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Yale: FirstGenYale Alumni Conference at Yale

1stGenYale welcomes all alumni and friends to our inaugural conference at Yale: Blazing the Trail, Being the First. Register here:

What: 1stGenYale Conference at Yale: Blazing the Trail; Being the First

When: Friday, April 13, 2018 6 PM - Sunday, April 15, 2018 Noon 

Where: Yale University SOM (School of Management), 165 Whitney, New Haven, CT (and select other locations)

Cost: $125 (+$9 fees = $134) Alumni and guests; $95 for BOLD alumni (Bulldogs of Last Decade, Classes 2008-2017 and their guests)       

RSVP: Pre-registration required by 4-6-2018. Slots are limited. Register ASAP to ensure your place


1stGenYale welcomes all alumni and friends to our inaugural conference. Join us as we connect with each other, share common experiences, and build new, meaningful friendships. We want to celebrate the thread which connects us all – we all belong to the Yale family.

This conference is dedicated to all Yale alumni who blazed the trail before us and to all of us who work toward making Yale a better place for all who come in the future.

Preliminary Program: 
Please be sure to check the final program when you check-in.

All events will be held at the Yale School of Management, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, except where indicated.

Organized by 1stGenYale and proudly co-sponsored by Yale GALA, Inc.  This conference will be a joint gay-straight Yale conference. 

Keynote biographies are located at the end.

Friday Night, April 13, 2018

6:00-8:00 pm
Join us for a meet and greet at Mory's (cash bar), 306 York Street, New Haven

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 am 

9:15-10:00 am 
Opening Keynote
Reflections on Being First. Marta Moret ’84 MPH, President of Urban Strategies

10:00 - 11:30 am 
Breakout Session, Panel I: Being the First: Yale Faculty-led Discussion - Overcoming Challenges
• Imposter Syndrome (40 min) - Dr. Luis Miguel Anez, PsyD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Hispanic Services Connecticut Mental Health Center

• Navigating Two Worlds (40 min) - Camille Lizarríbar, Dean of Student Affairs and Senior Associate Dean of Yale College

11:45 am - 1:00 pm 
Luncheon and Keynote
Being the First, But Not the Last. Peggy Kuo ’85, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York

1:00 - 2:00 pm 
Power Networking

2:00 - 3:15 pm 
Breakout Session, Panel II: Being the First: Challenges & Opportunities in Selected Careers 
Alumni share their experiences on the steps they took to launch, sustain, and grow their careers. (Select One).
Arts – Hosted by Stuart Cohen '70
• J.C. Calderon ’92 MARch
• Linda Chin ‘81
• Dr. Cristina Gonzalez ‘94
• Peter Gordon ‘80
• Stuart Cohen ’70, moderator

Non-Profit/Public Service – Hosted by Janna Wagner '95
• Esther Addo ‘07 
• Regina Bain ‘98; ‘01 MFA
• Lynn Hepburn ‘95
• Aaron Shipp ‘96 
• Paul Whyte ‘93 
• Jack Callahan, Jr. YC ‘80, moderator

STEM – Hosted by Esther Zirbel '93 PhD
• Joseph Cerro ‘89
• Karin Kricorian ‘94
• Maria Lopez-Bresnahan ’78
• Mark Richards ’81 MM
• Esther Zirbel ’93 PhD, moderator

3:30 - 4:30 pm 
Yale Student Panel - Campus Life Today for Students Being First
Participate in the “flip classroom” discussion as current students from Yale College and G&P Schools share their perspectives.

4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Students & Alumni Reception
Continue the conversation and interact with students & alumni over light refreshments!

7:00 - 9:30 pm 
Alumni Reception, Dinner, and Keynote
Lessons from an Improbable Journey. David A. Thomas ’78, ’84 MA, ’86 Ph.D., President, Morehouse College

10:00 pm-Midnight 
Continue the Celebration - GRYPHON'S PUB AT GPSCY (cash bar), 204 York Street, New Haven

Sunday Morning, April 15, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am 
Discussion of next steps

Additional Information:

Sponsors: Association of Yale Alumni, Yale College Dean's Office, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Office of Career Strategy

Hotel Reservations: Call the hotel directly or use the link to make your own reservations. 
• Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale, 30 Whalley Avenue, 203-777-6221. $189 until February 28, 2018. Marriott Courtyard at Yale
• New Haven Hotel, 229 George Street, 1-800-644-6835 reservations with “First Gen” code. $154 until March 14, 2018. For online bookings, New Haven Hotel
• The Study at Yale, 1157 Chapel Street, 203-503-3900. $199 until March 19, 2018. The Study at Yale

Conference Sponsorship Available: 
Please consider making an additional gift to sponsor the event and to support alumni who need financial assistance to attend the conference. See the sponsorship opportunities from $500-$2,500 on the Ticket Page. For corporate sponsorship opportunities including marketing efforts, please contact us at Thank you!

