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Ola Williams ’18

“The most important part of this program is probably the network that you’re going to have with other future central bankers or financial ministers. If I’ve learned anything about what happens in a financial crisis, it’s that politicians are important, but when it comes down to who’s going to save the economy, it’s going to be the network of people that I’ve met at Yale.”

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Rakesh Saha ’19

MBA

“It was pleasantly surprising to me how with the integrated curriculum, we look at organizations from the perspectives of stakeholders, not topics. I’ve come to see how critical that distinction is... Once you look through the different lenses, you realize how complicated it all is and how many factors you have to take into account to be effective as a leader.”

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Pankaj Gupta ’19

MBA for Executives

“In the past six months, I’ve been able to apply insights from my courses—especially Managing Groups and Teams and Modeling Managerial Decisions—in my job... Thanks to what I learned in Managing Groups and Teams, I tweaked the way I interacted with my team, and it definitely helped. We not only achieved the deadline, but were recognized for the work.”

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Tiago Santos Cruz ’17

Master of Advanced Management

“Johnson & Johnson is the first time in my life that a company is looking at me and saying, “We think you’re a future leader.” Getting the offer was a validation of all the effort I had made during the MBA and the MAM, especially because at Yale I focused on diving deeper into leadership.”

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Mark Lavoie ’18

MBA

“One of the biggest surprises to me at Yale SOM has been the degree of openness and engagement I have with my classmates. Having come from a business background, I thought an MBA would be a good way for me to crank up the dial on my skill set, but now I would say that the biggest benefit has been that I’ve gotten to know people from 50 different countries and 100 different cities who are incredible people, incredible professionals, and great friends.”

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Fei Shen ’18

MBA

“I think Yale SOM’s greatest strength is that it’s truly a global business school. I don’t feel like I’m only receiving an education in the U.S., because I get so many opportunities to work with students from business schools around the world though the Global Network for Advanced Management.”

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