On a starry February night, I embarked on a culinary journey of a lifetime: I joined several dozen lucky Boothies at Chicago’s NAHA restaurant, where we enjoyed a private event that included an unforgettable 4-course dinner and discussion with the restaurant’s Michelin-starred Chef Carrie Nahabedian.
For one of my classes (my favorite class, actually), New Venture Strategy with Professor Jim Schrager, my final assignment is to write a “Make Me a Million” paper, where I interview an entrepreneur who has made his or her idea into a business with an estimated net worth of at least one million dollars. The objective is to gain a deep understanding of how this individual transformed the seed of a business idea into a successful enterprise. What was the inspiration? What were the challenges and setbacks? What were the risks and how did they determine whether those risks were worth taking?
I took advantage of our Executive-in-Residence (EIR) program here at Booth and reached out to Michael Alter, former CEO of The Tie Bar. Michael is also cofounder and former CEO of SurePayroll; as well as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship here at Booth.
This is the third installment of our “More Than a Finance School” series. In this edition, hear from students who are pursuing fields outside of financial services, such as energy and technology, impact investing and social entrepreneurship, and even the entertainment industry.
Halfway to the end of the quarter (and halfway to spring break!), we encountered the dreaded midterm week of Winter Quarter. With most first years still in the middle of recruiting and most second years trying to fight senioritis, this is notoriously one of the most challenging weeks of your two year experience at Booth. However, there is always plenty of support from the school as well as your friends to get through this difficult time. This year, GBC organized our inaugural Health and Wellness Week — full of fun, educational, and stress-relieving activities to encourage physical as well as mental health and well-being.
This past week, the Booth student body held elections for the next Graduate Business Council (GBC) Executive Board. The 6-person team works with the elected president and representative from each of our 10 cohorts to provide services, plan events, and represent the student body to the administration. The election was bittersweet for me as it meant my time as VP of Student Affairs on this year’s GBC Exec Board was coming to an end.