PNB’s “The Nutcracker” – Seattle, Sat 12/14, 7:30pm

Thanks to the intrepid efforts of Sam Bulow (SOM ’13), we’re delighted to invite you to come see the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” this coming Saturday.

Here’s the scoop:

What: PNB’s famous performance of The Nutcracker
When: Saturday, 12/14 @ 7:30 PM
Where: McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
How: Use the link below to pick seats (Nicole and I are in C9 & C10, stage right gallery) then call the box office to book (206-441-2424) and mention Maria Chapman and the Friends and Family discount to get 15% off.
Note: They charge a $10 processing fee per transaction, so there’s a benefit to group ordering!
Cost: Before discount, tickets are either $84 or $124
Pre-show dinner: Sign up here to join at 6pm at the Rock Wood Fired Pizza & Spirits, 300 Roy St (at 3rd Ave N). Depending on how many people respond, Sam will see about drink or food discounts.
After party: It wouldn’t be a Yale event without it! Jabu’s Pub, 174 Roy St (at 2nd Ave N). 9:30pm-ish. 

But wait…there’s more! Want to join for a possible backstage tour afterwards? Visit this link and let Sam know:

Why IT Projects Are Like Junk Bonds – Wed. 11/6, Seattle

Late, Lavish and Lacking: Why Many IT Projects Are Like Junk Bonds
How Corporations and Startups Can Manage Risk So IT Investments Yield a Decent Return

Yale School of Management’s Seattle Alumni Chapter, SURF Incubator and the Seattle Business School Alliance present an evening with seasoned venture CTO and Wall Street veteran John Helm.

Dr. Helm’s new analysis of corporate IT projects reveals several surprising – and yet not so surprising – lessons for emerging ventures and mature corporations alike. Roughly 15% of such projects fail – comparable to the default rate for publicly traded bonds. However, although so many IT projects are late, over budget and incomplete, there are ways to manage these risks effectively. Risk Adjusted Performance is the key. And guess what, it’s not rocket science.

What: Appetizers, Drinks and Interactive Discussion
When: Wed. 11/6 – 5:30pm networking, 6:00-7:30pm remarks and Q&A
Who: CTOs, CIOs, CEOs and entrepreneurs
Where: SURF Incubator, 821 2nd Ave., 4th Floor Event Space (Suite 410), Seattle, WA 98104
Parking: Map of nearby options:
Price: $9.95 for recent alums*, $14.95 all others – includes food and drinks

* Recent alums include those who received undergrad degrees within the past 10 years, or a grad/professional degree within the past 5 years.


John Helm is a nationally recognized expert on information technology strategy. For over 35 years, he has held senior technical and executive roles in Internet, Financial Services and Research entities – from technology ventures to Wall Street. With his unique combination of in-house CTO and IT architecture experience at companies from Morgan Stanley to, John has developed compelling and insightful perspectives on how strategic IT decision-making affects performance. A frequent speaker on IT strategy, he presented on this event’s same topic at the Agile2013 conference in Nashville in August. A former professor at Columbia University, John also earned a Ph.D. there in Applied Physics, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Connect with him at


SOM Seattle is the local chapter of the Yale School of Management Alumni Association, which provides a voice for alumni and works to strengthen connections with the school and within the alumni community. SOM alumni can connect with SOM Seattle on Facebook ( or via the broader YaleSeattle club at


SURF is an entrepreneur network founded in 2009 by Seaton Gras. It was originally conceived as a way to provide mentorship and meeting space for entrepreneurs starting businesses with a technical programming requirement. For more than two years, entrepreneurs congregated at various locations around Seattle to collaborate on development projects and explore their “big ideas.” The community quickly grew to more than 1,000 members.

In 2012, SURF teamed up with Neil Bergquist and local entrepreneurs to secure a floor of class A office space in downtown Seattle. Since its inception SURF has evolved into a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, developers, designers, educators, and a breath of community supporters. SURF is a resource network for entrepreneurs eager to transform their ideas and startups into disruptive businesses. For more, visit


The Seattle Business School Association (SBSA) was formed in order to provide enhanced educational and networking events to affiliated business school alumni and the broader community. SBSA is made up of Seattle-based MBA alumni club leaders who make some of their programming available to alumni from affiliated schools and work together to plan joint events. We believe we can offer richer events and stronger professional connections within Seattle by coordinating our efforts. For more information, visit

YaleSeattle / Harvard Club Happy Hour – Fri 10/11, Seattle

Tomorrow, Friday 10/11 is a joint YaleSeattle happy hour with the Harvard Club of Seattle starting at 5:30pm.

Come meet your Seattle-area alumni, welcome new grads, and make merry.

We’ll be in the Cottage Room at Fado Irish Pub. Pay for your own food and drinks. Friends and children are welcome. Hope to see you there!

As an experiment, we’re suggesting some optional reading for those who prefer to skip the typical conversation starters. No organized discussion – just an option to deepen the conversation. This month, the reading is Harvard professor Michael Sandel’s What Money Can’t Buy.

