Even when we’re not in the classroom, Boothies are constantly learning. We seek out information and take every opportunity to explore new industries. During the Fall Quarter, Boothies attended a lot of conferences, both on campus and around the country. Here’s a quick look at the long list of conferences we have access to as Booth students.
At Booth, we pride ourselves on the flexible curriculum, but there is one required class every first-year student must take their first quarter: Leadership Effectiveness And Development—or LEAD for short. Through LEAD, students explore how their personality and cultural experiences impact their leadership style and receive valuable 360 feedback on how their professional behavior is perceived. But the course doesn’t only provide value to first-years. For a select group of ~40 second-year students (including me), it provides the unique opportunity to develop and facilitate a curriculum for the incoming first-years that directly impacts the culture of leadership at Booth.
We call ourselves LEAD Facilitators (Facils for short)—recognizable by our stylish Leadership Development Office polos and unmistakable charm. But we don’t do it (just) for the free swag and recognition. Every Facil’s motivations may be different, here are mine…
Do you sometimes feel like less of a Gene Fama and more like a Gene Hackman? Want to practice your story-writing to prepare for internship recruiting? Want to show that you’re the funniest person at Booth? Want to prove you have the most entertaining cohort? I have some good news for you.
This fall, the Chicago Booth community welcomed 582 first-year students who are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. As always, Booth’s student body covers a wide array of industries and functions, and no two Boothies are alike. All at the same time, there’s a common theme that ties students together. According to Kurt Ahlm, Booth’s Associate Dean of Full-Time Admissions, it’s being “life-long learners who are always open, exploring, and never satisfied.”
We invite you to dive into what makes Booth unique through 11 in-depth profiles of remarkable students, published on Poets & Quants, the world’s leading MBA website. Through this overview, you can see how diverse the paths are leading to Booth and hopefully, find a story that resonates with yours. You can also learn about how the Chicago Booth Full-Time MBA Program is a great fit to a U.S. Navy Special Warfare Officer, a retired NFL Athlete, and a Sony Product Manager who led The Chainsmokers’ international marketing.
Thanks to those inspirational 11 individuals getting introspective and candid about their journeys and motivations, we not only get a glimpse into Booth’s qualitative edge, but also are reminded of the Chicago Booth primal question: “Why are you here and not somewhere else?”
This summer, 24 members of the Class of 2019 got a head start to their Booth experience through the pre-MBA program called Startup Summer. Across the globe, soon-to-be Booth students were paired with Booth-founded startups to explore their entrepreneurial function and industry goals. Cofounded by Booth alumna Andrea Sreshta, ’16, LuminAID is a women-founded Chicago-based startup that makes solar-powered inflatable lanterns for disaster relief and outdoor recreation. Find out what incoming Booth students Erich Bao, Jessica Goldberg, and Michael Hull had to say about their experience at LuminAID, and how it will impact their time at Booth going forward.