Category Archives: Diversity @ Booth

Military MBAs at Booth

Mike Cross served in the Army as an Armored Assault Vehicle Officer — the branch of the Army that operates tanks and other tracked fighting vehicles that weigh in excess of 30 tons. He chose Booth for his MBA because it offered the best confluence of community and academics. Read on to hear more from Mike’s experience at Booth.

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Military MBAs at Booth

Prior to b-school, Shaliya Dehipawala was a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Knowing that he was making a big transition from the military to business, Shaliya wanted to be challenged in the classroom and to have a tight-knit community he could count on. The responsiveness of Booth’s Armed Forces Group during the MBA admissions process signaled to Shaliya that it would also be a supportive environment as a student. This proved to be true! Read on to hear more from Shaliya’s experience at Booth.

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MILitary MBAs at booth

Before coming to Booth, Matt Johnson was an Assault Amphibian Officer in the Marine Corps. Ongoing support from Booth’s Armed Forces Group and being able to shape his MBA experience from Day 1, set Matt up for success in a way that a one-size-fits-all curriculum wouldn’t have. We spoke with several of Booth’s veteran students about what makes Chicago Booth such a great place for members of the military to earn their business degree. Read on to hear what Matt had to say.

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Tell Your Story: Omar Chris-Rotimi

Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and lived there for a few years until my family emigrated to Houston, Texas to pursue new opportunities. I’ve lived in Houston ever since and hope to go back to raise my family in the future. Prior to Booth, I worked in health & benefits consulting.

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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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