Getting Outside the Classroom: Fall Quarter Conferences

Getting Outside the Classroom: Fall Quarter Conferences

Even when we’re not in the classroom, Boothies are constantly learning. We seek out information and take every opportunity to explore new industries. During the Fall Quarter, Boothies attended a lot of conferences, both on campus and around the country. Here’s a quick look at the long list of conferences we have access to as Booth students.

The National Black MBA Association Conference brings together thousands of students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and employers to connect with the world’s leading corporations, universities, and Fortune 500 executives. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the conference and took place in Detroit, Michigan, where it originally started.

More than 1,100 attendees at the 2018 Booth Women Connect Conference experienced an extraordinary day of bold ideas, spirited discussion, practical insights, and impactful networking with a community of leading women professionals.

National Association of Investment Companies’ Annual Private Equity and Hedge Fund Conference brought together institutional investors, CIOs, investment managers, consultants, and others in the private equity and hedge fund industry to discuss current investment strategies and research, as well as explore collaborative deals.

The University of Chicago hosted more than 1,000 students from across the country and around the world along with global leaders and policy experts for the 11th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting.

The Real Estate Alumni Group organized the annual Real Estate Conference, held every fall in Chicago. The two-day convention features networking opportunities as well as a slate of respected speakers and discussion panels addressing issues facing the real estate market locally, nationally, and across the globe.

2Y, Trisha Mantri, networks with alumni at the Real Estate Conference

This year’s Booth Health Care Group Annual Conference focused on trends in personalization in healthcare and exploring how new technologies and care delivery methods can improve medical care.

Executive Panel at the Health Care Conference

The Investment Banking Group Conference, held every November is dedicated to the investment banking industry and coincides with first years going through recruiting.

The Management Consulting Group 1Y Consulting Forum is designed to introduce 1Ys to the consulting interview, including behavioral prep tips and case interview demonstrations from 2Ys. The forum includes keynote addresses from sponsors, breakout workshops, and networking opportunities.

The 5th annual Booth-Kellogg Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Conference highlighted ETA models employed by graduating students and young alumni, including traditional, self-funded, and incubated search funds. For experienced executives, the conference spotlighted new content such as operator-focused strategies, including Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), Management Buyouts (MBOs), ESOP transactions, and operator-lead initiatives at private equity firms

The 13th Annual Marketing Conference hosted by the Chicago Booth Marketing Group was a great chance to learn more about hot industry topics, network with MG sponsor companies, and get to know fellow MG members.

The Chicago Booth Investment Management Group Conference is IMG’s biggest event of the year. It was an opportunity to hear from distinguished speakers, learn from world-class investors (such as Mark Kiesel and John Rogers) and network with the Chicago investing community.

The Corporate Management and Strategy Group Forum is CMSG’s biggest event of the year and also occurs every November. The theme of the 2018 Forum was “Transformation Powered by Technology” and it invited leaders who are shaping strategy in some of the most rapidly changing industries.

2Y, Katerina Holst, delivers the Opening Remarks at the CMSG Forum

The Corporate Finance Symposium is CFG’s premier event that aims to connect students with employers from a variety of industries. This year’s event will be attended by senior representatives from Chevron, Citi, Ecolab, ExxonMobil, General Motors, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), and Procter & Gamble. The agenda includes networking sessions, a corporate finance panel discussion, and a formal dinner.

1Y, Ben Cox, tests out virtual reality goggles at AfroTech

AfroTech, started by Blavity founder and CEO, Morgan DeBaun, is the biggest conference for black people in tech. During the two-day experience, attendees met in San Francisco to hear from millennials across industries and sectors who are VC-backed, scaling products for millions of users, and helping build creative digital brands.


We’re still not done with the Fall Quarter so you can bet as we make our way through the school year, Boothies will continue to enhance their education and career through attending conferences both here in Chicago and all around the country.