Yale School of Management

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Jamila Abston ’17

MBA For Executives
Current Position: Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
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 Area of Focus: Sustainability
Current Position: Associate Director, Scotiabank
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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Aaron Smith ’16

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Sustainability
Current Position: Director, Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY, Americas Division
Industry: Manufacturing

You get the chance to meet classmates from all over the world, and to benefit from their expertise.

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Logan Yonavjak ’16

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Asset Management
Industry: Finance

In every class, we’re learning how to analyze problems from multiple stakeholder perspectives, and that’s critically important in my field.

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Maharshi Trivedi ’16

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: Senior Manager, Global Operations & Quality, Medtronic
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

Now I look at not just my business, but also every single environment that my business operates in.

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Raj Gorla ’15

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: CEO, Contineo Health; Managing Partner, Equilateral Ventures; President, Suraksha
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

The Global Network trips have been the highlight of my time at Yale SOM.

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Laurie Cameron ’16

MBA For Executives
Current Position: Portfolio Manager, Theta Trading
Industry: Finance

When you combine students from all three tracks—asset management, sustainability, and healthcare—the results can be amazing.

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Srini Alagarsamy ’15

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Healthcare
Current Position: Delivery Lead, Cigna
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

As a manager or leader, you need to be able to speak the language of everyone you’re working with.

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Richa Pandey ’16

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Sustainability
Current Position: Manager, Advisory Forensic Services Practice, PwC
Industry: Consulting

I approach my own clients with a richer and more global understanding of their issues.

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John-Oliver Beirne ’16

MBA For Executives Area of Focus: Asset Management
Current Position: Partner/Chief Strategist, Beirne Wealth Consulting
Industry: Consulting

I’m learning how to lead an organization, and not just by making bottom-line decisions, but by making decisions that impact the entire organization.

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Evan Sussman ’14

MBA For Executives
Current Position: Associate Director, Brand Marketing, EMD Serono
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

The MBA for Executives program really does change the way you think. And it happens really quickly.

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Suzanne Lagarde ’14

MBA For Executives
Current Position: CEO, Fair Haven Community Health Center
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

It’s a big thing to know that you’ve been with the best and you’ve learned from the best.

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Alan Kurose ’14

MBA For Executives
Current Position: President and CEO, Coastal Medical
Industry: Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotech

I negotiate contracts with insurance companies. The things that I learned in Game Theory and Negotiations classes at Yale I was literally using the next week.

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