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The Inaugural Booth TechCon

Part 1: Big-Time Planning

by Shota Ido

On April 19th, The Booth Technology Group (BTG) held our first-ever Booth TechCon, a soon-to-be-annual student-led conference covering various topics from machine learning analytics and biomedical devices to IoT and autonomous vehicles.

First things first – why host a conference? When we assumed the roles as BTG co-chairs, our group wanted to change the perception of Chicago Booth from a “finance” school to one with strengths in technology as well (see this story on the PM Workshop for the kinds of programming we offered).

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What Do You Believe? Booth’s Religions Forum

Last month, six student panelists came together to discuss their different religions. The World Religions Forum, organized by Catholics at Booth and Latter-Day Saints Student Association, featured a panel of Booth students representing several world religions including Islam, Protestant Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Catholicism, and Mormonism. 

As future leaders in the workplace, it’s crucial that we learn how to create environments where people feel like they can bring their whole selves — including their religion. The World Religions Forum aimed to help us all become better co-workers and friends by understanding the important role that faith plays in the lives of our current and future colleagues.  We asked participants about their takeaways from the event.

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My burning questions answered firsthand at Marketing Day Forum

The Kilts Center for Marketing at Booth recently hosted the second annual Marketing Day Forum that brings together students and industry leaders. Through round-table discussions with distinguished Booth Marketing alumni, students have the opportunity to ask questions and have candid conversations about everything from the alumni’s background to successfully navigating a career in Marketing. At the forum and subsequent dinner, I witnessed interesting discussions and had my own burning questions answered.

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Choosing Final Quarter Classes

This is it. It’s my last quarter at Booth, my last opportunity to be a student and my last time bidding for courses before I graduate in four weeks. Upon reflection, it’s clear that I’ve greatly benefited from Booth’s flexible curriculum.

Not only have I had the chance to take the real estate, private equity and other finance courses that will likely have a direct effect on my professional ambitions going forward, but I also was able to take several electives that helped me round out my managerial education. As I perused iBid, thoroughly studying my course options for the spring quarter, I came to a standstill. While I only need three more classes to graduate with the rest of the Class of 2019, I was having trouble narrowing down my options. If only I could take more than three courses this quarter…

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