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Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez are the co-founders of Back to the Roots (Oakland, CA). Back to the Roots is on a mission to reconnect families to food through its innovative and award winning Ready-to-Grow products (Mushroom Mini Farm, Water Garden, Garden-in-a-Can) and a new Ready-to-Eat line(Organic Stoneground Flakes breakfast cereal, Breakfast Toppers). Their products are sold in over 8000 stores nationwide, including Whole Foods, Target, The Home Depot, Costco, Nordstrom, Petco, and Amazon.

Nikhil & Alejandro have also been recognized for their leadership in social entrepreneurship and food innovation by Forbes 30 Under 30, INC 30 under 30, BusinessWeek's Top 25 Social Entrepreneurs, INC 500, CNN's 10 Next Gen Entrepreneurs to Watch, Martha Stewart's Top 10 American Made, and President Obama's Champions of Change.

The company was founded by the duo during their last semester of college at UC Berkeley when they fell in love with an idea for urban farming and learning that mushrooms could grow on 100% recycle coffee grounds.

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Sara Beckman - View faculty bio

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Tim CamposTim Campos is a business-focused tech leader and the CIO of Facebook. He believes the world can be made a better place with technology and data. This belief motivates him and his teams to engineer novel solutions to Big Data's challenges. With over 20 years of industry experience in both Software Engineering and Information Technology, Tim has a unique understanding of the challenges in both developing and applying Information Technology.

Tim serves as a Director of JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ: JDSU), a company that serves markets at the heart of what's important, making virtually every network in the world faster and more reliable. JDSU also applies its sophisticated optical technologies to a range of markets that use light to achieve a unique purpose, from fighting counterfeiting and protecting consumer brands to enabling satellites.

Prior to Facebook, Tim served as the CIO and VP of Information Technology at KLA-Tencor. Under Tim, KLA-Tencor completed global implementations of SAP R/3, SAP CRM, MatrixOne, and PeopleSoft, as well as several infrastructure initiatives.

Prior to KLA-Tencor, Tim worked at internet startup Portera Systems where he was responsible for engineering and hosting architecture. In addition to developing Portera's Issue Tracking application service, Tim helped to expand Portera's customer base to Europe and Asia through technical innovations which enabled Portera to globally serve its SaaS based application.

Tim has an MBA from Columbia University and a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Tim sits on the Dean's Advisory Circle at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, is a member of the board for the Fisher IT Center therein, as well as the board of the Children's Discovery Museum, YearUp Bay Area, and several Silicon Valley startups.

Tim believes in people, and when he isn't working, he spends time bridging the technology divide by creating education and employment opportunities for underprivileged youth. Tim also believes in love, and has found it in his wife, Shannon, and their two children.

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Matthew Cooper, Ph.D., DABT, is currently the CEO and founder of Carmenta Bioscience, a company addressing unmet medical needs in maternal and fetal health. He also serves on the board of directors for the Preeclampsia Foundation, a patient advocacy group with the mission to reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Matthew also serves as the lead of StartX Med, an incubator for Stanford biomedical spin-outs, and is also an advisor to SPARK, the translational medicine program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Previously, Matthew served as the founding Chief Scientific Officer of Syapse, a biomedical software company, as well as executive roles at Roche and Biogen Idec.

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Mark Coopersmith is a corporate executive, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and professor. A Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, he teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to students and executives from around the world. He has built and run global businesses for Sony and Newell Rubbermaid, has launched successful Silicon Valley startups, and speaks frequently to international audiences. He and his family live in Tiburon, CA. Visit http://markcoopersmith.com/

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John Danner is a management consultant, professor, and entrepreneur. He advises global enterprises and emerging ventures, and anchors international executive education programs. He teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership at the University of California Berkeley and Princeton University; and conceived the idea for TED University. A frequent keynote speaker at conferences on five continents, he and his wife live in Berkeley, CA and New York City. Visit http://johndanner.com/

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Ambassador Laura Flores was appointed to her current post as Panama's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in August 2014. Ms. Flores is a well-traveled and widely connected international executive with over 20 years experience in human development, public administration, marketing and communications, and project management in areas such as education, conservation, and public health.

