Deployed EMBA graduate surprises classmates
U.S. Air Force Major Eric Shanley was deployed to Africa last November, two months before his graduation ceremonies from the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. But that didn’t mean he had to miss the festivities. In a surprise to his classmates, Shanley appeared via Skype to receive his degree from Dean Lyons, BS 82. He also congratulated and thanked fellow members of the Class of 2015, prompting a standing ovation.
In all, 69 students received their diplomas in Zellerbach Hall. Student speaker Karin Lion read a “love letter,” thanking classmates for helping her to question her own status quo. Class president and valedictorian Richard Wilson acknowledged the key role that families, fellow students, and work colleagues played in the EMBA Program’s transformational experience.
Students also honored Distinguished Teaching Fellow Maura O’Neill, BCEMBA 04/05, with a Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching and presented Lecturer Suneel Udpa with a Berkeley-Haas Lifetime Achievement Award.
Conference Co-Chairs Jamaur Bronner, Andrew Hill, and Michael Young, MBA
Sebastien Tron, MBA 15
Emily Walling, Michael Badalov, and Ayse Kulahci, MBA 08s
Patricia Silva, MBA 16; Dave Haas, MBA 15; and Kevin Hart, MBA 11
Archit Bhargava, Brandon Yahn, and Scott Van Brunt, MBA 12s
Ellen Bozzo, MBA 01, and Ed Mixco, BS 81
Panelist April Underwood, MBA 07
Panelist Stephanie DiMarco, BS 79
Prof. Laura Tyson and Gail Maderis, BS 78, recipient of the Cora Jane Flood award
Jessica Holland, MBA 16; Larissa Roesch, MBA 97; and Sydney Thomas, MBA 16.
Joseph Jimenez, MBA 84, Business Leader of the Year
Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, MBA 08s, Leading Through Innovation Award winners, flank Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82
Michael Berolzheimer, Kelley Mason, and Jesse Purewal, MBA 07s
Lucky Sandhu, BS 96, MBA 15, recipient of the Raymond E. Miles Service Award
Judy Beckman and William Beckman, BS 49
Harley Smith, MBA 64, and George Kelly, MBA 61
Noreen Perscheid, BS 49
Rick Welts, president and COO, Golden State Warriors
Mitch Kapor, founder, Lotus Development Corp., Kapor Capital, and Kapor Center for Social Impact
Joy Chen, BS 87, chair and CEO, H2O Plus
Eleni Kounalakis, MBA 92, former ambassador to Hungary
Julia Silbergeld, Willy Chu, and Andrew Lee, MBA 15s
Dror Shimshowitz, MBA 05, and Christopher Fong, BCEMBA 10/11
Kate Linarducci, MBA 18, and Sarita Jain, MBA 02