Berkeley-Haas Student Gift Campaign

The Student Gift Campaign is our chance to say thank you to all that Haas has given us and will continue to give us through benefits when we become alumni.  Each of us has benefited from the Haas Fund as students in various ways—mock interviews, career conferences, world class professors, designated career counselor at the Cal Career Center. All of these student benefits were powered by the Haas Fund. With this week being the last week of the Student Gift Campaign, we only need 55 more donors to reach our goal of 250 total donors.

Experts from current students enrolled in the Haas Undergraduate Program:

“I’m originally from Huntington Beach, CA and struggled to find my passion and drive for higher education after I dropped out of college following high school. After joining the military, I learned valuable skills to realign my path. Although the military was not for me, I found new appreciation for higher education and immediately began attending community college at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. With the help of my family, peers, and the tremendous faculty at OCC, I was able to gain acceptance to my dream school – Berkeley-Haas. At 27, I’m often older than many students in my classes, but my drive to succeed is just as strong. I love Marketing Analytics, and have been working with Gazillion Entertainment, a game company in Foster City, for the past year. I will continue full-time employment with them upon graduation in May.

My donation is my gift to help give back to those who have helped me in my time at Haas. The support I’ve received along my journey has been unparalleled, and I owe my success at each step of the way to those who spent time, effort, and resources to give me a chance to learn and grow. I look forward to giving back via the Alumni network. Go Bears!” – Christian Holmlund (BS ’15)

“I can start by telling you why I gave. I’m deeply involved and passionate about the cause of public education. As a product of K-12 and college public schools, I’ve loved having the opportunity to have a world class education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. From the professors to the classes, Berkeley-Haas has instilled a love for challenges and collaboration in my life. I gave to Haas because I want future students to experience the benefits that I’ve gotten at Cal!” – Subhashree Rengarajan (BS ’15)

“I chose to contribute to the Student Gift Campaign at the leadership level because I wanted to show Haas how much I’ve appreciated the opportunity to receive an incredible education here.  I have benefited immensely from receiving a Haas education and feel privileged to soon be a part of an incredible network of alumnae.” – Stacey Patten (BS ’15)

“I chose to give to the Student Gift Campaign because without BerkeleyHaas resources, advisors, guidance, faculty, and staff, my ability to succeed academically, professionally, and socially would be more limited. Giving to the Student Gift Campaign allowed me to invest in the future of BerkeleyHaas, as previous students did for me.” – Ryan Khalessi (BS ’15)

“I chose to donate to the Student Gift Campaign because I’m incredibly grateful to study at the Haas School of Business. Here at Haas, I’ve found my community through my classes, the Cohort Program and the Haas Business School Association. Above all, I’m receiving a world-class education. I know that these opportunities would not have been available to me without the generous contributions of donors. I donated to ensure that other students will benefit from these resources and opportunities for years to come.” – Jessica Mersten (BS ’16)

“I am lucky enough to call myself a student at the renowned UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. To have everything we need to excel in the job recruitment process is a god-send. I am forever thankful for The Haas School of Business for its amazing facility, opportunities, and alumni network. I chose to give to the Student Gift Campaign to show my appreciation for all that we have here. Not only am I investing in my future at Berkeley-Haas but the amazing students to come. For I am lucky to have a private school like education with a public school tuition, Thank you Walter A. Haas School of Business.” – Isabelle Lee (BS ’16)

Since this is the last week to give back, I urge everyone to give back to Berkeley –Haas. Please join me and the 195 other Haas students and give back. http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/haas/giving.cfm?sc=55400&cid=3168573

3rd Annual Innovate@Berkeley: Presented by Alpha Epsilon Zeta

On April 22nd, 2015, Alpha Epsilon Zeta (AEZ) hosted its 3rd Annual Innovate@Berkeley Startup Expo at Hotel Shattuck, in the heart of bustling downtown Berkeley. Three years ago, Innovate was started by AEZ alumnus Sameen Karim, with the goal of showcasing all the entrepreneurial talent that the city of Berkeley has to offer. With each iteration of Innovate, AEZ has sought to take the event to the next level and put on an even higher quality experience, especially in terms of the startups and speakers in attendance.

2UntitledAEZ is a multidisciplinary professional fraternity, whose brothers’ majors span several different disciplines. Core ideals are professionalism, brotherhood, and unity. Founded in 2003, AEZ has grown substantially, with more than 100 active and alumni members; AEZ prides itself in their close knit alumni network. As an organization, AEZ works to bring a business focus to all disciplines and strives to stay engaged with the professional world through an annual PRF, where industry speakers are invited to speak as part of a panel. Innovate has become one of AEZ’s trademark events, and seems to have resonated with the Berkeley entrepreneurial community.