Opportunity to Support Unexpected Needs for Yale Students:
Would you like to further support 1st gen underserved Yale College students? Consider making a gift to the Yale College Dean's Student Assistance Fund to provide needed financial support for urgent or emergency needs. To support students in a graduate or professional school go to G&P Schools Student Support and select the designated school. Overall net proceeds from the conference will support the Yale College Dean’s Student Assistance Fund.

Special Consideration: 
We have a small amount of donated funds available to support alumni who are in mission-driven non-profit or public service work and need financial assistance to attend the conference. Please send your written request to no later than March 1, 2018.

Consent to use of Photographic Images: 
By registering for, attending or participating in this event, I grant my permission to the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) and/or Yale University to photograph my image (and that of my minor guest (attendee(s) if permitted to attend) and the right to use and reproduce such images in all media, including digital media, for the purpose of promoting Yale University and AYA programs and events, and other purposes in accordance with Yale’s mission. I understand that I will have no approval rights with respect to the use of these images.

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Marta Elisa Moret ’84 MPH, President of Urban Strategies
Marta Elisa Moret is president of Urban Policy Strategies, a New Haven-based consulting firm that conducts research and assessment in public health. UPS evaluates the impact of community-based interventions in areas such as HIV/AIDS, childhood obesity, substance abuse, and cardiovascular diseases. UPS uses evidence-based approaches to enhance the capacity of African-American, Latino, and Native American community organizations to implement successful disease prevention programs. This work has served as a model for community-academic partnerships in addressing public health issues facing underserved families and children.

Previously, Ms. Moret was the deputy commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Social Services, vice president for program at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and program director at Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation. Ms. Moret is on the board of Women’s Health Research at Yale; is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Eastern Evaluation Association; has served Yale as a member of the Yale Alumni Association’s Board of Governors; and was assistant director and a fellow of the Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy (now the Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy). She earned her master of public health degree from the Yale School of Public Health in 1984.



Peggy Kuo ’85, Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York
Peggy Kuo was sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in 2015. Her multi-faceted legal career includes positions as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (the largest municipal tribunal in the country); Chief Hearing Officer for the New York Stock Exchange; counsel with the law firm of WilmerHale, and law clerk to the Honorable Judith W. Rogers on the D.C. Court of Appeals. She also served for twelve years as a prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, DC., then with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Criminal Section, and finally at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she prosecuted the first international war crimes trial focused on mass rape and slavery as crimes against humanity. The trial was featured in the documentary series “Women, War and Peace”:

Judge Kuo came to the U.S. from Taiwan when she was three years old and grew up in New York City and New Jersey. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988, studied in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Federal Chancellor Fellow, and is the first lawyer in her family.

David A. Thomas ’78, ’84 MA, ’86 PhD, President, Morehouse College
David Thomas is the 12th President of Morehouse College. Prior, he was H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His research addresses issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership and organizational change. He recently served as a professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he served as dean from 2011 to 2016.

During his tenure as dean, he created a culture committed to creating transformational educational experiences that prepare students to become principled and globally-minded leaders poised to serve both business and society.

He joined Georgetown McDonough in 2011 following a two-decade career at Harvard Business School. While there Thomas enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school’s undergraduate and graduate students, including a curriculum redesign and expansion of career management activities for MBA students and the addition of the Global Business Experience and an Office of Professional Development for undergraduates. He also increased the diversity of faculty and staff, launched new research initiatives and increased research funding, grew Executive Education program revenues by 400 percent, and grew the school’s endowment and increased philanthropic giving, ending the school’s capital campaign $30 million above its $100 million fundraising goal.

Partnering with the Washington, D.C., community while at Georgetown McDonough, Thomas was a member of the Federal City Council, and in 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized him as a top Minority Business Leader.

Thomas received a bachelor’s degree, as well as masters and doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior, from Yale University. He also holds a master’s in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He currently is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross, the Board of Directors of DTE Energy, and the Estoril Conferences Advisory Board. He also is an industry advisor for Brightwood Capital Advisors.


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