Vivian Li MAM '13
Founder, Candy Kids Learning Center
Club speakers have opened my eyes to how much the venture capital model could help entrepreneurs in China.
I started an early childhood education center in Beijing. It's quite popular among young mothers like myself. It supplements the traditional Chinese method, focusing on educating children in an inspiring, creative, dynamic environment with native English speakers. I came to Yale SOM to learn more about early education in Western countries, because I'd like to expand my business in China.
Yale SOM provides a lot of resources and opportunities to network with people in education and other fields. The student clubs I've been involved with have really helped broaden my career goals. I've listened to alumni guest speakers share their own stories of balancing career and family—something I'm very interested in, for both professional and personal reasons.
Other club speakers have opened my eyes to how much the venture capital model could help entrepreneurs in China. I've learned how finance—especially venture capital—really contributes to the startup world. I have had two startup companies myself, and it is very difficult for entrepreneurs in China to raise money. Many quit because they just can't find the needed capital. I'm now interested in exploring an investment career in China, because there is such a huge need for it.
Before coming to Yale, I got my MBA at Renmin University, which is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management. Being part of the network offers member schools so many benefits, including sending students to the Master of Advanced Management program. I have friends and colleagues who are now interested in business school and in the MAM program at Yale. Young people in China see the importance of learning leadership skills across cultures. Understanding different cultures is essential to achieving career goals today.
Interviewed on December 19, 2012.