Yale School of Management

This Week's Student Club Speakers: Energy Efficiency, Female Entrepreneurship in Asia, the 2016 Election

Every week, accomplished alumni and other leaders visit Edward P. Evans Hall at the invitation of student clubs, sharing career advice and insights into their industries. Here are a few of the speakers who visited the school during the week of October 31.

Tuesday, November 1

Kara Rodgers ’05, product manager, energy efficiency, for Eversource, returned to Yale SOM as a guest of the Energy Club to discuss why Eversource is pursuing energy efficiency and how it manages its cross-state programs. 

The Technology Club brought together a panel of second-year students to share their experiences as interns for Amazon this past summer. 

The Adam Smith Society presented a talk by Marilyn Fedak, vice president emeritus of Alliance Bernstein and founder of Marilyn G. Fedak Capitalism Project. Fedak discussed the future of capitalism and the challenges it faces. 

Global Social Enterprise convened three Yale World Fellows—Anuradha Das Mathur of India, Joshin Raghubar of South Africa, and Hrund Gunnsteinsdottir of Iceland—for a discussion on social entrepreneurship in their perspective countries. 

Wednesday, November 2

Demi Yu, a former lead member of Uber China, joined the Entrepreneurship Club via videostream to discuss her experience as a female entrepreneur in Asia. She is currently helping to launch UberEATS in Singapore.

Social Impact Lab presented “Protecting Social Impact: Identifying Risks in Your Organization’s Decision-Making,” a discussion led by Colin MacDougall ’ 17.

“Carbon Pricing: The Business Side of Climate Change” was the topic of a conversation led by Thomas Kerr, principal climate policy officer at the International Finance Corporation, and hosted by the Energy Club, Economic Development Club, Business and Politics Club, and the School of Forestry & Environmental Science’s Energy Club. The event was presented in partnership with the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale

The Responsible Investing Group welcomed seed-stage impact investment fund Beyond Capital, which hosted a webinar on its work investing in seed-stage enterprizes serving the bottom of the pyramid in India and East Africa. Beyond Capital Eva Yazhari led the webinar alongside Yale SOM alumni Marcel Logan ’14 and Olivia Zhao ’15.

Jack van Hartesevelt, president of Hartland Hotel Company, spoke to the Christian Fellowship as part of its Faith and Work series. 

Thursday, November 3

The Media and Entertainment Club hosted a panel on careers in the live arts that MBA students might pursue.

The Business and Politics Club moderated a discussion on the 2016 presidential election with Professors William English, Ivana Katic, Douglas Rae, Stephen Roach, and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.