Contact: Xiaowei Cai, Andrea Sugano
The Silver-Haired Scholars (SHS) is a Yale School of Management Affinity Group that provides a space for the older-than-average students in our community to share common goals, experiences and concerns. Whether a student is quantifiably old, or simply old-at-heart, SHS aims to improve the student experience at SOM through the professional development, social events, and education and experience sharing.
Membership BenefitsProfessional development. Older students often face a different set of concerns in the recruiting process, notably location constraints, family planning, and significant prior professional experience that frequently does not match MBA-oriented recruiting processes. SHS works with the Career Development Office to develop appropriate resources as well as provide relevant networking opportunities. Social events. Going back to school after 7-10 years in the work force can be daunting. SHS provides a non-judgmental space for older students to come together, discuss the novelty of technologically-enhanced learning environments and generally support one another at social events that fit the audience – that is to say, at a reasonable hour, with low music and lots of light . Education and experience sharing. The beauty of being above-the-average-age, is that our members have significant life and professional experience to draw upon. Whether through brown bag lunches to learn about niche industries our classmates have worked in, thematic small group dinners to share life experiences, tips and tricks or a silver-haired trivia night, SHS establishes a platform to share with the wider SOM community.