Please RSVP if you haven’t already! Not a member of our YaleSeattle Facebook group yet? Just visit our group page and request to join. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Yalies in the News: Redfin Story on KUOW Today

In case you didn’t hear this morning’s piece on NPR member station KUOW about the increasingly competitive Seattle-area market for software jobs, check it out.

Among other things, the story features Sid Banerjee (’13) whom Redfin successfully recruited in competition with Microsoft and the Silicon Valley-based Palantir.

As you may recall, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman headlined a special event organized by Yale Entrepreneurs and Investors last year entitled “How to Run a Beastly Startup.” Redfin has hired a number of Yalies and continues to recruit from Yale.

Kudos to Sid for taking part in a great story today and to his Yalie colleagues at Redfin for helping to draw him and other Yalies to Seattle.

Last-minute: Musical theater w/ award-winning Yale librettist – 7:30pm, Sun 8/18

Got plans Sunday evening? Scrap ’em! Have we got a last-minute deal for you…

You’re cordially invited to a truly special event that any lover of musical theater cannot miss:

What: Original musical theater performance and Q&A with award-winning librettist Sam Carner (BR ’01)
When: This Sunday 8/18 at 7:30pm
Where: Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Ave (unfortunate address), Seattle WA 98122
How much: Free! Donations encouraged.

Join us for this workshop reading of “Island Song,” written by the internationally acclaimed Sam Carner and composed by Derek Gregor. Part of the Balagan New Works Summer Series, “Island Song” revolves around five New Yorkers caught in a twisted love affair… with their city.

After the performance, Sam and his collaborators will stay for a Q&A session, perfect for aspiring actors/writers/producers or anyone interested in learning more about how the theater world works. Normally, tickets are first-come-first-served for non-members of the Balagan, but advance reservations are now available to YaleSeattle members. (Note: content may not be suitable for young children.)

For details and to register (free), visit

About Sam

Sam Carner graduated from Yale in 2001 and went on to teach college seminars in Musical Theater History and Analysis in the spring of 2005 and the fall of 2007. He and composer Derek Gregor wrote the award-winning musical UNLOCK’D (based on Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of the Lock”), which just had its Off-Broadway premiere in NYC this summer. Their musical ISLAND SONG has already been workshopped and sung in concert around the world. In addition to Sam’s semester-long teaching engagements, he has lectured routinely at Yale on various musical-theater-related topics. He also wrote two 100th anniversary songs for Yale’s Elizabethan Club, both of which are published in the club’s history.

Hope to see you Sunday!

YaleSeattle Summer Picnic – Sat. 8/10, Magnuson Park

The YaleSeattle picnic will be Sat., Aug. 10 from 11-3pm at Warren Magnuson Park, Shelter #1. Come early/stay late for swimming, frisbee, general fun in the sun, but that’s when we’ll be grilling!

We’ll provide the main dish: burgers, hot dogs, veggie option and all the fixings. You provide a side dish, a dessert, (6-8 servings), or beverages (no alcohol please). All Yale alums, current students, families, and friends invited! Please register for free.

Still need a couple people who know their way around a charcoal grill to work some shifts making the tasty treats! Please contact Stella if you can cover a portion of the time.

YaleSeattle Seafair Air Show Party – Sat. 8/3

Please join fellow Seattle-area Yalies at the home of Pete Day (’66 JE) for a potluck party to watch the annual Seafair Air Show on Saturday, August 3rd from noon to 3pm on Mercer Island.

In past years, the Blue Angels performance has been thrilling, with a number of flyovers within 200 yards of the house. Because of the sequester (in protest, no tea will be served), this year’s show will feature the Patriots Jet Team (, which should be equally entertaining.

This will be a potluck, so guests can sign up to bring side dishes, desserts and drinks, or your preferred meats (or vegetarian options) to grill.  Pete will provide beer and soft drinks.

In the past, the air show has been from 1:30-2:30p.  Lunch will start at 12pm. Given the bridge closure (see below), it is advisable to arrive early.  Details about the Air Show can be found at

Where: 6915 SE 33rd Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
When: Saturday, August 3rd, 12-3p

NOTE: Interstate 90 will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, eastbound and westbound, mainline and express lanes, between Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island from 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

YSN Event – Fremont, Thu. 7/18 – RSVP today

We are delighted to announce that Yale School of Nursing will be making a visit to Seattle on Thursday, July 18.

The Alumni Affairs office at YSN invites you to a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ponti Seafood Grill, near the Fremont Bridge.

Jacquelyn Taylor, an Associate Professor in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty, will share her research and other updates from the school. Caitlin Sweeney (YSN Alumni Affairs) will make a presentation on the new West Campus, where YSN will be moving in August.

Please respond to Caitlin today. Food and drinks are provided. Jackie and Caitlin both look forward to meeting everyone!

Save the Date – YaleSeattle Summer Picnic – Sat. 8/10

What: The most fun you’ll have all summer!
When: Saturday, August 10 – 10am-5pm
Where: Warren G Magnuson Park, shelter #1

Enjoy BBQ, swimming and general fun in the summer sun with fellow Yale alumni, students, and families!

More details as we get closer to the date.  In the meantime we are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help:

– Organize in advance
– Set up on the day of
– Grill during the event
– Clean up afterwards

If you would like to help, please contact Stella.