The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 Zina Markevicius, '02, CWIBAN president, or Blanche Wong, '01.
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.
The Chicago Booth DC Alumni Club actively participates in the Compass DC Pro-Bono Consulting Program. In 2008-09, Compass provided a total of $1.4 million of pro-bono consulting services for 21 different non-profit organizations. Compass’ consulting projects are focused on strategy, board development, fundraising, or restructuring. 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.
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.