Yale School of Management

Community Profiles

Michael Hund ’18

MBA For Executives
Current Position: Executive Director, EB Research Partnership; Founder, Hund Development
Industries: Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

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.

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Eve Kordyback ’18

MBA
Post-MBA Position: Investment Banking Associate, Morgan Stanley
Industry: Finance

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.

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Samantha Degnan ’18

MBA
Post-MBA Position: Boston Consulting Group
Industry: Consulting

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.

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Jason Jones ’19

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Sustainability
Current Position: Cost and Pricing Specialist, TTM Technologies
Industries: Consumer Products, Technology

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.

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Frederick Kim ’18

MBA
Post-MBA Position: Associate Strategy Manager, PepsiCo
Industry: Consumer Products

Yale is a very good place to explore. The students are diverse, and so many different companies, and industries, recruit on campus.

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Leke Sodipe ’18

MBA
Post-MBA Position: Investment Banking Associate, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Industry: Finance

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.

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Marisa Mitchell ’19

MBA For Executives
Current Position: Deputy Product Team Lead, Pratt & Whitney
Industries: Aerospace, Manufacturing, Transportation

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.

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Ying Pang ’18

Master of Advanced Management
Post-MAM Position: BCG Singapore
Industry: Consulting

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.

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Ola Williams ’18

Master’s Degree in Systemic Risk
Current Position: U.S. Federal Reserve
Industries: Finance, Government

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
Internship: Senior Management Associate, Bridgewater Associates
Industry: Finance

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 Area of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: Director, Clinical Pharmacology, Pfizer
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

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
Post-MAM Position: Procurement Manager, Procurement Leadership Development Program, Johnson & Johnson
Industry: Consumer Products

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
Post-MBA Position: Senior Financial Analyst, Amazon
Industries: Finance, Technology

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
Post-MBA Position: Associate, McKinsey
Industries: Consulting, Consumer Products

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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CK Chu ’17

Master of Advanced Management
Post-MAM Position: Worldwide Material Program Manager, Apple
Industry: Technology

I took a lot of courses which shaped my mind and the way I think, like Corporate Responsibility, Global Leadership, and Market Strategy. They made me realize that today’s global leaders should think past the business strategy. They should grasp global risks and trends, and strive for a cross-cultural environment.

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Cecibel Arias ’17

Master of Advanced Management
Post-MAM Position: Marketing Operations and Analytics Manager, Uber
Industry: Transportation

Everyone knows the academics at Yale are great—and that’s why I applied, and I love it—but I didn’t expect this other half, of activities and networking. I didn’t know there would be all these incredible guest speakers from companies all over the U.S.

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Philippa Smit ’17

Master of Advanced Management
Post-MAM Position: Strategic Analyst, South Africans Against Drunk Driving
Industry: Nonprofit

When I learned about the MAM, about what Yale stood for and what the School of Management stood for—“business and society”—it stood out that this was something different. This was a way that I could get an education—a global education—that could have an impact at a local and a national and a global level.

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Dan Edoma ’17

Master of Advanced Management
Post-MAM Position: Business Development Lead, East Africa, Segovia
Industry: FinTech

The Master of Advanced Management was a gateway to new opportunities for me. It provided me with a global perspective, but also a way to look at topics through a local lens.

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