Speakers

George Andrews

George Andrews

Associate Dean, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

George Andrews

George Andrews

Associate Dean, Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

George Andrews is associate dean for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a member of the school’s senior staff. The two programs Andrews administers represent nearly 1,400 students, more than half the total enrollment at Chicago Booth. His responsibilities include overseeing the recruiting efforts for the Evening MBA and Weekend MBA Programs, managing the daily operations of the programs as the dean of student life, and teaching workshops for the Booth leadership programs. 

Before joining Chicago Booth in 2007, Andrews worked at the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business as executive director of the Executive MBA program. He started his career at Procter & Gamble as a section manager, and held increasingly more senior roles at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Bausch & Lomb where, as a senior product manager, he launched Vision Shaping Technology (VST), the first ever FDA-approved lens for overnight vision correction, and the first-ever private label contact solution for Bausch & Lomb.


Anita Brick

Anita Brick, AB '77, MBA '81

Director of Career Advancement Programs, Chicago Booth

Anita Brick

Anita Brick, AB '77, MBA '81

Director of Career Advancement Programs, Chicago Booth

In a career of more than two decades and spanning corporate, entrepreneurial, and academic sectors, Anita R. Brick, director of Career Advancement Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and founder of The Encouragement Institute, Inc., has demonstrated accomplishments in consulting, executive coaching, public speaking, writing, and video production to audiences worldwide. Brick served as an officer in corporate development and marketing at a global bank; vice president of marketing for a start-up financial network; equity stakeholder in an organizational development and career management firm; and creative communications director of a motivation and media development firm.

Brick has written, lectured, and been quoted on career management, executive development, and motivational issues to global audiences in platforms including The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, the Economist, BP, Northwestern University, and the Federal Reserve Bank. She has served as a contributor to The Wall Street Journal’s National Business Employment Weekly, the World Tribune, The Resourceful Woman, WBBU Radio, and No Matter What TV. 

Brick has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Chicago and master’s of business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She produces and hosts CareerCast, a global podcast series, featuring global business leaders. She is currently conducting research as a doctoral student in Executive Education on how adults use obstacles to accelerate their progress. Brick presented her initial research findings at an international conference of adult and executive educators at Michigan State University and shares thoughts and learnings on the Encouragizers blog. In 2012, Brick launched a book series, What I Wish I Had Known - Earlier in My Career Volume 1.


Heather Caruso

Heather Caruso

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Heather Caruso

Heather Caruso

Adjunct Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Heather Caruso focuses her teaching and research on several aspects of human behavior in organizations. These interests center on: the dynamics and social psychology of diverse (e.g., cross-functional, multicultural) teams; the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations; and strategies for optimal judgment, decision making, and behavior. Caruso is a strong proponent of lifelong learning for management excellence, and encourages students to make the most of their professors’ knowledge and ongoing research, not only while they are at Chicago Booth, but also throughout their careers.

In addition to her teaching and research, Caruso consults for both private- and public-sector organizations on management and teamwork issues, and serves as the director for the Center for Decision Research at Booth.

Caruso’s formal interests in organizational and social psychology first developed when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University, primarily in the course of doing crosscultural negotiation research with Jared Curhan and Lee Ross. These interests grew deeper when, while serving as director of engineering in a multinational Silicon Valley start-up, she became fascinated with real-world experiences related to cultural variation in identity, and the failure of promising collaborations among dissimilar individuals. These experiences helped Caruso decide to pursue a career in teaching and research, so she proceeded to Harvard to do her AM in social psychology and her PhD in organizational behavior/social psychology.

Caruso is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Waverly Deutsch

Waverly Deutsch

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Waverly Deutsch teaches “Building the New Venture,” a unique course on entrepreneurial execution. She was awarded the 2004 USASBE Innovative Teaching Pedagogy for the YourCo simulation game, which allows students to develop and run a mock business through all phases of operation. Deutsch has served as a full-time coach for the annual New Venture Challenge business plan competition since 2002. In 2013, she and Jonathan Allan partnered with the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology to develop the D4 lab. In 2012 she became a faculty coach for the companies in the Polsky Center Summer Accelerator Program. From 2006 to 2009, Deutsch founded and taught an intensive summer seminar entitled “Elements of Entrepreneurship” for the University of Chicago’s Collegiate Scholars Program. She is an active angel investor and advisor to start-ups, and served on the board of directors for InContext Solutions from 2009 to 2011. 

Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Deutsch was the founder of WaveWords Consulting; managing director of NetFuel Ventures; and executive vice president of marketing and strategy for fob.com. Deutsch earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. She received a master's degree in 1989 and a PhD in theater history in 1992 from Tufts University.


