I get a lot of precious insights from my classmates... They share perspectives and ideas on dealing with regulatory issues and systemic risk in their countries, and it helps me see how interconnected the markets are today.
Current Position: Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Richmond Global
I co-founded a sustainability-focused asset management firm in 2016. I needed an executive MBA program where I could learn everything new that was happening in the space of asset management and sustainability, and Yale is very clearly in the forefront.
I’m the student government admissions chair and an admissions interviewer, so I meet a lot of prospective students. I always tell them that the integrated core is really useful for looking at business through a consulting lens.
Yale hands a microphone to people you might not otherwise get a chance to hear from. I had a chance to meet with Andrew S. Winston, who co-authored the book ‘Green to Gold’ with Professor Daniel C. Esty. It’s been cited in many of my classes as a book that executives follow to make their companies more sustainable.
Good leadership is about more than always knowing what to do. Having good people management skills is extremely important, because you have to deal with all sorts of people when managing, or even working at, an organization. Our diverse student body helps with developing these communication skills.
Yale SOM was a perfect fit for student government president Christina Whatley ’19, who has an interest in impact investing and a passion for global learning. Two scholarships were “paramount” in her decision to enroll.
SOM is a community where we help each other. There were probably a dozen second-year students who helped me think through what I needed to do to find the right internship... Alumni, too, were so amenable... They shared the kind of insights you can only get from people in the field.
We’re not just learning skills; we’re applying them. We worked in teams on case studies and a consulting project with a financial firm to produce a plan for a new product in under a week. It required us to know our own strengths and where we fit into our teams to produce the best results.
At Yale SOM, we have a very diverse community, with students coming from various backgrounds. But what really stands out is the inclusiveness that I feel at SOM. Because we’re from different backgrounds, we have different ideas, which sometimes leads to disagreements, but people here respect one another’s ideas and have a willingness to learn from different perspectives. That’s what makes SOM such a good place to learn.
The integrated core curriculum is great because it’s how business actually functions. You may be in the marketing department, but you care about sales. You care about research. You care about engineering. It’s the same with every other department. The fact that Yale SOM aligns its curriculum with the way that things are done in the real world is incredibly valuable.
Diversity is something that starts on the first day, when you’re introduced to your incredibly diverse learning teams... Here, more than 40% of my class is female. It’s exciting that women have this representation... If you want to embrace diversity, if you want to learn and explore, you’ll have every opportunity at SOM.
The most important resource at Yale is our alumni network. When I was preparing to interview and applying to different companies, I reached out to so many alumni working at the firms I was interested in, and they were very willing to help.
Post-MAM Position: Senior Business Analyst, Jembi Health Systems NPC
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.
Post-MBA Position: Strategy & Operations Lead, Google
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.