In this Issue • November 19, 2020

This Week
  • Class of 2023: Spring 2021 Core Waiver Sign-ups Deadline Nov 22
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
  • Program Office Dec Hours Update
Important Reminders
  • Graduate Remote Instruction Innovation Fellows Program Apps Due Nov 23
  • UC Launch Accelerator Spring 2021 Apps Due Dec 6
  • RE Launch Session 2 REcap
Student Groups
  • Haas EWMBA x UCI Merage FEMBA Mixer Nov 20
  • EWMBAA Speaker Series: Priya Bajaj, EW 22 Nov 21
  • Underrepresented Minority (URM) Networking Event Dec 1
  • Sign up to be an Admissions Ambassador!
  • EWMBAA Fitness Classes Schedule Update
  • Innovative Models for Sustainable Investment Dec 2
Career Corner
  • Your Leadership Presence & Your Real Story Nov 24
  • Criteria: Clarify Your Priorities Nov 30
  • Real Talk <> Real Support: Parenting During COVID Dec 1
  • Your Story: TMAY Dec 1
  • Small Group TMAY Practice
Program Office Tips & Tidbits
  • Fall 2020 Grade Letters
  • What to do if... You need to plan ahead for Spring 2021 fees

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This Week

Class of 2023

Spring 2021 Core Waiver Exam Sign-ups
Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you and yours a safe and delicious Thanksgiving! 
- Jamie, Janelle, Mark, Avni, Amanda, Leah, Justine, Jessica, and Vicki

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
  • The Program Office will be closed Wednesday Nov 25-Friday Nov 27.


Program Office Dec Hours Update
  • The Program Office will be closed on Fridays Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18.
  • We will also be closed Wednesday Dec 23-Sunday Jan 3 for Winter Break and resume business hours on Monday Jan 4.

Important Reminders

Graduate Remote Instruction Innovation Fellows Program
Applications Due Monday Nov 23
  • The program is intended for graduate students teaching discussion sections or stand-alone courses (e.g., Reading & Composition, studios, or foreign languages), and those GSIs who are assisting a faculty member in revising a course to be taught remotely in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021.
  • GRI Innovation Fellows will be expected to devote approximately 70 hours to the program from Dec 7 to Jan 15, 2021. This includes a one-week intensive seminar with synchronous and asynchronous components (Dec 7-11) on designing courses to enhance student learning in a remote environment. From Dec 14 to Jan 15, 2021, Fellows will work independently on the creation of course materials (in consultation with the Instructor of Record, as appropriate) and self-guided training. Each GRI Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 and a Certificate in Remote Instruction. 
  • Read more or apply here.
UC Launch Accelerator Spring 2021 Application Open
Applications Due Sunday Dec 6
  • Looking for ways to launch your startup and raise thousands of dollars in funding? LAUNCH is University of California's leading accelerator focused on transforming promising startups into scalable businesses. 
  • Three startups stand to receive up to $25,000 at the end of the accelerator program, in non-dilutive funding, i.e. we take no equity from startups in our program.
  • To apply, companies must have a working prototype that demonstrates their business’s viability and a UC student, faculty, or alum on their team. Watch how LAUNCH helped startups succeed.

Class of 2022

RE Launch Session 2 REcap
  • Thank you to those who attended the workshop led by Professor David Riemer!
  • For those of you that were not able to attend the event you can find the recording here and the slides here
  • Want to learn more about storytelling? David Riemer recommends listening to storytelling podcasts such as Snap Judgement and The Moth.

Student Groups

Haas EWMBA x UCI Merage FEMBA Mixer
Friday Nov 20, 5-6PM, Zoom (Meeting ID: 994 6796 7121, Passcode: UCMBA)
  • Please join us for an online networking experience with UC Berkeley Haas' Evening & Weekend and UC Irvine's Fully Employed MBA programs. This will provide a great opportunity to meet students from a fellow UC program and to broaden our personal and professional networks. We'll start off with two rounds of speed networking followed by open breakout rooms organized by the following industries, if not more: tech, consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, and healthcare. 
  • If you have the latest version (5.3.0) of Zoom installed, you will be able to navigate from industry room to room during the second half of the mixer. For dial-in,
    • +17866351003,,99467967121#,,,,,,0#,,606771# US (Miami)
    • +16513728299,,99467967121#,,,,,,0#,,606771# US (St. Paul)
  • Please reach out to Justin Jeffers, EW VP of Interprogram/Interclass Relations, with any questions.
EWMBAA Speaker Series: Priya Bajaj, EW 22
Saturday Nov 21, 1:10-1:50PM, Direct Zoom Link, Eventbrite Sign-up 
  • The EWMBA Association is hosting a speaker series highlighting the experiences of fellow classmates, alumni, and their networks! Up next is Priya Bajaj.
  • Priya will be covering Professional Services and how she has leveraged her MBA knowledge to be more effective in her career and in her overall professional growth at Google. She will also discuss pivoting strategies for people who want to break into Technology Consulting. Then she will be taking questions!
  • Priya currently leads a team of Program Managers at Google in the Cloud organization, and previously worked at Microsoft. Priya has 6+ years of experience in Professional Services function at technology companies serving customer-facing roles. 
  • Chats will be covering a variety of aspects - career goals, personal experiences, and particular industry insights to name a few! If you would like to nominate someone or are interested in speaking in a future Speaker Series please reach out to Kyle Cook, Shruti Sethi, or Steve Odell!
Underrepresented Minority (URM) Networking Event
Tuesday Dec 1, 12-1PM PST
  • Join us for this unique opportunity to meet members of the underrepresented minority (URM) community at EY-Parthenon and learn more about a career in strategy consulting. The event will include:
    • An overview of EY-P and our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
    • Small breakout rooms in which students can connect with EY-Parthenon URM Consultants.
  • Sign-up for the event on CampusGroups by Sunday Nov 29 to receive the Zoom link.
A Message from your VPs of Admissions

