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From left, campaign co-chairs Kwame Tuffuor ’23, Rian English Barnhill ’23, and Alex Grieve ’23.

EMBA Graduates Pledge Class Gift with 100% Participation

Every member of the MBA for Executives Class of 2023 made a pledge to this year’s Class Gift, bringing the gift total to more than $120,000.

Members of the Yale School of Management’s MBA for Executives Class of 2023 have pledged a Class Gift of more than $120,000, with a full 100% of the class participating. 

The graduating students choose to leave a legacy by making a gift to the Yale SOM Alumni Fund, a critical source of flexible funding for the school. This year’s campaign ran from March 3 to April 28.

Rian English Barnhill ’23 served as campaign co-chair for the EMBA class’s sustainability focus area cohort. “Reaching our goal of 100% participation underscores how much the university and our cohort means to all of us and how we want to ensure future classes continue to be enriched through rigorous academics and a shared mission to be leaders in business and society,” Barnhill said. “The Yale SOM experience has been incredibly meaningful and transformative for the class of 2023.” 

Kwame Tuffuor ’23 was co-chair for the healthcare cohort. He applauded his classmates’ resiliency “on the heels of COVID, along with overcoming many personal challenges.”

Alex Grieve ’23, who served as co-chair of the class’s asset management cohort, wrote on LinkedIn, “It feels great to give back to a school that has given us so much over the past two years.”

Joel Getz, Yale SOM’s deputy dean for alumni, development, and special initiatives, said that the unity of the graduating class spoke volumes. “One of the remarkable things about the MBA for Executives program is the lasting sense of community that forms over two years, even as the students balance their studies with work and family,” he said. “It is gratifying that the Class of 2023 showed their dedication to Yale SOM’s future by coming together so generously. We are so grateful for their expression of commitment to our mission.”