All MFE Students Land Finance Internships

Linda Kreitzman, Executive Directory, MFE Program

Despite the unprecedented challenges in the financial sector, all 64 students in the Haas School Master's of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program have snapped up paid internships this fall.

Some students even received more than one internship offer, bringing the total offers received by the class to 84. The largest number of students, 22, will be working in San Francisco, while 18 will head to New York.

"In this particular market, students must be proactive," says MFE Executive Director Linda Kreitzman. "They must consider several continents and never limit themselves to their immediate horizon."

Indeed, 12 MFE students are heading overseas for their internships, with the greatest number, five students, working in Hong Kong. Other overseas destinations include Tokyo, Singapore, and London.

Barclay's Global Investors is hiring seven MFE student interns, the most of any firm, followed by BNP Paribas, which will employ five MFE student interns. Other firms hiring interns include Goldman Sachs, UBS, Citigroup, Moody's, and Bank of America.

With students now placed in internships, Kreitzman is now preparing to help students find full-time jobs after they graduate. "I have no angst about it," she says. "MFE students are very bright and well-prepared."

Panel to Discuss Economic Turmoil's Impact on Entrepreneurs, Oct. 23

A panel of venture capital experts will discuss how current capital market challenges are affecting the entrepreneur during a special edition of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum on Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Andersen Auditorium.

Jerry Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which hosts the forum, will moderate the panel and share his own views.

The panel will feature Jim Wilcox, the James J. and Marianne B. Lowrey Chair in Business at the Haas School, who has been widely quoted about the financial crisis; Mike Gridley, a principal at Industry Venture and former associate at Bertelsmann Ventures; Brian Atwood, co-founder of Versant Ventures, who specializes in biotechnology investing; and Garrett Gruener, co-founder of Alta Partners and Ask Jeeves.

The event will begin with a mixer from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by an elevator pitch session from 7:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. The panel discussion will run from 7:40 p.m. to 8:10 p.m., followed by questions from the audience until the event ends at 8:45 p.m.

Pre-registration at a reduced rate of $20 will end on Tuesday, Oct. 21. After that, attendees may register at the event for $30. For more information, visit


John Hanke of Google Earth Named Haas School Executive Fellow

John Hanke
John Hanke, MBA 96, director of product management for Google Maps, Local, and Earth, has been named a Haas School executive fellow, Dean Rich Lyons announced.

Hanke is the second business leader to serve in the executive fellow position, which was created for respected executives and thought leaders in a variety of fields.  Tom Kelley, general manager of the design firm IDEO, became the Haas School's first executive fellow in June 2007.  Executive fellows serve as advisors to the dean, faculty, and staff.  Students also gain exposure to these top thinkers and their trailblazing ideas as they participate in events and programs throughout the school year.

“I am very excited to bring our alumnus John Hanke back to Haas as an executive fellow,” says Dean Rich Lyons. “He is a visionary who has experienced both good times and tough times during his entrepreneurial career.  His path to success will no doubt offer invaluable insights to our students and our faculty.”

Hanke’s entrepreneurial career began in 1995 while he was earning an MBA at the Haas School.  He partnered with classmate Steve Sellers, MBA 96, to form Archetype Interactive, which launched one of the world’s first graphical, massively multiplayer online games.  The company was acquired by 3DO just as the colleagues graduated from Haas.  After spending a couple years in product management at 3DO, Hanke co-founded another computer gaming company, Big Network, which was acquired by eUniverse in 2000.

In 2001, Hanke collaborated with software executives from Silicon Graphics and Disney to found Keyhole.  It was there that the world’s first online virtual globe, “Earthviewer,” was born.  During the next few years, the Keyhole team tackled various challenges through the ups and downs of the dot-com bubble.  In 2004, Google acquired the company and “Earthviewer” became “Google Earth,” an application that has now been downloaded by more than 400 million unique users around the world.  Since the acquisition, Hanke has been working with his colleagues at Google to create innovative products to store, organize, and visualize information about the Earth.


Hanke earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin before attending the Full-Time Berkeley MBA Program at Haas.

