Founded at Yale, Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that unites a range of communities, ranging from students to audiences. Praised by The New Yorker for its “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” the group will perform at Lincoln Center in 2016 (Details TBD). For a full list of upcoming events, see here.

YAANY invites you to another Financial Life After Yale Session with Resident Fellow Steve Blum ’74


Have you ever been curious about any of the following?

  • How do I plan for the long run?
  • How can I improve how I save/invest?
  • What rules of thumb might help me?
  • Tell me more about ETFs, IRAs, HSAs, Roth 401k’s and all those acronyms!
  • How do I build my credit score?
  • How do taxes affect how I save/invest?



YSEA (Yale Science and Engineering Association) and YAANY invite you to our potluck picnic in Central Park.

When: June 4, 1PM

Where: In Central Park (Manhattan): enter the park at 81st Street and Central Park West, and bear left along the path.  We’ll be on a patch of grass in that area and make sure the group is easy to find.


Yale Day of Service 2016 
is coming up on May 7! Last year, over 4,000 participants volunteered at 240 sites devoted to diverse causes across the United States and 18 other countries. For more information and stories on how Yalies made a difference in their communities, visit

Register to volunteer and be a part of something bigger today!
Family and friends are also welcome.


The Yale Alumni Association of New York is cosponsoring the “Yalies and Friends” team for our third consecutive 5k Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo on April 30, raising funds for wildlife conservation.

Join us in person if you can by clicking the “Join Team” link on our page:

Hope you can make it out for this family-friendly fun run in the zoo to support a very good cause! This event will be part of the Yale Day of Service.

From the Yale Symphony Orchestra:

The Yale Symphony Orchestra concludes its 50th Anniversary Season at New York’s Carnegie Hall. John Mauceri, former music director of the YSO (1968-1974), returns as guest conductor for the concert alongside the Yale Glee Club.

The program features works by Yale composers, including a world premiere by YSO alumnus Daniel Schlosberg, Ives’ The Unanswered Question, Guettel’s Overture to a Fairy Tale Adventure, and Hindemith’s 1945 Piano Concerto, featuring Idil Biret, who performed with the YSO in Turkey in 2010, and recorded the complete Hindemith Piano Concerti with the orchestra on the Naxos label in 2013. Also featured are Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory from “Coronation Ode,” a work that Yale University established as a graduation processional, as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Celebrations from “Mass,” arranged by Mauceri and performed on the Orchestra’s 1972 tour alongside Bernstein himself. Richard Strauss’s Festival Prelude concludes a year of celebration and marks the commencement of a new era in Yale musical tradition.


This event is the twentieth career panel in a series covering different professions. The concept of this event is to have a panel of people who are either in biotech and medical devices or are investors in biotech and medical device companies and who will provide candid views of the industry and the profession.  Our three panelists represent differing perspectives: an executive who has had a career working in business development and finance in biotech, a leading investor in biotech companies, and a senior development engineer at a leading medical device company.

The panel discussion will be conducted simultaneously in New York City and at Yale, with the panelists and the moderator in New York. The two meeting rooms will be connected via video conference and the audience will be at both locations. Yale students and alumni are welcome to attend at either location. In addition, the panel discussion will be broadcast over the internet as a streaming video for those who cannot attend in person.

Time: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm EST

(The panelists have agreed to stay for an additional 30 minutes from5:30 pmto6 pmto answer additional questions.)

Locations and Webinar:

New York Location: Baker Botts L.L.P., 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York Conference Room 44F

Yale Location: Linsly Chittenden Hall, Room 211, Yale University

Webinar: Streaming video


Please register for just one venue (New York, Yale or the Webinar)


  • Where is the profession heading (good and bad)?
  • How do you get into the profession and what is the typical career path?
  • What are the myths versus the realities?
  • What are the characteristics of people who tend to do well and are happy in the profession?
  • What types of people tend not to do well or end up unhappy and why?
  • If you don’t stay in the profession until retirement, what are the exit routes to other professions?


Luke Beshar, Former EVP and CFO of NPS Pharmaceuticals and Cambrex

Emily Davis, Senior Development Engineer, Medtronic

Doug Jamison, Chairman and CEO, Harris & Harris Group, Inc.

Moderator and Organizer:

Peter Young, President and Managing Director, Young & Partners


Luke Beshar, Former EVP and CFO of NPS Pharmaceuticals and Cambrex

Luke Beshar served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NPS Pharmaceuticals from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Beshar was a key member/leader of the team that transformed NPS into a global biopharmaceutical company bringing innovative therapies to patients with rare diseases around the world. Under his financial leadership, NPS secured over $500 million of capital and increased its market capitalization from $180 million to more than $5 billion, culminating with the sale of the company to Shire PLC for $5.2 billion in February 2015. In this role he was responsible for financial management, investor relations, information technology, technical operations, supply-chain management, facilities, project management, contracts & outsourcing, corporate development, and alliance management.

