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Join Executive MBA staff for a discussion about the application and the application process

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:00 PM CDT

Moderator: Welcome to the chat. We have two XP alums and two current XP students with us today. The topic of today's chat is the student experience. The chat will begin in 5 minutes. Feel free to start submitting your questions. We look forward to answering them for you today.

Patty: Hello, everyone! I am the Associate Dean of the Executive MBA Program. I look forward to answering your questions today.

Toby: Hi everyone, my name is Toby Cortelyou and I am the Associate Director of Marketing and Admissions for the Executive MBA Program. We look forward to answering any questions you have about the Student Experience.

Brian: Thanks for joining the chat. My name is Brian Bauer, and I graduated from XP79 in March of 2010. Excited to talk about my experiences ....

Rafi: Hello everyone. Its Rafi. I graduated with XP-78 in 2009. By being here today, you are beginning a great journey as the XP program continues to be an incredible experience for me even after graduation.

Brad: Hello & welcome I am Brad Krillenberger the Senior Associate Director of Student Services, Executive MBA Program North America.

Mary: Hi! This is Mary. I am a first year student in the XP program. I look forward to your questions!

Anthony: Good afternoon, I'm Anthony, a current XP-81 student! I live in Chicago, and work with my family business as MIS Director.

kguest__Guest_: Regarding tuition, is housing included in Chicago each Friday night when students attend classes?

Brad: Tuition does not cover housing on the Friday nights between class days. We do offer an optional housing program that you opt in to if you'd like.

G-145323163__Guest_: Hi, What is average time required for the program, outside the campus vist for courses.

Rafi: Depends of course. Some classes took 5 hours and some 20. The key was leveraging the support of your study group.

kguest__Guest_: Hello XP team. Regarding coursework for the EMBA program, is it lighter load than the full-time MBA, or is the workload the same, especially quantitatively, as in the full-time program. In other words, is the EMBA an "MBA-Lite" program?

Patty: Students in our executive MBA program earn the exact same degree as in all of our MBA programs. In addition, the same faculty teach in all of our programs. It is definitely not lighter in either coursework or in concepts! The differences between programs are in the format and the student experience levels.

Franklin__Guest_: If we find a few students, faculty aand friends who wish to begin a business, develop a business model and plan for launching that business, how will the school and program help us locate, assemble, and present to would-be investors? Does the school guarantee funding for such initiatives?

Rafi: Several new ventures were started during the program. There is an angel group called Hyde Park Angels and the school has New Venture Challenges every year. Also, the professors were very supportive and some sit on the boards of the new ventures.

KM__Guest_: Toby, with the EMBA program, any overnight class requirements otherthan the international travel??

Brad: I'll do my best to answer what I think that you are asking. The North American campus has class sessions every other Friday and Saturday of the month. Many people choose to stay at a hotel the night between classes. During the residential weeks in Chicago, London & Singapore the hotel cost is covered by the program office.

Franklin__Guest_: What would be a solution for the following circumstance: A student enrolls in the program and hmaintains a full time job. The question re: a business unfolds and an opportunity to develop a business plan emerges. How would theschool react to supporting that group within the time constraints of both the eMBA Program and full time employment? Would the school support a sort of ad-hoc program, support it with office space, living arrangements, funding, and all resources needed to be developed if the time constraints of the current curriculum and full time employment would prevent such an initiative to be launched? Who would make those decisions within the school?

Brian: Franklin: Good question ... the New Venture Challenge is the formal program to incubate and shepherd business ideas through the program. It's a formal program, with funding for the winners of the program and other support services. Outside of that, the Polsky Center offers a tremendous number of resources that can be used throughout the program outside of NVC. There is no dispensation in terms of academic program for someone wishing to jointly start a business while taking classes.

KM__Guest_: Can you please provide an estimate of weekly time spent on classwork outside of the classroom. Also please comment on how you balance class, work, family?

Mary: Some classes require more time than others and it is often dependent on your background. For the classes where I had limited background, I would spend up to 12 hours a week but some classes would only require a few hours a week.

kguest__Guest_: Hello Rafi, Mary or Anthony - can you please let us know about your networking experience with Booth alumni? Have you been able to reach other alumni easily to seek any assistance or tips? Do you feel that alumni are largely interested in helping Booth students, or is the alumni experience only cursory?

Rafi: Networking is incredible. Great database and career center. This is a strong asset of the school. I attend alumni events almost weekly.

