About Us: The UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education

The Center for Executive Education is part of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. The Center offers a portfolio of programs developed by academia’s and industry’s most forward-thinking minds, to accelerate the careers of professionals around the globe. Here, executives have abundant resources at their fingertips, from award winning faculty--9 Nobel Laureates, 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 32 Mcarthur Fellows--to national laboratory research, to the vibrant ecosystem of the Silicon Valley.

The Haas School of Business is renowned for inspiring and developing innovative business leaders--individuals who redefine the business landscape by putting new ideas into action in all areas of their organizations. Our culture is unique, and inspired by four guiding principles that, taken together, sharply define us relative to our peers:

About Us: The Galima Group

Galima (pronounced Gal-i-mu) means “it is possible!” in Lithuanian.

UC Berkeley's Center for Executive Education partners with the Galima Group to offer executive training programs in leadership, product management, pricing, negotiations, and management. For the past nine years, the Galima Group has provided market research, curriculum development, program management, and sales and marketing services in support of programs offered by the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education. By combining the market focus of the Galima Group with the cutting edge research of UC Berkeley faculty, we bring you programs that are as relevant and actionable as they are inspiring.

Galima Group's founder was the Marketing and Product Management Director for the first digital wireless service provider in Lithuania in the mid 1990's, and had a lot of ideas about how to build better products, better teams, and a better organization. Her proposals were often met with “ne galima” or “it isn’t possible”. We believe that most things are possible, and have devoted the last nine years to helping our clients create great products, great teams, and great organizations.


Galima Group Management Team

Kim Fisher, Principal

Kim Fisher

Kim worked as a marketing executive for many years before founding her own technology company, and then helping others build their technology companies. Throughout her experience Kim has found that sound product management processes, excellent marketing, and capable leadership are what make companies succeed. She has also often struggled to hire and train excellent product managers. She founded The Galima Group to help remedy this problem and to provide technology companies the training that can bring them to new levels of success and profitability.

Prior to the Galima Group, Ms. Fisher served as the CEO of the International Business Incubator, helping companies understand and successfully enter the US Market. She also served as Executive Director of The Women's Technology Cluster (WTC), the world's leading incubator for women-led companies, where she helped over 50 companies raise over $350 Million in Venture Capital and grow significant revenue. Prior to the WTC, Ms. Fisher was CEO and co-founder of AudioBasket, where she raised over $25 Million to build one of the first “podcasting” companies. She built innovative new products and formed partnerships with companies including Microsoft, AOL, Time Warner, and Deutsche Telekom. AudioBasket was acquired by EMotion.

Ms. Fisher worked previously for Motorola Ventures and was Marketing and Product Management Director for a wireless operator in Lithuania, where she grew revenue from 0 to $200,000,000. She has worked for a variety of other wireless telecommunication companies in Marketing and Strategic Planning capacities.

Ms. Fisher has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. As a leading female CEO, she has been featured in five books and has appeared on the cover of US News & World Report. She has also been awarded the Price Fellowship for Entrepreneurship, and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Haas School of Business, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, and Nokia Innovent.


John Schwab

John Schwab

John Schwab's background is in management consulting, strategic planning, marketing and product management--but what he loves most is developing great products. He was Product Manager in the 1990's for the fastest growing product in Applied Materials history, a complex multi-million dollar semi-conductor manufacturing tool. More recently, he served as Vice President of Product Strategy for AudioBasket, a software start-up focused on streaming and downloaded MP3 audio news delivery on PC’s, cell phones, and other portable devices. John has an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business.


Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson

Anita Anderson works in sales, marketing and participant relations for the Galima Group. Her background is in publishing, direct marketing, and non-profit work in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C. Along with her work for the Galima Group she is a member of several boards and raises her son in San Francisco. She is an alumni of UC Berkeley having received her B.A. in Political Science there.


