Path-Bending Leadership Panel

[58 min 2 sec] – What does it mean to be a path-bending leader? What paths need bending? What makes Berkeley-Haas a unique environment for developing the path-bending leaders who will determine what is next? What is the connection between commercial opportunity and responsible leadership? How are Berkeley-Haas alumni transforming the companies they lead and the industries they serve? How does the greater diversity of people in organizations lead to more innovative thinking? Attend this session to gain insight into these and other questions sparking the discussion about path-bending leadership at Berkeley-Haas right now.

Moderator: Dean Rich Lyons, Haas School of Business
Julie Clugage, MBA 02, Global Operations and Communications Manager at Intel Corporation
Victor d’Allant, MBA 87, Founder/CEO at DALLANT NETWORKS, LLC
Marcelo Vasquez, MBA 02, Advisor at Mediastream Ltd. in Chile
Brett Wilson, MBA 07, Co-Founder and CEO, TubeMogul
Peter Wilson, MBA 92, Managing Director, Head of North American Alternative Investor Strategies Group, BlackRock

Land Developer to U.S. Ambassador via Haas: A Path-Bending Journey

[29 min 17 sec] – Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis will share personal experiences in a career arc that has taken her from land development in Sacramento to being President Obama’s senior diplomat in Hungary. She will discuss motivation, leadership challenges and strategies, and lessons learned from both the private and public sectors.

Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis was sworn in to office by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on January 7, 2010. She presented her credentials to the President of Hungary, László Sólyom on January 11, 2010. Before accepting President Obama’s nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis was president of AKT Development Corporation, one of California’s largest and most respected land development firms.

Ambassador Kounalakis and her husband, veteran print journalist Markos Kounalakis, have founded two university chairs in Hellenic studies at Georgetown University and Stanford University. Both chairs focus on the understanding of the origins of Athenian democracy. Further to their support of the understanding of democracy and international relations, they established the Tsakopoulos Kounalakis lecture series at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ambassador Kounalakis is a staunch advocate of interfaith dialogue, and served for nearly ten years as a Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace. In recognition for her work with the WCRP, she was awarded the medal of St. Paul, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest honor. Her appointment by the Mayor of San Francisco to serve as a Trustee of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center allowed her to combine her skills in business and real estate with her love of the arts.

Actively involved in civil society organizations throughout her home state of California, Ambassador Kounalakis served four times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention and as an at-large member of the California State Central Committee. She also served as a member of the California First Five Commission, and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. She served as a Trustee of Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve and on the Conservation Fund’s National Forum on Children and Nature. Ambassador Kounalakis earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and an MBA from the Haas School of Business. In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the American College of Greece.

Understanding the Euro Crisis: The Haas Approach

[70 min 36 sec] – What is happening in Europe? How can a small country like Greece lead an entire continent to crisis? What effect will a euro crisis have on America? If you want a framework for thinking about the next financial crisis, join this session. You will have a chance to gain insight into the Haas perspective on some of the biggest economic challenges of our time.

Andrew Rose is the B.T. Rocca Jr. Professor of International Business in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business, and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, as well as Chair of the Faculty. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA), and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). Rose has published over one hundred and fifty papers, including seventy-five articles in 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 20,000 citations. 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 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 received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.Phil. from Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and his BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

How to Use LinkedIn and Other Social Media to Further Your Career

[66 min 19 sec] – LinkedIn has become the leading online networking and employment sourcing tool—89% of companies used social media networks for recruiting in 2011. While almost everyone has a LinkedIn account, a remarkably small percentage use it well. In this workshop we will learn how recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn to source candidates and how to optimize your profile for their searches and to increase your ‘hire-ability.’ We will also discuss best practices in using LinkedIn as a networking and research tool, how to get the highest ROI from your network and how to turn your LinkedIn profile from a passive webpage to an active career progression tool.

With a background in law, marketing and admissions, Mark Friedfeld joined Haas in 2001 after working for the MBA program at the University of Maryland. Following judicial clerkships in Alaska and attorney positions in Washington, D.C., he entered the business world by joining the Princeton Review, where he taught students, trained instructors, designed courses and served in various corporate roles including Special Project Manager and Director of Marketing. His roles at Haas have included Account Manager for the Financial Services and Real Estate industries, Marketing Manager, and Assistant Director for Career Advising and Programming. As a career advisor, Friedfeld works with all students but has a particular focus in financial services.

Up, Out, or What?

What does it mean to have a successful career? How do the people most satisfied with their careers get there? What does it take to make that next move in your career? How do you create a platform for sustainable career growth? When is it important to look outside? Join Jeanie Fay-Snow and Eric Nitzberg as they lead a discussion and share insights on navigating the challenges of building a career of passion. They will explore how individuals connect with their career purpose and provide practices that can create a goal oriented process of career growth and learning. The session format will be a talk show style presentation and will use your questions to create a highly interactive experience! Come with your toughest career development questions.

