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.


Besio

Greg Besio, '89

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Aon

Besio

Greg Besio, '89

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Aon

Greg Besio, '89, serves as executive vice president and chief human resources officer of Aon plc. He oversees the firm's day-to-day human resource services and operations, as well as the development and execution of Aon’s "Unmatched Talent" agenda.

Prior to joining Aon, Besio worked for Motorola, where he held a number of operational and staff roles including corporate vice president, mobile devices software development, and head of Motorola's corporate strategy team.

Besio joined Motorola from McKinsey & Company, the international management consulting firm, where he served clients in the private equity, telecommunications, internet services, and high technology sectors on operations, strategy, and marketing engagements.

Besio is a graduate in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and earned a doctoral degree in the same discipline from Princeton University. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in finance and marketing.

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.

Katie Casey

Katie Casey, '10

Business Operations Manager, HERE

Katie Casey

Katie Casey, '10

Business Operations Manager, HERE

Katie Casey is business operations manager at HERE, a Nokia company (formerly NAVTEQ). Her team is responsible for the business planning and business intelligence activities in the Connected Driving business group. Prior to this role, Casey held positions in product marketing, sales operations, and pricing at HERE. She began her career in financial consulting for litigation at Davis & Hosfield Consulting and later Navigant Economic Consulting (formerly Chicago Partners).  

In addition, Casey serves as an advisory board member for Girls in the Game, a nonprofit organization that provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of girls.

Casey graduated with honors from Chicago Booth in 2010 earning her MBA with concentrations in finance, international business, entrepreneurship and statistics and econometrics. At Booth, she was a member of the 2007 Chicago Business Fellow Program, held leadership positions in the Chicago Booth Golf Society and Energy Club, and was the recipient of the 2009 Ambassador Award for leadership and contributions to promoting Booth. Casey obtained her bachelor’s of arts with a major in economics from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.  



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. 



Sarah Egan

Sarah Egan, '05

Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partners, CME

Sarah Egan

Sarah Egan, '05

Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partners, CME

Sarah Egan serves as senior director, human resources business partners at CME Group. She supports the heads of global operations, clearing and program management with talent, organizational effectiveness, and performance management programs and processes. 

Previously, Egan worked at CME Group in corporate development. Prior to joining CME Group, Egan held various HR roles in the staffing, financial services, creative/technology industries.

Egan earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

 


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.

Francis

Cheryl Francis, '78

Cofounder and Co-chairman of Corporate Leadership Center

Francis

Cheryl Francis, '78

Cofounder and Co-chairman of Corporate Leadership Center

Cheryl Francis, '78, is cofounder and co-chairman of Corporate Leadership Center (CLC), a partnership between major corporations and academic institutions that advances top corporate leaders and leadership practices. CEO Perspectives, CLC’s flagship program for C-suite executives, is in its tenth year and is offered in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management and the Chicago Booth School of Business. Thirteen percent of program alumni are now corporate CEOs and 20 percent sit on corporate boards. More than 60 CEOs and board chairs have participated as executive speakers. CLC’s second program, Leading Women Executives, offers a unique development experience for high-potential women and their companies aimed at improving the cost/benefit trade-off for corporate executive women and their organizations. CLC owns this program 100 percent, recruiting academic talent from world-class universities based on their research and consulting agendas.

Francis is a director of three corporate boards: Aon, Morningstar, and HNI Corporation. She is audit committee chair and a member of the compensation committee for Morningstar; a member of the compensation and finance committees for Aon; and a member of the audit committee for HNI. She is a Cornell University emeritus trustee and Presidential Councillor, and a board member of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Francis formerly served on the boards of Hewitt Associates and Lands’ End; and was chair of The Chicago Network, Chicago’s leading professional women’s organization. Francis has chaired the audit committees of four public companies and Cornell University.

Francis was executive vice president and chief financial officer of R.R. Donnelley from 1995 to 2000. She oversaw all financial functions, including mergers and acquisitions, of the $5 billion print services company. Under her leadership, all major management processes were revamped and aligned with value-based metrics, the business portfolio and capital structure were restructured, and shared services were introduced to increase transaction processing efficiency. These initiatives led to the repurchase $1.2 billion of stock (over 21 percent of total), the restructuring of over $2 billion in company sales, and an improvement in return on investment to greater than 14 percent (versus 10 percent in the early 90s) and a return on equity greater than 23 percent. Cash generation from the base businesses increased more than $200 million per year, while organic revenue grew faster than industry indices.