Jana Doty

Jana Hale Doty,
AB '88, MBA '90

Retired Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs Execution and Clearing; Retired Global Head of Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading/Execution Service

Jana Doty

Jana Hale Doty,
AB '88, MBA '90

Retired Co-CEO, Goldman Sachs Execution and Clearing; Retired Global Head of Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading/Execution Service

Jana Hale Doty was born in the Czech Republic. In 1970, her family immigrated to the United States. She earned an AB in 1988 and an MBA in 1990 from the University of Chicago. 

She started her career as an equities market maker when she first joined Goldman Sachs in1990. Doty was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2004. In 2009, she retired from her roles as the co-chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Execution and Clearing (GSEC), and the global head of Goldman Sachs Algorithmic Trading/Execution Service (GSAT). Prior to becoming the co-chief executive officer of GSEC, Doty was the chief operating officer for the US Equities Product Group, where she helped refine Goldman Sach’s trading and distribution strategy as it relates to automation, structure, and organization. 

Doty and her husband, Bill, have two sons and live in Rye, New York. She is an avid skier and tennis player. She and her family are enthusiastic supporters of several global and local charities benefiting children’s education and the self-empowerment of those less fortunate. 



Nick Epley

Nicholas Epley

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Nick Epley

Nicholas Epley

John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science, Chicago Booth

Nicholas Epley is the John T. Kelley Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He studies social cognition—how thinking people think about other thinking people—to understand why smart people so routinely misunderstand each other.

His research has appeared in more than two dozen empirical journals. His work has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Epley earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2011 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Epley was named a "professor to watch" by the Financial Times and one of the "World's Best 40 under 40 Business School Professors" by Poets and Quants.

He is the author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want.

Ayelet Fishbach

Ayelet Fishbach

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Chicago Booth

Ayelet Fishbach

Ayelet Fishbach

Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing, Chicago Booth

Ayelet Fishbach studies social psychology with specific emphasis on motivation and decision making. She has presented research all over the world, including at Carnegie Mellon University, Tel Aviv University, Stanford University, Yale University, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Fishbach’s research has been supported in part by grants from the John Templeton Foundation (in connection with the New Paths to Purpose Project) and from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Fishbach has been published in many psychology and marketing journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her publications include "Goals as excuses or guides: The liberating effect of perceived goal progress on choice," written with Ravi Dhar Zhang and appearing in the Journal of Consumer Research, and "Counteractive self-control in overcoming temptation," written with Yaacov Trope in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Consumer Research.

Fishbach is the recipient of several international awards, including the Society of Experimental Social Psychology's Best Dissertation Award and the Fulbright Educational Foundation Award. She is a member of many professional organizations, among them the Association for Consumer Research, the American Psychology Association, the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.

In 2006, she received the Provost's Teaching Award from the University of Chicago. 

Fishbach earned a bachelor's degree with distinction in psychology in 1992, a master's degree summa cum laude in psychology in 1995, and a PhD magna cum laude in psychology in 1999, all from Tel Aviv University. She was also a postdoctoral Fulbright Scholar. She joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2002.

Caroline Grossman

Caroline Grossman, '03

Senior Coach, Management Laboratories, Chicago Booth

Caroline Grossman

Caroline Grossman, '03

Senior Coach, Management Laboratories, Chicago Booth

Caroline Grossman is the senior coach in the Management Laboratories at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she coaches students to use the tools of business strategy to conduct real-world consulting engagements, and to perform and develop in a dynamic team environment. 

Grossman is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Marketing at DePaul University, where she teaches consumer behavior, and was on the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow from 1997 - 99. Grossman also has extensive coaching experience with Chicago Booth students, having worked in Career Services with MBA students and alumni from 2009 - 12, and as a project mentor in the consumer behavior lab course in 2011.

Prior to her work at Booth and at DePaul, Grossman was a brand manager at Kraft Foods, where she led customer marketing for the $3 billion Grocery Business Unit, which included all of the Kraft condiments, Jell-O, and Cool Whip. She held multiple marketing roles at Kraft during her five-year tenure, during which she was the key architect of a new packaging strategy across multiple condiments brands, and led a turnaround on Bull’s-Eye Barbecue Sauce.

Grossman has been a board member at the North Lawndale College Preparatory School and is past president of the board of Barrel of Monkeys, an arts education theater company that brings creative writing and drama programs to underserved Chicago Public Schools. 

