In this Issue • February 11, 2021

This Week
  • Monday Feb 15 Presidents' Day
  • Class of 2023: Blue & Gold Combined Cohort Day Feb 16
  • Haas Speaker Series
  • Update: Dates Posted for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Electives Enrollment
  • Class of 2023: Summer Electives Update
Important Reminders
  • Celebrating Black History Month
  • Class of 2021 & 2022: Grad Date Modification
Student Groups
  • 2021 Women in Leadership Conference Mar 4-5
Self Care Tips
  • Meditation
Career Corner
  • Story 2: Your Story: TMAY Feb 18
  • Criteria: Clarify your priorities Feb 22
  • Transferable Skills Feb 24
  • Your Leadership Presence & Your Real Story Feb 25
  • CMG Resources Chat Feb 25
  • Small Group TMAY Practice
  • 2021 Berkeley Haas Black History Month Celebration Feb 22
  • Film Screening and Q&A: Still We Fought Feb 23
  • UHS Black History Month Wellness Series
  • Call for Volunteers Venture Summit Virtual Connect 
  • Berkeley Haas MFE How I Became a Quant Mar 17
Program Office Tips & Tidbits

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This Week

Monday Feb 15 Presidents' Day Holiday
  • No class on Monday Feb 15. The Program Office will be closed on Monday Feb 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. We will reopen the office on Tuesday Feb 16.

Class of 2023

Blue & Gold: Tuesday Feb 16 Combined Cohort Day
  • Your Financial Reporting course will be a combined lecture on Tuesday Feb 16.
  • Future Combined Cohort Day: Introduction to Finance Monday Mar 22.
  • Review the Core Schedule here.


Haas Speaker Series 
  • The Dean's Speaker Series for the Spring have been posted. For recordings and a list of future speakers, visit the DSS page.
  • The next New Thinking at Berkeley Haas will be on Thursday Feb 25 at noon with Dean Harrison and Jingdong Hua, VP and Treasurer of the World Bank.
Update: Dates Posted for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Electives Enrollment
  • Please review the Registration Timeline for Summer and Fall 2021 Electives enrollment dates.
  • Our goal is for students to know what Summer courses they are enrolled in before Fall bidding begins. There will be a Summer Drop Only Round in Apr for students to make final adjustments to their Summer schedules. 

Class of 2023

Summer Electives Updates
  • Class of 2023 students are eligible to take certain Summer elective courses.
  • If you are considering taking summer courses, check the Registration Timeline.
  • Please pay special attention to the course pre-reqs as noted in the course description.
  • We'll cover more about elective registration in First Year Advising Sessions on:
    • Thursday Mar 4, 12 noon PST
    • Thursday Mar 4, 5PM PST

Important Reminders

Celebrating Black History Month!
  • Let's celebrate Black History Month by amplifying the voices of Haas Black students, staff, and alumni.
  • This Berkeleyan article focuses on their unique experiences and why they honor Black History Month, including Tiffany Shumate, EW 23!

Class of 2021 & 2022

Graduation Date Modification
  • If you plan on graduating earlier or later than your expected graduation date (i.e. 3 years from your date of entry into the program), please complete the Graduation Date Modification Form.
  • Failure to update your graduation date may affect access to future enrollment processes.
  • For all other general inquiries, contact your advisor.

Student Groups

Women in Leadership Conference 2021
Thursday Mar 4, 4PM PST-Friday Mar 5, 2PM PST
  • Join the Berkeley Haas MBA Women in Leadership group for their flagship annual conference!
  • The conference attracts 400+ emerging and current business leaders from industries across tech, consulting, CPG, entrepreneurship, and more. At this years’ conference - New Leadership for a New World - they will share the stories of women pioneers who are questioning the status quo creating impact at all levels, in the communities, at their companies, and across society.
  • Learn more about the event here and register here.

Self Care Tips

  • Meditation is another tool to reduce stress and to relax.
  • Free meditation apps include Oak and MyLife.
  • More resources on the University Health Services website here.

