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Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017

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Ah, so Round 3 decision was today. That explains a lot. Got a call earlier today. Admitted Off Waitlist!



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Meet Two Berkeley MBAs Who Are Among "The World's Best & Brightest" [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Meet Two Berkeley MBAs Who Are Among "The World's Best & Brightest"
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Graduating students Nikita Mitchell (L.) and Katie Benintende (R.) are among the "50 best and brightest MBA graduates this year" according to a list from Poets & Quants.

The MBA news site led its story with Katie and her work on increasing the number of women in theFull-time MBA Program; thanks to student, faculty, staff, and alumni efforts, the 2016 class is made up of a record 43 percent women.

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In addition to the main story at P & Q, you'll find individual profiles on Katie and Nikita, who share everything from favorite movies to future plans (Nest Labs Global Supply Manager for Katie and Cisco Consulting Services Chief of Staff for Nikita), along with what might have happened if they hadn't gone to b-school and why they chose the Berkeley MBA.

Why do students choose Berkeley-Haas? You'll find perspective on that and more in our student profiles.

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8 Pieces of Wisdom: Advice to Incoming EMBAs on Their First Day [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: 8 Pieces of Wisdom: Advice to Incoming EMBAs on Their First Day
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The Berkeley MBA for Executives class of 2016 has started school and was greeted by, among other folks, members of the preceding classes, who stopped by to share their top pieces of wisdom.

From why goofing off actually adds value to what's more important than your GPA, our thanks to Alec Randall, EMBA 14, and to EMBA 15s Shruti Nathan, Jay Srinivasan, and Richard Wilson for passing along what they've learned:

1. Set expectations about your availability to friends and family. 
"Remind them that this is a significant commitment and that you will be temporarily less available," says Alec (Of course, also remind them how highly you value them.)

2. On the other hand, make them part of the mix. 
The Berkeley EMBA experience is more fun when it's shared with loved ones—from tailgate parties and football games to off-hours fun during field immersions.

3.  Be open and honest at work.
"I gave a copy of my school schedule to everyone I work with, so we avoided any last-minute panic before I was about to leave for block," says Shruti. Be transparent about the fact that you're out of the office more, agrees Alec. "You are bringing back plenty of value in return." And you're "setting an example for personal and professional development," says Jay.

4. Having fun does not mean you're wasting time. 
"All those times our study group sort of seemed to be goofing off together turned out to be useful," says Alec, noting that that's when strong relationships were forged. Life will happen, and at any given time individuals in a study group will be more and less able to step up, notes Richard. "When you're bonded, you don't mind being flexible and helping out your classmates. Someone will no doubt do it for you at some point."

5. It's what you learn.
Don't focus on grades, focus on what you're putting into the experience, so that what you get out moves you toward your goals. "If you do this, grades will take care of themselves," says Richard.

6. Show up for opportunities. 
"You will feel stretched beyond your limits, but take advantage of everything you can while you're here," says Richard. "That includes making time to see your classmates between blocks," says Shruti.

7. And make your own.
"Take something that interests you, grab a few classmates, and lead an adventure," says Alec, whose class trekked to Tesla, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Wall Street. "I wish I'd thought about these adventures from Day 1, so I could have had more of them."

8. Be selective with your energy and attention.
While you come to b-school for a solid foundation in all the business fundamentals, the reality is that you may need or care about some subjects and skills more than others. That's OK, says Shruti. "Pick the ones you are most passionate about or those that are most in line with your goals, and give those your all; someone else in your study group will pick up the slack on the others and you'll do the same down the line."

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Members of the incoming class work as pilots and pediatric surgeons and for companies from Amazon and Genentech to Twitter and Benioff Children's Hospital. About a third commute from outside the Bay Area, including one student who is commuting from China.

Learn more about the Berkeley MBA for Executives class of 2016 and its opening days of school in Haas Newswire.

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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Officially released from the waitlist today (R2 applicant, FL based for anyone still tracking such things).

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Business School Gender Balance Improving [#permalink]

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Women now make up 60% of university graduates, but most business schools have lagged behind when it comes to gender balance—impacting not just women’s experience of b-school, but the composition of the workforce afterward. A new report from gender consulting firm 20-first looks at the numbers of women MBA students and faculty at top programs, and finds that while there has been some improvement in the last few years, we still have a ways to go before achieving gender balance.

Lesley Symons, one of the authors of the report, points out that this “balance” is not merely an issue of numbers—currently, the curriculum at most b-schools is defined and driven by male faculty, male-dominated case studies, etc. She suggests that a deeper issue of cultural change is at stake, in order to make business education “gender bilingual” and effectively train the next generation of business leaders.

The report found that gender balance among students at top programs is improving (with several top US programs near or over 40% representation for women), while faculty numbers are slower to budge.

Here are some of the report’s findings regarding female MBA students and faculty:

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Business School Rankings by Industry - Top MBA Programs in Finance for [#permalink]

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By Paul Lanzillotti, Amerasia Consulting Group
Today's blog post is going to be the first in a series that covers business school rankings. More specifically, it's Amerasia's attempt at ranking top MBA programs by industry and based on publicly available data. Our motivation for doing this is quite simple - business school rankings differ quite drastically from publication to publication. US News seems to be the most consistent and widely followed. After Businessweek ranked Fuqua at number one, they decided to change their methodology.  Whether the two are correlated is up for debate. John Byrne over at "Poets and Quants" covered the change quite extensively here.

