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Nikhil Arora & Alejandro Velez co-founded Back to the Roots in 2009 as seniors at UC Berkeley. After being inspired by a random fact heard in class - that mushrooms could grow on recycled coffee grounds - they gave up careers in consulting & investment banking to become full-time urban mushroom farmers. They have since created two award-winning products, the Mushroom Mini Farm and AquaFarm - sold in over 8000 retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Home Depot, Costco, Nordstrom, Target, Petco, and Kroger. What started as curiosity about urban farming has since developed into a passion to "undo" food and reconnect families to where it comes from.

The two have been named one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs under 25, Inc.'s 30 Under 30, Forbes' 30 Under 30, and CNN's 10 Next Entrepreneur's to watch. Back to the Roots was named one of Martha Stewart's Top 10 American Made companies, #373 to the INC 5000 list, and has been recognized for its innovation by President Obama.

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Sara Beckman - View faculty bio

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Tim Campos is a business-focused tech leader and the CIO of Facebook. He believes the world can be made a better place with technology and data. This belief motivates him and his teams to engineer novel solutions to Big Data's challenges. With over 20 years of industry experience in both Software Engineering and Information Technology, Tim has a unique understanding of the challenges in both developing and applying Information Technology.

Tim serves as a Director of JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU), a company that serves markets at the heart of what's important, making virtually every network in the world faster and more reliable. JDSU also applies its sophisticated optical technologies to a range of markets that use light to achieve a unique purpose, from fighting counterfeiting and protecting consumer brands to enabling satellites.

Prior to Facebook, Tim served as the CIO and VP of Information Technology at KLA-Tencor. Under Tim, KLA-Tencor completed global implementations of SAP R/3, SAP CRM, MatrixOne, and PeopleSoft, as well as several infrastructure initiatives.

Prior to KLA-Tencor, Tim worked at internet startup Portera Systems where he was responsible for engineering and hosting architecture. In addition to developing Portera's Issue Tracking application service, Tim helped to expand Portera's customer base to Europe and Asia through technical innovations which enabled Portera to globally serve its SaaS based application.

Tim has MBAs from both Berkeley-Haas and Columbia University as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Tim sits on the Dean's Advisory Circle at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, is a member of the board for the Fisher IT Center therein, as well as the board of the Children's Discovery Museum, YearUp Bay Area, and several Silicon Valley startups.

Tim believes in people, and when he isn't working, he spends time bridging the technology divide by creating education and employment opportunities for underprivileged youth. Tim also believes in love, and has found it in his wife, Shannon, and their two children.

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Mark Coopersmith is a corporate executive, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and professor. A Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, he teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to students and executives from around the world. He has built and run global businesses for Sony and Newell Rubbermaid, has launched successful Silicon Valley startups, and speaks frequently to international audiences. He and his family live in Tiburon, CA. Visit http://markcoopersmith.com/

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John Danner is a management consultant, professor, and entrepreneur. He advises global enterprises and emerging ventures, and anchors international executive education programs. He teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership at the University of California Berkeley and Princeton University; and conceived the idea for TED University. A frequent keynote speaker at conferences on five continents, he and his wife live in Berkeley, CA and New York City. Visit http://johndanner.com/

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Paul Jansen is Director Emeritus from McKinsey & Company and Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business. At McKinsey & Company, he co-founded and led the Global Nonprofit Practice (serving) (leading) nonprofits and foundations on issues of strategy and organization. He is the author of many articles and reports challenging sector beliefs about performance, including a 12 co-authored report entitled, The Dynamic Board: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits. Jansen teaches Social Sector Solutions and Nonprofit Boards: Governance and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. He serves as Chair of the board of CARE USA and was the former board chair of the SF Zoo. Jansen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from UC Berkeley.

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Clark Kellogg, is a Berkeley-Haas lecturer who teaches about Design Thinking and Innovation. He focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. His popular MBA course, Problem Finding Problem Solving, is consistently among the highest ranked by Haas students. Clark is a designer and artist who loves storytelling. He was trained as an architect at UC Berkeley.

