YAANY, the Yale Latino Alumni Association, the Grad School Alumni Association, and Yale GALA (Yale University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Alumni Association) proudly invite you once again to join the official Yale team for the annual AIDS Walk New York on Sunday, May 17th, 2014 as part of the Yale Day of Service. We’re excited to walk and talk with you!

AIDS Walk New York 2015The team is open to all Yale alumni and their families and friends. You can walk and join our group by visiting our team page on the AIDS Walk NY site, clicking Join Our Team, and registering for your profile.

We encourage you to save the date and sign up early, especially if you’re walking in order to have plenty of time to raise funds.

For more information on volunteering, donating, or joining the team please stay tuned to the Upcoming Events page, or contact Benjamín González ’09 at bcgonzalez(at)aya(dot)yale(dot)edu.

The Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) and
Eli’s Mishpacha – Yale’s Jewish Alumni Group
invite you to attend an


A day of inspiring discussions about how
involvement and leadership in the Yale alumni community
can enrich the lives of participants
and drive meaningful change locally and globally.

Sunday, April 19
9 am – 5 pm (breakfast and lunch will be served*)
Midtown, Manhattan

We invite all alumni who are interested in developing volunteer leadership skills and programming strategies for their alumni communities to join us.

Free Registration and Details: https://mishpacha-forum.eventbrite.com

Tentative Schedule for the day:

9am – Continental breakfast* and socializing

9:30 – 10:15 am – AYA Strategic Plan: Ambassadors for Yale

10:15 – 10:45 – Yale SIGS – Shared Interest Groups
- Eli’s Mishpacha
- Other SIGs TBD

10:45 – 11:15 Morning Break

11:15 – 12:30: Mission
- Discerning mission and identifying priorities
- “Club” vs. nonprofit dynamics

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch* and socializing

1:30 – 2:15: Volunteer Motivation and Management
- Why alumni volunteer—needs and expectations
- Recruitment and retention strategies
- Succession planning

2:15 – 3:30: Programming Ideas Break-out discussions:
- Community Service / Yale Day of Service
- Networking/Social
- Lifelong Learning
- Ritual/Holiday/Family

3:30 – 4pm Afternoon Break

4 – 5:00pm – Open Discussion and Wrap-up

*Kosher options will be available

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You are invited to join Nobel Prize-winner and Yale Sterling Professor of Economics Robert Shiller for a discussion on Irrational Exuberance.” The revised, updated, and expanded third edition of his New York Times bestseller cautions that signs of irrational exuberance among investors have only increased since the 2008-09 financial crisis. With high stock and bond prices in the United States, and rising housing prices in many countries, the post-subprime boom may well turn out to be another illustration of Shiller’s influential argument that psychologically driven volatility is an inherent characteristic of all asset markets. Copies of Professor Shiller’s book will be available to purchase with your registration at 40% off the publisher’s price. All books will be signed by Professor Shiller at the event.

You’ll also have a unique opportunity to discuss these issues in a global context with MBA students from around the world. Students from Global Network for Advanced Management School’s will be in New York as part of Global Network Week, which gives MBA students the opportunity to pursue intensive study at schools including Yale SOM.

Appetizers and beverages will be served and networking time will be provided at the beginning and end of the event.

When: March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Manhattan Penthouse, 80 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Cost: $25 per person (beverages and appetizers included), $18.50 if you would like to purchase a book ahead of time
Sponsors: Yale School of Management, Yale SOM Alumni Association & Yale Alumni Association of New York

To Register click here

Frank Raffaele of COFFEEDFrank Raffaele (YC ’95) of COFFEED goes by many names at the company: founder, CEO, head coffee dude, and more. By this spring, he may have another name when the newest COFFEED location opens in Fort Tryon Park at the historic building that houses New Leaf Restaurant.

COFFEED Roasters is a for-profit coffee group that supports various social missions: on average, 10 percent of drink revenue and 5 percent of food revenue is earmarked for local charitable causes. COFFEED’s commitment to local charities and communities will continue at the New Leaf location by supporting the New York Restoration Project and the Fort Tryon Park Trust, both of which help to maintain the park where the  new branch is located.

If you have attended YAANY’s celebrated Foodtober urban rooftop farm tours in the last two years, then you may remember Frank greeting guests at the Long Island City location of COFFEED on the ground floor of the Brooklyn Grange farm. He is a friendly entrepreneur who was raised in Brooklyn and Queens, and is now serious about leading COFFEED mindfully as a profitable company that keeps charitable giving at the forefront of its mission.

YAANY is proud to spotlight COFFEED and its many achievements. Frank and his company’s admirable work includes committing to serve only single-origin coffees sourced via fair or direct trade, sourcing food from the local area, and promoting sustainability at every step of their products’ journeys from farm to cup or plate.