Regardless, we've never felt completely comfortable with the rankings because (to our knowledge) the raw data that drives the rankings has never been fully disclosed. Yes, we do know that the methodology (ranking model) has been discussed on relevant websites, but it's a cursory explanation of the process in our opinion. Also our opinion - that the process is still very much a black box.  So we decided to start over and see what we could come up with.  Most importantly we started with the very numbers that the school's career centers are reporting via their respective employment reporting.

Our opinion is that recruiting (i.e. who's hiring) drives most programs "investment" decisions - in students, faculty, courses, experiential initiatives, alumni outreach, etc.  So to know to what a specific MBA program is really all about, you need to see the end result. In other words, what industries are hiring MBA graduates and from what schools?

Now before we get into the numbers, a few words of caution. What we have done is our first attempt at a numerically based ranking and its not perfect. It's based on our interpretation of the numbers put forth by top business schools. Let us explain. Most MBA career centers report employment numbers according to the categories that we use in our rankings. Some schools break "industry" categories into further sub-categories. Other programs - i.e. Michigan Ross - roll up their industry categories under more general headers like "manufacturing". So you could be a "marketing" professional but be within the manufacturing industry. To be forthright, it's a little confusing. (This is why we have decided to exclude Michigan Ross from some categories until we gather a little more insight into their self-reported numbers.)

None-the-less, we have tried to make sense of it all and to do this we did combine some categories in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison across schools. Clear as mud?  That being said, we welcome any constructive feedback you may have. Either post your comments below or email us at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com.

Top MBA Programs in Finance (2015)
AKA THE RANKING OF BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES ENTERING THE FINANCE INDUSTRY IN 2014.
Our first ranking is "Finance" and Chicago Booth comes out on top.

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Top MBA Programs in Finance by Percentage of Graduates Entering the Industry (2015)[/caption]

 

Source Data:

We compiled this ranking based on information taken directly from the following MBA employment reports.
Haas

http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14-15ReportSummary.pdf

UCLA Anderson

http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/adm/cmc/2014%20PARKER%20CMC%20Employment%20Report%2002.10.15%20LR.pdf

Stanford GSB
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Stanford%20GSB%20Employment%20Report%202013-14.pdf

MIT Sloan

http://mitsloan.mit.edu/pdf/Class_of_2014-intern_employment_report.pdf

HBS

http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/recruitingreport/

http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/employment-statistics.html

Wharton

http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-statistics.cfm

Kellogg

http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/career_employer/employment_statistics.aspx

Chicago Booth

http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Columbia

https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/recruiters/employmentreport

NYU Stern
http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/full-time-mba/career/employment-statistics

Tuck

http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/employment-statistics

Yale SOM

http://som.yale.edu/yale-som-connect/recruiting/employment-statistics

Michigan Ross

http://michiganross.umich.edu/our-community/recruiters

Duke Fuqua

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba_recruiting/recruiting_duke/employment_statistics/

Cornell Johnson

http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management/Employment-Report-for-Two-Year-MBAs

UVA Darden

http://www.darden.virginia.edu/recruiters-companies/hire-an-mba/employment-reports/

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Top MBA Programs in Technology (Updated 2015) [#permalink]

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By Paul Lanzillotti, Amerasia Consulting Group
OUR RANKING OF BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES ENTERING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2014.
Today's blog post is a follow up to our Top MBA Programs in Finance ranking. It's also our continued attempt at ranking top MBA programs by industry and based on publicly available data.

UC Berkeley Haas comes out on top when it comes to sending graduates (as a percentage of all graduates in 2014) back into the technology industry. UCLA Anderson is second, but it's not even close. Hands down, Haas is the place to be if you're into technology and want to work for a related firm in the industry.
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BUYER BEWARE
Now before you get too far into interpreting the numbers, a few words of caution. What we have done is an inaugural attempt at a numerically based ranking and its not perfect. It's based on our interpretation of the numbers put forth by top business schools.
  • Let us explain. Most MBA career centers report employment numbers according to the categories that we use in our rankings. Some schools break "industry" categories into further sub-categories. Other programs - i.e. Michigan Ross - roll up their industry categories under more general headers like "manufacturing". So you could be a "marketing" professional but be within the manufacturing industry. To be forthright, it's a little confusing. (This is why we have decided to exclude Michigan Ross from some categories until we gather a little more insight into their self-reported numbers.)

None-the-less, we have tried to make sense of it all and to do this we did combine some categories in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison across schools. Clear as mud?
WHY WE USE EMPLOYMENT DATA TO RANK SCHOOLS
Our opinion is that recruiting (i.e. who's hiring) drives most programs "investment" decisions - in students, faculty, courses, experiential initiatives, alumni outreach, etc.  So to know to what a specific MBA program is really all about, you need to see the end result. In other words, what industries are hiring MBA graduates and from what schools?

We compiled this ranking based on information taken directly from the following MBA employment reports.

