Category Archives: BoothMBAs

Women at Booth Series: Alumna Spotlight with Deanie Elsner

There are many ways Booth students interact with alumni throughout our MBA experience. Starting at Booth 20/20, a full day of alumni interaction during Orientation, to one-on-one networking, to Booth-sponsored talks, we have the opportunity to see alumni in many different capacities and to hear about their experiences at Booth and beyond. For this installment of the Women at Booth series, I decided to feature one of Booth’s most distinguished alumnae. She has paved her own way forward in the field of Marketing—Deanie Elsner, `92.

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International Business Exchange Program: My experience studying abroad in China

Booth offers the opportunity to spend 3 months abroad as part of its International Business Exchange Program (IBEP). The list of partner schools Boothies can study at spans 5 continents and 30+ schools, including London Business School, HEC Paris, IESE (Barcelona), CEIBS (Shanghai), Sydney Business School, Wits Business School (Johannesburg), etc. I decided to take advantage of this program and use my winter quarter to explore a new part of the world…China!

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Building My Booth Network

Ask just about anyone, and you’ll hear that a big part of a full-time MBA program is the networking. Entering Booth with a non-traditional background (I worked in urban turnaround schools for six years), I had no idea what this meant.  Networking with companies? With classmates? With alumni? With big name professors? Honestly, the prospect of constantly mingling with a motive with any of those audiences sounded intimidating.

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Starting at Booth with a Marathon Finish: Best Booth Moment Series

During our Winter Break we had an open call for Boothies to share their best moments at Booth. We kickoff this series by presenting to you a post by Kelly Carlquist who started her MBA with a Marathon finish.


Chicago holds a special place in my heart. I was born and raised in the western suburbs, college educated in its north side and, prior to Booth, a resident of Lincoln Park. And so, opening an email that read “Congratulations, Marathon Entry Approved!” meant I had won the lottery granting me the pinnacle experience combining my two great loves – the City of Chicago and running.

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