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Haas NewsWire, October 10, 2005

Intel and Lester Center to Co-Host New Global Technology Challenge at Haas

Entrepreneurship at Berkeley

The top business plan competition winners from five business schools around the world will come to face off at the Haas School as part of the inaugural Intel+Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge on November 17 and 18.
Co-hosted by the Haas School's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and by Intel Corporation, the Intel+Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge (IBTEC) seeks to identify ventures that promise the greatest positive impact on society through the commercialization of new and truly innovative technologies.
"In IBTEC, two powerful technology institutions, UC Berkeley and Intel Corporation, form a public-private partnership to recognize the best and brightest new technology commercialization business ideas," said Jerome Engel, executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. "This year's pilot event sets the stage for what will become an important international technology-business competition focused on engaging private enterprise and institutions of higher education in collaborative efforts."
IBTEC has invited the two top technology teams from the following five business plan contests to compete against each other in this exclusive contest:
+ BIT Russia (the Business Innovation Technology competition, a collaboration of six Russian universities), Russia;
+ Tec de Monterrey's Premio Intel competition, Mexico;
+ National University of Singapore's Start-Up@Singapore Enterprise Launcher;
+ Arizona State University's Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge; and
+ The UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.
The ten finalists for the 2005 inaugural IBTEC will be announced when all five participating business schools have named their winners, probably in late October or early November.
The finalist teams will present their technology innovations before a panel of judges consisting of venture capital, industry, and entrepreneurship experts. The teams will compete for the top cash prize of $25,000 and visibility before some of the leading venture capital firms of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
IBTEC focuses on technologies from a wide array of sectors, including:
+ semiconductors, manufacturing, and hardware
+ mobile and wireless
+ digital home and consumer electronics
+ retail and consumer software
+ enterprise software and IT
+ energy and power generation
+ nanotechnology
+ life sciences and biotechnology
For more information, go to http://www.entrepreneurshipchallenge.org/.

Haas "Teach-In" on Hurricane Katrina Enjoys Stellar Line-up of Panelists

A US Coast Guard officer and a professor of architecture are among the new speakers added to the Haas School's “Teach-In” on the Business Impact of Hurricane Katrina this Friday, October 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

The current line-up for the event is below. Additional panelists may be added over the next few days.

1:05 p.m.: Katrina’s Economic and Business Impact on the US
+ Faculty Chair:  Dean Richard K. Lyons, the Sylvan Coleman Professor of Finance
+ Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy and director of the University of California Energy Institute
+ James Wilcox, the Kruttschnitt Family Professor of Financial Institutions

2:20 p.m.: Managing and Leadership During and After a Crisis
+ Faculty Chair:  Pino Audia, assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group
+ Michael Lebsack, Lieutenant Commander, United States Coast Guard, who brings a view from the trenches, having recently been in Mobile, Alabama assisting with recovery efforts
+ Karlene Roberts , professor in the Graduate School and in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group
+ Nora Silver , director of Nonprofit and Public Management

3:10 p.m.: Rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
+ Faculty Chair: Dwight Jaffee, the Willis Booth Professor of Banking, Finance, and Real Estate
+ Mary Comerio, professor in the Department of Architecture, is currently working to develop an interdisciplinary research center at UC Berkeley that would focus on reducing the risks from catastrophic events -- be they earthquakes, hurricanes, or terrorist attacks.
+ Tom Davidoff, assistant professor in the Real Estate Group

The event, sponsored by Dean Lyons, is free and open to the Haas School community. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.

For the most up-to-date agenda please visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/news/Katrina_teachin.html.

Scholars Affected by Katrina Spend Fall Semester at Haas

As part of its response to Hurricane Katrina, the Haas School welcomed Yasemin Aksoy, associate professor at the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, to campus last week to help her continue her research at Haas through the fall semester.

"I've had much more than a warm welcome at Haas," says Aksoy. "My temporary office and computing needs were taken care of before I even got here. Every interaction I have had with the staff in the past week has been an example of a great service with a great smile. I owe special thanks to Professor Candice Yano for her time and empathy."

Aksoy joins six undergraduate students from the Gulf Region already settled in at Haas. Of the six students, five are from Tulane University and one is from Dillard University, both located in New Orleans. To date, no Katrina-effected students have been enrolled at the graduate level.

Prof. Tadelis Searches for Best Practices in the Complex World of Procurement

Everywhere Associate Professor Steven Tadelis looks he sees procurement -- from signing construction contracts to buying milk -- and these transactions are the driving force of his research.

“Procurement is everything,” says Tadelis, an associate professor in the Business and Public Policy Group, who joined the Haas School this year. “It’s buying a fighter jet, a bottle of milk at the supermarket, complex software packages, or road pavement in northern California.”

The complexity of the dance between buyers and sellers drew Tadelis to study relationships between the two parties. The buyer is trying to get the best price, the seller is trying to make the most profit, and the contract inked between them tells a story.  

“My primary area of interest is in understanding how firms deal with problems in a world where there is uncertainty about performance and behavior,” says Tadelis, who comes to Haas from Stanford University's Department of Economics.

In his research, Tadelis has studied the benefits of both fixed-price contracts and cost-plus contracts, which require payment for time and materials and a small profit above that amount. He’s also analyzed whether parties should use competitive bids or negotiate when selecting a building contractor.

Crunching five years of data from private sector building contracts in northern California, Tadelis and University of Michigan Professor Patrick Bajari found that competitive bidding isn't the best option when projects are complex, when there are few bidders, or when the contractual design of a project is incomplete. Negotiation is the better way to ensure communication between buyers and sellers.  

In ongoing research, Tadelis and Stanford professor Jonathan Levin are examining whether the private sector can provide public services more effectively than government. Their research examines how city governments choose between internal cost resources, such as employees, versus external contractors for specific work and investigate the tradeoffs when using either. “Cities face the same issues as businesses," he says. “Should I buy off the market or use my own employees? That is the $64,000 question.”

The study found that governments' choices are consistent with wanting more flexibility when costs are unpredictable, such as within the police department, where demand for services and their nature is constantly in flux. The city may pay more for that contract, but in exchange, it gets more flexibility and saves in the long term. For a predictable service like garbage collection, cities do well to use external private contractors.

Ultimately, Tadelis says his research tries to lend a better understanding of the procurement process by considering a firm’s desired outcome and defining the complexity of the good or service required. He says, “You must qualify and quantify the characteristics of the product to decide what sort of contractual relationship to use.”

Tadelis is teaching “Economics for Business Decision-Making” to students in the full-time MBA program in the fall and Ph.D. research seminars in the fall and in the spring.

Haas School Conference Keeps Accounting Professionals Current on Trends in Financial Reporting

From true tales of white-collar crime to the global conceptual framework for accounting standards, the 16th annual Conference on Financial Reporting promises to cover both key issues and current trends in the accounting industry at an all-day symposium being held on Friday, November 4, at the Marriott San Francisco Airport Hotel.

FASB board member Katherine Schipper will deliver the conference’s opening address. Toby J.F. Bishop, president and CEO of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, will share lessons culled from working on white-collar crime that will provide insight into financial statement fraud.

Panelists will review effects of Sarbanes-Oxley in 2005 and emerging issues in financial reporting, including the joint effort between the accounting standards organizations FASB and IASB to globalize accounting standards. Panelists include:
+ John T. Smith, board member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
+ Mark Bielstein, member of the Emerging Issues Task Force for FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board
+ Jay Hartig, chairman of the SEC Regulations Committee and AICPA partner
+ Benjamin S. Neuhausen, chairman of the Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC)
+ Scott Taub, deputy chief accountant with the SEC

“In today’s business and regulatory environment, it is essential that both preparers and users of financial statements stay current on the latest financial reporting trends,” says Solomon Darwin, executive director of the Center for Financial Reporting in Management. “This conference provides an open format that allows industry experts and conference attendees to engage in dialogue on the most important issues.”

