Students: Snap a Pic of Berkeley-Haas, Enter to Win a #haasome T-shirt!

graduationcollageAttention class of 2014: Your time at Berkeley-Haas is coming to a close. All that stands between you and your future are some final exams and a walk across a stage. But before you leave, use the tag #haasome to help us tell the class of 2014’s story, and we will give our five favorite photographers a #haasome T-shirt.

Rules:

  • Enter by posting an original pic on social media with the tag #haasome by May 23 at 5 p.m. PT.
  • Winners must be members of the undergraduate, MBA, or PhD class of 2014, but we welcome photos from friends and family too.
  • Winners will be notified by May 26; delivery of T-shirts could take up to two weeks.
  • All pictures may be posted on a storify website for the class of 2014. Photos by winners and finalists also may be posted online, including on the Haas Facebook page.
  • The photo needs to reflect Haas or Cal in some way. It can’t be a pic that could be taken on any other campus.
  • We’re looking for any and everything: pics of creatively decorated graduation caps, scenic shots, close-ups, artistic interpretations of the Defining Principles, places (with or without people), etc.
  • Judging is completely subjective and based on the whims and personal preferences of the Haas Marketing & Communications Department. Surprise us! Enlighten us!

Portland Trek: MBA Students Head North for Nonprofit Insights from Nike, Mercy Corps

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By Guest Blogger Andrew Lee, MBA 15

Last month three Berkeley MBA students trekked to Portland, Oregon, as part of a Net Impact visit to the Rose City. Nick Wobbrock and Andrew Lee, both MBA 15, and evening and weekend student Vishal Kudchadkar, MBA 14, were eager to gain insights from contacts at the Nike Foundation and Mercy Corps. Additionally, the Berkeley MBAs invited the local Portland State University MBA Net Impact chapter to join us. In total, 10 individuals joined our visits.

At the Nike Foundation the group first took a campus tour. Lush and perfectly manicured sports fields surrounded us. Afterward we heard from Julie Addicott, a member of the foundation’s Global Communications team. She detailed the foundation’s main initiative, strengthening the “girl effect.” This is the powerful belief that adolescent girls are the key to ending the cycle of generational poverty in Africa. If you can change the course of a girl’s life at age 12, educate her, and prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, you can remake a continent. Much of the foundation’s efforts over the past decade have focused on driving resources to this agenda and getting the word out. Moving forward, the foundation plans to incorporate more initiatives that utilize Nike Inc.’s core competencies of storytelling, much like the Ethiopian radio drama the Foundation backed (http://www.girleffect.org/explore/creating-change-for-ethiopian-girls/girl-hub-ethiopia-yegna-behaviour-change/).

Following a quick lunch and commute from Beaverton, where Nike is located, to downtown Portland, the group visited Mercy Corps, an international development organization that saves and improves lives in the world’s toughest places. We heard from the social ventures and also market development teams. They provided an interesting perspective on international development because both teams employ market-based approaches, which is different than the traditional, and unsustainable, charity model of international development.

At the end of the day we reconvened with the PSU MBAs and Mercy Corps folks for a happy hour at the Thirsty Lion pub. A wonderful visit to the Pacific Northwest!