The UC Berkeley Haas Q&A was a huge success, with Stephanii Fujii, Executive Director of Full-Time MBA Admissions, answering questions on a wide variety of topics. You can read the whole Haas Q&A transcript or listen to the full audio clip online. (You can also catch previous Q&As for other top programs on our MBA transcript page.)
Here is some helpful information about UC Berekeley Haas’s unique BILD curriculum (please note how Stephanie Fujii included helpful links to the Haas website):
Linda Abraham: [W]here [are] the ten capabilities that make up the Innovate Leadership listed on the website?
Stephanie Fujii: There is a section under Curriculum that refers to BILD, or Berkeley Innovative Leader Development that talks about the ten capabilities and how we’re teaching them.
Linda Abraham: Great. I think that would be very useful for applicants to review. I know that they frequently talk about leadership in this very general term. If they could hone in a few of the capabilities that they already have – very specific terms – that probably would be very useful for them.
Stephanie Fujii: Absolutely. I think one of the courses that I just mentioned that I would really recommend is to learn more about Problem Finding, Problem Solving. That’s now one of the core courses. It’s sort of the gateway to all of our experiential learning courses. It’s really designed to take our students out of their comfort zones.
I don’t think there’s a course like this being taught at any other business schools. It’s really teaching our students that, for innovative leadership, it’s not enough just to be able to solve the problems, but they have to identify what those problems are and what the challenges are going to be further upstream. …. It’s gotten a lot of mixed reviews from our students just because it is so different from what they were expecting….I was actually just talking to one of our second-years … who said that … “This is not at all what I was expecting. It’s very strange. I’m not sure how this is going to relate.” He said that over the summer he was using a lot of the frameworks and tools that he learned in that course. He actually e-mailed his professor and said, “Thank you so much. I get it.” It was really exciting to hear that type of feedback, that our students are able to take what they’re learning and just apply it immediately, and that it is something very different.
View the full Haas Q&A transcript or listen to the MP3 recording of the event now and check out our UC Berkeley Haas B-School Zone.