For more details on the conference and to register, visit http://groups.haas.berkeley.edu/accounting/cfrm/conferences/16annual/index.html.

Center for Responsible Business Awards Prize for Research in Socially Responsible Investing

The Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School, in cooperation with the Social Investment Forum, has awarded the 2005 Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing to a Dutch research team that examined the relationship between a company’s environmental and financial performance.

The Moskowitz Prize is the only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative work on socially responsible investing, according to Kellie McElhaney, executive director of the Center for Responsible Business, who served as a judge. This year’s award is the first to be given since the prize came to be housed at the Center for Responsible Business. The prize was launched in 1996 by the Social Investment Forum, the national trade association for the socially and environmentally responsible investing (SRI) industry, to recognize the best quantitative study of socially responsible investing.  

The $2500-prize-winning paper, “The Economic Value of Corporate Eco-Efficiency,” showed that a company’s environmental practices mattered for both financial results and valuation over a specific time period. Jeroen Derwall, Nadja Guenster, and Kees Koedijk, all of the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University, and Rob Bauer of the Limburg Institute of Financial Economics at Maastricht University co-authored the study. Bauer and Koedijk are the first two-time winners of the prize, having won in 2002 for a paper on “International Evidence on Ethical Mutual Fund Performance and Investment Style.”

The award, founded in 1996 and named after Milton Moskowitz, author of "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America" is given in cooperation with the Social Investment Forum which promotes socially responsible investing. For more information on the Moskowitz Prize and the Center for Responsible Business, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/responsiblebusiness.

Inaugural Haas Conference Explores the Benefits of Building a Diverse Organization, Oct. 28

The Haas School will bring industry leaders and business students together to discuss the challenges and successes to building diverse organizations at the first-ever Haas Conference on Diversity in Business, to be held Friday, October 28.

Speakers will include George A. Strait, Jr., an award-winning journalist and assistant vice chancellor for public affairs at UC Berkeley, and Dr. Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute. Monica Stevens, MBA 96, vice president and recruiting director for Wells Fargo, will also address the full-day conference. Panel discussions will focus on fostering diversity through recruitment and management of employees as well as through customer service.

The conference ends with a reception and corporate sponsor fair. An MBA Diversity Recruiting Workshop follows the conference on Saturday, October 29. For more information on the conference or the recruiting workshop, visit http://diversity.haas.berkeley.edu/conference.

Winners of the 2005 Accenture Award to Speak at Haas

"Turning Around Runaway Information Technology Projects" will be the topic of the California Management Review's (CMR) Annual Accenture Award Lecture on Monday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

Charalambos L. Iacovou, professor of information technology management at Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management, and Albert S. Dexter, professor emeritus of management information systems at University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business, received the 2005 award for their article titled "Turning Around Runaway Information Technology Projects" (California Management Review, Vol. 46, No. 4). The pair's work focuses on how to identify substantial time and cost overruns on information systems projects and the most important actions that must be pursued in a comprehensive recovery effort.

The award, which carries with it a cash prize of $2,500, is given to the authors of the article published in the previous year of CMR that has made "the most important contribution to improving the practice of management."

The award and the lecture are sponsored by Accenture. The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. For more information, please contact CMR at 510- 642-1759.

Haas School Ranked in the Top Five for Women and Career Prospects by Princeton Review

The Haas School was ranked #2 with respect to opportunities for women and #3 for career prospects in the Princeton Review’s 2006 Best Business Schools guide, published on October 4.

The Princeton Review ranked the Haas School in the top ten in five rankings categories, namely:
+ 2nd greatest opportunity for women,
+ 3rd best career prospects,
+ 6th toughest school to get into (based solely on school statistics),
+ 9th best campus facilities,
+ 10th best overall academic experience.

The Princeton Review also assigned ratings to schools on a scale of 60 to 99. The Haas School received a 98 for the Admissions Selectivity rating, a 98 for the Career rating, and a 97 for the Academic Experience rating.

