Weekend Schedule

Program times and locations are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates. Unless otherwise noted, all events are in Edward P. Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511.

FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017


9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Registration and Reunion Headquarters
Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st Floor

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Yale SOM Gear Sale
Mailroom, 1st Floor

10:00a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Yale SOM Career Development Office Complimentary 1:1 Career Advising and Coaching Sessions
Career Development Suite, 1st Floor
Please note coaching availability has filled for Friday, May 5th. If you are interested in scheduling a coaching appointment with the Career Development Office, please log in to GradLeaders and go to “prepare>coaching” to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment. Note you will need you Net ID and password to access GradLeaders. Please contact yalesomalumni@yale.edu if you need assistance retrieving your Net ID.

10:30a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Professional Branding: How to Market Yourself for Success (brought to you by the Yale SOM Career Development Office)
Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor
Whether you regularly update your professional branding materials (story, resume, and LinkedIn) or you are just getting started, this workshop is designed to help you put your best foot forward. The session will tackle how to craft your story, refine your resume, and write your LinkedIn profile to create a consistent impactful personal brand. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Opening Bell: Welcome and Networking Lunch
2nd Floor Concourse or weather permitting, the Courtyard

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Career Sessions I

Opportunities for New Levels of Leadership 
Blumetti Classroom 2200
Valerie Belanger ‘06 M.A., Director of Global Leadership Programs
Heidi Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior  

Expand your understanding of what makes you powerful and influential in the workplace. Explore practices and mindsets that will bring you to new levels in your personal leadership.  

Reframing Your Career: Leading with Purpose
Bewkes Classroom 2410
Rodrigo Canales, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior 
It is natural to think of careers as a progression of titles and job descriptions within given industries.  Yet, this approach to careers may limit the extent to which we work on the most pressing problems as well as the extent to which we generate the most meaning from our work.  This is because it is more likely to be defined and constrained by organizations’ current priorities and processes.  In this session, we will discuss the complexities of innovation for complex problems, as well as what it might mean to reframe how we view our career from a focus on titles to a focus on solving problems, from a focus on job descriptions to a focus on the pursuit of meaning, from a focus on career progression to a focus on leading with purpose. 

Leadership Mindsets: Calibrating Confidence 
Class of 1980 Classroom 2400
Daylian Cain, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing 
Overconfidence is one of the key biases that cause smart people to do dumb things. We will discuss the psychology of overconfidence and how to avoid it. Many plausible “fixes” simply do not work; but one does! We will reveal insights from research on perspective-taking that give hints on how to properly calibrate confidence in ourselves and those we lead.

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Career Sessions II

Emotional Intelligence: From Theory to Practice 
Class of 1980 Classroom 2400
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Emotions matter. They influence our thinking, decisions, relationships, health, and everyday effectiveness. In this highly interactive presentation, participants will learn about the ability model of emotional intelligence, including what emotional intelligence predicts about people's lives. Our Center’s evidence-based approach to teaching emotional intelligence in schools, RULER, also will be highlighted. RULER involves training for students, teachers, leaders, and families, and has been adopted by over 1000 schools around the world.

Executive Voice and Presence 
Beinecke Terrace Room
Grace Zandarski, Lecturer in Acting, Yale School of Drama 
In this workshop participants will develop executive presence through awareness and experiential understanding of the voice, breath, and body. Strong communicators are completely present and fully embody their thoughts. We will explore the art of listening, breath as a grounding technique, voice cultivation, vocal variety as it applies to engaging the listener, and ways of developing a more dynamic physical and vocal presence. These skills can be applied to a wide variety of business situations from the conference room to presentations before a large audience. The goal is to engage the creative power that comes from being fully present and prepared physically, vocally, and imaginatively. Many of the exercises are derived from actors’ tools on approaching a role and engaging an audience.

Job Crafting: Creating Meaning in Your Own Work
Blumetti Classroom 2200
Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior
Rarely are jobs designed to match the talents, preferences, and aspirations of the individual. Join Professor Amy Wrzesniewski to learn more about Job Crafting, a process through which individuals shape and redefine their jobs to make them more meaningful. In this workshop you will uncover insights into your own unique values, strengths, and passions, utilizing these to reshape your current role or how you think about your job. You will leave with steps to become more engaged in your work, resulting in greater productivity, effectiveness, and personal satisfaction. Additionally, managers will gain a better understanding of how Job Crafting can help your employees consider their roles in ways that are not only inspiring for them, but for the entire team.