Career Corner

Story 2: Your Story: Tell Me About Yourself
Thursday Feb 18, 5-6PM PST
Register in BEARS!
  • Did you know that within the first 7 seconds of an interview your interviewer has already formed an impression of you? Come learn how to get your interview off to a great start by learning to craft and structure your response to the infamous "Tell Me About Yourself" question.

Criteria: Clarify your priorities to lead to meaningful work
Monday Feb 22, 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. 

Transferable Skills 
Wednesday Feb 24, 12-1PM PST
Register in BEARS!

  • You’ll hear this term frequently, especially if you are changing roles and/or industries.
  • This workshop will help you describe your accomplishments in a way that your new audience can easily understand: reframe your experience such that people in different industries/roles/organizations understand its value. 

Your Leadership Presence & Your Real Story
Thursday Feb 25, 12-1PM 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.

CMG Resources Chat for EW students:
Networking & LinkedIn (and tips for CMG BEARS!) 

Thursday Feb 25, 12-1PM PST
Register in BEARS!

  • Want to make sure you are tapping into all the great CMG online resources to support you in your career goals? Come to these quick, 30-minute virtual sessions each month, where we will show you the CMG online resources related to Networking and LinkedIn, Q&A (depending on how many questions you have!). We will also give you a few tips on getting the most out of CMG BEARS.
  • Please note, this session is meant to provide an overview of the various Networking and LinkedIn resources available to you as an EWMBA student and is not a workshop on how to network or use LinkedIn (we have other workshops for that).

Small Group TMAY Practice
Multiple dates and times available

  • Join two to four 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.
  • 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.


2021 Berkeley Haas Black History Month Celebration: "Toward a Racially Just Workplace"
Monday Feb 22, 4PM PST
  • Please join the Berkeley Haas DEI office as they host Professor Laura Morgan Roberts from UVA's Darden School of Business discusses steps to increase organizational awareness of racial inequalities and promote racial justice at work.
  • This event will be an opportunity for the entire Berkeley Haas community to celebrate the contributions, achievements and presence of our Black community members at Berkeley Haas and beyond. 
  • Register here.
Film Screening and Q&A: Still We Fought (formally Choc'late Soldiers from the USA)
Tuesday Feb 23, 4:30PM PST
  • Join the UC Berkeley Black Staff and Faculty Organization at this film screening to celebrate Black History Month.
  • Still We Fought tells the story of 140,000 Black American soldiers and thousands of British civilians who crossed a racial divide to forge an unexpected bond. For the first time, Black American soldiers experience what it is like to be treated as equals and as Americans. 
  • Register here.
Black History Month Wellness Series
  • Join the University Health Services (UHS) African American Mental Health Team for workshops utilizing meditation practice, reflection, and community sharing.
  • Rest, Resilience, and Rooting in the Earth Friday Feb 19, 12-1:30PM PST
    • Center the power of rest as resistance and experience our sacred healing relationship with nature and mother earth as a Black community.
  • Honoring Our Past, Embodying Our Present, and Envisioning Our Futures Friday Feb 26, 12-1:30PM PST
    • Honor the stories and resilience of our Black histories, center in the wisdom of the present moment, and dream together about the future as a Black community.
  • Links to join and to learn about other UHS affinity group mental health workshops here.
Call for Volunteers Venture Summit Virtual Connect | West
  • youngStartup is seeking volunteers on Tuesday Mar 16 12-2:15PM EST Venture Summit Virtual Connect | West (volunteers will gain free access to the the summit).
  • Volunteering will consist of helping manage two Zoom sessions (50 minutes each).
  • This will provide you with a great opportunity to hear a group of startups present and more importantly the feedback investors have for these companies.  
  • youngStartup may also want you to assist with presentations on Wednesday Mar 17 and Thursday Mar 18.
  • To join as a volunteer, please fill out this form.
Berkeley Haas MFE: How I Became a Quant Panel Discussion
Thursday Mar 17, 4PM PST Panel, 5PM Q&A, Zoom
  • Practitioners at top firms will share their experiences, how to prepare for a career in quantitative finance and data science, and trends emerging in the field. Q&A will follow. If you are interested in a career in finance or data science, don't miss this opportunity!
  • RSVP here.

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