Yale SOM Speaker Series

EACH YEAR, DOZENS OF GLOBAL LEADERS and decision makers visit campus to share insights and engage with students and faculty.

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Leaders Forum

Global CEOs and heads of organizations.

Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Women and Girls: October 9, 2015
Vivek Murthy MBA/MD '03, Surgeon General of the United States: September 16, 2015
Austin Ligon ’80, CarMax: August 20, 2015
Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India: May 16, 2015
Naomi Hirose ’83, Tokyo Electric Power Co.: May 4, 2015
Ajay Banga, MasterCard: April 23, 2015
Mimi Gardner Gates PhD ’81, Seattle Art MuseumApril 14, 2015
Jack & Suzy Welch: April 16, 2015
Peter Norris, Virgin Group: March 31, 2015
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC: September 30, 2014
Ian Cook, Colgate-Palmolive: November 11, 2014


Colloquium in Advanced Management, Colloquium in Asset Management, Colloquium on Business and Society, Colloquium on Customer Insights, Colloquium on Education, Colloquium on Entrepreneurship, Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership, GE Colloquium in Sustainability Management, Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO) Seminar Series  

Colloquium in Asset Management

The Dynamism of Chinese Markets: A Panel with Lei Zhang '02: April 27, 2015
David Booth, Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dimensional Fund Advisors: April 1, 2015
Robert Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University: March 6, 2015
David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University: February 6, 2015
Sandra Urie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cambridge Associates: April 24, 2015

Colloquium on Marketing Leadership

John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands: April 9, 2015

Colloquium on Business and Society

Joseph Greenberg YC’83, President & CEO, Alta Resources, LLC. April 13, 2015
David Booth, Co-founder and CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors: April 1, 2015
Christine Barton, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group: April 4, 2015
Kevin P. Ryan BA ‘85,  Founder and Chairman of Gilt: April 6, 2015
John Shrewsberry ’92, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Wells Fargo & Company: March 25, 2015

Becton Fellowship Program

Distinguished practitioners from public and private institutions invited to Yale in order to elevate discussions within Yale SOM and to strengthen the School’s relationships across all sectors and regions of the world.

Cathy Ashton, Former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and First Vice President of the European Commission: September 29, 2015

Convening Yale 

Scholars from across the university.

Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology: April 22, 2015
Donald Kagan, Sterling Professor of Classics and History: April 8, 2015
Dean Takahashi YC ’80, MPPM ’83, Yale Investments Office: February 4, 2015
Jenifer Van Vleck, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies: February 12, 2015
Benjamin Polak, Yale University Provost, William C. Brainard Professor of Economics & Professor of Management: November 5, 2014
Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School October 29, 2014

Gordon Grand Fellowship Series

Successful leaders connecting business and academia through the exchange of ideas.

Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group: April 7, 2015

Poynter Fellowship Lecture

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism enables Yale to bring to its campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media.

Della Bradshaw, Financial Times: February 3, 2015

R. Peter Straus Lecture Series

Prominent individuals on topics that relate to the press and public responsibility.

Fareed Zakaria YC 86, Journalist and Author: April 21, 2015
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author: April 1, 2014

Donaldson Fellows Symposium

2014-2015 Donaldson Fellows Symposium: March 26-27, 2015

Past Speakers

Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google

Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google

As developing nations get greater access to the internet, businesses will experience new challenges and opportunities, Schmidt told an SOM audience.

Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Mondelēz International

Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Mondelēz International

Irene Rosenfeld discussed the importance of taking a global perspective for instigating growth at one of the world's largest snack companies.

Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO, Alcoa Inc.

Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO, Alcoa Inc.

When recruiters at Alcoa evaluate job candidates as future business leaders, they look for more than impressive credentials. “A real, full, developed individual” is what the organization seeks, said chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.

Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation

Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation

Case discussed the social sector, technological innovation as a source of good, and investing for impact in a Q/A session with students.

Tim Brown, CEO and President, IDEO

Tim Brown, CEO and President, IDEO

As the president and CEO of IDEO, the global design consultancy, Brown's job is to help organizations innovate in a fast-changing word.

Tim and Nina Zagat LAW '66, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs, Zagat Survey

Tim and Nina Zagat LAW '66, Co-Founders and Co-Chairs, Zagat Survey

Tim and Nina Zagat, founders of the Zagat Survey, discussed the unique user-generated content that has made their company a household name.

Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Thomas L. Friedman's talk, "Leading and Working in Today's Flat World," marked the two-year anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley

James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley

The financial crisis has left the banking industry with an image problem that isn’t going to disappear anytime soon, Morgan Stanley chairman and CEO James Gorman told students at the Yale School of Management.


Journalist Margaret Warner YC '71, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Journalist Margaret Warner YC '71, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Warner discussed the challenges of navigating different countries and cultures, and said that preparation is the key to getting the most out of an international visit.