David Mowat ’16

Post-MBA Position: Bain and Company

One of the things that has really shifted in my time at Yale SOM is how I define success—personally and in a business context.

The ability to be a business student and also be a Yale student is one of the major reasons why I chose SOM. I didn’t want to just put my head down and stay at Evans Hall—I wanted to really explore this incredible campus, whether that’s heading to Sterling Library to study, spending time at Payne Whitney Gym playing squash, leading hockey practice at Ingalls Rink, or attending the incredible breadth of speakers that visit Yale. I’ve heard fantastic speakers at the Divinity School, the Law School, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. It’s really enriched my time here.

Hometown:
Winnipeg, Canada
Undergraduate institution:
University of Manitoba
Previous experience:
Royal Bank of Canada
Post-SOM position:
Bain and Company
Clubs and affiliations:
Hockey Club, Ski Club, Consulting Club
Favorite New Haven haunts:
Caseus restaurant and the squash courts at Payne Whitney Gym

In every case study in the core curriculum, teachers and professors are trying to push you to think beyond just a specific question to look at how this impacts the organization overall. Then when you get to the end of the core and you’ve learned about all the different functions in business, the final class, which is called The Executive, really pulls it all together. You’re now tackling cases where you’re not told, “This is an operations case” or “This is a marketing case.” This is a business case and you have to use the skills that you’ve been learning to answer this question from a strategic perspective.

One of the things that has really shifted in my time at Yale SOM is how I define success—personally and in a business context. SOM stresses the idea of businesses operating in a broader context and the impacts that business has on the world we live in and on the communities we live in. Success just can’t be defined by an internal metric or by a bottom line. There’s more to the story. My perspective on success has really expanded and now centers around how a business creates value for its shareholders, its employees, and for all the stakeholders involved and the communities that it operates in. 

On a personal level, my definition of success has changed from being about how I can have the highest title in an organization or get paid more to how I can find my sweet spot—things that I’m passionate about where I’m impacting the people around me and the organizations I’m in in positive way.

Interviewed on May 5, 2016.

David Mowat

Post-MBA Position: Bain and Company