Haas http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14-15ReportSummary.pdf

UCLA Anderson http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/adm/cmc/2014%20PARKER%20CMC%20Employment%20Report%2002.10.15%20LR.pdf

Stanford GSB https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Stanford%20GSB%20Employment%20Report%202013-14.pdf

MIT Sloan http://mitsloan.mit.edu/pdf/Class_of_2014-intern_employment_report.pdf

HBS http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/employment-statistics.html

Wharton http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-statistics.cfm

Kellogg http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/career_employer/employment_statistics.aspx

Chicago Booth http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Columbia https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/recruiters/employmentreport

NYU Stern http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/full-time-mba/career/employment-statistics

Tuck http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/employment-statistics

Yale SOM http://som.yale.edu/yale-som-connect/recruiting/employment-statistics

Michigan Ross http://michiganross.umich.edu/our-community/recruiters

Duke Fuqua http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba_recruiting/recruiting_duke/employment_statistics/

Cornell Johnson http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management/Employment-Report-for-Two-Year-MBAs

UVA Darden http://www.darden.virginia.edu/recruiters-companies/hire-an-mba/employment-reports/
FINALLY, DOES THE WORLD REALLY NEED ANOTHER BUSINESS SCHOOL RANKING?
We think "yes". We've never felt completely comfortable with the rankings because (to our knowledge) the raw data that drives the US News and Businessweek rankings has never been fully disclosed. So we decided to start over and with the very numbers that the school's career centers are reporting via their respective employment reporting.

That being said, we welcome any constructive feedback you may have. Email us at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com with comments or if you're looking for an expert admissions consultant to lead you through the application process.

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Part-Time MBA Global Learning: Berkeley-Haas in South Africa [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Part-Time MBA Global Learning: Berkeley-Haas in South Africa
 

Mukesh Kataria graduated from one of the part-time MBA programs at Berkeley-Haas, the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, in 2015. One of his final courses was the Seminar in International Business, which combines classroom learning with global travel to introduce students to the culture, history, and business environment of various countries. Mukesh traveled to South Africa with classmates and Lecturer Mark Rittenberg and wrote bout his experience for the Berkeley MBA blog. 

The day finally arrives!
I have been thinking a lot about my 1st ever trip to African continent – the diamond mines, Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, Cape town and lot more things. Yes, I was interested in visiting the companies on the tour roster but my mind kept on wandering to experiencing the unknown – people, culture, food, and above all so many questions about experiences of apartheid. I wanted to really talk to someone who has been through it all, but was not sure if it would be politically correct or acceptable to dig those wounds.

After boarding the plane, it finally set in when the screen showed 15.5 hours to Dubai and another 10 hours to Joberg. I wanted to utilize this time in the most productive way I could – and hence I decided to spend it by watching as many movies as I could. After all, I have not really had much chance to watch movies or TV in the past 3 years!

Pregame
On our first day, we were introduced to the alternate economy in South Africa (SA). Open air malls where you can pretty much buy everything – from furniture to showpieces to clothes. These were ordinary South Africans selling their creations on the roadside — no PayPal, only cash.

Our first official organized activity was a visit to Pilanesberg national park, home to virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa, including elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and more than 360 species of bird.

On our drive, we were greeted by a family group of elephants crossing the road and a bull following them closely. The bull elephant didn’t wait long to show us that he was in charge. The waving ears and shaking head made the bull look majestic. 

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In the evening we headed to dinner at the home of Anton Harber, a professor of journalism at University of Witwatersrand and one of the founding journalists of the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian), an outspoken anti-apartheid newspaper. We were also joined by Justice Malala, a political analyst in Johannesburg, publisher, and Sunday Times correspondent.

I was fortunate to share the dinner table as Anton, and we got a chance to talk about his experiences during the apartheid era as well as his thoughts on how SA is shaping up to face the new world. What touched me most was his modesty; here was a person who opposed one of the most oppressive governments and yet was nonchalant about his contributions. He shared several anecdotes and stories about his first-hand experiences with Nelson Mandela.

Corporate Treks: Health and Transportation
On our corporate treks we met with Richard Vallihu, CEO of Transnet Rail Engineering, who explained how railways are the arteries of SA and how Transnet Phelophepa Health Train brings health and hope to thousands of rural South Africans. It was surreal to meet someone who witnessed first-hand the end of the previous chapter in SA’s history and now is participating in writing the next.

We then visited Transnet engineering plants where new engines are built following six-sigma practices and engines past their prime are retrofitted.

Our next stop was Sandton, in downtown Joberg at Discovery Health, where CFO Brett Tromp took us through a business model that actually pays people to stay healthy via collecting and analyzing data to drive trends as well as individual rewards. We were taken aback by that level of big data analytics DH had in its DNA.

Building Confidence in Kids
Later that evening, we headed to a rooftop bar to celebrate a classmate’s  birthday. The entire class turned up for a memorable night of amazing company, drinks, and, above all, a sharing of personal secrets in a moment that will forever stay locked in my memory. At around 1:30AM it felt like the right time to head back to the hotel and retire.

We headed to ‘African School for excellence’ (ASE) in Tskane. This school was started by several very successful professionals who found their calling in fixing the school system in South Africa rather than making millions in consulting.

