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Conversations on Leadership: Gretchen Rubin ’94

Author, podcaster, and speaker Gretchen Rubin ’94 discusses what she learned about happiness from the Dalai Lama, the value of building relationships with other Yale Law students, and how her law education shaped her career as a writer.

Conversations on Leadership: Ian Solomon ’02

Ian Solomon ’02, Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, discusses the importance of developing students to become compassionate and ethical leaders. He also describes how The Tsai Leadership Program can support students of color at Yale Law School.

Conversations on Leadership: Joe Tsai ’90

Joe Tsai ’90, founder of The Tsai Leadership Program at Yale Law School, discusses his experiences dealing with setbacks, how to lead during a crisis, and how he hopes the leadership program will give students a diversity of experiences to expand their career ambitions.

Conversations on Leadership: Max Stier YC ’87

Max Stier, YC ’87, Founding President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, shares his perspective on leading in a crisis, supporting employees when they need to deliver bad news, and why students shouldn’t necessarily plan a defined career path.

Conversations on Leadership: Peter Kellner ’03

Peter Kellner ’03, Founder and Managing Partner at Richmond Global LLC, discusses how Yale Law School influenced his career in venture capital, how students can decide if entrepreneurship is right for them, and the importance of resilience in leadership.

Conversations on Leadership: Peter Stern ’97

Peter Stern ’97, former Vice President of Services for Apple, describes how his legal education prepared him for a career as a business leader and the work he’s most proud of at Apple. He also discusses what he learned about leadership from role models such as Dick Parsons, who led Time Warner and Citigroup through crises.

Conversations on Leadership: Joel Hyatt ’75

Joel Hyatt ’75, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Globality Inc., describes how Yale Law School prepared him to challenge the prohibition on lawyer advertising during his time leading Hyatt Legal Services, and why students should heed poet Robert Frost’s advice to take “the road less traveled” in their careers.

2023 Yale Law School Commencement

Members of the Yale Law School community, as well as family and friends of the Class of 2023, came together to celebrate the graduates during their Commencement ceremonies on May 22. This year’s Commencement honored 243 degree candidates as well as the first class of Hurst Horizon scholars.