Sara Beckman, Product Management Program Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Sara Beckman

Sara Beckman teaches New Product Development and Manufacturing and Operations Management at the University of California’s Haas School of Business. In nearly fifteen years at the Haas School, she has developed, institutionalized and directed the school’s Management of Technology Program, initiated new courses on design, entrepreneurship in biotechnology, and new product development, won three awards from MBA students for excellence in teaching, and received the Berkeley campus Distinguished Teaching Award.

Sara Beckman has also taught for Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and been a visiting faculty member at MIT in both 1994 and 1999 where she taught in the Leaders for Manufacturing Program. She also teaches regularly in Pepperdine University’s Masters in Science and Technology Management program.

Prior to and concurrent with her involvement at the Haas School, Sara Beckman worked for the Hewlett-Packard Company, most recently as Director of the Product Generation Change Management Team. This group was responsible for supporting strategic decision-making, workforce planning and design, manufacturing education and training, and environmental, health and safety management throughout the company. She also managed the corporate-wide Surface Mount Technology program that was responsible for the rollout of new, standard board assembly processes at HP.

Before joining HP and the Haas School, Sara Beckman worked in the Operations Management Services practice at Booz, Allen and Hamilton where she developed manufacturing strategy in a number of diverse industries from pharmaceuticals to aerospace.

Sara Beckman has B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management at Stanford University and an M.S. in Statistics from the same institution. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Materials Holding Corporation and the Corporate Design Foundation.


Jennifer A. Chatman, Berkeley Executive Leadership Program Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Jennifer A. Chatman

Jennifer A. Chatman is the Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She was the Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School in 2001-02, and on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern from 1987-1993. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Professor Chatman's research and consulting focus on the business advantages of leveraging organizational culture and leading strategic change, and she has worked with a variety of organizations including Adobe, ALZA, Boise-Cascade, British Telecom, Chiron, Cisco Systems, Genentech, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sandia National Laboratories, SAP, and the U.S. Treasury.

She teaches a variety of executive management and MBA courses focusing on leveraging high performance cultures, leading change, and making effective decisions. She teaches in executive education programs at Haas, Stanford University, Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Duke Corporate Education, The Medical Group Management Association, and the Institute for Management Studies.

Professor Chatman's research has been highlighted in Business Week, Business 2.0, The Financial Times, Fortune, Inc., The Jungle, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Working Mother. She has had numerous speaking engagements and radio and television appearances and was a keynote speaker for the Economist Innovation Summit. She has written articles that have appeared in various academic journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, and California Management Review. Professor Chatman has won numerous awards for her research and was recently (2007) awarded the Cheit Award for Teaching Excellence in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program.


Teck Ho, Pricing Program Faculty Director, Customer Value Management Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Teck Ho

Teck-Hua Ho is the William Halford, Jr. Family Professor of Marketing at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the chair of the marketing faculty group and director of the Asia Business Center there. From 2004-2006, Teck also served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and is currently an elected member of the Policy and Planning Committee at the Haas School of Business.

Teck's professional leadership includes roles as Departmental Editor of Management Science, Area Editor of Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics.  Publishing extensively in leading marketing and economics journals, Teck is one of the most cited authors in the marketing field. His research has appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, and Quarterly Journal of Economics and he has been funded by the National Science Foundation for his innovative research in experimental and behavioral economics from 1995 to the present. Two of Teck’s research papers received honorable mentions for the prestigious John D.C. Little Best Paper Award in 2006 and Paul Green Best Paper Award in 2005 respectively.

Teck earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and became a tenured professor there in 1999. In 2002, he relocated to UC Berkeley, where he has been teaching a highly popular MBA elective called “Strategic Pricing” and is the faculty director of several executive education programs in marketing and advanced management. He won the Best Teacher of the Year Award three years in a row.  His recent consulting clients include Autodesk, Boston Scientific, Campbell’s, eBay, HP, QuickLogic, and Security Network of America.


Holly Schroth, Negotiation Program Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Holly Schroth

Holly is an award winning Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the MBA program at Santa Clara University. She teaches Negotiations and Conflict Resolution and Organizational Behavior to Executives, MBAs and Undergraduates. She has won several awards from MBA students for teaching excellence and was most recently voted “favorite professor” by a BusinessWeekonline (Sept. 2006) poll of undergraduates across the United States.

