Program times are subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.  Unless otherwise noted all times are Eastern Timezone. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

8 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 am., 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Stock Trading Game
We welcome you to take part in an online version of the Yale Stock Trading Game with your fellow alumni. Many of you may remember gathering at the New Haven Lawn Club to play the Stock Trading Game during your time at SOM.  In the beginning, the game was a live event that took place over the course of an evening with in-person trading and packs of playing cards.  In 2011, the game became an hour-long digital experience that could be played on-campus and two years ago, the SOM Case Research and Development Team (CRDT) developed a version that can be played off-campus as well.

Professor Roger Ibbotson created the game not only to teach students about the mechanics of trading, but to give them the experience of efficient-market theory in action, to show how information gets into prices, and to reveal that beating the market is always a zero-sum game, with both winners and losers.

Anyone with a half-hour to spare, a computer and an Internet connection can play the Yale Stock Trading Game. We think you will agree – the fundamentals of the game haven’t changed. If you want to refresh yourself on the rules and how to play, please visit

In order to play this game, we must have a minimum of 35 participants. If that threshold is not met, we will do our best to place you in another game. 

Be sure to register for the Yale Stock Trading Game Synopsis with Professor Ibbotson on Friday, April 30 at 3pm ET to find out the winners and learn more about the performance of the “markets” for each game.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | COVID-19 and Health  Equity in the United States and Abroad: A Conversation with Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith M.D., MHS and Dr. Howard P. Forman M.D., MBA 
The COVID-19 pandemic has shed national and global attention on the health and healthcare disparities of marginalized populations. Join Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith and Dr. Howard P. Forman for a conversation about the state of health equity in the United States and abroad and how we can advance health equity for all.

--Marcella Nunez-Smith M.D., MHS, Chair of the United States COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management, Yale School of Medicine 
--Howard P. Forman M.D., MBA, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Economics, and Public Health (Health Policy); Professor in the Practice of Management, Director of the MD/MBA Program, Director of Healthcare Curriculum, MBA for Executives Program, Yale School of Management

12:15 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
The Rising Tide of ESG Investing
This talk will look at two aspects of the accelerating interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) information by investors: the different investment theses for integrating ESG information and the diverse range of investment products that are emerging. As part of the discussion, we will look at the fundamental drivers behind ESG growth such as regulations, evolving marketplace expectations and natural world mega-trends. We will also look at the corporate practices in sustainability that have resulted from the more intense focus by financial institutions.

--Todd Cort Ph.D., Lecturer in Sustainability, Faculty Co-Director for the Center for Business and Environment at Yale (CBEY) and the Co-Director of the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance (YISF)
--Stuart DeCew ’11, ‘11 MEM, Executive Director for the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) 

2:45 p.m

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection
Join Marissa King for a conversation on social chemistry and the patterns (and power) of personal relationships.  Her book, Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection (released on January 5, 2021) digs into how anyone can build more meaningful and productive relationships based on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and network analytics. 

Kavitha Nair Bindra ’05 will guide the conversation based on King’s research, which outlines how building a deeper understanding of the contours of social networks can dramatically enhance your relationships, work life, and even personal global impact.

Learn more about the power of human connections and the impact of storytelling, and how these can impact the trajectory of our lives.

--Marissa King, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management 
--Kavitha Nair Bindra ’05, Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Executive Education, Yale School of Management 

4:45 p.m.  

6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.              
Individual Class Sessions
2000, 2010, 2020, 2019/2020 EMBA

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1991, 2006, 2011, 2019, 2010/2011 EMBA

Friday, April 30, 2021

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Get back in the classroom and join fellow alumni for one of two case study discussions. Case material will be emailed to registrants in advance of the session. Expect to be cold-called! 

NXTHVN, artist Titus Kaphar 's vision, combined a new type of art incubator with a community center. Could the center, located in New Haven’s Dixwell neighborhood, help to reinvigorate the area without gentrification that would force out the current residents? Could NXTHVN forge bonds with other organizations in New Haven to foster arts education and self-expression? What alternative methods of financing could NXTHVN create to support itself and the work of its affiliated artists? Could NXTHVN provide a model for others?

--Kate Cooney, Senior Lecturer in Social Enterprise and Management 
--William N. Goetzmann ’78 B.A., ’86, ’90 Ph.D., Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Management Studies and Faculty Director of the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management 

CASE DISCUSSION 2 | Herman Miller Discussion
In 2014, Brian Walker, the CEO of Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR), found himself wondering how a massive shift in the storied furniture maker’s strategy would affect its relationships with its workforce. Responding to market forces, the strategy fostered the purchase of a number of additional companies, expanding the geographic footprint of the company and its product lines. However, Herman Miller’s roots remained in rural West Michigan with a tight-knit, conservative culture that had served to engage and motivate generations of employees. How could Walker continue to implement the strategy while ensuring the preservation of the culture that the firm considered central? Should the company diffuse its culture to its new acquisitions?

--James N. Baron, William S. Beinecke Professor of Management 

10:15 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
Fireside Chat with Dean Kerwin Charles
Join Dean Charles and Tom Ascheim ’85 B.A., ’90 for a lively and candid discussion about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Yale SOM. Dean Charles will discuss the school’s response to COVID-19, share progress on initiatives to address racial injustice, and will answer live questions from the alumni community. 

