Fawn Bradshaw

Hometown: Solon, OH

City Before Booth: Houston, TX

Undergraduate School and Major: The Ohio State University – Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Pre-Booth Job: Commercial Manager at The Dow Chemical Company

Summer Internship: Product Manager at Levi Strauss & Co

Concentrations at Booth: Marketing Management, Strategy Management, and Entrepreneurship

Favorite Booth Class/Professor: Artificial Intelligence with Sendhil Mullainathan

Current Leadership Roles: Career Advisor and TA

What are some of the student groups you’ve been involved with?
Chicago Women in Business, Booth Technology Group, Entrepreneur/Venture Capital, Innovation and Design Club, Asian American Student Association, and Epicurean Club

One thing you wish you had known when applying for MBA programs?
Being prepared and staying ahead can help you make the most of your MBA experience. There are so many opportunities from exploring in academic year internships to case competitions, leadership opportunities, and international treks. People have also been involved with research centers like Polsky Center to start their own business while at school. The MBA program moves very quickly and taking time ahead of starting the program to create a bucket list, research, prepare, or even execute on your goals can help you fully take advantage of the resources and opportunities at Booth.

What’s your advice for admission applicants?
While many applicants look at rank, the culture fit can also make a large impact on your MBA experience. I would recommend talking with different people (ie. current students, alumni, etc) to get a sense of the culture. Each school’s culture is unique, and the right fit can help you build long lasting friendships, be engaged in the opportunities offered, and grow throughout the MBA experience. For me, I really appreciated the open, supportive and diverse community at Booth which has helped me to learn beyond the classroom.

Why did you choose Chicago Booth?
Flexible curriculum with Nobel Prize winning faculty, pay-it-forward culture, supportive community, and strong Alumni Network

What is your favorite Booth Experience?
Small group dinners/game nights – there’s normally a lot of laughter and I really enjoy getting to know my classmates better

What do you hope an MBA will help you achieve in your future?
While I had great experience, I had only worked with one company prior to Booth. Through the MBA, I wanted to broaden my perspective and build foundational frameworks so that I could confidently develop and lead new strategic initiatives.

Fun Fact: I have traveled to 4 out of 7 continents. I hope to make that 6 out of 7 by the time I graduate. 

Your Chicago Neighborhood: The Loop – easy access to Riverwalk and Lakefront Trail!

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago?
Anything outdoors, exploring different restaurants, and searching for the best views of the city

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