Conference

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Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:30 AM
Registration & Coffee with classmates and Continental Breakfast Bank of America Forum/O'Donnell Courtyard
Reconnect with classmates at designated areas for each reunion class.

 

9:30 AM
Welcome & Berkeley-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 AM
Make Your Business Your Data: Why Data Assets Are Not Just the Domain of Tech Companies Andersen Auditorium
Timothy Campos, BCEMBA 10/11, CIO, Facebook & former CIO, KLA-Tencor
Today's world of 'Big Data' and mobile computing has created a tremendous opportunity for companies to think differently about their core assets. Technology has created opportunity for companies to turn their data into a highly differentiated asset. Tim Campos, CIO of Facebook and former CIO of KLA-Tencor will discuss why companies might want to rethink their technology strategies and even their culture to take advantage of these new opportunities.
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11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions
 
The Other F Word: Failure and How Successful Leaders Put It to Work TBD
Mark Coopersmith, BA 82, MBA 86, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
John Danner, MPH and MEd 74, JD 75, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
Failure is a fundamentally misunderstood and underutilized resource. In their engaging and provocative talk about their upcoming book The Other F Word, Coopersmith and Danner will expand your view of failure by offering a process to become a more failure savvy leader: recognizing failure earlier, minimizing its damage, and harnessing lessons learned to improve future outcomes. You'll walk away with strategies you can start employing immediately, and will never look at failure the same way again!
 
Workshop: Telling Your Story iLab, Memorial Stadium
Clark Kellogg, Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
What's your story? We tell our story every time we meet someone new; at an alumni event, at a business meeting, job interview, a party. Ever been inspired listening to someone tell their story? You want to hear more! Ever been bored? You want to hear less!

In this 75-minute, learn-by-doing workshop, based on Problem Finding, Problem Solving methodology, we will understand what makes a good story great. Then, we'll make some great stories - about you. But, making a story is only part of it. You will also learn how to tell your story.
 
Panel Discussion: Behind the Scenes with Executive Recruiters C230
Moderated by Lara Klein, Associate Director, MBA Career Management Group, Berkeley-Haas
Panelists:
Scott Atkinson, Principal, Heidrick & Struggles
Jennifer Holmstrom, FTMBA 05, Executive Search, Facebook
Marty McMahon, FTMBA 01, Managing Director, FlemingMartin, LLC
Beth Newman, Managing Associate, Korn Ferry International

A panel of executive recruiters representing diverse industries and functional areas will share their insights and advice. Topics will include current hiring trends, how to get on a recruiter's radar, how to build a fruitful relationship with a recruiter, and other career management advice.
 
Rankings & Strategy: What do They Have in Common? Koret Interactive Center
Jo Mackness, FTMBA 04, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer, and Senior Associate Dean, Berkeley- Haas, and
Ute Frey, Deputy Director of Marketing & Communications, Berkeley-Haas
Popular rankings, such as US News and Businessweek, provide an easy way to evaluate business school programs, but how reliable are they? This session offers a glimpse at how some of the major rankings work and why they can yield such different evaluations of the same program. While rankings are clearly critical to Haas' reputation, they are not the only driver of our school's continued success. Learn about the Haas School's 2021 strategic plan including the unique assets we plan to build on that will position us for even greater success in the marketplace and how you can help.
 
How to Get People to Pay What They Want...and Still Pay Something TBD
Leif Nelson, Ewald T. Grether Professor in Business Administration & Marketing, Berkeley-Haas
Economics and common sense both agree that customers will always seek to pay the lowest possible price. Recently, an alternative pricing model offers customers a chance to "pay what you want," typically including the option of paying nothing at all. Can a retailer offer such a price and still turn a profit? Professor Leif Nelson will share a number of field experiments (from book sellers, doughnut stands, and amusement parks) showing that pay-what-you-want pricing can often be the most profitable strategy available. The findings challenge the common sense assumption and offer insight into the thinking of customers and the operation of many businesses.
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12:30 - 1:45 PM
Lunch & Berkeley-Haas Alumni Benefits Expo Bank of America Forum/O'Donnell Courtyard
Catch up with classmates while relaxing in the O'Donnell Courtyard. After lunch, learn more about Executive Education, the MBA Career Management Group, Alumni Relations program, Bay Area Haas Alumni Chapters, and more. Berkeley-Haas gear will also be available to purchase.
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1:45 - 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
 
Workshop: Telling Your Story iLab, Memorial Stadium
Clark Kellogg, Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
What's your story? We tell our story every time we meet someone new; at an alumni event, at a business meeting, job interview, a party. Ever been inspired listening to someone tell their story? You want to hear more! Ever been bored? You want to hear less!

