Alex Kragie ’16

Earlier in my career, I played a role in creating the nation’s first Green Bank, and I’m passionate about the clean energy space. To contribute more to the global transition to clean energy, I needed a sound business education. Yale SOM’s raw case method is incredibly valuable because it presents business problems as they truly exist. Nothing is neatly summarized into 15 pages with exhibits; that’s not how the real world deals its cards. You get a big, messy batch of information, and it’s your job to synthesize it and make a decision based on your own understanding.

I’ve taken a number of courses in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. One was a renewable energy project finance class that really affirmed what I had learned in the core, but it also exposed me to a perspective you wouldn’t typically find in business school. I knew these options to take classes across Yale were available, but it doesn’t really sink in until you sit down in one of those creaky wooden seats in the law school or in the forestry school and listen to the world-class expertise we have here.

Yale SOM has a staggeringly diverse array of backgrounds and perspectives. I can have dinner on a Tuesday night at a Turkish restaurant with my Azeri friends and my Turkish friends. The next night I’m having beers and watching baseball with my Japanese and Korean friends. And my classmates are some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, but they’re also humble and down-to-earth. There’s something about SOM that just attracts this type of person.

Interviewed on May 17, 2016