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'Rolling Davos' at Yale SOM: Speakers, Conferences, and Competitions

The 2015 spring semester has been one of the busiest on record at Yale SOM, with a series of major events, conferences, speakers, and competitions filling our calendar in April and May—an ongoing conversation that Dean Ted Snyder called a “rolling Davos."

May 5, 2015

Conferences & Competitions 

Geithner Challenge

Hosted by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Yale SOM, the Yale-Geithner Challenge was a video competition open to Global Network for Advanced Management students; teams of students created short videos to explain an aspect of financial panics—why they happen, why they matter, and what can be done to break them.  

Timothy F. Geithner, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Entrepreneurship Across Yale #startupyale

Finalists from leading entrepreneurial contests across Yale presented their pitches before top-tier judges, competing for a total of $64,000 in prize money. This unprecedented weekend brought together the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, the Yale School of Public Health’s InnovateHealth, and Yale SOM's Program on Entrepreneurship.

Stuart DeCew of Yale CBEY, Yesenia Gallardo (FES ’15) and
Kenny Cloft (FES ’15) of Poda Foods, and Andrew Sabin 

Integrated Leadership Case Competition

A student-run case competition, inspired by Yale SOM’s integrated curriculum. The competition convenes teams of students from top U.S. business schools and member schools in the Global Network for Advanced Management, and asks them to develop creative solutions for business challenges that require the integration of multiple disciplines.

ILCC 2015 Participants

Yale Healthcare Conference

The 11th annual student-organized Yale Healthcare Conference, held on April 10, focused on “Translating Information into Innovation.” Panel discussions and speakers explored preventing the worldwide spread of diseases, innovation in medicine through technology, and how companies can overcome barriers in creating personalized medicine.

Yale SOM Private Equity & Venture Capital Symposium

The Private Equity & Venture Capital Symposium aims to spark a constructive dialogue and debate about traditional PE & VC practices for capital formation and compensation structures. Panel discussions focused on creative approaches to current and future industry trends.

Yale Education Leadership Conference

The 9th annual Yale Education Leadership Conference, Back to Why: Education at Its Core, asked education leaders to refocus on the purpose and outcomes of education reform and consider: Why do we do the work that we do? To what end? And for whom? 


Dozens of business leaders spoke on campus this semester, visiting classrooms and giving lectures. Below are just some of the speakers who visited Yale SOM for the Leaders Forum, which features global leaders in conversation, and colloquia on asset management, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and other topics.

Top row, left to right: Peter Norris, Jack and Suzy Welch, Timothy F. Geithner,
Middle row, left to right: Danny Meyer, Fareed Zakaria, Lei Zhang ‘02
Bottom row, left to right: Ajay Banga, Mimi Gardner Gates, Naomi Hirose ‘83

Peter Norris

Chairman, Virgin Group, Leaders Forum  


David Booth

Co-founder and CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, Colloquium in Asset Management 


Danny Meyer

CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group, Gordon Grand Fellowship Lecture


Mimi Gardner Gates

Former Director, Seattle Art Museum, Leaders Forum


Jack and Suzy Welch

Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric (Jack) and bestselling author (Suzy)
Leaders Forum 


Fareed Zakaria

Host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and columnist for The Washington Post
R. Peter Straus Lecture, Marking the Third Anniversary of the Global Network 


Ajay Banga

President & CEO, MasterCard, Leaders Forum 


Lei Zhang ‘02 

MBA/MA '02, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Hillhouse Capital Group, Ltd., Colloquium in Asset Management


Tim Geithner

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Yale-Geithner Challenge 


Naomi Hirose '83

President, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Leaders Forum 


Raghuram Rajan

Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Commencement Weekend Leaders Forum 

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