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Haas NewsWire, October 6, 2003

Wal-Mart, Old Navy Executives to Highlight Women in Leadership Conference, Nov. 8
Symposium in New York to Explore Trends in Social Entrepreneurship
Berkeley MBA Ranked #16 in the World in Economist Intelligence Unit Ranking
Berkeley MBA Program Ranks in the Top 15 Worldwide in Environmental and Social Issues
CMR Award Winners to Speak on Success in High-Tech Startups
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Business people from throughout the Bay Area are invited to gather at the Haas School to share ideas and experiences at this year's Women in Leadership Conference (WIL): Definition of Success, on Saturday, November 8.

Tickets for the conference will go on sale on Monday, October 13, at http://www.wilconference.org/2003/registration.html. This year the conference has attracted two major keynote speakers: Linda Dillman, senior vice president and CIO for Wal-Mart Stores, and Jenny Ming, president of Old Navy at Gap Inc. Both women were listed in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women list for 2003 -- Dillman was #28 and Ming was #42.

At Wal-Mart, Dillman is responsible for overseeing the entire information systems of the company worldwide, an activity that Fortune characterized as "running the central nervous system for the biggest, most admired company in the world." She is currently making news for spreading radio-frequency identification tags throughout the Wal-Mart supply chain to track inventory from the suppliers to the stores.

Jenny Ming was part of the executive team that introduced Old Navy in 1994. Ming helped Old Navy make history as the first retailer ever to reach $1 billion in annual sales in less than four years. In 1996, she was promoted to executive vice president of merchandising for Old Navy, responsible for merchandising, planning and distribution, production and visual and store design processes for all Old Navy stores. She assumed her present position in March of 1999. In 2000, she was named one of the nation's Top 25 Managers by Business Week magazine.

In addition to these keynote speakers, three panel sessions over the course of the day explore topics from "Walking the Work/Life Tightrope" to "Advancing in the Technology Sector."

The annual WIL conference is the longest running student-run conference at Haas, attracting over 400 participants including current MBA students, Haas undergraduates, alumni, and career men and women from the greater Bay Area. For more information on the conference, visit http://www.wilconference.org/2003/index.html.

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Leaders in academia, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship will discuss and debate the issues facing enterprises that strive to blend both financial and social returns as integral parts of their missions at the Global Social Venture Symposium on October 10, at Columbia Business School.

The symposium is the opening event for the fourth annual Global Social Venture Competition, organized by the Haas School, Columbia Business School, the London Business School, and The Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Participants at the symposium include social investors, entrepreneurs from the private and non-profit sectors, and faculty and students from leading universities where the study of social enterprise and entrepreneurship is taking root.

Julius Walls, Jr., president and CEO of Greyston Bakery, will give the keynote address. The Greyston Bakery has become a leader in community development in Yonkers, New York. Its profits support the work of the Greyston Foundation, which works to provide housing, child care, health care, a computer learning center, and more to underserved individuals in the surrounding community.

The Global Social Venture Competition is an international business plan competition for teams of MBA students and entrepreneurs seeking to launch enterprises that create financial value by having a positive impact on society.

The competition began four years ago as a student-organized social venture competition at the Haas School. It expanded its national scope in 2001 with new partners, the Columbia Business School, and The Goldman Sachs Foundation, which has provided $1.5 million in funding for the competition. Early this fall, the competition became global, with the addition of the London Business School to the roster of partners.

For more information, visit http://socialvc.net/index.cfm.

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The Full-time Berkeley MBA program moved to 16th place in the world, up from 20th place last year, in the second annual ranking of MBA programs by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), released on Friday, October 3.

Among US programs, the Berkeley MBA program ranked #14 this year, compared to #15 in last year's ranking.

Among the high points of the ranking was the Berkeley MBA's #1 ranking worldwide for the diversity of its recruiters as measured by the number of industry sectors they represented. Also, Berkeley MBA students and recent graduates rated the Haas School's career services #12 in the world.

The survey is based on a wide variety of inputs ranging from the percentage of students who find jobs through career services to the number of languages offered in the curriculum.About 20% of the survey is based on a survey of students and recent alumni. The remaining 80% are based on the data provided by the schools themselves.

This year, about 100 business schools chose to participate. The EIU surveyed more than 23,000 current MBA students and alumni who graduated from these business schools in the previous two years.

The EIU has been publishing its surveys of MBA students for 15 years in its publication "Which MBA" and started to rank MBA programs in 2002. It is owned by the Economist Group, which also owns the Economist magazine and other titles.

To view the EIU ranking, check www.which-mba.com.

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The Full-time Berkeley MBA Program was named among the top fifteen business school programs in a worldwide survey rating schools on their ability to prepare future business leaders for social and environmental stewardship, published by the Aspen Institute and the World Resources Council today, October 6.