Winners Play It Safe in Investment Banking Competition

Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Competition

A team of four undergraduates who recommended Visa take a conservative approach in its initial public offering took first place in the 11th Annual Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Competition.

Judges said the case was the trickiest to date and gave high praise to the three finalist teams who gave presentations Oct. 7. The competition asked students to act as Goldman Sachs consultants charged with evaluating Visa's IPO plans at a time of global economic uncertainty. Each team was asked to determine the value of Visa, how to position its strengths and weaknesses, and how much debt it could take on.

The winning team (pictured above, from left to right) was composed of Brian Kim, BS 10 (electrical engineering and computer science); Simon Shen, BS 10; Tina Bao, BS 09, and Sebastian Cua, BS 10. The team recommended that Visa take a conservative approach in order to quell market jitters and outperform expectations.

"The case was indeed a challenge, but we learned a lot from it," Bao said. "It was one thing to know the theoretical approaches, but it was another to apply them."

The eight judges included Haas School Dean Rich Lyons and other faculty, as well as Goldman Sachs managers and other investment bankers. The event was hosted by Goldman Sachs and the Haas Undergraduate Program and attended by several Visa executives, including Chairman and CEO Joe Saunders, CFO Byron Pollitt, and COO John Partridge.

Bernanke to Share Insights at Mortgage Meltdown Symposium, Oct. 30-31

Ben Bernanke

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will address the struggling economy, the subprime mortgage crisis, and the government's rescue plan during a two-day symposium Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at UC Berkeley.

Bernanke is expected to join the symposium, titled "The Mortgage Meltdown, the Economy, and Public Policy," via satellite at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. The event, co-hosted by UC Berkeley and UCLA, will feature many Haas faculty.

Other scheduled speakers include Haas School Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen, now president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; California State Sen. Darrell Steinberg; and best-selling economist Robert Shiller, author of The Subprime Solution and Irrational Exuberance.

Haas School Professor John Quigley, interim dean of UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, will join Stuart Gabriel of UCLA in delivering opening remarks on each day of the symposium, which begins at noon Thursday, Oct. 30.

After Yellen's lunch speech Thursday, Nancy Wallace, chair of the Haas Real Estate Group, will moderate a panel on the future of the housing finance system.

On Friday, Jim Wilcox, the Haas School's James J. and Marianne V. Lowrey Chair in Business, will be a discussant on another panel titled "The Crisis in Finance Markets." The panel will consist of Shiller, talking about "Policies to Deal with the Implosion in the Mortgage Markets," and Edward Leamer of UCLA, discussing "Homes and Cars: Why are the cycles in homes and consumer durables so similar?" Wilcox will be joined by UC Berkeley Economics Professor Brad DeLong and Robert Hall of Stanford University.

Later Friday, Haas Professor Robert Edelstein, co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, will moderate a panel discussion titled "Demography and Geography of Foreclosures." Alexei Tchistyi, an assistant professor in the Haas Finance and Real Estate groups, will be a discussant on the panel.

Dwight Jaffee, a professor in the Haas Finance and Real Estate groups, will participate in the symposium's final panel, titled "The Regulatory Frontier," discussing regulations to control investment banks and government-sponsored enterprises such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

The symposium will be held at Alumni House on campus. Registration is closed, but there is a waiting list and arrangements may be made to broadcast the program at another campus location and make it available via the Internet. Details will be available at

Finance Conference to Feature Barclays, JP Morgan, and McKinsey Execs, Nov. 21

A diverse group of financial industry leaders will share how their industries are weathering the financial storm during the second annual Berkeley Finance Conference on Nov. 21.

The event, "Navigating through Financial Turbulence," will be held at the Haas School. Rohit Bhagat, global chief operating officer of Barclays Global Investors, will give the opening keynote speech at 9:15 a.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. Mark Zanoli, managing director at JP Morgan, and Aneta Marcheva Key, an associate principal at McKinsey & Co., will speak after lunch.

The event will cover the impact of the downturn on investment management, private equity, corporate finance, investment banking, venture capital, and real estate. The university's top-tier research will be discussed, along with financial best practices.

