At SOM, the rest of Yale comes to you. I’ve had classes where I sat alongside students from the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, and others; this provides a cross-campus experience and different perspectives on how to approach different types of problems.
One of the most global experiences I’ve had at Yale SOM has been engaging with students right here at SOM. I had never been with such a large, diverse number of classmates. Half of my learning team was international.
Yale SOM really stood out as a school that would have other students from very creative or design backgrounds who are interested in improving the world, whether that means working on refugee housing or on self-driving cars. It all seemed very possible at Yale.
What I learned through the leadership classes in the program is that leadership is about humility, listening to others, and empowering people around you to be the best they can be. And it is that way and only that way that you can be a great leader.
In the MAM, you can leverage all of what Yale University has to offer. One class might be lecture-oriented, while the next might be more analytical. Another might require you to participate more in discussions or work with a team. That was a good experience for me: Yale provided a safe space for me to work on my interpersonal dynamics.
I knew coming to Yale that the faculty and the courses would be world-class and that the knowledge learned in the classroom would be exactly what I signed up for. But what surprised me was how much I learned from my classmates, from each of their unique, real-world business situations.
One of the great things about coming to Yale is the alumni network. We have alumni in every major bank, and they’re really responsive when students reach out. They give you a sense of the firms in this very tangible way that helps inform your decisions about where you want to spend your summer and where you want to go post-SOM.
If you’re looking for a transformative experience and a school that will push you to think in new ways—in addition to receiving an amazing and diverse education with incredible people—SOM could be for you.
There’s a big role for sustainability in manufacturing, and Yale’s sustainability track offered me the best option for an education in this growing field. Eventually, I envision being in a position where I can help determine how we best utilize resources at my company’s different sites.
I knew I wanted to go into investment banking. People were giving me career advice even before I came on campus and linking me up with alumni working in the field. When I got on campus, the Finance Club was very helpful right from day one.
As an engineer in the aerospace industry, I had minimal exposure to the business side of decisions. I wanted to learn more about the financial aspect of companies and to understand what drives certain strategies. The executive MBA program is allowing me to do this in a way that’s already impacting how I perform on a daily basis.
At Yale SOM, faculty and staff show a genuine interest in helping you become a leader in both business and society. Not everything may seem immediately related to your career, but the topics have an impact on your thinking and approach as a whole person.
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.
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.
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.
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.