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Chicago Booth Alumni Club

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Network, learn, socialize, and stay connected with Chicago Booth alumni in your area.

About Us

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Greater Washington DC was founded in the early 1970’s and is one of Chicago Booth’s oldest alumni chapters. 

The Chicago Booth Alumni Club is proud to present our very own annual Economic Forecast, monthly Entrepreneur Advisory Group, Chicago Women in Business (CWiB), Brats n’ Brew, Worldwide Happy Hour, and coming up in the near future, a Government Roundtable.

Through special arrangements, the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Greater Washington DC may also have access to some events and activities held by other members of a consortium of top business school alumni associations in the DC area. The Chicago Booth Alumni Club also participates in the Compass DC Pro-Bono Consulting Program.

There are over 800 Chicago Booth alumni in the Greater Washington DC area who are registered with the Office of Alumni Affairs. Over time, we wish to meet each and every one of you. If you are new in town, we hope you will join us. If you have time, we hope you think about giving back by volunteering. We look forward to seeing you all at some event in the near future.

Club Leadership

President
Aaron Stopak, '03 (AXP-2)

Vice President 

Lester Johnson, '98 (XP-67)

Communications Chair
Kate Richardson, '08 

Events Chair
Leif Jackson, '08

Treasurer
Marcelo Han, '11

Leadership Bios:

Aaron is a native DC area resident, and is an independent investor and advisor. He is a Director of both the AESOP and AOF Funds of Rays Capital, Hong Kong, and a principal at Studio4d, an outsource 3d rendering firm based in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is also the Executive Director of the George Wasserman Family Foundation.  Aaron is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he double majored in Political Science and History and was President of his class. He is a Chicago Booth AXP2-2003 alum, and is currently serving his second term as President of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Washington DC.

Les is a principal at Washington Avenue International, LLC, a consulting firm he founded in DC that provides connections and services to governments and organizations in the US, China, and Africa. As an executive for the United States government until 2002 he oversaw more than $1 billion of programs in 50 states. In addition to the Booth Alumni Club, he is a member of the Broadcast Committee of the National Press Club, the International Committee of the University Club, a board member of Farm Share and an advisor to the newly formed Chicago Economics Society. He has studied personal development with Sid Simon, Tony Robbins, Stephen Covey and currently with Landmark Education. Les has been quoted in news media including USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Executive Program and did much of his study in Barcelona, Spain. He loves cross cultural business and has been to more than 30 countries.

Kate is a 2008 graduate of the full-time program at Booth and a Principal with Axiom Consulting Partners. Kate's work at Axiom focuses on helping clients make sure they have the right organization and talent in place to execute their strategy. Kate is originally from the Chicago area and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. In Kate's role as Communications Chair, her goal is to provide timely information about upcoming events and make it easy to get involved with the Booth alumni community in DC. Outside of work, Kate enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, pub trivia, and tennis, and trying new DC restaurants.

Leif worked for four years in the US in financial services and a non-profit organization, prior to attending Chicago Booth. He entered Booth with the dream of working abroad to help alleviate poverty through financial services. Because of a fellow Booth Alumnus, he was given the opportunity to enter a global rotational program through Barclays Bank. Right after graduation, he was assigned to Egypt to support growing the asset base of the bank in the unbanked market. After spending a few years abroad in Egypt and London, he returned back to Washington, DC to take a position as a Director of Strategy for a public charter school network which provides education services to the poorest areas in his hometown. Leif feels compelled to do what he can to help Chicago Booth develop, select, and enable some of the best and brightest minds in the world to give them the same opportunities he has had. Leif is honored to serve you in the position of Events Chair for the Washington, DC area.

Marcelo is a member of the Balance Sheet Management/Treasury group of Capital One Financial Corporation based in McLean, VA. His team is focused on formulating strategies to optimally hedge the company's balance sheet through financial engineering and derivative actions. Marcelo specializes in fixed income instruments and investment strategies which can be used to limit the extent to which the company's earnings and enterprise value fluctuate with market interest rates. Marcelo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Econometrics and Statistics. He enjoys baseball, weightlifting, and astronomy/physics.

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Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Washington, DC By-Laws

February 4, 2013

Article 1: NAME

The name of this organization is the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Washington, DC.

Article 2: MISSION STATEMENT

(to be added at a later date)

Article 3: MEMBERSHIP

All Chicago Booth alumni living in the Washington, DC membership area shall be eligible for membership.

