Last weekend I had the great fortune of joining an unofficial trek to Dallas (yes, treks do happen during the school year!), led by 2Y Will Fischer who’s from Texas. The best part of the trip: it was organized by a local who showed us his city and explained all the cultural nuances of his hometown. The second best part: it was an opportunity to experience Dallas with a group of international Boothies who hailed from Lebanon, India, Syria, and England. We enjoyed some fascinating discussions and reveled in the uniqueness, authenticity, and hospitality of our fellow Texans.
The inaugural Random Walk New Orleans was a blast! Last year, we wrote about the inspiration for RW NOLA and this summer it was so amazing to see our idea come to life! Our group had a wonderful opportunity to bond as Boothies while experiencing the incredible history, culture, music, food, and nightlife of the Crescent City. To give a bit of an insider’s perspective on the trip, we thought it would be great to share the experience directly from the viewpoint of its participants. Here are some of our highlights!
Last week, our very own Bo Shi wrote about his experience as a LEAD Facil (read more about it here). The learning experiences and chance to improve his own leadership skills pushed Bo to dedicate months to developing the LEAD curriculum and facilitating the first-year class.
However, the new Y1s at Booth are leaders in their own right. Booth’s Class of 2020 was featured this week in a Poets & Quants article highlighting their leadership and experiences in LEAD. In this leadership series, we will delve deeper into these students’ profiles and discover what leadership means to them!
At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.
We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…
Prior to business school, incoming MBA students generally take the opportunity to explore long-delayed passions, discover new corners of the world, or earn a few extra paychecks. This year, 70 Boothies (nearly 12% of the class!) achieved all three as part of the school’s groundbreaking Startup Summer program.
A uniquely Booth experience, the program connects incoming Booth students with Chicago Booth alumni who have founded and currently run early-stage startups. In pure win-win fashion, students are exposed to the startup environment and paid a summer stipend while organizations benefit from an infusion of talent.
For more about this exciting Booth experience, let’s hear from our very own Michael Kovach and David Noel, who worked at a Palo Alto-based startup over the summer!