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Diversity at Booth: Veterans Day Edition

We talk about the value of different perspectives in LEAD and in classes like Managing in Organizations, Business Politics and Ethics, Managerial Decision Making, and many others.  But what I find so invaluable about my Booth experience is that Booth is a place where diversity is not only taught but experienced firsthand. Booth is a rich, diverse place where I am constantly growing and learning from my peers who come from such a wide array of backgrounds.

And as today is Veterans Day, I wanted to express my gratitude to be able to learn from and alongside my amazing classmates who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces of their respective countries. Booth currently has 78 student veterans, 33 of which are international veterans from South Korea, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan, and Greece, and their military experiences bring an invaluable point of view to the classroom and the Booth community at large.

We are so lucky to have our Booth veterans and I wanted to use this platform to spotlight a few with stories that they have chosen to share.

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VETERANS DAY: CELEBRATING THE (S)HEROES OF BOOTH

This Veterans Day, the Booth community salutes those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. With a staggering number of 1,100+ alumni in this group, Chicago Booth draws the attention of veterans interested in a transformative journey into the business realm. Subsequently, one of the most tight-knit groups on campus is the Armed Forces Group (AFG), home to dozens of U.S. and international veterans who differ in pathways, but share a common denominator of serving their respective countries.

With unique leadership experiences, veterans bring a rich perspective to Booth that is highly respected by faculty and peers alike. Today, we give the spotlight to Booth’s female veterans, the heroes of our community. Through their stories, we can learn about veterans’ motivations and about Booth as a facilitator of camaraderie and personal growth, which is irrespective of military service.

Katie Wurzbach (United States Army, AFG Co-Chair, Class of ’17), Audrey Lancaster (United States Army, Class of ’17) and Sarah Owen (Marine Corps, Class of ’18) – We thank you for your service… The stage is all yours!
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LoL – Not Only Short for Laugh out Loud

What is in your mind when someone mentions a business with more than 100 million monthly (27 million daily) active users? For me, social network and instant messaging seemed to be the only safe bets – it is the same size as Pinterest or LinkedIn according to Statista 2016 data. But let’s try harder and I will give you some hints – the average session length is around 40 minutes… in a row! Still no clue?

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What do a Fashion writer, skydiver, and record-breaking dancer have in common?

They all go to Booth! Get to know some of the newest Boothies on campus through Poet & Quants‘ recently published article, Meet Chicago Booth’s MBA Class of 2018

P&Q: While the Class of 2018 is unquestionably brainy, they are anything but stiffs. Victoria Yunger is an Israeli Ministry of Defense veteran who describes herself as “fashion blogger turned digital marketer, with a knack for details and long sentences.” MyKinseyite Anh Dang is destined to be the life of any party, calling herself “free and bold” and the one who loves “to do the unexpected, push my limit, test boundaries, drink and dance.” She’ll fit in well with Georgette Monika Mould, a Ghana native who’s “a humorous humanist with an optimistic outlook on life and a curious open mind.” Anjuli Koshal, also known as Jules, is someone you naturally follow. Not only is she always on the lookout for adventure, but she has a flair for turning “goals into projects, and projects into experiences.”While Randaccio’s resume may be intimidating, he comes with a major weakness: chicken wings.

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My MBgAy Experience

“I’m gay.”

They were the two most difficult words I’ve ever said to my parents. I was barely able to say them out loud as I was driving my family to lunch hours before I headed back to NYC. It was June 2011, and I had returned home that weekend to suburban Maryland with the sole purpose of coming out to my parents. However, I couldn’t bring myself to do it until just before I had to leave. When I was finally able to say those two words, I felt a huge weight off my chest. Initially, my parents did not receive the news very positively, but over time they have accepted me for me. What a difference five years makes.

Today is National Coming Out Day, which is why I wanted to take a few moments to talk about my own coming out story and why it was important for me to be out during my MBA. While some people choose to hide their sexuality during their MBA experience, I refused to go back into the closet after living as a proud out man in NYC. As an active founding member of the LGBT group at Bloomberg, I was proud to promote the visibility of our community and proud of the partnerships we created with Out in Tech and OPEN Finance.

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