Yale SOM Speaker Series

Each year, dozens of global leaders and decision makers visit campus to share insights and engage with students and faculty.

Featured Speaker Video

A Conversation with Victoria B Mars, YC '78, Chairman of the Board, Mars, Inc

Becton Fellowship Program

  • About the Program

    The Becton Fellowship Program, led by Senior Becton Fellow and Yale SOM Board of Advisors Chair Timothy Collins ’82, hosts distinguished leaders from around the world for lectures, classroom visits, and candid conversations with students and faculty at Yale SOM and elsewhere at Yale.

  • Speakers

    Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever: April 11, 2017
    Adriana Cisneros, CEO and Vice Chairman, Cisneros: January 31, 2017
    Neal Keny-Guyer ’82, CEO, Mercy Corps: November 3, 2016
    Joe Tsai YC ’86, LAW ’90, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group: September 30, 2016
    William L. McComb, former CEO at Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.: April 27, 2016
    Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company: February 4, 2016
    Cathy Ashton, Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and First Vice President of the European Commission: September 29, 2015

Convening Yale

  • About the Program

    Convening Yale presents talks by faculty and leaders from throughout Yale University, who share their research and expertise and help students broaden their understanding of an increasingly complex world. The Convening Yale series is made possible through the generous support of the Robert J. Silver ’50 Fund for Innovation in Management Education.

  • Speakers

    Tracey Meares, Professor, Yale Law School: March 2, 2017
    Priya Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy & Physics: November 29, 2016
    Nicholas Christakis, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science: November 8, 2016
    Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law: October 24, 2016
    Jacob Hacker, Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University: October 4, 2016
    Beverly Gage, Professor of 20th-century American History: September 29, 2016
    John Fabian Witt YC ’94, LAW ’99, PhD ’00: April 21, 2016
    Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq: April 11, 2016
    Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology: April 22, 2015
    Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History: April 8, 2015
    Dean Takahashi YC ’80, MPPM ’83, Yale Investments Office: February 4, 2015
    Jenifer Van Vleck, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies: February 12, 2015
    Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School: October 29,2014 

Gordon Grand Fellowship Series

  • About the Program

    Named for Gordon Grand YC ’38, the former president and CEO of Olin Corporation, the Gordon Grand Fellowship Series promotes the exchange of ideas between business and academia by inviting business leaders to visit Yale for discussions with students and faculty.

  • Speakers

    Victoria B. Mars YC '78, Chairman of Mars, Inc: January 25, 2017
    Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group: April 7, 2015

Leaders Forum

  • About the Program

    The Leaders Forum brings the heads of organizations from across all sectors to Edward P. Evans Hall for discussions about the challenges and opportunities of leadership.

  • Speakers

    Indra K. Nooyi ’80, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc.: November 10, 2016
    Daniel K. Tarullo, Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System: September 26, 2016
    Jed Bernstein '79, former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts & Daniel Weiss '85, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: April 26, 2016
    Frances Beinecke YC ’71, FES ’74, Former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council and McCluskey Fellow at Yale University: November 5, 2015
    Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Women and Girls: October 9, 2015
    Vivek Murthy MBA/MD '03, Surgeon General of the United States: September 16, 2015
    Austin Ligon ’80, CarMax: August 20, 2015

R. Peter Straus Lecture Series

  • About the Program

    Named for R. Peter Straus YC ’44, a pioneer in public-service radio, the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series presents talks by prominent individuals on topics that relate to the press and public responsibility.

  • Speakers

    Donald Gips '89, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa: February 27, 2017
    Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times: April 6, 2016
    Fareed Zakaria YC '86: April 21, 2015
    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author: April 1, 2014

Poynter Fellowship Lecture


  • Colloquium in Advanced Management (MAM)

    The Colloquium in Advanced Management provides Master of Advanced Management students the opportunity to meet with accomplished professionals in small-setting, off-the-record conversations about topical issues and enduring life lessons. Past speakers have included social entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, activists, and CEOs of multinationals.


    Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps: November 3
    Patrick Struebi, Founder and CEO, Fairtrasa: October 6
    Steven Kauderer, Bain & Co: September 25
    Danny Weissberg, cofounder and CEO, Voiceitt & Sara Smolley, head of business development North America, Voiceitt: April 12, 2016

  • Colloquium in Asset Management (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with leaders of major investment funds, heads of hedge funds, practitioners, and senior research faculty shaping the field.


    Takehiro Sato, Member of the Policy Board, Bank of Japan: March 28, 2017
    David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University: April 7, 2017
    Matt S. Levine, Columnist, Bloomberg View: March 3, 2017
    Marina Niessner, Assistant Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management: February 17, 2017
    Paul Marcussen, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Market Allocation & Head of NY Office, Norges Bank Investment Management: January 20, 2017
    Patrick Sweeny, Principal and Co-Founder, Symmetry Partners, LLC: December 2, 2016
    Diane Garnick, Chief Income Strategist, TIAA-CREF: November 18, 2016
    David Kupersmith, Managing Director and Vice President, AQR Capital Management, LLC: September 9, 2016


  • Colloquium on Global Perspectives Colloquium (EMBA)

    The EMBA Global Perspectives Colloquium is a series of interactive sessions featuring speakers who address geopolitical issues and international affairs.

  • Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with thought leaders from the healthcare industry, including leaders of hospitals; CEOs of medical device, insurance, and drug companies; policymakers;and other experts shaping the field.


