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Experienced Leaders Initiative

Welcome to What's Next?

Opportunity Moment

After a successful decades-long career, you’re in the enviable position of having time, wisdom, health, and financial security.

This distinct moment of possibility, framed by the thrilling and exigent question, "what’s next?" deserves examination and is what informs the new Yale SOM Experienced Leaders Initiative (ELI). 

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Reflect, Explore, Connect

Launching in January 2025, ELI will unite a cohort of seasoned leaders with Yale University faculty and global experts in next-era transition.

Over 6 months of blended exploration, ELI will use research-backed frameworks and facilitation to guide and advise deeper understanding; giving you clarity and alignment of meaning, purpose, and your way forward to what comes next.

Faculty Directors

Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman

Lecturer in the Practice of Management

Marc Freedman is Co-CEO and Founder of CoGenerate (formerly, and the author of five books. The Wall Street Journal named his most recent book—How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations—one of the year’s best books on aging well. An accomplished social entrepreneur, he was selected as a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation/World Economic Forum; is a winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship; and is an Ashoka Senior Fellow. He was previously a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. Originator of the encore career idea linking second acts to the greater good, Freedman co-founded Experience Corps, the Purpose Prize, and Encore Fellowships.

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Zoe Chance

Zoe Chance

Senior Lecturer in Management

Zoe Chance is our resident expert on interpersonal influence. She's a member of the marketing faculty at Yale SOM, teaching the school's most popular elective, "Mastering Influence and Persuasion," as well as workshops for executives around the world. Her recent book, Influence Is Your Superpower, is an international bestseller being published in 28 languages. Zoe earned her MBA from USC and her doctorate from Harvard. Her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google’s global food policy. Before joining academia, Zoe managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand. Now, she uses her influence to help out with the climate crisis and donates half her book profits to that cause. She wants to help you make great things happen too.

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