Yale School of Management


Yale SOM Speaker Series

Each year, dozens of global leaders and decision makers visit campus to share insights and engage with students and faculty.

Featured Speaker Video

Featured Speaker Video

Becton Fellowship Program

  • About the Program

    The Becton Fellowship Program was established at the Yale School of Management in 1980 by Becton, Dickinson & Co., a leading global medical instruments supplier, in honor of Henry P. Becton ’37 B.S., company chairman (1961-1987), to bring practitioners from private and public institutions to share their professional insights with faculty and students.

  • Speakers

    Andrea Levere ’83, Executive Fellow for the International Center for Finance, April 23, 2020
    Ayelet Fishbach, Visiting Professor of Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Yale School of Management. February 27, 2019
    Rebecca L. Spang, Visiting Fellow & Visiting Professor of History. February 7, 2019
    Ursula Burns, Executive Chairman, VEON and Former CEO, Xerox Corporation. April 30, 2018
    Alan Murray, Chief Content Officer, Time, Inc., April 12, 2018
    Martin Sorrell, Founder and CEO, WPP: April 9, 2018 
    Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever: April 11, 2017
    Adriana Cisneros, CEO and Vice Chairman, Cisneros: January 31, 2017
    Neal Keny-Guyer ’82, CEO, Mercy Corps: November 3, 2016
    Joe Tsai YC ’86, LAW ’90, Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group: September 30, 2016
    William L. McComb, former CEO at Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.: April 27, 2016
    Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company: February 4, 2016
    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

  • About the Program

    Convening Yale presents talks by faculty and leaders from throughout Yale University, who share their research and expertise and help students broaden their understanding of an increasingly complex world. The Convening Yale series is made possible through the generous support of the Robert J. Silver ’50 Fund for Innovation in Management Education.

  • Speakers

    Mark Gerstein, Albert L. Williams Professor of Biomedical Informatics, April 23, 2019
    Amy Hungerford, Dean of the Humanities Division, Bird White Housum Professor of English, Professor of American Studies, March 27, 2019
    Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology and Professor of African American Studies, February 28, 2018
    Jonathon Howard, Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Professor of Physics, November 28, 2018
    Tamar Szabó Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, February 14, 2018
    Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor in African American Studies Department, American Studies Program, & History Department, February 6, 2018
    Steven Wilkinson, The Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale, December 7, 2017
    James Forman Jr. LAW '92, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, October 4, 2017
    Michael Veal, Professor of Music, African-American Studies and American Studies: April 25, 2017
    Tracey Meares, Professor, Yale Law School: March 2, 2017
    Priya Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy & Physics: November 29, 2016
    Nicholas Christakis, Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science: November 8, 2016
    Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law: October 24, 2016
    Jacob Hacker, Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University: October 4, 2016
    Beverly Gage, Professor of 20th-century American History: September 29, 2016
    John Fabian Witt YC ’94, LAW ’99, PhD ’00: April 21, 2016
    Emma Sky, author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq: April 11, 2016
    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
    Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School: October 29, 2014 

Gordon Grand Fellowship Lecture at Yale

  • About the Program

    Named for Gordon Grand YC ’38, the former president and CEO of Olin Corporation, the Gordon Grand Fellowship Series promotes the exchange of ideas between business and academia by inviting business leaders to visit Yale for discussions with students and faculty.

  • Speakers

    Bertrand-Marc Allen YLS ‘02, President, Boeing International. January 29, 2019
    Victoria B. Mars YC '78, Chairman of Mars, Inc: January 25, 2017
    Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group: April 7, 2015

Leaders Forum

  • About the Program

    The Leaders Forum brings the heads of organizations from across all sectors to Edward P. Evans Hall for discussions about the challenges and opportunities of leadership.

  • Speakers

    Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company R. Peter Straus, April 18, 2019
    Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of News Corp and Co-Chairman of Fox Corporation, October 5, 2018
    Farooq Kashwari, President and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., February 21, 2019
    Mark Fields, Former CEO, Ford Motor Company: October 12, 2017
    Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan: April 24, 2017
    Indra K. Nooyi ’80, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Inc.: November 10, 2016
    Daniel K. Tarullo, Member of the Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System: September 26, 2016
    Jed Bernstein '79, former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts & Daniel Weiss '85, President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: April 26, 2016
    Frances Beinecke YC ’71, FES ’74, Former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council and McCluskey Fellow at Yale University: November 5, 2015
    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

R. Peter Straus Lecture Series

  • About the Program

    Named for R. Peter Straus YC ’44, a pioneer in public-service radio, the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series presents talks by prominent individuals on topics that relate to the press and public responsibility.