Article 4: OFFICERS

President:

Provides strategic leadership, coordinates activities with the Alumni Office, represents the DC Club, and maintains contact with other regional Club leaders. This position maintains overall responsibility for the Club's activities and communications (including bi-weekly newsletters), convenes meetings, works to recruit other alumni volunteers, and builds a sense of community with all Booth DC alums. Also, in conjunction with the Booth Alumni Office, will coordinate career related events and support admissions as needed. Act as liaison between the Alumni Office and the Club.

Vice President:

Supports the President in the performance of all duties and presides in the President's absence.   Represents the Club and President at meetings the President cannot attend. Takes minutes on votes in the officer's meetings.   Reports to the President.

Communications Chair:

Provides timely information to the Booth Alumni Office as needed for University websites and social media outlets. Develops, administers and updates the DC Alumni Club social media outlets including LinkedIn and Facebook in a timely manner. Coordinates and provides outreach to involve new volunteers and members. Prepares and presents an annual communication plan to the officers for feedback.   Attends social events to help bridge connections. Reports to the President.

Events Chair:

Develops and maintains a schedule of events. Assists the club and group leaders in planning events including the annual Economic Forecast event. Provides assistance to groups on event registration options such as the University registration system or commercial options.   Develops and maintains a club mailing list for events. Reports to the President.

Treasurer:

Has overall responsibility for the financial integrity of the Club.  Maintains appropriate documentation and records. He/she attends Club meetings, works to recruit other alumni volunteers, works on the financial aspects of events when needed, and provides written quarterly and annual financial reports. Reports to the President.

Section 2 – Officer Duties

The duties of the officers shall be to manage the operation and activities of this Chicago Booth Alumni organization in accordance with the Chicago Booth Alumni Club Guidelines and the other by-laws of this organization, including but not limited to:

a) Participating in officer conference calls or meetings held at least quarterly.

b) Offering a minimum of two flagship events for the membership annually.

c) Sharing appropriate information with the Booth Alumni Office.

Section 3 – Term of Office

The term of office for officers shall be three years. Officers are eligible to be reelected to no more than one consecutive term.

Section 4 – Election of Officers

Officers shall be nominated and elected using an online or other process managed by the Booth Alumni Office. An officer is elected by a majority vote of the members.

Section 5 – Inability to Serve Complete Term

If an officer is unable to complete her/his term of service, the remaining officers will decide how to fulfill the duties of the officer including appointing a new officer. The method chosen must be approved by the Booth Alumni Office.

Article V: COMMITTEES AND OTHER SUBGROUPS

The officers may establish committees and subgroups and appoint chairs of those committees and subgroups. Chairs and members do not have to be Chicago Booth alumni

Article VI: FISCAL YEAR

The fiscal year of the club shall be the same as the Booth Alumni Office fiscal year.

Article VII: AMENDMENTS

The by-laws may be adopted, repealed or amended, in whole or in part, at any time, by a majority vote of the officers and approval of the Booth Alumni Office.

Article VIII: REMOVALS AND RESIGNATIONS

Any officer may resign at any time and is requested to give written notice to the officers and Booth Alumni Office.

Article IX: ANNUAL MEETING

The alumni organization will have at least one annual meeting with its membership reviewing the activities of the organization for the previous year and the plan for the following year.

Club Membership

Membership in the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club is open to all alumni of the full-time, evening, weekend, executive, and PhD programs, as well as current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Benefits

Being a member of the Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club, you will hear from us about networking and career development events throughout the year. Members enjoy activities ranging from informal quarterly events such as happy hours to our monthly Entrepreneur Advisory Group (EAG) and Booth Energy Network (BEN) meetings. The highlight of our annual events is the Booth Economic Forecast dinner – past speakers have included:

  • Raghuram G. Rajan, Booth finance professor and former economic counselor and director, International Monetary Fund
  • David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing partner of The Carlyle Group
  • Steve Preston ’85, former US Secretary Housing and Urban Development

Other activities include brunches, business panels, admission recruiting, and distinguished speaker series featuring University of Chicago Booth professors. The Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club is also a part of the overall University of Chicago Alumni Association of Washington DC whose members enjoy university-wide events, including happy hours, jazz concerts, book club, dinners, baseball games, local tours of notable attractions, career panels, and distinguished speaker series by University of Chicago professors.

