Staff from the Institute for Business and Social Impact Go Bowling


Way to go Amy Dinh

By Danner Doud-Martin

It seems a lot has been happening here at the Haas lately, including CNPL’s inclusion in the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI).  Although the Centers and programs under IBSI’s umbrella have collaborated throughout the years, or have at least bumped into each other in the staff lounge, IBSI will bring all of us together on a whole new level.  Therefore, we thought it was time for some good old fashioned team building and bonding.  So off to the bowling alley we went to spend quality time together.  The agenda for the day was to develop strategies on how to support and encourage each other as a team.  Here are some of the highlights.

  • Nora Silver not only bowls well but she plays a mean game of air hockey.  She is also committed to going beyond herself and brings her Haas water bottle everywhere she goes so to not waste precious resources.
  • Andrik Cardenas, might be called a “regular” at the bowling alley.  He doesn’t have his own ball, shoes, or a shiny jacket, but he brings his two toddler daughters to the bowling alley and doesn’t hesitate to show them his mad skills.  A natural teacher, both at work and at the lanes, he coached CRB’s Amy Dinh to achieve bowling excellence by throwing her first spare.
  • I know Dara McKenzie has a great attitude.  You have to when you juggle two programs; CRB and IBD.  This was reinforced when we joined in with her infectious laugh as we all learned that bowling shoes are NOT safe and they sure are slippery.
  • Jill Erbland, whose bowling persona is also her work persona, Queen GSVC, is a mighty competitor.  She rolled in and immediately threw a spare.  Done and done.
  • Cathy Garza is an athlete.  She runs every morning and does Workfit at lunch. She is an avid soccer player and fan, but a self-proclaimed bowler – she is not.  “I’m glad my bowling score does not impact my performance review….wait, does it? Nora? NORA???”
  • Not surprisingly, former NorCal Premier Professional Men’s Volleyball Team player, Lucas Abbot showed up with his “A” game, displaying  confidence without attitude.  Lucas shares, “As the newest member (YEAH) of the IBSI group, it was great to get together and knock some pins around after work and get to know my IBSI colleagues a bit better (who are all awesome by the way).”
  • “I thought it was fun and enjoyed getting to know more about other people in IBSI,” soon-to-be bride and part time CNPL staff member Katherine Murtha said of the outing. “Lots of interesting stories.”

I think Katherine’s comment summed it up for me.  There are lots of interesting stories to come from this group of fine people who may not be the greatest bowlers, but who ARE working everyday on building a more prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable society for all.

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Brent Copen recognized for outstanding teaching

Brent Copen

Haas Lecturer Brent Copen, CFO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, was named to the latest Berkeley-Haas “Club Six”.

Based on written student evaluations, the “Club Six” ranking is a key metric used by Haas to measure the teaching performance of its instructors. It means that students in his class rated his teaching 6.0 or above on a 7 point scale. Despite his busy schedule, he teaches the Nonprofit Finance course for both full time and part time MBA students.

On his commitment to teaching, he says:

“I find it personally rewarding to help students appreciate the complexities of the nonprofit business model – as well as what is required to move an organization ‘from good to great’.”

His favorite part of working with students:

“I enjoy sharing some of the practical tools and approaches I have picked up over the years that will help students – as future nonprofit leaders – analyze and act upon financial information as part of an overall approach to strategic decision making.”

Why MBAs are important to the social sector:

“As future board members and senior managers, MBA’s bring the financial background and the business acumen that many nonprofits need to realize the double bottom line of mission impact and financial sustainability.”

Brent brings more than 15 years of nonprofit experience into the classroom, including management roles at the Nonprofit Finance Fund and La Piana Consulting. He is committed to strengthening the sector by helping nonprofit organizations develop more robust financial management practices.  He has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings nationally to executive directors, board members, funders and future leaders. He has also consulted extensively to a wide variety of nonprofits across sub-sectors.

Brent will also publish a new case study for the Berkeley-Haas Case Series later this month.