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Yale School of Management Hosts Pre-MBA Leadership Program

Last month, the Yale School of Management (SOM) welcomed more than 40 college students from all over the United States and Brazil to the Yale SOM campus to give them a taste of the first-year MBA curriculum. Called the Pre-MBA Leadership Program, this two-week June event is now in its third year, part of an initiative to help more underrepresented minority students understand the benefits of a management education.

Over the course of the program, participating students took part in a range of courses, many of them three-hour versions of courses MBA students take as part of the first-year curriculum. Accounting, operations, management, marketing and more were covered. In addition to an introduction to the MBA curriculum, the Pre-MBA program also includes career and leadership-building exercises, a business plan development project, meetings with alumni and field trips.

Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund available to current and former partners of Goldman Sachs, sponsored this year’s program. Participants traveled to Goldman Sachs headquarters in New York City to tour the facilities and meet with executives, and Goldman Sachs personnel hosted a resume review session for the students. Financial support from Goldman also enabled Yale to provide travel assistance for all Pre-MBA students to and from New Haven for the two-week program.

According to Heidi Brooks, a lecturer in organizational behavior and the program’s faculty director, the main objective of the Pre-MBA Leadership Program is to give students who might not otherwise apply to business school a chance to find out what it’s like. SOM recruits participants from colleges and universities around the country with particular emphasis on historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and tribal colleges.

For more on the Yale SOM Pre-MBA Leadership Program, click here.

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