Holly Schroth teaches Negotiations and Conflict Resolution and Organizational Behavior in the MBA, Undergraduate and Executive Education programs. She has won several awards from MBA and undergraduate students for teaching excellence and was voted "favorite professor" by a BusinessWeekonline poll of undergraduates across the United States.

In addition to teaching, she is a trainer, consultant and key note speaker on negotiation and leadership issues to a variety of organizations in the United States and abroad including:

She has published several articles on negotiation and procedural justice in leading journals and has created several negotiation exercises in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is one of the leading authors of negotiation exercise materials which are used worldwide by educators and trainers.

She received a MA in psychology and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has also taught at Santa Clara University, Saint Mary's College of California, and Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked in a variety of functional areas in both small and large business organizations as well as in the non-profit sector.


Homa Bahrami, New Manager Boot Camp Program Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Dr. Homa Bahrami

Dr. Homa Bahrami leads and facilitates the New Manager Boot Camp. She is an international educator, advisor, and author, specializing in organizational flexibility & team effectiveness in dynamic, knowledge-based industries. She is a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. She is the co-author of a major textbook (with Harold Leavitt) "Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations", published by the University of Chicago Press, and translated into many languages. Her latest book "Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises", published by Springer (second edition, 2009) focuses on practical approaches for organizing and leading knowledge workers in dynamic settings. Homa serves on several boards in Silicon Valley and Europe and is active in executive education and executive development in the US, Europe, and Asia. She works with executive teams on complex re-organizations, team transitions, and team effectiveness, and with HR & OD professionals on executive development and learning interventions. She has worked with and trained many new managers in the life science and technology industries.


Tamar Lowell, Industry Expert

Tamar Lowell

Tamar Lowell works as an advisor to Galima Group, bringing insight from her industry into the development of all Galima Group programs. Tamar has worked in Marketing and Product Management for fifteen years leading teams at companies including Rearden Commerce, Hotwire, Lonely Planet, and Travelocity. She is currently VP of Marketing and Sales at Access Trips, responsible for marketing, product management and pricing. Her expertise is in building online businesses through marketing, product strategy, and product management. In her roles, she has been responsible for the P&L of her products, managed complex cross-functional (and cross-border) teams, and successfully brought new products to market. Tamar has brought tangible results to all the products she has managed. At Lonely Planet, she increased ecommerce revenue by 46% by introducing new promotions, functionality, and product merchandising. She doubled revenue in her target area at Hotwire by negotiating new pricing programs, and she created two new online stores for Rearden Commerce that drove new customer acquisition worth over $200 million in customer spend. Tamar has an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BS in Mass Communications from University of Maryland.


Heidi Wandell

Heidi Wandell

Heidi Wandell works on survey distribution and compilation, pre-program material development, and on-site program support for the Galima Group. Previously she worked for Cisco Systems Inc. as a project manager and operations data center lead and at the Monterey Institute of International Studies as the email system administrator. Prior to that she worked in various industries including Circuit Board Manufacturing, Aerospace, Restaurant, Banking, and Tax Preparation. She raises two incredible daughters in Lafayette. She received her BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MA in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Josephine d'Allant

Josephine d'Allant

Josephine d'Allant recently graduated with High Honors from UC Berkeley with a bachelors in International Development Studies and a Certificate from SciencesPo-Paris. She currently also works at Dallant Networks, LLC, where she is responsible for the daily operation of the company, as well as the workflow of all projects. Her past experience includes working in business development for Samasource, in marketing for Kiva.org, and in video communications for Tostan in Senegal. A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, she is fluent in French, speaks some Spanish and Mandarin, and has traveled extensively.

"I can think of no institution better for your continued learning than the Berkeley Center for Executive Development. Whether you're a Fortune 50 CEO, or a videogame creator, your attitudes and understandings of markets, organizations, and consumers will be profoundly affected by the guidance of the Haas School faculty."

Scott Foe, Videogame Creator, Nokia