The Beyond Grey Pinstripes 2003 Survey placed the Berkeley MBA program among the nine second-tier programs noted for their "significant activity in social and environmental issues."

The Haas School received a special mention, along with six other schools, for setting the bar for research activity on social impact and environmental management.

The school was also among three schools worldwide noted for their centers dedicated to social and environmental topics. The Haas School's Center for Responsible Business was established in spring 2003 under the leadership of its Executive Director Kellie McElhaney.

Beyond Grey Pinstripes is a biennial survey of MBA programs. In 2001, the Berkeley MBA also rated among the top 16 programs in the world and placed in the second tier of schools for showing significant activity in this area.

The 2003 survey, titled "Preparing MBAs for Social and Environmental Stewardship," collected data from 100 business schools in 20 countries for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years. The survey questions centered around three areas: institutional support, coursework, and faculty research.

For more information go to www.BeyondGreyPinstripes.org.

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Stanford Business School professors James N. Baron and Michael T. Hannan, the 2003 winners of the California Management Review's Accenture Award for best article, will speak on their research into successful startups this Thursday, October 9, in the Wells Fargo Room at 4:30 p.m.

Seating will be first-come, first-served so please arrive early. The talk will be followed by a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. This event is sponsored by Accenture.

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Three Haas Staff Members Recognized for 35 Years of Service

Gwen Cheeseburg, June Wong, and Terry Yokoyama were each recognized for 35 years of service to the university at the Service Awards Luncheon for UC Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, September 16.

Cheeseburg and Wong, both faculty assistants, joined the business school within a few weeks of each other - Wong in December of 1967 and Cheeseburg in January of 1968. Both began in the typing pool, providing administrative support to the faculty.

Wong became secretary to the seven group chairs in 1969, then in 1977 moved to support both the Finance and Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations groups. In 1990, Wong moved to supporting the Finance Group, where she has been ever since.

Cheeseburg, who is planning to retire in January 2004, also moved over the years to positions supporting various faculty. She worked for former dean E.T. Grether and the Marketing Group, and now supports the retired faculty. "All of my 35 years here have been wonderful," says Cheeseburg. "The people have been great."

Yokoyama, a development assistant, started out working for the State of California in 1964 and came to Haas in 1980. After 12 years of supporting several deans, she moved to the Development Office in 1993, a position she still holds today.

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Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the Oakland Tribune on October 3 in an article titled "Candidates' View False, Analyst Says." The article mentioned Rosen's recent detailed analysis of the California budget crisis. For full text, http://www.oaklandtribune.com/Stories/0,1413,82~1726~1673644,00.html.

Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, appeared on CNBC's Early Today on October 2 in a segment titled "Levi Strauss Closing Down Last of its American Factories and Moving Production Overseas." Sealey commented on the consumer image of the Levi Strauss brand.

Peter Sealey was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 2 in an article titled "HP Trying to Become More Hip." Sealey commented on the public image of the HP brand. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/10/02/BUG7122DCI1.DTL..

Hal Varian, professor in the Operations and Information Technology Management Group, was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News on September 30 in an article titled "After Visit to IBM, Future of Valley Seems Brighter." For full text, visit: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/business/6895894.htm.

An article on Patrick Awuah that also mentions Nini Marini, both MBA 99, appeared in both the All Africa News and the Accra Mail on September 30. The article titled "A Real Ghanaian Hero" originally appeared in the Seattle Times.

The expansion of the Global Social Venture Competition was mentioned in the Financial Times on September 29 in an article titled "Expanded Social Venture Competition."

Peter Sealey was mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle on September 27 in an article titled "Safety First: Segway Offers Software Upgrade After Several Riders Fall." For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/27/BUG3R1VN2F1.DTL

Peter Sealey appeared on the CBS News on September 26 in a segment titled "Internet Scammers Go 'Phishing.'" Sealey commented on the high-tech swindle known as "phishing." For full story, visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/eveningnews/consumer/printable575411.shtml

Hal Varian wrote an article published on September 26 in The New York Times titled "Economic Blunders Led to California Recall."

Terrance Odean, associate professor in the Finance Group, was mention in The Globe and Mail on September 26 in an article titled "Where's Wireless Headed? Is there a Right Time To Market Time?"

Peter Sealey was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on September 26 in an article titled, "Levi Closing Last Plants in North America."

Kenneth Rosen's study on the California fiscal crisis was featured in Hispanic Business on September 25 in an article titled "UC Berkeley Report Debunks Myths About California Fiscal Crisis." For full text: http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/news_print.asp?id=12755

Trond Petersen, professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, was quoted in the European edition of Time Magazine on September 14 in a special report titled "Equal Time: Gender Quotas Have Helped European Women Get Ahead in Politics." For full text: http://www.time.com/time/europe/gender/story.html

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