Prior to arriving in New York, Ms. Flores served as Assistant Representative for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, heading the Panama country office over a period of 8 years in its programme and advocacy efforts in support of maternal health, youth and adolescents, gender equality and population dynamics. Between 2002 and 2006, Ms. Flores was Director for Business & Industry at the global conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington, DC where she led the mission-critical effort to build public-private partnerships with Fortune 500 companies. Between 1999 and 2002, she established and managed the Business Initiatives Office for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City.

Ms. Flores' previous appointments as a senior official to the Panamanian Government included investment promotion responsibilities as Director for the Interoceanic Region Authority (ARI), which managed the transition of real estate assets returning to Panama alongside the Canal operation. She also served as the first Vice Minister for Foreign Trade when she created the cabinet-level organization to oversee investment and export promotion and trade negotiations. Her work was instrumental in establishing the temporary headquarters for the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations (2001-2003) in the Republic of Panama.

Ms. Flores holds a BA degree from Brown University in Economics and International Relations, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and also proficient in French and Italian. She is a dedicated mother of her seven-year old son, Max.

Worldly and with ample experience in management and strategic partnerships, Laura joined UNFPA in 2006. Prior, she was Director, Corporate Marketing at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC. She also served as the first Vice minister for Foreign Trade for Panama. Laura holds a BA in Economics and Int'l Relations from Brown University, and an MBA from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. She lives in Panama City.

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Ute Frey manages the promotion of Haas School news online, in social media, media relations, periodicals such as BerkeleyHaas magazine, and through popular business school surveys and rankings. She consults and works closely with internal clients, including the school's leadership, all six degree programs, and Development and Alumni Relations in developing internal and external communications strategies and recommendations.

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Katie Fritts is the founder of Underclub, a subscription service for women's underwear focused on delighting subscribers and giftees with a customized monthly delivery. Katie started Underclub in July 2014 shortly after graduating from Berkeley Haas, and launching the company has been a fun and crazy ride so far! underclub.co

Prior to founding Underclub, Katie developed extensive experience at the intersection of femcare, retail and technology. Katie has spearheaded startup projects focused on technology innovation in the femcare industry and consulted with several technology and retail companies during her time in Investment Banking at Citigroup. Katie holds a BS in Commerce from University of Virginia, McIntire School, and an MBA from Berkeley Haas.

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Paul Holland's primary focus is on helping early-stage start-ups go from zero to $100M in revenue. He helped take public two venture-funded software start-ups, Kana Communications (KANA) with Mark Gainey, and Pure Software (RATL) with Reed Hastings. Paul currently serves on the board of directors for CalStar Products, Dreambox Learning, InsideView , Simply Hired and SpoonRocket; and previously for Chegg(CHGG), MobileIron (MOBL), Averail (acquired by MobileIron), Coverity (acquired by Synopsys), Conformia (acquired by Oracle), Ketera (acquired by Rearden Commerce), RouteScience (acquired by Avaya), Talking Blocks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), and TuVox (acquired by West). Paul is an active board observer at Assemblage, Blend, KIK and Platejoy.

Prior to joining Foundation Capital, was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Kana Communications, one of the top IPOs of its vintage. Before Kana, Paul was a vice president and general manager for another highly successful start-up, Pure Software. He began his professional career at SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute).

Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Linda Yates, and their three daughters, Kylie, Devon, and Piper. In his spare time he enjoys volleyball, poker, traveling (he has visited over 60 countries to date), and with his wife, built the highest LEED point house in the country. www.tahmahlah.com

Paul has been guest lecturer on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business, Harvard Business School, Wharton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, James Madison University, and the Stanford Graduate School of Engineering. He is a supporter of Project BUILD in East Palo Alto, the Bing School at Stanford, Nueva School, and Sustainable Silicon Valley. He is the Co-Executive Producer of a critically acclaimed documentary on the origins of the venture capital industry called Something Ventured, and is the past president of the Western Association of Venture Capital.

Paul received an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley; an MA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia; and a BS from James Madison University.

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Paul Jansen is Director Emeritus from McKinsey & Company and Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business. At McKinsey & Company, he co-founded and led the Global Nonprofit Practice (serving) (leading) nonprofits and foundations on issues of strategy and organization. He is the author of many articles and reports challenging sector beliefs about performance, including a 12 co-authored report entitled, The Dynamic Board: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits. Jansen teaches Social Sector Solutions and Nonprofit Boards: Governance and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. He serves as Chair of the board of CARE USA and was the former board chair of the SF Zoo. Jansen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS from UC Berkeley.

