With 2015 upon us, I’ve been reflecting on 2014 and what an eventful year it was—one of the most significant in the history of the Yale School of Management. The year began auspiciously with the opening of our new home, Edward P. Evans Hall. The 242,000-square-foot building, designed by Lord Norman Foster ARCH '62, embodies and supports the school's mission and its educational ethos of transparency, collaboration, and sustainability. To mark the occasion, the school hosted a three-day conference that featured such luminaries as Jeff Bewkes, Robert Rubin, Indra Nooyi ’80, Paul Volcker, Sheila Bair, and others.
Three months later, President Peter Salovey announced the creation of the Yale Center Beijing, to be run by Yale SOM. The center opened in late October with another conference that featured a number of scholars from Yale and top leaders from Chinese business, government, and NGOs. The sessions were fascinating—I particularly enjoyed a conversation on China between Prof. Stephen Roach and Lei Zhang ’02.
Between these two exciting events, Yale SOM launched a new Program on Entrepreneurship under the leadership of Kyle Jensen, grew the Global Network for Advanced Management to 27 top business schools from across the globe, expanded its MBA for Executives program with new tracks in sustainability and asset management, and welcomed former treasury secretary Timothy Geithner to campus to co-teach a course on the global financial crisis with Deputy Dean Andrew Metrick.
I’m looking forward to more milestones in the year ahead, including assembling outstanding classes of 2017 and 2018. I hope you'll join me for a live online event on February 3 to learn more about the school. I'll be joined by a panel of current students who will speak to their Yale SOM experience and answer questions from the online audience. I look forward to getting to know you.
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