Inaugural Emerging Leaders Seminar Introduces Students to Global Impact of MBA

The MBA is “the most successful post-graduate credential around the world,” because of its broad applicability across sectors, said David Bach, senior associate dean at the Yale School of Management, speaking to a group of young professionals from underrepresented backgrounds who were at Yale SOM for the inaugural Emerging Leaders Seminar. Titled “Global Organizations and Management,” the three-day program is designed to foster the careers of promising professionals of color by providing an understanding of the increasingly global challenges faced by organizations in a variety of sectors.

“The reason why management education has been thriving in the U.S. and globally is because the things that we teach are really applicable across the sectors: competition, cooperation, complexity—understanding the role that competition for funding, for talent for attention plays; understanding how to work in teams, how to work with stakeholders,” said Bach.

Leaders who are able to embrace and tackle the full spectrum of issues involved in a business will have an edge in an increasingly global society, added Bach, pointing to recent innovations like driverless cars that present a range of interconnected challenges, from legal to ethical and technological.

The Emerging Leaders Seminar took place at Yale SOM from May 11 to 14. Over three days, participants took part in coursework led by Yale faculty, heard from guest speakers and alumni, and participated in networking receptions. In teams, they explored a Yale “raw” case about the sustainability and business issues involved in the production of  palm oil and gave presentations about their findings.

The Emerging Leaders Seminar is part of Yale SOM’s efforts to encourage greater diversity in global management roles, in part by introducing promising young professionals of color to the value of graduate management education. Email SOMEmergingLeaders@yale.edu for information about future programs.