Category Archives: Careers and Recruiting

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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Sell Day: What Happens After the Offer

In business school, you spend a large fraction of fall quarter recruiting, and even more time in winter interviewing with companies you hope to intern for. What doesn’t get discussed as much is what takes place after the offer, as the company (or several companies, if you’re lucky) attempt to entice you with a weekend getaway that will leave you with a favorable impression of the firm and your potential colleagues.

I still remember my first Sell Weekend as if it were yesterday. Because of Booth’s academic rigor in analytics and marketing, I was fortunate to receive an offer for the Walmart 2019 Summer Merchandising Internship.

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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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