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: Question: Obviously Chicago's 3 global campuses give the Chicago Booth EMBA a unique global dimension. In what ways are global issues integrated into core classes and electives throughout the program?

Anthony: The classroom is certainly filled with an international perspective regardless of campus. Students come from across the world (we have several from South America in our current class), as do Professors. Cases and coursework include multinationals, and several electives have a specifically international focus.

Franklin__Guest_: If we find a few students, faculty aand friends who wish to begin a business, develop a business model and plan for launching that business, how will the school and program help us locate, assemble, and present to would-be investors? Does the school guarantee funding for such initiatives?

Brian: Franklin: formally, you can present to investors (Hyde Park Angels) through the New Venture Challenge (NVC). Informally, you can use the resources and network of the Polsky Center to reach out to VC's both here in Chicago and abroad. There is no guarantee of funding.

Franklin__Guest_: If we begin in one program, but soon find that perhaps we should be in another, what kinds of assistance will the school offer to help us transfer into another program? Do we need to reapply or is there another process to work through?

Toby: Transferring from one program to another is very rare and the process is managed on a case by case basis through the deans office. Any number of criteria could be included in the decision to transfer. If you are having questions about which program may be the best fit for you please feel free to contact us offline to discuss your options.

G-145350555__Guest_: I have attended the previous webcast about the student experience but would appreciate additional insight from the staff/alumni on their recommended approach on maximizing the experience.

Rafi: 22 months is a short time in the grand scheme. Prioritize. Get buy-in from work and family. You will be surprised how you can prioritize life for 22 months. My life became school, then family, then work. Everything else was secondary.

Franklin__Guest_: Is there any leniency afforded for independent research or business plan development? Would we need Professor sponsorship?

Brian: There are concentrations/electives on entrepreneurship, but the program doesn't offer any flexibility for self-study or development of a business plan. Perhaps the full time program/part-time program might be of more interest to you, as there may be opportunities and more flexibility in the areas of study.

KM__Guest_: Regarding the tuition & cost, what is the tuition for the 2011 EMBA program?? what is included in this??

Toby: Tuition is not set yet for the class starting in 2011. That is usually ready in April. tuition includes books, housing for your residential weeks, some meals, and a great deal of programming throughout the experience. This does NOT include your transportation to and from London.

Vikram__Guest_: I had send across my resume for validation to toby.cortelyou@chicagobooth.edu but didnot hear anything about the same

Toby: Vikram, I apologize for not getting back to you. I don't remember getting your email but to be clear we do not offer any sort of pre-evaluation services. If you have specific questions about a certain piece of your application I'm happy to help.

G-145323163__Guest_: Follow-up question on one of the answers above, since I live in philadelphia. I understand that students need to travel twice in a quarter, please elaborate more on Friday evening classes

Brad: This site might give you a better idea of a A Typical class weekend in Chicago:

Brad: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/execmba/campuslocations/chicago/typicalday.aspx

Brad: In a typical quarter you will be in Chicago for 6 class weekends.

Franklin__Guest_: Rafi, thank you for your response. What is the average investment amount made into these start-ups? Is there funding available to support time away from full time employment, office space and living accomodations available? If we wanted to transform the curriculum to be focused just on funding that initiative, before actually completing the typical electives and scheduled courses, would the school support such an endeavor?

Rafi: The ventures are done outside of school with no adjustment to the program (as the MBA will make the venture more successful). Like all ventures, there is no golden rule as far as funding but keep in mind that the school itself is not providing the funding.

G-145350555__Guest_: From a planning perspective, are the international trips scheduled in advance to allow for appropriate planning?

Patty: We publish your travel weeks up to a year in advance of your starting the program. It gives you plenty of time to make plans. We also host a series of meetings designed to prepare you for the experiences.

sandy__Guest_: What was the most important quality of the Booth program that led you to choose it over other top programs?

Anthony: For me, the exceptional reputation of Booth and the chance to travel to both London and Singapore for an international viewpoint were major factors. I also kept a keen eye on news reports mention of universities for research and market comments - it seemed that Booth came up more often than the others, so my decision was made!

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: I live in Greater NYC. How strong is the student/alumni base in my area versus Chicagoland? What kinds of activities, if any, are sponsored to foster interaction?

