Donaldson Alumni Leadership Summit 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

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st floor

9:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Yale SOM Gear Sale

Mailroom, 1st Floor

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome Breakfast

Charley’s Place, 1st floor 

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 
Advancing the Mission

Anjani Jain, Acting Dean & Professor in the Practice of Management
Kavitha Nair Bindra ’05, Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations

Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor
Alumni play an integral role in carrying out Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society. The remarkable support from alumni – helping students with professional development, engaging in our academic programs, keeping up to date on the school’s progress, representing us well in your work, helping with admissions, and contributing financially to the school – all advance Yale SOM’s progress and strengthen our community. 

Join Anjani Jain, Acting Dean and Kavitha Nair Bindra ’05, Assistant Dean of Alumni Relations for a discussion about the school’s strategic priorities, how they address the mission, and how alumni volunteers can help Yale SOM today and into the future. 

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st floor

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Leadership Lab
Sarah Biggerstaff, Lecturer in the Practice of Leadership
Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor
In this session, you will learn how to cultivate an environment where leadership development thrives.  We’ll explore how one learns to lead, leading with or without title or authority, and the elements essential to building a developmental environment.  The session will be highly experiential, and you’ll leave with more clarity on a leadership development goal that’s important to as well as having created a developmental network map that will support you along the way. 

Executive Voice and Presence
Grace Zandarski, Lecturer in Acting, Yale School of Drama 
Beinecke Terrace Room 2300, 2nd floor
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.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Networking Lunch


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Volunteer Breakout Sessions

Admissions: Attracting Top Talent 
Bewkes Classroom 2410, 2nd floor
Fundraising: A Contact Sport 
Jones Classroom 2220, 2nd floor
Careers: Professional Development Support for Students and Alumni 
Class of 1980 Classroom 2400, 2nd floor
Community Connections: Best Practices for Communicating with Your Alumni Network 
Allison Foundation Classroom 2210, 2nd floor
Global Chapters: Alumni Engagement at the Regional Level 
Blumetti Classroom 2200, 2nd floor

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Courtyard and Charley’s Place, 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.

Moderated by Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management
Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor  (Overflow: Blumetti Classroom 2200, Allison Foundation 2210, Class of 1980 2400, and Bewkes 2410)

Followed By:
Yale SOM Alumni Volunteer Leadership Awards Ceremony

Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor
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.  
Networking Break

Ligon-Lamsam Student Commons, 1st floor

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  
Meet and Greet with Holly Robinson, Alumni and Executive MBA Career Coach

Beinecke Terrace Room 2300, 2nd floor
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. 

The Next Chapter: How to Find Your Encore Career
Marc Freedman ’84, Founder and CEO,
Zhang Auditorium, 1st floor
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.

Leadership Mindsets: Calibrating Confidence 
Daylian Cain, Associate Professor of Management and Marketing
The Forum 1400, 1st floor
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.

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  
Cocktail Reception and Champagne Toast in Honor of Retiring Yale SOM Faculty Members

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.
Jonathan E. Ingersoll, Adrian C. Israel Professor of International Trade and Finance 
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 and 2nd floors, Courtyard