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BERKELEY MBA FOR EXECUTIVES PROGRAM

Sarah Reichenbacher

Sarah Reichenbacher
EMBA 18

Manager, Learning & Development Stitch Fix San Francisco, California

"One of the most impactful experiences has been seeing so many ambitious, successful women in the program. They're excelling at work, at school, and at home. There’s not always fair representation of women at high levels of leadership, and seeing so much of this at Haas reminds me that we're capable of changing that."

PREVIOUS DEGREE

BA, International Relations & Political Science Scripps College, Claremont, California

ON BEING IN RESIDENCE

"I wasn't sure what to think of the residency component when I first started the program, but it has become one of my very favorite parts. It's amazing how quickly you can bond with classmates when you're all together for days on end. Some of the best learning has been over drinks in the hotel lobby or over early morning breakfasts."

Building your strengths and improving your weaknesses with an MBA

"I've always been interested in an MBA. I value a generalist approach and do my best work when I have a broad understanding of many disciplines related to the work. As I progressed in my career, I knew this well-rounded skillset would enable a deeper understanding of my current work and open opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise be possible."

"I've always been more of a "poet" than a "quant." But since joining Haas, I’ve realized I'm more of a quantitative person than I thought and it's encouraged me to expand my own skills in that arena."

An MBA that let’s you be present at school AND at work

"Haas defied a lot of stereotypes that I had about MBA programs. I went to student panels and a women's dinner and I kept getting a continuous, authentic message that Haas is a diverse and welcoming community. It was prevalent throughout my interactions and has been true for the entire program thus far."

"The EMBA is perfect because it allows me to really be present in both school and at work. I don’t feel like I’m constantly jumping back and forth. I can really focus on the task at hand and feel like I’m contributing to both communities."

"The relationships I get to build with my classmates through the three-day format are easily a highlight of the program. You get close to one another so quickly, and establish this amazing community of support and encouragement. It’s a unique cohort model, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before."

Finding an entry point to new disciplines

"As I’ve progressed in my career, it's easy to begin pigeonholing myself as "good at this" or "not good at that." At Haas, I'm learning there's an entry point to every discipline, even the ones you've told yourself aren't your strengths."

"I took Data and Decisions, and I learned that even topics I know nothing about are not too technical for me to learn. I now have the language to join in these conversations and ask the right questions, and I understand the outcomes and implications of data-driven decisions."

"I'm exposed to many different forms of leadership at Haas. I'm learning from people who have such different backgrounds than me and have applied their leadership skills in such different ways. I get to learn about what leadership looks like in the context of all the industries that my classmates represent."

An EMBA expands your idea of what's possible

"I have a new level of confidence. In just two terms, I've proven a lot to myself in terms of what I'm capable of quantitatively. It's made me consider how I can leverage those skills in the work I already do, and use it as a launch pad to discover even more."

"Haas has also inspired me to see possibility beyond myself, appropriately one of the Defining Leadership Principles. One of the most impactful experiences has been seeing so many ambitious, successful women in the program. They're excelling at work, at school, and at home. There’s not always fair representation of women at high levels of leadership, and seeing so much of this at Haas reminds me that we're capable of changing that."