--Kerwin K. Charles, Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management, Yale School of Management 
--Tom Ascheim ’85 B.A.,’90, President, Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics at Warner Bros. 

11:30 a.m. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
Tuna Tank
Join the Yale SOM Program on Entrepreneurship as they host Tuna Tank, a light-hearted student venture pitch competition that showcases startups to a panel of SOM alumni. Tuna Tank is SOM’s version of Shark Tank, where we look to celebrate entrepreneurship, hear some wonderful pitches, and, most importantly, have fun! The theme this year is Business and Society and there will be prizes awarded to the first-place team as well as the audience choice team.
--Kyle Jensen, Associate Dean and Shanna and Eric Bass’05 Director of Entrepreneurship & Senior Lecturer
--Seth Goldman ’95, Co-Founder and CEO of Eat the Change™, PLNT Burger, ETC Impact and Co-Chair of the Program on Entrepreneurship Advisory Board
--Dr. Shaan Patel ’16,  founder of Prep Expert Test Preparation & Shark Tank Entrepreneur
--Nancy Pfund ’82, Managing Partner DBL Partners and Co-Chair of the Program on Entrepreneurship Advisory Board

--Tahira Rehmatullah ‘14, Partner, Highlands Venture Partners; CEO of Commons; member of the board of directors for Akerna Corp., Ceres Acquisition Corp., Good Works Acquisition Corp., and Superette

1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Stock Trading Synopsis with Roger Ibbotson
Which SOM class had the highest return? Did alumni who work in finance beat the market more than those who don’t? Join Yale Stock Trading Game creator Professor Roger Ibbotson, Jaan Elias, Julie Hawthorne,  and fellow alumni for a live review of the games played around the world on the 27th.  Winners will be announced and certificates awarded!  Professor Ibbotson will review each game and talk strategy with the finalists!  And player performance will be broken down and dissected like it’s your favorite sports TV show!

--Roger Ibbotson, Professor in the Practice Emeritus of Finance, Yale School of Management, and Chairman & CEO, Zebra Capital Management, LLC

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 
Platforms of Purpose: Leaders with Voice, Values, and Impact
While many CEOs have felt they must “stay in their lane” and avoid political issues, the recent social upheaval has put a spotlight on the credibility and influence of business leaders. Increasingly, they have been asked to  speak out on community, national, and global concerns beyond their own enterprise specific immediate issues. At the same time, as stewards of other people’s resources, they can’t speak for all parties and on all topics. How can business leaders use their voices to make an impact in society and why it is important? Join Senior Associate Dean Jeff Sonnenfeld and a panel of CEOs to discuss using a public platform for a purpose.

--Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management 

--Jeff Bewkes ’74 B.A., Former Chairman and CEO, Time Warner
--Neil de Crescenzo ’83 B.A., President and CEO, Change Healthcare
--Seth Goldman ‘95, Co-Founder and CEO of Eat the Change™, PLNT Burger, ETC Impact and Co-Chair of the Program on Entrepreneurship Advisory Board
--Fred Terrell, '82, Senior Advisor with Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
--Laura Walker, '87, 11th President of Bennington College

6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1986, 1990, 2001, 2016, 2015/2016 EMBA, Executive Education

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1981, 1985, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2015

Saturday, May 1, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  
Gig Workers and the Nursing Home COVID Crisis 
Professor Chevalier has written extensively on gig workers, career choice, flexibility, and the future work. In this session, she will discuss her research agenda with a particular focus on her recent work on nursing home staff and the COVID-19 crisis. Nursing homes account for 40% of US COVID-related fatalities. Chevalier and coauthors examine anonymized smartphone geolocation data for the half a million smartphones measured entering a nursing home for 11 weeks following the March 13 federal ban on visitors to nursing homes in the United States. With 5.1% of these individuals entering two or more facilities, a snapshot of a network of dually-employed and agency-deployed workers emerges. More connections, likely arising from contractors and staff working at multiple facilities, are highly predictive of COVID-19 cases, whereas traditional regulatory quality metrics are unimportant in predicting outbreak size. With an estimated 49% of nursing home cases attributable to cross-facility staff movements.  We will discuss these modern working arrangements both in the context of the pandemic and more broadly.  

-Judy Chevalier ’89 B.A., William S. Beinecke Professor of Finance and Economics 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1986, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1981, 1990, 1996, 2005, 2019, EMBA, Executive Education

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Individual Class Sessions
1985, 1991, 1995, 2010, 2015, 2020

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
CLOSING PLENARY | Business + Society: Leadership Challenges at the Intersection of the Public and Private Sectors
Join Dean Charles and fellow alumni in conversation with Justin Elicker ’10 and Ned Lamont ’80 who will discuss leadership challenges at the intersection of the public and private sectors. Mayor Elicker and Governor Lamont will reflect on their terms thus far, how SOM prepared them for the leadership challenges they face today and share their views on leadership and public service. 

--Kerwin K. Charles, Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management, Yale School of Management 
--Justin Elicker '10, ’10 MEM, Mayor of New Haven, Connecticut 
--Ned Lamont ’80, Governor of the State of Connecticut