Full-Time MBA Program

Top Leaders at Berkeley Haas

Business leaders, thought leaders, and innovators both teach at and routinely visit Berkeley Haas to share their real-world experiences and insights.

Visiting speakers address Berkeley full-time MBA students through keynote addresses at student conferences, in the classroom as guest lecturers and through our distinguished speaker forums.

They include CEOs from around the San Francisco Bay Area and from around the globe, military veterans, women in leadership roles, and leaders who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service.

Speaker Forums at Berkeley Haas

Recent Speakers Addressing Berkeley MBA Students—and Their Talks

  • Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy (aka Chief Storyteller) at Patagonia
  • Chris Larsen, Chairman, former CEO & co-founder at Ripple
  • David Aaker, Haas Professor Emeritus of Marketing & Public Policy; Vice Chairman at Prophet
  • Danae Ringelmann, Founder and Chief Development Officer at Indiegogo
  • Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defense of Germany
  • Scott Galloway, Founder and Chairman at L2 inc.; Clinical Professor at NYU Stern School of Business
  • Deborah Hopkins, Chief Innovation Officer at Citigroup; CEO at Citi Ventures
  • Bob Shanks, EVP and CFO at Ford Motor Company
  • Joann Lublin, Management News Editor at Wall Street Journal; Author of "Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World"

Berkeley MBA Professional Faculty Bring Business Experience

In the classroom, you'll also hear from members of the Haas School's professional faculty — adjunct professors and lecturers — who draw from years of experience at the top ranks of various industries:

  • Wall Street veteran Peter Goodson, former partner of private equity firm Clayton & Dubilier, Inc., who teaches Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Sara Beckman, who managed technology initiatives at Hewlett Packard and pioneered courses incorporating design thinking at Berkeley Haas, including Managing the New Product Design Process and Problem Finding, Problem Solving.
  • Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who retired after spending 21 years in eight high-technology firms, and whose Berkeley MBA class, Lean LaunchPad, received accolades from Fortune magazine
  • Marketing consultant and trainer Lynn Upshaw, whose Marketing and Strategic Brand Management courses are informed by his work with clients such as Bank of America, PayPal/eBay, Health Net, and SunPower.

From Fed Chair to Presidential Advisers, Haas Research Faculty Tapped for Government Roles

Since the school's founding in 1898, Berkeley's business school faculty members have made strong contributions to public service, from Fed Chair Janet Yellen to Presidential Advisor Laura Tyson:

  • In February 2014, Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen became the nation's 15th chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Yellen, a Haas faculty member from 1980 to 2006, previously served as vice chair of the Federal Reserve and president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.
  • Carl Shapiro served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 to 2012. He previously served as chief economist in the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice.
  • Laura Tyson was named to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Previously, Tyson served as the chair of the National Economic Council under President Clinton.
  • Michael Katz was deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission.
  • James Wilcox served as the chief economist at the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.
  • David Levine was senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers.