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Snapshots from EMBA Global Network Week

Each June, schools across the Global Network for Advanced Management host Global Network Week, a weeklong learning experience for executive MBA students. This year, the mini-courses were moved online, but that didn't keep participants from learning and connecting. Several students in the Yale SOM MBA for Executives Class of 2021 shared insights from the courses they attended.

July 16, 2020
Amy Kundrat ’21
Amy Kundrat ’21

Amy Kundrat

Area of Focus: Sustainability 


Global Network School Host: ESMT Berlin, Germany
Topic: The Start-up Challenge: An Innovation Sprint to Launch Your First Business

“There were 76 participants and 14 teams from across the Global Network participating in this weeklong module on innovation and startups—it was one of the highlights of my year in this program. This program was a perfect startup primer, whether you have an idea for a new venture and would like devoted time to work on it, or if you just want to sharpen the tools necessary to understand innovation thinking and processes.

“I had an amazing time with students from all over the world, including: EGADE Business School, ESMT Berlin, School of Management at Fudan University, Hitotsubashi University, IE Business School, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Imperial College Business School, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Skolkovo, SNU Business School, Strathmore University, UBC Sauder School of Business, and AGSM @ UNSW Business School.”


Victor Uko
Victor Uko ’21

Victor Uko

Area of Focus: Healthcare 


Global Network School Host: UBC Sauder School of Business, Canada
Topic: COVID-19, Sustainability, and the Future of Business

“It was exceptional and quite refreshing working with highly motivated and talented individuals from across the globe. The course material, which explored the far-reaching implications of COVID-19 and its impact on the future of business, thrust to the fore the inextricable link between the planet, people, and profit, as these are integral in our understanding of the roles we play as leaders in business and society. I will highly recommend this course for anyone that aspires to lead and thrive in the post COVID-19 world.”

Smitha Hariharan
Smitha Hariharan ’21

Smitha Hariharan

Area of Focus: Sustainability


Global Network School Host: Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Russia
Topic: Energy Transition Globally and in Resource-Rich Countries

“The class was rich with diverse thoughts, and listening and learning from other's experience was very enriching. This was a great primer for Sustainability in Energy. I learned frameworks to analyze current challenges and provide path for energy transition for countries and companies. In a short time, it provided a lot of great opportunities to work on real world problems.”

Crystal Yates
Crystal Yates ’21
Sarah Palchak
Sarah Palchak ’21

Crystal Yates

Area of Focus: Healthcare


Sarah Palchak

Area of Focus: Healthcare


Global Network School Host: EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Topic: Social Innovation

“We ‘went’ to Mexico City for a class on social innovation for our Global Network week. We learned about social enterprises, social return on investment, and the triple bottom line. EGADE is providing us with a great experience. The class was extremely interesting and they included a historian to give us insights about the Mexican culture and customs. She inspired all of us to plan a trip to Mexico City in the not-too-distant future.”

EMBA Global Network