Undergraduate Travel Experience Spurs Alum’s Support for a Global Yale

Thomas Barry

Thomas Barry ’66 has traveled all over the world. But it was a job exchange program to Chile during the summer before his junior year at Yale that inspired his life-long passion and interest in global affairs. Eager to ensure a similar experience for all Yale students, Barry generously supports a range of international programs. He established the Thomas C. Barry Travel Fellowship, contributed to the administration of Yale College international programs, and, most recently, created a fund to support international career development at the Yale School of Management (SOM).

“International cultural and business experiences have been a defining constant in my life and career, and because of that I believe that gaining experience abroad and learning about other cultures is an integral part of education today.  In my opinion, understanding all the ramifications of globalization is essential, not optional, for this generation of Yale students,” Barry said.

Making travel an integral part of Yale’s new MBA curriculum

Barry’s latest commitment will support SOM’s expansion of its international programs. Since the introduction of its innovative, integrated MBA curriculum in 2006, the School requires all first-year students to participate in faculty-led trips overseas. The Yale School of Management is a leader among the major business schools in this regard, being the first to mandate overseas study as part of its MBA degree requirements. In keeping with this renewed global focus, the School recently announced exchange program partnerships with the London School of Economics and Politics; IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain; the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; and Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing, China. Under these exchange agreements, selected second-year MBA students have the opportunity to study abroad during the fall term.

These experiences bring context to the global dynamics studied and discussed in the MBA classroom and can be a determining factor as students consider international internships and permanent job opportunities. The new Thomas Barry International Career Services Fund will support Yale SOM’s international curricular focus by helping to provide for a new internationally-focused professional in the School’s Career Development Office who will offer individual counseling. This staff member will also coordinate educational programming and workshops to prepare students for international careers and foster relationships with global hiring organizations.

Barry’s commitment to student experiences abroad

This support for SOM serves as a complement to Barry’s ongoing commitment to international programs within Yale College. His generosity has strengthened the College’s ability to ensure every student an experience abroad and to attract more international students to the campus. The Thomas C. Barry Fellowship, in particular, has funded a total of twenty-one undergraduate projects in public health, teaching, and social services in developing countries.

Thomas Barry is the CEO of Zephyr Management, L.P., private equity company he founded in 1995, which specializes in international investment funds. He is a member of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Executive Committee, the President’s Council on International Activities, and the regional selection committee for Africa for Yale’s World Fellows program. He was the chair of his 35th Reunion Gift Committee, and he is a Council member for the Class of 1966. He and his wife Pat have three children: their daughter Lillian ’08 is a recent Yale graduate, their son Michael ’09 currently resides in Berkeley College, and their son Oliver is a student at Yale Medical School.

(July 1, 2008)

July 1, 2008