Announcing the Haas Haiku Contest Winners

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The Haas Haiku Contest has been fun and fascinating. We received 188 haiku, and when we put 25 of them out for a vote—and there could have been 25 more—a whopping 574 of you weighed in!

As to be expected from such a diverse community, there was a diversity of opinions. To honor that sentiment, the selection committee decided that in addition to the top three winners—who will enjoy lunch with Dean Rich Lyons at Chez Panisse—five runners-up who received a critical mass of votes will be recognized. They’ll receive a Haas swag bag filled with goodies.

The winning poets include two undergraduates, three staff members, and three MBA students (two from evening & weekend and one MBA/MPH). Their points-of-view run the gamut from inspirational to whimsical to irreverent—with a tongue-in-cheek dig at Cal’s rival and a large dose of school spirit.

Without further ado, here are the eight winners:

First Place Winners

Navgeet "King" Zed

Two short years at Haas
made four pillars: foundation
for the rest of life

—Navgeet “King” Zed, BS 16




What inspired you?

While looking for inspiration to write the haiku, I scoured the list of admirable Haas alumni and quickly realized that the common theme that led to their success was the exemplification of one or more of the four pillars (Defining Principles).

I then looked around me and saw how the same four foundational ideas were starting to shape the thinking of the future Haas alumni. The haiku pretty much wrote itself once inspiration had struck me through that connection.



Kora CypressJust today a bear
roared at me “I’m status quo,”
so I questioned him.

—Kora Cypress, Managing Editor, California Management Review



What inspired you?

“Question the Status Quo” is my favorite DP and the one that inspired my haiku. My team often finds itself with the opportunity to practice it, particularly in the realm of process improvement. As the publishing landscape and our operational needs change so quickly these days, what might have been a good choice five (or even fewer) years ago, often isn’t today.


Jason Block

Go beyond yourself
Interview Stanford Alum
And bust out Haas swag

—Jason Block, BS 17




What inspired you?

I wrote the haiku to show pride in my school. When I was developing the it, I wanted to be witty and creative with our Haas principles. Because Beyond Yourself is the principle that I most relate to in my work, I wanted re-imagine a humorous situation. I originally thought an interview with a Stanford alum would highlight Berkeley Haas alumni going beyond themselves. When they bust out the Haas swag (as in apparel like the backpack or padfolio), they are showing confidence without attitude as the interviewer.



Yi Lin Pei, EWMBA 17Once only strangers,
We crossed paths in the courtyard,

—Yi Lin Pei, Evening & Weekend MBA 17




What inspired you?

I thought about the haiku because as I was sitting in the courtyard waiting to meet a classmate to discuss ideas, I realized this is what Haas is all about—connecting strangers so that what seemed impossible can be possible. It is not about you as an individual, but a community that grows together with you.


Hornstein, Amy_sizedFrom Janet Yellen
back to Cora Jane Flood, strong
women make Haas great. 

—Amy Hornstein, Director of Student Affairs, Full-time MBA Program



What inspired you?

I’m committed to diversity as a key component of Haas culture and excited about the strides we’re making in gender equity. I wanted to highlight the contributions of women throughout our history.


Andy Garlikov EWMBA 16Two years spent at Haas
I’ll question the status quo
And stay for two more

—Andy Garlikov, Evening & Weekend MBA 16




What inspired you?

I’m going to be glad to graduate next May, but will miss seeing all my Haas friends every week.

Clare SchroderHaas Haiku wants to
Question the status quo
Ha, six syllables​

—Clare Schroder, MBA/MPH 17​




What inspired you?

I enjoy the challenge of telling a story in the 5-7-5 syllable format of the haiku. However, when I realized “question the status quo” was only six syllables, it seemed like an appropriate time to challenge that rigidity. 

Melissa HackerBeyond Yourself is
simply looking out for all
numbers except one

—Melissa Hacker, Director of Student Affairs, PhD Program




What inspired you?

My haiku addresses “beyond yourself” being the antithesis of looking out for number one.

Selection committee:

Jo Mackness, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer/Senior Assistant Dean
Dennis Fritzinger, Mail Room Coordinator & poet
Laura Counts, Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager

Staff On The Move!

The first quarter of 2015-16 has been a time of significant mobility at Berkeley-Haas!  12 staff members have moved to a new role and/or unit.  These staff members have either been promoted within their current unit or have applied and been selected to fill a vacant position.

