Accolades & Books

Finance Star

Carrie Dolan, BS 87, MBA 97

Carrie Dolan, BS 87, MBA 97

Carrie Dolan, BS 87, MBA 97, the CFO of Lending Club, was named as the 2015 Financial Woman of the Year by the Financial Women of San Francisco. Since joining Lending Club as its first CFO in 2010, Dolan has helped build the company into the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. Operating revenue has increased from $2 million in 2010 to $81 million in early 2015. She also managed the company’s IPO, one of the top ten US-based Internet IPOs of all time. Prior to Lending Club, she was the treasurer for the Charles Schwab Corporation. Dolan also served as the CFO for Schwab Bank, which she helped launch in 2003. Before Schwab, she held a variety of financial positions at Chevron. In 2013, she was named the Bay Area CFO of the Year for Emerging Companies by the San Francisco Business Times.

An Excellent Career

Douglas Wiele, BS 76

Douglas Wiele, BS 76

Retail property developer Douglas Wiele, BS 76, president and founding partner at Foothill Partners, was recognized by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) with ICSC’s Trustees Distinguished Service Award. Wiele received the award for his industry achievement and volunteer leadership in his 35 years of ICSC involvement with roles including program committee chair, state government relations chair, state alliance co-chair, and state director, among others. Wiele currently serves on the executive board for the California Business Properties Association and is a governor’s appointee to the California Commission on Disability Access. Foothill’s redevelopment of the “Gilman District,” a Whole Foods at 9th and Gilman in Berkeley, was one of 2015’s Berkeley Design Advocates Excellence in Design Award winners.

Turning Corporations into Startups


In Hypershift, Andre Marquis, MBA 96, the executive director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, and Manav Subodh, a senior fellow at the Lester Center, share how big companies can tap the innovation secrets of Berkeley-Haas startups to enter new markets, establish brand leadership, and unlock value. Hypershift is a behind-the-scenes project that evolved during last year’s Intel Make it Wearable Challenge, which drew 10 teams of entrepreneurs from around the world to Berkeley-Haas in a high-stakes competition for $800,000 in prize money.

Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy

Madam Ambassador

In Madam Ambassador (The New Press, 2015), Eleni Kounalakis, MBA 92, recounts her three years as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary. The first Greek-American woman ever to serve as a U.S. ambassador, Kounalakis recounts her training at the State Department’s “charm school” and her three years of diplomatic life in Budapest—from protocols about seating, salutations, and embassy security to what to do when the deposed King of Greece hands you a small chocolate crown (eat it, of course). The book reveals what it is like to represent the U.S. government abroad as well as how American embassies function.

High Honors for Haas Volunteers

William P. Ledeen (left), MBA 86

William P. Ledeen (left), MBA 86, at the UC Berkeley Foundation awards.
Editor's note: Sadly, at press time we learned that Bill passed away from cancer on July 21.

Three Berkeley-Haas alumni were honored with UC Berkeley Foundation awards recognizing their outstanding volunteer fundraising efforts on campus. The Spiekers, Warren E. “Ned” Jr., BS 66, and Carol F., BA 66 (Political Science), received the Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award for their longtime leadership. William P. Ledeen, MBA 86, and Kent P. Newmark, BA 60 (Philosophy), MBA 64, each received the Trustees’ Citation, given for achievement in a major fundraising program or to those who exemplify service in support of the University’s outreach goals.

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