The Princeton Review provides information on educational programs and careers. Its business school rankings and ratings are based on surveys of students and on data provided by school administrators. For more information, go to http://www.PrincetonReview.com/mba/.

McKinsey Sponsors Consulting Case Competition at Haas

Deadlines are fast approaching for the inaugural " McKinsey at Haas Case Competition 2005," a brand new consulting case competition open to students across the UC Berkeley campus.

The competition is open to all UC Berkeley students. It is intended to provide students interested in management consulting opportunities to show off their talents and get noticed by recruiters at McKinsey.

Registration for the competition closes on Wednesday, October 19. The final round of the competition will take place on Friday, October 28. The competition was organized by the Haas Consulting and sponsored by McKinsey & Company.

For more information or to register, visit www.mckinsey-at-haas.org

UC Berkeley Recovers Stolen Laptop

A stolen laptop computer that contained sensitive information on more than 98,000 University of California, Berkeley, graduate students and others was traced to South Carolina and has been recovered by campus police, UC Berkeley officials announced in late September.

UC police note that while a lab analysis could not determine whether the sensitive campus data was ever accessed, nothing in their investigation points to identity theft or individuals involved in identity theft.

For more information on the laptop recovery, visit http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/09/15_laptop.shtml.

Staff News

Lucas Abbott to Manage YEAH’s Saturday Academy

Lucas Abbott joined Haas as Saturday academy program manager for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) on October 3. Abbott brings experience managing the youth program at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek to his role running this Haas program which connects MBA mentors to teams of under-served 9 th- and 10 th-graders from the East Bay. Abbott holds a BS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University and enjoys almost all sports, the outdoors, and motorcycles.

E-mail: labbott@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-643-4622
Office: F410

Diane Nguyen to Assist with MFE Admissions

Diane Nguyen began work on October 3 as a program assistant in Master's in Financial Engineering Office, administering MFE applications and advising students on financial aid sources and on job opportunities. Nguyen completed her BA in legal studies at UC Berkeley in 2005.

E-mail: dnguyen@haas.berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-642-6983
Office: S546

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Haas in the News

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, expressed in an October 5 East Bay Express article titled “One Power the People Don’t Need” his strong disapproval of Proposition 80 on the grounds that it compels the public to vote on complex energy policies that they are most likely clueless about. For full text: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2005-10-05/news/cityofwarts.html

The Market for Virtue , a new book by David Vogel, the Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor in Business Ethics, was mentioned in an October 5 Washington Post article titled “Social Responsibility Doesn’t Much Sway the Balance Sheet.” For full text: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/04/ AR2005100401689.html?sub=new

Professor James Bushnell was quoted in an October 5 San Jose Mercury News article titled “Bush Urges Boost in Fuel Refineries.” He responded to President George Bush’s call for a significant increase of the nation’s refining capacity to make more gasoline and other fuels. For full text: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/12821479.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Kenneth Rosen, the chairman of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in an October 4 New York Times article titled “Slowdown Spreads for Home Sales.” He commented on the increasing difficulty for buyers to get loans due to the tightening of credit standards by mortgage lenders.

Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, commented in an October 3 issue of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette article titled “Supersize it, Times 3” on the likely success of Wal-Mart’s further expansion. For full text: http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/12805395.htm

Professor Janet Yellen, on leave as to serve as president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, indicated in an October 3 Bloomberg.com article titled “Dollar Remains Higher After Gauge of US Manufacturing Surges” that rates may rise more than currently forecast. For full text: http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103 &sid=arLHCyGPszTc&refer=news_index#

Happening at Haas

“Intellectual Property and Legal Issues in a Startup”
Tuesday, October 11
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
The Best Practices Series brings the best practitioners from Berkeley and the Silicon Valley community to speak about the practical aspects of entrepreneurial activity. Ever wonder how to go about patenting your idea? Or, how much it will cost? When should a company stay in stealth mode? How do you go about getting a license for technology developed at the university? What sort of patent strategy should a startup undertake? This evening will feature two speakers, one from Berkeley’s Office of Technology Licensing, and an intellectual property attorney who has helped many firms in the area obtain and use strong IP protection. Come get those really important questions answered so that you can set your company off in the right direction. The program starts with pizza and networking, and it is co-sponsored by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition.
For more information, call 510-642-4255 or visit http://bplan.berkeley.edu.