Toby: The alumni base in NYC is very strong. Comparing it to alumni in Chicago probably isn't fair simply because the university is in Chicago and more of our students are from the Chicagoland area than anyplace else. Alumni clubs all over the world host many different types of networking events, industry workshops, service activities and speaker events. Once you are an alum you will have access to these clubs and opportunities to be active as you like.

Vamsi__Guest_: Can you elaborate on Concentrations. I see these described as optional. Are these over and above the regular program? How many students typically opt for concentrations. What is the split between Finance and Stategy.

Brad: Concentrations are optional, above the requirements of the MBA degree. There is an additional fee assessed to participate in Concentrations week. Currently the split between Finance and Strategy is 60-40. These numbers can change from year to year.

kguest__Guest_: Is there an opportunity to interact or collaborate with other EMBA programs in the Chicago area, especially Kellogg? Does Booth view Kellogg as a rival, or as a source of reciprocal networking asset?

Rafi: Are you referring to the cereal school? Seriously, Kellogg is obviously a great school. I went to Northwestern undergrad and know many graduates of Kellogg. They are a friendly rival, but they are a different program. Booth is unique. Booth's rigorousness and methodology to thinking, analyzing, and learning is unique. I agree that more networking would be great and that a combined networking list would be world class.

bob__Guest_: I would like to hear from Mary and Brian about what the job market is like? I am curious what Mary and Brian are hearing/have experienced from those people graduating from the program as to whether they are having a hard/harder time finding jobs, if the salary expectations are being compromised and what is the overall outlook. Iam also curious if the placement office has been meeting expectations and if there is a lot of conversations about tuition versus results.

Brian: The Career Services office provides support for the XP program, but in a very different way from the other programs. Recruiting is not a primary focus, as many of the students in XP have some sort of tuition reimbursement through their existing company. As such, many of the students are looking to move up within their company rather than find a new job. And, not to sound elitist, but most of the XP classmates aren't looking for entry level consulting/finance jobs that would be typical of the more traditional recruiting process.

Brian: That being said, a good number of my classmates have found new jobs (mostly as a result of the economy during and around when I graduated). The job market for XP students is really strong, mostly because of the network that you will have created in the program. Most jobs came either directly through a classmate, or as a result of an introduction that a classmate made. I'd say 60% of my class has either been promoted within the company, or moved to another company, and have heard of no complaints with their process.

Rec__Guest_: Hello. Is the EMBA curriculum customized accordding to the area of interest such as healthcare?

Patty: Our EMBA program has a general management curriculum. Students can opt to take additional classes for a concentration in strategy or finance.

RICARDO__Guest_: I HAVE DONE AN EXECUTIVE MBA IN OTHER COUNTRY. CAN WE ELIMINATE SOME CLASSES OR I WILL HAVE TO DO ALL THE CLASSES

Toby: Hello Ricardo - we do not accept transfer credits or classes from any other programs. All classes will be required.

Franklin__Guest_: All, thank you for your responses thus far. How important tdo you think the fundamentals - taught early in the program as I understand it - are...from a Booth graduate's perspective?

Rafi: The fundamentals are critical. They are the foundation upon which the more advanced classes are taught. The classes are taught in a purposeful order.

RICARDO__Guest_: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXECUTIVE MBA ANDA AN MBA

Anthony: The difference between Executive MBA and MBA is two-fold: the student level of an Executive MBA is typically more mature, more experienced, and lends itself well to full-time employment in addition to school. A full-time MBA program would probably lend itself better to those looking for a major career path change by taking time off from work, or to those looking for even further advanced (i.e,. phd) degrees.

KM__Guest_: Can you tell me the process for the study group selection??

Mary: Study groups for the 1st quarter are determined by the school. The groups are set up to include a wide range of backgrounds. My first group was very diverse and everyone had an ability to contribute. Study groups after the first quarter are a combination of choosing to stay with a few people from your first group or getting put into a group with new members. They change every 2 quarters.

KM__Guest_: Can you please tell me the last year admission rate for the EMBA program??

Patty: We don't release admission numbers publicly. We target 90-95 students each year and have a very competitive applicant pool.

G-145350555__Guest_: Is there anything you would recommend outside of prioritization to prepare for the XP(maybe foundational coursework) for those of us that haven't spent time in classroom in a while?

Rafi: The program offers refresher courses in Math and Accounting the week prior to the program start. Other than that, it is hard to prepare. You will adapt quickly over the first couple of months. It will take a while.

