Assembly & Convocation 2019 Schedule Highlights

The 2019 YAA Assembly & Yale Alumni Fund Convocation is Thursday, November 21 – Friday, November 22. This year, the theme is "Cultivating Leadership: Advancing Yale’s Mission."

Program Highlights

Yale Leaders on Leadership: Deans PanelYale's Leaders on Leadership: Dean’s Panel

Thursday, November 21, at 9:15 a.m.

A panel discussion facilitated by President Peter Salovey ’86 PhD. Panelists include Indy Burke, Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Kerwin Charles, Dean of Yale School of Management; Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College; and Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Leadership in Conversation, Women Athletes Leadership in Conversation, Women Athletes 

Thursday, November 21, at 10:45 a.m.

A panel discussion with Lisa Brummel ’81 and Virginia Gilder ’79, co-owners of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, facilitated by Vicky Chun, Yale’s director of athletics.

Yale Board of TrusteesLeadership In Conversation, Yale Board of Trustees

Friday, November 22, at 11:30 a.m.

Representatives from the Yale Board of Trustees will join Weili Cheng, executive director of the Yale Alumni Association, in conversation. Guests include Joshua Bekenstein ’80, Kathleen Walsh ’77, ’79 MPH, and Michael Warren ’90.

Belonging at Yale: Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Campus

What are the many dimensions of Belonging at Yale? How does one know if one actually belongs? What are the barriers to belonging? What are the important bridges already in place? These questions will guide our discussion and undoubtedly lead to more. This session will seek to deepen understandings of campus culture and ponder next frontiers with Belonging at Yale with speakers Burgwell J. Howard, associate vice president for student life and dean of student engagement, and Sharon M. K. Kugler, Yale University chaplain. This program is one of a number of breakouts offered in two time slots on Thursday afternoon.

Tsai CITY: Inspiring Yale Students to Innovate for Impact

Launched in 2017, the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale is a resource for student founders, joiners, and explorers who are solving real-world problems through venture development, creative 5and technical projects, and innovative programming. Learn about Tsai CITY’s mission, the new building opening in 2020, and how alumni can contribute by inspiring and advising current students. This program is one of a number of breakouts offered in two time slots on Thursday afternoon.

5-Word Leadership Story

The Assembly and Convocation program will be challenging all speakers and participants to create a “5-word leadership story.” Based on Larry Smith’s “Six Word Memoir” project, your 5-word leadership story should encompass a concept or thought about yourself as a leader or some aspect of your leadership journey. As you prepare for your session at Assembly and Convocation, we encourage you to think about your 5-word leadership story and share it with your audience. Some examples:

  • Lead by example, show vulnerability.
  • Found success later in life.
  • Took risks, failed, tried again.
2018 Assembly Leadership Speaker

Guest Speakers and Panelists

Schedule Overview


6:00 - 8:00 p.m. — Registration
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

8:00 p.m. — Meet Me at Mory’s


7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. — Registration
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. — Welcome, Assembly & Convocation Introduction, and Panel Discussions

12:30 - 1:45 p.m. — Lunch

2:15 - 4:45 p.m. — Breakout Sessions and Tours

6:00 p.m. — Yale Medal Reception and Dinner


7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Registration
Rose Alumni House, 232 York Street

7:30 - 8:15 a.m. — Yale International Alliance Breakfast

8:30 - 10:15 a.m. — Workshops and Board Meetings

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. — Leadership In Conversation, Yale Board of Trustees

12:45 - 2:00 p.m. — Assembly & Convocation Lunch

2:00 - 4:15 p.m. — Breakout Sessions, Networking, and Special Exhibits

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. — Volunteer Leadership Awards Reception and Ceremony

6:30 p.m. — Alumni-Student Mentoring Reception hosted by 1stGenYale

7:00 p.m. — Evening Dinners

Alumni Village


Free for all Yale alumni located within Hospitality Village and presented by the YAA, Alumni Village is open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, prior to The Game. Come mingle with classmates and friends before kickoff. We'll have refreshments, but quantities are limited so come early!

Yale football players lifting helmets and cheering


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