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Alice Obermiller

Senior Coach in the Leadership Development Office of Chicago Booth's Full-Time MBA Program

Alice Obermiller has spent more than a decade coaching and advising students and alumni with the Chicago Booth School of Business. Currently a senior coach in the Full-Time Program's Leadership Development Office, she leads the curriculum on public speaking, including the new Captivate Booth competition, as well as a module designed to enhance students' abilities to more accurately gather personal insights from their experiences.

Previously she led the content on interpersonal communications, conflict management, and business ethics. Obermiller also oversees the program's Leadership in Crisis simulation and the leadership programming for the University's Collegiate Scholars Program, and provides presentation coaching to student teams involved in the Polsky Center's New Venture Challenge.

Prior to 2005, Obermiller spent five years as the associate director of the Career Development Office working with students in Chicago Booth's Evening, Weekend, and Executive MBA programs, including Executive MBAs and alumni worldwide. Her breadth of experience working with this population covered all industries, fields, and levels, from associates and first-time managers to CEOs.

Obermiller's background also includes extensive corporate experience, including 6.5 years as a regional operations manager for a Silicon Valley-based technology company, a Fortune 500 insurance company, start-up education and energy technology companies, and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Obermiller earned a bachelor's degree in education from Purdue University and a master's in organizational development with honors from Loyola University, and she has completed qualitative coursework and research on organizational climate as part of her doctoral studies in management and sustainable systems design at Case Western Reserve University.

In addition to her professional experience, Obermiller has worked on sustainable development and microfinance projects in East Africa with the Global Alliance for Africa, which included significant time coaching and advising microenterprises in the field.