Calling all Yalies in Germany - 

Hopefully this finds you healthy and happy as the corona virus rages on. Wherever you are riding out the current pandemic lockdown and winter storms, we have lots of news this month - from an initiative by the European Yale Clubs to share events starting with an invitation from the Yale Club of Italy to an event on 2/18, to information about our Annual General Meeting and opportunities to get involved with the club here in Germany (promise it will be MUCH more fun than the title implies), and the next Munich Dialogues on Democracy evening with former U.S. Diplomat and President of the World Bank Robert B. Zoellick. Hope to "see" you at one or all!



 What: Book presentation “You Lead: How Being Yourself Makes You a Better Leader”


When: February 18, 2021 at 7:30pm CET


Where: [Zoom]


You are cordially invited to bring a drink of your choice and your favourite snack to enjoy during the talk and the following Q&A.  After all this is a Feb Club Emeritus event… I look forward to seeing you soon. Until then,

Warm Regards,


 Andrea Mandel-Mantello, President Yale Club of Italy


You Lead: How Being Yourself Makes You a Better Leader

We have had over a decade of digital transformation and now a year of pandemic. Businesses are being disrupted more than ever. In this context, there is a need for a new kind of leadership; one that bleeds personality and rings true to employees and customers alike who crave authenticity. You Lead argues that business leaders deliver superior results, communities of engagement both inside and outside of the company and true values-driven success when they are themselves and come across as genuine.

Minter Dial is an award-winning author and filmmaker, and an energetic professional speaker on leadership, brand and digital strategy with a specialization in digital transformation. After a 16-year international career at L’Oreal, including being Head of Redken Worldwide and on the Executive Committee worldwide of the L’Oreal Professional Products Division, he set off on his own in 2009. He is regularly voted a top influencer in marketing, B2B and new tech and he has worked with major global organizations such as Google, Samsung, Remy Cointreau, Kering and L’Occitane. Minter is the author of three award-winning books, producer of one award-winning documentary WWII film and contributions to media outlets such as, Social Media Today and Irish Tech News.


Thursday, March 25th, 2021

7 p.m. CET


America in the World

U.S Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Past, Present and Future


An evening with Robert B. Zoellick

After watching former U.S. President Donald Trump turn his back on alliances, the international order, free trade, and human rights, it’s tempting to view his foreign policy as an aberration.

In his highly acclaimed new book, Robert B. Zoellick suggests that the United States’ engagement with the world has always been a bit chaotic, a dance between two conflicting charges: the continent-sized pull of the ongoing national experiment and the belief that American exceptionalism can remake the world. 

Using examples from Franklin, Hamilton, Lincoln and Roosevelt, Zoellick calls for a return to pragmatic leadership that doesn’t lose sight of higher principles and the value of alliances. He furthers his message including central contributions of four men who are now lesser known: Charles Evans Hughes for originating successful arms control, Elihu Root for international law, Cordell Hull for open trade, and Vannevar Bush for the centrality of science and technology to the U.S. global outlook.

Zoellick comes to us to make a strong case that the story of the past can help us make the future better.

Robert B. Zoellick has served as Deputy Secretary, Under Secretary, and Counselor of the State Department; Ambassador and U.S. Trade Representative; Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury; Deputy Chief of Staff at the White House; and President of the World Bank.  His experience spans six U.S. Presidencies-during the Cold War, in its closing chapter, and into the first decades of the 21stCentury. Zoellick is now a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where he contributes to the "Applied History" project. 

Moderator Claire Berlinski is an author and journalist based in Paris. After receiving a degree in modern history and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, she has lived and reported from Southeast Asia and Turkey, and is now the editor of the Cosmopolitan Globalist.

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MARCH 27th at 4pm CET




Are you interested in getting more involved with the Yale Club of Germany? Some board terms are running out, and we are looking for Yalies who would like to join us. The time commitment is as you make it - the minimum is one virtual meeting per year, so pretty low key. You get a title - and might be asked to jump in and create text for a newsletter once or twice, BUT you also do get to shape the ideas for club events and engagements and can make the volunteer position as much or as little work as you would like to. Mingling with other Yalies in Germany, Europe and worldwide is also usually pretty fun.

Anyone interested in attending or becoming more involved should write for the Zoom link.





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Club Officers


Laura Sprague Sudhaus (Yale College ’88)


Hans Christian Siller (GSAS ’12)


Bartley Grosserichter (Yale College ’88)


Rebecca Haltzel-Haas (Yale College ’90)


Alexander Schmitt-Glaeser (LAW '89)


David Syverson (DIV '97)