    Farzad Mostashari, MD (YSM ’96), Chief Executive Officer, Aledade, Inc.: April 17, 2017
    Kurt C. Small, MBA (SOM ’09), Senior Vice President, Health Plan Operations, Highmark, Inc.: March 3, 2017
    Fred Aslan, MD, MBA (YSM ’02), Vice President, Venrock, Founder and CEO, ADVANCE Medical: February 17, 2017
    Jessica J. Federer (YSPH ’08), Chief Digital Officer, Bayer: January 20, 2017
    Bob Katter, MBA (SOM ’89), Executive VP of Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Customer Relations, First Databank: December 2, 2016
    Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH (YSM/YSPH ’98), Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region: November 18, 2016
    Andrew K. Bhak,  Managing Director, Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan: October 7, 2016
    Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence US Department of Veteran Affairs: September 9, 2016


  • Colloquium in Sustainability (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with innovators, leaders of global corporations, policymakers, and other experts who are proving the business case for advancing sustainability in all industries. 


    Julia Marton, Former General Director International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): October 7, 2016
    Amy Knight, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Hasbro, Inc.: September 9, 2016

  • Colloquium on Education

    The Colloquium on Education is a visiting speaker series that connects SOM students and others at Yale with leaders in education.

  • Colloquium in Business and Society

    The Colloquium on Business and Society welcomes alumni and other practitioners and experts in a variety of fields to discuss issues at the nexus of business and society.

    Hani Al-Qadi, CEO and General Manager, Arab Jordan Investment Bank: March 2, 2017
    Tim Wollaeger ’66 BA, Managing Director, Sanderling Ventures: December 8, 2016
    Gita Wirjawan, founder of Ancora Group and former trade minister of Indonesia: October 22, 2015

  • GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership (CBEY)

    The GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership brings business professionals and thought leaders to campus to help students understand the challenges of achieving sustainability, and to provide them with necessary skills to prepare for careers in this emerging sector.

  • Bright Lights, Green Sights: Colloquium on Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CBEY)

    Supported by the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, this series features diverse speakers who reflect on their entrepreneurial endeavors and discuss opportunities for sustainable outcomes while working in urban environments.

  • Colloquium on Marketing Leadership (YCCI)

    The Colloquium on Marketing Leadership brings leaders in marketing, insights, and innovation together with students and faculty to share personal perspectives on their careers, companies, and industries. It explores the latest challenges, opportunities, and developments in the world of marketing, from a wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, and backgrounds.


    Linda Kaplan Thaler, Former Chair of Publicis Kaplan Thaler: April 13, 2016
    John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands: April 9, 2015

  • ICF Colloquium on Asset Management

    The ICF Colloquium on Asset Management provides a forum for leaders in the asset management industry to share their experiences and insights on a wide range of topics with students pursuing careers in the asset management industry. Featured speakers include portfolio managers from hedge funds and investment management firms, private equity investment professionals, and leading scholars in the field.


    The Dynamism of Chinese Markets: A Panel with Lei Zhang '02:
    April 27, 2015
    David Booth, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dimensional Fund Advisors: April 1, 2015
    Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University: March 6, 2015
    David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University: February 6, 2015
    Sandra Urie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Associates: April 24, 2015

  • Colloquium on Entrepreneurship

    The Colloquium on Entrepreneurship connects founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs with students and faculty for candid discussions on innovation, iteration, and team building, and provides frank advice for Yale students considering launching their own ventures. The series takes a close look at the unique issues facing entrepreneurs and allows students to cultivate strong relationships for future partnerships.


    Antoine van Agtmael MA'70 and Fred Bakker, authors of The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation: March 30, 2016

  • China India Insights Colloquium (YCCI)

    The China India Insights Colloquium promotes an understanding of emerging economies, with a focus on Chinese and Indian markets. The series is designed to create exchange of ideas between leading-edge business practitioners and Yale MBA students on topics relevant to marketing and business strategy in emerging markets.

  • Colloquium on the Behavioral Science of Philanthropy

    The Colloquium on the Behavioral Science of Philanthropy showcases marketing leaders who are changing charitable giving with innovative platforms, programs, and communications that attract new donors, reengage current donors, and increase repeat donations. It explores the existing and potential impact of consumer understanding and behavioral science on charitable giving and donor relations, and develops a deeper understanding of the marketing challenges and opportunities of donor relations and charitable giving.

    Katy Davis ’12, ideas42: December 5, 2016
    Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics, Yale University: February 17, 2016

  • Colloquium on Social Media

    The Colloquium on Social Media invites speakers to explore trends and discuss topics in social media as it relates to business and society.

  • Sustainability Metrics Monthly Seminar (CBEY)

    Sustainability metrics is a work in progress, but solutions are beginning to emerge. This series brings to campus practitioners who are working to overcome challenges and create systems to develop comparable metrics within and across sectors.

  • Program on Social Enterprise Speaker Series

    The PSE Speaker Series brings Yale SOM alumni and other prominent leaders in the social sector to Evans Hall to speak to students about the domestic and global landscape of social entrepreneurship. Speakers explore challenges and opportunities in bringing business skills and market disciplines to bear on major social issues, including economic development, education, healthcare and sustainable energy.

Podcast: The Design of Business | The Business of Design

  • About the Podcast

    A podcast hosted by Jessica Helfand and Michael Beirut, recorded in conjunction with Helfand and Bierut’s course Twelve Design Ideas that Changed the World, which examines a series of design challenges and their solutions. The guest speakers include designers, their clients at a variety of organizations, and business leaders.

  • Podcasts

    Subscribe to the “The Design Of Business/The Business of Design” podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes.

Past Speaker Videos

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