Reunion

Haas Alumni Network

Conference Schedule

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8:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast Bank of America Forum/Courtyard

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8:30 - 9:30 AM
Coffee Corners for MBA Reunion Classes Bank of America Forum/Courtyard
Reconnect with classmates at designated areas for each reunion class.

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9:30 AM
Welcome & Haas School Update Andersen Auditorium
Rich Lyons, BS 82, Dean, Haas School of Business
Dean Rich Lyons will discuss what's new at Berkeley-Haas and how our unique culture and style of leadership empowers alumni to create positive change in organizations and markets.

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10:00 - 11:00 AM
Keynote Speaker Andersen Auditorium
John Foraker, FTMBA 94, Chief Executive Officer, Annie's Organics
Hopping Down the Bunny Trail: Building a Mission Driven Consumer Brand

Hear about the importance of mission and values in Annie's growth from a $6 million pasta business in 1999 to a $200+ million NYSE-listed company today. Foraker will provide examples of decisions made along the way, lessons from the road, and observations about the future of consumer brands amid the evolving consumer and retail landscape.

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11:00 - 11:15 AM
Break

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11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions - Select one
 
A) Business and Social Impact at Haas Wells Fargo Room
Laura Tyson, Professor, Business Administration and Economics; Former Dean; and Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact, Haas School of Business
Professor Laura Tyson will discuss the new Institute for Business & Social Impact at Berkeley-Haas—its history, rationale, activities, and goals. In this interactive session, participants will discuss the skills, competencies, and experiences needed to make a social impact.
 
B) Aaker on Branding: 20 Principles That Drive Success Andersen Auditorium
David Aaker, Professor Emeritus, Haas School of Business, and Vice Chairman of Prophet
Drawing from his new book, Aaker on Branding: 20 Principles that Drive Success, David Aaker will discuss what you need to know to create and manage strong brands. He'll comment on both the history and the future of branding, touching on the power of brand as asset, the role of a brand vision, the importance of innovation, and the need to change the focus from the offering to what the customer is passionate about.
 
C) A Fresh Approach to Networking Workshop S480
Heather Hollick, EWMBA 04, Executive Coach, Rizers
In the 21st century workforce, being smart and doing good work are not enough. Success comes to those who build a rich web of professional relationships that complement their deep education and broad pursuit of challenging experiences. You have to know people, and they have to know you. In this session, participants will be asked to embrace a new mind-set, one that goes beyond noisy networking events and makes connecting with people easy, natural, and effective. Learn useful tools and techniques to simplify your approach to networking while building powerful personal and professional connections that last a lifetime.
 
D) Mapping the Pathway to College for Your Children Koret Interactive Center
Ana Rangel, Destination College Advising Corp, Advisor to YEAH
Geralyn Concepcion Yparraguirre, MA, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions Liaison, Haas School of Business, Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Sarah Hauser, Executive Director, The Princeton Review, Northern California
Moderated by Jennifer Delgadillo Bevington, Executive Director, Office of Pre-College Programs and Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH), Haas School of Business

Are you starting to think about your children's preparation for and journey to college? This session will help you guide your son or daughter toward success by demystifying the college application process. Hear straight from Berkeley and Haas staff about the current admissions requirements and process.
 
E) Haas Alumni Forums Info Session C250
Bob Halperin, Co-Founder, Alumni Forum Services
Learn about the Haas School's new peer-to-peer professional development coaching program. Alumni Forums are groups of 8-12 alumni in select regions who follow a proven model of structured monthly meetings that help members grow personally and professionally. Forum participants share in an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust, and respect. Learn why members of Young Presidents Organization, Entrepreneurs Organization, and other executive groups rave about their Forum experiences.

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12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch & Haas Alumni Benefits Expo Bank of America Forum/Courtyard
Catch up with classmates while relaxing in the new Haas courtyard. After lunch, learn more about Executive Education, the MBA Career Management Group, Alumni Relations programs, Bay Area Haas Alumni Chapters, and the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) program. Berkeley-Haas gear will also be available for purchase.

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1:30 - 3:00 PM
Campus Tour

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1:45 - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions - Select one
 
A) China vs. the US: Where Will This End? Wells Fargo Room
Paul Tiffany, PhD 83, Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business
This session will first briefly review the remarkable rise of the Chinese economy from the Mao-inspired revolution in the mid-20th century to the present day. Tiffany will explore how that transformation shaped the current perspectives of the Chinese leadership towards economic priorities, growth, and relations with off-shore business entities and institutions of other nations. He will then focus on the prospects for future political-economic relations between the PRC and the U.S. as the "American Century" continues what appears to be an unrelenting contraction. Attendees will be challenged to consider how the many benefits of "doing business with China" for American firms must be balanced against the ultimate ends and goals of that nation as they relate to the value proposition of the U.S. and its own ambitions in the coming decades.
 