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Lara Klein is a career advisor and coach with the Berkeley-Haas MBA Career Management Group (CMG). She has over 15 years of experience in human resources and recruiting having worked for Sony, International Creative Management, and Sanyo (now Panasonic). She has spent the last five years of her career coaching MBA students and alumni at New York University, Stern School of Business and Berkeley Haas School of Business.

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Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Kray earned her doctorate in social psychology and she applies this lens to her work on gender, negotiations, meaning making, and problem solving. She has published over 40 articles in a range of top psychology and management outlets. Her work has received numerous "Best Paper" awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management and received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation. In 2008, her work on gender and negotiations was recognized with the "Most Influential Paper" award from the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. Kray's research on gender has also been featured in National Public Radio, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Financial Times, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Scientific American, Business Week, and Time.com. She teaches courses on negotiations, leading high impact teams, and leadership to MBAs and executives, and she has been recognized for her teaching excellence with ongoing membership in Haas' "Club 6." She is the founding director of the Behavioral Lab at Berkeley-Haas. She is also the founder and current faculty director of the Women's Executive Leadership Program of the Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley. She provides leadership training to for-profit and non-profit organizations across the globe.

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Rich Lyons began as Dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1993, Rich was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his BS from Berkeley (finance) and PhD from MIT (economics). His research and teaching are mostly in international finance, though his more recent work explores how business leadership drives innovation, an area of strategic importance to Berkeley-Haas. In 1998 Rich received Berkeley's highest teaching honor and from 2006-08 he was on leave at Goldman Sachs as their Chief Learning Officer, focusing on leadership development for managing directors.

Principal changes at Berkeley-Haas under Dean Lyons include culture, collaboration space and leadership. Long known for areas like technology, entrepreneurship, strategy and social impact, Berkeley- Haas drove its strengths more deeply into admissions and other critical processes with a set of four defining culture principles: Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always and Beyond yourself. Collaboration space is another area of heavy investment at the school, including a new courtyard, a new "active library" adjoining the courtyard, a new innovation lab, and a new education building for breakout, flexible-use, event, and gathering spaces. In a world where education is increasingly digital, some parts of education will always be best delivered face-to-face in cutting-edge spaces. On leadership, Berkeley-Haas has pulled together its advantage being in the SF/Silicon Valley area, its distinctive culture and its preeminent faculty into a curriculum designed to deliver a signature brand of more innovative and entrepreneurial leadership.

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Julia Min Hwang oversees the career services for all MBA students and MBA alumni and works with companies and organizations to engage them with Berkeley-Haas. Prior to this role, Julia was the Executive Director of the FTMBA Program Office where she served as the dean of students overseeing the academics and student life. Prior to joining Berkeley-Haas, Julia served in many roles at NYU Stern School of Business for ten years including Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Student Services. She also worked at the Embassy of Japan coordinating the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and prior to that, taught English in Japan. Julia received her graduate degree in international education from New York University and undergraduate degree in religious studies/Asian studies from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Julia spends with her two young children (ages 4 and 7) exploring San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.

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Clark Kellogg, is a Berkeley-Haas lecturer who teaches about Design Thinking and Innovation. He focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. His popular MBA course, Problem Finding Problem Solving, is consistently among the highest ranked by Haas students. Clark is a designer and artist who loves storytelling. He was trained as an architect at UC Berkeley.

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Leif Nelson is the Ewald T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Marketing, and the current chair of the Marketing Group at Berkeley-Haas. Trained as a psychologist at Princeton University, Leif has investigated the behavior of people betting on sports, how advertisements influence their enjoyment of television programs, and how simple commitment devices can encourage hotel guests to conserve water. Most recently he has done detailed investigations into corporate social responsibility, charitable giving, and the viability of consumer elective pricing.