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We got an opportunity to interact with students, who sang for us in their music class and shared their aspirations and dreams. It felt amazing to see kids speaking confidently about their plans to become doctors, engineers, pilots, music producers, or in many cases all of these options. 

We talked to them, sang with them, danced with them, jumped with them and shared moments, that make you think about the purpose of your own life. I came out deeply touched and with a determination to do what I can to help them.

Growing a Chain of Chicken Restaurants
After Tskane’s visit, our next stop was Nandos, A peri-peri chicken restaurant operating in 32 countries. Nandos restaurants use South African artists’ art to decorate the facility and has a formal program to discover and encourage artists by buying and selling their paintings. Co-founder Robbie Brozin gave us a personal tour and shared his additional passion for eradicating Malaria.

At Nandos, their vision always has been “to have fun” and to make money, while changing the way the world thinks about chicken, putting fun before money, something that doesn’t get said too often in corporate America.

Empowering Youth and Giving Voice to the Community
At Harambee, a youth employment accelerator, we learned about the 8-week training program that prepares unemployed youth for and places them in entry- level positions. Harambee has found that students who hold a job through their first year in the workforce have an 85% chance of lifelong employment.

We also met several graduates as well as current trainees, including  Sthy, who inspired me with his persistence and focus on what is ahead.

At Power FM, a talk radio station focused current events affecting South Africa’s black communities, we toured the studio and even got a chance to play radio host ourselves. It was a unique experience.

Meeting One of Mandela’s Wardens
In Cape Town, we had breakfast with Christo Brand, one of Mandela’s wardens while he was imprisoned at Robben island. He shared his story, his transformation from hating Mandela to forming the special bond. Our instructor, Mark Rittenberg, asked a very deep question “When did your relationship with Mandela change from being a prison guard to a friend” and Christo answered very eloquently.

Next we headed to Robben island where we were taken to block B, where political prisoners were kept and we saw the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his youth. We tried to visualize a day in his life in this small space with barely-human facilities. It was time to internalize the place and its impact on the world. This is where Mandela was shaped to become the statesman, the leader, the thinker, the president that he became. How did he not lose his sanity? How did he keep his hopes high?

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The tour guide, himself a former prisoner at Robben island, shared a story that gave glimpses of a true leader in Mandela. When Mandela demanded a long-sleeve shirt and pants to gain protection from the elements, he was duly accorded the uniform after a bit of struggle. However, as soon as he came to know that he was the only one given such a uniform, he refused to accept it. That was Mandela, the leader – always looking out for his people.

Stimulating a Silicon Valley-Like Culture in Cape Town
We then headed to Western Cape Economic Development Partnership – a group meant to bring the entrepreneurs of SA together with those that can provide infrastructure and guidance. Their official role “We’re connectors, facilitators and translators, working to help people find a common language and a shared set of priorities specific to projects that can make a positive impact in people’s lives” explains it all.

We covered various topics ranging from valuations of SA firms to differences of Cape town from Silicon Valley to opportunities in Cape Town area that will stimulate a Silicon Valley like culture and opportunities.

Friends for Life and a Tearful Farewell
At our final official dinner, my fellow EWMBA students and I raised our glasses in thanks and enjoyed the great company.

The evening ended with everyone coming to the realization that we would probably not be together as a group like that in SA again. Several eyes teared up and several voices became hoarse. I was overwhelmed by the moment. I had made friends-for-life during the trip, getting to know several of my classmates for the first time and finding how nice, generous, intelligent, and smart they are.

We were also touched by the humility and generosity of South Africa’s people. We boarded the plane with a promise to come again… to the beloved country!!!

Students in the Berkeley Evening & Weekend MBA Program have access to two global learning opportunities: The Seminiar in International Business and the International Business Development Program. We invite you to learn more about IBD as well.

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Berkeley EMBA Program Prompts Leap into Entrepreneurship [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Berkeley EMBA Program Prompts Leap into Entrepreneurship
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Orion Parrott takes big leaps. Big leap #1: enrolling in the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program. Big leap #2: leaving his product line manager position at Teledyne Microwave Solutions. Big leap #3: founding Lendsnap, a start-up that streamlines complicated financial transactions by linking loan applicants’  financial statements and employment information, eliminating the documentation headache.

“Lendsnap is my opportunity to improve the world in a visible way, to touch peoples’ lives, and it’s fair to say I wouldn’t have done that without the Berkeley EMBA Program,” he says. “The program—from class assignments to our professors and my classmates—is a concierge service of the best learning opportunities available.”

Here are just a few of the ways Orion has leveraged what he calls the ecosystem of great minds at Berkeley-Haas: He met several of the people working with him on Lendsnap through the Haas Alumni Network. One of his classmates is both an advisor and an investor.

Lendsnap is my opportunity to improve the world in a visible way.

 

Lendsnap also participated in the California Dreamin’ Conference at Chapman University and LAUNCH, UC Berkeley’s startup competition. These opportunities afforded Orion “exceptional mentorship and connections with the inspiring entrepreneurs on the other teams.”

