Program Manager, Global Culture Programs, Google Staffing
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.
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.”
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.
Chief Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President and General Manager, The Hive, PepsiCo
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.
Current Position: Co-founder, Digital Control Incorporated
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.
Current Position: Chief Science & Technology Officer, Ariadne Labs
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.
Current Position: Founder and Executive Director, Forte Preparatory Academy
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.
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.
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.