Category Archives: Diversity @ Booth

Crossing Cultural Lines at the Diwali Cruise

The South Asian Business Group’s (SABG) Diwali cruise, which set sail Friday Oct. 16th, has become an annual Booth tradition. Indian food, choreographed dancing, colorful saris and kurtas, open bar, and a scenic cruise around Lake Michigan are all hallmarks  of the event which celebrates the Hindu festival of lights.

The Diwali cruise not only highlights our school’s cultural diversity, but students’ eagerness to embrace each others’ unique backgrounds. As highlighted in this photo post, SABG co-chair Shelley Gupta (’16) gets her friends Becca Yang (’16) and Alicia Elliot (’16) Diwali cruise-ready in her saris and Indian jewelry.

Why are you here and not somewhere else?

From the first day I walked through the doors of Harper Center last summer, I may have heard “why are you here and not somewhere else?” about a thousand times. And if you haven’t heard this Booth mantra yet… you definitely will. In fact, this mantra is even a popular installation of the infamous Chicago Booth art collection. Simply put, this is the million dollar question. Imagine me before B-school… I’m in a room of around 500 Zambian students; all bright, eager and vulnerable. My Kucetekela team only have a year to develop applications that will further the education of Zambian generations to follow. I am teary eyed because of the cycle of academic inefficiency and inaccessibility that breeds poverty from the lowest to the highest levels in developing nations. I am faced with selecting the “talented tenth,” having to leave behind the other portion of Zambia’s student population without the proper solution. I raise my head, dry my eyes, and pray for the many students the startup’s efforts cannot reach. I am hopeful that if some succeed, each student can support many others.

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I’m an Ally

Picture yourself in class at Booth. You may be halfway between taking notes and refreshing your Instagram feed. At some point, you look across the room. One of your classmates has a purple sticker on her name tent with a rainbow flag on the bottom. You read on the sticker the word “Ally.” You may not realize it, but you’ve just taken the first step toward becoming an OUTreach ally! Continue reading I’m an Ally


This past week LGBTQ students from Chicago Booth attended the 2014 Reaching Out MBA conference in San Francisco. Each year ROMBA is held in a different city with the purpose of bringing LGBTQ MBA students from all the top business schools together to empower them to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. I had the privilege to accompany 13 first year Boothies to the conference.

Last year I attended the conference as a first year in New Orleans. The three-day event was full of cocktail parties, case competitions, industry panel discussions, break out sessions and networking events. Many firms even invite 1st year MBAs to interview for summer internships. This year was no different. As a 2nd year MBA, the conference was less stressful and not focused on the job search. I attended the conference with Deutsche Bank and spoke to prospective summer interns about my summer experience at the LGBTQ Talent Career Expo. (I interned at DB this summer and signed on to return after graduation).

Conference highlights:

Day 1

SF technology & entrepreneur trek – MBAs visited Twitter,

Women @ Romba sessions

Welcome reception hosted by Goldman Sachs

Day 2

Various career sessions (Investment banking 101, finding success in Consulting, etc)

LGBTQ talent career expo

Marquis dinner & keynote speaker: jonathan mildenhall (cmo of airbnb)

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Case competition, valuation competition, startup pitch competition

Awards lunch & keynote speaker
Keynote Speaker: Peter Thiel (Entrepreneur & Investor)

Closing charity party (Sponsored by Target & Unilever)

2014-10-04 14.05.20Chris Lee and Bradley Powell won the Valuation competition beating schools from other top programs with their valuation of UBER. They won a $2,500 cash price.

Part-time student Piya Chaiprasoet won the Amazon case competition.

Prospective MBAs can also attend the conference and meet with the top 30 business schools.

Accelerating Your Emerging Markets Career at the Booth Emerging Markets Summit

The Emerging Markets Summit (EMS) at Chicago Booth is a unique Booth-run conference that gathers professionals and MBA students from and with interests in Latin America, Africa, South Asia, China, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe under one roof.  The event showcases the amazing reach that Booth MBAs have into emerging markets-related careers. The Summit will be held on Saturday April 14, 2014 at the J.W. Marriot in downtown Chicago, and is open to the public.
One of the 2014 conference organizers is Ying Liu, a second-year MBA student at Booth.  Prior to Booth, she worked in management consulting, focusing on the Life Sciences industry.  In addition to helping to organize the EMS, she is a Co-Chair of the Public Speaking and Communications Group, and involved with the Emerging Markets Group.

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