And now, Lendsnap is one of a cohort of startups admitted to the Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. “This puts a world-class network of mentors and advisors within reach, and it puts us side-by-side with other innovative companies building the future,” says Orion. “I feel more immersed than ever in the San Francisco Bay Area startup culture, and I know that the relationships I’m making here will continue to shape my own journey.”

One of Orion's exposures to entrepreneurship in the Berkeley EMBA happened during the program's Silicon Valley Immersion Week. Take a look at our view of Silicon Valley. 

 

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Top Ranked Part-Time MBAs [#permalink]

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The U.S. News has released its list of the top-ranked part time MBA programs.

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1. UC Berkeley (Haas)

2. U Chicago (Booth)

3. Northwestern (Kellogg)

4. NYU (Stern)

5. UCLA (Anderson)

6. U Michigan (Ross)

7 (tie). Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)

7 (tie). U Texas- Austin (McCombs)

9. Ohio State (Fisher)

10 (tie). U Minnesota- Twin Cities (Carlson)

10 (tie). USC (Marshall)

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What will I get out of an MBA? 7 things you may not have thought of [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: What will I get out of an MBA? 7 things you may not have thought of
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The decision to pursue an MBA frequently starts with the sense that there must be something...more, career-wise. More challenge. More meaning. More impact.

And every year, the knowledge and skills gained in b-school lead people to find exactly these things in their careers. 

But at Berkeley-Haas, home to full-time, evening and weekend, and executive MBA programs, we believe there is even more to b-school. Here are 7 benefits you might not have expected—the icing on the cake:

1. "Me" Time
While going to b-school is hardly ever (OK, maybe never) described as "relaxing," it is clearly time that you have set aside to focus on you—and what comes next in your career. Sometimes it's not cucumber water and quiet we need, it's higher quality noise—in the form of new ideas and information. 

2. Exploration of the Path Not (Yet) Taken
B-school admissions officers expect you to have a pretty clear idea of your aims and of your strengths and weaknesses, but they also know this: You haven't learned everything there is to know about yourself. A big part of the graduate business school experience is discovering unexpected abilities and passions. 

3. I'm with the Band
In b-school, you may find yourself chatting with founders about the life of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, taking in a marketing VP's tales from the trenches, or hearing Al Gore's thoughts on the role of business leaders in our world's future. Enrolling in a top-ranked MBA program gives you access to top executives who have faced leadership challenges of all kinds and who share what they've learned along the way. 

4. On the Ground, Around the Globe
Semester break treks and built-in experiential learning opportunities bring you overseas to learn about the business climate and culture of nations from Chile to China. Sometimes part of a course and sometimes led by a classmate, these experiences are often named by students as being among their favorites.

5. Ommmmmmmm 
OK, not exactly like meditation, but b-school is a mind-opening and -altering opportunity to wrestle with substantive issues and to engage in the kind of deep thinking and thought-provoking discussion that lead to everything from a small shift in perspective to a Don Draper-style epiphany.

6. Not my Job
You say you've never helped a firm expand into an emerging market or price a new product? Through class projects and hands-on consulting opportunities, in b-school you frequently tackle real-world challenges outside your wheelhouse as a way of practicing new management and leadership skills. 

7. What Happens Outside the Classroom...
...actually comes back in. Plenty of opportunities for learning and growth happen outside of class, where you may take leadership roles in clubs, participate in case or startup competitions, lead treks, and more. You'll find these are a great way to see your learning come to life and enrich what you bring to class. 

At the end of your MBA studies you'll have a degree that opens doors, and new knowledge and skills to take you forward. But we think you'll find that not everything you get out of the experience was what you expected. Think of it as a way to have your cake (and icing) and eat it too. 

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The Lean Startup Model and the Berkeley MBA [#permalink]

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Lamenting the lack of real customer data in traditional startup models, Lecturer Steve Blank teaches an eight-week class at Berkeley-Haas called The Lean Launchpad.

Using the lean startup method, Blank guides students through the process of gathering real customer data to head off business plans being developed solely on the basis of untested hypotheses. 

"Startup investors don’t even look at business plans," Blank told Poets & Quants. "They’re not expecting a five-year forecast, they want to know if the product will sell, and how a company creates value for investors and customers."

Blank told Poets & Quants that about a quarter to a third of teams in his class actually launch a startup, with a number of successful products having been developed in the Lean Launchpad course. One was Krave, a natural beef jerky venture launched in the course by Berkeley EMBA alum Jon Sebastiani and purchased by Hersheyfor more than $200 million earlier this year.

You can read more about Steve Blank's Berkeley MBA entrepreneurship course in Fortune Magazine.

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UC Berkeley Haas 2015-2016 MBA Essay Questions [#permalink]

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The Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley has announced the updated MBA essay questions for the fall 2016 application. The culture of the school is governed by four defining principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.  In answering these essay questions, candidates should reflect on the values, experiences, and accomplishments that have shaped them.
Essays

  • If you could choose one song that expresses who you are, what is it and why? (250 word maximum)
  • Please respond to one of the following prompts: (250 word maximum)
    • Describe an experience that has fundamentally changed the way you see the world and how it transformed you.
    • Describe a significant accomplishment and why it makes you proud.
    • Describe a difficult decision you have made and why it was challenging.
  • Tell us about your path to business school and your future plans. How will the Berkeley-Haas experience help you along this journey? (500 word maximum)
  • Optional: Is there any other information you would like to share that is not presented elsewhere in the application? You may also use this essay to provide further explanation of employment gaps or your quantitative abilities. (500 word maximum)

The Fall 2016 application deadlines will be posted in June, and the online application will be available in August.

