They are restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, consultants, attorneys, and sommeliers—to name a few of the many and varied professions of the 63 members of the Yale School of Management’s Master of Advanced Management Class of 2020. The students arrived at Yale SOM for a weeklong orientation beginning on August 21.
MAM students spend a year at Yale after completing or while completing an MBA at a member school in the Global Network for Advanced Management. This year’s class includes alumni of 19 of the schools. Twenty-six citizenships are represented, 41% are women, and 25% are from Africa. The students’ average age is 30.
Even before traveling to New Haven, members of the class displayed a global mindset: 51% have completed or are completing an MBA in a country other than their home country, and 32% have worked in more than one country.
The Class of 2020 embraces a range of interests and avocations. One student took third place at a Greater Toronto area audition for the TV show The Voice of China. Another spent a year as a sailor in the Hellenic Navy. Still another is a certified private pilot. There is also a former semi-professional basketball player in the group.
During the one-year program at Yale SOM, MAM students have the opportunity to curate their own curricula, with the majority of their coursework chosen from electives across the university. Required classes include a close investigation of pressing global issues affecting business and society today, with speakers from different disciplines providing specialized lectures for students.
The incoming students began orientation alongside their classmates in Yale SOM’s Master’s Degree in Systemic Risk and Master’s Degree in Global Business and Society Programs. Full-time MBA students arrived on August 12, and the MBA for Executives program welcomed new students in July.