“An Open Source World” by Kim Polese, CEO, SpikeSource
Kim Polese has founded several of the highest profile Silicon Valley software startups of the past 15 years. Recognized for her energetic leadership, Polese today leads a successful software enterprise built on open standards.
Wednesday, Oct 12
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu

"Technology in the Developing World" by Theogene Rudasingwa, visiting scholar in the Management of Technology Program
Wednesday, October 26
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room
For more information, contact Susan Reneau at sreneau@haas.berkeley.edu.


"Opportunities and Challenges in Optical Networking" by Jagdeep Singh, MBA 90, founder and CEO,
Monday, October 10
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit
http://mot.berkeley.edu/Berkeley_Students/Students/Courses/ Course_Descriptions/telecomm_bz_models.html.

“In Working Order: Coordinating Across Occupational Groups in Organizations”
Beth Bechky, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Wednesday, October 12
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

"The Zero-Toehold Puzzle"
Espen Eckbo, Dartmouth College
Thursday, October 13
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Uri Simonhson, Wharton School
Wednesday, October 14
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

Operations and Information Technology Management Seminar
"An Inventory Model for Substitutable Products: Monopoly and Duopoly Analysis" by S. Rajagopalan (Raj), Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Friday, October 14
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

“Diffusion and Agency in the Construction of Institutional Environments: The Adoption and Repeal of State Prohibition Regulations in the United States 1850-1918” by Anand Swaminathan, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Wednesday, October 19
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Liquidity and the Law of One Price: The Case of the Futures/Cash Basis" by Richard Roll, UCLA
Thursday, October 20
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 pm
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.

Karsten Hansen, Northwestern University
Friday, October 21
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Laura Gardner at Lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu.

"Opportunities and Challenges in IP- based Communications: Equipment Provider Perspective" by Don Proctor, senior vice president, Voice Technology Group, Cisco Systems
Monday, October 24
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit http://mot.berkeley.edu/Berkeley_Students/Students/Courses/ Course_Descriptions/telecomm_bz_models.html.

“A New Look at Sex Harassment” by Jennifer Berdahl, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Wednesday, October 26
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Deborah Houy at houy@haas.berkeley.edu.

"What Can Rational Investors Do About Excessive Volatility and Sentiment Fluctuations?" by Raman Uppal, London Business School
Thursday, October 27
4:10 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.
For more information, contact June Wong at june@haas.berkeley.edu.


Berkeley Real Estate Alumni ( BREA) Evening Honoring Doug Giffin
Thursday, October 13
5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Pyramid Alehouse, 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley
BREA invites all Bay Area alumni to join us for an evening at Pyramid Alehouse honoring Doug Giffin.
To RSVP, contact Desmona Armstrong at desmona@chamb.com.

Evening of Networking and Financial Planning
Tuesday, October 18
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
UBS Financial Services, 2185 N. California Blvd., Suite 400, Walnut Creek
The East Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network invites you to attend a special networking and financial planning event. Wine, soft drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served courtesy of the East Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network. The evening will be a great way to meet other Haas alumni, and there will be an informal discussion on investment options, diversifying portfolios, stock options, and much more. To register, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=96978. For more information, contact Dean Suzuki at dean.suzuki@ubs.com or Oliver Cruz at cruzon54@yahoo.com.

Entertainment and New Media Law Reception and Discussion
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw and Pittman, 2550 Hanover Street, Palo Alto
The South Bay Haas Alumni Chapter and South Bay Boalt Alumni invite you to a reception and special talk on entertainment and new media law. Boalt Professor Peter Menell, co-founder of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, will give a lecture addressing "Indirect Copyright Liability: From Betamax to Grokster." Reception is at 6:00 p.m., followed by a discussion at 7:00 p.m.
For more information and to RSVP, contact rsvp@law.berkeley.edu.

