Yale School of Management

Community Profiles

Julie Cochran ’20

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Asset Management
Current Position: Founder, CEO XT Capital Partners
Industry: Finance

My classmates are fascinating people. I love the fact that we have three tracks that are together. I’m going to miss the opportunity to have all of these diverse, expert views.

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Decio Nascimento ’20

MBA For Executives
Industry: Energy

I co-founded a sustainability-focused asset management firm in 2016. I needed an executive MBA program where I could learn everything new that was happening in the space of asset management and sustainability, and Yale is very clearly in the forefront.

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Greg Sutton ’19

MBA For Executives
Industry: Finance

The integrated core curriculum is great because it’s how business actually functions. You may be in the marketing department, but you care about sales. You care about research. You care about engineering. It’s the same with every other department. The fact that Yale SOM aligns its curriculum with the way that things are done in the real world is incredibly valuable.

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Ellie Campion ’19

MBA For Executives
Industry: Entrepreneurship

I’m moving from finance into the nonprofit startup world. I chose SOM because it has a diverse set of programs that will prepare me to make this switch, especially the entrepreneurial classes.

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Timothee Memmi ’18

MBA For Executives
Industry: Consumer Products

What I learned through the leadership classes in the program is that leadership is about humility, listening to others, and empowering people around you to be the best they can be. And it is that way and only that way that you can be a great leader.

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Michael Hund ’18

MBA For Executives
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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Jason Jones ’19

MBA For Executives
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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Marisa Mitchell ’19

MBA For Executives
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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Pankaj Gupta ’19

MBA For Executives
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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Amanda Anderson ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Real Estate

I think the people who are happiest and most successful in an executive MBA program are those who are passionate about making change. At Yale SOM, it’s not only about making change within our organizations and within our own lives; it’s about making a difference in the world.

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Melissa Davis ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

The return on investment in this program is huge. You take someone who has great potential and you let them spend two years molding that potential in all different aspects of business. During this time, they can find their passion, develop it, and bring it into the world concurrently with their studies.

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Kate Lakin ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Finance

In the asset management sector, we’re seeing a shift from a passive to a more active management role. The question for us is how we’re going to add value for our clients. Yale has helped me approach this question from new angles.

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Helen Ioannidis ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Finance

The return on investment from this program is significant, whether you stay in your current role or move onto a different one. The value add is the ability to be more efficient in the implementation of strategy—being able to find the right information, understand the outside world, and effectively communicate.

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Yu-Hui Rogers ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

As a scientist, I recognized that I needed new tools, and Yale SOM is the perfect place for me to build skills in areas like economics and finance.

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Seydina M. Fall ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Finance

Yale was the best training ground for me to transition from being a solo practitioner to someone who’s managing other people’s money.

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Love Bajpai ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

I’ve learned to be more collaborative and focus on how my team is functioning. I’m connecting with more people and expanding my network, as opposed to being a one-man army.

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Jamila Abston ’17

MBA For Executives
Industry: Finance

I was drawn to the business and society focus of Yale SOM, which is very different from a lot of MBA programs, and also to the integrated approach to introducing concepts—it’s completely novel.

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Christian Balderrama ’16

MBA For Executives
Industry: Energy

I’m combining my technical knowledge about oil with real understanding about how it’s going to affect our business, our customers, and our competitors.

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