Study Tour to Yale in Collaboration with Yale School of Management

Leading Strategic and Transformational Change

This certificate program is being held in a study tour format with the prestigious Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut. The Study Tour to Yale is open to current Executive MBA, MBA, and Global Leader program participants, and alumni.

The Leading Strategic and Transformational Change program will help you further develop your strategic thinking and lead successful transformational change in your organization. The program consists of four full days of learning with world class faculty with a combination of interesting pre-work materials and a leadership assessment, interactive classroom discussions, workshops, case studies and extracurricular activities and events to facilitate networking among participants and faculty – as well as post-program engagement opportunities with Yale.

At the end of the program, each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion signed by the Dean of the Yale School of Management and the Associate Dean of Executive Education. The Study Tour also counts as an elective module (4.5 ECTS) for current Executive MBA, MBA, and Global Leader participants.

Global Thought Leadership through Experiential Learning
Develop your strategic thinking in order to lead successful transformational change at your organization with speakers from across Yale University’s graduate schools and centers for research. Pre-readings and cases, leadership assessment, highly interactive discussions, workshops and simulations ensure content is learned, practiced and retained.

The Yale Experience
Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations. Experience the best of Yale, with a campus tour, events and meals around campus in historic venues, and networking with peers.

Yale Executive Education Certificate and Alumni Network
Receive a Yale certificate, access to the Yale Executive Education alumni network and social media groups, a monthly applied research newsletter, publications and invitations to on-campus and online alumni events to promote continuous life-long learning.

Contents and Schedule

The Study Tour to Yale will take place on April 24–28, 2022, with seminar days from Monday April 25 to Thursday April 28.

Aalto EE reserves the right to make changes to the program.

Study Tour Venue

The program will take place at Edward P. Evans Hall at the Yale campus, which houses state-of-the-art classrooms, faculty offices, and meeting spaces organized around an enclosed courtyard. From here, Yale School of Management students connect and collaborate with their peers across the university and the world.

Take a look at Evans Hall in a virtual tour »

Program participants will stay at Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale located in the heart of Yale University’s Campus – just steps away from the University’s museums, theaters, libraries, and cultural centers. Hotel stay for four nights on April 24–28, 2022 is included in the program fee.


Heidi Brooks

Heidi Brooks is Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management.

Heidi Brooks teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations.

Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at Yale School of Management. Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers.

Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Daylian Cain

Daylian Cain is Senior Lecturer in Negotiations, Leadership, and Ethics at the Yale School of Management.

Daylian Cain is full-time faculty at the Yale School of Management since 2007. Dr. Cain's research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and how to turn altruism on and off.

Prior to joining Yale, Cain was the Russell Sage Fellow of Behavioral Economics at Harvard.

Cain has three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in Business from Carnegie Mellon.

Zoë Chance

Zoë Chance is Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Yale School of Management.

At Yale School of Management, she teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka "Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person."
Her research has been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Psychological Science, and covered in media outlets like The New York Times and the BBC. She has appeared on CNN and written for Harvard Business Review. Google uses her behavioral economics framework as the basis for their global food policy.

Zoë speaks internationally for Fortune 500 firms and leading NGOs, and her TEDx talk, How to Make a Behavior Addictive, has over half a million views.

Her first book will be published by Random House on February 1, 2022. It's called “Influence for Nice People: The Revolutionary Science of Becoming Someone People Want to Say Yes to.”

Prior to Yale, Zoë managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, acted on stage and film, and earned her bachelor's from Haverford College, MBA from USC, and doctorate from Harvard Business School.

Amandine Ody-Brasier

Amandine Ody-Brasier is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management.

She is interested in the social determinants of market behavior, especially price setting. In her research, she has examined the social construction of the market for Champagne grapes, highlighting the role of normative expectations and social relationships between market actors.

Amandine Ody-Brasier has PhD from London Business School.

Emma Seppälä

Emma Seppälä is Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management.

A psychologist and research scientist by training, her expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Her best-selling book The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016) has been translated into dozens of languages.

Seppälä’s research has been published in top academic journals and featured in major news outlets. She speaks and consults internationally for Fortune 500 companies like Google and Facebook and contributes to Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, and TIME among others. A repeat guest on Good Morning America, she also spoke at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward and is featured in documentaries like The Altruism Revolution, What You Do Matters, and Bullied.

Emma Seppälä has graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD).

Grace Zandarski

Grace Zandarski is Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting at the Yale School of Drama.

Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous New York, Yale Rep and YSD productions in addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television.

Grace has taught master classes for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. She was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998 in the first certification program. She was one of the core faculty members of The Actors Center, and The Studio NY, and also served on the faculty of A.R.T./MXAT (Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program with the Moscow Art Theatre).

Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives.

Gal Zauberman

Gal Zauberman is Professor of Cognitive Science at the Yale School of Management.

Professor Gal Zauberman studies consumer judgment and decision making, time in decisions, financial decision making, and memory for emotions and choice. In his research, He has published articles in leading marketing and psychology journals on topics that include: factors that affect individuals' evaluations, preferences, and choice, with specific interest in the role of time in decisions and experiences. He also investigates the role of photography in experiences.

Gal has won numerous awards, including the William O’Dell and the Paul Green best paper awards, and the 2007 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Consumer Psychology. His research received international media coverage, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and others.

Fee and Registration

Program Start

Flights and Transportation

Kindly note that the flight arrangements are to be made independently.

An optimal flight would arrive in New York midday to early afternoon of Sunday April 24 allowing participants to take part in the Welcome reception at Yale on Sunday at 5.30pm. The program on Thursday April 28 will end by 5pm.

More information on transportation between the airport and New Haven can be found from Yale's Plan a Visit webpage.