San Francisco, California
David Coffman has always found balancing and managing time for his work, volunteer, and personal responsibilities to be a challenge. However, as a part-time student, full-time employee, member of a nonprofit organization's board of directors, full-time husband, and most recently, a father of a baby daughter, he credits Haas with teaching him how to set — and fulfill — priorities.
"Haas helped me become much more well-rounded. It prepared me to be a better manager and a better business partner across the board."
"As much as I enjoy accounting, I didn't want to be pigeon-holed. Taking a variety of classes gave me confidence in my abilities. Now, I can sit in a meeting with marketing executives, for example, and really understand the conversation. I am much more fluent in subjects outside finance. My Haas MBA gave me the skills and perspective to broaden my knowledge and my career."
"My classmates realized that grades are not a zero-sum game. No one sat around guarding his notes or hoarding her expertise. We all tried to bring each other up to a higher level of learning and achievement."
"One of the advantages of being a part-time student was that my classmates tended to be older and more settled in their lives and careers. Because all are more likely to stay here in the Bay Area, I expect we'll stay in close touch and be able to have long-term relationships with each other and Haas as alumni."