UntitledOne of the most encouraging aspects of Innovate this year was the diversity of the crowd drawn in. The hundreds of attendees that came out were represented by a healthy balance of industry professionals and students. Even the students themselves were a diverse collection of individuals, with majors ranging from business and economics to political science and anthropology. The crowd ultimately reflected the outcome of one of the major objectives for the event: to be able to unite the broader Berkeley community on the basis of their interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Innovate began as a startup fair, with each of the 28 participating startup companies showcasing their products and ideas in individual booths. Upon entry, every attendee received three tickets to vote for their three favorite startups participating in the fair. The company with the most votes would earn the People’s Choice Award. While the attendees floated around the room, a panel of judges listened to and evaluated the pitches of the ten startups that were selected for the pitch competition.

As the startup fair wrapped up, Innovate transitioned into a panel discussion, titled “Lessons from the Top: Building Products for the Masses.” Moderated by AEZ alum Arjun Arora (Co-Founder of Immediately and Founder of Retargeter), the discussion revolved around the notion of scalability in a business. The speaker panel consisted of of Jack McCauley (Founder of Oculus VR), Sumaya Kazi (Founder and CEO of Sumazi) and Jed Katz (Partner at Javelin Venture Partners). Through their experiences starting companies and seeing them grow, each of these speakers provided tremendous insight to how scalability in a business can be achieved, tying their ideas to their personal experiences.

3UntitledThe event finally concluded with an awards ceremony, where the three winners from the pitch competition were honored. Transcense, a company that’s developed a mobile application that transcribes conversations as they happen in real-time, took home the top prize, while Via Analytics, who hope to revolutionize the public transit system, came second. Rounding out the top three was Kudo3D, a startup that produces 3D printers. The winners of the People’s Choice Award to universal acclaim was Chai Guys, a startup founded by Berkeley students Rohan Agarwal and Anand Lakshminarayan that produces authentic Indian chai.

Innovate gave AEZ the incredible opportunity of interfacing with a number of industry professionals and the unique chance to learn more about the entrepreneurial subculture. Such a massive event required tremendous planning and foresight, but having orchestrated the event before, we felt well-equipped to handle the challenges that inevitably arose. For our organization, hosting Innovate was a special experience and we were thrilled to be able to hold such an event for the UC Berkeley and Haas community.

You can view photos from the event here and find out more information about Alpha Epsilon Zeta on their website.

Berkeley-Haas Women’s Empowerment Day

The 3rd annual Women’s Empowerment Day (WED) took place on Friday, April 10th 2015. WED was hosted by the Undergraduate Program to bring together over 100 undergraduate women that were nominated by professors and staff. This half-day conference was held to inspire, orient and empower women who will soon graduate from the Berkeley-Haas undergraduate program.

Unlike most conferences, WED had a very intimate setting that allowed for 45-minute round-table discussions in small groups. We had the chance to speak with over 10 alums to gain insight about work life balance, how to find meaning on the job, and tips for climbing the corporate ladder. It was a time to ask those questions about what it means to be a successful, powerful woman in business. Speakers included Haas Professors Krystal Thomas, who initiated the conference three years ago and Kellie McElheney, who talked about being a lioness, as well as, Assistant Dean Erika Walker and Dean Lyons.

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Among those alumna was Cynt Marshall, Senior Vice President at AT&T. Cynt, the keynote speaker, was truly inspiring and empowering. By the end of the day, everyone had adopted her catchy, new phrase- HASU– or Hook A Sister Up! Cynt also shared 10 lessons to being a powerful in the business world and making an impact.

10 Lessons to Success in Business… and Life

Always remember where you came from, or you might…

If we forget where we came from or how we got where we are, we may easily lose sight of where we are going and end up back where we started.

Do the right thing

As you venture out, you may be asked to do certain things outside your comfort zone, but never compromise your integrity. Always remember that there’s a difference between “doing things right” and “doing the right thing.” Make sure that is very clear to you now before you starting doing.

Show up

In order to win, you must be present! You need to stand up and be heard. You must DO YOU!

Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a train

Bad stuff happens to good people. That’s just part of life. Also know that tough times don’t last, but tough people do.

Respond gracefully when bad stuff happens

People don’t remember what happened or how it happened, but they will remember how you responded to what happened. So take a moment, take a deep breath, and then respond.

People matter… that’s all that matters

No man is an island; we all need each other, so stop acting like we don’t. Realize that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Embrace you sisters… we’re all we have

One of nicest things we can do is stick together as sisters and look out for one another. Look for the HASU moment and always Hook A Sister Up.

Protect what’s important to you

Know what is really important to you and keep it close to you.

Get MAD- Make A Difference

Life is much more meaningful when leave an impact and are making a difference. Find a cause that makes you mad enough to take action to make it better. Then DO IT!

Find your passion and purpose, cry and get busy

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Find you passion and purpose in life and pursue it. If you find what you truly love, it will never feel like work.

WED was a truly memorable event, so special thanks to Dresden John and the Undergraduate Program for organizing it.