"Students are trying to make sense of what's going on," says Piyush Jamkhandi, MBA 10, vice president, marketing, for the Berkeley Finance Conference 2008. "Here, they can listen to experts, network, and get more insight about how to plan their careers. The professionals can learn what their peers think."

Also participating are financial experts from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, GCA Savvian, Harris Williams, PIMCO, Chevron, Greyrock Capital, Yahoo!, Paul Capital, Agilent, Fisher Investments, Berhman Capital, Fuller & Thaler, McKesson, Caldera Capital, and Bank of America.

The conference is open to registered attendees only and is off the record for news media. Early registration discounts end Nov. 7. For more information on the conference and to register, visit

State Controller to Headline Real Estate Symposium, Nov. 24

John Chiang

California State Controller John Chiang and Haas real estate economist Kenneth T. Rosen are headlining the 31st Annual Real Estate and Economics Symposium on Nov. 24.

The day-long event, sponsored by the Haas School's Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Chiang is the chief fiscal officer of California, the eighth largest economy in the world. He is the state's independent fiscal watchdog and uses audit authority to uncover fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, while also providing fiscal guidance to local governments. Earlier this year he locked horns with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger, refusing to go along with the governor's plan to withhold paychecks while the state legislature delayed action on a budget.

Rosen, chair of the Fisher Center, will discuss his real estate forecast, based on detailed econometric forecasting models of the sector. He will outline how current economic shifts have changed real estate markets and how turmoil in the residential and commercial real estate financial markets impact overall economic performance.

Robert H. Edelstein, co-chair of the Fisher Center and co-chair of the conference, will join conference co-chair Richard Wollack, co-CEO of Premier Pacific Vineyards, in making closing remarks.

More than a dozen industry experts will discuss the current real estate crisis and economic meltdown at the symposium, covering lessons learned from past economic downturns, how to invest in and finance real estate during turbulent times, and insights on how the current crisis might be resolved.

The speakers include Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist with the California Association of Realtors; Luis Belmonte, principal, Seven Hills Properties; Geoffrey Dohrmann, president and CEO, Institutional Real Estate Inc.; Robert Freed, CEO, Summerhill Homes; Warren E. "Ned" Spieker Jr., partner, Spieker Partners.

For more information on the conference and to register, visit

Former Yahoo! VP of Marketing David Riemer Becomes Haas Executive-in-Residence

David Riemer

David Riemer, former vice president of marketing for Yahoo!, has been named executive-in-residence at the Haas School by Dean Rich Lyons.

In this position, Riemer will serve as a resource for the entire Haas community by sharing his expertise in a variety of ways, according to Adam Berman, executive director of the Institute for Business Innovation. Riemer will serve as consultant and coach for the Haas@Work program and be a guest speaker in Haas classes. He also will advise school leaders and mentor students interested in his areas of expertise, which include consumer technology, marketing, advertising, product development and business planning.

"I am extremely energized by the prospect of working with Haas students as the newest executive in residence," says Riemer. "Ever since I began recruiting MBAs for Yahoo!, I've had a warm spot for Haas students, who really do have 'confidence without attitude'!"

As one of the leading marketers in the Internet industry, Riemer will work with the Haas School administration to explore creative new ways to strengthen and deliver on our commitment to develop leaders who can build environments where innovation flourishes, Berman said. He brings to Haas more than two decades of marketing experience.

"We are fortunate that someone with David Riemer's great business experience and demonstrated talents in marketing has agreed to be a tremendous resource to us all," says Dean Lyons. "We welcome him as a valued, new member of our community."

Riemer began his marketing career as an account executive at J. Walter Thompson in 1985. He later became president of JWT/West, where he helped the Sprint business earn three Effie Awards and a "Marketer of the Year" designation. Riemer entered the Internet industry in 1998 as senior VP of marketing for Quokka Sports, an Internet sports network. In 2001, he joined The Feedroom Network, a leading streaming media network, as chief marketing officer.

In various roles at Yahoo!, Riemer managed marketing for virtually all of the company's products across their customer base of 500 million users. In his most recent role, he oversaw product marketing and go-to-market responsibilities for all of Yahoo!'s consumer products.

