Category Archives: Leadership

Getting Comfortable with Being Vulnerable

When Chris Hauck first approached me to be a DSAC Blogger, I immediately knew he would be a perfect fit for the team. Although it’s only his first quarter at Booth, he is extremely involved and his photographs always capture the energy of the Booth community. In his introductory post, Chris truly lives up to expression “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.

I remember my hands sweating. My heart racing. Laying awake at night trying to quiet my mind as it raced to think of possible solutions to whatever hurdle was ahead. GMAT, applications, interviews – every step left me feeling exposed and forced me to examine every nuance of my life. And while getting into my dream school was a great feeling, it wasn’t the end of the process of opening myself up to critique and letting myself feel vulnerable. Every moment at Booth thus far has centered around stepping outside of my comfort zone and learning how to be a better person and professional than the day before.

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Media, Entertainment, and Sports Conference Experience

Welcome back. We are regularly trying to provide a wide variety of student perspectives that can help to highlight the social culture at Booth and the type of activities you can involve yourself in. For this posting, John Clinton, one of the co-chairs of Booth’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Group (MESG), has offered to share his experience in arranging the group’s annual conference. To provide a little context, every year this student led group arranges a symposium (over 110 participants from 5+ states) to discuss relevant issues and help educate students interested in pursuing a career in media, entertainment or sports. This year, the group had several keynote speakers to include Tom Ricketts, Chairman and owner of the Chicago Cubs and Patrick Benetucci, a President at Leo Burnett (both Booth alums). The conference is a tremendous amount of work to set up but is an incredibly popular event and was even covered by the Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune. So, without further delay, here is John: Continue reading Media, Entertainment, and Sports Conference Experience

Leadership at Booth

At the end of the last blog entry, I briefly mentioned Booth’s Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) program. Coming from a military background, I am no stranger to programs focused on leadership training, but as the program at Booth was easily one of the best and most enjoyable ones I have participated in, I want to talk a little bit more about it. Continue reading Leadership at Booth