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Berkeley-Columbia EMBA Enrolls Stellar First Class

June marked the much-anticipated launch of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program at the Haas School, where sixty-two highly achieving executives made up this program’s first class, a joint venture between the Haas School of Business and the Columbia Business School.

The executives who have enrolled in the program represent 60 companies with a class average of over 12 years of work experience. Approximately 35% of the incoming class come from high-tech companies, with consulting firms and finance companies making up another 17% and 15%, respectively. The students are geographically diverse coming from Vancouver, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and California. Women account for over one quarter of the class, and half of the class is comprised of minority students.

The 19-month program is geared towards executives with ten to fifteen years of mid- to upper-level management experience. Students attend twenty-five extended weekends – four at Berkeley to every one at Columbia. Half of the courses are taught by Berkeley faculty, the other half by Columbia faculty. Jennifer Chatman, the Harold Furst Professor of Management Philosophy and Values; Andy Rose, the Bernard T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Trade; Russ Winer, the J. Gary Shansby Professor of Marketing Strategy; Visiting Associate Professor Suneel Udpa; and Andrew Shogan, associate dean for instruction, made up Haas’ summer and fall teaching contingent.

The first class of BC EMBA students will graduate in December 2003.

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Jackie Singh
Jackie Singh (center), a member of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program’s inaugural class, networks with other program students from across the country. She simultaneously works as a chief financial officer at Sand Hill Capital, Menlo Park, Calif.

Robert Gleeson
Executive Director Robert Gleeson at the first EMBA orientation.

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