In this 75-minute, learn-by-doing workshop, based on Problem Finding, Problem Solving methodology, we will understand what makes a good story great. Then, we'll make some great stories - about you. But, making a story is only part of it. You will also learn how to tell your story.
 
The Art of Leadership Presence — Telling the Compelling Story Wells Fargo Room
Mark Rittenberg, Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
Today's managers are challenged to be more productive with reduced resources, especially with fewer employees. How then can a good leader achieve breakthrough results, communicate the most important messages and inspire employees? Lecturer Mark Rittenberg, introduces participants to an important, yet often overlooked area of leadership communication: telling the compelling story. Learn more about storytelling as a powerful leadership and learning tool as well as the fundamental principles to tell stories that educate, motivate, and inspire.
 
The Why's of the Euro Crisis TBD
Andrew Rose, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty; Bernard T. Rocca, Jr. Chair in International Business & Trade; Berkeley-Haas
Professor Andrew Rose's research and teaching explores why the Euro crisis happened, explains why it's not over yet, and shares why we should care about it.
 
Negotiations and Influence: The Art of Working with People to Get Things Done Koret Interactive Center
Holly Schroth, Senior Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
On the job and in our personal lives, we all need a broad array of negotiation skills in order to get our solutions accepted and implemented.

Using a simulated negotiation exercise, you will be introduced to a "basic toolbox" of negotiation skills and learn how to negotiate more effectively in both collaborative and competitive situations. In the process, you will explore your negotiation style and gain a greater appreciation of the importance of planning and preparation, "expanding the pie" (or ways to increase value) and developing strong working relationship.

Come prepared to gain greater confidence in your ability to negotiation and manage conflict.
 
New Lessons on Life and Career from Today's Most Respected Leaders C230
Nora Silver, Faculty Director, Center for Social Sector Leadership and Adjunct Professor, Berkeley-Haas
Paul Jansen, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company and Lecturer, Berkeley-Haas
Hear what top leaders in the country say about their careers and the work they do "outside of work" that builds their skills, expands their networks, creates unexpected opportunities and delivers persona meaning. Learn about sector hoppers, passion players or content driven-affiliators. Be among the first to hear the findings from a first of its kind Berkeley-Haas study of the multi-sector activities of 2,000 corporate CEOs and management, senior government leaders, and foundation and nonprofit presidents - and what they advise others who aspire to top leadership positions.
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3:30 - 5:00 PM
HAASx: Ideas Worth Sharing Andersen Auditorium
Emceed by Laura Kray, Professor, Warren E. and Carol Spieker Chair in Leadership, Berkeley-Haas
Buckle your seat belt! Ideas will be flying. An extraordinary group of Berkeley-Haas alumni will offer 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.
 
Speakers:
The Power of the "Why": What Mushrooms, Fish Poop, and Cereal Taught us About Starting a Business
Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, BS 09, Co-Founders, Back to the Roots
 
Power of the Haas Network: Enabling Entrepreneurship
Matthew Cooper, BCEMBA 10/11, CEO and Founder, Carmenta Bioscience
 
25 Hours a Day: Playdates and Diplomacy
Laura Flores, FTMBA 95, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations
 
Succeeding When you do Not Have a Chance
Dirk Freise, FTMBA 00, Founding Partner, Shortcut Ventures, Germany
 
My Startup Story Before I can Glamorize It
Katie Fritts, FTMBA 14, Founder, Underclub
 
How One Class at Haas Changed the Course of My Life (For the Better)
Paul Holland, EWMBA 90, General Partner, Foundation Capital; Co-Executive Producer of documentary "Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists"
 
Why Bitcoin Will Change Everything
Ian Lee, FTMBA 10, Senior Vice President, Citi Ventures
 
Leveraging Expertise to Change the World
Marion McGovern, FTMBA 85, Chairman of the Board, ReSurge International; Director, Alliance of Chief Executives
 
Yes, Culture Matters
Michaela Rodeno, EWMBA 80, CEO, St. Supery Winery (ret'd) and Co-Owner, Villa Ragazzi Winery
 
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5:00 - 5:45 PM
Networking Reception Bank of America Forum/O'Donnell Courtyard
Conclude your day on campus with invigorating conversation and a cold drink. Meet fellow alumni and featured speakers.
 
6:00 PM
Conference Conclusion

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