Student Perspectives

Student Perspective

Jason Merideth

Jason Merideth

MBA 15

Director of Marketing
Nestle

Advancing a Brand Management Career

Jason Merideth is proud of having reached the position of brand manager prior to earning his MBA. But he knew he wanted to close that gap in his résumé, without taking his foot off the gas in his career. He’s doing that—and a lot more—in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program.

It’s an incubator of smart people who inspire me everyday

“As much as I love my job, being on campus is my favorite part of the week. It’s a breath of fresh air. You get to dive deep into strategic conversations with really bright classmates who come at things from a unique perspective.”“All of my classmates bring such varied experiences and backgrounds to the program. It’s an incubator of smart people who inspire me everyday.”

They inspire me to think about challenges differently

“My top priorities are to learn from, network with, and I hope, inspire my classmates the same way they inspire me to think about challenges differently.”

“The Haas Alumni Network was a big part of my pre-application research. There are several Haas grads here at Nestlé and I was reassured by their willingness to support the program, and by their commitment to staying involved in it after they graduated.”

These classes have been immediately applicable and actionable

“I have a contrarian approach to leadership that thrives on seeking and evaluating new ways of doing things. That is perfectly reflected in the emphasis on ‘innovative leadership’ at Berkeley Haas.”

“The Berkeley Haas core curriculum checks off all the boxes for the fundamentals of business. But strong soft skills are what set great leaders apart, and I’ve been impressed by the strength of the classes in that arena, especially Leadership Communication and Problem Finding, Problem Solving. These classes and skills have been immediately applicable and actionable on the job.”

“In Leadership Communication, I learned how to position provocative points of view to build consensus. It’s about knowing when to assertively push and when to thoughtfully pause to bring people on the journey with you. It’s an implicit way of Questioning the Status Quo.”

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