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Business with Buffett Students Meet Oracle of Omaha

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About a month and a half before about 40,000 investors and shareholders descended on Omaha for the annual meeting of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., 20 UC Davis MBA students enjoyed a much more intimate meeting and luncheon with the Oracle of Omaha in his hometown on March 11.

Carrying on Buffett’s tradition of giving back, several students this year volunteered their time at Girls Inc. of Omaha, a program that helps girls succeed in school and life.

The UC Davis MBA group toured the Nebraska Furniture Mart—part of Buffett’s stable of companies—in the morning, followed by a two-hour question-and-answer session with Buffett at Berkshire’s headquarters. They had lunch and took photos with the iconic billionaire at Piccolo’s, his favorite steak restaurant. Then students visited Borsheim’s Fine Jewelry, also owned by Berkshire. Dean Steven Currall and Director of Academic and Student Services Kathy Gleed made the trip with the students.

It marked the fifth consecutive year that Buffett has invited UC Davis MBA students to meet him. Since 2007, about 230 UC Davis MBAs have visited and learned from the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway—and volunteered in the Omaha community, following the lead and spirit of Buffett’s philanthropy. Carrying on this tradition of giving back, several students this year returned to volunteer their time at Girls Inc. of Omaha, a program that helps girls succeed in school and life.

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