Currently Recruiting: The Haas Undergraduate Blog (2015-2016)

The Haas Undergraduate Blog

The Haas Undergraduate Blog is a platform dedicated to providing an “insider perspective” into life as a student at Haas. It aims to serve as a valuable resource for Haas alumni, as well as current, non-major, incoming, and prospective Haas undergraduates, who are interested in learning about the culture and current happenings in the prestigious business program.

Great news! The Haas Blog is currently recruiting for new members to join our team! Bloggers do not have to be experienced, but should enjoy writing short blog posts about Haas-related topics that they feel enthusiastic about. Authors have freedom and flexibility to choose whatever subjects to write about as long as they commit to publishing 1-2 articles per month.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining our team, please direct questions to haasundergradblog@gmail.com. See application instructions below.**

Applications will be due by April 24th and interviews will be conducted April 25th.

Thank you!

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** Haas Undergraduate Blogger Application Instructions

Please e-mail all requested information to the Haas Undergrad Blog Team at haasundergradblog@gmail.com with subject title “Haas Undergraduate Blogger Application” no later than April 24, 2015.

Haas Undergraduate Blogger Application Checklist

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (mention blog experience(s) & affiliated student orgs)
  • First Blog Post – one paragraph describing your intended blog post
  • WordPress Username & Accompanying E-mail
  • Follow @BerkeleyHaasUG & @BerkeleyHaas on Twitter
  • Like our Facebook page at BerkeleyHaasUndergrad
  • If selected, short interviews will be conducted on April 25th with Time TBA

 Haas Undergraduate Blogger Requirements

  • This is a long-term commitment (two consecutive semesters)
  • Writers are expected to post 1-2 article per month
  • This is an unpaid position
  • Haas Undergraduate Program reserves the right to modify posts and blog contributions if appropriate

Revibe: A new way to message

Co-Founders of Revibe

Co-Founders of Revibe

Sebastian, Nave, and Shaurya were all junior transfers to the Haas School of Business in the fall of 2014. The three of them, nicknamed Filo by their peers, have built a mobile platform called Revibe that allows users to namelessly message others. Unlike public feeds such as Yik Yak, Revibe allows users to anonymously message others privately.

Sebastian, Nave, and Shaurya were inspired to create this app because they realized that every day, feedback, compliments, advice, and feelings that people want to share with others are left unsaid due to social restrictions. Therefore, the trio set out to build a platform that breaks through social barriers and promotes open, positive, and genuine communication. The three co-founders measure success and sets their goals based on the ascreen322x572mount of fun and meaning that users experience through using Revibe, not by the amount of downloads.

Revibe is up on the app store now, and with the help of students it has been having a lot of success in SoCal. It recently launched in Berkeley, so get on board! Join Revibe, create an account, post your usernames on social media so that others can add you, and start sending vibes to your friends!

Feel free to message the following co-founder accounts on Revibe with any feedback:

Sebastian, Shaurya, Navebrar,  Teamrevibe

Haas Student-Athlete Profile: Sam Welch | Rugby

Name: Sam WelchSam Welch - Cal Rugby 2014

Major: Business Administration

Sport: Rugby

Graduation Date: May 2015

Continuing or Transfer: Continuing

What sport do you play and what position do you have on the team?

Rugby is generally described as a mix between football and soccer. It is a sport played with 15 players on each team. The goal is to try to score as many points on the other team as possible within two continuous 40-minute halves. The teams score by touching the ball down into the try-zone or by kicking it through the uprights. We can only advance the ball forward by running or kicking it. It cannot be passed forward.

I play inside-center, which is a back player. I touch the ball a lot and my position is usually saved for smaller, quicker guys who have more ball skills. My position is both defense and offense.

Why did you choose to play this sport?

I didn’t start playing rugby until my senior year in high school. Dixon High School started a team when I was in 8th grade and I didn’t really have too much interest at the time because I was playing football and other things. However, football ended my senior year and I wanted to give rugby a try. So I tried it!

Here at Cal, I was a spring admit for my Freshman Year. My coach from Dixon High School had played Rugby for Cal back in the 80s. I ended up emailing the Cal Rugby coaches and told them I had an interest in walking onto the team but I haven’t had a lot of experience in rugby. However, I expressed that I am a hard worker and would love to try out for the team. They allowed me to try out and talked with my previous high school coach to see if I had potential and I guess they saw it. It’s really cool.

Do you see yourself making a career out of this sport? Why or why not?

No. This will be my 6th season playing rugby; however, I don’t have enough experience to play rugby at a higher level. I am not really interested in playing competitive sports after I graduate from Haas. From collegiate rugby, a player can go into a league in Europe, U.S. or even a club team here in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can also go into the Olympics for rugby as well, but only for the seven’s version.

So you go to the Haas School of Business. Do you feel that your sport has not only contributed to you getting accepted into Haas, but also allowed you to be successful in your business academic and professional careers?