  • Speakers

    David Leonhardt YC'94, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist, New York Times: November 30, 2017
    Donald Gips '89, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa: February 27, 2017
    Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times: April 6, 2016
    Fareed Zakaria YC '86: Journalist, Host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, Washington Post Columnist. April 21, 2015
    Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author: April 1, 2014

Poynter Fellowship Lecture

  • About the Program

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

  • Speakers

    Jim Sciutto, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Colloquium on Business and Society, October 30, 2019
    Laszlo Bock ’99, CEO and co-founder of HUMU, February 19, 2019
    Amy Entelis, Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development, CNN Worldwide. April 5, 2018
    Jack Ewing, European Economics Correspondent, New York Times: October 10, 2017
    Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, Moderator of “Meet the Press”.  April 28, 2016
    Della Bradshaw, Financial Times: February 3, 2015


  • Colloquium in Advanced Management (MAM)

    The Colloquium in Advanced Management provides Master of Advanced Management students the opportunity to meet with accomplished professionals in small-setting, off-the-record conversations about topical issues and enduring life lessons. Past speakers have included social entrepreneurs, high-ranking government officials, activists, and CEOs of multinationals.


    Patrick Struebi, Founder and CEO, Fairtrasa: October 6
    Steven Kauderer, Bain & Co: September 25
    Danny Weissberg, cofounder and CEO, Voiceitt & Sara Smolley, head of business development North America, Voiceitt: April 12, 2016

  • Colloquium in Asset Management (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with leaders of major investment funds, heads of hedge funds, practitioners, and senior research faculty shaping the field.

    David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University: April 7, 2017
    Takehiro Sato, Member of the Policy Board, Bank of Japan: March 28, 2017 (Yale SOM)
    Marina Niessner, Assistant Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management: February 17, 2017
    Paul Marcussen, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Market Allocation & Head of NY Office, Norges Bank Investment Management: January 20, 2017
    Patrick Sweeny, Principal and Co-Founder, Symmetry Partners, LLC: December 2, 2016
    Deborah Spalding, Chief Investment Officer, State of Connecticut, Office of the Treasurer: November 18, 2016
    Osman Nalbantoglu, Management Committee Member, Bridgewater Associates: October 7, 2016
    David Kupersmith, Managing Director and Vice President, AQR Capital Management, LLC: September 9, 2016

  • Colloquium on Global Perspectives Colloquium (EMBA)

    The EMBA Global Perspectives Colloquium is a series of interactive sessions featuring speakers who address geopolitical issues and international affairs.

    Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, February 2, 2018
    Aubrey Hruby, Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network (AXN): April 21, 2017
    John L.S. Simpkins, General Counsel of USAID: February 3, 2017
    Ehsan Masood, Science Writer, Journalist, Broadcaster. Author: The Great Invention: The Story of GDP and the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World (2016): October 21, 2016
    Finbarr O’Reilly, Yale World Fellow, photographer and journalist: September 18, 2015
    Graeme Wood, Correspondent for The Atlantic, and the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a lecturer in political science at Yale Univ.: February 5, 2016
    Palan Mulonda, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the U.S.: April 1, 2016
    David Cameron, Yale Professor of Political Science and Director of European Union Studies: September 23, 2016

  • Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with thought leaders from the healthcare industry, including leaders of hospitals; CEOs of medical device, insurance, and drug companies; policymakers;and other experts shaping the field.

    Fred Aslan, MD, MBA (YSM ’02), Vice President, Venrock, Founder and CEO, ADVANCE Medical: February 17, 2017
    Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, MBA, Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Professor of Public Health; and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, Yale School of Public Health: February 17, 2017
     Jessica J. Federer (YSPH ’08), Chief Digital Officer, Bayer: January 20, 2017
    Bob Katter, MBA (SOM ’89), Executive VP of Marketing, Sales, Business Development, Customer Relations, First Databank: December 2, 2016
    Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH (YSM/YSPH ’98), Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Clinical Operations, Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Region: November 18, 2016
    Andrew K. Bhak,  Managing Director, Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan: October 7, 2016
    Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organizational Excellence US Department of Veteran Affairs: September 9, 2016

  • Colloquium in Sustainability (EMBA)

    A series of candid talks with innovators, leaders of global corporations, policymakers, and other experts who are proving the business case for advancing sustainability in all industries. 


