Yale School of Management

Career Conversations

Career Conversations


In this podcast series, Yale School of Management students sit down with alumni for a series of candid conversations about career paths, industries, opportunities for business school graduates, and discussions on career topics including work-life balance and creating a meaningful impact in business and society. The series is produced by and recorded at the Yale School of Management.

special thanks to:

Student Hosts: Reeve Harde ’20 and Max Dworin ’20  ·  Executive Producer: Amy Kundrat ’21  ·  Assistant Producer: Emily Kling ’21  ·  SOM Media & Broadcast Center: Donny Bristol,  Froilan Cruz, Jessica Rogers, Abraham Teixidor  ·  Original Music: Ben Hecht  · Editor: Dakota Stipp

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Season 2: Episode 8

Hiring & Diversity: Dennis Tseng ’14, Hiring Innovation at Google, with Emily Kling ’21

Dennis Tseng is a 2014 graduate of Yale SOM. He works as a Program Manager for Staffing Enablement in Google's Hiring Innovation department, helping the tech giant hire nearly 25,000 employees each year in a more effective and equitable way. He is interviewed by Emily Kling ’21. 

Season 2: Episode 7

Sports Management: Andrew Messick, CEO of IRONMAN Group with Reeve Harde ’20 

Andrew Messick ’91 is the CEO of IRONMAN Group which runs the iconic IRONMAN® series of events, the largest participation sports platform in the world. IRONMAN Group is part of Wanda Sports Group, a leading global sports events, media, and marketing platform. He is interviewed by Reeve Harde ’20.

Season 2: Episode 6

Theater Management: Michael Barker, Managing Director of the Westport Country Playhouse with Emily Kling ’21 

Michael Barker ’10 is the managing director of the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut. He is interviewed by Emily Kling ’21.

Season 2: Episode 5

Academic Leadership: Kerwin K. Charles, Yale SOM Dean with Reeve Harde ’20 

Kerwin K. Charles is the Indra K. Nooyi Dean & Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management at the Yale School of Management. He is interviewed by Reeve Harde ’20.  

Season 2: Episode 4

Media with a Mission: Laura Walker ’87 with Max Dworin ’20

Laura Walker was the founding President and CEO of New York Public Radio and held that position for 23 years until earlier this year. She is now an Executive Fellow in Residence at the Yale School of Management and an advisor to New York Public Radio, Common Sense Media and a range of startups. She is interviewed by Max Dworin ’20.

Season 2: Episode 3

Sustainability & Finance: Radha Kuppalli, Managing Director of Investor Services at New Forests with Reeve Harde ’20

Radha Kuppalli ’06 is managing director of investor services at New Forests, a sustainable forestry investment management firm founded in 2005. Her oversight includes client relations, funds marketing, and integration of responsible investment and ESG innovations into investment strategy. Radha has a bachelor of arts in international studies and economic theory from American University in Washington, D.C., and an MBA and master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and is an associate of the Yale World Fellows program. She is interviewed by Reeve Harde ’20

Season 2: Episode 2

Entrepreneurship & Search Funds: A.J. Wasserstein with Max Dworin ’20

A. J. Wasserstein is the Eugene F. Williams, Jr. Lecturer in the Practice of Management at Yale SOM. He teaches Entrepreneurship through Acquisition, the popular SOM elective course on search funds, as well as Leading Small and Medium Enterprises, and Rollups, and Consolidations and Serial Acquisitions. He is interviewed by Max Dworin ’20, a first-year MBA student and former U.S. Senate staffer transitioning to a career on the innovation side of the consumer packaged goods industry.

Season 2: Episode 1

Financial Services: Jamila Abston ’17, Partner at Ernst & Young with Laurie Cameron Craighead ’16

Jamila Abston ’17 is a partner at Ernst & Young in the wealth and asset management practice, focusing on compliance, regulatory and risk matters for wealth and asset management clients. She is interviewed by Laurie Cameron Craighead ’16 who has worked in financial markets since 1986.

Season 1 Trailer

Welcome to Career Conversations!

Welcome to Career Conversations, a new podcast series by the Yale School of Management.

season 1: Episode 2

Consumer Innovation: Emily Silver ’07, Vice President at Pepsico with Max Dworin ’20

Emily Silver ’07 is vice president and general manager of The Hive, PepsiCo’s new operating entity focused on developing and accelerating growth of smaller, emerging food and beverage brands. She is interviewed by Max Dworin ’20, a first-year MBA student and former U.S. Senate staffer transitioning to a career on the innovation side of the consumer packaged goods industry.

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Season 1: Episode 3

Organizational Design: Mat Chow ’14, Director of Design for Change at IDEO with Katherine Cole ’19

Mat Chow ’14 is Director of Design for Change at IDEO. He is interviewed by Katherine Cole ’19, a second-year MBA student. Katherine is a former nonprofit consultant interested in innovation, human capital, and organizational behavior. A Design + Innovation club leader, Katherine is interested in helping people and organizations move forward with authenticity and purpose.

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Season 1: Episode 4

Healthcare: Dr. Michael Apkon ’02, CEO Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children with Keval Desai ’20

Dr. Michael Apkon ’02 is CEO Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. He is interviewed by Keval Desai ’20, a joint MBA/MD student at Yale SOM and the Yale School of Medicine. 

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Season 1: Episode 5

Technology Marketing: Career Conversations: Bridget Perry ’99, Vice President of Marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Adobe with Jun Chen ’20

Bridget Perry ’99 is  Vice President for of Marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at Adobe. Bridget has more than 20 years of experience leading enterprise marketing for global software companies and has worked at the intersection of technology, marketing, and design over the course of her career.  She is interviewed by Jun Chen ’20.

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Season 1: Episode 6

Consulting: Steven Kauderer ’89, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co. with Andrea Suriano Simoncini ’19

Steven Kauderer ’89 is  Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company's Financial Services practice in the New York office. In this episode of Career Conversations, Steve is interviewed by  Andrea Suriano Simoncini ’19, a student in Yale SOM’s Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society program. Andrea is from Carrara, Italy,  and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Management from Bocconi University in 2016 and attended the Master in Management - Grande Ecole program at HEC Paris. He has worked in Brussels as a financial analyst for Generali Group, the third-largest insurance company in the world, and in Milan as a business analyst intern in strategy consulting at Monitor Deloitte.

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Season 1: Episode 7

Venture Capital: Dan Ciporin ’86, General Partner at Canaan Partners with Michelle Kwon ’20

Dan Ciporin ’86 is general partner at Canaan, an early-stage venture capital firm. Dan is interviewed by Michelle Kwon ’20, a second-year MBA student at Yale SOM

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Season 1: Episode 8

Entertainment: Humam Sakhnini ’01, President of King Digital Entertainment, with Reeve Harde ’20

Humam Sakhnini ’01 is president of King Digital Entertainment, an interactive entertainment company and the makers of the popular game Candy Crush. Humam is interviewed by Reeve Harde ’20, an MBA student at the Yale School of Management.

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Season 1: Episode 9

Fin Tech Startups: Micah Remley ’05, CEO of MineralTree, with Noora AlSharhan ’19

Micah Remley ’05 is CEO of MineralTree, a market-leading accounts payable and payment automation solution provider. Micah is interviewed by Noora AlSharhan ’19, a recent graduate of the Master of Advanced Management program at SOM.

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