for oil and gas companies in an April 3 abc7 segment titled "Fact Check: Obama's latest campaign ad." Full article:

Borenstein was quoted on oil prices in an April 2 segment titled "The High Cost of Oil" on KGO radio news. Listen:

Campbell was quoted on the Haas School rising one slot in graduate school rankings by the U.S. News & World Report in an April 2 Daily Californian article titled "Graduate Programs Rank High on Annual List." Full article:

Laura Tyson, former Haas dean and a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was quoted in an April 2 Huntington News article titled "Clinton Has Middle Class Tax Cut Plan Which Benefits West Virginians." Full article:

An April 2 Fort Worth Business Press article titled "TCU to host business marketing case competition again next year" mentioned Daisuke Tanaka, MBA 09, as a member of the first-place team in the Neeley Sales & Marketing Strategy Competition March 29 at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Full article:

Tyson was mentioned in an April 2 Wall Street Journal article titled "Wall Street Housecleaning May Bypass Boardroom." Full article: (password required)

A lecture at the Haas School by Matt Kistler, senior vice president of sustainability at Wal-Mart, was featured in three articles:
+, April 2,
+ Inside Bay Area, April 1,
+ Contra Costa Times, April 1,

Borenstein was quoted on how to keep gas prices down in an April 1 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article titled "Truckers demand fuel tax halt." Full article:

Borenstein was interviewed about problems with asking the oil industry to invest in alternative energies on ABC 7 News in an April 1 segment titled "Big oil gets grilled on Capital Hill." Listen:

McElhaney was quoted on using hands-on learning strategies in a March 31 Wall Street Journal article titled "Simulation Shows What It's Like to be Boss." Full article:

Henry Chesbrough, executive director of the Center for Open Innovation, was quoted about the "Not Invented Here" syndrome in a March 31 Taiwan's Business Weekly article titled "How to incorporate your clients and competitors into your innovation development team."

Borenstein was interviewed on violence and Iraq's oil industry by American Public Media in a March 27 Marketplace segment titled "Iraq Bombing Increases Oil Pressures." Listen:

Happening at Haas

Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy
Spring Luncheon Speaker Series

Allan Marks, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy
Financing Energy Projects--Adapting to Regulatory Change and Volatile Markets
Tuesday, April 15
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Boalt Hall, Room 105

David Aaker Distinguished Lecture Series in Marketing
Haas Marketing Professors David Aaker and Jennifer Aaker
Wednesday, April 16
12:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Ronna Kelly at

Global Social Venture Competition Finals
Friday, April 18
8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Open to the public
For more information:

Global Social Venture Competition Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship
Saturday, April 19
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
For more information and to register:

Berkeley Nanotechnology Forum 2008
Prospects: From Ideal to Real
Sunday, April 27
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Haas School
For more information and to register:

Tenth Annual UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition Finals and Awards Presentation
Thursday, May 1
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
For more information:


For more information, contact Deborah Houy at

Emily Choi and Will Self, Haas Ph.D. Student Presentations
Wednesday, April 16
4:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
C320 Cheit Hall

Philip Tetlock, Haas School Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communication
Unconscious bias and accountability systems: What must organizations do to guarantee equality of opportunity?
Wednesday, April 23
4:00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
C320 Cheit Hall

Sanjay Jain, Texas A&M University
Thursday, April 17
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250 Cheit Hall

Yakov Bart, Haas Ph.D. Student
Thursday. April 24
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
C250 Cheit Hall

For more information, contact June Wong at

Philip Bond, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 17
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C110 Cheit Hall

Ioanid Rosu, University of Chicago
Thursday, April 24
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
C110 Cheit Hall

For more information, visit

The Oliver E. Williamson Seminar on Institutional Analysis
Fiona Murray, MIT Sloan
Thursday, April 17
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325 Cheit Hall

Mariano Tomassi, Universidad de San Andres
Thursday, April 24
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
C325 Cheit Hall


Best Practices Workshop
Financing the Venture: Investor Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 22
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stanley Hall, Room 105
Food provided. Open to all students and the general public, subject to available seating. For further information on the Entrepreneurial Best Practices workshop series, see

VC Breakfast Series
Featuring First Round Capital and Hummer Winblad Venture Partners
Friday, April 25
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Wells Fargo Room
Attendance is limited to invitees only.

Clausen Center for International Business & Policy
"The Mobile Future: Technology Revolutionizing our Lives"
Tuesday, April 22
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Convention Center
For more information:

For more information, contact or 510-643-1398.

Don Paul
Chief Technology Officer, Chevron
Building a Clean Energy Future
Wednesday, April 16
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room

Michael Marks
Chairman, Flextronics
Global Investing
Wednesday, April 23
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room


Haas Venture Capital Alumni Dinner
Monday, April 14
For more information, including time and location, contact organizers, Alex Ortiz, MBA 07, Sierra Ventures, or Nader Ghaffari, MBA 07, NetService Ventures Group,

Hope Wine Tasting and Mixer
Thursday, April 17
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Peninsula Investment Real Estate, 17871 Mitchell, Suite 100, Irvine
Cost: $35 per person

End of Tax Season Celebration/Social Mixer with Beta Gamma Sigma Business School Honors Society
Thursday, April 17
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Parlor, 1519 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-4139
For more information, contact Raffi Aharonian at

Supper Club with Alumni from Technology, Media and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 17
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lure FishBar, Soho, 142 Mercer Street, New York
RSVP: Chris Phenner,
Cost: approximately $40

Women in Leadership Dinner
Thursday, April 17
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Half Moon, Komehisa Bldg. 2F, Roppongi 7-17-16, Minato-ku, Tokyo
RSVP: Nancy Starr,
Cost: 6000 JPY for dinner and drinks

MBA Bar of the Week
Thursday, April 17
8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Paragon at the Claremont Resort and Spa, 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley

US-China Green Energy Conference
Friday, April 18
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PG&E Auditorium, 215 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost: $100

Haas MBA Experienced Hire Career Fair
Friday, April 18
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

Q@Haas Alumni Networking Event
Wednesday, April 23
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
UPSTAIRS Eureka Restaurant - Lounge, 4063 18th Street, San Francisco (Between Castro & Hartford)
RSVP by 4/20 to Ivan Ferko at
Cost: Two-drink minimum

All Alumni
Haas Alumni Reunion Conference - "Clean Tech Innovation"
Thursday, April 24 to Sunday, April 27
Haas School of Business
For more information:

Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association
Rebuilding Together Oakland
Saturday, April 26
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Registration: Contact Jesse Nelson at

15th Annual Business Forecast Luncheon
Wednesday, May 13
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Registration details to come soon. For questions, contact or (510) 642-7790.

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