After five exciting days in Africa, I arrived in Turkey to meet prospective students and to reconnect with local alumni. The Istanbul “meet and greet” with prospective students for our MBA program had barely begun when I was starkly reminded how interconnected our world is.
Growing up in Europe and later living in the U.S., I was used to thinking of the world as one of hubs and spokes. The hubs were Europe and the U.S., and maybe Japan, and the spokes reached into what was universally referred to as developing countries. You would fly in and out. There was no need to connect across. No longer.
A panel held during Yale SOM’s International Month explored the lasting impact of the Olympics and World Cup on host nations.
New products with global marketing potential don’t come along very often, but Sasson Darwish ’94 says he has one. Darwish is the vice chairman of GlassesOff, a startup that promises to restore normal vision to middle-aged eyes, eliminating forever the need for bifocal lenses, through a simple, game-like training app on your smartphone.
Spirited competition is a big part of life at SOM. Not only do we have a running year-long competition between the four cohorts known as “Cohort Cup”, but we also have the 4029 cup, a series of athletic contests in which first years compete against second years (note: 2014 +2015 = 4029; next year we’ll have the 4031 cup, 2015 + 2016 = 4031). Unlike Cohort Cup, in which each cohort has the ability to accumulate points with individual competitions over the course of the year, 4029 events are all about pride.
The annual Q+ event uses comedy sketches to highlight serious challenges in gender and sexual diversity.
The Yale School of Management has a history of innovation in graduate management education. Some recent examples include the integrated curriculum, two-year Leadership Development Program, and Global Network for Advanced Management.
This year, on January 6 to 10, a total of 40 students interviewed with 12 banks. Two new firms, Wells Fargo and Berenson & Company, joined the lineup of prestigious banks, including J. P. Morgan, Barclays, Citi, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs, that come to SOM for SuperWeek each year. “It’s been a really tremendous response,” said Lloyd Baskin, senior associate director and relationship manager in the Career Development Office. The number of students receiving investment banking offers by mid-February was 20% higher than the previous year.
I had lived through spring and summer my entire life. I was lucky to be born in Colombia, and I was thus blessed to have flowers every day of my childhood. I could not really imagine what a snowflake was like, it seemed so distant, and as everything you haven’t experienced yet, you think about it with a sense of incredibility. I knew cold, I knew rain, but in my mind, in my past, weather was more dependable, less volatile. I had not grasped completely what it would be like to have the streets, the parks, everything I knew covered in white, to see it completely transformed.