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 4, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Registration and Reunion Headquarters
Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st Floor

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Creating and Sustaining a Leadership Vision: A Conversation with Indra Nooyi ‘80, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo, and Jeff Bewkes ‘74 B.A., Chairman and CEO, Time Warner Inc.
Zhang Auditorium, 1st Floor
Moderated by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management  

Followed by:
Yale SOM Alumni Volunteer Leadership Awards Ceremony 
Volunteer awards presented by Ramon Soto ’08, Chair of the Donaldson Alumni Leadership Summit Steering Committee. Closing remarks from Suzanne Francis ’80, President of the Yale SOM Alumni Advisory Board.  

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Holly Robinson, Alumni and Executive MBA Career Coach
Location TBD
Have questions about your next career move, whether inside your company or to a new organization? Want support as you transition to a new role or negotiate your next offer? Stop by and meet Holly Robinson, Yale SOM’s new dedicated career coach for alumni and executive MBAs who can tell you more about the many resources available to alumni. 

5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Career Development Workshops
Classrooms TBD

Executive Voice and Presence
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. In this interactive workshop 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.

The Next Chapter: How to Find Your Encore Career
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.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception and Champagne Toast in Honor of Retiring Yale SOM Faculty Members
Bekenstein Atrium, 1st floor
Five members of the Yale School of Management faculty, with a combined total of 182 years of service to Yale SOM will retire at the end of this academic year.  Please join us for a reception and champagne toast in their honor.
Sharon M. Oster, Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship 
Douglas W. Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management & Professor of Political Science 
Subrata K. Sen, Joseph F. Cullman Professor of Organization, Management, and Marketing 
Arthur J. Swersey, Professor of Operations Research 

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Dinner and After-Dinner Socializing
Entire 1st, 2nd, 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
Pre-registration is required.  

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

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Individual Class Breakfasts
Classrooms TBD

10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Tours of Edward P. Evans Hall 
Registration Headquarters, Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st Floor

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Private Yale Campus 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
Classrooms TBD

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch

Entire 1st, 2nd, 4th floors and weather permitting, the Courtyard
Catch up with fellow alumni while relaxing in the Courtyard. 

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Concurrent Faculty Sessions I (select one)

Growth through Rigidity: An Explanation for the Rise in CEO Pay
Classroom TBD 
Kelly Shue, Professor of Finance
The dramatic rise in CEO compensation during the 1990s and early 2000s is a longstanding puzzle. In this session, we'll discuss evidence showing that much of the rise can be explained by the tendency of firms to grant the same number of options to CEOs each year. We will examine how number-rigidity can arise from a lack of sophistication about option valuation that is akin to money illusion, a behavioral bias in which people think about real money in the wrong units. We will explore how regulatory changes reduced money illusion and why the growth of executive pay has been more moderate since the mid-2000s. The session will also cover other recent trends in executive compensation, and how money illusion can impact other aspects of financial markets and the macroeconomy. 

Big Issues for Business and Society 
Classroom TBD
David Bach, Deputy Dean & Professor in the Practice of Management 
Big global issues from climate change to growing inequality and the rise of megacities pose major challenges to societies. They will also increasingly structure the opportunity set for business. This session will explore how leaders can create value for business and society by deliberately engaging big issues.

Keys to Influence and Persuasion 
Classroom TBD
Zoë Chance, Assistant Professor of Marketing 
Harry Truman once lamented, “I sit here all day trying to persuade people… that’s all the powers of the president amount to.”  The higher you rise in the ranks of leadership, and the grander the vision you hold, the more important it becomes to be able to influence and persuade others to go along with you.  To say yes.  In the moment, and also to follow through and to be open to saying yes again in the future.  You already have an implicit knowledge of influence, and making some of the tools and strategies explicit will help you become more purposefully influential, influencing more people, more often, to a greater extent.  Zoë Chance will help you increase your influence so you can get more resources so you can do more great things in the world.  She will share relationship-building influence techniques that can be comfortable for all parties involved.  Because you don’t want to be a creep.

Fake News in Financial Markets
Classroom TBD
Marina Niessner, Assistant Professor of Finance 
While social media platforms, blogs, and other unmonitored media outlets are becoming a main source of news for many people, they also offer scope for providing misleading or false information. Even though, the existence of fake news may be problematic in certain settings, it may not matter for financial markets because an efficient market, where the cost of information is close to zero, should quickly identify the news as fake and have no bearing on prices. In this session, we will look at a linguistic method that identifies fake news, and examine whether they have an effect on financial markets. 

Looking Back: Insights and Principles from Models for Decision Making
Classroom TBD 
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.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Concurrent Faculty Sessions II (select one)

Job Crafting: Creating Meaning in Your Own Work
Classroom TBD
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.

Introduction to the Lean Startup Methodology 
Classroom TBD
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.  

Is Venture Capital In Trouble? 
Classroom TBD
Olav Sorenson, Frederick Frank ’54 and Mary C. Tanner Professor of Management 
Is venture capital in trouble? By some indicators venture capital has finally recovered to levels not seen since the dot com days. But on other dimensions, it appears less healthy: Fewer startups have been getting funded; those that have been funded have been staying private longer. This session will review these trends, highlight some of the forces underlying them, and discuss what they might mean for the future of entrepreneurial finance.

Networks of Innovation 
Classroom TBD
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.

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

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Yale SOM Senior Leadership
Zhang Auditorium (Overflow Classrooms: Class of 1980 Classroom 2400 and Bewkes Classroom 2410, 2nd floor)
Welcome remarks from Kavitha Nair Bindra ’05, Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations. The senior leadership team 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.  

Anjani Jain, Acting Dean & Professor in the Practice of Management
David Bach ’98 B.A., Deputy Dean & Professor in the Practice of Management
Edieal J. Pinker, Deputy Dean & Professor of Operations Research
Joel A. Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations
Molly Nagler, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Programs
Kyle Jensen, Associate Dean and Shanna and Eric Bass ’05 Director of Entrepreneurship & Senior Lecturer

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 
Individual Class Reception and Dinners at locations around New Haven
Master of Advanced Management Fifth Anniversary All-Alumni Reception and Dinner

10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 
Closing Bell: After Hours Parties with Current Yale SOM Students
Join fellow alumni and current students at one of three locations. Be sure to redeem your drink ticket - first drink for alumni is on Yale SOM.  
Olives and Oil, 124 Temple Street
Heirloom Lounge, The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel Street 
GPSCY Ballroom, 204 York Street

SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Farewell Brunch 
Ellis-Lorimer Commons, 1st Floor

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Yale SOM Gear Sale
Mailroom, 1st Floor

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