“Tell Your Story” is a regular series that features one of our Booth community members. In his or her own words, the contributor details their path to Booth and other interesting personal highlights.
Where are you originally from? And what did you do prior to Booth?
Continue reading Tell Your Story: Najib Jai
I was born and raised in good ole’ North Carolina, but my mother is from Haiti and my father is from Morocco. Suffice it to say, I had a very multi-cultural upbringing. For the past three years prior to Booth, I have been in medical school here at the University of Chicago!
Last week, a subset of Booth’s Private Equity Group ventured to the West Coast on the Bay Area Trek, during which the group met with eight firms across a day each in San Francisco and the South Bay (Menlo Park and Palo Alto). The trek culminated in an informal happy hour where our group, host firms, and Bay Area alums in PE were invited to mingle, discuss the industry, reminisce about Booth, and build deeper connections. As the second-year student leader of the trek, I wanted to share my experience and provide some insights into the value of our trip.
Continue reading TREKKING TO THE BAY AREA WITH THE PRIVATE EQUITY GROUP
Greetings from Boston! This summer, I traded my view of
Chicago’s “Bean” sculpture for the city nicknamed Beantown (though I have avoided
the eponymous summer food staple due to the recent heat spell we have been
facing in the Northeast!). I am about to kick off week nine of my internship at
Providence Strategic Growth, the software-focused growth equity arm of
Providence Equity Partners. I have been lucky to have had an incredibly active
summer—both at work and at play—slotting in on a few deal teams for platform
and add-on acquisitions, attending a couple pitches and board meetings, testing
out what I learned at Booth in leadership, strategic problem-solving, and even
meeting up with our deans for a sneak peek at the new initiatives being
implemented for the upcoming year.
Continue reading From Overlooking the Bean to Exploring Beantown
I was born and raised in New Jersey and went to Vanderbilt University for undergrad. At Vanderbilt, I developed an interest in corporate finance and eventually started my career in investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. I enjoyed this role, but I was more interested in being an investor than an advisor so I transitioned to Carlyle’s real estate private equity group, where I worked for three years. While I’d like to be an investor for the long term, I knew that attending Booth would provide me with a well-rounded business education, leadership development training, and a network of remarkable and talented colleagues.
Continue reading Get to Know Zach Ring
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.
Continue reading Get to know Hind Hassan