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Clark Kellogg, is a Berkeley-Haas lecturer who teaches about Design Thinking and Innovation. He focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. His popular MBA course, Problem Finding Problem Solving, is consistently among the highest ranked by Haas students. Clark is a designer and artist who loves storytelling. He was trained as an architect at UC Berkeley.

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Lara Klein is a career advisor and coach with the Berkeley-Haas MBA Career Management Group (CMG). She has over 15 years of experience in human resources and recruiting having worked for Sony, International Creative Management, and Sanyo (now Panasonic). She has spent the last five years of her career coaching MBA students and alumni at New York University, Stern School of Business and Berkeley Haas School of Business.

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Laura Kray is the Warren E. and Carol Spieker Professor of Leadership at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Kray earned her doctorate in social psychology and she applies this lens to her work on gender, negotiations, meaning making, and problem solving. She has published over 40 articles in a range of top psychology and management outlets. Her work has received numerous "Best Paper" awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management and received multiple awards from the National Science Foundation. In 2008, her work on gender and negotiations was recognized with the "Most Influential Paper" award from the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. Kray's research on gender has also been featured in National Public Radio, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Financial Times, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Scientific American, Business Week, and Time.com. She teaches courses on negotiations, leading high impact teams, and leadership to MBAs and executives, and she has been recognized for her teaching excellence with ongoing membership in Haas' "Club 6." She is the founding director of the Behavioral Lab at Berkeley-Haas. She is also the founder and current faculty director of the Women's Executive Leadership Program of the Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley. She provides leadership training to for-profit and non-profit organizations across the globe.

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Ian Lee is working with leaders and teams across Citi to build the company's end-to-end system for discovering, accelerating, and commercializing breakthrough technologies and new growth businesses. Currently, he is helping lead Citi's explorations in blockchain technology. Ian brings over ten years of experience in strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship to Citi Ventures, and he co-founded two startups, including a communications app and social enterprise. Prior to joining Citi Ventures, Ian was part of Deloitte's global innovation executive team, where he led initiatives to bring emerging technologies and disruptive new business models to the professional services industry. He spent more than six years as a management consultant at Monitor-Deloitte, working on strategy development, operations improvement, and organizational change projects for technology, automotive, and aerospace companies. Ian also has experience in investment banking, wealth management, marketing, advertising, and graphic design. Ian has an MBA from UC Berkeley and double bachelor degrees in Design Technology / Media Arts and Economics from UCLA. As a resident of San Francisco, Ian is an avid sailor, and he has a passion for renaissance art and architecture, live concerts, and international travel. He is currently on the lookout for his next adventure.

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Rich Lyons began as Dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2008. Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1993, Rich was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his BS from Berkeley (finance) and PhD from MIT (economics). His research and teaching are mostly in international finance, though his more recent work explores how business leadership drives innovation, an area of strategic importance to Berkeley-Haas. In 1998 Rich received Berkeley's highest teaching honor and from 2006-08 he was on leave at Goldman Sachs as their Chief Learning Officer, focusing on leadership development for managing directors.

Principal changes at Berkeley-Haas under Dean Lyons include culture, collaboration space and leadership. Long known for areas like technology, entrepreneurship, strategy and social impact, Berkeley- Haas drove its strengths more deeply into admissions and other critical processes with a set of four defining culture principles: Question the status quo, Confidence without attitude, Students always and Beyond yourself. Collaboration space is another area of heavy investment at the school, including a new courtyard, a new "active library" adjoining the courtyard, a new innovation lab, and a new education building for breakout, flexible-use, event, and gathering spaces. In a world where education is increasingly digital, some parts of education will always be best delivered face-to-face in cutting-edge spaces. On leadership, Berkeley-Haas has pulled together its advantage being in the SF/Silicon Valley area, its distinctive culture and its preeminent faculty into a curriculum designed to deliver a signature brand of more innovative and entrepreneurial leadership.

