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Chen Chen

Chen Chen ’16

MBA

"As an entrepreneur and a CEO, if a problem comes to you, it’s always a hard problem. The easy ones, your employees have already solved. So you’re forced to evolve and learn pretty quickly. But that’s what I enjoy most.”

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Ken Ofori-Atta

Ken Ofori-Atta ’88

MBA
Finance Minister of Ghana; Co-founder, Databank

"I think there was some subliminal awareness that in choosing Yale, in wanting to engage with the experiment being tried at SOM on public and private management, that I would find my way to the public sector, too."

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Usha Nesamoney ’90

Usha Nesamoney ’90

MBA

"Yale SOM taught us the basic skills of running an enterprise, no matter whether it’s for-profit or not-for-profit. Your mindset is not about one pathway. I was able to adapt and leverage my experience to add value wherever I was.” 

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Tito Vidaurri ’90 M.A., ’91

MBA

"When I arrived at Yale SOM, I was a government person, but there were people from the military, investment banking, consulting, and many other sectors. That makes the spirit at SOM much richer, because students are learning not only from teachers, but also from other students.”

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Shirley Yeung

Shirley Yeung ’93

MBA

"Yale SOM offers an environment where you are not just trained very well technically by world-class faculty, but you also have the opportunity to explore the human side of being a businessperson."

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Martha Finn Brooks ’86

Martha Finn Brooks ’86

MBA
Board Chair, CARE

After serving in leadership roles at the manufacturing firms Cummins, Alcan, and Novelis, Martha Finn Brooks ’86 left the private sector to devote herself to addressing poverty and issues facing women and girls around the world.

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Max Ventilla

Max Ventilla ’06

MBA
Founder and CEO, AltSchool

Ventilla already has three startups and two senior Google posts under his belt, thanks to his embrace of the unexpected opportunity—starting with Yale SOM’s Silver Scholars Program.

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Adam Blumenthal

Adam Blumenthal ’89

MBA
Founder and Managing Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Partners

"We think that value creation has to do with managing people better, in having a better strategy, getting and delivering a service at a higher quality for lower costs. Those things deliver better outcomes to people with less resources and less effort. That’s at the heart of value.” 

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Christopher Lehrach

Christopher Lehrach ’10

MBA For Executives
MBA for Executives (Focus: Healthcare); Executive Director, Ambulatory Strategy, Rhode Island Region at Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation

“When you have the credibility of a working clinician and then you layer in the credibility of your business training, you can be very effective in that role. And it’s remarkable how that is valued now in healthcare organizations.”

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Wendy Davis ’14

Wendy Davis ’14

MBA For Executives
MBA for Executives (Focus: Healthcare); CEO and Founder, GestVision

“I thought I’d be involved in a new startup as part of a team or a larger group. But to actually be the founder bringing forth the new company was really awesome and not something I would’ve even dreamt about had I not been through the program.”

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Xerxes Mullan

Xerxes Mullan ’02

MBA
CEO, Avestar Capital

“SOM really has that right balance of business and society. It really is one of those unique institutions that shows you both sides of the coin.”

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Ramon Soto ’08

Ramon Soto ’08

MBA For Executives
MBA for Executives (Focus: Healthcare); Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Northwell Health

“My leadership ability, my presence, my ability to engage in influence, even my personal bravery to stand up and have my voice heard, were all enhanced through what I learned in the program.”

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Elon Boms

Elon Boms ’07

MBA
Founder and Managing Director, LaunchCapital; Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship

“SOM gave me the credibility to go out into the world and find investors. And it gave me the confidence to go out and actually build my own business utilizing the skills I learned as a student.”

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Amanda Skinner

Amanda Skinner ’08

MBA For Executives
MBA for Executives (Focus: Healthcare); President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.

“My experience here has been an enormous part of what enabled me to be so successful, so quickly, in such a big shift in my career.”

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Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith ’09

MBA
Corporate Vice President, New York Life Insurance Company

“The work that I do now does span the blending of design, business, and technology. It’s really focused on people at the end of the day and how we innovate and come up with real solutions to problems.”

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Dhiraj Malkani

Dhiraj Malkani ’06

MBA
Partner, Premji Invest

“There’s an amazing opportunity that will exist in the next decade to bring the physical world into the digital domain.”

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Christine Bader

Christine Bader ’00

MBA
Former Director of Social Responsibility, Amazon

Christine Bader ’00 has built a multisectoral career dedicated to the role of business in human rights.

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