Industry-Specific Booth Groups

Entrepreneur Advisory Group (EAG)

At each meeting, an entrepreneur presents a business problem and the group tries to solve it. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 PM. Contact Matt Whitaker, '95.

Chicago Booth Women's Network

The Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club welcomes the Chicago Women in Business Alumnae Network (CWIBAN). CWIBAN is a worldwide organization of recent women graduates of Chicago Booth. Led by a team of alumnae volunteers and founded in 2002, CWIBAN connects over 4,100 members living in six continents and is recognized as one of the most active Booth alumni groups. Our mission is to support our alma mater, facilitate a global alumnae network online and in person, and support women in business worldwide. Past events in the DC area include Women’s Week/Forte events to attract prospective women students. Future events include alumnae brunches and an annual holiday tea. If you are interested in volunteering to shape the direction of this group in the DC area, or if you are interested in helping out just one time, please contact Gila Vadnai-Tolub Women's Network president, or Dawn Leijon, DC group leader.

Booth Energy Network (BEN)

The Booth Energy Network (BEN) is a global network for Booth alumni and non-Booth University of Chicago alumni that share an interest in the energy industry. BEN is continuing to grow through local chapters in cities across the world and is becoming a virtual and physical platform for the active sharing of insights and ideas as well as a tool to reinforce a network of professional contacts amongst the entire Booth and University of Chicago community. Join one of the breakfasts or events organized by BEN and meet colleagues that share an interest in energy. Contact Claiborne B. Booker, '92.

Volunteering

The Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club actively participates in the Compass DC Pro-Bono Consulting Program. In 2013-2013, Compass provided a total of $4.5 million of pro bono consulting services for 39 different non-profit organizations.  Compass' consulting projects are focused on board development, funding strategy, strategic alignment, strategic planning, strategic collaborations, partnerships, and mergers, and strategic marketing.  Members are welcome to volunteer their consulting services.  Contact Craig Schultz, '93, former Compass Board member and volunteer. 

US-China Mentorship: Connecting with China's Future Leaders

Volunteer to serve as a mentor to Chinese students studying in the Washington, DC area. Contribute to better future relations between the US and China.

China and the US are two powerful countries with different cultures and customs who are likely to be rivals for decades to come. Without people to bridge the gap, there will be many costly and dangerous misunderstandings. Many Chinese students going to college in the US today will be Chinese leaders tomorrow who can serve as a bridge between these two countries.

Chinese students are eager to learn about US business, participate in internships, get jobs, learn about how US business people think, and how US businesses operate. Business school alums have had a great business education, have real world experience, and understand how things work. Many of us enjoy giving something back, contributing to a better world, and serving as a resource or coach for young people just starting their careers.

This US-China Mentorship project will put the two together. The result will be one-on-one or small group meetings between students and business school alum mentors (you). Students will get an opportunity to see a real office environment, learn first-hand about different types of careers and, if you are willing, receive individual coaching. Alums get a chance to help a young person starting their career and contribute to a better world.

Students will be made aware of this program through their local US university Chinese student
associations. Alumni will be made aware through alumni newsletters and other media. A team of alumni volunteers, led by Lester Johnson, Chicago MBA, will lead the project. The result will be a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other's business culture by future Chinese leaders and business people in the US. It will foster better relations between the two most powerful countries in the world.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: You can do as much or as little as you wish. You can make yourself available for two hours a month or two hours a week as a resource or coach for these students. Or, you can help develop and manage this program. To volunteer or get more information, email Les Johnson or call him at 202-580-6520.

The Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club seeks members to help with organizing Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club activities and events. If you have any question regarding membership, volunteering, or starting an industry specific Booth group, please contact Aaron Stopak, '03.

Stay Connected

Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club eNewsletter
The Alumni Office publishes a bi-monthly e-Newsletter about activities in the DC area that is distributed to local alums. 

Chicago Booth DC LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page

We maintain a LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page to help connect alumni who are local or otherwise interested in connections in the DC area. Visit the Chicago Booth DC LinkedIn Group and Facebook Page.

 


Event Calendar
Aug
20

Booth Entrepreneur Advisory Group

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Oct
09

Washington, DC, Harper Lecture with Evelyn Z. Brodkin

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Feb
26

Chicago Conversations- Managing Risk in Emerging Markets

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