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Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Ryan Weathers, Yale SOM


“Avid traveler and lifelong learner passionate about using technology to advance health equity.”

Hometown: Pinewood, New York

Fun fact about yourself: I’m color blind, which meant I had to spend extra time making sure my PowerPoint slides didn’t contain incompatible color schemes.

Undergraduate School and Major: Binghamton University – Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management Information Systems

Most recent employer and job title: Manager, Advisory – KPMG LLP (New York Office)

The Yale School of Management is considered a goal-oriented program. What is your mission? How will your MBA at Yale SOM help you fulfill this mission? My long-term goal is to create digital health products that leverage technology to deliver quality, affordable healthcare to vulnerable populations, improving access to care and reducing health inequities. SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society attracts students who want to solve the world’s greatest problems – being surrounded by classmates who share and support a similar mission inspires me to achieve my own goals.

Apart from your classmates, What was the key element of the Yale SOM MBA program or programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? One of the many reasons I chose SOM was the flexible MBA program and the business school’s integration with its parent university. The flexibility offered in the program was important to me as I plan to explore new areas of interest and take advantage of electives offered by other schools (e.g., Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health).

What class, club or activity are you most excited about at Yale SOM? I’m most excited about the Product Management course, which focuses on designing and marketing technology-driven products in B2C environments. As an aspiring product manager, I look forward to the course’s hands-on learning opportunities, which challenge students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world problems faced by leading technology companies.

Describe your biggest achievement in your career so far: My greatest accomplishment has been leading incredibly talented and diverse teams while working and living in eight countries on four continents. During my time abroad, I had the opportunity to explore new cities and cultures, broaden my perspectives and take part in unique and unique experiences.

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? After spending years working as a consultant, I have reached an inflection point in my career. I had to choose between continuing my career as a consultant – which has become more specialized over the years – or taking a leap of faith and pursuing a role and an industry that really excited me. I chose the latter and haven’t looked back. After my MBA, I hope to work as a product manager at a mission-driven technology company, where I can solve tough problems and have a meaningful impact on the world.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched or listened to that you would highly recommend to future MBAs? Why? I read recently Atomic Habits by James Clear and strongly recommends this book to future MBAs. Applying to business school is a daunting process, especially when you’re studying for the GMAT and writing essays while working full time. Atomic Habits provides evidence-based frameworks and strategies to help you build good habits and break bad ones. The knowledge I gained from the book helped me build habits that are critical to my success and demonstrated the power of small habits and consistency.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? Haas, Ross, Tuck, Wharton

What advice would you give to help potential candidates gain admission to the Yale SOM MBA program? I would advise potential applicants to start early and avoid rushing through the application process. Use the extra time to engage in personal reflection. It’s important to understand why you want an MBA and how SOM can help you achieve your goals. This exercise will help you write compelling essays, prepare for interviews, and prioritize your time when you arrive on campus. There are an endless number of activities to get involved in, so being able to identify what is most important will allow you to get the most out of your two years at SOM.