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Berkeley MBA Commencement Speakers Stand Out [#permalink]

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Two student speakers at the 2015 Berkeley MBA commencement, which celebrated graduates of the Full-time MBA Program and the Evening & Weekend MBA Program at Berkeley-Haas, delivered addresses that have caught attention: 

Full-time student Sandeep Pahuja is showcased at 2:26 in this montage video of 2015 b-school commencements from Poets & Quants, Grab a tissue as he gives heartfelt thanks for the support of family and friends—and conveys how powerful it it's been to realize that his 200+ Berkeley MBA classmates are family as well. 

At the same ceremony, part-time MBA student Brandon Middleton delivered what may be the first-ever b-school commencement rap—so well crafted it's been seen by more than 8,000 people on Facebook.

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Berkeley MBA Alumna One of Elle's Top Women in Tech
 

 

Another Berkeley MBA doing what she loves and making a big difference: The desire to democratize capital spurred alumna Danae Ringelmann to co-found Indiegogo, now one of the world's leading crowdfunding platforms. 

More than 200,000 funding campaigns have used Indiegogo since its founding in 2008, and the platform itself has just secured another $40 million in funding, contributing to Danae being named one of Elle's Most Influential Women in Technology.

"In order to change the world, I wanted to be in an environment that would really allow me to think big and to experiment," says Danae of her decision to pursue entrepreneurship and to earn her Berkeley MBA. She met one of her co-founders, Eric Schell, in the full-time MBA program and says, "When the rest of the world was calling us crazy, Haas was there to say, 'Keep going. Keep iterating.'"

Danae shares her story and her connection to the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principle of Question the Status Quo above, and you can learn more about entrepreneurship at Berkeley-Haas by visiting the website for our Lester Center.

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7 Reasons to Choose a Part-time MBA Program [#permalink]

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Congratulations—you've decided to go business school.

And you've decided that study in a top-ranked MBA program will give you the knowledge, skills, and network to chart the course of your career, from next move to a lifetime of meaningful work.

Now you need to determine what kind of program is right for you: Full-time? Part-time? Online? Hybrid?

We'd like to share 7 things about part-time MBA programs (such as evening and weekend or executive programs) that may help you decide if this is the best way for you to MBA:

1. Don't pause, stay in play. 
Part-time programs let you continue working while you earn your degree, eliminating opportunity cost. Not only that, many students make career moves while still in school.

2. Make the office your learning laboratory.
Nothing makes new knowledge stick like the chance to use it right away—in the real world. Part-time MBA programs let you learn it on Monday night or Thursday, or Saturday and take it right back to work with you.

3. (Your Job Title Here) by day, marketer, strategist, founder, etc. by night. 
Whatever your day job, part-time MBA programs let you walk a mile in many different pairs of shoes, through class projects, consulting engagements, and startup competitions, to name a few opportunities. 

4. If the shoe fits...wear it to work!
As your previously untapped talents come to light at school, you can help people at work see you in a whole new way; let them know that you better follow financial conversations, and have more to contribute to strategic planning, or brand management, or... 

5. Plug into a whole new network.
Ever wish you knew someone who worked at (Your Dream Company Here)? Now you do. In a part-time MBA program, your classmates bring a wide range of experience, expertise, and connections to the table. As do faculty and members of the alumni network.

6. You don't have to live where you study
The flexible scheduling options of part-time programs let you choose study at night, on Saturdays, or in blocks every few weeks. That way, even a commute by plane is do-able (and done by lots of people).  

7. Invest in yourself—and others will too.
Getting an MBA signals that you are taking charge of your career, realizing your potential, shaping and sharpening your skills. It says it before you’ve even finished the program. And it says it to your boss, even your boss’s boss. 

There you have it—seven ways earning your MBA part-time can take you where you want to go. Want to learn more? Check out the part-time programs at Berkeley-Haas. 

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Do I Need an MBA to be a product manager? Part I [#permalink]

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Meet Max Wesman, senior director of product for GoodHire (which offers employment background check services) and a 2010 graduate of the Berkeley-Haas full-time MBA program. Max talked with us about his career in product management:

What did you do prior to pursuing your MBA? 

I was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting. 

What interested you about product management?

I loved consulting because of the variety of work I was exposed to and the challenge of constantly learning new skills, while attacking challenging and interesting problems. I also worked with incredibly smart and driven colleagues. What I felt I was lacking was a strong sense of ownership over the work I was doing and the feeling of creating something tangible. 

For me, product management was a great opportunity to blend what I loved about consulting with being able to nurture, build, and launch a product or service into the market that people would use and enjoy. Not only that, but I would be able to stick around after finishing a project and work on improving the experience for the next release, all while working with customers to better understand their needs.

What are your responsibilities as a product manager?