Providing an environment where Haas staff can grow professionally and in their careers is one commitment the school has made and will continue to support this year.  It is one of the ways to support staff retention at Haas in a manner that is meaningful to our staff and contributes to the school’s success.  We know this is important based on staff feedback through the staff engagement survey, focus groups, and exit interviews.

How does movement at Berkeley-Haas benefit us?  Institutional knowledge is retained; cross pollination of skills and best practices is achieved; employees transfer best practices from one unit to the other; employees’ perspective of the school deepens and enables them to make an even stronger impact to the school’s strategic goals.



Staff can move to new roles by applying for internal positions posted on Jobs at Haas or on Berkeley Jobs.  This mobility allows staff to transfer their skills and continue to grow professionally while staying within the organization. Kristen de la Rosa, who recently accepted a new role in Alumni Relations unit, was sad to leave her previous team (Office and Instructional Services group) but excited about the new opportunity on the Alumni Relations team. “This was the most seamless job transition that I’ve ever had.  And my previous knowledge of Haas (staff, culture, work processes, etc.) has been an immense help in my new role,” says Kristen.

Bryan Lin who filled a newly created vacant position, says that moving to a new unit at Haas enabled him to see the organization through a different lens: “I now see a different facet of the school…while in my previous role in ECSM I was in unit/role that provided IT services, in my current role of Instructional Analyst in the Academic Planning and Instruction unit I am a consumer of IT services.”

Sometimes the scope of a role changes significantly. For example, in the case of Meg Fellner who was promoted (reclassified) within her unit because overtime there was a significant increase in job scope and responsibilities. “My job scope has shifted from implementing events to conceiving and designing high visibility events,” says Meg.

Our best wishes for successful experiences and professional development to those who moved these past 3 months!

  1. Alexandra Daily, Program Manager, MBA Career Management Group
  2. Samuel Ha, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, FTMBA Program
  3. Meg Fellner, Events Specialist, Marketing & Communications
  4. Dara Mckenzie, Program Coordinator,CRB/IBD
  5. Janet Chin, Program Manager, MBA Career Management Group
  6. Tom Tripp, Digital Media Administrator, Media Services/ECSM
  7. Kristen de la Rosa, Alumni Relations Associate, Development and Alumni Relations
  8. Bryan Lin, Instructional Analyst, Academic Planning and Instruction
  9. Zane Cooper, Director of Research Computing, ECSM
  10. Marion Quinones, Chief Director, Major Gifts, Development and Alumni Relations
  11. Barinder Dhillon-Flanagan, Director of IT Infrastructure and Deputy CIO, ECSM (transfer in from CSS/IT)
  12. Erin Proudfoot, Events Manager, FTMBA Admissions (transfer in from Berkeley Law)

*the above list includes staff whose position was reclassified or staff who applied for a new role between July 1, 2015 and September 30, 2015 as reflected in the HCM system. It includes staff who moved in to Haas from campus (we did not have any staff during that time who transitioned from Haas to another campus position). If your position was reclassified or if you obtained a new role within that timeframe and your name is not listed, please let us know (contact

For additional information about decision making processes around hiring, reclassification and vacancies, click here.  To keep up on job openings at Haas, follow Jobs@Haas on Twitter (the account also feeds directly into our Staff Now page) or visit the Jobs at Haas webpage.

This is the first in a series of Staff On-the-Move posts. We will be sharing this information regularly throughout the year. 

Check out the Haas Haiku finalists

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The Haas Haiku Contest ballot is live, and votes are coming in fast.

It’s been great fun to read the 188 poems submitted by staff, faculty, and students. As a member of the selection committee (which also includes Jo Mackness, chief strategy & operating officer/senior assistant dean, and Dennis Fritzinger, poet & mail room coordinator), I can say that it was a challenge to narrow the entries down to just 25 haiku for the ballot. There could have been more!

I’ve included the finalists here, in case you want to take a look before or after you’ve cast your vote. Note that you can only vote once and you can’t return to the ballot after you’ve clicked “done.”

Voting closes at 5 pm on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Thanks so much to Jo for spearheading the contest, to the Dean’s Office for sponsoring it, and to all who took the time to participate!

Status quo? No way
Anything is possible
Just look around you

Once only strangers,
We crossed paths in the courtyard,

The very best thing
about Haas is that we are
nice people who care.

Think beyond yourself,
or learn until you can — this
place will teach you how.

Haas Haiku wants to
Question the status quo
Ha, six syllables

noisy shallow stream
attitude no confidence
ocean quiet deep

Two years spent at Haas
I’ll question the status quo
And stay for two more

I’ve learned much at Haas
But a key question remains
Who named Oski Bear?