Riemer earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and an MBA from Columbia University. At present, he also advises emerging Internet and consumer technology companies.

Students who are interested in consulting with Riemer may visit during his office hours in F621 every Tuesday from noon to 2:00 p.m. More information is available on his Haas faculty webpage:

>play Conference to Focus on Disruption in Media Economy, Nov. 15

The latest technologies transforming the way people communicate, play, and do business will be the focus of the fourth annual >play Conference on Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

This year's conference, titled Disruption: Changes in Today's Media Economy, will look at the ways newcomers and established players are turning the communications industry on its ear. The morning keynote speaker will be Biz Stone, co-founder of the social networking service Twitter and author of two books on social media.

The afternoon keynote will feature Shane Kim, corporate vice president of strategy and business development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business. Seven panels will spotlight telecom, design, social networking, sports, television, advertising, and gaming.

The conference, which runs from 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m., also will give students the chance to network with industry leaders and offer a sneak peak at the latest gadgets at an interactive expo.

>play, the flagship event of the Digital Media and Entertainment Club, is co-chaired this year by Chris Quek and Gary Duong, both MBA 09. Sponsors include British Telecom, Amazon, and Yahoo!.

For a complete schedule and to register, visit

CEO of Subprime Bond Insurer, Former Citicorp Director to Speak at Haas, Oct. 29

Michael Callen, chairman and CEO of the Ambac Financial Group, one of the world's largest bond insurers, will speak at Haas at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Helzel Boardroom.

Callen, who also worked for Citicorp for 27 years and served on its board of directors, will give a lecture titled "US Credit and Liquidity Crisis and Lessons Learned."

Callen took the helm of New York-based Ambac in January. The company has guaranteed billions of risky subprime mortgage bonds and is expected to have to pay billions of dollars related to those transactions. Callen also is a faculty member of Georgetown University's masters in science of foreign service program and was previously a faculty member of Columbia University's business school.

Before becoming chairman and interim CEO of Ambac, Callen served as CEO of Avalon Argus, working as a consultant to institutions and investors in Korea, the Middle East, East Asia, and Australia. He also has worked in Saudia Arabia as senior adviser to the chairman of The National Commercial Bank and was the only foreigner to be elected director of Woori Financial Group, the largest Korean bank holding company.

Callen began working at Citicorp in 1965 and departed the company in 1992 as vice chairman of the firm's board of directors. During his time with the company, he gained experience spanning many countries and disciplines.

Callen's lecture is a Dean's Speaker Series event and is open to the Haas community.

Haas School Hires Chief Information Officer

Lyle Nevels, formerly of First Franklin Financial Corp., has joined the Haas School as its first chief information officer (CIO). His first day on the job is today, Monday, Oct. 20.

Nevels previously held the CIO post at First Franklin, a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch that has an annual operating budget of $30 million and more than 120 staff members. He brings 24 years of experience in high technology and financial services, including technology leadership and operations, to the new position at Haas.

"I am excited to have Lyle as part of the senior management team," Dean Rich Lyons says. "Aligning our technology resources with the strategic goals of the Haas School will enable us to continue our path of success."

Before First Franklin, Nevels was vice president of operations, support, and information management at DigitalThink, an e-learning company, for four years, including during its initial public offering. Prior to DigitalThink, he worked at Autodesk as director of its customer satisfaction center and spent 13 years at Apple in several roles, including worldwide service and support operations manager.

Nevels earned a BS in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and is a resident of Danville. His interests outside of work include tennis, surfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Nevels' contact information is:

Phone: 643-1140
Office: S520B

Sales "Heavy Hitter" Steve Martin to Lead Executive Seminar, Oct. 26

Anyone who presents ideas to customers, investors, supervisors, and colleagues needs selling skills, according to Steve W. Martin, author and founder of the Heavy Hitter sales training program. Martin will discuss persuading others to follow your lead at an executive seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

All Haas staff members and students from the Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA programs are welcome to attend. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. in the Bank of America Forum, with the seminar following in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium.

