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November 13, 2013

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.

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November 13, 2013

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.

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November 12, 2013

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.

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November 12, 2013

Yale SOM's Admissions office recently hosted an event featuring New York City alumnae. Moderated by Professor Sharon Oster, the panel featured several Yale SOM alumnae working in Manhattan.
 

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November 11, 2013

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.

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By: Ada Wan
November 8, 2013

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. 

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November 7, 2013

With just over two months remaining until the official opening of Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale SOM’s staff, faculty, and students are preparing to make the transition to the school’s new campus.

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November 6, 2013

Innovation. It’s one of those words that seems to be in vogue currently, along with passion and synergy. Firms boast that they proffer innovative solutions to their clients, hospitals submit that they have developed innovation mechanism through which they can provide quality care to their patients, universities declare that they attract students who are the next generation of innovative problem-solvers, and so on.  As a society, we may be using the word innovation carelessly and without thought. Yet, I would assert that opportunities abound for us to innovate, discover, create, and explore unconstrained around campus.

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November 6, 2013

When Daniel Ammann made the switch from Morgan Stanley investment banker to General Motors treasurer in 2010, he discovered an important truth about working for a huge and complex organization: you’ve got to jump in with both feet and learn the place from the ground up. No detail or function is beneath notice if you want to make an impact, and every employee matters.
 

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November 4, 2013

Today is the second of our two Explore Diversity Days here at the Yale School of Management. More than 75 prospective students are on campus to meet with current students, faculty, and staff and get a sense of what makes the SOM experience unique. One of the things that make Explore Diversity itself unique is, well, its diversity. 

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