Caroline has a AB in history from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Christian Hackikian

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Christian Hackikian

Christina Hachikian, AB ’02, MBA ’07

Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative, Chicago Booth

Christina Hachikian, AB '02, MBA '07, is the director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is responsible for leading the growth of the initiative to enhance the impact of social sector organizations through research, communication, and education.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. In this role, Hachikian was responsible for building relationships within the investment community and crafting financial communications. In addition, she managed projects such as corporate capital actions, strategic planning, and financial and trend analysis.

Prior to joining Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president and senior project manager for ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There, she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital-raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies. She held several other related positions at ShoreBank during her six-and-a-half-year tenure. Hachikian has also served as a research and planning analyst for Raytheon Company, where she directed research projects and developed leadership curriculum.

Hachikian received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.


Gayle Haller

Gayle Haller, ’87

Regional Director, Westchester County for the National Executive Service Corps

Gayle Haller

Gayle Haller, ’87

Regional Director, Westchester County for the National Executive Service Corps

Gayle Haller, ’87, is the regional director for Westchester County for the National Executive Service Corps (NESC). Prior to joining NESC as a consultant, Haller spent her career with Motorola in a variety of marketing management roles. She led data product and network development for the launch of Nextel and directed the marketing effort for a line of cellular phones. While at Motorola, Haller was awarded a US Patent. Haller received a BS in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is the past president and honorary board member of the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe, Inc. and is a member of the board of visitors of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Department of Political Science.


Nancy Johnston

Nancy F. Johnston

Senior Associate Director, Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth

Nancy Johnston

Nancy F. Johnston

Senior Associate Director, Corporate Relations, Chicago Booth

Nancy Johnston is the senior associate director, corporate relations at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she works collaboratively with Booth and university internal partners to build school and university-wide strategic partnerships with corporations. Previously, she worked for Chicago Booth as associate director of Career Services to provide coaching and career management support to Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA students, and alumni. She also facilitated programs for these audiences to enhance their career development process and industry knowledge.

Johnston serves as a strategic advisor to TripleW Forum—an organization that provides a platform for women in all stages of life and career to transform their innate strengths to benefit themselves, their organizations, and their communities. She has facilitated numerous workshops and retreats with this organization. Johnston has worked as a career transition coach since 2005, primarily with corporate executives and individuals exploring new ways of working as consultants or entrepreneurs. She has worked with Right Management in their career transitions practice, and as an independent consultant. Johnston’s clients have ranged from corporate executives to entrepreneurs to small business owners who find her to be a trusted advisor providing strategic direction and focus, with an emphasis on execution.

Throughout her career, Johnston has served in a variety of marketing management roles. She has been responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy for several leading providers of software solutions targeting Fortune 500 companies and large financial institutions.

Johnston received her master’s degree in counseling and organizational psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. This supplements her strong business education, which includes an MBA in marketing and finance from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Loyola University. 


Patty Keegan

Patty Keegan

Associate Dean, Executive MBA and Global Integration, Chicago Booth

Patty Keegan

Patty Keegan

Associate Dean, Executive MBA and Global Integration, Chicago Booth

Patty Keegan is the associate dean, Executive MBA Program North America. She is responsible for managing admissions and operations for the Executive MBA Program based in Chicago, as well as the global integration and coordination of all three of our Executive MBA Program campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Chicago Booth in 1995, she held various admissions and marketing roles at another graduate business school. She served as a trustee of the Executive MBA Council, a global, nonprofit association of colleges and universities that serves as the voice of the industry and provides services and events that educate, network, and inform administrators and faculty. She was the communications chair and the co-chair of several of the Council’s annual conferences and received the Bud Fackler Service Award for outstanding service to the executive MBA industry. 

Keegan earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree in education administration from National-Louis University. 


Stacey Kole

Stacey Kole,
PhD '92

Clinical Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean for the Full-Time MBA Program, Chicago Booth

Stacey Kole

Stacey Kole,
PhD '92

Clinical Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean for the Full-Time MBA Program, Chicago Booth

Stacey R. Kole is the deputy dean of the Full-Time MBA Program. Her research interests cover policies and practices that dictate behavior within organizations and its relation to firm performance. Her publications include "Workforce Integration and the Dissipation of Value in Mergers: The Case of USAir's Acquisition of Piedmont Aviation," with Kenneth Lehn, in Mergers and Productivity, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2000; "Deregulation and the Adaptation of Governance Structure: The Case of U.S. Airlines Industry," with Kenneth Lehn published in the Journal of Financial Economics in 1999; and "The Complexity of Compensation Contracts" in the 1997 Journal of Financial Economics.

