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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.