University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business

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Pablo Clarke

Pablo Clarke
MBA 13

Attorney
US Department of Housing & Urban Development
San Francisco, California

Previous Degrees:
JD, University of Arizona

BA, Latin American History, Princeton University

Perhaps by nature, and certainly by training, Pablo Clarke describes his attorney colleagues as "risk averse, often looking for ways to say no." The Berkeley MBA program and his classmates are helping him better understand the value in saying yes, why not, or let's give that a try.

"At first I wondered why I needed to take classes like Organizational Behavior, Leadership Communications and Operations. But they helped me understand that every entity has its own ecology. Since taking those classes, I've been able to Question the Status Quo in my organization and think about ways of improving the organization's ecology without disrupting everything and everyone."

"My cohort has a unique personality, a real identity. We have a real class spirit. I am surviving the rigor of the coursework thanks to the sense of community among my classmates."

"It is apparent that we not only work well together, we play well together. One proof of that is, in the summer when we might want to get away from the thought of school we have plans for barbecues and baseball games. In fact, 40 people are due at my place in Napa in a couple of weeks for a wine tasting."

"The alumni who focused on real estate in their studies have been incredibly responsive, and the effect is exponential. When I contact one person, he refers me on to four or five of his contacts. It really opens the gates."

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