Category Archives: Careers and Recruiting

Boothies Impress at Stock Pitch Competitions

Every fall, teams of first year Boothies interested in pursing careers in investment management represent Booth in various MBA stock pitch competitions across the country.  These events are a great way for students to hone their investing and stock pitching skills ahead of internship recruiting season, get valuable feedback from industry professionals who judge the competitions, and network with students from other MBA programs.

This year’s groups made Booth very proud and brought home some impressive top finishes! Booth teams finished first in the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition and the UNC Kenan-Flagler Alpha Challenge, and came in second at Columbia’s CSIMA Stock Pitch Challenge and the Cornell MBA Women in Investing Conference.

First-year students Ankush Sharda, Diego Gavito, and Lior Shachaf, who represented Booth at the Ross MBA Stock Pitch Competition, were interviewed by Forbes Magazine, where they discuss their winning pitch of Hawaiian Airlines Stock.  Check it out!

Congrats to all the Boothies who competed this year!

Booth through the decades: Impact of an MBA in Africa, with Richard A. Osei, ‘97

Have you ever wondered what Booth was like 10 or 20 years ago? How the student experience has changed and which elements of the Booth experience still stand true today? No matter where you are in the world?

In this series, we speak to three African alums from the classes of 1997, 2007, and 2017 to trace back their journeys and learn how the student experience here at Booth has evolved through the decades. We’ll also see what the Booth MBA has meant to their careers and to furthering growth in various countries in Africa.

In this first blog post, Richard A. Osei, ‘97, who currently works in Venture Capital and Private Equity in Accra, Ghana, talks about his motivation to attend Booth, how a leadership course with Harry Davis continues to be instrumental today, and growing the Booth brand in Ghana.

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Winter Break Travels: Career Treks

Every year, after wrapping up their first quarter, hundreds of 1Y Boothies embark on Career Treks. These treks are organized by 1Ys, with support from the various industry groups. Career Treks are an opportunity for the students to visit companies, big and small, in their office space to understand the organizations’ values and culture. This year, we had students on the Tech Trek, led by Eileen Feng, Aakanksha Marwah, Laurie Beth Michaelson, and Asad Hassan. Two marketing treks: one to the East Coast led by Patrick Yate and one to the West Coast led by Candace Tkac and Erin Wang. Investment Management Group trek also went to the West Coast, led by Juan Pablo Sans Quiroz, Samantha Xue, and Yan Zhang. And, for the first time ever, we had a Health Care Group Trek to the west coast, led by full-time 1Y Inbar Goodman and two part-time students Caroline Cornelius and Changhao Wei.

Flip through the photos and quotes to see and hear about the various treks!

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10 Questions with PE Professor Chris McGowan

As a student pursuing private equity at Booth, I could not imagine a better education and introduction to this hard-to-enter industry than the PE/VC lab class at Booth. The depth and detail in which we have explored every aspect of PE has been invaluable to my future career and how I think about investment opportunities. I sat down to discuss the growth of private equity at Chicago Booth with adjunct professor Chris McGowan, who is a 23-year PE industry veteran and also a faculty advisor and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Ins-and-outs of Asset Management and Planning Booth’s Investment Management Conference

One aspect of Booth that keeps surprising me day after day is the incredible access to speakers on campus.  On any given day, it is not unusual to find multiple top executives, entrepreneurs, and investors from all corners of the business world on campus sharing their experience and advice with students.

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