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UC Berkeley Executive Education

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: August 8, 2012.

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2220 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, California 94720
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UC Berkeley Executive Education serves leaders and organizations who aspire to redefine the future of business. Their immersive learning experiences, led by renowned UC Berkeley faculty, equip global executives and their organizations with the vision, culture, and capabilities to thrive in an ever-changing world. Leveraging the best resources of the world’s No. 1 public university and the surrounding business ecosystem, Berkeley Executive Education embraces the Haas School of Business mission to develop leaders who Question the Status Quo, exhibit Confidence Without Attitude, are Students Always, and think Beyond Themselves.

Berkeley Executive Education offers five types of programs: concentrated, 2- to 5-day in-person executive education business programs for individuals and teams; custom programs designed and tailored specifically for a specific company’s objectives, initiatives, and organizational culture; 6- to 8-week online programs that offer a flexible schedule with direct application of practical learning exercises, custom diagnostic tools, and small-group collaboration; workshops designed to provide participants with highly actionable and immersive training in emerging business and technology domains; and global partner programs developed in collaboration with leading local and global organizations, leveraging the strength of both institutions to deliver cutting-edge training in specialized areas of study.

Berkeley Executive Education programs fall under the four key pillars of the executive skill set: Leadership & Communication, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Strategy & Management, and Finance & Business Acumen. 

Individual & Team Programs

Concentrated programs for individuals and teams range from traditional core topics such as Financial Analysis for Leaders, which is designed to provide leaders with the foundational knowledge of corporate financial reporting, cost management, value-based management, financial statement analysis, and corporate valuation to timely topics like our #ManagingMillennials program, which gives attendees the tools to communicate effectively with Millennials, manage conflict within a diverse work environment, and promote a positive work culture. Other programs include our Women’s Executive Leadership Program, New Manager Boot Camp, Venture Capital Executive Program, and Negotiation and Influence Program.

Most programs are open to all, but a few — such as The Berkeley Executive Leadership Program, the flagship leadership program — are by application only. If admitted, leaders complete pre-program assessments and one-on-one coaching followed by five days of working with accomplished peers, top UC Berkeley faculty, and industry thought leaders to create a personalized plan to unlock innovation and growth, create energy and urgency, and drive results.

Custom Programs: Partnership for Impact

Specializing in helping organizations of all sizes, in every industry, identify core problems and create new solutions to address current and future business needs, Berkeley Executive Education works closely with partners to holistically design a program that gets results and is strengthened through collaboration with the Haas School of Business.

Berkeley Executive Education frequently partners with organizations to develop custom programs that specialize in developing strategic solutions for custom clients from corporate, government, or education sectors. Past clients have included: Plantronics, Visa, and PG&E. Our global academic partners include Fudan University, Nanyang University, The King Abdullah University of Science (KAUST), and Northwest Executive Education. Partnerships are characterized by collaboration between the Haas School of Business faculty and real-world practitioners to provide clients with inventive solutions to their business challenges.

“At Berkeley, we are passionate about designing programs that support our clients’ specific business and leadership development goals,” says Mike Rielly, Berkeley Executive Education CEO. “Combining Berkeley’s renowned faculty, diversity of perspectives and distinctive leadership culture, and the surrounding Silicon Valley/Bay Area innovation ecosystem, we deliver transformational experiences with actionable outcomes. Companies facing accelerating change, globalization, technology disruption and growth challenges turn to Berkeley as their partner in preparing their leaders to navigate these challenges.”

Whether you’re implementing a new business model, scaling your business, developing your talent, or entering a new market, Berkeley Executive Education forges long-lasting partnerships to design and deliver programs directly aligned with your business initiatives and organizational culture.  

When Berkeley Executive Education worked with the senior leadership team at Visa to create Visa Executive Edge, they designed a program to give exceptional women leaders within Visa a way to accelerate their career and find their authentic leadership voice. The goal was to empower program participants to own and drive positive change and results throughout Visa in a dynamic global marketplace.

In Visa Executive Edge, participants came into the program as inspired, committed leaders and left with enhanced skills and confidence to put newly gained learnings into action. Initial steps outside of their comfort zone soon became giant leaps with encouragement from Visa senior leaders and the strong support of other Visa Executive Edge participants, and the impact has been felt throughout the organization globally.

Berkeley Executive Education also plays a strategic leadership role in the development of female leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), under the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s Vision 2030, Berkeley faculty have developed and delivered the KAUST Saudi Leadership Program to over 60 women in three years. Faculty leader Kellie A. McElhaney reports, “I am so inspired by the Crown Prince’s prioritizing and leading historical transformations in the Kingdom. The women in the KAUST program are highly educated, motivated and driven to become leaders. I learn as much from them as I teach, and have become a better professor because of them.” This custom program focuses on equipping leaders with new skills and mindsets to help them shape the future of higher education, business, and innovation in the Kingdom.

Online Programs

Online education continues to grow and Berkeley Executive Education is pleased to offer online programs such as The Berkeley Product Management Studio, developed from the very popular on-site Product Management Certificate Program. Berkeley Executive Education’s online studios combine the flexibility of online education and the power and knowledge of the UC Berkeley and Haas School of Business faculty. These 6-8 week programs allow for weekly exercises, online faculty sessions and office hours, and small-group collaboration over an extended period of time.

Participants Can Customize a Certificate of Business Excellence Program

A popular pathway for our participants is the Certificate of Business Excellence (COBE) program, which offers a tailor-made course of study designed to both fill knowledge gaps and help participants achieve aspirational business and educational goals, with a mark of distinction from a world-class university. Participants work closely with the COBE team to complete 17 curriculum days within three years and enrollment in at least one program from each of the four academic pillars. Benefits include access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley-Haas alumni and exclusive Berkeley Executive Education networking events.

Typical participants are high-potential individuals looking to further their skills, leaders and managers, senior corporate executive leaders, mid-level managers leading teams, entrepreneurs and business owners, high-tech professionals, and engineers.

UC Berkeley’s Unique Experience

UC Berkeley’s iconic campus is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley, the epicenter of one of the most economically and culturally thriving places in the world. This gives participants exposure to some of the most innovative thinking and practical applications happening in business today.

Berkeley Executive Education CEO Mike Rielly emphasizes the vision of Berkeley Executive Education to “serve leaders and organizations who aspire to think differently and redefine the future of business. Our team and culture are agile and innovative and believes diversity and intellectual curiosity are intrinsically tied to excellence. Berkeley Executive Education represents the values of The Berkeley Leader in every way by embodying our defining principles to create a positive impact on business and society through leadership and innovation and extend the critical work of Berkeley’s renowned faculty.”