Guest blogger, Meg Nunn, is a T’14 and ASW Communication Committee Co-Chair. Almost completely student run, Meg and the bulk of her classmates volunteer their time to plan and execute the event happening later this month. Look for more posts chronicling their experiences and excitement from Meg’s fellow Co-Chairs, Doug and Kathy.  Admitted Students Weekend. What an awesome, awesome weekend it was for me. I had already paid my deposit in January, so it was [...]

The Berkeley Master of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program celebrated 66 graduates at their commencement March 22 and welcomed 68 students into the 13th class of the program on March 25. Commencement speaker Robert Litzenberger, a professor emeritus at Wharton and expert on derivatives and risk, sent off the 12th graduation class of the MFE Program, the nation’s first financial engineering program to be housed in a business school. Litzenberger, who was named Risk Manager of [...]

In her third year of lecturing in the Haas Undergraduate Program, alumna Krystal Thomas, BS 94, realized that 90 percent of the conversations in her office hours involved young women coming to her to have “the conversation.” The conversation goes like this, she says: “I’m freaked out about what happens after I graduate. What’s it like to be a women in business? Is it really as difficult as I hear?” Seeking to provide more support [...]

Professor Paul Gertler, who has spent the past 16 years studying how financial incentives can improve health care, was recognized March 7 by the Mexican National Institutes of Health for his contributions in Mexico and around the world. Gertler received the Juan Jose Bobadilla Medal for Global Health at the 15th International Congress of Research in Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Gertler was the first economist to win the annual award, which is typically given [...]

When Kellie McElhaney left an established professional career in Michigan to start the Haas Center for Responsible Business (CRB) in 2003, the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) was still in its infancy. Ten years later, CSR is well integrated in many businesses; the CRB offers a full range of courses through a dedicated, innovative group of faculty; and more than 1,200 CRB alumni have taken those courses.  CRB graduates have gone on to CSR [...]

Reducing malaria in Africa via a mosquito-repelling soap, addressing the planet-wide plastics pollution crisis with pulp-and-paper packaging alternatives, and decreasing infant mortality rates in rural India via a low-cost mobile phone application are among the objectives of the record 18 finalists who will compete for $50,000 in prize money at this year’s Global Social Venture Competition Global Finals and Conference at the Haas School April 11 and 12.  The GSVC attracted nearly 650 entries from [...]

From a global crowdfunding platform to a $2.4 million waste-to-food mushroom business to a school lunch program in dozens of cities, Berkeley-Haas has produced a number of successful startups that have attracted the attention of such media giants as the Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Sunset magazine. Juggling study groups with venture planning has become increasingly popular as the pace of innovation and entrepreneurship grows ever-more rapid. “The best way to create entrepreneurial leaders is [...]

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