Category Archives: Outside the Classroom

Women in Tech: Grace Hopper Celebration

At the beginning of October, over 27,000 women in technology convened in Orlando, Florida to attend the four-day Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Conference — the world’s largest gathering for female technologists. The chance to conduct informational interviews with leading tech firms, attend private receptions with conference members, and network with other students in this space was too good of an opportunity for me to pass up. I had learned that the organization offered scholarships for graduate students (women and men), women of color, and faculty. A sponsored ticket from Anita B. Org’s Diversity and Inclusion Team made it possible for me to attend.

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Chicago Booth’s CABG Celebrates Nigerian Independence Day

At Chicago Booth, diversity is celebrated as an essential ingredient for creating a rich and vibrant environment. One of the ways Booth supports diversity is through the initiatives from the Chicago Africa Business Group (CABG), whose mission is to build a close-knit community for the growing number of Chicago Booth students with a strong interest in issues, events, and activities related to Africa. This group aims to provide professional support, social interactions, and educational opportunities for their members, and one of their top objectives includes promoting awareness of African culture and heritage within the Booth community.

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Boothies Interning in the Bay Area

Last spring, my internship search led to three offers: a finance associate role in the Northeast; a corporate strategy role in the Midwest; and a product management role in the West. I weighed my options in regards to location, potential career trajectory, and company culture. After a difficult decision, I landed in Silicon Valley. It wasn’t so much the role itself, but the vast opportunities for spontaneous networking and immersing into cutting-edge technologies. Let me explain.

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Returning Home to Make a Change

New York City feels like home to me. Having grown up in the metro area and lived in various boroughs after college, I feel at home in the city. When I decided to pursue an investment banking internship, I was comforted by the fact that moving to an unfamiliar city would not be part of the equation.

Coming to Booth as a non-traditional student, enhancing my knowledge and skill set were very important to me. After six years in the public health space, I was eager to dive into finance and gain an understanding for how financial services worked. This summer, I interned at Bank of America in the Global Industrials Group. While working in the heart of Manhattan wasn’t new, I still grew and developed in ways I never imagined.

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