Practice Pitch

Negotiating the deal Separate in your mind economic issues from issues of control.  It is not uncommon to sell more than 50% of the economic interest of a business while maintaining effective control.  Decide on the kind of investors you want – do you want passive investors who will provide capital and then let you get on with building the business or do you want investors that can help you

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Financial Life After Yale in Chicago

On Thursday evening, March 16th in collaboration with the Yale Club of Chicago, the AYA sponsored the latest in our series of Careers, Life, and Yale events: Financial Life After Yale. At Morningstar’s elegant Chicago offices, Yale alums John Caserta and Charisse Conanan Johnson spent the evening with a group of recent Yale alums discussing personal financial planning.


Humanities in Action: Inspirational Alumni-Student Exchanges

On Sunday, November 13 at the Whitney Humanities Center, a dozen Yale alums with a passion for the humanities shared career and life wisdom with students from Yale College and from Yale’s graduate and professional schools. The event, sponsored by the AYA and Yale’s Humanities faculty, featured a series of small-group panels with lots of time for Q&A followed by a networking reception.

Yale Honors Alumni Service With Yale Jefferson Awards

On Friday, November 11, following an AYA-sponsored awards ceremony – in front of hundreds of Yale alumni leaders — honoring four amazing Yalies for their inspiration, innovative, impactful, individual public service, members of the Yale community gathered in a more-intimate settings (the Nick Chapel Theater in Trumbull College). There, the four honorees — Zlatko Minev, Dan Rubins, Sophia Sanchez-Maes, and Evan Wolfson – each told their stories.

“STEM CAREERS” event at Yale – see for yourself!

In the Fall of 2016, after months of careful planning by a team of Yale alums and AYA professionals, hundreds of students – Yale College and Graduate/Professional – registered to attend STEM CAREERS: Formulae and Solutions for Success. Led by 40 alums with a wealth of wisdom on life skills and STEM-related career paths, the event took place on Saturday, October 15 on campus at the Loria Center. Participants were treated to skill-based and career-based breakout

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Careers, Life, and Yale welcomes!

The Careers, Life, and Yale Blog is very excited and proud to announce that the leading careers website,, co-founded by the great Yalie Alexandra Cavoulacos ’08, is generously sharing their content with our blog! Now in addition to regular and occasional bloggers from our alumni community,’s content, curated for our organization and mission, will appear in the blog – right here! We will start with a sampling of 5

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HUMANITIES STUDENTS – WE WANT YOU!! (to sign up for the Oct. 15 conference)

HUMANITIES STUDENTS – WE WANT YOU!! (to sign up for the Oct. 15 AYA-sponsored conference on STEM CAREERS: Formulae and Solutions for Success). This conference is not just for STEM majors! Why? News flash: Humanities degrees are tech’s newest “hot ticket” to getting hired, as Forbes magazine put it last year: The Washington Post reports that LinkedIn made the “staggering” finding, after an analysis of its own pages, that as many

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Watch “The Art of Public Speaking” right here!

Robert Russell, YSD ’89, actor and comedian, spoke at Yale on September 16.  Here, we present the video of this sold-out, acclaimed event!   The description from the event: Public speaking has been a vital means of personal empowerment and civic engagement throughout history. The need for effective public speaking will almost certainly touch you sometime in your life. When it does, you want to be ready. But even if you

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There’s So Much More to a Fulfilling Career Than Following Your Passion

“Follow Your Passion!” “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!” “Go after your dreams and the money will follow!” These kinds of statements have been passed down as advice for years. Leaders in a variety of industries have been telling people to pursue their dreams and follow their passions if they want to lead a fulfilling and successful life. And, anyone who’s ever

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