Sign up to be an Admissions Ambassador!
  • Loving your experience at Haas and want to tell the world? As an Admissions Ambassador you'll be matched up with prospective students considering the EWMBA program and answer their questions about your experiences with the program, the classes, and the opportunities. Sign up here!
  • Contact your EWMBAA VPs of Admissions for more information (Anita Xavier, Chris Kim, Krishna Medarametla, Rana Gidwani, and Steve Odell).
EWMBAA Fitness Classes Schedule Update
Class When Link
Bollywood Workout Sunday 10AM Zoom Meeting ID: 918 4048 3825 Passcode: bollywood
Power Pilates Last class on Nov 24, 5PM Zoom Meeting ID: 980 9234 5343 Passcode: pilates
Zoom-ba Wednesday 6PM Zoom Meeting ID: 961 0561 8076 Passcode: Zoom-ba
Haasie HIIT Nov 26 Cancelled
Last class Dec 3, 5PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 985 4745 1215 Passcode: hiit


Innovative Models for Sustainable Investment
Wednesday Dec 2, 4:30-6PM, PST
  • Interested in learning more about innovative financial models being used to solve complex environmental and social challenges? The Sustainable & Impact Finance Initiative at Berkeley Haas invites you to a hands-on workshop will feature industry professionals developing and applying sustainable investing models.
  • The first half of the event will be a moderated discussion of our speakers’ work in sustainable finance and experience with the Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge.
  • The second half will be targeted breakout sessions for students to begin formulating their own sustainable investment models.
  • Register here.

Career Corner

Your Leadership Presence & Your Real Story
Tuesday Nov 24, 5-6PM PST
Register in BEARS!
  • Our Leadership Presence & Your Real Story Workshop will give you tools and ways of being that will support you in showing up as the real deal.
  • What we are finding is that as you go out into the market and have conversations with people, your ability to communicate your confidence, your curiosity, and your clarity of intention is priceless in cultivating relationships and creating job/career opportunities.

Criteria: Clarify Your Priorities to Lead to Meaningful Work
Monday Nov 30, 12-1PM PST
Register in BEARS!
  • Are you interested in making a career change but not sure how to evaluate potential roles?
  • The Criteria workshop will help you clarify your priorities for your next role and develop criteria that can be used to assess roles and companies. 

Real Talk <> Real Support: Parenting During COVID
Tuesday Dec 1, 12-1PM PST
Register in BEARS!

  • In recognition of the challenges that many parents in the Haas population have been facing in the time of COVID in trying to simultaneously serve as parent, professional, school teacher and MBA student, two mothers on the CMG Career Coaching team have developed a session to give parents space to connect with and support each other as well as practical steps that can be taken right now to create more balance and sense of control.

Your Story: Tell Me About Yourself
Tuesday Dec 1, 4:30-6PM PST
Register in BEARS!

  • In this interactive webinar, you will:
    • Learn the important elements to include in your story
    • Have opportunities to practice
    • Get feedback and refine
    • Work on the non-verbals, (body language, tone, pace, etc.)
  • You will leave feeling more confident and able to effectively convey your unique story and how it aligns with the next step in your career.

Small Group TMAY Practice
Multiple dates and times available

  • Join two of your peers and a CMG coach to practice and get feedback on your "Tell me about yourself - TMAY." We encourage you to sign up for a TMAY workshop prior to this practice session and to have a draft TMAY to test out during the session. Get started early because finding the right stories to tell and being able to tell them well takes time. Waiting until you get an interview to prep will be too late.
  • To sign up for a practice session, please log in to CMG BEARS, navigate to the Events module, and type Small Group TMAY Practice in the search bar.   

Program Office Tips & Tidbits

Fall 2020 Grade Letters
  • Official grade letters for the Fall 2020 semester will not be available until Jan. Professors cannot start entering grades to CalCentral until Dec 5 and the final deadline is Dec 23.
  • Please review your employers documentation requirements carefully. If your employer's year end deadline for reimbursement is before Dec 23 but your grades have not posted to CalCentral, unofficial grade letters stating you "received a grade of B- or better" can be requested via this form and by submitting proof of B- or better to
  • Review other documentation options here.
What to do if... You need to plan ahead for Spring 2021 fees

How to Calculate the Spring 2021 Fees
  • The all inclusive per unit fee for 2020-2021 is $3464. Multiply that by the number of units you will be taking.
  • Spring 2021 tuition will be due in January. Enrollment in the Fee Payment Plan is per semester, not per year. Students must enroll in the plan again for Spring 2021.
Setting up your Direct Deposit Account
  • A Direct Deposit Electronic Funds Transfer Account is the easiest way to get refunds. 
  • Go to CalCentral > My Finances > Financial Resources > Billing & Payments > Direct Deposit.
  • Complete the steps to set up your account.
1098-T Form
  • Students will receive notification that their 1098-T form is read by the end of Jan 2021. More information here on the Student Billing website.
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