They were bold. They were bright. They were bodacious.
Bedecked in the likes of Hammer pants and gold berets, they took the stage by storm. The eminent and purposeful Yale SOM had never seen anything like it. Cheers erupted, whistles rang out—and hearts probably melted.
Today I met my hero. I didn’t know prior to the event that he was my hero, but I left knowing full well that this man was the man I wanted to model the rest of my career after. His name is Jed Bernstein, SOM Class of 1979 (the second class to graduate after the school was founded), and I was one of 75 lucky students from SOM and the School of Drama who packed the GM Room today at lunch for a Leader’s Forum chat with Dean Snyder. He is an accomplished theatrical producer and former leader of the Broadway theater trade association, and had many amazing stories about his time at SOM and the connections he made with his classmates that last until today. What else? I feel like I’m leaving out a salient detail. What was that again?Read More
This year’s SOM Case Competition took place on November 7th and challenged participants to analyze social innovation at Salesforce Foundation. The competition was co-hosted by the Net Impact, Consulting and Human Capital clubs and was sponsored by Deloitte. It was an informal, low risk, pure upside way to spend four hours on a Thursday evening. Second years flagged it as a not-to-miss event.Read More
There’s always a lot of debate about the value of an MBA. Last spring, after a lot of discussion with my family, the program administrators, and former students, I made a leap of faith decision and enrolled in the executive program at Yale. For years I had toyed, on and off, with the idea of doing an MBA. At one point a few years ago I applied to a few full time MBA programs, including Yale’s, but I never made the jump.Read More
2015 Blue Cohort The cohort experience is fundamental to one’s first year at SOM. After the class is admitted, each of us is carefully placed into one of four “statistically indistinguishable” cohorts – Blue, Silver, Green, or Gold – of about 70 people each. The cohort is primarily an academic construct – we attend every class of the core together in the first year and spend a great deal of time with one another preparing assignments after class hours. But the cohort experience at SOM reaches far beyond the classroom in its ability to shape the larger Yale SOM experience.Read More
Prior to SOM, I wrote a local food blog in San Diego. When my classmates found out I had a blog, they all encouraged me to re-create the blog for New Haven. Unfortunately with all the time commitments we have at SOM, I've had to limit my food blog posts to a grand total of ZERO so far. Fortunately, by totally random happenstance, New Haven Restaurant Week occurred right when I needed to write a blog post.Read More
The artwork in Edward P. Evans Hall includes three wall drawings by American artist Sol LeWitt, installed by recent graduates of the Yale School of Art. Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery and John Hogan, installation director and archivist at the gallery, discuss the project.Read More
A recent talk by reporter David Barboza underscored one of the cardinal rules for anyone taking a professional risk: take your time and get it right.
Barboza, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, spoke as a guest of the Greater China Club on October 22. The New York Times’ Shanghai bureau chief, Barboza won the Pulitzer for his stories exposing the fortunes amassed by relatives of top Chinese government officials through political connections and ownership in businesses closely aligned with the state.Read More
I came to Yale SOM in part because old shoes drive me crazy.
Before you dismiss me as the crazy shoe lady, perhaps I should clarify a bit. As someone who once took a 67 percent pay cut to serve the urban poor, I’ve spent much of my life thinking about ways to maximize social impact. In addition to joining Peter Singer’s campaign to give to the bottom billion, I pretty much donated everything I could get my hands on as a child, to my mother’s chagrin: jewelry, jackets, shoes, clothes, toiletries, books, CDs, canned goods, toy, etc. You name it, I probably tried to donate it at one point or another—though I tried most vigorously if the item happened to be, say, my piano workbook.Read More