First-Person

Amy Josephson

Amy Josephson
MBA 12

Marketing Manager
Visa
San Francisco, California

Internship:
Visa Inc.
Foster City, California

Previous degrees:
B.A., Psychology
Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont

Job prior to Haas:
Associate
Goldman Sachs
New York, New York

After a career on Wall Street that spanned the recent Great Recession, Amy Josephson said she was "keenly aware of the role business can play in guaranteeing the greater good of the community." That awareness was behind her decision to focus her MBA studies on marketing and corporate social responsibility, which will put her at the intersection of "businesses doing well and doing good."

"My experiential learning course is a consulting project with a company that wants to explore the area of sustainable travel. Since I'm making a career transition into the socially responsible space, having this tangible experience to show a potential employer will be a big benefit."

"I love the diversity of experience among my classmates. Whenever a professor asks who in the class has experience in a particular industry or sector two or three hands always go up, no matter what the topic is."

"I like the intimacy at Berkeley Haas. I feel like I know or recognize everyone—students, faculty, and staff. Yet, you are part of the larger university community, which opens up a lot of resources. Plus, there is an optimism here that really drew me to the Bay Area."

"Challenging the status quo has long been intrinsic to the ethos of UC Berkeley. That's no different at the business school."

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