While most students were relishing the last week of winter break, some were already back on campus, interviewing for coveted summer finance internships. At the height of SuperWeek, January 2-11, the CDO reception area was filled with first-year MBA students sporting business suits and waiting for their chance to talk with interviewers from major investment banks.
Back at the beginning of the month, I participated in what was possibly the best recruiting event ever. SY/Partners, a design and innovation consulting firm focused on transforming corporate cultures, came to the TEAL Room to host a full-day workshop for 30 members of the SOM community
Remember when I wrote about the cohort system at SOM? Well, this year we’ve inaugurated the Cohort Cup competition, where the four cohorts in both years compete for glory and EPP’s (Eminent and Purposeful Points). This is a video of the dizzybat race held in Caulkins Courtyard last week, and my friend Brendan (SOM/FES '15) was forward-thinking enough to document this for posterity. Naturally, Gold took home the prize, (we’re on the far end, led by flamenco god Pedro, in the helmet), though it was a very close race! GO GOLD.
Balancing it all – the acrobatics of business school are quite delicate. I often equate Yale SOM to a start-up business of sorts. Similar to a start-up, Yale SOM provides boundless opportunities to make great impact. Given SOM’s relatively newer legacy with its ivy peers, SOM has few institutional barriers that lend itself to flexibility and change at all levels from administration to academics to extracurricular activities.
On November 5, I had the pleasure of attending the latest in a series of really terrific and insightful events the Women in Management Club is sponsoring this semester. “Women and Career Progression” featured a panel of five women speakers from Thomson Reuters describing the obstacles they’ve encountered and the choices they’ve made carving out careers in a sector still dominated by men.
The Yale School of Management is clearly a place to study business: the school's mission is to train leaders for business and society. But I would argue that Yale Law School--better known as a hotbed of constitutional theory--is also a first-rate place to prepare for a career in business.
The title of my inaugural post is 'Go Where the Journey Takes You,' which is a pretty good philosophy for any business school students who may have changed their minds 14 or 15 times about what they want to do with their lives once they get to school. (Not that we know anyone like that. Certainly not.) This past weekend, my journey took me to Boston for Reaching Out MBA, the annual conference for LGBT MBAs and their allies.
As a Silver Scholar, I take a year off between 2 years of business school to work. My first summer internship was at The Boston Consulting Group, where I used many of the problem-solving skills gained from my first year at Yale. Now that I am one month into my second internship at Fab.com, this is probably a good time to take a step back and reflect upon the experience. Life has been very eventful.
Second year is off to a quick start, and it's hard to believe the leaves are beginning to turn color already! I finally took some needed time to reflect on my summer internship experience, and I must say, I had a blast. I spent this summer in Boston interning for Liberty Mutual in their Corporate Development program, which is their rotational management training program, and I worked on a project in Product Management for their Personal Insurance Unit.
“Eminent and Purposeful Yale”
After only a couple months being in New Haven, I have been amazed by the wealth of resources that comes from being at an institution like Yale. Yale SOM is trying to fully integrate itself with the broader Yale University, leveraging the full breadth and depth of resources at Yale. One of Dean Snyder’s goals is to collaborate and utilize connections between SOM and Yale’s other leading programs including Law, Forestry and Environmental Science, Medical, Divinity, Global Affairs, and of course Yale College.