Haas Worldwide Events

The Power of Culture

Homecoming panel explores culture as a great leadership instrument

Members of the Berkeley Haas community gathered during Homecoming for a panel on the importance of culture in a company: its enabling effect, how to make it stick, and how to change it, if necessary. The panelists’ backgrounds offered a range of perspectives: from CEOs and founders to a senior HR executive and a recent grad. “Our competitive advantage comes from our culture,” said Brett Wilson, MBA 07, co-founder and CEO of TubeMogul, who interviews for a culture fit and has integrated it into his company’s performance framework. Culture can also be personally empowering. Katie Benintende, MBA 15, a global supply manager at Nest Labs, found that Berkeley Haas’ Defining Leadership Principles allowed her to pursue a gender equity initiative at the school. “Culture gives you a voice and allows you to make a real impact and change,” she said.

Program with Haas and Uruguayan Entrepreneurs

Mark Searle, Global Programs, Lester Center and Monica Zanocchi, Uruguayan entrepreneur

Dean Rich Lyons with Uruguayan entrepreneurs Gonzalo Jaso, Monica Zanocchi, Andres Levin, and Álvaro Pérez

EMBA Napa Valley Immersion

Surya Kommareddy and Harold Allen, EMBA 16s

Ronak Shah, EMBA 16

Eric Sharp and Adam Kerin, EMBA 16s

East Bay Chapter’s SkyDeck Welcome Party

Steve Terusaki, MBA 89, Chapter co-president

Moses Lo, MBA 2015, discussing his startup Xendit

MBA Orientation

Revolution Foods Co-Founders Kirsten Saenz Tobey and Kristin Groos Richmond, MBA 06s

Sabrina Simmons, BS 85, CFO, Gap Inc.

Tri Luong, Kate Hagen, and Jenelle Harris, MBA 17s

Sanusi Dantata and Jason Yee, MBA 17s

Ekram Mukbil and Adam Speert, MBA 18s

Janet Gunzner-Toste and Umberto Javarone, MBA 18s

SF Chapter Wine and Chocolate Party

Linda Xu, BS 12, and Shazia Virji, BS 11

Michael Reynolds and Tom Ryglinski, MBA 98; Tiffany Choy, MBA 97; and David Liu, BS 86, MBA 98

Dean’s Speaker Series

Kevin Roberts, executive chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi

Nobelist Steven Chu, former secretary of energy

Pete Flint, co-founder, Trulia

Rosie Rios, treasurer of the United States


Bradley Okamoto, Eve Alexander, and Phil Dawsey, all MBA 12

Yumiko Kelley and Tom Kelley, MBA 83

Marilyn Booth and Margie Bennett, MBA 87

Tom Tanaka; Daisuke Tanaka, MBA 09; and Loan Tanaka

Archit Bhargava and Marissa Chacko, MBA 12s

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Shown: Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82; Katie Benintende, MBA 15, global supply manager, Nest Labs; Tom Frainier, BS 79, MBA 81, co-founder, CEO, and president, Semifreddi’s; Beth Axelrod, former senior vice president, human resources, eBay; and Brett Wilson, MBA 07, co-founder and CEO, TubeMogul

Upcoming Events


Old Blues Reunion

December 10

Berkeley Haas Celebration at Menlo Circus Club

February 3, 2016
Atherton, CA

Berkeley Haas Celebration at Gap Inc.

March 9, 2016
San Francisco

20th Annual Women in Leadership Conference

March 12, 2016

Global Social Venture Competition

April 1–2, 2016

Reunion Weekend

April 29–May 1, 2016

All-Alumni Conference

April 30, 2016