Yale School of Management

Community Profiles

Dennis Tseng ’14

MBA
Program Manager, Global Culture Programs, Google Staffing
Industry: Human Capital

When you think about your career, don’t ever let it get divorced from the person that you are. I think that’s made me a healthier person; it keeps me focused on making me mentally and emotionally whole.

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Radha Kuppalli ’06

MBA
Managing Director, Investor Services, New Forests
Industry: Finance

When I discovered SOM, I realized its ethos was very closely aligned to my values around creating an impact in the world. The joint-degree community in particular for me was a wonderful home. I finally found a group of people that was thinking about the world in a similar way.” 

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Frances Symes ’14

MBA
Manager, Deloitte Human Capital
Industries: Human Capital, Consulting

Sometimes people in business school don’t realize that they have 300 classmates who all had jobs they might be interested in. Classmates are your best and most immediate resource in terms of understanding the world of work and what’s out there.

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Hiroshi Jinno ’90

MBA
Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
Industry: Finance

The biggest difference between SOM and other business schools is that SOM focuses not only on the private sector but on incorporating the public sector. You cannot avoid the public sector’s involvement in business.

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Andrew Messick ’91

MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Ironman Group
Industry: Media/Entertainment

There are a million really good reasons to quit any race. The people we revere, the people who in our community get the most praise and the loudest applause, are the people who find a reason to keep going.

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Morgan Hall ’10

Assistant Principal, Powell Bilingual Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
Industry: Education

We’ve always said, parents are partners in education. But parents are really partners in education right now. If we can figure out ways to keep the current level of parent engagement and have kids in person, then I think we can really accelerate where kids are.

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Siddhartha Chowdri ’05

Mathematics Teacher, Burke High School, Charleston, South Carolina; Corps Member, Teach for America
Industry: Education

The connections I have through both those programs are huge. After the Broad Residency, I was connected with classmates from Yale I hadn’t even known had been in education or teaching.

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Sarah Hughes ’97

MBA
Independent education consultant
Industry: Education

What I really liked—and still love—about Yale is the focus that, over the course of your career, you will work in multiple sectors and that you need the skill sets to be able to succeed in all of them.

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Emily Silver ’07

MBA
Vice President and General Manager, The Hive, PepsiCo
Industry: Consumer Products

The confidence I gained in terms of being able to learn from my classmates, and learn from the amazing professors, and do relatively well at Yale SOM, has propelled me through the rest of my career thus far.

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Jenny Chan ’18

MBA For Executives
Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

Succeeding in a program like the MBA for Executives while you have so many other demands on your life, you come out on the other side a better person, a better manager, and a better teammate.

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Dr. Michael Apkon ’02

MBA
CEO, The Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

Nearly 20 years later, I’m channeling one professor or another one, one part of my SOM education or another, on a near daily basis.

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Laszlo Bock ’99

MBA
CEO and Co-founder, Humu
Industry: Technology

I realized that the best way to have an impact would be not to wait 30 years until maybe I’m lucky enough to become the CEO of a company but to go into HR and tomorrow start influencing things.

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Jessica Feingold Thye ’12

MBA
Principal, New Island Capital Management, Inc.
Industries: Finance, Energy

I wanted to be somewhere that I could have the discipline and rigor and competitive dynamics that I really like about working in finance in a way that fully aligned with my values.

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Peter H. Hambling ’82

MBA
Current Position: Co-founder, Digital Control Incorporated
Industries: Aerospace, Energy

Yale SOM confirmed what I’d been seeing and feeling, which is that business is not just about money; it’s not just about analysis; it’s very much about what’s behind it, and that’s the people and how you harness their productive and creative power.

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Nicolas Encina ’10

MBA For ExecutivesArea of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: Chief Science & Technology Officer, Ariadne Labs
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

SOM was the embodiment of being able to learn from different perspectives... The professors were incredible, but I would say that the richness from the students themselves was what made it truly special.

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Graham Browne ’15

MBA
Current Position: Founder and Executive Director, Forte Preparatory Academy
Industry: Education

I could name you 100 students who were just as smart as I was, but I was the only student [from my local school] to go to an Ivy League university. All they needed was someone to pin a star on a map, and they would have gone for it. They didn’t benefit from having that star placed high enough.

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Chen Chen ’16

MBA
Current Position: Co-founder and CEO, Saphlux
Industry: Technology

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 ’88

MBA
Industries: Government, Finance

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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