[WEBINAR] Yale SOM Exchange | Leading through COVID

[WEBINAR] Yale SOM Exchange | Leading through COVID

by Yale SOM Alumni Community


Wed, 20 May 2020

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Leaders in every industry are scrambling to achieve their goals while staying connected to employees and remaining economically viable. In this live conversation, we’ll talk with alumni working in healthcare, at nonprofits, and in the private sector about the managerial challenges they’ve faced—and the solutions they’ve found—during COVID-19. Bring your questions and your own stories of professional life in a pandemic.

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When: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 12:00pm ET
Where: Zoom - https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PUh54XdCSSWo_4xT-yP1fw

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Gail Harrity '82

President and COO

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Gail Harrity is the President and COO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the country’s most comprehensive art museums which houses of collection of over 240,000 works of art.

Since joining the museum in 1997, Ms. Harrity has directed a wide range of administrative functions, including legal, finance, membership, development, and external affairs. She has played a central role in strategic planning efforts, developed the multi-year comprehensive facilities master plan designed by Frank Gehry, and implemented a number of visitor experience, audience engagement and digital technology initiatives, including the development of an online database providing global public access to the museum’s collection.

Previously, Ms. Harrity was the Deputy Director at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where she served as the Museum’s project director for the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain. Prior to that she was the Guggenheim’s Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, and from 1982 to 1989, Ms. Harrity in a variety of senior positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Ms. Harrity has served as a Board member of regional, national, and international arts organizations including the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the American Alliance of Museums, and the International Council of Museums. She serves on the Mayor of Philadelphia's Cultural Advisory Council and the Yale School of Management Board of Advisors.

Ms. Harrity received her BA from Boston University, an MPPM in Public and Private Management at the Yale School of Management. She was the recipient of the first Eisenhower Fellowship to China in 2002.


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James N. Baron

William S. Beinecke Professor of Management

Yale School of Management

Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies. Before coming to SOM in 2006, he taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business from 1982-2006. At Stanford, he taught the MBA core course, Human Resource Management. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. Papers based on the project appeared in leading disciplinary journals, and an overview of the project in California Management Review won the 2003 Accenture Award for making “the most important contribution to improving the practice of management.”

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Amanda Skinner '08

President and Chief Executive Officer

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.  Amanda is an experienced health care executive committed to manifesting social justice values through strategy and operations, and improving healthcare for all.  She is a thought leader on reproductive healthcare, reproductive rights, and value-based care and has been featured nationally as a speaker and in print interviews on health care reform and population health.   Amanda is a certified nurse-midwife and spent 10 years in clinical practice and practice leadership, and served as chair of the CT Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.  Following business school Amanda joined The Chartis Group as a healthcare strategy and operations consultant, then spent 6 years at Yale New Haven Health System where she built and led the system-level population health, clinical integration, and value-based care operations, and then served as Vice President and General Manager at Optum.   In 2017 Amanda took her dream job at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.   Amanda currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Amanda is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX, holds a master’s degree in nursing from the Yale School of Nursing with a clinical focus in nurse-midwifery, and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.  Amanda lives in Connecticut with her incredibly supportive and tolerant of change husband, Kalter, and their dog, Baxter.  


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Graham Browne '15

Founder and Executive Director

Forte Prepatory Academy

The Forte Prep Founding Team is led by Founder and Executive Director Graham Browne who is a 2015 Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow.  Mr. Browne is a proud graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Management with an academic background in urban studies, education, and nonprofit management, and a professional background in education policy advocacy with the Education Equality Project and nonprofit management consulting in the education practice at the Bridgespan Group. Through the BES Fellowship, Mr. Browne completed two intensive Leadership Residencies, working alongside the leaders of some of the most successful charter schools in the country. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey by hardworking Caribbean parents who immigrated to this country to seek better opportunities, he experienced the great power of education to change the trajectory of a child's life.

He has also completed graduate coursework with Bank Street College of Education as part of the Venture Consortium’s Urban Education Semester. Through the program, Mr. Browne served as an assistant fifth grade teacher at P.S. 20 - Anna Silver School in Manhattan, NY in 2006.


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Matt Strauss '08

Managing Partner

Tao Group

Matt Strauss is currently a Managing Partner of TAO GROUP, an international hospitality company with numerous restaurants and nightclubs including TAO, LAVO, BEAUTY & ESSEX, and MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB, which are located in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Singapore and Sydney.  STRAUSS oversees the day-to-day operations of Tao Group’s New York hotel properties which includes all of the restaurants, rooftops & lounges of the Dream Downtown, Dream Midtown, Moxy Time Square & Moxy Chelsea Hotels – overseeing the building, design and day-to-day operations of the18 brands inside these properties.  STRAUSS most recently completed the construction and design for all of the food & beverage outlets of the Moxy East Village hotel which opened September 10th and includes Tao group’s newest brands : restaurant CATHÉDRALE, nightclub LITTLE SISTER & lounge THE ALHPABET BAR.  In addition to his career in hospitality, Strauss has worked previously at Starwood Capital Group and Valtus Capital Group in the finance industry and Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema in film industry. STRAUSS holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management.  STRAUSS is a born and raised New Yorker where he currently lives with his wife Frances Black and daughters Bridget & Edie

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