Learning from the Best

Joe Osnoss addresses a packed room of students gathered for Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity (EFPE) taught by Professor Steven Kaplan, one of Booth’s most coveted and ‘expensive’ (in terms of bid points, of course!) classes. Joe Osnoss is Managing Director at Silver Lake Partners, and is a leading voice in the Private Equity world – he discusses nuances in taxation with the same ease that he talks about negotiating with stakeholders across the deal table. What I like about the lecture is his ability to ‘zoom in’ – with incredible mastery over financial intricacies, and at the same time ‘zoom out’ – weaving several years of investing experience into his judgment.

This is one of the core aspects of the Chicago Booth Curriculum – it integrates deep academic research with speakers from industry who offer relevant and actionable insight on how to apply a theoretical framework in business.

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A Day in the Life: A Booth Couple Edition

In December of 2015, our tiny household received two game-changing phone calls. Within 90 minutes, each of us was contacted by Chicago Booth’s Admissions bearing the dream news: “You’re in!” We knew it straight away; life would never be the same.

Nearing matriculation, we decided on our student couple mission statement: Grow individually, without growing apart. To us, Booth’s flexible curriculum and “build your own adventure” approach provide the perfect setting to do so. Our photo journal offers a glimpse into a typical action-packed day in the life of a Boothie couple. Hold tight, this will be a quite a ride!
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David Booth at Chicago Booth!

We at Chicago Booth, are extremely lucky that David Booth, founder and CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, has maintained a strong relationship with the MBA program and often visits campus to spend time with the students. When the alum and eponymous patron of Chicago Booth came to campus to discuss leadership lessons a few weeks back, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity!

In a light-hearted chat with Professor Harry Davis, Mr. Booth spoke to a packed house about being a leader, building and maintaining trust, practicing creativity, and translating thinking into action.

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And the Award Goes to…..

Guest blog from Joseph Dang

In the catalog of skills I expected to learn in business school, acting was pretty low on the list. Coming into Booth, I knew there were opportunities to watch my more inclined classmates perform—future SNLers in Follies or the next American Idol in Battle of the Bands—but I didn’t expect that the entire first year class would qualify for an IMDB entry.

I first heard of Golden Gargoyles, Booth’s annual film competition, during orientation. Serving as the culmination to our LEADership class, each cohort of sixty was tasked with putting together a 6-minute movie about our experience. The student body would vote on the best film and our efforts would be celebrated at an awards show hosted by our leadership class facilitators.

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