The H@W Team

Executive Director – Haas@Work
Dave Rochlin

dave-rochlin-117Dave is both a professional faculty member at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Executive Director of the Haas@Work Program. As executive director, Dave manages both the overall program and relationships with program partners, and scopes projects for the program’s courses.  He also developed and helps teach both the Applied Innovation project course and the cohort-wide mid program academic review project course. As an instructor, he’s been a multiple “club six” member, and a campus-wide faculty teaching fellow. He also founded and chairs the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design.

Outside of Haas, he is a consultant social entrepreneur, focused on market-based approaches to social/environmental issues including deforestation, climate change, corporate social responsibility, sustainability business, and ethical globalization.

Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2010, he founded a hybrid social venture called ClimatePath, and was COO of the NGO TransFairUSA (now Fair Trade USA), a 4 time winner of Fast Company/Monitor’s social capital award, and a leader in developing market based solutions to ending global poverty. He was also professional faculty member in the Executive MBA program at St Mary’s, where he developed and taught the technology and ebusiness strategy course, and has taught advanced marketing and strategy courses in Europe and the Middle-East.  He is a frequent writer and speaker, and author of the textbook “Hunter or Hunted: Technology, Innovation, and Competitive Strategy” (Thomson/Cengage 2006).

Dave has held key executive VP and C-level positions with several fast growing internet pioneers, including helping to build, grow, and eventually sell businesses to Hollywood Video and Earthlink, and placing companies on both the Deloitte 50 and INC 500 lists. He also has turned around smaller software and e-commerce firms where profitability took precedence over growth. He started his career in brand management at Del Monte Foods, as a management consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s food and retail practice, and spent several years at A C Nielsen, primarily helping to build new cross-border information and data delivery products to assist consumer packaged goods clients in monitoring global brand performance.

Dave earned his MBA (with distinction) at the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, and his B.S. from the Haas School at U.C. Berkeley, where he played football and rugby, and also met his future wife.

Clark Kellogg

kelloggClark Kellogg teaches about design thinking and innovation practices. At the Haas School of Business, Clark teaches three classes: Problem Finding, Problem Solving (PFPS),Haas@Work Applied Innovation, and the undergraduate class, Design Thinking and Innovation. He was the Founding Director of the Cal Design Lab, promoting interdisciplinary and project-based learning campus-wide.

Beyond teaching, Kellogg is a partner in the innovation consultancy, Collective Invention, a business and social innovation consultancy. Finally, Clark is a practicing studio artist. In 2013, he completed a project to make a piece of art every day and post it to social media. View it at:

An architect by training, Kellogg has worked as an architect, graphic designer and product designer. He founded Kellogg Communications in NYC that applied design thinking principles to corporate strategy. Kellogg was the founding director of the State Street Global Investors Innovation and Communications Lab and became a Principal of the firm in Boston. He was the first designer to sit on the Executive Committee of a Fortune 500 company.

Clark has delivered innovation and design thinking workshops in China, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Poland, and across the US to corporations, start-ups and universities. He is currently working on a book entitled, Advance Common Sense about the intersection of art, creativity and business.

Sara Beckman

beckman2Sara Beckman is Earl F. Cheit Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business where she designs and delivers courses on design, innovation and product management.  Her 25 years of experience teaching design and innovation-related topics at the Haas School of Business culminated in creating a course, Problem Finding, Problem Solving, which draws from design thinking, critical thinking and systems thinking literature.  That course is now offered to all business students at Haas, and prepares them both for their Applied Innovation projects as well as for their work in their own jobs.  Her recent research focuses on the role of learning style diversity on design teams, and on the pedagogy of teaching design. For the past two years, she leveraged her teaching and research experience in serving as the Chief Learning Officer of the recently founded Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation within University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering.  Sara directs the Product Management Program for the Berkeley’s Center for Executive Education, serving 350 product managers from around the world each year.  Before joining Berkeley-Haas, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard.  Sara received her BS, MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Jennifer Caleshu

Jennifer CaleshuJennifer is a lecturer, facilitator and certified executive coach for programs in leadership, communications, design thinking and innovation. Her coaching work is informed by more than 15 years of leadership in the cultural sector with functional expertise in strategy, marketing and communications, including most recently as Director of Earned Revenue for a museum.

She is a member of the professional faculty at the University of California’s Haas School of Business as a Lecturer for the core design thinking course Problem Finding / Problem Solving and a new Building Trust-Based Relationships course, team coach for the applied innovation course, and Assistant Lecturer for the leadership and communications programs. She has also facilitated both leadership and innovation programs through the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education.

Jennifer earned an MBA with honors from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. She also holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University with a focus on Issues of Adolescence. She is a certified Executive Coach from the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute.

Susan Mendel

susan-mendel-117In her role as Associate Director of Haas@Work, Susan oversees the administration of and manages the logistics for the applied innovation course. She works closely with Dave Rochlin and Clark Kellogg to constantly improve the curriculum of the Haas@Work applied innovation course. In addition, Susan is a resource for the students in the course for any of the technology-related tools, and enjoys seeing design-thinking transform a student’s perspective on approaching challenging business innovation issues.

Previously, Susan served as an Executive Marketing Assistant for the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University. She has also worked at the Microelectronics Reseach Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Susan holds a MBA from Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business with a focus in non-profit management, and a BA in Anthropology, with a minor in History, from Emory University.

Elizabeth Kovats

Elizabeth-Kovats-117Elizabeth Kovats currently serves as a Lecturer in Innovation and Design, and the Director of the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design (BRAID). In this role she cultivates a learning community comprised of Silicon Valley executives and UC Berkeley faculty, teaching design-related workshops to a wide-range of industry partners. She has also served as a guest speaker at Stanford University’s Elizabeth’s particular focus is on adapting design principles for personal transformation, and the area of design and ethics.

Previously, Elizabeth served as Associate Director of the International Business Development MBA course at Berkeley-Haas. She was responsible for significant expansion within the program, and also served as a faculty mentor to MBA teams working on high-technology consulting projects. Additionally, she co-led Seminar in Business courses to Turkey, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.

Before moving into academia, Elizabeth worked in Silicon Valley, in the telecommunications industry. She joined a start-up as the eighth employee in the US, and remained with them for several years through to IPO.

Elizabeth holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, a MTS from the Jesuit School of Theology with a focus on design and philosophy, and completed the Irish Writing Program through the University of Iowa.

In Memoriam

Pierre Loewe

Pierre LoewePierre was a founding Haas@Work faculty member, who helped develop and shape our Applied Innovation course. He was a wonderful teacher and coach, eager to share his consulting experience, passion and humor with students, colleagues and partners.

He passed on New Year’s eve in 2013, from acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

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