Playing rugby has really allowed and forced me to manage my time better. I think the best thing I’ve learned while playing rugby here at Cal is to focus on the most important aspects of what you’re doing first, and not worry about the 10th most important thing. I think this has really helped me improve at the game and it has also helped me do well during my time here at Cal and Haas, specifically. Being an athlete also really showcases that I have good work ethic and organization within my life.

What is it like being a student-athlete at Haas (describe a day in the life of a student-athlete)? What resources do you get for being a student-athlete? Is it easier or harder to dedicate time to your academic career when you have a demanding lifestyle from your sport?

I’ll talk about my Spring schedule. So, I wake up about 7:30 AM and get some breakfast prior to practice in the morning. I get to the locker rooms at 8:00 AM, get dressed, and arrive on the field by 8:30 AM for practice. We practice for about an hour and a half. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will go down to the weight room to do weight training as well for an hour at the High Performance Center (HPC).

I go to class right after practice from about 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM and then I have the rest of the day to myself to study, do homework or relax. We have games on Saturdays and so we will meet on Sundays to go over film study to see how we did on Saturday’s game day. As far as being a student-athlete, we do get additional resources to help us here at Cal. We get free tutoring if we need help in our classes, priority registration for Tele-Bears so we can coordinate our classes with our practice schedule, and we get to use all of the training facilities at the HPC too. I am very fortunate to have access to all of these amenities as a student-athlete.

I don’t think it’s too hard to dedicate time to my sport while studying at Haas. For football, I could imagine it being very hard. Same thing goes for being a swimmer at Cal. However, for rugby, I don’t think it’s too hard because the most we ever practice is for 2.5-3 hours max every day and I’m done with school by 3:00 PM. So, I have the rest of the day to develop my professional career, dedicate time to my classes or whatever I need. Although, I would say it definitely is a toll on my body, considering I have a black eye right now. However, because we don’t use pads in rugby, we definitely aren’t getting hit as hard as we would if we were actually using pads. In football, you can use your pads as a weapon and hit way harder and it won’t really hurt you. In rugby, you certainly aren’t hitting as hard. But it definitely is a tiring sport and I struggle to make it through entire games, at times.

Do you foresee yourself going into a career that is tied to the sports industry?

I’m not exactly sure what I would like to do; however, I don’t see myself going into a profession that is tied to the sports industry. I think what I might end up doing upon graduation from Haas is to work for this company called Bigge Crane. I’ve worked there the past two summers and they basically buy, sell and rent heavy equipment and cranes. That is what I will start out doing and then explore from there how I would like to develop my professional career.

Having gone to school as a student-athlete, is there anything that you wish to change in your experience here at Cal and Haas? If not, what is the most important thing you have gotten from being a student-athlete at Haas?

It would be nice to know what it feels like to not be training all the time and to just be a student here at Cal. But, I would only like to experience that for maybe half a semester. Otherwise, I would not change anything.

As far as being a student-athlete, what resonated with me the most was being recognized as a scholar-athlete here at Cal. There are certain football or basketball games here at Cal in which they bring in all the students who qualify as a scholar-athlete and they bring us out onto the court or field and announce our team as we walk out. There was one time where they brought out Cal Rugby onto the football field, it was a Thursday night game, and they did academic recognition for us. And when they announced Cal Rugby, there was a huge applause, just because of the history of the team and our successes. It was really cool hearing and feeling that energy from our Cal Rugby supporters.

Sam Welch - Cal Rugby 2014

Cornerstone Research Case Competition comes to Cal!

Personally, I have always found that case competitions are a great way to get hands-on experience to real business problems and develop analytical skills.

Here are some best moment clips taken from our past blogs about students’ experiences with case competitions!

Target Corporate Social Responsibility Case Competition

“We learned a ton about corporate sustainability through the competition. Not only this, but it was interesting to learn about the shifting attitudes in consumer purchasing for sustainable goods. It was definitely a ton of fun working with my team until 5 AM the night before the presentation, and practicing all day the next day. I would definitely suggest anyone interested in doing a case competition to try it out for the amazing experience!”

BaVenture Capitalist Case Competition

“We learned a tremendous amount from weeks of staying up until 5 a.m. researching and understanding the industry dynamics, RetailNext’s true value proposition, and relevant or even peripheral information. We were able to present our well-thought-out and well-designed presentation in front of some of the most reputable investors and showed the venture capital world what Berkeley students were capable of doing in the heated competition between Berkeley and Stanford in the startup world. We also got support and dress shirts with RetailNext’s logo from the management that we wore to the presentation–dress to impress. The presentation was held on the second to last day of instructions at Berkeley, so we three seniors concluded the college education at Berkeley with a perfect ending, yet it’s also a beginning to a new chapter of career and ventures.”

Below are the details for the upcoming case competition!

