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Emerging Leaders Seminar: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Advance your leadership skills, build your network, and prepare for leadership roles by participating in a two-day intensive introduction to the application of entrepreneurial and innovative strategies to management.

Join a cohort of talented young underrepresented professionals of color, with diverse professional experience and aspirations, who will gather at the Yale School of Management this fall to gain new skills and enhance their career trajectories in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Advance your leadership skills, build your network, and prepare for leadership roles by participating in a three-day intensive introduction to strategy and implementation of entrepreneurial concepts, and how to approach innovation that can be applied within large organizations or when starting a new venture.

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Seminar information

Date: October 22-23rd
Location: Virtual
Contact: MBA Admissions

The Emerging Leaders Seminar: Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to foster the careers of promising professionals of color by providing an understanding of the increasingly global challenges faced by organizations in a variety of sectors.

As a participant in the Emerging Leaders Seminar, you will learn from top Yale SOM faculty, getting an understanding of management tools and how they can help address challenges in any sector. You will also interact with current students and administration to learn about the value of management education and the diversity of career options possible with a graduate management degree. The program also provides participants with professional development coaching and opportunities to engage with other high-potential professionals of color.

You will leave the program with connections to a larger professional network, new ways of thinking about global management challenges, and business skills and insights that you can immediately apply within your organization and towards your career.

This program is designed for early career professionals (zero to two years of experience) from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds who currently work or plan to work for a global organization and are considering attending graduate school in the future.

Competitive applicants will have at least six months of continuous full-time work experience and a GPA above 3.0 on a four-point scale.

We encourage applications from professionals who identify as: Black, Hispanic American/Latinx, Native American, Southeast Asian American, African, Latin American, or Pacific Islander.

Who Should Attend?

  • Are you looking to bring innovative thinking to your current organization? Do you have plans to start your own business after graduate school? Are you looking to learn more about how an entrepreneurial approach can make an impact on your current organization and broader community?  
  • This immersion program is created for early career professionals (two years or less of full-time work experience) interested in applying innovation and entrepreneurship techniques to organizations across sectors: private, public and nonprofit.  We are looking for talented professionals who come from backgrounds underrepresented in management (including, but not limited to, Black, Latinx/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, African, Central/South American and Southeast Asian ethnicities) and have not yet pursued graduate education.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be available to attend the entire seminar.
  • The online application including: 
    • Short Answer Questions
    • Undergraduate transcript (unofficial)
    • Resume
    • Professional nomination: to be completed by a management-level member of current organization, detailing applicant’s contributions to the organization and leadership potential. This should include applicant’s commitment to diversity and entrepreneurial aspirations.


MBA Admissions