My main focuses are making sure that our business is always moving forward, that we're exceeding customer expectations, and that my team feels supported and passionate about their work.

More specifically, I'm responsible for our product strategy and road map, prioritization of our release schedule, general guidance for the engineering team, communications to the broader company and executive team, and ensuring that support and business operations are running smoothly. I manage a group of product managers responsible for various segments of our products, our UI and UX designers, and our business analyst.

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How has earning your business degree helped? 

It first exposed me to alumni in the field who shared their experiences and various paths to reach their chosen careers. I used the Haas network to contact alums all over the Valley for informational interviews about what life as a PM was like at companies like Apple and Google. I also attended guest lectures by prominent PMs and used mock interviews to practice and focus in on areas where I needed improvement.

Ultimately, I used on-campus recruiting to help secure a summer internship as a PM and eventually a full-time role. My MBA very much contributed to me getting my first job as a product manager.

While in school, I focused on taking classes and building up experiences that I thought would help me look better to companies hiring PMs and assist me down the line in the actual job. Classes like Organizational Behavior, Customer and Market Development, Statistics, Financial Modeling, Negotiations, Leadership Communications, Market Research, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship all helped me strengthen my core PM skills.

In my career as a PM, I’ve definitely had to reach back into my business school experiences bag for everything from dealing with troublesome personalities on development teams, pricing new products, evaluating A-B tests for statistical significance, presenting a product vision, and building financial models for forecasting.

Should someone interested in product management pursue an MBA?

For those looking to get into this field, I recommend going to b-school particularly when the person comes from a non-technical field or has little previous business experience.

While there is no proper “Product Management course” in many programs (Note that the Berkeley MBA Program offers Managing the New Product Development Process), a curriculum of relevant classes and work experiences can easily be assembled to help build up a person’s PM career readiness.

The other benefit is obviously the network. Being able to talk to experienced product managers about their day-to-day roles, and learning the do’s and don’ts of interviewing is invaluable. In addition, many top employers looking to hire PMs come directly to business schools to recruit on-campus. 

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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The MBA Recruiting Process – Insights from Darden ’15 Grad and CEO of RelishMBA

Hello from the RelishMBA team, and congratulations on being admitted to the MBA Class of 2017! My name is Sarah, and I’m a recent Darden School of Business graduate who founded RelishMBA, an online recruiting platform built specifically for the business school recruiting market. As a recent grad who works full-time in the MBA recruitment space, I wanted to share some recruiting advice and tips to help you prepare for arriving on campus at Haas.

The first thing to be aware of is that MBA recruiting is a long and intense process. Recruiting activities begin quickly once you’re on campus and they take up a huge amount of your time and energy for most of your first year. While virtually all top MBA students have great jobs available to them, finding those jobs can be frustrating and stressful, with relevant information often hard to find and a complex networking process that can be tough to effectively manage. I started RelishMBA to address these problems and make the process more efficient for both students and employers.

The summer is a great time to get started with recruiting processes (while you don’t have to worry about school, student clubs, social life, and the dozens of other activities that fill up your time during first year). Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prepare before school starts in August: Relax. Explore. Prepare.

Relax – business school is a big change from the working world; take a bit of time off. You deserve it and you’ll need the break!

Explore – In your time relaxing, begin checking out what industries and companies recruit MBAs. This is something RelishMBA helps with. Sign-up at RelishMBA.com to begin exploring employer’s company pages on MBA Careers specific for your school (“day in the life” alumni testimonials, on-campus presence, key points of contact, etc.).

Prepare – And lastly, get your resume ready. Below are some tips from my experience.
It’s also important to remember that once you’re on campus, you’ll be networking with recruiters and alumni frequently – and RelishMBA will help you here too, through relationship management tools that make it easy to stay on top of your networking game. Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com.

Resume Tips:

1) Writing your resume is your first Marketing assignment

Your resume is essentially a one-page advertisement designed to sell your brand to employers. But as your first year marketing class will tell you, marketing is about a lot more than just a fancy design and a few well-placed buzzwords. Think about your audience (i.e. who will be reading your resume? Finance recruiters? Consultants? Marketers? Others?) and how you are positioning yourself with that audience (i.e. what work experiences would be most relevant or interesting to the recruiters reading your resume?).

For example, if you’re headed up to Wall Street, focus on the more quantitatively rigorous parts of your work experience, and try to make sure that your resume as a whole reflects an interest in and passion for finance and its associated disciplines. Future consultants will want to highlight problem-solving and analytical thinking. Marketers could talk about leading cross-functional teams or point out examples of especially effective communication.

And if you are not sure what you want to do, don’t sweat it – there are lots of you out there, and it’s no big deal for the next few weeks or months. But regardless of your eventual industry or function targets, remember: your resume is not just a chronicle of your past work achievements; it is an advertisement designed to effectively sell you and your brand to recruiters.

2) Be concise but specific

This is one of the more difficult parts of honing your resume: providing specific examples of relevant work accomplishments in a way that a recruiter can easily digest in a few seconds. Try starting each bullet point with a strong action word. Instead of saying something like “Helped to more than double sales during tenure in catchment area,” try something like “Launched blogger outreach program that increased web traffic by 72% and increased sales by 120%”.

