D+I Club

Design + Innovation Club provides regular instruction in design thinking and innovation frameworks at our weekly club meetings, experiential learning opportunities through speakers, career treks, and much more.

Yale SOM & Beyond

As members of the Yale community, students at SOM have access to Design + Innovation education across the university, through coursework, partnerships with other SOM clubs, and cross-degree collaboration.



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The D+I club provides instruction throughout the year via our regular club meetings, providing a curriculum built around small projects and workshops. 

Our curriculum is designed to welcome all SOM students, from the curious beginners to those seeking more intensive experiential learning opportunities to hone their skills and assemble a portfolio of work. Drop in at any point in the year to develop your expertise.


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We value opportunities to hear from practitioners across all fields who are applying design principles and innovative thinking to their roles, and we seek to create experiences that allow students to practice the skills we teach. Our favorite speakers have spanned industries and roles, including:

> Technology

> Healthcare 

> Architecture

> Design Consultancy

> Media & Entertainment

> Financial Services

> Mobility & Infrastructure

> Non-Profit

> Government Organizations


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Career treks and company visits

provide club members opportunities to network with professionals and alumni, gain insight into  D+I specific opportunities or applying D+I frameworks in non-design roles, and successfully recruit. The club works closely with Yale SOM's Career Development Office to connect with alumni and organizations of interest, and provides support to students assembling portfolios.

Head to our CAREERS page to learn more.


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Tell your friends: the D+I club is not just a professional club. We're also a big friend group, and we pride ourselves on our social events. From our annual gingerbread house competition (judged by Dean Jain), to a Danish-inspired Hygge Night, we're constantly up to something fun.

Head to our COMMUNITY page to learn more.


At Yale SOM, we're not just business school students - we're members of the Yale University and New Haven communities, which means that we're able to take advantage of all that Yale and New Haven have to offer. By getting involved with the greater community, D+I members enrich not only their own experience, but that of those around them as well. 

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Yale SOM is one of the only business schools with required coursework dedicated to innovation in business, and the university offers courses in a number of broader key areas that are of interest to members of the D+I Club.


It begins with "Innovator," a required first-year class centered around designing organizations, job roles, processes, and projects to best foster innovation. Innovator complements the D+I club curriculum, providing additional emphasis on the design thinking process and frameworks for cultivating and valuating innovation. From there, club members may take electives to deepen their knowledge or apply it to their other areas of interest, either at Yale SOM or in other departments across Yale University. Students have taken classes across design, art, architecture, environmental work, public health, and more. Sample SOM coursework of interest has included:

Design + 
  • Innovator (core requirement)

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Sustainable Innovation in Healthcare

  • Game Theory and Market Design

  • GNAM Course: A Primer on Social & Financial Innovation

  • Entrepreneurship & New Ventures

  • Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

  • Global Social Entrepreneurship: India

  • Start-up Founder Studies

  • Start-up Founder Practicum

  • YCCI: Customer Insights and Applications

  • Mastering Influence and Persuasion

  • Listening to the Customer

  • Behavioral Economics

  • Designing Experiences and Managing Well-Being

  • Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, and Markets

  • Managing Software Development

  • Venture Capital & Private Equity Investments  

  • Behavioral Finance

  • GNAM Course: Organizational Networks


Our faculty includes world-class leaders in their fields who are highly engaged with the student body.




Amandine Ody-Brasier in an associate professor of organizational behavior at Yale SOM. In her research, she has examined the social construction of the market for Champagne grapes, highlighting the role of the relationships between wine houses and grape growers. Pr. Ody-Brasier’s current projects look at how market actors’ identity, both at the individual and organizational levels, may affect pricing. For instance, she studies how the relationships maintained by minority sellers may, under certain circumstances, help them improve their economic outcomes. Direct practical implications of this work include a better understanding of how organizations create and capture economic value from the relationships they maintain.

Professor Ederer's research is in the areas of organizational economics, innovation, social learning and experimental economics. Some of his recent research focuses on how investors learn from and are influenced by the decisions of their peers. He has written a series of papers on how firms design compensation and performance evaluation schemes to motivate workers to innovate, on the design of incentive systems that prevent gaming and on the optimal use of feedback mechanisms in organizations. Methodologically, he draws on a broad set of tools to most effectively address this set of research questions often combining theoretical models with experimental evidence from the lab and the field.



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Zoë Chance studies persuasion and decision making, working passionately to understand how people can lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. At Yale, Zoë teaches Mastering Influence and Persuasion, advises Center for Customer Insights consulting and research teams, and collaborates with Google and Optum Health.




Jonathan Feinstein is interested in creativity and innovation, specifically the paths of development of creative individuals, including entrepreneurs, inventors, artists and scientists. He is the author of The Nature of Creative Development (Stanford University Press, 2006). His class The Practice and Management of Creativity & Innovation was featured in the BusinessWeek Online article, "Creativity Comes to B-Schools" in the spring of 2006 and in Fast Company in 2014; he has been extensively cited and quoted in the media for his approach to creativity. He is also interested in creativity in education and the management of creativity.

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Professor King’s research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations using wearable social sensors. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and NPR among other media outlets.



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