We are here at Haas
To learn to lead with our hearts
And with strong data.

Two short years at Haas
made four pillars a foundation
for the rest of life

On guitar, our dean
is confident without the
rock star attitude

From Janet Yellen
back to Cora Jane Flood, strong
women make Haas great

Go beyond yourself:
Interview Stanford Alum
And bust out Haas swag

The Free Speech Movement
Set the stage for something new
Haas dares to fill it

Lean launchers, social
Innovators, SF Bay
Leadership at Haas.

Just today a bear
roared at me “I’m status quo,”
so I questioned him.

Drowning, too much class.
Together we can all swim
Alone, I would fail

There are throngs seeking
wisdom; my good fortune to
be student always

Come rain or come shine
(Let’s be honest, mostly shine)
We are Haas for life

Promise spreads its arms,
Warm embrace of blue and gold,
Eternal Sunshine

Haas Alumni thrive
when engaged and energized
great leaders give back

Sproul frees our voices
Telegraph opens our minds
Haas bridges the two

We are different.
Making positive changes
To better the world.

Berkeley Haas culture
has no expiration date
stamped on its carton

Beyond Yourself is
simply looking out for all
numbers except one

Expect the Unexpected on New Cross-Campus Collaborations

A Midsummer Night's Dream actor at Cal Performances. Credit: Elena Zhukova, UC Regents 2013

Photo credit: Elena Zhukova, UC Regents, 2013

By Jay Stowsky, Senior Assistant Dean for Instruction

First in a series of four articles by senior Haas leaders about the key goals underlying our strategic business plan

Our connections to the other world-class schools and departments at UC Berkeley are fundamental to our strength as a school, and Haas has long had relationships with Engineering, Information, and Law. Trailblazing courses like Cleantech to Market (C2M), hosted by the Energy Institute at Haas, allow our MBA students to partner with engineers, scientists, and other graduate students to translate technologies under development at the university into market opportunities.

These kinds of partnerships are possible because of our unique position within one of the world’s greatest public universities. We have access to—and contribute to—Berkeley’s vast intellectual capital. That’s why building on our strength as part of UC Berkeley is one of the four key strategies in our strategic business plan.

As we continue to innovate on management education for new generations of leaders and as our faculty pioneer new cross-disciplinary fields, we are developing some new and unexpected partnerships—with departments as varied as theater, dance and performance studies, neuroscience, art practice, development practice, athletics, and military affairs.

Here’s a look at a few of these exciting new relationships.

A Bridge to the Arts


Photo credit: Elena Zhukova, UC Regents

The creative process followed by directors and designers shares much in common with the skills that Senior Lecturer Sara Beckman teaches MBA students in Problem Finding, Problem Solving. With that in mind, Sara is co-developing a new collaborative innovation course, in which students will practice group creativity using techniques drawn from theatre, design, art practice, and business. These techniques, derived from critical thinking, systems thinking and creative problem solving, are popularly known today as design thinking. The majority of the class involves hands-on studio-based learning guided by an interdisciplinary team of teachers leading small group projects.


Making (Brain) Waves

On another part of the campus, Assistant Marketing Prof. Ming Hsu is making new use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is typically used by medical professionals to visualize the internal structures of the human body. By using MRIs, Ming has found a way to characterize how the different regions of the brain function in concert to enable people to anticipate and respond to competitors’ behavior. His ongoing work to understand how people behave and learn in these complex social and strategic settings is at the forefront of the emerging fields of neuroeconomics and neuromarketing, which merge traditional economic models with new mental models of consumer behavior.

Socially Conscious Engineering

An image from crowdfunding campaign created by Prof. David Levine for a pilot program that incentivized Ugandan women entrepreneurs to sell solar lanterns.

An image from a crowdfunding campaign created by David Levine for a pilot project that incentivized Ugandan women entrepreneurs to sell solar lanterns.

Haas Professor David Levine and Engineering Professor Alice Agogino are focusing some of their energies on creating a new field, Development Engineering—which puts engineering to use in alleviating poverty and improving lives in developing regions. They are teaching engineering, social science, and business students to create and test, new technologies, and put them to use for societal benefit. The first year of courses, which Levine and Agogino co-taught with support from the Blum Center for Developing Economies, attracted record numbers of women and minority graduate students to an engineering course. The reason, says Agogino: “They want to use technology for good.”

Big Data = Big Collaboration

Greg La Blanc, left, pictured with Facebook data scientist Ta Chriaphadhansakul.