3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III

The Future of Work: Shifting the Career Curve – Human Capital Trends 2017 and Beyond [Watch Live: Livestream]
Bewkes Classroom 2410
Jeff Schwartz ’87, Principal and Global Leader, Deloitte Consulting 

The world of work is changing at an accelerating pace. The linear journey through school, work, and retirement is quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule.  Fast forward to 2030?  What will this mean to businesses and for individuals? Jeff Schwartz ‘87, Deloitte Principal and executive editor of the Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends Report, will discuss how digital technology and changing demographics are revolutionizing the way we understand careers, organizations, HR, leadership and more. Join for discussion on how successful companies are addressing workforce trends and how you can prepare yourself for the future of work. 

The Next Chapter: How to Find Your Encore Career
Class of 1980 Classroom 2400
Marc Freedman ’84, Founder and CEO, Encore.org 

Many SOM alumni are moving into second acts at the intersection of purpose, passion, and often a paycheck—using their accumulated skills and experience to find new meaning and help solve some of the most important problems facing society. They are part of a growing encore career movement, with the potential to transform the years after 50 and to help America make the most of the longevity revolution.  Learn about their stories, and how you can pursue a second act for the greater good.

Philanthropy and Tax Strategy: Capturing Financial Benefits to Achieve Personal and Charitable Goals
Blumetti Classroom 2200
George Atwood ‘92, Director of Planned Gift Investment and Administration, Yale University 

Philanthropy can create opportunities to achieve personal goals beyond tax savings.  George will present several case studies illustrating the use of some common and some lesser known charitable planning tools, and Professor Nalebuff will tell you why he thinks charitable remainder trusts give you long-life insurance and a great return. Combining personal financial plans with charitable goals can be surprisingly effective in achieving both. Learn how you can do well by doing good. 

5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
MBA for Executives Tenth Anniversary Welcome Reception 
Bekenstein Atrium, 1st floor
Join MBA for Executives alumni and current students, SOM faculty and staff in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the inaugural class of 2007.

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 
Happy Hour, Farm to Table Dinner, and After-Dinner Socializing
Entire 1st, 2nd floors, and 4th floors



8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Reunion Headquarters

Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st Floor

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Camp SOM brought to you by Bright Horizons Family Solutions 
Swensen Recruiters Lounge, 1st floor
Registration is required.  

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Breakfast and Welcome from Alumni Relations

Ellis-Lorimer Commons, 1st Floor

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Yale SOM Gear Sale
Mailroom, 1st floor
Gear will be sold today by members of the Student Internship Club.  All profits will support The Internship Fund.

10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Tours of Edward P. Evans Hall 
Registration Headquarters, Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st Floor
Sign up for a tour of Evans Hall led by current students and members of the Development and Alumni Relations team. The sign-up sheet is located at Registration Headquarters in Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st floor. 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Private Yale Architectural Walking Tour 

Departs promptly at 10:00 a.m. in front of Evans Hall
New Haven is a vibrant and eclectic city that boasts acclaimed restaurants, world class museums, unique architecture, and a renowned university. This private tour of Yale’s campus will take you from the School of Management’s new home, Evans Hall, down Hillhouse Avenue to admire the charming tree-lined street. See where Hillhouse Avenue’s most famous residents, Yale University President Peter Salovey and his wife, Marta Moret, live and the regal President’s House. The tour then brings you to Silliman College, one of the twelve residential colleges at Yale, where you will gain access to the beautiful courtyard. Take some time to soak up the sun before moving on to the Hewitt Quadrangle and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. From there, the tour brings you to Sterling Memorial Library, which recently underwent major renovations – you will have the opportunity to look inside and see all the work that has been put in to this majestic building.  Next, visit Old Campus, the oldest area on Yale’s campus, which features freshman dorms and several academic buildings. Before heading back to Evans Hall, take a stroll past the new residential colleges along Prospect Street. The tour concludes back at Evans Hall.   

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Individual Class Breakout Sessions
Class of 1982: “Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda—DID!” Isaacson Classroom 4210
Class of 1987: “Wild Wild Lives: Sharing our Post-SOM Journeys as Inspiration for the Next 30 Years!” Bewkes Classroom 2410
Class of 1992: “What do you wish you had known in 1992 and what are you doing now that you never would have imagined?” Allison Foundation Classroom 2210
Class of 1997: “Bosses as Brands: The Role of Character and Charisma from the White House to the Bank; the TV; and the Airport” with Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Programs & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management Baker Classroom 2430
Class of 2002: “ReOrient, ReConnect, ReIgnite” Nooyi Classroom 2230
Class of 2007: “Classmate-Led Bingo” Betts Classroom 2420
Class of 2012: “Dazed and Slightly Less Confused: Navigating Today’s Professional Economy” Blumetti Classroom 2200
Class of 2016: “Voices” Class of 1980 Classroom 2400
Yale Global Executive Leadership Program (YGELP) Alumni: “How can the YGELP charter class help to further develop and promote the YGELP program?” Attwood Classroom 4230
MBA for Executives Tenth Anniversary Panel Discussion: Past, Present, Future Classrooom 4200
Moderator: David Bach, Senior Associate Dean for the Executive MBA and Global Programs & Professor in the Practice of Management