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Brandi Pearce - View faculty bio

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For over twenty years, Dr. Mark Rittenberg has helped organizations create communities of excellence among their people and empowered individuals to become true leaders with the ability to actualize a vision -- all through the power of communication. Dr. Rittenberg believes that important personal, social, and business problems can be effectively addressed using the Active Communicating methodology he developed -- which draws upon the actor's discipline of engaging, creative and effective communication.

Dr. Rittenberg's experience extends around the globe, across cultures and across industries. In Israel in the 1970's and 1980's, he was able to use theatrical activities to build cultural bridges and develop mutual respect among the Israeli and Palestinian students in his workshops. In South Africa, he served as Professor of Education specializing in teacher training workshops in arts based education as an interventionist working with at-risk youths in disadvantaged situations. Based upon this work, Dr. Rittenberg was awarded the J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and traveled to post-apartheid South Africa in an attempt to rebuild the self-esteem and confidence that had been shattered in Black communities during years of segregation. In 1999, he was asked to return to Israel and apply his cultural conflict resolution experience in Middle East peace initiatives with the Young Leaders Network.

Dr. Rittenberg currently teaches expressive communication and presentation in Executive Education Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Rittenberg holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from San Francisco State and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Education and Social Welfare

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Andrew K. Rose is the B.T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Business in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; he serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Faculty. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (based in Cambridge, MA), and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (based in London, England). He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.Phil. from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Rose has published over one hundred and sixty papers, including ninety articles in refereed economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Finance. His research addresses issues in international trade, finance, and macroeconomics, and has received more than 30,000 citations. His teaching is in the areas of international macroeconomics; he has won two teaching awards.

Rose was the managing editor of The Journal of International Economics from 1995 through 2001, and was the founding director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at Haas and the Risk Management Institute at the National University of Singapore. He has organized over forty-five academic conferences.

Rose is interested in the theory and practice of economic policy, and most of his work is applied and driven by "real world" international phenomena. A citizen of three countries, he has worked on six continents and at a number of international economic agencies, including: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked at a number of national agencies, including: the US Department of Treasury, HM Treasury (UK), the Canadian Department of Finance; and the central banks of: Australia, Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. He has visited a number of other universities, including Cape Town, EUI, FUB, INSEAD, London School of Economics, Melbourne, NUS, Princeton, SHUFE, SMU, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Tsinghua, ULB, and Victoria.

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Holly Schroth, M.A., Ph.D., is an award-winning senior lecturer at the Haas and a leading author of negotiation exercise materials used by educators and trainers worldwide.

Holly teaches "Negotiations and Conflict Resolution" and "Organizational Behavior" to executives, MBAs and undergraduates. She has won several awards from MBA students for teaching excellence, was voted "favorite professor" by a BusinessWeek online poll of undergraduates across the United U.S., and was awarded the Earl F. Cheit award for excellence in teaching.

Holly consults to and teaches executives at a number of organizations in the United States and abroad, including Google, Intel, You Tube, Kaiser Permanente, T-Mobile, Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, Universal Studios and Xerox as well as many government entities.

She has published several articles on negotiation and procedural justice and has created several negotiation exercises in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Prior to joining the Haas faculty in 1992, Holly was a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She received an M.A. in psychology and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Nora Silver is the founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership and an Adjunct Professor at Haas. She teaches Social Sector Solutions, Social Sector Solutions for Social Enterprises, Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations, and Cal Strategic Philanthropy (undergraduate). She is faculty sponsor for the Social Impact Speaker Series. Prior to Haas, Silver served as executive director for three nonprofit organizations, founding board chair of Board Match Plus, and consultant to hundreds of organizations worldwide on strategy and organizational development, governance and leadership, cross-sector collaboration and community engagement. Silver holds a PhD in organizational and clinical psychology. Her publications include: Telling the Whole Story: Ethnic Volunteers in America, and At The Heart: The New Volunteer Challenge to Community Agencies plus numerous articles on nonprofit network strategy and diversity.

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