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Summer in the Cloud(s)

I went on an adventure in Seattle this summer to a new industry—technology. The title of this article is not a reference to the mostly overcast weather in the Pacific Northwest, but rather to Microsoft’s cloud, Azure. Working in the Cloud Infrastructure COGS Finance team, I sought to build a framework to assess margins of various cloud computing products and to find solutions that enhance efficiency.

As I spent the first few days learning about the cloud from various experts in engineering, program management, demand forecasting, and capacity planning, it became clear that the problem we were tackling was complex, salient, and interdisciplinary; cloud growth and margins are key drivers of valuation. I found the process of understanding various stakeholders’ perspectives thoroughly exciting. Being able to translate the language of engineering or economics research into that of finance and vice-versa was something my liberal arts education at Wellesley College, followed by investment banking for two technical industries—power and renewables, and financial institutions—had prepared me well for.

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What I learned from Pfizer’s Global President

Amidst the many activities competing for Booth students’ time (e.g., recruiting, classwork, student groups, social events), a full classroom of students made it their priority during lunchtime to hear Booth alum Andy Schmeltz, ’97, speak about his career in the pharma space, where he is now the Global President and General Manager of Pfizer Oncology, which has a portfolio of 22 different medicines and is responsible for over $7B in annual revenue.

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A weekend at the UCLA Intramural Soccer tournament!

Any Chicagoan knows that after spending some time in the city, you learn to embrace all four seasons. And yes, that even includes winter. This mentality is what has allowed the Booth Soccer Club to be one of the most vibrant and thriving communities on campus—we find ways to embrace the sport no matter the weather.

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CMO Insights: A Story of Sustainable Growth

In October, the Kilts Center for Marketing hosted a talk with Ann Mukherjee, ’94, Global CMO at SC Johnson & Son. As I sat in a room full of my fellow students, watching Ann, take the stage, I was ready to hear a story of a career journey, successes in different roles, and marketing at SC Johnson & Son. What I took away, though, was much more meaningful—the inspiration to be a strategic storyteller and the courage to be an authentic leader, unafraid of failure.

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Masters in Business: A Fireside Chat with David Booth and Eugene Fama

Chicago Booth has a longstanding tradition of bringing in leaders to share insights and experiences. Last week, the Chicago Booth Distinguished Speaker Series invited the community to a fireside chat with legendary investor and Chicago Booth’s namesake, David Booth, ‘71, as well as Professor and Nobel Laureate Eugene “Gene” Fama. Dean Rajan provided a captivating introduction and Bloomberg columnist, Barry Ritholz, moderated the conversation, which provided an entertaining and illuminating deep dive on the nature of Booth and Fama’s relationship, as well as their thoughts on the evolution of investing over the years.

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