Ted Kuh’s Path to Lifelong Learning

Alumni Spotlight: Ted Kuh, Haas BS 82; Wharton MBA 87
Lecturer and Advisor-in-Residence, Haas School of Business
Advisory Board Member, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership


ted_kuh_prague “I left banking to pursue new passions such as teaching and getting involved in the start-up community. I am a firm believer in lifelong learning and am certainly learning a lot from my students, I hope to continue learning from different people and different cultures.”

Lifelong Learning: A Structured and Unstructured Path

There are times when the defined and well-lit path is worth following. My 24 year investment banking career offered excitement, world travel, exposure to new cultures, and the challenge of developing a new business.  I was entrepreneurial with the support and resources within a large organization. My best professional decision was to work abroad to lead Citi’s Global Retail investment banking effort, first from London then from Hong Kong.  All told I spent 10 years abroad and had an extraordinarily rich professional and personal experience.

In 2009, I relocated back to the Bay Area, where one of my goals was to re-engage with Haas and my community, as well as to Continue reading


Encore Careers: Second Acts for the Greater Good

Community Partner Spotlight: Encore.org

Encore.org is building a movement to make it easier for millions of people to pursue “encore careers” that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact in the second half of life. “This country’s 78 million boomers make up the largest, healthiest, best-educated population of Americans,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org. “They represent a tremendous opportunity for society.” Research from Encore.org and MetLife Foundation shows that 9 million people ages 44 to 70 are in encore careers, work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good. Thirty-one million more are interested in encores.

By elevating, enabling and expanding encore careers as the new social norm in American culture, Encore.org ‘s goal is to help experienced workers use their passion and know-how to address society’s toughest challenges. While Encore.org is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector.

Photos Courtesy of Encore.org

Many who seek encore careers need help making the transition to Continue reading

Ernesto Dal Bó is Our New Faculty Research Director

Faculty Spotlight:  Ernesto Dal Bó, New Faculty Research Director, Haas Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership

Harold and Alice Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values, Haas School of Business
Director, Berkeley Center for Political Economy (BCEP)
Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

“Thinking carefully about institutions and organizations in the realm of economics and politics is something that I am deeply passionate about. But teaching at Haas also means one has to put that thinking to the test of student challenge, in a way that improves our thinking, and pushes us to make it relevant for a world that needs changing.”

Ernesto Dal Bó teaches the core Ethics course in the full time and evening MBA programs at Haas, and doctoral courses on political institutions and governance. His research is in the intersection of economics and politics. He has done work on corruption, political influence, armed conflict, the self-perpetuation of political elites, as well as Continue reading

New Director of Alumni Engagement

Alumni Engagements: Social Impact Programs for Alumni

Cathy Garza

Berkeley-Haas graduates continue learning beyond graduation. We nourish this tradition by providing opportunities for alumni to draw on the Center’s resources and contribute to the Haas community. We have a new Director of Alumni Engagement, Cathy Garza, Haas MBA ’89. Cathy joined the Center in November 2012. Previously she worked for the Haas Career Management Group and the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics. Cathy will be organizing networking gatherings around the Bay Area for alumni working and/or volunteering in the social impact space. Click here to get on our invite list or contact Cathy if you would like to host a social impact gathering at your home or place of work.

Are you an alum interested in exploring nonprofit board service?  We will be piloting Berkeley Board Fellows for Alumni beginning Fall ’13.  The September–May commitment will parallel the student program and is a great way to experience nonprofit board membership.  Contact: Cathy Garza, Director of Alumni Engagement, 510.643.4359, cathy_garza@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Incredible Programs for Bay Area Nonprofits

Berkeley Board Fellows

Bay Area nonprofits are encouraged to apply for Berkeley Board Fellows. Board Fellows are UC Berkeley graduate students from business, law, public policy, and public health who participate in board meetings and contribute to nonprofit boards from October to May. In 2012, a record 93 fellows served on 50 Bay Area nonprofit boards. The goal of this experiential learning program is to develop students’ governance and leadership skills while they contribute their time and talent to select nonprofit organizations.  Apply by August 16th.

Social Sector Solutions

“I was an Ernst & Young consultant. I would put [the students’] work up against the deliverables of the professional consultants any day. This is really good.” – Steve Janowsky, Wetherby Asset Management

In Social Sector Solutions, select nonprofit organizations work with Haas MBA students and consultants from McKinsey & Company on a 15-week strategy consultation to help clients achieve greater impact by addressing their most important strategic challenges.  Apply by August 31st or send questions to socailimpact@haas.berkeley.edu