Category Archives: Booth Bloggers

Tell Your Story: Van Ha

“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights. Enjoy our first edition!

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I’m originally from the bustling Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and moved to Sydney, Australia by myself 11 years ago to pursue higher education and widen my horizons. In 2011, I went to the States for an exchange, then backpacked and traveled across the US for 3 months (visited 14 States) – loved this country so now I’m back for a while! Prior to Booth, I worked in Investments and Wealth Management in Sydney. Besides my full-time job, I co-founded a web/apps development company and we served clients from 8 different countries.

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Get to Know Nicole Newman

Prior to attending Booth, I worked in education on the administration side as a data science and operations manager. My day-to-day varied tremendously. I enjoyed knowing that I made a difference and seeing the impact of my work. After four years in non-profit roles, I decided to take the plunge and apply to business school.

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Get to Know David Noel

I’m originally from Miami, FL and after getting my degree in economics from the University of Central Florida, I worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank. After realizing that I wanted to get more involved with strategy, I transitioned into working at a boutique creative agency helping startups and e-commerce companies with their customer acquisition and digital media strategies. Working with startups in this capacity is what got me excited about entrepreneurship, and eventually led me to enroll at Chicago Booth.

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Get to know Daniel Cullen

My background is a bit different than some of my peers, so I was glad that the flexibility of Booth’s curriculum allowed me start my MBA exactly where I needed to be. I went to Princeton for undergrad where I majored in Politics and found my way to Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay, WI, after graduating, where I became VP of Advisory Services. My post-MBA goal is to work in consulting and this summer I’m interning at Bain & Co.out in Boston.

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Get to Know Ashley Allison

I’m originally from Maplewood, NJ, and after getting my degree in International Relations from Tufts, I moved to New York City to work in public health. Having lived abroad several times, I have a passion for international issues, which I get to explore through my role as the VP of Global Affairs on the GBC Executive Board.

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