Category Archives: Leadership

What I learned from Pfizer’s Global President

Amidst the many activities competing for Booth students’ time (e.g., recruiting, classwork, student groups, social events), a full classroom of students made it their priority during lunchtime to hear Booth alum Andy Schmeltz, ’97, speak about his career in the pharma space, where he is now the Global President and General Manager of Pfizer Oncology, which has a portfolio of 22 different medicines and is responsible for over $7B in annual revenue.

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CMO Insights: A Story of Sustainable Growth

In October, the Kilts Center for Marketing hosted a talk with Ann Mukherjee, ’94, Global CMO at SC Johnson & Son. As I sat in a room full of my fellow students, watching Ann, take the stage, I was ready to hear a story of a career journey, successes in different roles, and marketing at SC Johnson & Son. What I took away, though, was much more meaningful—the inspiration to be a strategic storyteller and the courage to be an authentic leader, unafraid of failure.

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Masters in Business: A Fireside Chat with David Booth and Eugene Fama

Chicago Booth has a longstanding tradition of bringing in leaders to share insights and experiences. Last week, the Chicago Booth Distinguished Speaker Series invited the community to a fireside chat with legendary investor and Chicago Booth’s namesake, David Booth, ‘71, as well as Professor and Nobel Laureate Eugene “Gene” Fama. Dean Rajan provided a captivating introduction and Bloomberg columnist, Barry Ritholz, moderated the conversation, which provided an entertaining and illuminating deep dive on the nature of Booth and Fama’s relationship, as well as their thoughts on the evolution of investing over the years.

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What Can a Booth Career Adviser Do for You?

Picture this: You’ve got a non-traditional background. Maybe you were a teacher, a non-profit operator, a PR associate. You’re about to start your first year at Booth with the goal of transitioning into a different career such as consulting, tech, or banking. How do you translate your skills to these new fields and present yourself in the best light? How do you manage the networking crop circles? How do you write a rock star resume?

Recruiting for your future career at Booth can certainly be an intimidating task. But Booth has a program in place that is easily accessible for every first year student no matter their background: Career Advisers. CAs, like me and David (see pic above), are second years who have volunteered to serve as career-oriented resources.

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Kennedy, Buttigieg, and Mutombo: Business and Politics in Hyde Park

Most of what we focus on as The Booth Experience team is, of course, aspects of life within the MBA community, and what it is like to be a student at this business school. Yet, one of the greatest assets of life at Booth is your membership within the broader University of Chicago community. Just as we are fortunate to attend one of the finest business schools in the world, the University is also home to schools of law, medicine, and public policy (and many others) that are among the best in their respective fields. And, while there is an endless stream of activity at the business school, to really deliver on the underlying promise of the university, you have to explore beyond the walls of the Harper Center.

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