Michael S. and Alexa B. Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership


Michael Chae and Alexa Chae

The Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership was founded by Michael Chae '97 and Alexa Chae '97. Read more about our Founders.

Michael Chae and Alexa Chae

The Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership was founded by Michael Chae '97 and Alexa Chae '97. Read more about our Founders.

Part of The Tsai Leadership Program at Yale Law School, the Michael S. and Alexa B. Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership provides focused educational and professional development to Yale Law School students who aspire to nontraditional careers and leadership roles in the private sector. The Chae Initiative helps prepare students for careers in areas such as business, finance, investing, management consulting, and entrepreneurship.

Many Yale Law School alumni enjoy careers in the private sector outside of traditional lawyering. The Chae Initiative advises students as they master the intellectual foundations of numeracy through courses such as financial modeling, statistics, accounting, and data science. The Chae Initiative also supports professional development through programming on the values, ethics, skills, and theories of management and leadership across a wide spectrum of private sector organizations.

The Chae Initiative's core philosophy is to empower Yale Law students to be professionally ready and capable of translating theory into practice, to obtain a firm grasp of business principles, to be nimble in the face of complex business issues and innovation, and to engage in ethical decision-making within a global business environment. The Chae Initiative is premised on the notion that a law degree is an all-purpose thinking and problem-solving degree and provides a crucial foundation that will serve graduates for many business leadership roles. The Faculty Director for the Chae Initiative in Private Sector Leadership is Professor of Law John Morley '06.

Become a Chae Fellow


YLS Students at Desk

Yale Law School J.D. students may apply to become Fellows of the Chae Initiative. Fellows will work to satisfy requirements that are developed individually to suit the needs and aspirations of each student in consultation with the Faculty Director and Executive Director of the Chae Initiative. Fellows will generally be expected to demonstrate or develop competencies in the core areas of finance, accounting, and statistics, and to cultivate the intellectual skills and ethical and social understandings necessary to become responsible leaders in their chosen fields. Fellows will receive highly tailored, individualized academic and career advising as well as personalized mentorship connections to suit their unique goals. Fellows will be expected to be consistently involved in the workshops and programming of the Chae Initiative and Tsai Leadership Program. More information on fellowships will be announced in the spring of 2022.

YLS Students at Desk
Yasmin Cader

“By modeling collaboration, empathy, and directness in my communication style, I've been able to forge meaningful connections, create space for colleagues to bring their best and authentic selves, and help to create an environment of inspiration.”

- Yasmin Cader, Class of 1992

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