Haas List


1. Manbassadors Advance Feminism

Manbassadors Advance Feminism

Manbassador leads Patrick Ford and Mike Matheson (third from left) with Women in Leadership (WIL) Conference Co-Chairs Shipra Agarwal and Chiaki Nakajima, all MBA 17s

A group of men at Berkeley Haas is working to ensure that gender equity is high on the consciousness of male leaders. The Haas “manbassadors,” led by Patrick Ford and Mike Matheson, MBA 17s, through the Women in Leadership (WIL) Club, have involved about a third of full-time MBA men in programming that creates opportunities for self-education and personal growth around gender equity at Haas and beyond. Activities include Guy Talk, a regular, nonjudgmental meeting for men to share ideas and learn. One session had women answering questions about their experiences with sexual harassment. Ford also wrote a guide and sends weekly emails pointing out unintentional behavior patterns most men share. The man-bassador leaders are reaching out to other b-schools to find ways to collaborate, and Assoc. Adj. Prof. Kellie McElhaney is using their materials in her corporate consulting work.


2. Hiring Trends

Technology, consulting, and finance remained the top three career fields for the Full-time Berkeley MBA Class of 2016, with a notable tripling of positions in consumer packaged goods and retail. About 90 percent of the 245 graduates reported that they had accepted job offers within three months of graduation. Pay was strong with an average salary of $122,488, a median salary of $125,000, and an average sign-on bonus of $24,777. Thirty-nine percent of the class accepted technology jobs, with Google, Adobe, Facebook, and Amazon the top employers.


3. Building Influence

Building Influence

The “father of open innovation” Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, has another accolade to add to his long list of accomplishments: a building named for him in Pivot Park, an open innovation life sciences campus in Oss, Netherlands, that houses some three dozen companies. Chesbrough, the faculty director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, was honored because he inspires how science and entrepreneurship can stimulate one another. The other campus buildings are named for Alfred Nobel, two Nobelists, and a pioneer in the field of cell biology and microbiology.

Benefits & Services

4. Claim Your Address!


Using a Berkeley email address carries a certain cachet, which is why so many Haas alumni use email forwarding. That service is getting an upgrade, so to keep it going (or to initiate it), you need to claim your @berkeley.edu email account with free storage and calendaring. Alumni email addresses ending in mba.berkeley.edu, haasalum.berkeley.edu, and alumni.haas.org will now be managed through this @berkeley account. Learn more at haasalumni.org/email.


5. M.E.T. Takes Off


Marjorie DeGraca, BS 87

There’s strong interest in the new Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program that will allow admitted undergrads to earn degrees in both engineering and business over four years. In the first application season, over 2,000 students applied for 50 spots.The career goals of those admitted range from entrepreneurship to finance to tech careers. Marjorie DeGraca, BS 87, has been named the program’s inaugural executive director. DeGraca launched the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program and the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program and led evening and weekend and executive MBA admissions for 16 years.

Pop Culture

6. Haas on TV

Legendary NBA all-star and commentator Bill Walton gave Berkeley Haas a shout-out during the televised Cal men’s basketball game against Oregon in February. Not only did Walton wear a Defining Leadership Principles T-shirt while broadcasting, he focused his “Walton’s World” in-game segment on the Haas family’s many contributions to Berkeley, including their endowment of the “oldest public business school in the entire country, home to two Nobel Laureates.”


7. Wheeling the World


Alvaro Silberstein MBA 17, trekking Patagonia via wheelchair

Alvaro Silberstein, MBA 17, who was partially paralyzed by a drunk driver at age 19, doesn’t let a wheelchair hinder his mobility. In December, the Chile native successfully navigated the rocky terrain of Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park with a support team that included experienced mountaineers, disability experts, and fellow student Matan Sela, MBA 17. Silberstein’s crew used the handles and harness of a special trekking wheelchair (like one used to reach base camp at Mt. Everest) to help him traverse steep inclines. Silberstein started the nonprofit Wheel the World to raise money for the $8,000 wheelchair. He then left it behind for the next adventurer and it’s already been used. Next trip? Easter Island. Watch Silberstein discuss his training: haas.org/patagonia-trek.

Alumni Research

8. Performance Seating


If you want to increase your productivity, where you sit matters, says research by Dylan Minor, PhD 11. Minor, an assistant professor at the Kellogg School of Management, and his co-author, Jason Corsello, analyzed two years’ worth of data on more than 2,000 employees of a large global tech company. They looked at floor plans over time and broke worker performance into three metrics: productivity, effectiveness, and quality. They found that replacing an average performer with one who’s twice as productive results in neighboring workers increasing their own productivity by about 10 percent. Pairing opposite strengths was the best seating arrangement. Those who favor speed over quality had a 17 percent gain in effectiveness (fewer unresolved tasks) when sitting next to those who produced superior work slowly. Likewise, slow but quality workers sped up by 13 percent when paired with speedy types. Learn more in the Harvard Business Review article: haas.org/dylan-minor.


9. Honoring Obama


President Barack Obama was honored by Berkeley Haas as a global open-innovation leader during the World Open Innovation Conference in Barcelona. The Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation gives the award, which recognizes a global leader who uses open innovation to create significant change. Obama, who accepted the award in absentia, was selected for numerous achievements, among them the Next-Generation Hubs Program, which provides online tools to entrepreneurs to start a business in a single day, and the Smart Cities initiative, which promotes collaboration among some 20 cities to help communities tackle issues such as traffic congestion, crime, and economic growth.

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