2017 Best EMBAs: Yu-Hui Rogers, Yale SOM

Yu-Hui Rogers

Yale School of Management

“A scientist and a business leader who is passionate about life and learning.”

Age: 52

Hometown: Taiwan, ROC

Family Members: Husband and one child.

Fun fact about yourself: Per my 17-year old, I live under a rock, eat like a dinosaur, in both quantity the dietary category, and am the worst driver known to mankind who also has a heavy foot.

Undergraduate School and Degree:

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Degree: Master of Science

Field of Study: Chemistry

GPA: 4.0

CHUNG-SHING UNIVERSITY

Degree: Bachelor’s degree

Field of Study: Chemistry

Where are you currently working? Site Director, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles: (Include school awards and honors)

  • Woman of Innovation (2015), Connecticut Technology Council, CT
  • Judge (2016, 2017), Yale Healthcare Case Competition
  • Advisor (2016): the Connecticut Health & Life Sciences Career Initiative (HL-SCI) for community colleges
  • Various community education and cancer awareness efforts
  • Honorary Professor (2011), Sichuan University, West China College of Stomatology, China
  • Reviewer (2009-2017), National Institute of Health, SBIR grant reviewer
  • Special President Award (2001), Celera Genomics

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school?

  • Receiving honors and high honors for most of my classes.
  • I have not missed a single class or been late in submitting homework and project assignments.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? Being part of the team that sequenced the 1st human genome – a project that unlock the code of life and made history.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? Professor Arthur J. Swersey. Professor Swersey is a devoted teacher who is insightful, wise, humorous and full of humanity.

Why did you choose this executive MBA program? The quality of the faculty, the program, and the student cohort as well as the emphasis on team work and social responsibility.

What did you enjoy most about business school in general? The learning, the challenge and the sense of empowerment, as if I was given the keys to the kingdom – the kingdom of knowledge, power, influence and humanity.

Give us a story during your time as an executive MBA on how you were able to juggle work, family and education? I did not have to “separate” my family, work and school as they were all important part of my life and my employer was fully supportive of my education. Therefore, I had the flexibility to organize my work, school work and family activities at will. For example, I would pick up my 17-year-old son after school and bring him to work with me during business hours, and we would do our homework together every night in my office.

What was your biggest regret in business school? I have given all I could to be the best student that I could be. So, I have no regrets. 

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Mr. Seydina Fall. Seydina is a successful business leader, investor and entrepreneur who remains true to his core values and principles.

“I knew I wanted to go to business school when…I realized a business education wields power, the power to achieve my career objectives, attend my life goals, and make the world a better place.”

If I hadn’t gone to business school, I would be…enabling the discovery of scientific knowledge and development of innovative solutions that will lead to the improvement of human condition.”

What is your favorite company and what are they doing that makes them so special? Apple. Its commitment to create products of excellence, simplicity and enduring beauty.

What is your ultimate long-term professional goal? To improve the human condition.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? My mother. As a destitute and fatherless child growing up in Taiwan, it was a miracle that I went to college, came to the US and enrolled in the Yale EMBA program. My mother was the creator of that miracle.

In one sentence, how would you like your peers to remember you? The person who makes things happen, the glue that holds everything together and a good human being.

Favorite book: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Favorite movie or television show: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Favorite musical performer: Yo-Yo Ma

Favorite vacation spot: Utopia, Atlantic Ocean, Planet Earth 

Hobbies? Swimming, mountain climbing, gardening and fitness exercise

What made Yu-Hui such an invaluable addition to the class of 2017? “When you recruit candidates for an EMBA program, you demand candidates that 1) are capable of mastering the material that will be taught; 2) have high potential to add to the classroom discussion and a willingness to do so; and 3) will benefit, personally and professionally from the experience. Getting such a candidate who is also delightful and passionate about her work and her contributions to society is a bonus. Yu-Hui is such a candidate. What is more is that she is also humble, thoughtful, and compassionate! When you have gold, you just stand back and bask in its reflected glow and glory. Yu-Hui is gold.”

Howard P. Forman MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging;  Public Health (Health Policy)
Professor of Economics and Management
Director, Health Care Management Program at YSPH
Director, MD/MBA Program at Yale University
Director, Executive MBA Program (Healthcare Focus Area)