08 May 2018

Serrena Iyer Named Harvard Business School’s 2018 Student Class Day Speaker

Serrena Iyer

BOSTON—Serrena A. Iyer (MBA 2018) has been selected as the student speaker for Harvard Business School's Class Day celebration on Wednesday, May 23, the day before Harvard University’s Commencement exercises. She was chosen by her peers through an audition process that included more than 50 student speeches.

At HBS, Iyer served as president of Section A during her first year in the MBA Program, co-president of the Entertainment and Media Club, and co-director of the 2017 HBS Show.

Before enrolling at the School, she was an equity derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in New York City, where she managed the firm’s global index operation. During that time, she also became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), was on the junior board of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and volunteered at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, Iyer studied applied mathematics at Yale College, where she spent the spring semester of her junior year in President Barack Obama’s White House, working in the National Economic Council. At Yale, she also won a Louis Sudler Prize for excellent in the arts for her production of a feature-length “Bollywood” film.

Iyer’s internships have taken her to McKinsey and Company in London; A24 Films, an independent American entertainment company in New York City; and MRC, a television and film studio in California.


Jim Aisner

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