By Karen Guzman
The Yale School of Management’s new MBA for Executives class arrived on campus July 12 for a three-day orientation that gives students the chance to get to know each other and the Yale SOM community.
After orientation, the Class of 2021 began a two-week session of intensive coursework on campus. For the remainder of the year, the students will return to campus for coursework every other weekend.
The new class totals 74 students, with 37% focusing on healthcare, 31% on sustainability, and 32% on asset management. The class is 36% women. Students born abroad constitute 22% of the class, hailing from countries including Austria, Cameroon, China, Germany, India, Italy, Moldova, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
The class is academically accomplished, with 41% holding advanced degrees in areas including medicine, nursing, social work, public health, and law.
Sixty-nine percent of the class comes from the for-profit sector, while 26% comes from the nonprofit sector, and 5% from government. The class includes portfolio managers, lawyers, physicians, engineers, nurses, chief executive officers, and entrepreneurs.
The healthcare area of focus includes a manager of patient relations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a neuropsychologist, and a neonatologist, as well as the three inaugural Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellows in Minority Health Leadership—a pediatric hematologist, a nurse and hospital administrator, and an emergency medical services leader. The asset management area of focus includes investment bankers from Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Citigroup, and a partner at Ernst & Young. The sustainability area of focus welcomes the director of sustainability at PepsiCo, a manager of global marketing for the Walt Disney Company, and a senior manager at Halliburton.
“I am delighted to welcome such a diverse and accomplished class, and especially honored to have our first cohort of Pozen-Commonwealth Fellows,” said Wendy Tsung, assistant dean of the MBA for Executives program. “I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish in the next few years.”
During their first year in the program, students will take Yale SOM’s integrated core curriculum while participating in colloquia that bring leaders in each area of focus to campus. In the second year, students take advanced courses in management and in their areas of focus.