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.
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.”
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.
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.