  • Stanley J. Garstka, Professor in the Practice of Management 
  • Howard P. Forman, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Economics, and Public Health; Director of the M.D./M.B.A. Program; Director of Healthcare Curriculum, MBA for Executives Program; Lecturer in Ethics, Politics, and Economics
  • Ingrid Nembhard, Associate Professor of Public Health and Management and Associate Director, Health Care Management Program at Yale 
  • Arthur J. Swersey, Professor of Operations Research 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch and Alumni Benefits Expo

Entire 1st, 2nd, 4th floors and weather permitting, the Courtyard
Catch up with fellow alumni while relaxing in the Courtyard. After lunch, learn more about Executive Education, career development resources for Yale SOM alumni, regional chapters, volunteer opportunities, the Yale SOM Alumni Fund, and more. 

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Concurrent Faculty Sessions

Leading Mission-Driven Organizations
Allison Foundation Classroom 2210
James N. Baron, William S. Beinecke Professor of Management 

This session will examine leadership approaches and human resource practices that best support mission-driven organizations. We will summarize some of the evidence on how having a transcendent mission benefits organizations and their employees. We will also examine one mission-driven enterprise, The Herman Miller Company, in some detail, focusing on how it leverages and instantiates its mission in order to achieve competitive advantage in a challenging and fiercely competitive industry.The session will conclude by discussing some implications for leading and managing in a mission-driven context. 

Keys to Influence and Persuasion 
Betts Classroom 2420
Zoë Chance, Assistant Professor of Marketing 

No matter who you are and what your goals may be, mastering the tools of influence and persuasion will help you achieve greater success and happiness. Combining research from marketing and psychology with applications from business and the social sector, this master class will teach you to connect more authentically, communicate persuasively, employ principles of motivation, and better understand how people make decisions. As you discover and develop your own style of influence, you will also learn how to influence behavior by shaping the contexts and environments in which decisions are made. 

Introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology
Bewskes Classroom 2410
Jennifer McFadden ‘08, Associate Director of Entrepreneurship & Lecturer in the Practice of Entrepreneurship 

This session will provide an introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology, one of the frameworks used to launch new products and ventures. We will discuss how Lean Startup differs from traditional approaches to entrepreneurship and learn the terminology behind the framework. Whether you are an entrepreneur creating a new consumer or enterprise product, or an intrapreneur, creating a new product or service internal to your company, we will discuss how you can use the Lean Startup Methodology to test and iterate on your idea. 

Are We Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis?
Class of 1980 Classroom 4200
Andrew Metrick, Michael H. Jordan Professor of Finance and Management 

The global financial crisis of 2007-09 caused great damage throughout the world, and many nations have not yet recovered.  In the wake of the crisis, most advanced economies put much stricter controls in place over their largest financial institutions.  Have these new controls really made us safer?  What are the vulnerabilities that we need to worry about now?

Networks of Innovation 
Baker Classroom 2430
Marissa King, Professor of Organizational Behavior     
The speed at which ideas and innovations develop and spread within organizations is profoundly affected by social networks. However, most organizations are not designed to encourage continual innovation. The organizational structures that are most effective for operational excellence are, in many ways, directly contradictory to the structures that are most effective for innovation. We will explore the value of creating project networks to resolve these tensions and create learning organizations.

MBA for Executives: Sustainability 
Sustainable Innovation to Transform the Status Quo

Blumetti Classroom 2200
Paul T. Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment; Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering; Director of Sustainability Curriculum, MBA for Executives Program
Julie Zimmerman, Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering;Professor of Green Engineering; Assistant Director for Research at Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

New integrative systems approaches are needed to design the products and processes of tomorrow so that they are more sustainable than the ones of today. How do we think about overcoming the barriers of the status quo to create economic, environmental, and societal prosperity?

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Faculty Sessions Cont.

Women and Power: Hard to Earn, Difficult to Signal, and Easy to Lose
Baker Classroom 2430
Victoria L. Brescoll ’08 Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Although women have made great strides in attaining positions of power and leadership in recent decades, there still remain barriers to women not just in continuing to attain these positions but also in maintaining them. In this lecture Professor Brescoll will cover a range of her recent research that demonstrates the ways in which, for women, power can still be hard to earn, difficult to signal to others (once power is attained), and, in certain circumstances, easy to lose.  Using a variety of research methods, including both experiments and archival datasets (e.g., the United States Senate), Brescoll will explore the ways in which gender stereotypes continue to shape our perceptions of women and how these stereotypes impede women’s progress in gaining, exercising and maintaining power. 