Franklin__Guest_: Beyond the NVC, where in the program do we obtain an opportunity to exhibit applicability of those fundamentals? In other words, is the NVC the only outlet for creativity? Are there other opporunities as well? Any specific examples would be helpful.

Mary: I am currently in the Competitive Strategy class and there was a great opportunity for creativity in our group project we presented to the class. Many students came up with innovative recommendations for well known companies on how they could win in their markets.

KM__Guest_: What about the parking?? is it free??

Brad: We do offer reduced parking in the area. Parking is $8.00 on Friday & $5.00 on Saturday of class weekends.

Franklin__Guest_: Patty, would you encourage participation in any other disciplines where a student may find interest? Say, writing an article for the New York Times, creation of ad copy, writing a movie script, or any other activity that may not be at the core of the eMBA experience but might unlock potential or an area of intellectual thought and creative outlet.

Patty: Each professor decides on the content and requirements for his/her class. Occasionally, there are opportunities for creative endeavors outside of the main course content -- e.g., a class presentation or a required paper. The university community is very vibrant and you may find opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities that pique your interest.

Franklin__Guest_: How hard do we push our students? Is it worth it?

Brian: It's the Executive MBA program at the University of Chicago - so by definition, you're going to be pushed. The key is that you have a great group of classmates to lean on, so what might be a strength for you will be a weakness for them, and vice versa. Together, you make it through.

Brian: Absolutely worth it! I learned quite a bit, and mostly in areas that I'm not already good at.

RICARDO__Guest_: I am doing an Finance MBA from Devry and have concluded already two classes, International Business and Business Law. Can these be accepted as transfer credits ?

Brian: Unfortunately, no. The EMBA is a cohorted program - with a very structured curriculum that is lock-step (meaning, you take a specific series of courses in a specific order). As such, your classes won't transfer in/replace the classes in this particular program.

JCT__Guest_: Do you have any experience related to students from abroad, i.e. south america, working full-time and assiting to EMBA at Booth? doesn't they have any problem to travel?

Anthony: We currently have 3 students that work full-time and travel from Chile and Argentina every other weekend. The travel is a challenge at times, but their companies strongly back them and they all see great benefit in the program.

kguest__Guest_: XP team.. any comments about why the Booth EMBA program dropped significantly in this year's Wall Street Journal rankings to 16th spot with many lesser known Universities ranked above? This ranking has a significant weight on student satisfaction, so why are EMBA students not satisfied enough to rank the XP program highly?

Toby: Hello kguest. It is very important to understand the methodology of rankings in order to interpret them well. 40% of the WSJ ranking was based on an alumni survey of one class, 40% was based on a corporate survey and 20% is based on a combination of the two. I also would point out that out of 86 rankings since January 2001, we have been ranked in the top ten 81 times.

bob__Guest_: can you tell me the range of ages from the last admitted class? oldest, youngest and the average of the middle?

Brian: Hi bob! XP81 has someone that is 28, and XP49 had someone that was 29. Both programs had people on the upper end at around 55/56. I believe the average age is 37.

Franklin__Guest_: Thank you Mary. Have we ever brought a specific company into the curriculum and build our own case studies?

Mary: For the competitive strategy class, our study group was able to pick any company for the project. However, the case studies are all chosen by the professor specifically to illustrate concepts learned in the class.

G-145350555__Guest_: Is there one element of your business acumen that was really enhanced from the XP?

Rafi: I was particularly enriched in two ways. First, I had no finance or accounting background. XP gave me incredible knowledge to conduct business in these areas. Second, XP gave me the framework and confidence to handle any business situation.

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: Understanding that acceptance rates aren't public, how close to acceptance is a candidate who is invited to interview?

Patty: Someone who is invited to interview has passed the first preliminary review. Since there are so many other factors that go into an admission decision, it is incorrect to assume that an interview will automatically lead to a "yes" decision.

Franklin__Guest_: If you were to pick one symbol for the school - something that represents its meaning and hertitage - what would that symbol be?

Rafi: Coat of Arms

Rafi: The University Coat of Arms, a shield displaying the phoenix below and the book and motto above, was adopted by the Board of Trustees on August 16, 1910. The University motto, "Crescat scientia, vita excolatur," was adopted by the Board on January 17, 1911 and added to the Coat of Arms on the pages of the open book.