Earlier in her career, Francis was treasurer of FMC Corporation, its first woman officer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her MBA from Chicago Booth. 

Francis is a frequent lecturer and panelist in university and business settings on subjects ranging from corporate governance, strategy and leadership, and the advancement of women. She created the Women’s Leadership Forum, a highly rated executive education seminar at the University of Chicago. She led The Chicago Network’s annual census of women board members and executives in Chicago’s top-50 companies and its efforts to increase the number of women on boards. Francis has chaired the judging committee for Financial Executive International’s Chicago CFO of the Year award since its inception in 2011.

Francis and her husband, Zed, led the campaign for the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago to create new service centers and models for the economic empowerment of Chicago’s working poor women. She was honored for Community Leadership by the YWCA in 2004. She is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. Francis and Zed are the proud parents of two sons.

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.


Hooper

Michele Hooper, '75

President of MJH Consulting LLC and Founder and Managing Partner of the Directors’ Council

Hooper

Michele Hooper, '75

President of MJH Consulting LLC and Founder and Managing Partner of the Directors’ Council

Michele Hooper is president of MJH Consulting LLC, and founder and managing partner of the Directors’ Council, which specializes in corporate boards of directors recruitment focused primarily on diversity candidates and board advisory services.

Hooper is a corporate director for PPG Industries Inc., Warner Music Group, and AstraZeneca PLC. She also chairs the audit committee for PPG. Hooper has served as a board member for Target Corporation, Seagram Company Ltd., and DaVita Corporation. She is former president and CEO of Stadtlander Drug Company Inc., and corporate vice president and president of international businesses at Caremark International.

Speakers

Mary Ignas, '12 (XP-81)

Business Unit Leader, Boise Paper

Speakers

Mary Ignas, '12 (XP-81)

Business Unit Leader, Boise Paper

Mary Ignas, '12 (XP-81), has worked in a variety of marketing, sales, project management, and strategic planning roles over the past 12 years at Boise Paper. She is currently the business unit leader responsible for the Communication Papers business representing P&L of approximately $850 million. She leads the development, communication, and execution of the business strategy through market and competitive analysis and creation of a compelling and sustainable value proposition. She leads and manages product management, pricing, portfolio management, and marketing communication functions. She is passionate about setting high standards for performance planning to create an environment that supports ongoing development and aligns performance outcomes with clearly established performance expectations.   

Ignas has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan. 

 

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.


Daphne Mazarakis

Daphne
Mazarakis, '99

Founder, Speaker, Author, Educator: Thinking Within LLC; Founder, CEO: Tula Foods Inc.

Daphne Mazarakis

Daphne
Mazarakis, '99

Founder, Speaker, Author, Educator: Thinking Within LLC; Founder, CEO: Tula Foods Inc.

Daphne Mazarakis is a classically trained consumer packaged goods executive. She began her career at Kraft Foods, where she managed several of its largest businesses including Kraft Singles, Kraft Salad Dressings, Global Dairy New Products, and Velveeta.  
 
After eight years at Kraft, her interest in health and nutrition grew. Mazarakis left Kraft and founded Tula Foods Inc., a company dedicated to smart eating and healthy living. Under Tula Foods Inc. she built its flagship brand Better Whey of Life®, a brand dedicated to bringing higher protein and lower sugar foods to the market. Mazarakis successfully developed a line of delicious, high-protein yogurts. She secured direct distribution in retailers like Supervalu, Kroger, Whole Foods/UNFI, and Target. She raised two rounds of financing, implemented marketing programs dedicated to building healthy and confident women and girls, and grew sales to over $1 million annually.  
 
After five years, Mazarakis exited the Better Whey of Life® business in late 2012, and remains dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing. In 2013, she authored the Thinking Withintm curriculum, a brain training and emotional intelligence curriculum for personal and organizational excellence. The curriculum is grounded in neuroscience and uses proven mind—training techniques to help individuals and organizations gain clarity, creativity, insight, resiliency, and, yes, even better health. She founded ThinkingWithin.org and is in the process of implementing her curriculum with organizations large and small.