 

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UC Berkeley’s Delta Sigma Pi is hosting Cal’s first Cornerstone Research Case Competition. Participating in the competition is a great way for students to explore economic and financial consulting, interact with Cornerstone’s consultants, and compete for prizes. Each team will act as consultants, providing advice to attorneys involved in complex litigation and regulatory proceedings.

Join our Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/610840612351487/

Teams and Eligibility
We encourage teams of four, although the minimum number of members per team is two. Each team must have at least 1 non-business major. We welcome all years, although Berkeley sophomores and juniors are particularly encouraged to participate.

Sign-up Procedure
Register your team at http://goo.gl/nnae4y.

Those who register by Friday, 3/27 at 6 PM will be able to receive the case prompt ahead of time on Friday, 3/27 at 7 PM to review before the Q&A session on Monday, 3/30 from 7 PM – 9 PM.

The last deadline to sign up is 3/30 at 7 PM.

Prizes
1st Place team: $1,000 Visa gift card and lunch with the Cornerstone Research SF Recruiting Leadership
2nd Place team: $600 Visa gift card
3rd Place team: $200 Visa gift card

Competition Guidelines
Teams will submit analysis in the form of a 3 page written executive summary, including supporting exhibits, tables, and charts. The judges, comprised of Cornerstone Research professionals, will review the presentations and select three finalist teams to present in a final round. Finalist teams will make a 10-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from the judging panel.

Submission must include a cover sheet including the team name, the name of each team member, and their graduation year.

Key Dates
Details about these events will be provided through email to registered teams.

Sign Ups Open: Sunday, March 15
Sign Ups Close (to receive the case ahead of time): Friday, March 27 at 6 PM
Case Distributed: Friday, March 27 at 7 PM (72 hours prior to kickoff)
Sign Ups Close (final deadline): Monday, March 30 at 7 PM
Case Competition Kickoff and Case Q&A: Monday, March 30 from 7 PM – 9 PM at 170 Barrows
Case Submission: Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 PM by email
Finalists Announced: By Tuesday, April 7 at 12 PM
Final Presentations: Thursday, April 9 at 6 PM at 156 Dwinelle

If you have any questions, please send them to Jessica Ou (jessicaou8@gmail.com)

Fullbridge Future Leaders Summit at Google

SoniaLast Saturday, March 7th, I had the opportunity to attend a full-day summit at Google put on by The Fullbridge Program. The Future Leader Summit brought together very talented students from schools like Stanford, Santa Clara, Santa Barbara, and of course, Berkeley. Go Bears! The summit served as a place for great minds to learn, grow, network, and have fun! It was definitely a great time to be “Googlely” and make new friends!

Fullbridge provides students with the real-world experience they need to land a dream job. It also helps fast track new hires in the corporate arena by focusing on key competencies that will deepen their business acumen and accelerate their professional development. It allows students to hear from business giants the secrets for starting out in their respective fields and how to navigate real-world business problems. This was the first event Fullbridge put on in the West Coast. Hopefully there will be more to come!

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The panel of speakers (Left to Right): Jason Karsh, Luanne Tierney, Jon Youshaei, Natasha Mooney, and Samorn Selim

The day began with a panel of remarkably successful and inspirational speakers, followed by a catered lunch, and then an afternoon filled with interactive activities. Jason Karsh, Product Manager at Google, led the event and introduced the speakers; Rya Conrad-Bradshaw, Executive Director, College and University Programs at Fullbridge (and former McKinsey & Co consultant), Luanne Tierney, Senior Marketing Executive at Fortinet and Jonathon Youshaei, Product Marketing Manager at YouTube and selected writer for Huffington Post and Forbes. Each had a diverse career path and unique story to share.

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The winning team of the Marshmallow Challenge

One of the highlights of the event was the Marshmallow Challenge. For those who are not familiar with the Marshmallow Challenge, you work in a team with fixed supplies (20 spaghetti sticks, 1 marshmallow, 1 yard tape, and 1 yard string) to try to build the highest standing marshmallow structure in 18 minutes. The exercise was not only a great opportunity to meet new faces, but a chance to demonstrate the importance of effective communication, planning, leadership, and working within time constraints; all crucial skills in the business world today.

There was a lot to be learned from the summit that day, but I have summarized the day into 5 key takeaways:

Develop your brand

Make sure you understand yourself more than anyone else. In the real world today, no one is going to help you think about you but you. To get started, write down 3 things you want to be known for. They can be goals, aspirations, interests, or really anything that makes you, you! Be sure to communicate them effectively and clearly (they can help you answer the famous Tell Me About Yourself question).

Be a great communicator

Communication is the language of business. Make sure you can connect and be personable. Moreover, make sure you are communicating effectively; know and understand what the best method of communication is with the person you are corresponding with.

Get outside your comfort zone

Go beyond yourself, really. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who is at the very top of the ladder. Simply put yourself out there and be confident with who you are!

