27 Apr 2017

Helping Veterans Gain Skills to Thrive in the Business World


Tucker York (MBA 1986)
(photo by Chris Taggart)

DONOR: Tucker York (MBA 1986) Goldman Sachs Scholars Fellowship

Tucker York (MBA 1986) recalls that, as a student at HBS, he didn’t realize how fortunate he was that his parents could help with his tuition. “They said, ‘We’re not going to buy you a car but we are going to pay for your education.’ It wasn’t until I was older that I really understood the importance of that,” he says.

An awareness of how challenging it is for students to be fully engaged in the HBS experience while worrying about the burdens of debt prompted York, global head of Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, to endow a fellowship in recognition of his 25th Reunion and add to it for his 30th. The son of a veteran, York supports students who have a military background.

“The idea for the fellowship was inspired by the service these men and women do for us and our country. It enables me to honor that commitment even though I did not serve,” he says. York was motivated to make this gift because of his experiences interacting with veterans who were his classmates at HBS and with those who are his colleagues at Goldman, where he has worked since earning his MBA. The company actively looks to hire veterans through its Veterans Integration Program and other initiatives, and York is involved in nonprofit programs supported by Goldman that help them return to civilian life.

“My family is grateful to be able to help veterans gain the skills they need to thrive in civilian life and to continue their mission of serving others,” says York.

Tabitha Strobel (MBA 2018)
(photo by Susan Young)

RECIPIENT: Tucker York (MBA 1986) Goldman Sachs Scholars Fellowship

As one of the first women officers, and the first African-American woman, to work on a United States Navy submarine, Tabitha Strobel (MBA 2018) was more focused on serving her country and doing her job than blazing trails. “I knew the position required extraordinary levels of dedication, integrity, and intelligence, but it was a challenge I was willing to take on,” says Strobel, who was assigned to the nuclear sub the USS Georgia after graduating from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis in 2010 and doing a year of nuclear power training.

A Bowie, Maryland, native, Strobel was a division officer and lieutenant on the sub who managed teams of mechanical systems experts—men usually more experienced than she. “I tried to go in with a sense of humility but also with a level of confidence,” she explains.

Strobel later served as an Office of Naval Intelligence analyst before charting a course for a new challenge—the business world. “I knew that if I were to pivot in my career that it had to begin at HBS.” Her decision to apply was influenced by the School’s need-blind admission policy and generous fellowship program, which has also positively affected her husband’s (William Strobel, MBA 2018) life.

“The fellowship means that a burden has been lifted. I am free to take risks at HBS and stretch myself,” says Strobel, who hopes to pursue a career in consulting after graduation. “I want to make an impact by helping businesses deal with their toughest problems.”

Featured Alumni

Featured Alumni

Class of MBA 1986, Section E

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