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Haas students and alumni are known for their ability to collaborate and manage diverse teams. They typically demonstrate flexibility and winning interpersonal skills. Nowhere was this more evident than at this year’s “Taste of Haas.”
Thirty-one alumni from the four powerful Bay Area alumni chapters united to plan the much-anticipated event, which sold out in just over a week. More than 400 alumni and Oski socialized and sampled the food and wines of fellow Haas alumni at the Williams-Sonoma flagship store in San Francisco. The networking event featured cooking demonstrations and a culinary competition between Professor Michael Katz, director of the Institute for Business Innovation, and Adam Berman, BS 85, executive director of emerging initiatives at Haas. Dean Rich Lyons served as one of the judges.
The Bay Area chapters aren’t alone in organizing great alumni events. Up and down the West Coast, alumni work together to welcome new graduates to LA, San Diego, OC, and Seattle. The alumni chapters also organize thought-provoking, content-rich events and partner with other groups to support local environmental and educational causes.
The Haas School’s newest alumni chapter is now forming in Portland, Oregon. Led by Michelle Janke, MBA 00, the group—already more than 20 strong—looks forward to creating opportunities for alumni to meet one another as well as to learn and work together.
Look for more Haas happenings in Washington, DC, and Boston in the coming year. Elizabeth Singleton, MBA 08, has graciously offered to oversee the DC chapter, taking over for new mom Michelle Walker Musgrove, MBA 02. Long-serving George Reitter, MBA 70, tapped Tim Gray, MBA 05, for the leadership role in New England.
This year winds down in New York with Haas’ Winter Celebration in Times Square on Dec. 15. We will kick off the new year in New York on March 5 with an inaugural, all-day conference where you can quench your intellectual curiosity and connect with Dean Rich Lyons and other Haas thought leaders.
Outside the USA, networking and lifelong learning events are planned by 14 international chapters. For more information about what Haas alumni chapters are planning for you, go to haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/chapters. To start a chapter in your city, contact me at email@example.com.
We hope to see you at a Haas Alumni Network event soon.
Warm wishes from Berkeley,