    Huub Savelkouls, Vice President of Strategic Policy Initiatives, Philip Morris International: April 7, 2017
    John Warner, President & Chief Technology Officer, The Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC: March 3, 2017
    Craig Cogut, Founder and President, Pegasus Capital Advisors: February 17, 2017
    Stuart DeCew, Program Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment: January 20, 2017
    Robert Bettigole, Managing Partner, Elm Street Ventures December 2, 2016
    Julia Marton, Former General Director International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): November 18, 2016
    Peter Boyd, Executive Fellow, Yale Center for Business and the Environment: October 7, 2016
    Amy Knight, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Hasbro, Inc.: September 9, 2016

  • Colloquium on Education

    The Colloquium on Education is a visiting speaker series that connects SOM students and others at Yale with leaders in education.

  • Colloquium in Business and Society

    The Colloquium on Business and Society welcomes alumni and other practitioners and experts in a variety of fields to discuss issues at the nexus of business and society.

    Viral Acharya, Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India: February 27, 2018
    Hani Al-Qadi, CEO and General Manager, Arab Jordan Investment Bank: March 2, 2017
    Tim Wollaeger ’66 BA, Managing Director, Sanderling Ventures: December 8, 2016
    Gita Wirjawan, founder of Ancora Group and former trade minister of Indonesia: October 22, 2015

  • GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership (CBEY)

    The GE Colloquium in Sustainability Leadership brings business professionals and thought leaders to campus to help students understand the challenges of achieving sustainability, and to provide them with necessary skills to prepare for careers in this emerging sector.

  • Bright Lights, Green Sights: Colloquium on Sustainable Entrepreneurship (CBEY)

    Supported by the Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, this series features diverse speakers who reflect on their entrepreneurial endeavors and discuss opportunities for sustainable outcomes while working in urban environments.

  • Colloquium on Marketing Leadership (YCCI)

    The Colloquium on Marketing Leadership brings leaders in marketing, insights, and innovation together with students and faculty to share personal perspectives on their careers, companies, and industries. It explores the latest challenges, opportunities, and developments in the world of marketing, from a wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, and backgrounds.


    Linda Kaplan Thaler, Former Chair of Publicis Kaplan Thaler: April 13, 2016
    John Frascotti, President of Hasbro Brands: April 9, 2015

  • ICF Colloquium in Asset Management

    The ICF Colloquium on Asset Management provides a forum for leaders in the asset management industry to share their experiences and insights on a wide range of topics with students pursuing careers in the asset management industry. Featured speakers include portfolio managers from hedge funds and investment management firms, private equity investment professionals, and leading scholars in the field.

    Ed Morris,
    Author of Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance with William H. Donaldson.  October 26, 2016
    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 Entrepreneurship

    The Colloquium on Entrepreneurship connects founders, innovators, and entrepreneurs with students and faculty for candid discussions on innovation, iteration, and team building, and provides frank advice for Yale students considering launching their own ventures. The series takes a close look at the unique issues facing entrepreneurs and allows students to cultivate strong relationships for future partnerships.


    Antoine van Agtmael MA'70 and Fred Bakker, authors of The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation: March 30, 2016

  • China India Insights Colloquium (YCCI)

    The China India Insights Colloquium promotes an understanding of emerging economies, with a focus on Chinese and Indian markets. The series is designed to create exchange of ideas between leading-edge business practitioners and Yale MBA students on topics relevant to marketing and business strategy in emerging markets.

  • Colloquium on the Behavioral Science of Philanthropy

    The Colloquium on the Behavioral Science of Philanthropy showcases marketing leaders who are changing charitable giving with innovative platforms, programs, and communications that attract new donors, reengage current donors, and increase repeat donations. It explores the existing and potential impact of consumer understanding and behavioral science on charitable giving and donor relations, and develops a deeper understanding of the marketing challenges and opportunities of donor relations and charitable giving.

    Katy Davis ’12, ideas42: December 5, 2016
    Dean Karlan, Professor of Economics, Yale University: February 17, 2016

  • Colloquium on Social Media

    The Colloquium on Social Media invites speakers to explore trends and discuss topics in social media as it relates to business and society.

    David Wertime YC ’01, Foreign Policy:  April 25, 2016
    Ragy Thomas, Sprinklr, May 9, 2016

  • Sustainability Metrics Monthly Seminar (CBEY)

    Sustainability metrics is a work in progress, but solutions are beginning to emerge. This series brings to campus practitioners who are working to overcome challenges and create systems to develop comparable metrics within and across sectors.

