Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program

Student News & Achievements

Students in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program are constantly striving for success—in the classroom, at the workplace, at case and business plan competitions, at their own startups, and beyond.

Learn more about how they're winning competitions, launching entrepreneurial ventures, and growing their careers—all while pursuing a Berkeley MBA.

Matt Volm, MBA 16

Two Students Shortlisted in Child Cancer Challenge
Two Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA students were shortlisted in a Financial Times competition to develop business plans for the British nonprofit World Child Cancer (WCC). (Fall 2014)


Iris Korovesi

Can You Lead a Horse to Water? MBA Students Learn "Natural Leadership"
Sixteen students from the Executive MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA programs headed far outside the classroom—to an equestrian center—to apply personal leadership challenges to on-the-ground work with horses. (Fall 2014)


Iris Korovesi

From Strategic Pricing to SunPower Promotion
Iris Korovesi didn't necessarily expect a return on investment so early in her MBA studies. But in her microeconomics course she learned the true potential of the price tag, and she credits that knowledge with helping her quickly advance at SunPower. (Fall 2014)


Amy Thompson

A Walmart to Google Career Change
Trading Furbies for Fruit Ninjas, Amy Thompson moved from a role as senior toy buyer with Walmart to manager at Google—during her first year in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program. She now manages retail partnerships for Google Play, an Android platform for apps and digital media. (Summer 2014)



Evening & Weekend Students Co-Innovate with Top Firms
At a mid-program retreat, second-year students in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program worked with innovation leaders from seven top companies to create co-innovation partnerships that position the firms on the cusp of what’s next in their industries. (1/18/14)


Student Startups

Studying and Launching Simultaneously: Student Startup Roundup
Part of an occasional series spotlighting students who are juggling their studies with starting a new business or nonprofit venture. In this installment we feature Evening student Ryan McQuaid, MBA 13, co-founder of healthcare concierge company PlushCare. (1/18/14)


Health Hackathon

EWMBA Team Wins "Most Innovative" at Health Hackathon
Whistleblower, a team with two evening-and-weekend MBA students, was named the most innovative entry at the UC annual Hacking Health Competition held in October. (10/22/13)



Spotlight on International Business Development Course
Welcome to the annual conference for the International Business Development (IBD) course. The conference starts with a poster session, when students report on consulting engagements begun last spring and capped off with two weeks in-country with clients. (9/29/13)


Ronan Kennedy

Career Change: From Survey Instruments to Banking Apps
Ronan Kennedy, MBA 14, wanted to bridge his operations experience to a desired future in finance. His first big move: a role with JPMorgan Chase designing mobile apps, where he’s excited to “potentially impact the commerce of the future.” (6/17/13)


Escape from Alcatraz

Testing Limits in an Escape from Alcatraz
Twenty-seven Berkeley MBA students tested their limits with a swim through cold bay waters from Alcatraz to San Francisco. Find out what it was like to take the plunge.(4/17/13)


Nick Ionita

Career Advancement: VP of Product Management, FreeWheel
How Nick Ionita, MBA 13, moved from product manager to VP at FreeWheel, which helps make content business profitable for media companies (think ESPN and CNN). One tip: “Don’t wait until you’ve got your diploma.” (4/17/13)


Stephanie Lai

Career Changes: From Grant Applications to Music Apps
Stephanie Lai, MBA 14, decided to make a career change after spending five years in philanthropy. She's now a marketing specialist at Smule, creator of social music-making apps such as Magic Piano, Glee, I Am T-Pain, and Ocarina. "As an avid cellist, I've longed for people to experience the joy of making music. With our apps, you don't need an instrument or musical talent--all you need is your mobile device." (02/20/13)


Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition Berkeley MBA First Place Team

Berkeley MBA Teams Take 1st, 3rd in Biotech Competition
Evening and weekend MBA student Yelena Bushman, MBA 13, was part of a team placing first in the Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition on Jan. 26. Blending expertise in both finance and biotech, two Berkeley MBA teams placed—taking first and third. (02/04/13)


Amit Paka

Student Takes Startup From Idea to Acquisition in Eleven Months
Three semesters into the Evening & Weekend MBA Program, Amit Paka, MBA 12, realized he wanted to be an entrepreneur. And in 11 short months, he hatched an idea, relocated from Seattle, launched a venture—and sold it to eBay. (01/31/13)


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Evening & Weekend MBA Startup Makes SXSW Finals
A Berkeley MBA venture aimed at making travel decisions easier and even more appealing has been named one of eight finalists in the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive tournament Student Startup Madness. (01/15/13)


2012 Adobe Digital Analytics Competition Winners

Students Impress at 2012 Adobe Digital Analytics Competition
Three students in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program took home the second-place prize in Adobe's competition after emerging from an original field of 160+ to compete in the finals. (11/20/12)


NAAMBA Global Case Competition Winners

Student Team Wins NAAMBA Global Case Competition
Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program students offered the winning solution to the challenge, "How can Social Media be used to empower marginalized communities?" Their concept, Project Telos, uses technology to remove barriers to access to social media for refugees and immigrants. (10/04/12)


Lake Tahoe Tough Mudder Participants

Nine Classmates Conquer Lake Tahoe Tough Mudder
Helping each other through as a team, the students all finished the 11-mile obstacle course, which included crawling through mud with live wires hanging above and submerging themselves in a pool of ice water. (09/27/12)


UC Berkeley Digital Health Hackathon Winning Team

Students Collaborate with Berkeley Colleagues to Win Health Hackathon
Three Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program students teamed up with two software programmers, a public health professor, and a mechanical engineering student to win the 24-hour competition, which challenged students to "build apps that change lives."(09/27/12)


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