Message from Dean Rich Lyons


Dean Rich Lyons recently sent this letter to all Berkeley MBA alumni.

Dear Berkeley MBA Alumni:

The value of community becomes especially apparent during challenging times such as the current global economic downturn. Our Haas Alumni Network is one of the greatest assets of a Haas/Berkeley education.

At times like these, the Network can really help us weather the storm as fellow alumni step up to help one another in our own community.


I am asking for your support in finding jobs and internships for current Haas students and alumni who are on the market. Many of you have already assisted students or alumni in some way with a job search. We are grateful for your past support. But if you haven't done so yet, please look deep into your organizations and networks and notify Haas of any full-time positions or internships that you find. The Haas School is also intensifying its efforts to support students and alumni who are seeking new jobs. The Berkeley MBA Career Services Organization, which was recently ranked #4 in the country by recruiters surveyed by Business Week, is working double time for our community. Here is what we are doing, and how you can help:


  • Whether you can offer or know of an internship, a job for a newly-minted MBA, or an opportunity for a fellow Haas alum, the MBA Career Services team will work with you to find the best channel to get the word out. Email to send a posting or call 510-642-8124 to speak with a member of the staff.
  • If you are in the enviable position of offering a job these days, please lean into Haas. By hiring a qualified Haas alum, you can benefit your organization and the Haas Alumni Network at the same time.
  • If you are a Haas graduate looking for a job, I encourage you to tap our alumni career services programs. We have stepped up resources to support our extensive alumni network, offering a broad range of programs. These offerings include: MBA alumni career coaching, career webinars & workshops, job search teams in New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, with other cities coming soon, and online job postings. Our MBA Career Center has extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays, offering free career advising to MBA alumni. If you have any questions about these services, please contact Career Services at 510-642-8124.
  • I am continuing to meet with recruiters and prospective employers to spread the word about our extraordinary students and alumni, and drum up new job opportunities for members of our alumni network.



If we work together as a community, we will make a difference. Getting involved has always been the Haas/Berkeley way. This is our network -- yours and mine. Hire Haas! Thank you.


Rich Lyons
Bank of America Dean
Haas School of Business
University of California Berkeley

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