On Thursday night, I enjoyed an extraordinarily international array of conversations without leaving New Haven. The main event was the Yale World Fellows Night, showcasing this year’s 16 World Fellows from Algeria, Argentina, Chile, France, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
You didn’t really think I’d forget about Part 3 did you? Here’s my final blog post. The “big reveal” and Yale SOM’s role in getting me there, after the jump. Precisely three months after graduation – three wonderful months of rest, reconnection, and reflection – I have finally decided where I’m headed next.
In just a few weeks we will meet the SOM Class of 2014 and if their Chatter group is any indication, there are a lot of nontraditional backgrounds. In fact, based on 2013's palette of internship choices and 2012's range in full-time placements, nontraditional appears to be the norm at SOM. To be clear, consulting and financial services still boast the highest absolute number of interns, but the spread of industry and function interests is truly amazing.
If you haven't gotten the chance already, I'd recommend reading the recent blog posts discussing the International Experience. As a second-year student, I can honestly say that this 10-day trip abroad is one of the most formative, memorable and unique parts of the Yale SOM experience. As my classmates have described in their blog posts, the list of leaders that we have access to by traveling under the Yale SOM name is remarkable. However, I'd like to let you in on a little secret ...
"It's all there at entry." Those were the parting words from Andrea Levere, SOM'83 and President of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), during the Class of 2012 orientation back in August 2010. Over the ensuing weeks, there was some casual debate and joking over exactly what Ms. Levere had meant by this somewhat cryptic advice.
With the New Year well into its third week, it's time to start making good on one of my important New Year's resolutions: to be a more regular contributor to this blog. And especially since my diet and exercise resolutions didn't last past January 2, this is one resolution that needs to stick. By announcing here, in writing, that I will blog at least once every two weeks in 2012, I'm hoping to create a little forced accountability (more so than that still-unused gym membership).
In the universe of graduate/professional degree programs, the MBA degree offers perhaps the most practical curriculum. Yale SOM offers no shortage of applicable courses. But Yale SOM also provides the ability to take courses, inside and outside the school, that aren’t as directly relevant to one’s career trajectory. Or so one might think.
Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.
This past Friday, I attended the Social Enterprise conference at Columbia along with roughly two dozen classmates from Yale SOM. We heard from entrepreneurs building mobile platforms and low cost health products, leaders in impact investing, venture capitalists, and others. But the highlight was hearing from Leymah Gbowee, a leader from Liberia who had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier Friday morning. Forgive me if I sound like I'm bragging, but it was pretty cool. The conference had scheduled Ms.