Martin will explain what is truly at the heart of sales: how to build relationships and how to persuade skeptics to believe you. Determining political power and anticipating stakeholder behavior are among the topics Martin will cover in this interactive half-day workshop.

Martin has recently become a lecturer at the Haas School. His book, Heavy Hitter Selling: How Successful Salespeople Use Language and Intuition to Persuade Customers to Buy, has been featured in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Its concepts have been studied by such companies as IBM and DHL.

Attendees will receive a copy of Martin's book. The deadline to register for the seminar is Oct. 21. To register, visit

For more information, contact the Institute for Business Innovation at

Facebook Competition Connects Students to Social Network Company

Berkeley MBA students tackled a Facebook business challenge and learned about career opportunities with the social networking company at the first-ever Haas School Facebook Case Competition on Oct. 10.

The Berkeley Digital Media and Entertainment Club (DMEC) sponsored the competition, in which students were challenged to select a strategic partner for Facebook Connect, which allows users to "connect" their Facebook identity, friends, and privacy to any site. Team iTunes, comprised of first-year full-time Berkeley MBA students Ran Chen, Nipun Mather, and Fen Xu, emerged victorious from an original field of 26 entrants.

The company's case challenge noted that Facebook Connect's success "depends on an effective and compelling integration on external websites" and offered a list of potential partners -- including ESPN, the New York Times, and Amazon -- that students could use for their proposals. Students were also welcome to choose their own potential partners.

Team iTunes proposed a partnership between Facebook Connect and iTunes that would allow iTunes users to see their friends' status on iTunes and to buy songs for their Facebook friends as gifts.

"It's always important for us as students to connect with companies on a more interactive level," says DMEC Co-chair Denise Leung. "The Facebook Case Competition gave our students the opportunity to create innovative solutions for one of Facebook's current business challenges. We hope Facebook found the insights of our students to be useful as they launch the new phase of Facebook Connect."

Staff News

Samantha Lowell Becomes Major Gifts Assistant
Samantha Lowell became the major gifts assistant in the Development and Alumni Relations Department on Oct. 1.

Before coming to Haas, Lowell taught English conversation and presentation skills to researchers at the National Institute of Materials Science and Air Liquide in Tsukuba, Japan, and wrote grants and assisted with research at the Race and Social Policy Research Center at Virginia Tech. She earned her master of public administration degree and BA in international studies from Virginia Tech.

In her spare time, Lowell enjoys reading, volunteering, and traveling abroad.

Phone: 643-5106
Office: 2001 Addison St.

Carol Lo of Stanford Joins Berkeley-Columbia Program; Jennifer Charron Takes Admissions Role

Alumna Carol Lo, BS 01, joined the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program Oct. 14 as its associate director of student affairs.

Lo will be managing student services for the program. She brings experience both in higher education and the corporate world. Most recently, she served as assistant director of admission at Stanford University. Prior to that, she worked in finance for Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines and for Kimberly-Clark (Europe), in corporate development for the Loyalty Management Group in London, and as a consultant for Deloitte & Touche.

Lo earned an MBA from London Business School and a BS from the Haas School. Outside of work, she enjoys kayaking, running, and baking.

In addition, Jennifer Charron has agreed to serve as acting director of Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Admissions while Marjorie DeGraca maintains her role as interim executive director of the Berkeley-Columbia program.

Phone: 642-8705
Office: S440

Haas in the News - As of 10/20/08

Thomas Davidoff, an assistant professor in the Haas Real Estate Group, was a guest Oct. 16 on a segment of Pat Morrison's 89.9 KPCC Southern California radio show titled "Don't Have to Go Far to See Where Recession Will Hit Hardest."

Severin Borenstein, a member of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, was quoted about his analysis of solar energy Oct. 16 in a New York Times TierneyLab blog titled "The Taboo Answer in Presidential Debate."

Laura Tyson, a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group, was named among a group of economists that helped design an economic recovery package in Andrew S. Ross' Bottom Line column Oct. 16 in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Peter Johnson, director of admissions for the Full-Time MBA Program, was quoted about the risk of leaving a job to go to school in an Oct. 15 Clear Admit blog article titled "Business Schools Brace for Record Round One Application Volumes."