Mazarakis is a passionate supporter for entrepreneurs and innovation, for cultivating health and wellbeing, and for the career advancement of women. She has spoken at institutions including: The Union League Club, Fonterra International, the Chicago Entrepreneurship Center, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Kraft Foods, Deloitte Consulting, the Good Food Festival, and the Network of Executive Women.

Her work has been featured in media outlets including the Today Show, Business Week, Women’s World, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Today’s Chicago Woman, and Michigan Avenue magazine. She was awarded the 2009 Illinois Innovation Award by the Illinois Department of Commerce.

Mazarakis serves on the board or directors for Step Up Women’s Network in Chicago. She is also an educator for the PEACE WITHIN YOUth program at Chicago Public Schools. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is a Herman Family Fellowship recipient dedicated to funding women in entrepreneurship. Her undergraduate studies were in engineering at Northwestern University.
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.

Misra Aparna

APARNA MISRA

Cofounder and CEO, Highstride

Misra Aparna

APARNA MISRA

Cofounder and CEO, Highstride

Aparna is in her second year at Booth, working toward her MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing. At the same time, she serves as cofounder and CEO of HighStride. HighStride is a web and mobile portal that provides personalized training to ensure a runner makes it to his/her finish line.

Misra was born in India, moved to Singapore when she was two, graduated high school in Indonesia, moved to Canada, and now calls Houston home. When she's not busy growing the business and tackling homework, Misra is out running on the lakefront path or cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

Previously, as a consultant, Misra often found herself in charge of managing relationships with senior client leadership and has gained deep analytical experience in total margin management within the consumer products industry. She has focused on food and beverages clients to drive benefits across the entire value chain; ranging from driving plant—level productivity improvements to designing corporate pricing programs.

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.

Sassine

Victoria Sassine, '99

Board Director, Aston and AMG Funds, National Faculty Director, Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

Sassine

Victoria Sassine, '99

Board Director, Aston and AMG Funds, National Faculty Director, Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative

Victoria Sassine, '99, has worked in strategic financial and marketing management positions in a variety of industries including biotechnology (Biogen Idec), consumer products (Phillip Morris, Kraft Foods) and petrochemical (Royal Dutch Shell Oil). She started her career as an auditor for Touche Ross LLP. Currently, Sassine is a lecturer in finance and entrepreneurship at Babson College, and is an advisory board member for several growing privately held firms.

Sassine serves as a mutual fund trustee for the AMG Funds and Aston funds.(NYSE: AMG). As a trustee, she provides oversight for 70 mutual fund products, comprising $75 billion of Assets under Management (AUM). Subadvisors include Yacktman fund, PIMCO bond fund, and TimeSquare Capital Management.

Sassine's academic experience includes curriculum development and teaching graduate-level (MBA) corporate finance, financial statement analysis, entrepreneurial finance and strategic marketing. She has also designed and launched several successful Babson executive education programs, both in finance and entrepreneurship.

Sassine is a national faculty director for Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. She has taught entrepreneurship and innovation techniques to hundreds of small business owners throughout the world. Launched in 2008, the Goldman Sachs program serves as a vehicle to job creation by providing access to business education and financial capital for growing entrepreneurial firms.

Sassine serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Center of Women and Enterprise, one of the largest regional women’s business centers in the United States. Her philanthropic interests focus on entrepreneurship and women economic empowerment.

Sassine has a master's in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor's of science in business administration in accounting. She is a certified public accountant.

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.

Katlin

KAITLIN SMITH

Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Katlin

KAITLIN SMITH

Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Kaitlin is a second year Chicago Booth student. Prior to Booth, she worked as a strategy and operations consultant at Delloitte in Atlanta. During this time, shen discovered that she and her family had several allergies to common foods, she first turned to the shelves at grocery stores. But she discovered that many foods contained long ingredient lists, large amounts of refined sugar, preservatives, and other strange things that she couldn't pronounce.  She didn't cook with these things at home, and didn't want to feed them to her family... So why did she have to buy them in food and mixes at the store?  She knew there was a better way, and created Simple Mills.

 

Simple Mills sincerely believes simple is best.  They create delicious products made of nutrient-rich, real-food ingredients that are easily available in nature and never use refined sugar, high-glycemic flours, gluten, or genetically-modified ingredients.  Their products not only taste great, they also make you feel great!