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BERKELEY MBA FOR EXECUTIVES PROGRAM

Harold Allen

Harold Allen
EMBA 16

Site Supervisor - Global Operations Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Martinez, California

In his ten-year career at Air Products and Chemicals, Harold Allen has worked in five different places and his responsibilities have increased. With a preference for “change within a familiar environment,” he finds the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is giving him the kind of diverse academic experience that will allow him to ”fill in the missing colors in my palette.”

PREVIOUS DEGREE

BS, Chemical Engineering Howard University Washington, DC

FITTING IN FAVORITE PURSUITS

"My passion is cooking, and the way I best express that right now is cooking up two nights’ of meals for my wife to enjoy on the nights I’m in block.”

For a group of 69 strangers, it is amazing how much we have in common.

“One of the best surprises about the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program was how quickly my classmates felt like old friends. We could immediately engage on a deep level on questions of substance. There have been no bad surprises.”

“The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program gives me a rich classroom experience, the ability to practice on the job, and the opportunity to learn from an accomplished cohort of classmates. It’s a win-win-win situation.”

“For a group of 69 strangers, it is amazing how much we have in common. When we share our family stories, our career challenges, and our passions, the deep-seated similarities are amazing.”

“Confidence Without Attitude is knowing that your classmates have no ulterior motives. We complement instead of competing with each other. Because we all prioritize the whole instead of the individual, everyone benefits.”

I’ve also learned how to delegate more effectively, to trust and to empower people.

“One of the most important things I’ve learned is that there are more career ladders out there than you have years in your career. The Berkeley MBA for Executives emphasizes learning the skills to follow any one of many ladders.”

“Since being in the program, I realize that I digest information differently. I listen to and read the news differently. Some of these changes may be on the margins, but incrementally they are positioning me to maximize my impact in the world.”

“In the past I’ve struggled with delegating. Being in the program has meant having to delegate at work. Thanks to classes like Leadership Communication, I’ve also learned how to delegate more effectively, to trust and to empower people.”

This program teaches you just how much time there really is in a day.

“Early on, I remember Dean Lyons telling me that ‘the difference between life and a life well lived is having a hobby.’ That sums up the value we here at Berkeley-Haas put on pursuing the thing you love. My passion is cooking, and the way I best express that right now is cooking up two nights’ of meals for my wife to enjoy on the nights I’m in block.”

“There’s a real two-way relationship between Berkeley-Haas and all of its students. We’re very aware that, especially as alumni, we are responsible for making sure the Berkeley MBA for Executives Program stays true to itself and keeps moving forward. That’s a part of being a Student Always.”