Fall Mixer
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tap House Grill, 550 106th Avenue, N.E., Bellevue, Washington
Join fellow Seattle-area Haas alumni at an informal fall mixer at the Tap House Grill in Bellevue. Meet and congratulate new-to-Seattle Haas alumni and mingle with fellow classmates and local alumni. Appetizers supplied by Seattle HAN Chapter. Guests at the mixer will include: Jett Pihakis, director, MBA Domestic Admissions, and Pete Johnson, director, MBA International Admissions.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Niandong Wang at niandongwang04@mba.berkeley.edu.

Panel Discussion, “Human Stem Cells: Biotechnology’s Next Generation”
Wednesday, October 19
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Los Angeles Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Join Los Angeles Haas Alumni for the Discover Cal in Southern California Lecture Series at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion. The panel discussion will be on "Human Stem Cells: Biotechnology's Next Generation." Join Professors Randy Schekman and Robert Knight to explore the complexities and promise of stem cell biology and how it might contribute to major breakthroughs in human health. Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, a member of the state's Proposition 71 stem cell oversight committee, will introduce the lecture.
To register, go to http://www.urel.berkeley.edu/socal/.

Thursday, October 20
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Schroeder's Cafe, 240 Front St San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network for a great networking event with top business school alumni in the Bay Area. Meet and greet over 100 MBAs from a cross-section of top Bay Area firms. Oktoberfest Haas Connection welcomes Insead, Columbia, London Business School, Wharton, Harvard, MIT, and Women in Leadership.
For more information, contact alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

Fourth Annual Haas Gala: Rhapsody in Blue and Gold
Friday, October 21
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco Marriott, 55 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Join us for the fourth annual black tie gala at the San Francisco Marriott. We will honor the Haas School's Business Leader of the Year, Barclay Simpson, BS 66. He is Chairman of the Board of Simpson Manufacturing Co. Janet Yellen will be the featured keynote speaker. Janet is the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Eugene E. and Catherine M. Trefethen Professor of Business Administration, Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group; Professor, Department of Economics and former Chair, President's Council of Economic Advisors. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The gala is black tie optional. Parking details will be forthcoming.
To register, go to www.haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/haasgala. For more information, contact Haas Alumni Relations at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

Wednesday, October 26
12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.
The Cornell Club – New York, 6 East 44th Street, New York
Please join fellow alumni for a luncheon with Dean Lyons in New York. Dean Lyons will provide New York alumni with an update on the school, as well as talk briefly about his area of expertise. He will speak on the value of the US dollar, what is currently influencing it and where he sees it going.
To register, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=95308. For more information, contact Haas Alumni Relations at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

Thursday, October 27
12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m.
City Club of Washington at Columbia Square, 555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
Please join fellow alumni for a luncheon with Dean Lyons in Washington, DC. Dean Lyons will provide Washington, DC alumni with an update on the school, as well as talk briefly about his area of expertise. Dean Lyons will speak on the value of the US dollar, what is currently influencing it and where he sees it going.
To register, go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=95309. For more information, contact Haas Alumni Relations at alumni@haas.berkeley.edu.

Private Tour of the Paramount Theater
Saturday, October 29
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
The East Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network invites you to join an exclusive group of fellow Haas alumni for a unique, private tour of the historic landmark in Oakland, the Paramount Theater. See the art deco décor in all its splendor, amazing ornaments, and a mighty Wurlitzer movie organ. Attendees will get to see the stage, audience space, grand staircase, the "underbelly" - even the powder rooms you normally don't go to. If you can, join your fellow alumni for a no-host lunch afterwards at the famed Vietnamese restaurant Pho 84, 354 17th Street, Oakland.
RSVP for the tour at http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=96071. For information, contact Marina Gracias at 415-222-7711 or Franziska Raedeker at fraedeker@alumni.haas.org.

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