First-Person

Beidi Zheng

Beidi Zheng
MBA 09

Senior Associate
Natural Resources Group
Investment Banking Division
Nomura International
Hong Kong, China

Beidi Zheng didn't let the fact that no EWMBA student had ever served as president of a student club stop her from running for the presidency of the Haas Finance Club. She used an online survey to find out what her classmates wanted from the club and based her platform on their responses. She prevailed over ten opponents.

"One of the great things about Haas was just how much EWMBA students were welcomed into the life of the school. I really saw an opportunity for the Haas Finance Club to do more for the students — preparing us for interviews, improving on-campus recruitment, and making more of a name for Haas in the field."

"The competence, leadership experience, and financial acumen I gained through the Berkeley MBA program allow me to confidently interact with senior executives, manage my team, and surmount the daily challenges I face in my role in a top tier investment bank."

"Alumni always sound excited for students. As a career-switcher from sales to finance, I had a lot of questions. I've never been turned down by an alumnus when I call or email. They helped me with interviewing and finding an internship."

"I was so impressed with how helpful everyone was at Haas, from my classmates and professors to the staff and alumni. That was such a comfort and an inspiration for me to help others."

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