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"I loved taking Business classes at De Anza because most teachers seemed genuinely interested in helping their students succeed. And I really just wanted to say that you were one of my favorite professors at De Anza, and your Intro class really helped me find one of my passions." - BUS10 student

"I just got the email from Columbia today, and I can't wait to share the news with you. I have been admitted to Columbia University. Your introductory business class helped me to decide on my major, and I am more defined and with a passion for pursuing a career in the field of business. You are more than a professor but a mentor to me. Your success stories inspired me to decide not to limit to UC application, but also to apply to one of the ivy league schools. I am glad I explored the opportunity and took the chance." - BUS10 student

"I was accepted into all UCs, USC Mashall School, Emory, and Boston University, and decided to attend Berkeley Haas School to finish my BS in Business Administration. I want to thank you for all your help during the stressful application season, your amazing lectures and organized class structure." - BUS10 student

My Background

I have 30+ years of professional experience in marketing, corporate finance, management, strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, venture development, investment, data network design, and systems design & development in several industries, including telecommunications, information technology, entertainment, computer manufacturing, and financial services. Companies that I have worked with ranged from startups to Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and internationally, including Japan, Australia, and the UK. Examples of my past professional experience included AT&T Bell Labs as a Member of the Technical Staff, at MCI as the Director of Corporate Development, and at IBM leading the development of the business plan of a new global service. I have worked in various capacities as a CEO & CFO in several startups, and as a partner or consultant in several international consulting firms, including Booz Allen, Gemini Consulting, McKenna, and TechSynergy.

I hold an MBA in Corporate Planning from Wharton Business School at Univ of Penn, a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science from Cornell University, as well as a B.S. in Applied Math and in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

I enjoy traveling and hiking with my dogs. I hold a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I hope to see you in my classes.  

Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.” - Bruce Lee

Classes I Teach

Fall 2023

00292BUS 1001YIntroduction to Business
00288BUS 1003YIntroduction to Business
27903BUS 1008YIntroduction to Business
00323BUS 9062ZPrinciples of Marketing

Summer 2023

12615BUS 1065ZIntroduction to Business
12859BUS 1066ZIntroduction to Business

Faculty Info

Emily Garbe 


garbeemily@deanza.edu (students currently enrolled in my classes please use Canvas Inbox only, not email)

Building F5 Room S


  • B.S. Computer Science, Applied Math, Univ of R.I., 1981.
  • M.E. Computer Science, Cornell University, 1983.
  • MBA. Corporate Planning, Wharton Business School, Univ of Penn, 1987.
  • Ph.D. Psychology, 2008.
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Kappa Phi.
  • CA DRE Broker Lic.

Office Hours

Weeks 1 to 11 of Fall, Winter & Spring Quarters while college is in session

See syllabi for time/location

Classes I taught

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