Don’t turn down a good opportunity because it doesn’t fit with your plan

We all have goals and ideas of where we want to be, but life is full of surprises, challenges, and opportunities. Be open to changing your path. You never know what might cross your path, so be willing to take that risk and accept the challenge.

Know when to wear it

Be proud of where you go to school and show that school pride! It is a great way to meet new people, spark a conversation, and of course, network. Next time you hit the gym or head to the airport, be sure to rock that school gear. You never know who you might run into!

House of Alva Founder Inspires Entrepreneurship and Service at Berkeley

This past Tuesday Berkeley Women in Business hosted entrepreneur Mudita Tiwari, founder of the House of Alva. This unique female leader came to share her story and inspire entrepreneurship, service, and philanthropy in a new generation of women. Tiwari, an alumnus of the Goldman School of Public Policy, quit her high profile corporate consulting job to find a deeper meaning in life and search for a way to help others.

During Tiwari’s travels to India, she was inspired to help financially dependent women in the community discover ways to support themselves by teaching practical skills such as making a craft or performing a service they could sell. These women became the first members of The Sewing Project which eventually grew into the House of Alva Foundation.

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Tiwari faced many social challenges on her mission to get these women integrated into the workforce, but she never waivered from her goal because she knew investing in women was an investment in society. Statistics show that women are more likely than men to invest their money in education, household improvement, and food for their children. By investing in career training for these women, Tiwari was helping everyone in the community.

When choosing what trade to focus on teaching these women, Tiwari chose scarf making because she knew how much improvement was needed in the textile industry. The textile industry falls at the forefront of pollution, and is known for its child labor problems and its hazardous working environments. Tiwari knew there was a better way, which led her to teach the local female artisans age-old, ecofriendly techniques of scarf making. The House of Alva focuses on natural, organic textiles, and emphasizes sustainability alongside quality and design. Tiwari encouraged the college students listening to buy with purpose, and to use their consumer power for good.

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As The Sewing Project grew into the House of Alva, and production of high quality scarves increased, these core values were kept close at heart. The women crafting the scarves were allowed to dictate their own terms of employment by planning their own working schedules. This allowed these busy mothers and wives enough flexibility to still take care of their many other responsibilities.

In addition to career training Tiwari brought other programs on women’s health and financial literacy to the Indian communities she worked with. She loves being able to see the impact she is making on the lives of others and feels her work is extremely rewarding.

You could see the pride on Tiwari’s face as she pulled brightly colored scarves from an overflowing suitcase propped on a desk at the front of the classroom. She passed the scarves around letting students feel the fabric that had brought so many women a small step closer to financial freedom.

I encourage you to check out the website HouseOfAlva.com and help support a fellow golden bear on her mission to change the world! Please leave a comment sharing what you are doing to change the world, or if you have any advice or encouragement for current entrepreneurs.

HBSA Election: Candidates Platform (2015-2016)

HBSA Election – 2015 Voter Guide

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Please note candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.

*Voting for HBSA Elections will take place next Monday, March 16th, 2015 – March 20th, 2015 via Campus Groups. Until then, please take a few minutes and carefully read though the HBSA 2015 Voter Guide bellow.* 

Jessica Mersten

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President

Hello! My name is Jess Mersten and I would love to be your next HBSA President. As the current External Cohort Liaison for the Class of 2016, I work with the Cohort Program and HBSA to organize events that connect students outside of the classroom. This year, I was the driving force behind both social and professional events, including the LinkedIn Photoshoot, Haas Happy Hours, and the Ha-Ha-Haas Comedy Show. My leadership experience includes being a UC Berkeley Campus Ambassador, International Peer Mentor, and Cal Student Orientation Leader. My experience highlights my ability to manage teams and serve diverse student communities. As President of HBSA, I envision an even greater opportunity to engage and strengthen our undergraduate community. If elected, I will (1) work with HBSA Executives to create a Business Week to bolster the Haas reputation and celebrate our community, (2) assist in restructuring the Cohort Program to better serve students, (3) develop opportunities to network with MBAs and (4) promote collaboration between HBSA sponsored student organizations. These changes will create more resources, strengthen our campus culture, and enhance the undergraduate experience. I promise to be accessible, enthusiastic, and strive to make your Haas undergraduate experience unforgettable. Go Bears!

Amy He

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Executive Vice President

My name is Amy He, and I am running to be your HBSA Executive Vice President. As EVP, I will be leading HBSA to tangible changes to better our premier business education at Haas. My top three goals include creating a Haas Business Week, a complementary electronic accessory rental program, and an annual Haas-exclusive alumni and company career conference. First, Haas Business Week will not only bring public awareness to Haas from corporate sponsors, but also create an opportunity for Haas Organizations to showcase their successes to the entire campus and participate in building a closer business community. Next, running home for a phone or laptop charger will be a problem of the past with a free charger rental program at the Haas library. Lastly, I will utilize the Haas Alumni Network and Haas Career Counselors to create an exclusive Haas-only annual networking career fair to promote professional development and career opportunities. As the current External Vice President of Berkeley Women in Business and past Director in Office of the President of HBSA, I look forward to using my experiences to work with HBSA and serving our Haas community!

