Greater emphasis on global diversity is the cornerstone of changes the Yale School of Management recently announced to its Pre-MBA Leadership Program. Launched in 2009, the annual two-week-long program has focused on introducing the fundamentals of an MBA degree to U.S. students from underrepresented populations.
Last year, with support from Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised philanthropic fund, the program expanded to include students from two Brazilian universities. Beginning in summer 2012, the renamed Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program will include undergraduate students from universities in Brazil, China, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, and Singapore.
Again partnering with Goldman Sachs Gives, this year the program will extend its international reach and draw on schools in the newly formed Global Network for Advanced Management.
“Focusing on global diversity will enrich the program, meaningfully exposing both under-represented students from the U.S. and students from an interesting set of countries to the complexities within and between societies,” says Yale SOM Dean Edward A. Snyder. “Providing students with an understanding of these complexities is critical in management education in today’s flatter, but non-convergent, world.”
The Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program is open to college sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as recent graduates. Participating schools have been invited to select two high-potential undergraduates from their universities to attend the program, which will take place June 10–23, 2012.