Yale School of Management

Yale Philanthropy Conference Takes a Perspectives-Based Approach

In planning the Yale Philanthropy Conference this year, Yale SOM students drew their inspiration from very close to home. In structure and theme, the conference was built around the multidisciplinary approach of the Yale integrated MBA curriculum.

The theme of the conference, held on February 1 in New Haven, was "Integrated Perspectives Across the Sector"; breakout panels, named for courses in the integrated curriculum, examined challenges associated with the different stakeholders a nonprofit organization must engage: Customer, Innovator, Employee, and Competitor.

The keynote, a discussion with Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, was titled the "Integrated Leadership Perspective," after the capstone course in the curriculum that draws on all of perspectives together. In a conversation with Senior Associate Dean Anjani Jain, Case talked about the foundation's efforts to understand what factors differentiate organizations that bring about transformational changes—starting with "swinging for the fences" and pursuing a big idea.

The conference closed with a plenary panel discussion called State & Society, after the Yale SOM course that examines the interactions of businesses with governments, NGOs, and other societal actors. The conversation, moderated by Jeffrey Garten, Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business, brought together Emma Bloomberg, chief of staff at the New York-based Robin Hood Foundation; Kristin McSwain, executive director of Boston Opportunity Agenda; and Michael D. Smith, senior vice president for social innovation at the Case Foundation to discuss the evolving roles of nonprofit philanthropies with government and private business.