Elections@Haas

It has been a historic election year, but elections are just now coming to Haas!! The EWMBA association and various clubs are holding their elections this month to establish the leadership teams for the next year. You may have read or heard that at Haas it’s all about collaboration, but did you know that this is really embodied in the way the leadership teams for different student run organizations are setup. Each association strives to elect a “Co-President”. We believe in sharing even the most coveted positions, and believe in listening to other opinions. Personally I feel this provides a great balance between decision-by-committee and my-way-or-highway.

The election process starts when platforms are invited for different positions up for grabs. Each candidate whether it’s for a co-president, vice-president (and there are a few of these such as vp-careers, vp-alumni, vp-communications, vp-admissions, and so on depending on the type of organization) or one for any other position, is required to submit his/her vision for the position and a game plan for the next year. This “platform” is then sent out along with the candidate’s background to the registered voters. This year almost all of the elections have been online via surveymonkey type of tools. Each candidate has tried to differentiate him or her (self) during this process and watering holes like Henry’s and Jupiter have been witnesses to “socials” where some of these platforms have been articulated. In fact I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a few candidates who were camped out in front of Jimmy Fifo’s café during evening breaks. All in all, a very exciting process with a real attempt to engage students across the spectrum of Haas’ current batches.

Election platforms did bring out some of the populist concerns shared by EWMBA students. There are some which can be mitigated with the help of school authorities – improving air conditioning, moving the video-taping from its current pre-historic setup to something which is more cognizant of the Haas brand. But there are still others which really require student commitment – networking between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students, forums for interaction between current students and alums and so on. At any point of time, there are over 700 students in the EWMBA program from hundreds of organizations in and around the bay area. Wouldn’t it be exciting to talk to someone who’s already working in an industry or profession that you want to target as a potential career destination?

Anyway, before I end, I want to wish all the candidates a big Haas “Good Luck”! I know the students and staff appreciate the passion and the willingness to change the status quo ya’ll have exhibited by throwing your hat in the ring. And to all the other EWMBAers, no matter who you vote for, make sure you vote. Take the time to read the platforms, and talk to the candidate if you have any questions or concerns. These are the people who will be driving issues which impact your daily lives.

– Div

EWMBAA

Like every other group or organization, Haas has its own alphabet soup of acronymns. And this one is a mouthful. The Evening and Weekend MBA Association (EWMBAA) is comprised of students who try to aid, inform, and serve as a resource to the EWMBA students at Haas – that’s over 700 people.

Fellow bloggers Dutta and Diana, as well as myself, are all members of the EWMBAA committees. If you miss student government and helping make your school a better place, the EWMBAA offers a multitude of committees that cover Admissions, Academic Affairs, Communications, Career Services, Alumni Affairs, Community Service, and of course, Social Events (because we need to have proper school – work – life balance too! and we can’t let the full timers have all the fun).

Many of us are working hard to make Haas an even better place for existing students and to continue to draw the best and brightest prospective students to the program (that’s you!). So visit the EWMBAA website to meet the executive team and all of the committee members and check out our one stop shop for information.

A Round of Congratulations!!

Another exciting semester is coming to an end. Congratulations!! to all those who are graduating. I envy all the free time that you will start to enjoy.

The EWMBAA elections were held and we have elected our new officers – Jasmin Young – President, Krupa Singamapalli – Vice President, Dhiren Bhatia – Secretary and Amandeep Singh – Treasurer. Congratulations!! and best of luck for the next year. The EWMBAA is the student body that works with the Haas administration to provide feedback and continue to improve the experience for EWMBA students.

Now that the Fall semester is almost over – I can almost feel the winter break coming. Some of my classmates will be going to the New York Wall Street trip and the Hong Kong trip. There are others who will be going to Brazil and India for the Seminar in International Business. But for, I better complete my Competitive Strategy paper and work for my Corporate Finance final exam.