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The Broad Network

A Community of Committed Leaders

The mission-driven Broad Network includes nearly 900 talented leaders. Alumni are committed to the tough but critical work to ensure every child, every day, gets what they need to be successful. That’s why the network remains connected as a community and grows together long after graduation.

A panoramic view of a Broad Forum

As future leaders graduate from The Broad Center at the Yale School of Management programs, the network will serve as a community that continues to provide opportunities to learn from each other and what’s happening beyond each leader’s own school system.

The first cohort of The Broad Academy launched in 2002. Since then, the Broad Network has grown to include leaders in 169 school systems as well as over 150 high-impact K-12 organizations across the nation. This powerful network serves more than 17 million students in local and state school systems. Leveraging the full network to create positive change and to accelerate and amplify the impact of individual leaders is essential in order to achieve transformative results in urban education at the system, state and national level.

The Broad Center Forum

Screenshot from Zoom of many smiling faces of alumni attending Virtual Forum on March 31, 2022
Hugging alumni

At the start of each year, TBC at Yale SOM brings together more than alumni from the Fellowship, the Master's program, The Broad Academy and The Broad Residency in Urban Education where members of the network can share their innovative and transformative work as well as learn from other outstanding leaders in their fields. In 2023, the network gathered in-person in New Orleans, LA. In 2021 and 2022, TBC at Yale SOM hosted a virtual Forum for network members.

Previous Speakers

Past Forums have featured a range of speakers, from within and outside of education, to inform and inspire the TBC community.  The keynote speakers at the 2022 Virtual Forum were James Forman Jr., Yale’s J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law; Dwayne Betts, a JD graduate of Yale Law School; and Michelle Kuo, the author of Reading with Patrick, a memoir about working as a tutor in a county jail in the Mississippi Delta. 

A group of people posing
Pictured left to right:
  • Jahana Hayes, U.S. Representative for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District; 2016 National Teacher of the Year
  • Montserrat Garibay, Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO
  • Kaya Henderson, former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Michael Matsuda, Superintendent, Anaheim Union High School District

Other voices and perspectives have also been featured, including authors and artists such as Claudia Rankine, Anna Deavere Smith, W. Kamau Bell, Luis J. Rodriguez, and leaders in other sectors such as Mellody Hobson, Eric Lander and Andy Stern. Broad alumni have learned from activists and community leaders such as Sylvia Mendez and Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

W. Kamau Bell speaking with a microphone