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Yale School of Management’s Pre-MBA Program

Yale_University_School_of_Management The Yale School of Management (Yale SOM) has announced a new offering, the Pre-MBA Leadership Program for promising college undergraduates, as well as recent college graduates already in the workforce, who are interested in developing their leadership skills and exploring careers in business.

The annual, two-week summer program will accept up to 50 rising college juniors and seniors of color, other undergraduates who actively support diversity and inclusion in business, and recent college graduates. The application for the first session, to be held June 14-27, 2009 on the Yale School of Management campus in New Haven, Connecticut, will open on November 3 on the program website:

Tuition, room and board, program materials and application costs will all be covered by Yale SOM. A nominal enrollment fee, which will be refunded following successful completion of the program, will be required. Students will only be responsible for their travel expenses to and from New Haven.

The Yale School of Management, which introduced an innovative, integrated MBA curriculum in 2006, is also known for the distinct leadership model it seeks to instill in all of its graduates. This leadership model places an emphasis on developing broadly engaged, inspiring leaders who apply their management training to solve challenging problems in both business and society. In keeping with this, the Pre-MBA Leadership Program will focus on developing the individual leadership skills that will be relevant whether applied in school, in the community, on the athletic field, or in the workplace. Students from liberal arts backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, in addition to students from traditional MBA tracks.

“Our goal is for students to walk away from the program feeling confident in their leadership abilities and inspired about how they can make a positive difference in the world,” said Shelley Clifford, Yale SOM’s deputy director of admissions, and coordinator of the Pre-MBA Leadership Program.

The Pre-MBA Leadership Program curriculum is modeled after elements of Yale’s integrated MBA curriculum and will be taught by Yale School of Management faculty. Participants will learn some of the fundamentals of business through sessions devoted to data analysis, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, and strategy. They will also develop leadership skills through exercises taken from Yale SOM’s Leadership Development Program, the year-long program required of all first-year Yale MBA students. This values-based program is designed to help students reflect on who they are as individuals, what they value, and how to transform those values to achieve their personal and professional aspirations.

The program will also include field trips to corporations and business institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange, meetings with prominent Yale School of Management alumni in a variety of fields, networking receptions, and one-on-one assistance with resume development, job interview skills, and presentation skills to prepare for the job market.

More information about the Pre-MBA Leadership Program can be found on the program’s website:

For more information about the Yale School of Management curriculum visit:

SOURCE: Yale School of Management

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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