Greg La Blanc, left, pictured with Facebook data scientist Ta Chriaphadhansakul.

Lecturer Greg La Blanc says big data might be the most significant change to hit the business world since the Industrial Revolution. Effective use of data analytics requires a diverse skillset: the ability to collaborate with data scientists and use technical resources, decision making under uncertainty, divergent thinking, and the ability to use data to tell a compelling story. The new Applied Data Analytics Project Course, introduced this fall by Lecturer Greg La Blanc and Tom Lee, a visiting assistant professor, will help prepare students to identify and manage data analytics projects, and to develop big-data-driven solutions as consultants. Students from Haas and the I School will work with Accenture’s big data group on a real-world issue for one of the firm’s clients. The course is sponsored by the Haas Institute for Business Innovation.

Beyond Command and Control: Adaptive Leadership Networks

Ben Raphael MBA 16

Photo: Ben Raphael, MBA 16

The next generation of senior military leaders needs to build networks with the leaders of the non-profit and non-governmental organizations they interact with on such projects as disaster response and relief. Lecturers Cort Worthington and Ori Brafman are working under the aegis of the Haas School’s Institute for Business and Social Impact to partner with UC Berkeley’s military affairs department and the National Defense University in an ongoing seminar on adaptive and agile leadership networks. The partnership includes collaboratively developed courses and associated conferences.

Epicenter for Business Law

Berkeley is positioned to be go-to place for the study and practice of business law in such areas as venture capital, cybersecurity, and mergers and acquisitions. As the campus hub for education and research on the interrelationships of law, business, and the economy, the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and Economics is headed up by Adam Sterling, who earned a dual Berkeley JD/MBA degree with a focus on entrepreneurship and co-chaired UC Berkeley’s annual campus-wide startup competition.

We are working with Berkeley Law to leverage our joint resources to extend BCLBE’s outreach in Silicon Valley and Asia, and increase connections with other campus units. These activities will build, in part, on Adjunct Professor Noel Nellis’ business law course and a new course being developed by Haas Lecturer Todd Fitch on intellectual property and patent strategies. The BCLBE is also adding several new initiatives this fall, including a sustainability conference with the Haas School’s Center for Responsible Business, and a project with the new NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco.

As we work to increase our financial strength and reputation over the next few years, we will continue to to break new ground to integrate the work of our faculty, and the experience of our students, with the larger university. Expect to see our partnerships deepen and expand.


Haas Haiku Contest: The inner poets have emerged!

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In the week since we’ve launched the Haas Haiku Contest, we’ve learned that there are many hidden poets in our midst. All told, we’ve received 110 poems from staff, faculty, students, and a few alumni.

Here’s a peek at a few of the first week’s entries:

Just today a bear
roared at me “I’m status quo,”
so I questioned him.

Leader Talk @ Lunch.
Fight Song @ 5. Makes me smile.
Makes me proud. My school.

Haas how, why and who?
Questions old to knowledge new
Shake the static quo!

I firmly believe,
Students always is a path…
That’s never ending!

With three days left, there’s still time to submit your haiku. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.

What happens then? The selection committee* will huddle and reach a consensus on ten poems that express the contest themes:

  1. Our Defining Principles and Haas Culture
  2. Haas as part of UC Berkeley
  3. Haas as part of the Bay Area

The committee will send out a survey for public voting on Thursday, September 17. The three poets whose haiku receive the most votes will win lunch with Dean Rich Lyons at Chez Panisse.

Keep the poems coming, everyone! Don’t be shy.

*The selection committee includes Jo Mackness, chief strategy & operating officer/senior assistant dean; Dennis Fritzinger, mail room coordinator & poet; and Laura Counts, marketing & communications manager (me).

Announcing the Chili Cook-Off Winners!

Chili SignMany thanks to the entrants and participants in yesterday’s Engage@Haas’ Chili Cook-Off.

The competition was fierce but after tabulating the votes the big winner is…Eric Abrams for his beef chili!

Kate Bonk takes the runner-up spot with her delicious vegetarian chili. (As Karen Twelves was an event organizer in addition to a contributor, she recused herself from the running.)

The Engage team will be in touch with Eric and Kate to award them with their fabulous prizes!

Additional thanks to everyone who provided extras: the salads, toppings, and multiple cornbread treats were a great accompaniment.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and keep your eyes open for future Engage@Haas events.

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Engage@Haas for organizing fun events that bring Haas staff together!)

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Got ideas for the Dean’s Advisory Committee? Please share them!


