Connected @ Haas

The Dean's Speaker Series brought numerous leaders to campus this spring:

Gavin Newsom
Mayor of San Francisco
San Francisco Mayor and California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsomtalked about his early business failures and the importance of being passionate about what you do during a May 11 talk at the Haas School.
Janet Yellen
CEO, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank CEO Janet Yellen, a Haas School professor emeritus, said she expects “the recovery to be frustratingly tepid once it gets started” during a speech May 5 about the economic crisis. Her speech, which was widely reported in the media, was one of several events at Haas focused on the recent financial turmoil.
Chet Wood
CEO, Deloitte Tax
Chet Wood, CEO of Deloitte Tax and managing partner of US Merger and Acquisition Services for Deloitte, spoke at Haas April 28, addressing how Deloitte’s business has changed and adapted as a result of the financial crisis.
Arun Sarin,
MBA 78, MS 78
In an April 15 talk on leadership, Arun Sarin, former CEO of Vodafone, MBA 78, MS 78 (engineering), told students, “The reason to have responsibility and power is so that you can make the world a better place.”
Bill Sullivan
Agilent Technologies
Bill Sullivan, CEO of Agilent Technologies, discussed “Delivering Innovation in a Downturn” on April 6. The Silicon Valley veteran explored how successful innovation requires a careful balance between teams, markets, technology, and business models.

Numerous other speakers also came to campus this spring:

Sandy Alderson
Former CEO,
San Diego Padres
Sandy Alderson, former CEO of the San Diego Padres, spoke at Haas April 22 as part of the CEO Spotlight series, hosted by the General Management and Strategy Club. Alderson became CEO of the Padres in 2005, overseeing the team through three winning seasons.
Thomas Siebel
Siebel Systems
Thomas Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems and the Meth Project Foundation, discussed his innovative campaign to stop first-time methamphetamine use in Montana at the 11th annual Public Leadership Dinner on April 15. The event was hosted by the Haas School’s Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership.
Norman Mineta, BS 53
Alumnus Norman Mineta, BS 53, who served as President George W. Bush's transportation secretary and made critical policy decisions in the aftermath of 9/11, addressed Associate Professor Cameron Anderson’s Power and Politics class on April 2.
Judith Estrin
Former CTO,
Cisco Systems
The 13th annual Women in Leadership Conference featured Judith Estrin, author and former chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, who has been named three times among Fortune’s
top 50 most powerful women in American business.
Mary D. Nichols
Board Chair,
Calif. Air Resources
Despite a dire economy and political infighting, California is poised to lead the national quest for cleaner energy, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols told a sold-out crowd at the third annual UC Berkeley Energy Symposium on February 23. Here Nichols talks with Matt Carrington, Brianna Wolf, and Neilesh Mutyala, all MBA 10. The symposium was organized by the student-led Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative.


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