Yale School of Management

Community Profiles

Jess Thompson ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Asset Management
Investment Director, IFM Investors
Industry: Finance

The MBA for Executives program is for people who are intellectually curious and ready to take the next step in their personal and professional development. It’s for people who want to both lead and learn and who are passionate about making an impact.

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Ezra Nelson ’21

MBA
Internship: The Robin Hood Foundation
Industry: Nonprofit

I was attracted to Yale SOM’s mission and its commitment to educate leaders for business and society. Once I got here, it was easy to see how that mission is lived and breathed in the curriculum, clubs, and culture of the school.

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Stephanie Park ’20

MBA
Internship: MBA Associate, Strategy and Business Development, Disney Theatrical Group
Industries: Consulting, Finance

Teamwork has been a big part of my time at Yale SOM, and it’s been incredibly enriching. I’ve learned tools and frameworks to think through business problems from new angles and in a more methodical fashion.

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Linda Amah ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Healthcare
Physician, Yale New Haven Health – Bridgeport Hospital
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

It’s often unsettling for a physician to not have answers, such as when faced with a novel medical challenge that we are all still learning about. I relied on tools learned from the Executive Toolkit elective course—the importance of maintaining honesty and transparency while communicating my dedication as a provider.

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Michelle Gilroy ’21

MBA
Internship: Boston Consulting Group, Philadelphia
Industries: Consulting, Aerospace

You feel Yale SOM’s mission of educating leaders for business and society in every area of campus life. The impacts of business decisions on society are part of our classroom discussions. And there are entire courses, like State and Society, that are really based on the mission, and we look at impacts on a larger scale.

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Leon Dong ’21

MBA For Executives
Vice President, Prime Brokerage, J.P. Morgan
Industry: Finance

The EMBA program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn with and from the best, to be among a community of leaders with diverse experiences, and to create a network of connections that lasts forever.

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Allen Xu ’21

MBA
Investments and acquisitions, Jonathan Rose Companies
Industries: Consulting, Finance

At Yale, the law school offers me some of the same ways of thinking about the world that the humanities did, while my MBA program is sharpening my quantitative edge. I didn’t want to do one of these degree without the other. I’ll have a legal background, but a business school education prepares you to lead organizations in ways that no other education can.

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Ann Graf ’20

Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society
Post-GBS Position: Consultant, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Industry: Consulting

The GBS curriculum offers us a lot of liberty, while also making sure we build close relationships within our cohort. Having two mandatory core courses at the beginning of the fall semester was a great way to form bonds with our classmates.

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Meredith Dworkin ’20

MBA
The Bridgespan Group
Industry: Nonprofit

Before the core curriculum, I saw issues through a pretty narrow lens. I missed the connections between one group of stakeholders and another. Now I’ve developed a much more nuanced understanding of how systems and groups of people work together.

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Carlos Guzman ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Sustainability
Senior Manager, Pricing, Walmart
Industry: Consumer Products

I want to be the kind of leader who inspires others to focus on initiatives that do good and that give back to society. I also want to inspire my fellow leaders, in business and in society, to utilize empathy when making decisions that will impact people’s lives.

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Frank Shaw ’20

MBA
Internship: Finance Rotation Associate, Delta Air Lines
Industry: Finance

After a cardiac arrest, I was given a second chance, and I realized I needed to do something with my life to make a difference. I wanted to be a leader, and I thought that going back to business school would be a good way to get started.

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Junko Oguri ’20

Master’s Degree in Systemic Risk
Financial Analyst, Bank of Japan
Industry: Finance

At Yale SOM, I’ve interacted with PhD students, MBAs, and undergraduates taking courses here. In talking to students who work in impact investing or who are interested in social mobility, I’ve started to think more about how decisions made by central banks go far beyond the banking sector. To me, that has been the beauty of Yale—you’re introduced to a truly diverse community.

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Jamie Cox ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Sustainability
General Manager, The Mall at Short Hills, Taubman
Industry: Real Estate

All of my courses have been interesting and engaging, and a surprising amount of the content has already been put to use in my professional role. From the teamwork lessons in Managing Groups & Teams and the quantitative analysis in Probability and Statistics, Modeling Managerial Decisions, and Competitor, I’ve learned new ways of approaching problem-solving.

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Daniel Fernandez Palomares ’20

Master of Advanced Management
Industry: Entrepreneurship

In the MAM program, I’ve been able to choose my own path, taking the courses that I’m most interested in. I’ve been able to fill the gaps in my skill set. I didn’t have a strong background in finance... I now view business problems more holistically.

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Chak Pellakuru ’20

MBA
Internship: National Basketball Association
Industry: Media/Entertainment

We do a ton of teamwork in core classes, and most of the work at my internship was done in teams. Knowing when to listen and when to contribute, when to lead and when to step back, all came into play.

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Renee Greene ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Asset Management
Current Position: Vice President, Investment Grade Credit Trading, Goldman Sachs
Industry: Finance

I want to be a leader who, without words but through actions, exerts an energy that motivates others to become the best version of themselves every day. The Yale SOM community really fosters this spirit.

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Camila Rubino ’21

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: Vice President of Operations, Fair Haven Community Health Care
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

My goal is to become a leader who’s in a position to create opportunities and programs that can benefit vulnerable communities. In the EMBA program, I’m developing the skill set to do this, but I’m also learning how to promote the innovation and collaboration that are so essential to getting the job done.

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Kevin Duarte ’20

Master of Advanced Management
Industry: Finance

I want my career trajectory to ultimately contribute to the success of my home country, Nicaragua. Three months into the MAM program, I’m certain that this has been one of the best decisions of my life.

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