Haas PreCore Program 2015

IMG_3231This summer saw the second year in which the Haas Undergraduate Office offered the PreCore Program. This program is designed to offer Business transfer students a chance to refresh skills they will need during their two years of classes at Haas, while also giving them an opportunity to develop a community with fellow transfers. The two classes covered Quantitative Business Skills, taught by Professor Todd Fitch, and Professional Communications, taught by Professor Ryan Sloan. By the end of the six-week summer session this year, the nineteen students felt prepared to tackle the more rigorous coursework of the fall semester along with recruiting season, supported by the lifelong friendships developed during this time.

Three of this year’s PreCore students offered their personal experiences from this summer’s program:

Katherine Krive

I first heard about PreCore through an email that Barbara Felkins sent out to all Haas transfer applicants. The two classes sounded extremely useful and helpful, so I planned my summer around the possibility that I would get into Berkeley and take summer classes. This was one of the best decisions that I have made while planning my academic career. Despite having to cut an extremely attractive internship shorter in order to fit in PreCore, I would make the same decision again in a heartbeat. There were so many useful things that I gained from this course, such as interview skills, business writing, excel practice, and public speaking. So I’ll narrow it down to two of the things I appreciated the most.

First, in Professor Sloan’s class we developed resume portfolios, in which we went through the entire process of researching an internship, writing a cover letter and targeted resume, as well as practicing mock interviews for the company we chose. This gave me a great chance to hone practical skills, which I will be utilizing for the rest of my life.

Secondly, the sense of community I developed with my classmates is invaluable. Spending over seventeen hours a week for six weeks with these bright, motivated leaders was a privilege. I know that the friendships I have with my PreCore family will last throughout college and into our careers after graduation.

Edgar Okorie

IMG_3197When I first found out about PreCore Program, its hefty price tag made it difficult for me to justify enrolling in the program. However I figured, “Hey, it’s Haas. I’m sure these people probably know something about running a program.”

I could not have been more right. In the span of six weeks, I gained a wealth of invaluable information applicable to my academic, professional, and social life, and formed strong relationships within the PreCore cohort. In addition to the technical materials covered in class, Professor Fitch and Professor Sloan provided numerous nuggets of advice that enriched my overall perspective on leadership and community.

I enrolled in this program hoping to gain some level of preparation for the upcoming school year at Haas—and I did. However, I also gained much more than I could have ever imagined. I am thoroughly grateful for my experiences as a member of the PreCore Program and I strongly encourage future students to take full advantage of such a unique and worthwhile opportunity.

Htet Yi Linn

This summer, I had to choose between going back to my home country and taking the PreCore classes. I eventually chose to enroll in the summer PreCore Program but I wasn’t sure whether I made the right choice until the first day of class. I mean, you know a class would be amazing if the professor promises to teach karate and self-defense skills. The program was indeed an amazing experience. Throughout the course, we polished up our resumes, practiced mock interviews and refreshed our rusty quantitative skills. But that was not all. I gained much more than the communication and quantitative skills that I was expecting to get. The workshops introduced the many student services and resources at Cal to us. We also got a chance to talk to Haas alumni and current Haas students. And most importantly, we established strong bonds with our classmates. All 19 of us came out of the course feeling much more prepared for fall semester. Being in class for five hours straight is long but amazing professors and classmates made six weeks fly by.

IMG_20150813_122259Katherine, Edgar, and Htet, along with Michael Dunn and Yifan Gong, will be hosting a “PreCore 2015 Workshop,” in order to provide a quick overview of the topics to fellow Haas transfer students who were unable to take the two classes this summer. They are excited to welcome David Woodward, from the Career Center, and Alessandra Demmons, from the Haas Alumni Network office, as guest speakers. The PreCore Program was a fantastic way for transfer students to begin the transition into UC Berkeley, and these student facilitators are hoping to help other business transfer students prepare for the fall while also encouraging prospective students to enroll in PreCore next year!

More information on the PreCore Workshop can be found at the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446090102385179/

Wine, Coffee, and Innovations: Chocolate Hackathon

DSC03331The Decal “Wine, Coffee, and Innovations” led us in to visit a small chocolate factory in Berkeley. TCHO Chocolates have been around for seven years now, starting their business in San Francisco. Looking for a new venue, they found a new home in Berkeley.

TCHO Chocolates stands for exquisite chocolates. With a combination of Fair Trade and passionate Know-How from Brad Kintzer, they built up something very special. The high quality of the final product begins with the high quality of the bean. Since many cacao farmers have never seen chocolate in their lives, it is important to educate them and equip them with the right tools. For this, Kintzer and his team travel to Africa to educate cacao plantations about what it is they harvest.

We were not simply visiting TCHO’s factory. In fact, the factory tour did not even happen as planned, because we DSC03330all worked with great enthusiasm and did not want to interrupt our flow of ideas. It is possible to be creative on a Saturday morning!

The task: be part of the first ever “Chocolate Hackathon.” The idea was to design an innovative product for TCHO. In small teams of four to five people, we had two and a half hours to come up with an idea and present it to a jury in a pitch.

Our group worked on thDSC03337e idea that one can travel the world by eating TCHO Chocolates. One bite of out of our little suitcase should transport the customer right to where this chocolate is from. The origin of the chocolate and a special flavor representing the region are showcased in each of our flavors. With this idea, we made it to second place!

Mind you, the first place team came up with the idea to combine tea and chocolate, which has both a local appeal and can be used all year round. Chapeau, and congratulations again! Of course this was not just fun and games but a serious jury of 16 experts from various backgrounds served as mentors during the working process and finally as a jury judging our pitches. Overall, it was an amazing experience. If you do not believe that working early on a Saturday morning can be fun, you should try one of these events for yourself.

*This blogpost was written by Julia Ort. All photos are courtesy of Julia Ort*

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.


Cynt and I

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!


** 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!



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.

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!


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.

winning team

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!