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Haas served up two food-related events this fall and hosted a diverse caste of business leaders on campus who talked about everything from the euro zone to the art of enchantment.
Former Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka, now president of the National Bank of Poland, kicked off the Dean’s Speaker Series in the fall semester with a talk Aug. 30 on how the sovereign-debt crisis has affected the euro zone’s prospects for enlargement.
Taste of Haas brought together the Bay Area alumni chapters for an evening of food, wine, and friendship at Williams-Sonoma’s San Francisco flagship store in Union Square on Sept. 15. Felynn Haberecht, Larissa Roesch, and Carolina Lau, all MBA 97, were among the alumni who reunited at this sold-out event.
Former Dean and Professor Emeritus Raymond Miles and his wife, Lucile, also sampled the delicious food and wine from a variety of Bay Area purveyors, many of whom are Haas alumni, at Taste of Haas.
Taste of Haas brought together alumni from different years and programs, including Bill Lavis, BA 83 (L&S), and Donald Yuirck, BS 98.
On Sept. 22, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship hosted an event at Haas titled “Food Entrepreneurship: Surviving the Recession—Strategies to Remain Profitable in Hard Times.” The panel discussion featured (l. to r.) Bob Burke, president, Ovation Hospitality Consulting, also former president, Pat Kuleto Restaurant Co. and Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.; fifth-generation vintner Joel Gott, founder, Joel Gott Wines, Bandit Wines, Three Thieves, and Gott’s Roadside restaurant; and Noah Alper, founder and former CEO, Noah’s Bagels.
The sold-out Lester Center event also included a sampling of foods and wines, including Krave Jerkey, owned by Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA student Jon Sebastiani, BCEMBA 12.
Tim Westergren, founder and chief strategy officer of Pandora, shared the challenges and successes of starting and growing the Internet radio company with students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program on Sept. 23.
Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist at Apple, shared insights in his new book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. He argued that rather than creating mission statements, companies should create