She previously served as associate dean for MBA Programs at the University of Rochester's Simon School of Business. Prior to her career in academics, Kole was a financial economist in the Office of Economic Analysis at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

Kole received a bachelor's degree in history and economics from the University of Rochester in 1982. She received her PhD in economics in 1992 from the University of Chicago.

Judy Maley

Judy Maley, ’84

Independent Philanthropy Professional

Judy Maley

Judy Maley, ’84

Independent Philanthropy Professional

Judy Maley, '84, has an extensive civic leadership portfolio, serving as a member on the advisory boards of After School Matters and A Night Out, as well as an executive board member on the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools alumni board. She previously served as president of the New Trier Fine Arts Association, the New Trier High School board caucus, and the board of New Trier Family Services. Maley was the volunteer coordinator for United Charities (now Metropolitan Family Services), where she was awarded Outstanding Volunteer Administrator by the state of Illinois. Maley has worked in marketing with Eli Lilly and Company as well as the Kitchens of Sara Lee. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University followed by her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition to her board work, Maley consults with both corporations and nonprofits on a wide range of topics related to philanthropy and leadership.


Tracy McCabe

Tracy McCabe

Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Chicago Booth

Tracy McCabe

Tracy McCabe

Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Chicago Booth

Tracy McCabe joined Chicago Booth as executive director for Alumni Relations in June 2013 and leads the global alumni engagement strategy for the school. In the 11 years prior, McCabe led alumni relations and marketing communications as assistant dean for external and alumni relations at the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His corporate background includes sales and marketing director roles at private companies, including a decade-long career at Solo Cup Co. in Highland Park, Illinois.

McCabe has AB and Executive MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lotika Pai

Lotika Pai, '08

Founder, Q-it Tech

Lotika Pai

Lotika Pai, '08

Founder, Q-it Tech

An engineer, a programmer, a supply chain guru, and an investment banker, Lotika Pai is now a mom and an entrepreneur. Pai is a fellow of the Global Start-up Leadership Program, and was appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the City of Chicago’s Technology Diversity Council to head its education subcommittee. She is the founder of Q-it Tech, an EdTech™ platform to help parents of young children turn their child's video-viewing time into an educational experience. She is also the co-founder of Jedi Labs, a technology rapid prototyping lab with a team of designers and engineers who quickly build and test out new product ideas. She has an undergraduate degree in engineering and an MBA from Chicago Booth.


Thea Polancic

Thea Durfee Polancic

Managing Partner, ClearSpace

Thea Polancic

Thea Durfee Polancic

Managing Partner, ClearSpace

Thea Polancic is the managing partner of ClearSpace, a Chicago-based consulting firm. She is also the founder and chairperson of the Chicago Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. In less than 18 months, the Chicago chapter of Conscious Capitalism has grown to more than 700 members.

For the past 15 years, Polancic has worked closely with business leaders to do business with a higher purpose, creating value for all stakeholders, developing servant leaders, and having healthy, values-based cultures. She has worked with many early stage entrepreneurs, including TechStars and Healthbox. She is on the advisory board of the Conscious Venture Lab in Columbia, Maryland.

Polancic is a published author and speaker on leadership, organizational development, and business strategy.  She holds a bachelor’s of arts from Trinity University and an AM from the University of Southern California.


Ruth Reiner

Ruth Reiner

Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

Ruth Reiner

Ruth Reiner

Associate Dean for Leadership Development for the Part-Time MBA Programs, Chicago Booth

Ruth Reiner heads the leadership development team that serves part-time MBA students at Chicago Booth. The team administers the required LEAD course for nearly 800 incoming Evening MBA, Weekend MBA, and Executive MBA students each year, as well as additional programming. Prior to joining Chicago Booth, Reiner held a number of roles in organization development, talent development, and change management at Motorola and bp.   

Reiner has more than 20 years experience assisting organizations, teams, and individuals to align their business models and human resource strategies with their business goals through strategic planning; leadership and team development; change management; and organizational capability development. 

Reiner has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Yale University. She loves learning and speaking foreign languages, cooking, and outdoor activities, such as hiking and skiing. She spends most of her spare time as a “fencing mom” for her teenage son.

Nancy Rothstein

Nancy H. Rothstein, '79

The Sleep Ambassador®

Nancy Rothstein

Nancy H. Rothstein, '79

The Sleep Ambassador®

As The Sleep Ambassador®, Nancy Rothstein is dedicated to educating and raising awareness about the importance of sleep to live at your best. She consults and lectures on sleep wellness to Fortune 500 corporations, the travel industry, universities/schools, and other organizations.

