University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2009
Undergraduate Major: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
I greatly appreciate the care and support provided by all parties involved in the program. I learned from everyone I had the privilege of working with and there is no doubt in my mind that they will all continue to do great things. I truly enjoyed making new friends as well as potential future partners and I look forward to further developing the relationships built with such talented people.
What was the best part about the Yale SOM Pre-MBA Leadership Program for you?
My favorite part of the program was the business plan team project. Our team consisted of five students and professionals from across the nation and a Yale MBA student advisor. Having the opportunity to work with team members, who come from various backgrounds and have unique leadership styles, to brainstorm potential business ideas was a truly exceptional experience. We were able to incorporate concepts from class discussions on finance, marketing, innovation, and more to develop a viable business plan. Finally, pitching our ideas to the professors was also a great learning opportunity, since we were able to experience how it feels to pitch to potential investors.
How has the program changed your perspective? Your future plans?
Before attending the program, I was considering going back to school for a masters in business; however, I was still unsure. After attending the program, I realized the tremendous value one gets from sharing perspectives with students having a wide range of experiences, as well as the business knowledge one gets from analyzing and discussing business cases. I plan to apply to an MBA program in the future and I look forward to the experience.
What was your most important “takeaway”?
The Yale Pre-MBA Leadership program has helped me gain a better understanding of my leadership style as well as how I may leverage my own strengths along with those of my team. But how effective are leaders if they are not invested in their goal? My biggest takeaway from the program was the importance of aligning my values with my goals. As a leader, in order to influence and motivate others, I need to first be motivated and committed to the goals myself.
Why should people consider this program?
If you like to meet new people, make connections with top students from around the globe, and learn from world-renowned business professors, definitely consider this program. It will give you an idea of what business school, and business is all about.