For most of you, the new year probably already feels well underway—you’re remembering to put 2019 when you write today’s date, you’re referring to things from 2018 as happening “last year,” and you may even be starting to think about what the 2020s might look like (that’s a scary thought!).
As you lay out and solidify your plans for 2019, business school may be a serious part of your considerations. If 2019 is destined to be your “Year of the EMBA,” I encourage you to make use of many of the great resources the Yale SOM Office of Admissions makes available. One particular resource I would like to highlight is our many webinars. Over the last several months, my colleagues and I, along with some special guests, have hosted a number of informative webinars on a variety of topics, including:
- Application Tips: Maria Stutsman y Marquez, associate director of admissions, and I went into depth on each of the components of the MBA for Executives application. We shared our perspective on what the Admissions Committee looks for in an application and offered tips on putting forth the strongest possible profile.
- Panel of Peers Webinar: Unconscious Gender Bias: Our student-run Panel of Peers invited prospective students to join one of their regular Friday morning sessions via livestream on January 18. During this panel, current MBA for Executives students tackled a challenging topic—the responsibility and opportunity they as leaders have to tackle unconscious gender bias in the workplace.
- Executive Assessment Information Session: Following an excellent information session in New York, we were grateful to once again partner with Eric Chambers, market development director, Americas, at Graduate Management Admission Council. Eric provided a view into the structure of the Executive Assessment, as well as tips and insights for applicants who are preparing for the test.
- Financial Aid Information Session: We were joined by Rebekah Melville, director of financial aid, who spoke at length about the financial aid opportunities available at Yale SOM, and the many ways in which students can finance their EMBA. She also shared detailed instructions for prospective students currently applying to the program who would like to be considered for some of the various forms of financial aid available, including loans and benefits for U.S. military veterans.
- Commonwealth Fund Fellowship: In October, we were joined by Dr. Howard Forman, faculty director for the EMBA healthcare area of focus, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, associate professor of medicine (she also teaches our Population Health course), to discuss an excellent new opportunity for healthcare practitioners: Dr. Forman and Dr. Nunez-Smith are faculty directors for the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, a new partnership between the Commonwealth Fund and the MBA for Executives, which offers three fellowships per year to those committed to minority health leadership.
- Healthcare Area of Focus: Dr. Howard Forman joined us again last fall, to talk about the history of our program and the unique content of the healthcare area of focus. This is the first of a planned series of webinars that will give more insight into our areas of focus (asset management, healthcare, and sustainability).
We have many more great webinars in store for 2019, and we encourage you to tune in! If you think 2019 may be your year of the EMBA, make sure to connect with us by checking out one (or all!) of these webinars, attending our March on-campus information session, or reaching out to us for feedback through a résumé pre-assessment request. We are eager to see where 2019 will take you on your EMBA journey.
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