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Marion McGovern is a senior executive with a strong track record of building enterprises, optimizing human capital and delivering results. She founded M² Consulting Inc. in 1988, and oversaw its growth from a novel idea to a national enterprise, which she then sold to a public South African human capital company in 2005. McGovern wrote a book, A New Brand of Expertise: How Independent Consultants are Transforming the World of Work. From 2005 -2013, McGovern was been as adjunct Professorat the University of San Francisco School of Management, teaching courses in Human Resources and Management Communications. In 2013, McGovern became a Director at the Alliance of CEOs, an organization that fosters an environment of strategic exchange for business leaders. Since 1999, McGovern has served on the Board of Directors of CPP Inc., the publisher of the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator. She currently serves as the Chair of ReSurge International, a humanitarian agency that provides reconstructive surgery to the poor in developing countries and builds surgical capacity in those regions. She is a member of The World President's Organization (WPO), where she currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Northern California Chapter. She has three grown children and lives with her husband in San Francisco where she enjoys running, golf, fine wines and playing with her Labrador puppy, Lucy.

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Marty McMahon co-founded FlemingMartin in 2011 and manages the firm's San Francisco Bay Area office. He focuses on senior management assignments for clients that are developing disruptive technology and innovative business models. Marty specializes in learning new technologies and their applications very quickly and then evangelizing his client companies in the marketplace.

Prior to establishing FlemingMartin, Marty opened and managed the San Francisco Bay Area office of a leading West Coast Retained Executive Search firm. He has extensive search experience working with middle market companies as well as large multinational corporations. Marty has more than 20 years of leadership and operations experience serving a number of premier organizations including the United States Navy, Accenture, and CEVA Logistics. He has been responsible for leading large teams, managing P&L's across multiple geographies and guiding strategy in start-up environments. He has distinguished himself through his ability to effectively lead client companies through periods of intense transition and uncertainty.

Marty holds an MBA (Management of Technology emphasis) from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a BS with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Marty currently serves as a Board Member for U.C. Berkeley Center for Executive Education and is a former Board Member for the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and the Bay Area Chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Marty and his family reside in Danville, CA.

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Beth Newman is a Managing Associate in the San Francisco office of Korn Ferry and has been member of The Life Sciences Sector Practice since 2004.

Ms. Newman's recruitment project experience includes work primarily in the medical device, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and biotechnology industries. She has successfully completed searches across a wide spectrum of business functions including C-Suite members, General Management, Finance, Operations/Manufacturing, Clinical and Product Development, Research, Medical Affairs, Sales, and Marketing.

Beth spent the previous 3 years of her career in a variety of recruiting and strategic staffing roles for high technology and software development organizations such as Sun Microsystems, and ParcPlace/Digitalk in the Silicon Valley. Immediately prior to joining Korn Ferry she was a Business Development Manager with a boutique Human Resources consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Newman holds a Bachelors Degree in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley. Born in Denver, Colorado, Ms. Newman currently resides with her family in Mill Valley, California.

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Clark Kellogg, is a Berkeley-Haas lecturer who teaches about Design Thinking and Innovation. He focuses his work around hybrid uses of design strategy in communication, new media, organizational leadership, and facility design and planning. His popular MBA course, Problem Finding Problem Solving, is consistently among the highest ranked by Haas students. Clark is a designer and artist who loves storytelling. He was trained as an architect at UC Berkeley.

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Leif Nelson is the Ewald T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Marketing, and the current chair of the Marketing Group at Berkeley-Haas. Trained as a psychologist at Princeton University, Leif has investigated the behavior of people betting on sports, how advertisements influence their enjoyment of television programs, and how simple commitment devices can encourage hotel guests to conserve water. Most recently he has done detailed investigations into corporate social responsibility, charitable giving, and the viability of consumer elective pricing.

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Brandi Pearce - View faculty bio

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For over twenty years, Dr. Mark Rittenberg has helped organizations create communities of excellence among their people and empowered individuals to become true leaders with the ability to actualize a vision -- all through the power of communication. Dr. Rittenberg believes that important personal, social, and business problems can be effectively addressed using the Active Communicating methodology he developed -- which draws upon the actor's discipline of engaging, creative and effective communication.