Isabelle Lee

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Executive Vice President

Haas Undergraduate Community, It is an honor and a privilege to announce that I am running for the office of Executive Vice President of the Haas Business School Association (HBSA) for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. My vision as the next Executive Vice President will emphasize three major objective: 1) Organizing a mentorship program that connects Pre-Haas students with current Haas students, 2) revamping the cohort system, and 3) bringing in more companies and networking events to our campus. I have a strong background in student government, both before and after I came to Haas. Before I came to Cal, I served as Class President of my high school for all four years and during my two years at community college I served as Senator for Educational Master Planning. Upon arriving at Haas last semester, I joined HBSA and served in the presidential committee making substantial strides such as the extension of Haas library hours during finals week. These strong qualifications allow me to be very confident in my ability to fulfill the numerous significant roles of the Executive Vice President. Please vote for Isabelle Lee!

Andrew Cai-Li

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Vice President of Finance

As the prospective VP of Finance, I will create more resources by effectively reallocating funds into opportunities for our Haas community. For example, I will ensure increasing the budget for Professional Development Workshops for students such as finance teach-in’s by corporate leaders, case interview workshops led by top consulting firms, and ensuring the computer lab has enough funds to keep the binder clips stocked (which it usually isn’t). I promise to work with the HBSA leadership team in order to identify what the Haas community needs. The first step is sourcing the funds for these endeavors— an initiative that I will actively spearhead. Lastly, I will ensure the best HAAS HAPPY HOURS. These are phenomenal opportunities to connect the Haas community. I want to capitalize on these opportunities by alternating happy hours between Pappy’s and TRIPLE ROCK or FREEHOUSE. If elected, I promise to give back and truly improve the experience of each Haas student by increasing access to resources and improving networking opportunities.

Rupinder Grewal

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Vice President of Finance

Hello my fellow Haasome people! My name is Rupinder Grewal and with great passion I am running for HBSA’s Vice President of Finance position. My overarching aim as the VP of Finance will be to secure the maximum funding possible for organizing events to enhance our undergraduate experience at Berkeley-Haas. I would like to continue offering personal and professional development events such as Happy Hours, Training the Street workshop series, and case competitions. My previous experience as Finance Director and President of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at the College of San Mateo has equipped me with the skills necessary to allocate yearly funds to enrich student life. We only get two years at Berkeley-Haas; lets make the best of them, together!

Victor Umunze

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Vice President of Finance

I want to use my position as VP of finance to bring more accountability and efficiency to HBSA. Considering the important role HBSA plays in the everyday life of business students at Berkeley it is important to have excellent finances to cater to all the programs and events that we have every semester. My goal is to work closely with the President and other members of the board to raise funds and also be the perfect liaison between the administration and students. Vote for me and let us together take HBSA to the next level!

Anastasiya Zarko

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Vice President of Marketing

It is my pleasure to announce my candidacy for Vice President of Marketing at the Haas Business Student Association. As VP of Marketing, I will work to improve the HBSA branding, contribute to Haas Blog, increase and market HBSA and Cohort Events and set HBSA’s social media presence across all platforms right. Given my previous marketing experience and strong intention to put HBSA to a new level, I guarantee to bring out the best to HBSA this coming year!

Jenna Hardenbrook

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Vice President of Marketing

As the VP of Marketing I will work to increase HBSA’s presence, streamline branding, and increase attendance to events through creative campaigns. I will revamp HBSA’s social media presence across all platforms with the goal of fostering community at Haas. I have experience managing the social media presence of both BUILD Pizzeria and the Cal Dance Team and believe I will be able to achieve great things for HBSA this coming year!

Chuong (Jimmy) Le

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Vice President of MBA & Alumni Relations

Networking connection is one of the most important assets in Business. As an undergraduate student at Haas, we could utilize the Haas Alumni Network to built up and strengthen our network. Running for the VP of MBA and Alumni Relations, I would like to achieve several goals: 1. Organize one event every semester to provide the opportunity to connect with Haas Alumni and MBA students. 2. Organize one workshop every semester about utilizing the Haas Alumni Network and LinkedIn to find a full-time job and a summer internship. 3. Help member utilize many opportunity at Haas to network and connect with Haas Alumni and MBA students. We need to put a lot of work in order to achieve those goals. However, with your help and support, I believe that I could succeed.