Tyson was mentioned as a possible candidate for Treasury Secretary in several articles:

+ Oct. 14, Middle East North Africa Financial Network, "Prediction: Obama will pick Dimon to be Treasury Secretary."{CC95B387-4E33-4883-AB80-EB3FA337E6E3}

+ Oct. 14, Daily Deal.

+ Oct. 9, Marketwatch, "If not Tom Brokaw, then who?"{BB22D0E1-57BD-47D7-89ED-DE79799E452B}

+ Oct. 9 Daily Deal, "An Oracle for Treasury? How about an egghead instead?"

+ Oct. 9, ABC 7 News, "Oprah-pa-looza, Part 2."

Maria Nondorf, an assistant professor in the Haas Accounting Group, was quoted about the government's involvement with financial institutions and tax savings in an Oct. 15 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Wells Fargo could do well with Wachovia deal."

Abby Scott, executive director of MBA Career Services, and several students were quoted Oct. 15 on a KQED segment titled "MBAs in Turmoil."

Borenstein was quoted about his gas cost calculations in an Oct. 14 ABC 7 News segment titled "Why does gas cost so much?"

Davidoff was quoted on the value of the mortgages in foreclosure situations in an Oct. 14 Fox Business segment.

Davidoff was quoted about direct lending in an Oct. 14 ABC 7 News article titled "Parties Push Dueling Stimulus Plans."

Cynthia Kroll, a senior regional economist in the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about the difficulty for businesses to take out small loans or credit in an Oct. 14 Daily Californian article titled "Local Retailers Feel Effects of Shaky Economy."

Johnson was quoted about the job market and prospective applicants in an Oct. 13 Wall Street Journal article titled "Escape Route: Seeking Refuge in an MBA Program."

Davidoff was quoted on Obama's economic plan in an Oct. 13 segment on Channel 7 titled "Parties push dueling stimulus plans."

Wilcox was a featured guest talking about the Wells Fargo acquisition of Wachovia on KQED Forum Oct. 13.

Jay Stowsky, senior assistant dean for instruction, and Ainka Fulani, associate director of MBA career advising and programs, were quoted about the possibility of tailoring electives to students in light of the economic crisis in an Oct. 13 Daily Californian titled "Haas Adapts to Wall Street Woes."

Kenneth Rosen, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted on the recession in an Oct. 12 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Credit Crunch Hits Bay Area Housing Market Hard."

Borenstein was quoted about how the economic turmoil is causing the price of oil to drop in an Oct. 12 Sacramento Bee article titled "As Markets Plunge, So Do Oil Prices."

Wilcox was quoted about the deficit in an Oct. 12 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Grim economic reality faces next president."

Wilcox was quoted about how credit unions got into trouble in an Oct. 11 Los Angeles Times article titled "Financial Troubles Spread to Credit Unions.",0,4823334.story

Tyson was featured as a member of Barack Obama's new advisors in an Oct. 11 Newsweek article titled "Ok, You Two, What Would You Do to Solve This Mess?"

Wilcox was quoted about the Wachovia and Wells Fargo deal in an Oct. 10 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Federal Regulators Expedite Wells-Wachovia deal."

Johnson was quoted about face-to-face impressions making differences in an Oct. 10 Turkish Daily News article titled "Top US Grad Schools Seek Turkish Pupils."

Davidoff was quoted about the effect of stocks on UC employees in an Oct. 10 Daily Californian article titled "UC Retirement Plans May Be Next Victims of Budget Crisis."

John Quigley and Nancy Wallace, professors in the Haas Real Estate Group, were quoted in an Oct. 9 Berkeleyan article titled "Greyhounds and Bloodhounds" about a Haas forum on the financial crisis.

Robert Edelstein, co-chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted about how Bank of America should be doing more than renegotiating loans in an Oct. 9 San Jose Mercury News article titled "Bank of America announces rescue plan for Countrywide borrowers."

Wallace was featured in an Oct. 9 MarketWatch article titled "Broadway Federal Bank Hosts Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Financial Crisis."{B8C7AA6D-4556-42D5-885A-E0657265A582}&dist=hppr

Dwight Jaffee, a professor in the Haas Real Estate and Finance groups, was a guest Oct. 7 on a segment of NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook show titled "Banks and Housing in Crisis."

Hayne Leland, a professor in the Haas Finance Group, and Wilcox were quoted about the credit crisis in an Oct. 7 KCBS segment titled "Short Term Pessimism from UC Berkeley Economists."

Wilcox was quoted about the timeline of the financial rescue plan in an Oct. 6 ABC 7 News segment titled "Haas Holds Panel Discussion on Economy."

Wilcox was quoted on the financial rescue package in an Oct. 6 ABC Channel 7 segment titled "Haas holds panel discussion on economy."

Bob Lutz, BS 61, MBA 62, vice chairman of General Motors, was quoted in an Oct. 7 60 Minutes segment titled "The Race For The Electric Car."

The Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the Haas School was featured in an Oct. 6 MBAUniverse article titled " Economist ranks IMD, IESE, Chicago GSB top global MBAs; IIM-A ranked global No 2 on 'new career opportunities'."

Wilcox was quoted about small businesses losing access to credit in an Oct. 4 San Francisco Chronicle article titled "Fear Stalls Bailout's Effect on Credit Market."

Davidoff was interviewed Oct. 3 about the bailout plan by reporter Tom Vacar of Channel 2.

Happening at Haas

19th Annual Conference on Financial Reporting
Friday, October 24
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Marriott Hotel

Steve W. Martin,
Heavy Hitter Selling: How Successful Salespeople Use Language and Intuition to Persuade Customers to Buy
Sunday, Oct. 26
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
To register, visit

Dean's Speakers Series
David Aaker Distinguished Lecture Series in Marketing
David Aaker, Professor Emeritus
Author of Spanning Silos
Monday, Oct. 27
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room

Michael Callen, Chairman and CEO,
Ambac Financial Group

Wednesday, Oct. 29
12:30 p.m.
Helzel Boardroom

Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Board Chairman
Janet Yellen, Haas Professor Emeritus,
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Mortgage Meltdown, the Economy, and Public Policy

Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31
Alumni House, UC Berkeley

Ronnie Lott and Harris Barton,
Co-founders, HRJ Capital
Haas Diversity in Business Conference
Friday, Nov. 7
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
International House, UC Berkeley

Biz Stone, Twitter Co-founder
Shane Kim, Corporate VP of Strategy and Business Development,
Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Division
>play Conference

Saturday, Nov. 15
8:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium

Rohit Bhagat, Global Chief Operating Officer,
Barclays Global Investors
Berkeley Finance Conference

Friday, Nov. 21
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Haas School

John Chiang, California State Controller
Kenneth T. Rosen, Co-chairman,
Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics
st Annual Real Estate and Economics Symposium
Monday, Nov. 24
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Asia Business Center Conference
Monday, Dec. 1
Ritz-Carlton, Singapore



Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum
The Current Economic Turmoil and the Entrepreneur:

the Impact on New Venture Financing and Survival
Thursday, Oct. 23
6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Arthur Andersen Auditorium
Registration ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21

Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series: Intellectual Property, Licensing, and Legal Issues
Bryan Sinclair and Pedro Suarez, Mintz Levin LLP
Tuesday, Oct. 28
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stanley Hall, Room 106
No pre-registration required.

For more information, contact Donna Seaward at

Sumon Datta, Yale University
The Differentiation-Agglomeration Trade-off in Location Choice
October 23
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250

Stefano DellaVigna, UC Berkeley
"Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime?"
October 30
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 250


Rob Seamans, Haas Ph.D. Candidate
Thursday, Oct. 23
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325

Marina Hala, UC Berkeley Dept. of Economics Ph.D. Candidate
Thurs., Oct. 30
4:10 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cheit Hall 325

For more information, contact June Wong at

Antoinette Schoar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Importance of Holdup in Contracting: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Thursday, Oct. 23
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Cheit Hall 210

Camelia Kuhnen, Northwestern University
The Influence of Affect on Beliefs, Preferences, and Financial Decisions
Thursday, Oct. 30
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Cheit Hall 210

For more information, contact Clifford Mak at
Jo-Ellen Pozner, Haas School
Thursday, Oct. 22
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330

Robb Willer, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology
Thursday, Oct. 29
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cheit Hall 330


Stephen Benson, CEO, Innovation
Open Innovation Communities: The art and science of creating markets and pathways for people around the world to connect and innovate
Wednesday, Oct. 22
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hearst Mining and Minerals Building, Room 290

Ronald Wolf, Phillips Electronics
Balancing Internal and External Engagement
Wednesday, Oct. 29
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location TBD


Discover Cal Lecture Series: Energy, Finance, and our Future
Monday, October 20
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Omni Berkshire Place, 21 52nd Street at Madison Avenue, New York
Registration:, or call (888)864-8225
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 walk-up price

Discover Cal Lecture Series: Health Crisis in America
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach
Registration:, or call (888)864-8225. Last day to register is October 20
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 walk-up price.

LOS ANGELES ALUMNI - "China: After the Olympics" Discussion
Wednesday, October 22
8:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles
Registration: 213-613-9934 ext. 24
Cost: $45 for Haas alumni/Asia Society Members, $50 general admission

Discover Cal Lecture Series, Global Poverty: Challenges and Innovations in the New Millennium
Wednesday, October 22
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, 2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles
Registration:, or call (888)864-8225. Last day to register is October 20
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 walk-up price.

3rd Annual Evening of Networking
Thursday, October 23
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bayview Room at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
Cost: $16.50/Haas alum, $11.50/current Haas graduate student

"Meeting U.S. Energy and Climate Challenges With Rational Policy," a Lecture with Haas Professor Severin Borenstein
Thursday, October 23rd
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
UC DC Center, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $30

Pan-Asian Reunion in Hong Kong
Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26
Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
Cost: $500 US for alumni/guest, $3,900 H

Cal vs. UCLA Tailgating Party
Saturday, October 25
TBA (2.5 Hours Prior to Kick-Off)
Haas courtyard, UC Berkeley
Registration: PayPal to
Cost: $15 donation
For more information contact Omar Garriott,

Cal vs. UCLA at Joe's Sports Bar
Saturday, October 25
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Joe's Sports Bar, 940 W Weed Street, Chicago
For more information, contact Jon Siegel at (312) 622-2112.

Discover Cal Lecture Series: Global Poverty
Wednesday, October 29
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
San Francisco City Club, 155 Sansome Street
Registration:, or call (888)864-8225. Last day to register is October 20.
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 walk-up price.

Reaching Out 2008 LGBT MBA Conference
Thursday, October 30, to Sunday, November 2
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel, 999 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Cost: $75 per student, $375 per professional

Discover Cal Lecture Series: Health Crisis in America
Thursday, October 30
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market Street, San Jose
Registration:, or call (888)864-8225. Last day to register is October 20.
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 walk-up price.

Columbia Career Event "Real World Resumes with Ellis Chase"
Thursday, October 30
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Avenue, New York
Registration: Log onto the alumni website at and click on "Calendar"
Cost: Free

Berkeley-Columbia Monthly Silicon Valley Happy Hour
Thursday, October 30
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nola's Restaurant & Bar, 535 Ramona Street, Palo Alto
No RSVP necessary, but to see who is coming, visit

Pre-Halloween Happy Hour at SOUTH
Thursday, October 30
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
SOUTH Sports Bar, 3001 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
For more information, email Raffi Aharonion at

Cal vs. Oregon Tailgating Party
Saturday, November 1
TBA (2.5 Hours Prior to Kick-Off)
Haas courtyard, UC Berkeley
Registration: PayPal to
Cost: $15 donation
For more information contact Omar Garriott,

Tour of the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory
Sunday, November 2
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory, 914 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley
Cost: $20 per person, includes factory tour, dessert, coffee and champagne
For more information, email Lucky Sandhu at

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