A recent talk by reporter David Barboza underscored one of the cardinal rules for anyone taking a professional risk: take your time and get it right.
Barboza, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, spoke as a guest of the Greater China Club on October 22. The New York Times’ Shanghai bureau chief, Barboza won the Pulitzer for his stories exposing the fortunes amassed by relatives of top Chinese government officials through political connections and ownership in businesses closely aligned with the state.
I came to Yale SOM in part because old shoes drive me crazy.
Before you dismiss me as the crazy shoe lady, perhaps I should clarify a bit. As someone who once took a 67 percent pay cut to serve the urban poor, I’ve spent much of my life thinking about ways to maximize social impact. In addition to joining Peter Singer’s campaign to give to the bottom billion, I pretty much donated everything I could get my hands on as a child, to my mother’s chagrin: jewelry, jackets, shoes, clothes, toiletries, books, CDs, canned goods, toy, etc. You name it, I probably tried to donate it at one point or another—though I tried most vigorously if the item happened to be, say, my piano workbook.
Innovation. It’s one of those words that seems to be in vogue currently, along with passion and synergy. Firms boast that they proffer innovative solutions to their clients, hospitals submit that they have developed innovation mechanism through which they can provide quality care to their patients, universities declare that they attract students who are the next generation of innovative problem-solvers, and so on. As a society, we may be using the word innovation carelessly and without thought. Yet, I would assert that opportunities abound for us to innovate, discover, create, and explore unconstrained around campus.
When Daniel Ammann made the switch from Morgan Stanley investment banker to General Motors treasurer in 2010, he discovered an important truth about working for a huge and complex organization: you’ve got to jump in with both feet and learn the place from the ground up. No detail or function is beneath notice if you want to make an impact, and every employee matters.
Today is the second of our two Explore Diversity Days here at the Yale School of Management. More than 75 prospective students are on campus to meet with current students, faculty, and staff and get a sense of what makes the SOM experience unique. One of the things that make Explore Diversity itself unique is, well, its diversity.
Katie Rae ’97, the managing director of a top tech accelerator called Techstars, visited campus this week to talk about entrepreneurship in an event hosted by the Women in Management Club. Rather than lecture about her life or Techstars, Katie took an unexpected approach and interacted with the crowd extensively. It was a great opportunity to get this type of access to an entrepreneur.
Business schools from around the northeast (and even North Carolina!) stormed campus last weekend to compete in Yale SOM's 24th annual soccer tournament: the Yale Cup. This year, a total of 12 schools representing 16 teams fought for the coveted golden soccer ball trophy.
I’ll be honest. The first eight weeks has been nothing short of a whirlwind. I definitely do not feel totally settled (and I’ve lived in New Haven for the past two years and completed a Masters program here at Yale). But, maybe that is part of finding one’s place within the fabric of the school. At least that is my current conclusion. Yet, despite the fact that I am still settling into life here at SOM, there have already been numerous experiences that will be forever ingrained in my memory. What sorts of experiences, you ask? Here, let me give you a few examples.