Veterans explain why they chose SOM

Audrey Atwell’23
The American army

The Yale MBA for Executives program, especially its sustainability area, was my number one choice when considering MBA programs. After serving 21 years in the military as an engineer officer, I knew I wanted to pursue a high-quality program that not only capitalized on my unique interests and experiences, but also an educational program that considered integration of “business and society” as an essential part of the curriculum – to date, Yale SOM has not disappointed.

The program served as a bridge, giving me the skills and knowledge I needed to successfully integrate my military experience into the civilian sector and opening doors for me that I never thought possible. SOM is a yellow ribbon school, and the support I have received as a veteran of the program office has been phenomenal. I highly recommend the program and encourage any veteran or active duty member considering Yale SOM to reach out, explore the program, and find out how it might also be a perfect fit for them.

Conor Cardillo’24
US Navy

Matt Powers ’24
The American army

I chose Yale SOM as one of my shortlist schools because it has an amazing reputation as an excellent EMBA program. As I started contacting the various programs, I was really impressed with everyone I spoke to at Yale (alumni, EMBA program people, and program staff). I also spoke to some of my friends in Silicon Valley startups, and they raved about Yale. Yale SOM was very supportive throughout the application process and got me all the right documents submitted to the VA so I could take advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It was very easy and transparent. I was a little worried as there isn’t much information online or in my network about how the GI Bill works and the whole VA and college process, but Yale SOM walked me through everything perfectly. throughout the process with little stress. And now everything is fixed and working very well!

I decided to do an EMBA at this point because it’s the right time considering my family situation (kids are a bit older) and my company basically told me that I had hit a ceiling if I didn’t get an EMBA. I was in India a year and a half ago when my company told me that I had to come back to the United States. I figured it would be to come back and run a large department or one of our small businesses. When I applied for these opportunities, HR told me I was not qualified and had to re-read the job description. I fit the description perfectly except I didn’t have an MBA so I took the hint and opted to go back to a job closest to the big schools in the North East and applied for that I was moving. Now that I’m in the program, I understand why my company wanted me to get an MBA before running much of the business. I’m gaining a ton of knowledge, which gives me the credibility I’ll need to immediately gain respect in my industry as a business leader.

John Ruizo ’24
The American army

I chose Yale SOM for my MBA not only because of the school’s military history dating back to the early 1900’s leading up to World War I, but because of the huge positive feedback from current alumni and alumni . Yale SOM and the MBA for Executives program has exceeded our expectations and has been very generous and supportive of veterans in achieving our educational and career goals as we pave the way into the next phase of our lives.

Moon Shinwon ’23
The American army

Alexis Travis’24
US Navy

Adam Tucker’23
US Navy

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