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Meet Yale SOM’s MBA Class Of 2021

Abhishek K Agarwal

Yale School of Management

“Journey towards true north.”

Hometown: Panjipara, West Bengal, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am good at taking selfies

Undergraduate School and Major: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur | Chemical Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Unilever, Product Development Manager

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I have helped develop innovative first-of-its-kind urban water, hygiene, and sanitation community center that provides solutions to sanitation needs of catchment areas in slums.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Humility: My classmates here are so accomplished in their careers, but they see and accept their own strengths and limitations without defensiveness or judgment. When I meet someone who radiates humility, my shoulders relax, my heart beats a little more quietly, and something inside me lets go.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Integrated core curriculum: While working as a product development manager and engaging with different stakeholders, I realized it was important to understand all the stakeholders involved and their varied points of view. The integrated core curriculum will help develop leadership skills as they relate to various organizational roles rather than to discrete disciplinary topics. It will prepare me to look across functions within a particular organization as well as across organizations, industries, and sectors when making strategic decisions.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? I am looking forward to getting engaged with the greater Yale University and unique experiences like advising real companies such as Google and P&G on issues through YCCI.

I will take the opportunity at Yale SOM to identify, invite and host executive-level leaders who have built successful, purpose-driven business.

The Yale School of Management is regarded as a purpose-driven program. What is your mission? How will your MBA at Yale help you fulfill that mission? I strive to push the limit of my own potential to make a difference in society. I want to magnify my influence in the community and leverage my background as an innovative, thoughtful, and enthusiastic leader. Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society really resonated with me because I feel the ability to make a positive impact around me is a big factor in how I choose career opportunities.

What was the most challenging question you were asked during the admissions process? How do you plan to contribute to our school?

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? I am very pleased with the impact that I have brought already through my leadership, and in the future, I intend to bring impact on a grander scale. While my experiences have helped equip me to be a highly influential, pioneering business leader in the future, I still need to deepen my leadership, cultivate a global network and enhance my business knowledge. I feel it’s the time to gain those skills and knowledge as I can also share much of the leadership experience I have drawn on in the classroom.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? HBS and LBS

How did you determine your fit at various schools? My commitment to developing and using my leadership to make a difference in all areas of my life – professional, academic and in the community – is what matters most to me and has enabled me to determine my fit at business schools. The mission and pedagogy of each school mattered to me a lot.

Apart from school websites, talking to current students and alums helped me understand the culture of the schools. The perspective-based approach at Yale SOM will prepare me to build a cohesive approach, which views management issues from both internal and external perspectives and is unique in how it ties together the pieces of a business school education into a meaningful whole.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? Growing up in rural India, I experienced the impact of inadequate infrastructure, limited access to affordable quality care, and low-quality healthcare and education services. There were many people who claimed that a child like me, raised in such a community, could never make it to any college, let alone to IIT, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Most never advance to higher education. Despite these circumstances, I began to dream big at a young age – a career dream that has become more defined over time. I became determined not only to develop my skills to make a difference in all areas of my life but also to develop my skills so I could specifically transform access for people around the globe.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I want to combine my passion for technology and healthcare into my own startup, which I will scale into a multinational pioneering venture that betters and extends the access to affordable quality healthcare around the world, creating access where none currently exists.