The OneHaas Undergrads Podcast is a Berkeley Haas Alumni Podcast featuring Berkeley Haas Undergraduate Alumni.
Trae Guinn, BS 15 - Breaking Stereotypes and Moving Up The Corporate Ladder
In today's episode of OneHaas Undergrad series, we chat with Trae Guinn, Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at Sandler Partners. He is also the Chief Financial Officer at Shortstop Management, an organization geared towards professional baseball and fitness instruction. While here at Haas, he served as the VP of Human Resources and the president of the Haas Undergrad Black Business Association.
Trae talks about his family, which is heavily involved in sports, how he developed his interest in finance and his career path after Haas, and some of the defining moments that impacted his life.
He also shares his experience of being frequently stereotyped as an athlete and how he addressed stereotype issues when he became the Haas Undergrad Black Business Association president.
Lastly, he shares his professional experiences and some of the valuable skills and qualities to move up in an organization, his passion for music, and his favorite thing about Haas/Berkeley.
*On breaking stereotypes* - "Be present and be unapologetically you to show versatility and that you can be confident in your interest. You can pursue whatever you want to pursue. You don't have to conform to the standards that have been set for you."
*On innovating within a company or organization* - "You want to make sure that you can set yourself apart from your peers. Everyone's going to try to produce high-quality work, and it's really important. But the ability to innovate and bring something new to the table will set you apart and help you establish yourself from the rest."
*What Trae likes about Haas/Berkeley* - "There's more of a free speech mentality at Berkeley than there are at some other schools. And people are encouraged to express themselves in a lot of different ways. It was cool to be a part of that type of environment."
* LinkedIn ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/trae-guinn-b9223243/ )
* Shortstop Management, LLC ( https://www.shortstopmanagement.org/about-us )
Sallie Jian, BS ’10 - A Career Journey in Tech Finance and Passion for Breaking Boundaries
In this episode of OneHaas Undergrad series, Ellen Chan talks with Sallie Jian. Sallie is a VC at SAP and the head of SAP.iO Foundry New York. SAP.iO is a corporate venture arm of SAP, which is a publicly-traded enterprise software company.
Sallie shares how she found her calling in investment banking out of college and how that became the launchpad for her discovery of technology and Silicon Valley and the startup world.
She also narrates what led her to the venture capital and growth equity space coming from the finance world and her career at SAP where there is a blend of operator experience plus venture capital experience.
*On exploring other avenues* - "I really encourage everyone who is still in school that you should explore as much as you can because college is one of the only times that you will be able to do this ever, ever again. Figure out what resonates with you and start looking at ways to pursue that."
*When it comes to just career advice* - "I think it is very important to step out of your comfort zone and be unafraid to explore. Be unafraid to go to that networking event, go to that happy hour, go to that conference, go to that trade show, whatever it is, because you never know who you're going to meet and the relationship and the opportunity that can come out of that."
*On staying humble and coachable* - "Stay humble no matter where you are in your career journey because people will respond better to someone who has that kind of trait."
LinkedIn Profile ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/salliesaijian/ )
Yifei Ding, BS ’16 - Breaking Into Tech as a Product Manager
On this episode of OneHaas Undergrad series, we chat with Yifei Ding, a product manager at Instagram. She officially started her career at Deloitte and then transitioned to Facebook.
Yifei shares why she's passionate about product development and nrrates her experience and the support system at a company like Facebook, the challenges of having multiple roles, and how to navigate and work with different teams.
Michelle Hong, BS '15 - Making a Career Out Her True Passion and Disrupting the World of Figure Skating
OneHaas Undergrad Series Episode #2: In this episode, we chat with Michelle Christina Hong about her identity as a Cambodian American figure skater and how her background prompted her to create the very first platform ( coachmichellehong.com ( http://coachmichellehong.com ) ) dedicated to making skating accessible to everyone. She also talks about not following the ABCs of Haas, sticking with her true passion and making a career out of it as a savvy entrepreneur.
Camilo Ossa, BS ‘17 - Navigating From Social Impact Consulting to Social Entrepreneurship
OneHaas Undergrad Series Episode #1: Today, we’re joined by Camilo Ossa, from the undergraduate class of 2017. He shares with us his journey to social impact consulting, and subsequently to social entrepreneurship. He also discusses how the community at Haas has motivated him to strive for excellence.