Jeanie Fay-Snow is the Principal of Fay-Snow and Associates and a Senior Leadership Coach for Mariposa Leadership, Inc. Fay-Snow is focused on empowering leaders to achieve individual, team and organizational performance goals and sustainable business results. She works with executives in the development and implementation of strategies that produce professional growth and tangible impact. Fay-Snow leverages her corporate and organizational experience and counseling expertise to enhance the effectiveness and personal satisfaction of her clients. Her perceptive ability gives her a unique vantage point from which she helps clients uncover insights, see possibilities and capitalize on their strengths and opportunities. Her sense of humor makes the process fun. She brings over 20 years of marketing, strategic planning, team development and executive coaching experience to companies across technology, biotech, consulting, and consumer industries including Nestle Beverage Company, Russell Reynolds Associates, Prophet, Charles Schwab and Google. Fay-Snow has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, a Masters in counseling from Dominican University, and a BA in international relations from Stanford University. She is a qualified administrator of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), MRG Personal Directions and MRG Leadership 360.

Eric Nitzberg is an executive coach, facilitator and keynote speaker who helps leaders focus on what is most important, improve communication and alignment with key stakeholders, build influence, and speak and lead from a place of deep authenticity. He draws on a rich background as inspiration for his work. Prior to consulting he held a series of leadership and executive positions over a 15 year period which involved coaching and supervising managers, directors and key leaders; strategic planning, leadership development, board leadership, HR, finance, and operations. In addition, Nitzberg has over two decades of public speaking experience, including an extensive background as a professional speaker. His clients find him an invaluable resource as they prepare for high-stakes, mission critical presentations. With a background in Mandarin studies, Nitzberg is passionate about helping Chinese executives communicate and lead in an English speaking context. His clients include leaders and teams at Amyris, Cisco, Google, the Haas School of Business, Lam Research, Microsoft, NASA, Novartis, St. John’s Capital Group, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Takeda, TechSoup, Veolia Water NA, and the YMCA. He speaks conversational Mandarin, intermediate French, and simple German. He holds a Master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, a coaching certificate from the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, and leadership training through the Strozzi Institute. Nitzberg is a past board member of the Professional Coaches and Mentors Association.

Decarbonizing Our Power Supply: Addressing Energy and Growth Challenges in a Carbon Constrained World

[62 min 56 sec] – John Woolard is addressing the challenges we face as we look at the growing requirements for energy across the world and the role of renewable energy in meeting these future needs. One of the key issues discusses is how to meet the needs for high quality power with low carbon generation sources as we deal with the intermittency of renewable power. BrightSource Energy is currently building the largest solar power plant in the world, which will provide a useful case study about the financing and project development challenges that need to be confronted with this type of project.


John Woolard is president and CEO of BrightSource Energy, a developer of utility-scale solar power plants. In this role, he brings more than two decades of experience in the energy technology sector as an executive, entrepreneur, and investor. BrightSource Energy is currently building the largest solar power plant in the world. Prior to joining BrightSource Energy, Woolard co-founded Silicon Energy, one of the first successful clean tech companies, and was president, CEO, and chairman of the board from 1997 to 2003. Woolard joined the executive team at Itron, Inc. in 2003 following its acquisition of Silicon Energy, and held the positions of vice president and vice president of strategy and business development for Software Solutions. He previously held positions with VantagePoint Venture Partner’s CleanTech Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Woolard is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and he currently serves on the advisory boards of the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, as well as the Energy Institute and Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at Berkeley-Haas. He is also a member of the Oakland Zoo’s East Bay Zoological Society Board of Trustees. In addition to his MBA from the Haas School of Business, Woolard holds two degrees from the University of Virginia, including an MA in environmental planning and a BA in economics.

Think Different

[72 min 52 sec] – Featuring Sara Beckman, Faculty Director, Management of Technology Program

MBA students excel in solving problems. Over many years, they’ve been taught to perform well on standardized tests, zero in on solutions for bosses and clients, and exude confidence in having found THE solution. More and more though, the problems MBA graduates face today fall in the category of “wicked problems,” the kind with many stakeholders and no single solution. To confront “wicked problems,” MBAs need more skills in understanding and framing those problems at the outset. In this session, you will get a taste of what MBA students experience as they attack “wicked problems.” This session will highlight one of the main core courses as part of the Berkeley Innovative Leadership Development curriculum.
Sara Beckman’s work focuses on design and innovation, which has led to the recent development and offering of a new course to all MBA students at Haas that introduces them to the basic skills required to innovate. She brings to this class twenty-five plus years of teaching experience, and over 15 years of teaching topics related to design and new product development. During her tenure at Berkeley-Haas, Beckman has regularly introduced new courses in areas ranging from entrepreneurship in biotechnology to the strategic value of design and has won the excellence in teaching award from MBA students as well as the campus-wide distinguished teaching award. She has also taught for MIT and Stanford University, run the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard, and worked as a consultant in the operations management practice at Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Beckman has degrees in industrial engineering and statistics from Stanford University. She serves on the advisory boards of the Corporate Design Foundation and the Design MBA Program at the California College of the Arts.