Rothstein recently became the director of Corporate Sleep Programs at Circadian, leaders in the field of 24/7 workforce solutions offering sleep-centric programming to all employees at corporations. With decades of experience in the financial and corporate sectors, Rothstein brings an understanding of how sleep impacts performance, productivity, profitability, safety, health, and health care costs, for both employers and employees.

Rothstein’s compelling sleep wellness presentations and training—customized for the audience and workforce she is addressing—inspire a new respect for sleep and its impact on all aspects of work, life, and well-being, as well as support improvement in the productivity, safety, and health of individuals and the employers they serve. Rothstein brings strategic initiatives and tools selected to empower people to make lasting shifts to optimize their sleep quality and quantity. 

Serving as a member of the Board of the American Sleep Apnea Association and the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry further reflects Rothstein’s stature in the field of sleep and her dedication to diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, as well as her commitment to improving people’s sleep and lives.

Rothstein serves as adjunct faculty at New York University, for which she developed and teaches an online course on sleep wellness. Inspired by personal experience, she authored My Daddy Snores, a children’s book that has sold more than 400,000 copies. She created a family-friendly website, mydaddysnores.com, offering viewers comprehensive resources on snoring, sleep apnea, and sleep in general.

Rothstein has an AB from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Ellen Rudnick

Ellen A. Rudnick, '73

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Ellen Rudnick

Ellen A. Rudnick, '73

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty, Ellen A. Rudnick spent 25 years in business management and entrepreneurial activities, primarily in the health care and information services industries. During this time, she was president and CEO of Healthcare Knowledge Resources, president of HCIA, chairman of Pacific Biometrics, and corporate vice president of Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

She works with the many start-ups that emerge from Chicago Booth’s entrepreneurship programs. Both her governance activities and start-up interests help her to bridge the gap in the classroom between the theoretical and the real world.

Rudnick has been the recipient of a number of honors, including Today's Chicago Woman 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame and the YWCA Leadership Award. She serves or has served on numerous corporate boards including Liberty Mutual, First Midwest Bank, HMS Holdings, Patterson Companies, Oxford Health Plans, NorthShore University Healthcare Research Institute, and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center/1871. She also serves as an advisor to Ceres Venture Fund.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in 1972, Rudnick enrolled at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with an MBA the following year.

Beth Ruske

Elizabeth Ruske

Managing Partner, Tiara International

Beth Ruske

Elizabeth Ruske

Managing Partner, Tiara International

Elizabeth (Beth) Ruske has held leadership positions at large companies like TRW, Ceridan, and Acxiom, as well as being involved in smaller start-ups and entrepreneurial firms. Prior to becoming a partner at ClearSpace and launching Tiara International, Ruske was the CEO of a joint venture between Acxiom Corporation and the American Medical Association.

Ruske is CEO and strategic sales leader at Tiara, a firm committed to promoting and supporting women leaders. Ruske holds a degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois.

Pam Schilling

Pamela D. Schilling, '00

Managing Director, Career Strategist and Adviser, Shilling & Associates; Assistant Professor, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University

Pam Schilling

Pamela D. Schilling, '00

Managing Director, Career Strategist and Adviser, Shilling & Associates; Assistant Professor, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, North Park University

Pamela Schilling’s first career was focused on leading large, complex projects focused on technology investments, new business growth, and business transformation. She began her career with Sprint in the ’90s, holding roles in internal audit, the Finance Leadership Program, and international long distance.

After graduating from Chicago Booth in 2000, she worked as a management consultant with Diamond (now part of PwC), Huron Consulting Group, and Booz & Company. She was also part of the finance team at Chicago-based NAVTEQ and contributed to the company’s successful IPO.

In 2008, Schilling reached a professional crossroads: continue down the path to leadership in a consulting firm or corporate role, or take a new, unpaved road. A great deal of self-reflection led her to resign from her consulting position—with no clear next step. Armed with a set of priorities, knowledge of strengths, and a desire to “love her work everyday,” she pushed the restart button on her career.

Schilling’s focus turned to developing individuals academically and professionally, which led to a dual career as an independent career advisor and business school professor. She has a global career advisory business with executive coaching, job search, and professional development services. As a professor, she teaches undergraduate and graduate accounting, finance, and strategy.

The measures of success in her work today are emails from students sharing new of their new jobs, calls from professional clients who got the promotion, seeing a light bulb go off in 20 pairs of eyes from a class discussion, and full meals consumed by her toddler twin boys.