Category Archives: Outside the Classroom

Introducing: Random Walk New Orleans

Why am I here and not somewhere else?  I think this question is my constant reminder to keep striving toward my goals and to create change.  I came to Chicago Booth, because I truly felt that only here could I explore my ideas and have the resources necessary to ensure their success.  The ability to follow your passions and to create new initiatives is endless so long as you have the drive to see the work through.  I knew that Booth would give me both the opportunity and the toolkit to create and lead in the capacity that I wanted whether instituting a student group, launching a business venture, or establishing a never before visited Random Walk destination.

For me, this type of leadership involves constantly affecting change.  I believe that when I see a problem, I can and should work to implement a solution to solve for the problem.  It is up to me to be the change—not someone else. 

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Which Avengers Character Are You? (Based on Your Booth Cohort)

The unique thing about Booth’s cohorts is that after our single required Leadership Development class is completed in the fall, any additional time we spend with our cohorts is completely optional. Because of this, each cohort really gets a chance to form its own personality outside of just studying foundational classes.

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Emerging Market Summit: Behind the Scene with 1st Year MBA

In February, 2nd year student, Veena Bontu, shared with The Booth Experience how she fulfilled her application essay promise and realized her dream by co-chairing the marketing efforts for the Emerging Market Summit (EMS). This time, let’s take a look at how 1st year student Parn Chamwudhiprecha contributed to EMS, the largest student-run conference at Booth!

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From my Notes: PE Conference Takeaways

In February, I had the opportunity to attend the 17th Annual Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company Private Equity Conference, hosted by Booth’s Private Equity Group and the Polsky Center.  As someone who spent time in the industry prior to Booth but has been unplugged from the world of PE over the past couple of years, I’m especially thankful for events like these for keeping me abreast of all that’s happening in the private equity space and for preparing me for my eventual return to the industry.

This year’s event was jampacked with a diverse set of keynote speakers and panels, addressing topics ranging from new fund formation to buy and build strategies, and everything in between. 

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LEAD Goes to India

Going through Booth’s LEAD program once can bring people together. Going through it twice, builds even deeper relationships. And traveling to the other side of the world together for one of the biggest events of a lifetime ensures lifelong friendships.

As a second year LEAD facilitator, you dedicate two quarters of your Booth experience to creating and learning content, which you then deliver to the incoming Class during Orientation. Between your cohort squad and your work-group squads, you spend an incredible amount of time with the same sets of people.

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