Daniel Phan

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Vice President of MBA & Alumni Relations

I currently serve as one of the Cohort Leaders for the Class of 2016 as well as Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Student Gift Campaign (SGC). Both of these positions have given me the experience and knowledge to be your next Vice President of MBA/Alumni Relations. From planning and executing events for over 350 Haas Undergrads, to engaging alumni who play a crucial role in supporting Haas and our student programs, I understand what it takes to leverage pivotal aspects of Haas, such as our alumni and MBA, to benefit undergrads. My goal as Vice President of MBA/Alumni Relations is to build relationships. I want to connect you with MBA students and alumni so that you can turn to these industry leaders when you need a mentor, a job, or just some advice. One of the greatest advantages of being a Haas student is the ability to meet and connect with the amazing people who study here or have graduated from here. I want to make that connection possible.

Alex Quan

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Vice President of Student Affairs

I want to run for the VP of Student Affairs because I want to provide resources for students, address student’s concerns, and be a liaison between the Haas Undergraduate Program and the student body. My goal is to help people achieve their goals. I want to continue to host essay and application workshops for students who are interested in applying to Hass. I also would like to implement a program that provides tutoring services for students taking undergraduate business courses. I will also send out surveys during the semester to get a better understanding of the students needs. Overall, I hope to be someone who can represent the students and give them many opportunities to succeed.

Arehta Fortune

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Vice President of Student Affairs

As Vice President of Student Affairs, I will go beyond myself to support Haas students in all stages of their educational experience. I look forward to furthering our defining principles of Haas culture by a) providing outreach programs and workshops for incoming Haas students, b) connecting students’ voices and needs with our resources in Student Services, CTE, and Undergraduate Administration to continually improve the program, and c) hosting more professional development and career workshops for fields beyond the ABCs.

Elsie Cheang

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Vice President of Student Affairs

One of my primary goals as VP of Student Affairs is to create a collaborative, accessible, and transparent process in connecting and providing Haas resources to lowerclassmen. There are amazing testimonies amongst Haas students—from applying to be a business major to freaking out over a final-round interview—and I want to create resources for students who want to help and for students who seek the help. It could be that those resources are not available right now or that those resources are not known and easily accessible. With that said, I hope to further develop a mentor-mentee program between Haas students and prospective business majors so students can be paired up, meet on a need basis, and share in testimonies and experiences. In addition, I seek to better the undergraduate experiences for current Haas students. I want to work on inviting corporate representatives to host Q&A sessions about various industries and business development workshops such as interview prep, resume workshops, and case interview skills. From recruiting for the ABC’s or being interested in the industries beyond, I hope to create an accessible and weekly newsletter about industry statistics, current job opportunities, and other resources that would ease students’ pursue of professional and academic passions here at Haas.

Emily Benjamin

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Vice President of Student Affairs

As your Vice President of Student Affairs, I promise your feedback will be heard and have an impact. I will work with the administration to improve mid-semester evaluations to ensure our professors and GSI’s respond to our feedback and make real and reasonable efforts to adjust accordingly. As a mature-aged, international student, I understand the broader needs of our diverse student body. I have the passion, the real-world experience, and the mediation skills to strongly and fairly advocate for your needs. I have been a Haas Class Representative for two semesters, and I know how frustrating it can be to give feedback on problems that never get fixed. I have been there in meetings when Professors freely admit that they speak too fast, too quietly, or move through material too quickly; yet then they quickly argue that it is too late to change it at this stage in the semester. I want to rectify this. Our feedback should be heard, and should be implemented. I will work together with the Undergraduate Administration to find a solution; a solution that holds professors accountable for implementing the feedback they receive. Our requests are reasonable, and they are fair. Implementation of our feedback can improve the student experience for all of us, and push Haas to even greater heights in the academic community. I will be your voice for all Student Affairs.

Cassarie Soungpanya

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Vice President of Professional Development

My name is Cassarie Soungpanya, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop the relationship between Haas Students and the Career Center. As the Vice President of Professional Development, I will strive to improve upon resources that are available to my peers by ensuring that more information and opportunities for those who are interested in careers beyond Accounting, Banking, and Consulting are more easily accessible. I have always enjoyed helping and supporting my peers, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions or feedback regarding my project plans for the next academic year.

Raymond Dang

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Vice President of Professional Development

My name is Raymond Dang, and I’m running to be your Vice President of Professional Development. As your VP of Professional Development, I will work to promote and improve the resources available to students in order to cultivate both personal and professional skills. I plan to accomplish this by expanding resources outside of the traditional ABC’s, establishing more case competitions and workshops, and finally building a more collaborative atmosphere. My vision for this position includes: 1) Coordinating both workshops that span a variety of industries and workshops that teach valuable skills such as Photoshop or public speaking, 2) Hosting more case competitions through finding potential companies interested in partnering with Haas and more Finance/Management Consulting Teach-ins that have in the past filled up, and 3) Creating a collaborative atmosphere through establishment of a MBA-Undergraduate mentorship program within Haas where students can leverage each other’s’ skills and foster a closer community.