Ellen O'Connor, MBA 83
North Bay Chapter President Ellen O'Connor, MBA 83, won the inaugural Beyond Yourself Award at Berkeley Haas' Volunteer Leadership Conference this spring. O'Connor was honored for her tireless efforts connecting North Bay alumni with each other and with students by designing a wide range of events, including tours of the Marine Mammal Center and a winery, a Big Game celebration, student send-offs, parent receptions, and a hike. She also assisted the dean's office with valuable research on brand strategy.
The Los Angeles Alumni Chapter generates economic and social value for local members of the Haas community. In FY17, this group of 16 alumni volunteers hosted dozens of events, including wine tastings, volunteer days, family-focused gatherings, and lectures on aerospace, finance, social innovation, and more. They also introduced two new programs—one pairing alumni and students for coffee chats; awarded scholarships to local Haas undergrads; and established a b-school happy hour with other local alumni groups. We salute you, Los Angeles Chapter!
Walter Chun, BS 01
Walter Chun, BS 01, was named the men's golf Pac-12 Coach of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches in his second season as Cal's director of the sport. This year, he led his team to three victories and a No. 2 seed at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
Dawn Belt, MBA 07
Dawn Belt, MBA 07, was named one of California's top women lawyers of 2018 by the Daily Journal. Belt, a partner in the corporate group at Fenwick & West in Mountain View, advises tech companies. Over the past two years, she's helped represent data storage provider Nimble Storage in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise as well as handled financings for Bill.com and BuzzFeed. In 2017, Belt was named one of The Recorder's Women Leaders in Tech Law and recognized on the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence list.
Jenise Gaskin, BS 80
Jenise Gaskin, BS 80, a partner at accounting and consulting firm BPM LLP, was named one of 2018's most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times. Gaskin founded BPM's Pension Consulting Practice and currently leads the firm's Outsourced Accounting Practice. With her roles on the firm's board of directors and management committee, she also helps ensure gender diversity within the ranks. Gaskin says strong female mentorship and leadership development programs are the keys to helping women advance in business.
Jeremy Miller, BS 01 (right)
Jeremy Miller, BS 01, the founder and CEO of FSAstore.com/HSAstore.com, was named a 2018 New York Entrepreneur of the Year from EY (Ernst & Young). Miller, who heads the largest online marketplace for flex spending and health savings accounts, is now eligible for the Entrepreneur of the Year national program, announced in November.