Category Archives: Pay it Forward

Why I Became a LEAD Facilitator

At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.

We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…

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Beyond Booth: My Summer at Bain

I spent my summer interning at Bain. Through consulting recruiting at Booth, I was lucky to get significant exposure to the people I was actually going to work with as a Summer Associate in the Chicago office, as well as the 2Ys who had just been in my shoes. Between all the fall events and winter/spring meet-ups, I’d even been in the Bain office multiple times before my first day of work.

But despite Booth’s and Bain’s diligence to prepare our expectations, I still underestimated three aspects of the summer intern experience: the substance of the work I’d do, the fun we could have even back in the real (working) world, and how much my Booth network and first-year experience mattered.

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First Second Year Duty: Leading a Random Walk

As an incoming first year, I went on a Random Walk to Vietnam—it was by far the best decision I made since coming to Booth. I got to know 15 amazing people from all over the world, share unforgettable experiences, and build lasting relationships. A large contributing factor to the success of my Random Walk was my amazing trip leader team. As a second year, I knew I wanted to pay it forward and do the same for the next incoming class. I got together with three of my classmates to help plan and execute (hopefully) the best Random Walk ever – this time to Iceland!

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Get to Know Paul Veiga

I was born in Boston and raised in Connecticut, but I always felt drawn to the Midwest. Growing up, I immersed myself in the performing arts, always wanting to expand my horizons and try something new. I went to Boston College for undergrad, graduating with degrees in accounting and philosophy. I then co-founded a reusable water bottle company called Maji. I transitioned to consulting after that, and the Big 4 stayed in my life as I transitioned from audit to advisory at Ernst & Young. After a while, I felt the itch to return to the educational environment that I loved so much, and I eventually found my way into the school of my dreams, Chicago Booth.

My first impression of Booth was its grounding in experiential learning. Because of my experience launching a start up, I was interested in learning more about and partnering with individuals from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Get to Know Monisha Shivakumar

I grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and went to Rutgers for undergrad so I’ll always be a jersey girl at heart. After college, I worked in NYC at Barclays in Electronic Trading. I chose Booth for my MBA for lots of reasons, but perhaps most importantly I felt at home with the people here.

I wanted an environment where I felt truly comfortable and a school that presented the ability to meet people who shared my curiosity and thirst for learning. It was also important to me to have a strong academic focus and classroom setting. And Booth has some of the best faculty and curriculum in the world.

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