Women in Business

Celebrating Women at Yale SOM

Yale Women

2019 marks two major milestones in Yale’s history: the 50th anniversary of the matriculation of women in Yale College and the 150th anniversary of the first women students at the university who came to study at the School of Art when it opened in 1869.  The events, exhibitions, and projects for 2019-2020 are intended to showcase the depth of women’s contributions to Yale and to the world, to celebrate women at the university, and to inspire thoughtful conversation about the future of women at Yale and in the larger society. As we mark these two major milestones for women at the university, we focus on Yale SOM women—their stories, their challenges, and their myriad accomplishments.

For a full range of activities and events across Yale, visit: celebratewomen.yale.edu

SOM Women Trailblazers

From its inception, Yale SOM has educated women to take on leadership roles. It’s no surprise that our early alumnae include women who were pioneers across business and society. They helped redefine the role of women in the workplace These Yale SOM Trailblazers span diverse sectors, yet they all share a common accomplishment. They opened doors and changed the workforce for the generations of women who would follow in their footsteps. 

Yale SOM Women Trailblazers

  • Indra Nooyi ’80

    Indra Nooyi receiving her honorary doctorate from Yale
  • Sharon Oster

    Sharon Oster at the Evans Hall groundbreaking
  • Nancy Pfund ’82

    Nancy Pfund ’82
  • Linda Mason ’80

    Linda Mason at SOM Orientation

Community Profiles

Yale SOM Community

  • SOM offers an environment where you are not just trained very well technically by world-class faculty, but you also have the opportunity to explore the human side of being a businessperson.

    Shirley Yeung
  • The core curriculum culminates in the final Executive course, when you realize you’ve learned to look at things through different functional lenses, at the quantitative as well as qualitative aspects.

    Katherine Cattanach ’20
  • That’s how I’d like to be remembered, as someone who stepped into a difficult situation, got to work, and got things done.

    Professor Sharon M. Oster
  • I like the pattern of learning the best the private sector has to offer…then moving into nonprofits, because I’ve been better able to build partnerships, make connections, address all forms of operational and leadership issues.

    Martha Finn Brooks ’86
  • This is all I could have hoped for: being able to find a group of people, not only at school but post-MBA, who really identify with what I’m passionate about.

    Uma Krishnan ’19
  • Part of my mission here is to help educate people—maybe it’s women, maybe it’s millennials—whoever feels they could be more organized financially.

    Rebecca Brooks
  • In my classes here at SOM, I’ve had students from the Graduate School, students from Forestry, students from Drama, students from the Law School, undergraduates. We get a lot of perspectives in the classroom.

    Professor Amy Wrzesniewski

Yale Women Articles & Insights

Highlighted Yale Women Events

September: Women Entrepreneurs

Kickoff Event: Women Entrepreneurs at Yale

Date: September 12, 2019

September: Executive Education

Women’s Leadership Program

Date: September 24-27

October: Women Faculty

Women Faculty Seminar Series

Date: Every Wednesday in October

November: Trailblazers

SOM Women Trailblazers Celebration

Date: TBD

November: Executive Education

Women on Boards

Date: November 3-8

November: Executive Education

Women’s Leadership Program

Date: November 12-15

December: Faculty Writers

Women Faculty Book Party

Date: TBD

January: Mentorship

Women’s Mentorship Meet-up

Date: TBD

February: Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion Sponsored Event

Date: TBD

March: Women Student Leaders

Fempire Conference

Date: March 27, 2020

April: Women Educators

SOM Women Faculty Event

Date: TBD

May: Reunion

Class of 1980 Reunion Event

Date: May 2020