Yale SOM Welcomes Largest-Ever MBA for Executives Class

The Yale School of Management welcomes its newest MBA for Executives class to campus on Friday, July 25. With 52 students, the EMBA Class of 2016 is the program’s largest ever, and the first spanning three areas of focus: healthcare, asset management, and sustainability.

The Class of 2016 will get to know each other and learn about the SOM community and curriculum during the two-day Orientation on July 26 and 27, before beginning a two-week session of in-residence classes on Monday, July 28. For the rest of the year, students will return to campus for intensive coursework every other weekend.

During the program’s first year, students will take the integrated MBA core curriculum and the Leadership Development Program together, while participating in colloquia that bring leaders in each focus area to campus for candid conversations. In the second year, they take advanced courses in management and in their focus areas.

The Class of 2016 is an accomplished and diverse group, with students representing 14 countries and with many professional paths and aspirations.

In the healthcare focus, there are physicians in specialties including emergency medicine, radiology, and psychiatry. One research scientist specializes in kidney disease and co-founded a biotech startup; a critical care nurse wants to “bridge the gap between the bedside and the boardroom.”

Classmates in the asset management focus area include the CFO of a big-city pension fund; the assistant treasurer and director of investments at a university; and a managing director at a major bank.

The sustainability focus includes an executive overseeing energy efficient, sustainable products for green buildings at a manufacturing multinational; a military attorney interested in sustainable social enterprises and assisting military veteran entrepreneurs; and a manager at a tech firm who wants to explore the role of corporate responsibility in bettering local communities. 

The class’ accomplishments and interests are as varied as their careers. One student developed an orthopedic mattress that is sold nationwide, while another coordinates emergency medical care at one of Liberia’s largest referral hospitals. One has worked on earthquake relief efforts in Colombia, Mexico, and Haiti. Another is a former staffer for the late senator Edward M. Kennedy. In their spare time, they are runners, hikers, theatergoers, and cricket players. And many are also parents, balancing career, family, and starting this week, their new roles as MBA students.