Prior to joining NPS, Mr. Beshar served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cambrex Corporation, a global life sciences company. Mr. Beshar began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. and is a certified public accountant.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Michigan State University and is a graduate of The Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Emily Davis, Senior Development Engineer, Medtronic

Emily Young attended the University of Connecticut, receiving a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. During this time she had the opportunity to intern at, then, United States Surgical for two years.  She rejoined Covidien as a development engineer in 2009 and started her tenure in pre-concept product development. While working, she went back to school at the University of Connecticut and received her MS in Material Science and Engineering in 2013. During this time she transitioned from working in pre-concept to working in Covidien’s General Surgical Products group. She was the R&D lead on our Access Port Standardization project, responsible for launching four product families with the goal of standardizing, economizing, and streamlining an outdated legacy product line. Emily recently transitioned to a new project and is proud to be a Senior Development Engineer for Medtronic working on robotically assisted surgery.

Doug Jamison, Chairman and CEO, Harris & Harris Group, Inc.

Doug Jamison is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a Managing Director of Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a publicly traded venture capital company listed on the Nasdaq Global Market (NASDAQ: TINY).  Harris & Harris Group builds transformative companies enabled by disruptive science. The Group has been an investor in a wide variety of companies in the biotech, nanomaterials, renewable materials, technology and other science and growth oriented industries.

He has previously held the positions of President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Harris & Harris Group, Inc.  He is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of H&H Ventures Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris & Harris Group.  He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of HZO, Inc., ProMuc, Inc., and Interome, Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Orig3n, Inc., and Tara Biosystems, Inc., privately held portfolio companies of Harris & Harris Group.  He is also a Board Observer at Metabolon, Inc.  He was responsible for Harris & Harris Group’s investment in Solazyme, Inc., Molecular Imprints, Inc., and NanoGram Devices, Inc.

Prior to joining Harris & Harris Group, he was a Senior Technology Manager at the University of Utah Technology Transfer Office, where he managed intellectual property in physics, chemistry and the engineering sciences.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1992) and the University of Utah (M.S., 1999).


Peter Young (Moderator and Organizer)

Peter Young is President and a Managing Director of Young & Partners, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries.  He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings.

Prior to founding Young & Partners, Peter was head of various related industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders, and Lehman Brothers, a private equity investor with J.H. Whitney & Co., and a strategy consultant with Bain & Company serving life science and chemical companies.  Peter received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar with Highest Distinction), an M.S. in Accounting from the New York University and a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. 

The Series Sponsors

This series is jointly supported by various organizations at Yale University and Yale Alumni organizations, including the Yale Office of Career Strategy, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA), the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), the Yale School of Management, Students and Alumni of Yale (STAY), the Junior Class Council (JCC), the Yale Alumni Association of New York (YAANY), the Asian American Cultural Center, and the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA).

Previous Panels

Previous panels have covered architecture, investing, education, non-profit organizations, government, film and drama, internet and data services, entrepreneurism, medical (three times), legal (three times), investment banking (twice), consulting (twice), and a comparison of investing/investment banking/consulting.


The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Museum of Arts and Design invite you to a discussion on the future of design education.


Please join Yale alum and renowned architect Maya Lin for a conversation with Paul Holdengraber for LIVE from the New York Public Library.

Maya Lin’s work speaks for itself in her art and architecture projects across the world, but on the LIVE stage, she brings words to her repertoire. In conjunction with the release of the monograph Maya Lin: Topologies, Lin will reflect on her art, architecture and memory works over the past 30 years.

Buy your tickets here.

Date: April 6, 2016

7:00 pm

Place: The New York Public Library

Join the Open Music Ensemble for a concert at the Brooklyn Zen Center!

The Open Music Ensemble presents concerts, sound baths, and offers musical programs including Music and Meditation, Yoga with Live Music, and Music as Muse. The Ensemble creates and performs acoustic, improvised, unpredictable, yet organic music. The notes, rhythms, and sounds in our performances are intuitively created by the Ensemble members during the performance as they listen to each other and respond spontaneously to what they hear. Many people find our music meditative, relaxing and occasionally healing. We have also collaborated with several choreographers and our music has been used for films. Since 2006 we have performed in numerous venues throughout the metropolitan area. On this particular evening the ensemble will consist of Nicole DeVault (harp and vocals), Philip Foster (spoken word and light percussion), Kaveh Haghtalab (kamanche), Lynn Saltiel (flute), Jonathan Saraga (trumpet), and Blaise Siwula (reeds).

Date: April 23, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Place: Brooklyn Zen Center

Doors open at 6:30pm. The event begins with a 30-minute meditation starting at 7:00 pm. Admission cannot be guaranteed after the performance starts at 7:30 pm; the show will last around 60-90 minutes.

  • Fee: $20 in advance (online) / $25 at the door. Advance registration closes the night before.

    Please click here to register. Please note there are no refunds for events with registration fees under $50.

For more information on the Open Music Ensemble please

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