As a community, Berkeley Haas business leaders, both established and emerging, are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with quick and responsible decision making. As a network, we affect many areas of the global economic and healthcare response, bringing necessary leadership, supply chain, product and policy solutions at this critical juncture.
Our school's innovative and entrepreneurial thought leadership is urgently relevant, and we continue to develop solutions-based thinking with global impact.
Berkeley Haas alumni at the forefront of solutions to market
- Abbott (Robert Ford, EMBA 14, President and CEO): Millions of tests shipping to hospitals and labs to detect COVID-19 in as little as 5 minutes.
- Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs (Sally Alain, EMBA 16, Head of JLabs): Johnson & Johnson Announces a Lead Vaccine Candidate for COVID-19; Landmark New Partnership with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and Commitment to Supply One Billion Vaccines Worldwide for Emergency Pandemic Use.
- Gap Inc. (Mark Breitbard, MBA 97, President and CEO at Banana Republic): Gap Inc. is using its factories to make masks, gowns, and scrubs for healthcare workers.
- Bloom Energy (Kevin Passalaqua, MBA 09, VP of Structured Finance): Refurbishing ventilators to help hospitals during pandemic.
- Flexport (Susanne Schöneberg, MBA 17, Head): Supporting global sourcing and transporting relief masks, coveralls, medical equipment and supplies
- Oura (Chris Becherer, MBA 06, CPO of Software): Partner with UCSF Emergency Room Doctors to better predict infection with wearable device.
Faculty members provide relevant insights to our time
- Henry Chesbrough’s Forbes column offers ideas for how open innovation can—and will—speed the development of treatments and the production of medical equipment.
- Adair Morse and her students in the Sustainable and Impact Finance Initiative are developing a financial product to enable private capital to support small business lending and offering MBA student consultants to small businesses and school districts.
- David Levine shifts research to understand how to establish routines to prevent disease from spreading in organizations.
- Severin Borenstein reflected on oil market impacts of COVID-19.
- Juliana Schroder shared tips on how to avoid isolation and genuinely connect online.
- Catherine Wolfram floated a proposal for a widespread moratorium on utility bills during the crisis.
- Jim Wilcox shared his perspective on the stock market whiplash and what the Fed and the government can do to cushion the widening economic crisis.
- Executive Education faculty providing Leading Through Crisis online series.