These sorts of hard numbers are really helpful, especially since many recruiters will spend only a few seconds looking at your resume and those numbers stand out on the page. So it’s also important to be sure that your bullet points can be read and processed easily. And if you don’t have a lot of specific numbers to add to your resume, it’s still important to be specific about your accomplishments and to pick your words wisely.

3) Add some flair

You should be careful with how much flair you add to your resume, but it’s a good idea to think of ways to set yourself apart from the competition. The “Personal” section at the bottom of your resume, where you list hobbies, activities, and interests, is an easy place to hook a recruiter (or break the ice in an interview). Only mention things that are truly a part of your life, but still consider your audience and which of your hobbies or experiences might be of interest to the recruiters reading your resumes. Once you reach campus, you’ll hear plenty of stories about students who were able to land first or even second-round interviews largely on the basis of what seem like minor resume items.

Other ways to add flair:

-Were you kind of a big deal in college? It’s worthwhile to mention any particularly important or impressive extracurriculars from your undergrad days (particularly leadership roles), and including club affiliations and other school-specific positions can be a good idea once you get onto campus

-Recruiters are looking to hire real people, not business robots. Make sure your resume – the accomplishments you choose to mention, the structure and content of the Personal section – reflects your personality.

4) Don’t be careless

This is the part where we tell you that a few people every year submit resumes with misspelled words or mismatched fonts or other significant but easily avoidable mistakes, and that you could be one of those people if you’re not careful, and you think “I’d never be that much of an idiot,” and then you send your resume to McKinsey or Google with your name spelled wrong at the top. Don’t be that person.
Seriously, just get a friend to read it. Several friends. Have a resume-reading party. But don’t spell your name wrong.

Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com

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Paying it backward: Bringing EMBA experience to the family business [#permalink]

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Dr. David Martinez and his son, David Martinez, Jr., share a name and a workplace – their family-owned business, CLICKVIEW Corporation, has provided innovative reporting products for radiologists and ultrasound technicians for 25 years. Now they have something else in common: Both are bringing back to their jobs the tools they learned at Berkeley-Haas.

Dave Jr. has worked for his father’s company since he interned in high school, and gradually rose to chief operating officer. Seven years ago, he knew that there were some gaps in his skill set, but didn’t feel he had enough work experience for an executive MBA (EMBA) program. Instead he enrolled in UC Berkeley Extension’s certificate program in Business Administration. By the time he finished the certificate, he knew he wanted to go for a full MBA and that he had the necessary experience to qualify.

After visiting classes and meeting the students, Dave Jr. applied only to Berkeley-Haas. “I’d looked at other programs but Haas just blew my mind, from the faculty to the alumni community to the Defining Principles,” he says. “I knew that was the community I wanted to be a part of.” Dave attended the 19-month EMBA program in 2013-14; because he had a family and traveled for work, the EMBA schedule was a good fit.

Meanwhile, “Dr. Dave” Sr. was noticing a change in his son’s approach to the business. “I saw an increased understanding from a structural business point of view,” he says. “I observed almost monthly progress and a clear shift in authority from me to him. It happened much faster than I’d expected – I could actually see his intellectual evolution as he undertook more decision-making, negotiating of roles, and making us more competitive. It was like watching a flower blossom.”

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Dave Jr. was eager to share his Haas experience with his father, since he’d also seen his own growth in the workplace. “On a practical level, I was able to do things like use financial statements more effectively,” he says.

“But the Haas program also inspires a lot of self-reflection aimed at making you a more effective leader. I now understand that part of my role is to help our employees achieve their own professional goals. And I’m better at empathizing with my coworkers – are they asking me to solve a problem, or do they simply want to be heard?”

The benefits were so great that the two decided to take Professor Toby Stuart’s week-long Silicon Valley Immersion course, “Strategy in Competitive Markets,” offered by the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, which delivers forward-looking techniques for assessing the competition and positioning a company for competitive advantage.

With the rapid changes in the medical industry, both wanted to learn how to position their company in the strongest possible way. Dr. Dave came away with “a set of intellectual and practical tools, including how to build a value chain and value proposition. "My son had already introduced me to these concepts," he says, "but I really needed to understand them.”

After their shared experience, both men identify more strongly than ever with the Berkeley-Haas Defining Principle of Students Always. “We’re both students of life, always looking into new projects and new ways of doing things,” says Dr. Dave.

What advice might the Martinezes give to those looking to launch or join a family business? “Just go to Haas!” Dave Jr. says. “To succeed in this competitive environment, you need to be grounded theoretically as well as operationally.”

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink]

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I was aspiring to pursue MBA degree in US, but now have to drop my plans due to financial and personal reasons.

I had enrolled with Stratus Prep( Check their website and GMATClub and BeatTheGmat forums for their reviews) for their 5 school comprehensive MBA consulting package(end-to-end) which also includes HBS consulting (for this they charge $250) extra. This package is for $ 7750.

As per my discussions with SP, they are ready to transfer my credit to another student. If you are aspiring to apply next year and are interested in engaging SPs consulting services, kindly PM me. I am planning to offer you my package with them at an attractive discount.

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