This post is a part of our YAANY Profile series where we feature organizations, annual events, and members that partner with YAANY to develop a strong and vibrant alumni community in NYC-metro area. Stay tuned to our homepage blog for more.

Join YAANY and fellow alumni as we co-host an evening of networking with Vanderbilt alumni and AlphaSights, one of the fastest-growing information services firms in the world.

AlphaSights is in the business of making connections, and they are looking to connect young alumni from Yale and Vanderbilt at this networking event featuring a brief address from the Managing Director of AlphaSights NY, Stirling Cox. An alumnus of the London School of Economics, Harvard Business School, JP Morgan and Bain & Company, Stirling Cox will address the attendees about how to determine their ideal career paths, and when to know if you’re ready for entrepreneurship. Light food and beer/wine will be served.

Register on our EventBrite page or below:

Yale Alumni Hosts:

Justin Chukumba, Class of 2010

Neena Deb-Sen, Class of 2010

Alexandra Osborn-Jones, Class of 2014

Mindy Yuan, Class of 2014

“How have I helped someone today?” That’s the question Yale alumna Sonia Sotomayor ’79 J.D., associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, says she asks herself daily. Join YAANY and Honorary Chair of the Yale Day of Service 2015  Justice Sotomayor in answering that question this year by volunteering at the Yale Day of Service on Sunday, May 9, 2015.

Photo, collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Earth, Sky, & the Elements - Storytime and African Dance
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
300 Central Park West (community room)


Join us for the first in a series of playgroup workshops with story time, dance, and creative movement! Each workshop will explore a different theme and dance style. This month, we start off the series with African-based movement and themes from nature.

The workshop is designed for ages 2 to 4, but all ages are invited. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Family and friends of alumni are welcome. To sign up, please contact Remy Shaber TD ’98 at remy@aya.yale.edu. There is no cost to participate.

The Public Service/Social Justice Committee of the Yale Alumni Association of New York is proud to join the Prospect Park Volunteer Corps for MulchFest 2015.

We are looking for 20 volunteers to assist Prospect Park staff in collecting and processing discarded holiday trees and wreaths for chipping and mulching done by park staff.  The resulting mulch would then be spread around designated locations in the park and distributed to the public by volunteers.

WHEN: Saturday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (shifts may be available, depending on response)

WHERE: 3rd Street entrance at Prospect Park (intersection of 3rd Street and Prospect Park West, near the famous Litchfield Villa )

Please contact  Andrew Burgie at aburgie@hunter.cuny.edu  to be added to our volunteer list.

IMPORTANT:  Please RSVP by Friday, January 2nd, so we may determine volunteer logistics.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Astrid Andre and Andrew Burgie

Co-Chairs, YAANY Public Service/Social Justice Committee

Last December, we conducted a toy drive for Haiti in partnership with Social Tap, Inc. We collected nearly 200 toys, and helped to wrap and deliver the toys to students at a local Haitian school, Joie D’Espoir. We hosted a holiday party for many of the students involved in the event.

This year, we are conducting our second annual toy drive for Haiti, with the goal of wrapping and distributing toys to nearly 300 students (ages 4 to 18) throughout Jacmel, Haiti, and assisting with holiday parties throughout the region.

Last year, we collected nearly 200 toys and helped to wrap and deliver them to students at the local Haitian school, Joie D’Espoir, and hosted a holiday party. This year, we are accepting new unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages via an online registry wish list that includes shipping information and gift options ranging from $3 to $40. Read more and learn how to donate a toy for a student in Haiti today.

To allow for sufficient delivery time, please place your donation order by December 5th, 2014.

You are invited to YAANY’s annual benefit soirée

Wednesday, October 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Upper West Side home of Kara Unterberg

Tickets are available till October 29 at 5 p.m. on EventBrite

Mix and mingle with fellow Yalies and friends for scintillating conversation, laughter and fun, while enjoying wine and hors d’ oeuvres in an intimate setting.  The soiree this year will have a Halloween theme and will include our popular silent auction featuring one of the last private Met Museum tours, original artwork by fresh talent, and much more. Dress is business or festive cocktail attire.

The address of the event will be provided once the ticket is purchased.

Support the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY) at our annual benefit soirée at the home of Kara Unterberg, Yale College class of 1987.  Proceeds of the event directly fund YAANY’s work to engage our alumni as we enrich and serve the local community and beyond. YAANY does not collect membership dues, and the soirée is our main fundraising event of the year.

We have held education workshops on Haiti reconstruction, coordinated dozens of service projects such as staffing a soup kitchen in Manhattan and restoring a public park in Brooklyn, raised funds for arts education for middle school students in the Bronx, and even created an award-winning Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force teaming up Yale grads to assist at-risk youth in New Jersey.  And that’s the short list.  Please come and support this vital alumni network and help ensure that YAANY can continue providing creative, civic-minded opportunities for all Yale alumni in the metro New York area to connect and share talents, education, and leadership for the benefit of others.