Yale School of Management

Get to Know: Aileen Frotten ’22

In this series, Yale SOM's Student Ambassadors ask their peers some quick questions about life outside the classroom.

photo of Aileen Frotten holding a coffee cup
Where are you from?

I’m originally from the greater Boston area, but spent my formative years in Nagoya, Japan. I came back to New England for my undergraduate studies at Brown University and most recently spent four years in NYC.

What did you do pre-SOM?

I was working in the fashion industry as senior merchandiser and planner at Dover Street Market/Comme des Garçons.

What interested you in pursuing an MBA and what led you to choose SOM?

While I had started my career with a product focus, as the business and my position grew I realized that I was more interested in the strategy-level issues within the retail industry; I decided to pursue an MBA to complement my specific luxury retail savoir faire with a wider scope of core business skills. I chose SOM because it recognized the value of having a student body with diverse professional and personal backgrounds. I knew that I would be able to learn so much from my classmates and be able to share my own expertise in return.

What can we find you doing on a weekend?

I’m probably on State Street, enjoying a drink at Oak Haven with my roommates.

When the world reopens, where is the first place you’ll go?

Ireland. I had a family trip planned for April, and we’re hoping to still make it happen!

What advice would you give prospective students?

Know that your non-traditional background doesn’t put you at a disadvantage—if anything, you’ll have unique talents and insight that will be welcomed by your SOM classmates.