Summer 2007

In Brief

Education Case Contest Launched


The Haas Leadership in Education Club launched its inaugural case competition at the Haas School in March 1, giving MBA students the opportunity to apply their skills to education reform in Oakland. It was the nation's first case competition for MBA students focusing on the challenges of education. Both the club and the competition were the brainchild of Anna Utgoff, MBA 07. Utgoff was a teacher before earning her MBA.


The competition asked participants to provide ideas to help the Oakland Unified School District streamline the integration of its new "results-based budgeting" program.


The UC Berkeley team took first place. Alex Hood, MBA 07; Hilary Wells, MBA 07; Shaolee Sen, MBA 07; and Heather Barondess of UC Berkeley's Goldman Public Policy School took home $2,000 in prize money. The team competed against MBA teams from UCLA, MIT, University of Southern California, Brandeis University, University of Georgia, and Northwestern University.


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