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.
Internship: Finance Rotation Associate, Delta Air Lines
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current Position: Vice President, Investment Grade Credit Trading, Goldman Sachs
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.
Current Position: Vice President of Operations, Fair Haven Community Health Care
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.
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.
As students in the GBS program, we’re encouraged to participate in workshops and student-led conferences on campus. Thanks to these events, I’m creating contacts from across Yale, who are helping me learn how to position myself as a leader in a globalized world.
I interned with the Boston Consulting Group. I was assigned to a big strategy case for a food services company. It was very quantitative work, and I was nervous, because I don’t have a quantitative background. There’s no way I could’ve handled this case before my first year at Yale SOM and the core curriculum.
This is a safe space to develop leadership skills. Within the curriculum, almost all of the coursework is team-based, and you learn to facilitate collaboration. I think that goes a long way toward developing leaders.
I’m switching from consulting to banking. This is the point when I’m able to make a career pivot, and the support network to do it at Yale SOM is incredible. The second-year students, especially in the Finance Club, have been so generous with their time and with preparing us for the recruiting process.
It’s not always easy to work with people from different backgrounds, but the GBS has shown me that when you build those skills your team can develop much more valuable, relevant results for the client. I’ve had a real opportunity to build soft skills alongside management skills, and that will benefit me and my career.
My time here has made me fluent in a variety of different kinds of languages. I can speak the language of engineers, business people in finance, and of people outside of the business world who may be impacted by it.