B) Scalable Startups: Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Scale at Berkeley-Haas Andersen Auditorium
André Marquis, FTMBA 96, Executive Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Haas School of Business
Entrepreneurship education is changing at Haas from programs like the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, which is training close to 100 startup teams this year; the online Technology to Market Accelerator program operating across 15 time zones; and the $1.3 million Intel Wearable Device Accelerator. Berkeley-Haas is leading the development of new, scalable systems for startup and corporate innovation. Learn the principles these systems are based on, see some of the innovations—from horse probiotics to nanomaterials—and discover how entrepreneurship and innovation are changing for Silicon Valley startups and large corporations.
 
C) Leveraging Haas for Social Impact: Resources to Go Beyond Yourself Koret Interactive Center
Nora Silver, Adjunct Professor and Director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business
Cathy Garza, FTMBA 89, Director of Alumni Engagement, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas School of Business
Discover opportunities to build your tool kit for social impact through new alumni programming and resources developed by the Social Sector Solutions group. This interactive session is appropriate for alumni in any career stage: starting/settling into your job, taking a career pause to adjust to new life circumstances, winding down your career, or enjoying retirement.
 
D) Personal Finance Boot Camp S480
Tanya Shaw Steinhofer, BA 93, FTMBA 99, Founder & Principal, Redwood Grove Wealth Management
Tammy Plotkin-Oren, FTMBA 99, Principal & Owner, TPO Financial and Insurance Services
Gigi Orta, Estate Planning Attorney
Have getting your finances and estate plan in order been on your to-do list forever? Have you done some things but know you need to do others? Are you in pretty good shape financially but want to confirm you aren't missing anything important? Now's your chance to learn some key steps to get you on the right track financially. Tanya Shaw Steinhofer will share her top ten list of financial planning necessities, ranging from cash flow to retirement planning to investments. Tammy Plotkin-Oren will share her expertise on risk management, including how life and disability insurance fit into your financial plan. Gigi Orta will discuss basic estate-planning strategies, including the difference between wills, trusts, and advance health care directives, and identify the key steps necessary to ensuring your estate plan is in order.
 
E) LinkedIn for Job Seekers C230
Rebecca Ricksen, Associate Director, Alumni Career Programs & Online Communities
Meg Roundy, Associate Director, Student-Alumni Relations
Develop your LinkedIn profile and outreach skills to support your job search. You'll also learn how to use LinkedIn in concert with other online networking tools offered by Haas Alumni Relations and UC Berkeley. All participants are encouraged to bring tablets and ideas for your target companies/job titles to this interactive session.
 
F) Haas Alumni Forums Info Session C250
Bob Halperin, Co-Founder, Alumni Forum Services
Learn about the Haas School's new peer-to-peer professional development coaching program. Alumni Forums are groups of 8-12 alumni in select regions who follow a proven model of structured monthly meetings that help members grow personally and professionally. Forum participants share in an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust, and respect. Learn why members of Young Presidents Organization, Entrepreneurs Organization, and other executive groups rave about their Forum experiences.

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3:00 - 3:30 PM
Break

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3:30 - 5:00 PM
HAASx Talks Andersen Auditorium
Emcee: Kellie A. McElhaney, Adjunct Assistant Professor, John C. Whitehead Faculty Fellow in Corporate Responsibility & Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, Haas School of Business

Buckle your seat belt! Ideas will be flying. An extraordinary group of Haas alumni will share inspiration and insights worth sharing—in five minutes or less. These path-bending leaders, all experts in their fields, will present ideas that challenge our assumptions and provoke conversations that matter.
The Power Of Listening
Rick Carucci, FTMBA 84, President, Yum! Brands Inc.
Changing How People Live
Kevin Casey, FTMBA 09, Founder and CEO, New Avenue, Inc.
Reinventing Public Education—Choice & Quality for All Children
Al Fan, FTMBA 89, Executive Director, Charter School Partners, Minn.
Creating Shared Value Through Inspiration
Aylin Gezgüç, FTMBA 99, CSR Coordinator, Koç Holding, Turkey
Bootstrap to Venture: Lessons Learned
Albert Lee, FTMBA 04, Co-Founder, MyFitnessPal.com
Five things I learned in business that I didn't learn in business school
Chris Loughlin, BCEMBA 04/05, CEO, Travelzoo
Silicon Valley with frijoles!
Juan Mini, FTMBA 99, Founder, Campus Tecnológico, Guatemala, and President, Grupo Mini
3 Hacks to Cut Gender Bias that are Good for Men, Women, Business and a lot of Things
Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin, FTMBA 99, Senior Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee
5 Business Lessons From Olympians
Darrin Steele, EWMBA 08/09, CEO, U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton and VP of Communications, International Federation of Bobsled and Skeleton

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5:00 - 6:00 PM
Industry-Focused Networking Reception Bank of America Forum/Courtyard
Conclude your day on campus with invigorating conversation and a cold drink. Meet fellow alumni and featured speakers and network with others in your industry.
 
6:00 PM
Conference Conclusion

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