Category Archives: Careers and Recruiting

WOMEN@BOOTH SERIES: Cass Gunderson

The Booth Experience’s Women@Booth series aims to highlight the experiences of exemplary women leaders at the school. Over the months of March and April, we will speak to women across Chicago Booth to uncover their past experiences, understand what brought them to Booth, and get a sneak peek into what lies ahead for them. We hope these stories bring to the fore the people who make Chicago Booth a great community to be part of and inspire women around the world.

The next person to be featured in this series is Cass Gunderson, who has career ambitions in private equity as a operating principal with a focus in finance, reporting, and sales.

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How Hopeful Entrepreneurs Get Their Start At Booth

In the first week at Booth, when meeting people for the first time, the norm is to mention where you come from and what you’re looking to recruit into, just to build a base for conversations. Suffice it to say that my introduction (which contained the key phrases “I plan to go back to India after graduation” and “While at Booth, I’m looking to work on my own startup as a full-time role”) attracted a few second looks of a particular kind. But then, these were followed immediately by “Oh, you know what? I know a couple of people who are doing something like that, let me introduce you to them.”

This feeling of community from the first week is what has defined my time at Booth as one of those hopeful entrepreneurs.

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Social Impact at Booth: Q&A with Professor Christina Hachikian

Christina Hachikian is the executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, Chicago Booth’s research center for people committed to helping solve complex social and environmental problems. The Rustandy Center helps students and alumni gain hands-on experience in the social sector. The center also jump-starts nonprofit and for-profit ventures with social missions, advances social sector research and partnerships worldwide, supports an innovative curriculum, and convenes the world’s leading business, nonprofit, and policy minds at events in Chicago, London, Hong Kong, and beyond. Christina was recently named one of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leaders for her work leading the Rustandy Center, and I got a chance to sit down with her to learn about the work she leads at Rustandy, and the growing role of social impact within the Booth community.

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Health Care Group Trek: San Francisco & South Bay

By: Ellen Lesser, Jason Lee, and Sarika Asthana

The future of healthcare is a hot topic these days, especially as costs continue to rise within the complex structure of the US system. Here at Booth, many of us are interested in helping address existing challenges by driving change and innovation in the space through our careers post-graduation. Over Winter Break, 16 members of Booth’s Health Care Group embarked on a trek to San Francisco to meet with a variety of healthcare companies, to get a glimpse of the industry’s future, and to learn more about the potential roles we can play.

Multiple sectors within healthcare were represented by the 14 participating companies on our trek, from the more traditional payor, provider, and biotech organizations, to venture capital and private equity firms, to startups of varying size and emphasis (including two of FierceHealthcare’s Fierce 15 of 2020!). Each company visit provided a view not only into the broad healthcare opportunities and challenges they face, but also into their unique cultures and approaches to addressing patient, member, and consumer needs. Read on for some of the key themes of our trip to the Bay Area.

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Tell Your Story: Najib Jai

“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.

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I was born and raised in good ole’ North Carolina, but my mother is from Haiti and my father is from Morocco. Suffice it to say, I had a very multi-cultural upbringing. For the past three years prior to Booth, I have been in medical school here at the University of Chicago!   

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