Category Archives: Chicago Approach

Tell Your Story: Yiran Huang

“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 grew up in Henan Province, China. Prior to Booth, I was a product developer and manager at UBS Asset Management in Hong Kong. I led cross-functional projects to develop fund products, generated new product ideas, and researched the asset management landscape in China.

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30 years of LEAD: Reflecting with Professor Harry Davis

Chicago Booth is known for its flexible curriculum, which allows students to curate a tailored MBA experience by picking and choosing the courses they want to do. In fact, there is only one class that is mandatory for everyone: Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD). The course is designed to enhance one’s self-awareness and interpersonal effectiveness by working in teams and going through modules such as cross-cultural communication, personality development, and feedback and coaching.

Each year, 40 second-year students (called LEAD facilitators) are selected by faculty to design and deliver this flagship course to an incoming class of ~600 students. I had the pleasure of being a LEAD facilitator this year, an experience that has been the highlight of my time at business school.

But in a school that is known for cutting-edge research in finance and economics—and has faculty that is at the forefront of their fields—why is a student-run course on leadership the only mandatory class? I got the amazing opportunity to sit down with Professor Harry Davis to reflect on the journey of LEAD, 30 years after he started the program in 1989.

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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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Beyond Woodlawn Avenue: My experience taking non-Booth courses at UChicago

So many courses, so little time! That’s how most of us feel at Booth, but wait till you consider the wider University! As a center for intellectual thought, the University of Chicago has a lot to offer – be it art history, molecular engineering or theater. Being part of the University gives us a chance to explore these areas of study as Booth students are permitted to take up to six non-Booth courses (and to offer some much-needed respite to those overworked DCF brain cells!)

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Women at Booth Series: Professors

There are so many amazing Professors at Chicago Booth that spend countless hours teaching, mentoring, and passing time with students inside and outside of the classroom. For this second installment of our Women At Booth series I sat down with two incredible Professors to hear more about their Booth experience.

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