Category Archives: Leadership

VETERANS DAY: CELEBRATING THE (S)HEROES OF BOOTH

This Veterans Day, the Booth community salutes those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. With a staggering number of 1,100+ alumni in this group, Chicago Booth draws the attention of veterans interested in a transformative journey into the business realm. Subsequently, one of the most tight-knit groups on campus is the Armed Forces Group (AFG), home to dozens of U.S. and international veterans who differ in pathways, but share a common denominator of serving their respective countries.

With unique leadership experiences, veterans bring a rich perspective to Booth that is highly respected by faculty and peers alike. Today, we give the spotlight to Booth’s female veterans, the heroes of our community. Through their stories, we can learn about veterans’ motivations and about Booth as a facilitator of camaraderie and personal growth, which is irrespective of military service.

Katie Wurzbach (United States Army, AFG Co-Chair, Class of ’17), Audrey Lancaster (United States Army, Class of ’17) and Sarah Owen (Marine Corps, Class of ’18) – We thank you for your service… The stage is all yours!
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Reflecting on LEAD

One of the things that makes Booth such a unique place to learn and grow is the LEAD program.  LEAD is a dynamic course where first-year students focus on developing the most critical aspects of leadership – cultivating support and influencing others, understanding different working styles and motivating diverse teams, presenting ideas, and managing under crisis.  At Booth, we believe these skills simply can’t be learned in a traditional academic setting, so LEAD is a fully experiential program where first-year students are constantly challenging themselves to practice these skills and incorporate feedback from each other to improve.

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It’s on us to make a change

Chicago Booth, in conjunction with several business schools around the country, honored the Black Lives Matter movement this past week.  Students and faculty gathered and dressed in black as a sign of solidarity and a desire to engage in dialogue about race relations in today’s United States.  These are my thoughts on a topic far too complex to fit an 800-word essay.

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Upside of uncomfortable

Booth is all about pushing the limits of your comfort zone. You’re encouraged to take risks. To branch out—sometimes way out—from what you know. The school has your back all the way.

Before Booth, whenever I was asked “Who are you?” I’d say, “I’m a marketer, I’ve been working for over 5 years and happy to count many global brands as my clients.”

However, it was during my MBA application process I encountered a follow-up question that pressed past my comfort zone. The question of all questions—the one that sparks trepidation among many who are embarking on their business school journey.

“But really, Who are you?”

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Creating Lasting Impact in Healthcare

On the first day of Spring Quarter, Professor Dan Adelman welcomed his students to Booth’s Healthcare Analytics Lab exclaiming, “Over the next 11 weeks, you will embark on a journey that is going to push you, and make you learn skills that you will use through the rest of your career.”

Healthcare Analytics Lab is an opportunity that is unique to Chicago Booth. And Professor Adelman’s advice was prophetic.

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