Behavioral Strategies for Selling New Products in Emerging Markets 
Betts Classroom 2420
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professor of Economics 

This lecture will discuss strategies to address the challenges of marketing new products and behaviors to poor consumers in emerging markets.  Disseminating new products and creating new markets in developing nations is complicated by (a) behavioral aversions to new technologies and new products, and (b) institutional and structural deficiencies that create market failures.  We will outline economic models of various impediments to behavior change and then delve into one field project in which we use a series of randomized controlled trials to understand the marketing challenge for a specific product, and how to overcome it.

MBA for Executives: Asset Management 
New Ideas in Behavioral Finance

Classroom 4200
Nicholas C. Barberis, Stephen and Camille Schramm Professor of Finance

The field of behavioral finance argues that many financial phenomena are the result of     less than fully rational thinking on the part of some market participants. The field has by     now become very visible to practitioners. For researchers in the area, this is exciting, but also worrying, because some of the public discussion is running ahead of the actual science. In this talk, as a corrective to the hype, we discuss three ideas from psychology overconfidence, probability weighting, and over-extrapolation – that have been linked to important financial applications based on rigorous empirical analysis.

A Brief History of U.S. Manufacturing Employment and Resistance to Globalization
Blumetti Classroom 2200
Peter K. Schott, Juan Trippe Professor of International Economics 

Resistance to globalization is at an all-time high in the United States. Why? In this session we will examine the evolution of U.S. manufacturing employment over the post-war period for some clues. Bring your favorite arguments for or against international trade, and see how they stack up against the data.  

Mathematical Models for Decision Making: Insights and Principles
Class of 1980 Classroom 2400
Arthur J. Swersey, Professor of Operations Research

Return to the classroom as we recall and discuss favorite cases in quantitative methods, operations, and quality. This workshop will focus on the most important quantitative models for management decisions and highlights the key idea that the purpose of modeling is insight, not numbers. We will emphasize important concepts in operations and quality, the role of organizational behavior, and provide principles for improving your approaches to defining and solving problems.

MBA for Executives: Healthcare 
Obamacare, Trumpcare, and the Future of Healthcare Reform?

Bewkes Classroom 2410
Fiona M. Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics 
Howard P. Forman, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, Economics, and Public Health;Director of the M.D./M.B.A. Program; Director of Healthcare Curriculum, MBA for Executives Program; Lecturer in Ethics, Politics, and Economics

As the new Congress is seated and considering various options to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many factors are in play that may influence the eventual outcome. Professors Scott-Morton and Forman will have a candid discussion with the attendees about the current state, possible options, and the economic, policy, and political realities facing our healthcare system.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Edward A. Snyder, Indra K. Nooyi Dean, Yale School of Management
Zhang Auditorium (Overflow Classrooms: Class of 1980 Classroom 2400 and Bewkes Classroom 2410)
Welcome remarks from Kavitha Bindra ’05, Managing Director of Alumni Relations.  The 2017 Yale SOM Alumni Relations Faculty Award for Outstanding Alumni Engagement will be presented to Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for his outstanding contributions to alumni engagement over the past academic year.  Dean Snyder will welcome the reunion classes back to Yale SOM and provide an update on the latest developments at the school, followed by a Q&A period.  

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Individual Class Reception and Dinners and MBA for Executives All-Alumni Tenth Anniversary Reception and Dinner
Class of 1982: Horchow Hall, General Motors Room, 55 Hillhouse Avenue
Class of 1987: The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street
Class of 1992: Roia, 261 College Street
Class of 1997: The Study at Yale, Gallery Room, 1157 Chapel Street
Class of 2002: Barcelona, 155 Temple Street
Class of 2007: Union League Cafe, 1032 Chapel Street
Class of 2012: Yale Law School Ruttenberg Dining Hall, 127 Wall Street
Class of 2016: Mory’s, 306 York Street (Class Dinner and After Hours Party) 
Yale Global Executive Leadership Program (YGELP) Alumni: Zinc New Haven, 964 Chapel Street
MBA for Executives All-Alumni: New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 
Closing Bell: After Hours Party
GPSCY Ballroom, 204 York Street, New Haven

SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017


9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Farewell Brunch 
Ellis-Lorimer Commons, 1st Floor

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Yale SOM Gear Sale
Mailroom, 1st Floor

Program times and locations are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.