  • Program on Social Enterprise Speaker Series

    The PSE Speaker Series brings Yale SOM alumni and other prominent leaders in the social sector to Evans Hall to speak to students about the domestic and global landscape of social entrepreneurship. Speakers explore challenges and opportunities in bringing business skills and market disciplines to bear on major social issues, including economic development, education, healthcare and sustainable energy.

  • Yale SOM Colloquium

    Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments: February  2, 2018 

Global Network for Advanced Management Fifth Anniversary Symposium

  • About: Business and Management Education in the Age of Contested Globalization

    For decades, most business schools and indeed most businesses have operated under the assumption that flows of goods, money, information, and people across borders will continue to grow as the world becomes more global. Rising nationalism and populism around the globe call for a reality check. What is the future of globalization and what are the implications for globally operating enterprises? How can business schools prepare students for the challenges ahead?

    The Global Network for Advanced Management was built for this challenge. The Global Network has already launched a series of innovations—from virtual courses to multi-school case studies—that leverage and connect top minds in markets around the world. To mark the Global Network’s Fifth Anniversary, faculty, students, alumni, deans, and directors of the 29 member schools who have made networked learning, inquiry, and teamwork a reality will convene:

    • to celebrate in demonstrations of these innovations, and
    • to confront pressing issues on the future of globalization and their implications for management education.
  • Video: Welcome and Introduction

    Edward A. Snyder, Indra K. Nooyi Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, Yale School of Management

  • Video: Shocks to Global Management Education: How Should Top Business Schools Respond to Limitations on Graduate Mobility

    Moderated by Anjani Jain, Senior Associate Dean, MBA Program, and Professor in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management

    Nida Bektas, Executive Director, Koç University Graduate School of Business
    John A. Byrne, Founder and Editor of Poets and Quants
    Alessandra Ginante FGV ’04, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Diageo North America
    Robert Helsley, Dean, UBC Sauder School of Business
    Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean, Oxford University, Saïd Business School

  • Video: Women in the Global Workforce: A Discussion of the Global Network Survey Results

    In this plenary session, we will discuss the challenges facing women in business, as revealed by a Global Network survey of students and alumni from our schools

    Edward A. Snyder, Indra K. Nooyi Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, Yale School of Management

    Frances McCall Rosenbluth, Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, Yale University

  • Video: Five Transformations During Business School: Global Network Deans Reflect on and Discuss the Metamorphosis Students Experience in Graduate Management Education

    A distinguished panel of business school deans will discuss key transformations students experience while in business school, analyzing the ways in which networked management education fosters engagement, learning, and unique intellectual outputs relevant to globally operating enterprises.

    Moderated by Richard K. Lyons, Dean and Bank of America Dean’s Chair, Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley

  • Video: Global Network Curriculum Unveiling: Introducing the IBM Corporate Service Corps Raw Case

    Panelists will unveil and discuss the latest Global Network raw business case.

    Moderated by Judy Samuelson ’82, Executive Director, Business and Society Program, Aspen Institute

    Kofi Appenteng, CEO of the Africa America Institute
    James Baron, William S. Beinecke Professor of Management, Yale School of Management Gina Tesla, Director, Corporate Citizenship, IBM
    Jack Winstead, Corporate Development, M&A and Strategic Investments, IBM; Corporate Service Corps Alumnus

  • Video: Future of Globalization Hackathon: Results! Implications for 2017 and Beyond

    This session is the culmination of the Global Network Online Course “The End of Globalization?” through which 41 students from 21 Global Network schools have explored the causes and consequences of rising economic nationalism, anti-globalism, and populism. Student teams will present their findings virtually from select Global Network campuses and a panel of experts including John Kerry YC ’66, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Michael Warren YC ’90, Managing Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group, will lead symposium attendees in discussion of the future of globalization and the implications for business and management education.

    David Bach, Senior Associate Dean for the Executive MBA and Global Programs & Professor in the Practice of Management, Yale School of Management, and teams of Global Network students

Podcast: The Design of Business | The Business of Design

  • About the Podcast

    A podcast hosted by Jessica Helfand and Michael Beirut, recorded in conjunction with Helfand and Bierut’s course Twelve Design Ideas that Changed the World, which examines a series of design challenges and their solutions. The guest speakers include designers, their clients at a variety of organizations, and business leaders.

  • Podcasts

    Subscribe to the “The Design Of Business/The Business of Design” podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes.