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Haas NewsWire, October 26, 1998

Women In Leadership Conference
New Stop Sign on Gayley Road
Staff Encounters with Dayna Haugh & Dan Sullivan
New Blue News is Online
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"It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you are the best," advised the charming Joan Helpern, this year's Women In Leadership Conference keynote speaker last Saturday. Had Joan Helpern not started the internationally known shoe company Joan & David, she could have become a comedienne. Judging by her pioneering track record and ambitious energy, she may still have a future in show business.

Over 300 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members, mostly women, attended this year's Women in Leadership Conference, entitled Explore Your Strategy for Success. The day-long conference started with an introduction from Dean Laura Tyson and featured a diverse group of businesswomen who shared their experiences in today's environment. The all-women panels on entrepreneurship, finance, consumer products marketing, consulting, and traditionally male-dominated fields, were supplemented with workshops on a variety of career development topics. Patricia Dunn, chairman of Barclays Global Investors, gave the afternoon keynote address.

"The purpose of the conference is to bring a critical mass of women together at Haas to share their wisdom, experience and insights," said Women in Leadership president Nancy Riess. Business speakers are traditionally male. Financial headway made by women MBAs, particularly at Haas, where earnings for graduating women are statistically higher than for men, is an encouraging sign for women. Still, most if not all speakers and panelists agreed that inequality persists, especially at the highest levels of business.

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Attempt to cross busy Gayley Road on foot in front of the Haas School and you'll see why faculty and staff have been trying for years to erect a stop sign there. Despite regular close calls between pedestrians and motorists, the effort to ease the safety hazard with a stop sign has been thwarted by campus bureaucracy. Associate professor Christine Rosen, a member of the parking committee, got involved last year when the proposed stop sign was vetoed by the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Counsel (VCAC). Thanks to the lobbying effort headed by Rosen, the stop sign was approved this year, and funds have been appropriated by the VCAC. The stop sign will be in place by the end of the year, according to Dennis Town, of campus planning, design, and construction.

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Dayna Haugh, manager of the Center for Financial Reporting and Management (CFRM), has seen a few changes at the Haas School. "When I started, we typed with carbon paper because the copy machine was used sparingly," Dayna recalls. The business school, located in Barrows Hall, was a solid 5 years away from using word processing computers. That was 1975.

Today, Dayna manages the CFRM, formerly known as the Professional Accounting Program. Dayna commutes to campus two days a week (one hundred miles round-trip) and telecommutes to coordinate the many activities of the center and organizing conferences. The CFRM's ninth annual conference, coming up this Friday, expects 375 attendees and features leaders in the financial reporting and management industries.

Over the years, Dayna has enjoyed many different faculty support positions in addition to serving as the development office manager for 10 years. "I really enjoy the people and the flexibility that comes with working at the university," said Haugh. When Dayna is not managing the Center for Financial Reporting and Management, she is busy volunteering with church and school in Fairfield, where she lives with her husband of 17 years, Kevin, and her nine-year-old daughter, Kristina.

Dan Sullivan is a familiar and friendly face among MBA students and staff alike. The always-personable associate director of student services is instrumental in new student orientation, enrollment, MBA exchange programs, and other student services too numerous to list.

Though Dan has been in his current position for one year, he has been in the MBA program office since 1988. For much of that time he was associate director of admissions, with particular responsibility for international admissions. The travel involved in working with international admits took Dan away from what he enjoys most about working at the university: contact with enrolled students. "I moved back into student services full-time because I missed the human interaction," said Sullivan.

Dan lived in Germany and England for much of his childhood and worked at the United Nations for four years before coming to Berkeley. Among Dan's passions are listening to music and going to concerts; he has a particular fondness for the Grateful Dead. Dan can also be found camping in the Mojave desert four or five times a year.

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Check out the latest issue of the Haas alumni publication Blue News for the latest school and alumni news at http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/main/publications/bluenews/bntoc.html.

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