Category Archives: Trips and Treks

Booth through the decades: Impact of an MBA in Africa, with Richard A. Osei, ‘97

Have you ever wondered what Booth was like 10 or 20 years ago? How the student experience has changed and which elements of the Booth experience still stand true today? No matter where you are in the world?

In this series, we speak to three African alums from the classes of 1997, 2007, and 2017 to trace back their journeys and learn how the student experience here at Booth has evolved through the decades. We’ll also see what the Booth MBA has meant to their careers and to furthering growth in various countries in Africa.

In this first blog post, Richard A. Osei, ‘97, who currently works in Venture Capital and Private Equity in Accra, Ghana, talks about his motivation to attend Booth, how a leadership course with Harry Davis continues to be instrumental today, and growing the Booth brand in Ghana.

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Winter Break Travels: Career Treks

Every year, after wrapping up their first quarter, hundreds of 1Y Boothies embark on Career Treks. These treks are organized by 1Ys, with support from the various industry groups. Career Treks are an opportunity for the students to visit companies, big and small, in their office space to understand the organizations’ values and culture. This year, we had students on the Tech Trek, led by Eileen Feng, Aakanksha Marwah, Laurie Beth Michaelson, and Asad Hassan. Two marketing treks: one to the East Coast led by Patrick Yate and one to the West Coast led by Candace Tkac and Erin Wang. Investment Management Group trek also went to the West Coast, led by Juan Pablo Sans Quiroz, Samantha Xue, and Yan Zhang. And, for the first time ever, we had a Health Care Group Trek to the west coast, led by full-time 1Y Inbar Goodman and two part-time students Caroline Cornelius and Changhao Wei.

Flip through the photos and quotes to see and hear about the various treks!

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The Net Impact Conference: Exploring a career in Social Impact

As a first year MBA student, it’s easy to get swept away by singling in on consulting or investment banking recruiting. However, for me, as the recruiting process kicked into high gear at the end of October, the Net Impact 2017 Conference was a refreshing opportunity for me to join like-minded individuals dedicated to arriving at careers focused in social impact.

A dozen of us Booth students took the trip to Atlanta, GA, the site of this year’s conference, to learn about our “Path to Purpose,” this year’s theme for the annual social impact event. If the conference provided the “path,” the Booth Net Impact co-chairs were our mountain guides.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Random Walk

As the weather starts to get cold here in Chicago and recruiting season is in full swing, let’s take a look back on a time a few months ago when we were all just getting to know each other and our worries were less so on midterms and more so on remembering all your new classmates’ names. Thanks to all who participated in this year’s Random Walks. You appeared to have had amazing experiences to share and have instilled a healthy amount of FOMO in those who were not lucky enough to be on your trip. Below are some of our favorites pics in no particular order (alphabetical actually). Feel free to click on the photos to explore the accounts to find more great shots from each of the trips!

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BoothRight Leaders Talk Motivations And Influences

BoothRight is an annual Spring Break trip to Israel that is open only to second-year students. Because of its timing and awesome itinerary, BoothRight is the perfect way to finish the Booth MBA. Essentially, BoothRight is actually a student-led trip that is initiated and led by second-year Boothies from Israel (fun fact: Israel is among the most represented countries per capita in the Booth student body). Each year, a team of 4-7 Israelis takes the reigns and organizes the BoothRight trip for 100+ Boothies. While the reward in leading such a big and diverse group of business school peers is huge, there’s also a lot of effort involved in “making it work” spanning operational, financial, and marketing functions.

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