Category Archives: Leadership

Booth’s Pay-it-forward Culture

Collaboration is a cornerstone of Chicago Booth’s pay-it-forward culture. First year students receive help from second year students even before class officially starts. One example is during Random Walks, when second years lead one-week trips to destinations around the world, and start showing first years what Booth is all about. A few weeks later on campus, second years facilitate LEAD, become career advisors, and run the many different social and professional clubs.

Perhaps a few visual representations will help illustration the deep involvement of Boothies in our student community…

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New Year, New State of Mind, NVC

2016 is here, and New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. When the New Year started, millions around the world awoke with renewed hopes and plans, strengthened commitment to goals old and new. The New Year means different things to different individuals such as working out more, eating more organic food, and reading more books. To many people, the New Year means…

A chance to start fresh and make new friends.
A chance to erase all the worries, fears, and mistakes of the year before and replace them with something positive.
A chance to forgive & forget & move forward. To find a better way by learning from our mistakes.
A new chance to forgive ourselves and others.
A chance to start new goals or even old ones and work our way towards completing them with even more excitement.

Well… for Chicago Booth students, the New Year brings the Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge (NVC) and a chance for students to vet their new business ideas.

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Veterans Day at Chicago Booth

On Veterans Day, I always think about those who have served, those who are currently serving, and those who will serve. But it is also hard for me to think about veterans without thinking about the impact of the University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman – the father of America’s all-volunteer force.

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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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Team ‘Maestro’ wins NVC 2015

Pushya is an incoming second year at Booth, majoring in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, curious about the startup scene in Chicago and originally from India. She is the People Editor and a writer for Chicago Business (ChiBus), Booth’s student-run newspaper, and a TBE guest blogger. Her following story appeared in a recent issue of ChiBus.

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For a pitch that went right before lunch, in a packed C25, which does not otherwise turn warm, Team Maestro was fervent in it’s purpose, confident of the focus on the young achiever market and extremely excited about the engineering marvel they brought to demo, all the while talking about good food.  Putting their product where the mouth is, Team Maestro defied Murphy’s Law and put on a live demonstration of their product- all the judges got a taste of what the Maestro machine can cook and Dean Kumar got a full portion, in no way detracting from the eventual outcome.

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