By Drew Ollero, Dean’s Staff Advisory Committee member and Associate Director, Evening & Weekend MBA Program

The Dean’s Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) hosted our first feedback sessions last month to gather staff thoughts and comments about our focus areas for the year. Over the past four months, we have developed our working norms and identified three areas of emphasis: non-traditional compensation, professional development, and workplace norms. We held the feedback sessions to give staff the chance to vote for areas you find important, and to share your own ideas for the committee to review.

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At the sessions, we were able to have insightful conversations about topics such as work-life balance, mentoring opportunities, and better understanding of staff benefits. Dean Lyons even chimed in on the importance of these areas as it relates to the new Haas Strategic Business Plan. The committee hopes to use the feedback data to prioritize projects and inform senior administration on the how to enhance the staff experience at Haas.

If you weren’t able to attend, we would still appreciate your feedback via our survey. The survey will close at the end of the day on Thursday, Aug. 14.

The Dean’s Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC 2.0) serves to:

  • Enhance the staff experience
  • Act as a conduit for communication between staff and administrators
  • Increase staff awareness and understanding
  • Promote the Defining Principles

For more information about DSAC, visit the staff organizations page.

Haas ECSM & CSS-IT: Expanding Synergy

By Edwin Khu, ECSM

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Haas Enterprise Computing & Service Management (ECSM) and Berkeley Campus Shared Services-Information Technology (CSS-IT) celebrated their expanding synergy with the allocation and sharing of staff and services. Four members of ECSM were officially integrated into CSS on July 15, enhancing campus’ service capacity for customers within Haas and its vicinity. The partnership pools resources from both organizations and reinforces their respective IT infrastructure.

The event was honored by the attendance of CSS-IT’s Director of Information Technology Jerry Yerardi and Haas’ Chief Strategy & Operating Officer Jo Mackness, who jointly cut the celebratory cake.

Here’s to the deepening relationship between the two organizations!

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Jo and Jerry raise their knives in salute of the partnership.

Jo Mackness (center) and Jerry Yerardi (right) cut the cake.

Jo Mackness (center) and Jerry Yerardi (right) cut the cake.

Health*Matters Team Visits Haas

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On Wednesday the entire Health*Matters Team from University Health Services came to Haas to offer the Know Your Numbers Health Screening to our staff! This onsite Know Your Numbers session was sponsored by Engage@Haas and Haas HR-Work/Life Integration initiative. Several staff participated and took 20 minutes out of their work day to get a voluntary health screening […]

Coffee, cream & sundaes on a Thursday


The Staff Lounge became part laboratory, part tasting room on Thursday as several self-proclaimed Haas coffee geeks set up shop as baristas.

“I’m an artist, not a chemist,” joked Sam of the Full-time MBA Program office, as he tipped the spout of a Hario gooseneck kettle in slow concentric circles around the cone of his V60 dripper.

Staff members lined up for Blue Bottle, Sight Glass, Red Bay Coffee, and Four Barrel brews prepared-to-order by Sam (who used pour-over methods) and fellow baristas Rocky and Ernie (who each worked an Aeropress).

In addition to the artisan brewing demo, the Engage@Haas Coffee Break had another purpose: voting on a new signature blend for the Staff Lounge. The taste test pitted Berkeley-bred Peet’s Coffee against San Francisco upstart Philz.

The winner by a landslide was Peets’ Cafe Domingo. The current staple French Roast will be switched out mid-July.

Thanks to the Engage@Haas for organizing, and to our baristas for caffeinating our morning.

And later that same day, just around the time the caffeine was wearing off, there was this:

The Haas Staff Ice Cream Social and First (Annual?) BYOB Split Contest (bring your own banana!).

If you think some Haas staff take coffee seriously, you should see how they take on banana splits. This is a competitive bunch.

There was Sherrell’s masterpiece:

Karen’s pyrotechnics:

And Ursela’s creation (with ingredients scavenged from her office just moments earlier):

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The contenders:



The judges conferred, and made this announcement:

The winners:

  • Neatest: Micah from the Mailroom
  • Most Spirited: Miguel from ECSM (Cal written in fudge)
  • Best Toppings: Ursela from the International Business Development Program (cookies + candy)
  • Runner-up: Sherrell from Facilities (bowl from home + pinwheel)
  • Grand Prize: Karen from Faculty Assistants (sparklers + tiny stars!)
  • Late Entry: Shar from H.R.

Thanks Sherrie from the Dean’s Office for making Thursday so sweet!

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