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BERKELEY MBA FOR EXECUTIVES PROGRAM

Kevin Blake

Kevin Blake
EMBA 17

Managing Director Berkeley Research Group, LLC Emeryville, California

Kevin Blake joined the Berkeley Research Group LLC to help build a new practice area with his blend of expertise in team management, business development, and data analytics. This new opportunity required an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive for innovation and creativity, so it made sense to advance his skills through an MBA from a school with a reputation for fostering just these qualities.

PREVIOUS DEGREE

BS, Business Administration Miami University Oxford, Ohio

FACULTY

“The professors have an incredible ability to take heavy and complex concepts, like price elasticity and game theory, and translate them to a true level of understanding that we can use in our real work. They use unique and relatable examples from their own world, not just from search results or headlines.”

People come here to change themselves and the world.

“It was time for me to start learning new ways to do and think again, and I wanted to do it with people who had reached a similar mature stage in their careers, who could share their expertise and insights at a level that could help me advance.”

“You can see the Defining Principles in people’s eyes and in the way they think and act. This is not just talk. They are authentic. People come here to change themselves and the world.”

“Some of the executive MBA programs I looked at emphasized what you could get out of it, like networking. Berkeley-Haas has that, sure, but this school is more about what we all can do for each other, for the world, for something that is bigger than us as individuals.”

“Magic is the only word to describe what the Admissions Office does. They form a class that quickly goes from being a group of strangers to being an amazing group of friends. Everyone’s experience, attitudes and perspectives come together quickly and seamlessly, because they are all here for the same reasons.”

The residency requirement should really be called a benefit.

“The professors weave our questions seamlessly into their lectures and discussions, even when I can’t imagine how they are going to get back on topic. Often, it’s the open-ended discussions that are the most rewarding.”

“The professors have an incredible ability to take heavy and complex concepts, like price elasticity and game theory, and translate them to a true level of understanding that we can use in our real work. They use unique and relatable examples from their own world, not just from search results or headlines.”

“The residency requirement should really be called a benefit. Even if it were optional, I think everyone would do it anyway.”

“I now think about time in a completely different way. I see it as an asset. You would be amazed how much time you can find. Every 30 or even 15 minutes that I spend in a taxi or on a train is time I use for reading or doing an assignment. I guess that speaks to the culture and the passion of Berkeley-Haas too.”