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.