Upon my acceptance to Booth in 2018, I received an outpouring of support from the Booth community. Both my email and snail mail were filled with notes, invitations and information about my new home for two years. One invitation was to the 2018 Dusable Conference. The DuSable Conference is the flagship event for Booth’s African American MBA Association. It aims to serve as the nexus for activity in Chicago’s Black Business Economy by delivering content to encourage collaboration between AAMBAA Students and Alumni, Chicago Black Business Owners, Chicago Black Professionals, and the broader University of Chicago Black constituency. While I was not able to attend the conference that year, I put it on my list of must-dos for my time at Booth.Continue reading Memories of the 2019 Dusable Conference
Black History Month (BHM), which runs from February 1st to February 29th, is a time for Americans to pause and reflect on the contributions of its citizens who represent the African diaspora. For Booth students, this month is an additional opportunity to foster the essential value of diversity and inclusion. And I am honored to help create a month-long BHM series, hosted by Chicago Booth’s African American MBA Association (AAMBAA).Continue reading Celebrating black history month at booth (Part I)
Being part of the Graduate Business Council (GBC) has allowed me to focus on an aspect of student life that is very near and dear to me: Diversity & Inclusion. This year, we’ve revamped the committee to offer more robust programming to Boothies and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.Continue reading Getting down to Business: GBC’s overhaul of Diversity & Inclusion
My family is originally from Sudan, we moved to the US when I was a toddler and I grew up in the D.C. area. I have a bachelor’s in economics from Wharton and I also minored in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations—Arabic and Islamic Studies. After graduating, I moved to Dubai and worked for Citi’s Investment Banking team for two years, followed by three years in growth equity at Standard Chartered Private Equity. I came to Booth to gain additional skills, expand my network, and recruit back into private equity in the US.
As I’m wrapping up my last quarter here at Chicago Booth, my mind is running through a whirlwind of what seems like far-off memories. The drive from Colorado, first day of classes, investment banking recruiting, trips across the world, and the list goes on. Contemplating what I imagine will eventually seem like a small glimpse in time, I find myself reflecting on one aspect of this experience that I feel is illustrative of the whole.
My first year at Business School was tough. Awash with a number of competing tasks—moving to a new city, navigating the waters of recruiting, maintaining a family, nurturing lifelong friendships—it was critical that I had the right network in place to help alleviate some of the stress, so that I may successfully emerge from this experience. More often than not, I came to find that members of the African American MBA Association (AAMBAA) were more than willing to fill this gap. AAMBAA has served as more than just a professional resource, it has been my family.