Dr. Rittenberg's experience extends around the globe, across cultures and across industries. In Israel in the 1970's and 1980's, he was able to use theatrical activities to build cultural bridges and develop mutual respect among the Israeli and Palestinian students in his workshops. In South Africa, he served as Professor of Education specializing in teacher training workshops in arts based education as an interventionist working with at-risk youths in disadvantaged situations. Based upon this work, Dr. Rittenberg was awarded the J. William Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and traveled to post-apartheid South Africa in an attempt to rebuild the self-esteem and confidence that had been shattered in Black communities during years of segregation. In 1999, he was asked to return to Israel and apply his cultural conflict resolution experience in Middle East peace initiatives with the Young Leaders Network.

Dr. Rittenberg currently teaches expressive communication and presentation in Executive Education Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Rittenberg holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. He also holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education from San Francisco State and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Education and Social Welfare

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Michaela Rodeno is a business leader, entrepreneur, corporate director, consultant, grape grower, wife, mother, author, and co-founder of Women for WineSense. Her 40-year career in the wine business in Napa Valley began serendipitously with the arrival of Domaine Chandon, where as employee #2 she learned wine on the job and evolved into the VP/Marketing. Next came a two-decade position leading another startup, St. Supéry, as its first CEO. Recently she relaunched the family's tiny Villa Ragazzi, described as "perhaps the best Sangiovese in California," and published a memoir, From Bubbles to Boardrooms. She has BA and MA degrees in French Literature from UC Davis, and an MBA from Berkeley/Haas.

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Andrew K. Rose is the B.T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Business in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley; he serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Faculty. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (based in Cambridge, MA), and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (based in London, England). He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.Phil. from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and his B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Rose has published over one hundred and sixty papers, including ninety articles in refereed economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Finance. His research addresses issues in international trade, finance, and macroeconomics, and has received more than 30,000 citations. His teaching is in the areas of international macroeconomics; he has won two teaching awards.

Rose was the managing editor of The Journal of International Economics from 1995 through 2001, and was the founding director of the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy at Haas and the Risk Management Institute at the National University of Singapore. He has organized over forty-five academic conferences.

Rose is interested in the theory and practice of economic policy, and most of his work is applied and driven by "real world" international phenomena. A citizen of three countries, he has worked on six continents and at a number of international economic agencies, including: the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also worked at a number of national agencies, including: the US Department of Treasury, HM Treasury (UK), the Canadian Department of Finance; and the central banks of: Australia, Canada, England, Europe, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. He has visited a number of other universities, including Cape Town, EUI, FUB, INSEAD, London School of Economics, Melbourne, NUS, Princeton, SHUFE, SMU, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Tsinghua, ULB, and Victoria.

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Holly Schroth, M.A., Ph.D., is an award-winning senior lecturer at the Haas and a leading author of negotiation exercise materials used by educators and trainers worldwide.

Holly teaches "Negotiations and Conflict Resolution" and "Organizational Behavior" to executives, MBAs and undergraduates. She has won several awards from MBA students for teaching excellence, was voted "favorite professor" by a BusinessWeek online poll of undergraduates across the United U.S., and was awarded the Earl F. Cheit award for excellence in teaching.

Holly consults to and teaches executives at a number of organizations in the United States and abroad, including Google, Intel, You Tube, Kaiser Permanente, T-Mobile, Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, Universal Studios and Xerox as well as many government entities.

She has published several articles on negotiation and procedural justice and has created several negotiation exercises in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Prior to joining the Haas faculty in 1992, Holly was a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. She received an M.A. in psychology and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Nora Silver is the founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership and an Adjunct Professor at Haas. She teaches Social Sector Solutions, Social Sector Solutions for Social Enterprises, Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations, and Cal Strategic Philanthropy (undergraduate). She is faculty sponsor for the Social Impact Speaker Series. Prior to Haas, Silver served as executive director for three nonprofit organizations, founding board chair of Board Match Plus, and consultant to hundreds of organizations worldwide on strategy and organizational development, governance and leadership, cross-sector collaboration and community engagement. Silver holds a PhD in organizational and clinical psychology. Her publications include: Telling the Whole Story: Ethnic Volunteers in America, and At The Heart: The New Volunteer Challenge to Community Agencies plus numerous articles on nonprofit network strategy and diversity.

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