Rafi: The Coat of Arms was designed by Pierre de Chaignon la Rose, a heraldic specialist in Boston working under contract to the Board of Trustees. No surviving documents make clear precisely why the phoenix was adopted as the central element on the Coat of Arms, although several possibilities have been suggested. The phoenix may represent the "rebirth" of the University of Chicago; an earlier University of Chicago was founded in 1857 and closed due to bankruptcy in 1886, and the current University of Chicago was incorporated in 1890, so in an important sense the University was reborn as the current institution. The phoenix, of course, can also be seen as a symbol of the city of Chicago, which was seriously damaged by the great Chicago Fire of 1871 and then was successfully rebuilt, or reborn, within just a few years. But the most probable assumption is that the Board of Trustees intended the phoenix to represent the successful "rebirth" of the University of Chicago, that is, the rebirth of the institution rather than the rebirth of the city.

Rafi: http://trustees.uchicago.edu/secretary/emblems.shtml

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: How may we obtain more info about the optional Friday night housing?

Brad: This is the registration link for our Winter 2011 Quarter:

Brad: https://www.123signup.com/event?id=vxhny

Brad: Rates will vary based on the season, and students are not required to sign up for the program. We offer is as an option for commuting students to book all class weekend at one time. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have additional questions.

Franklin__Guest_: With so much time away from class, how diificult is it to spend time outside of class discussing current events, careers, or just generally life outside of the classroom? Is it difficult within the XP team?

Brian: Franklin: Quite the opposite. Because you have a focused two days with your classmates, Friday at 9a through Saturday at 5p is all about class, with very few distractions from your non-academic life. As such, there is plenty of time for social interactions, discussions of career/life/family, etc. Most classmates will say that the friendships created during the program are the most under-estimated aspect of the program going in, and the part that they appreciated the most.

G-145368130__Guest_: I am interested in scheduling a shadow class date, can the former student provide feedback on if they partipated in this process and how this experience factored in on their selecting the Booth EMBA?

Rafi: Attending class was critical. To see the incredible interactions between the professor and students was great. The discussions were provocative. I highly recommend attending a class.

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: What are some ways that the assignments and study groups deliberately facilitate the development of the critical, analytical thinking skills that Chicago Booth is known for producing in alumni?

Toby: Hi GoormasticMa2 - This is a very broad question and I'm guessing you could get different answers from different people. I think rather than giving examples of one specific assignment or study group experience you would hear about a holistic development that is a result of interaction with amazing classmates and faculty combined with a well designed curriculum.

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G-145350555__Guest_: Is there any component of the program/coursework that you completely underestimated prior to the start of program? Any potholes to watch out for?

Brian: I think the hardest part is getting back into an academic state of mind: ie, the discipline and skills related to study, test taking, notes, etc. For those that are not technical in nature, I highly recommend the pre-MBA courses to catch up on math concepts and accounting. That will give you a leg up going in. I also recommend coming close to clearing your schedule for the first quarter. It's tough, and setting yourself up for success right off the bat/giving yourself plenty of time to study is really important.

kguest__Guest_: Has there been any interest from the big consulting firms like BCG and McKinsey in recruiting EMBA students for more senior roles? Do executives from such companies participate in Friday evening networking sessions to recruit EMBA students?

Toby: On-campus recruiting is not available to students in the Executive MBA Program. More times than not the positions these firms are recruiting for are junior to anything EMBA students would be interested in. Also - we require a letter of company support from all students stating that your organization supports your time away from work and in our view offering these recruitment services would be a conflict of interest.

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: Are there any "spouse" weekends? My wife loves Chicago and wants to come in my suitcase for "Miracle Mile" shopping! :)

Rafi: There is a yearly spouse weekend organized by the program office that includes a variety of events. A spouse panel is also held which gives new spouses the opportunity to ask questions from alumni spouses.

bob__Guest_: What is the class make up generally? What percentage from finance, marketing, manufacturing and etc. What industries are represented? Have the make up and the industries evolved over the last ten years for example?

Anthony: There is much more information available on the Booth website, but the class makeup is very mixed. There are individuals from all the fields you've listed plus healthcare, food service, NGO, and technology.

Anthony: The largest percentages are mostly finance and technology, but each group is fairly represented.

Anthony: Obviously the makeup has evolved, but it continues to do so and pinning down a "projected" makeup would be un-Booth-like!

Anthony: http://www.chicagobooth.edu/execmba/world-class/class-stats/index.aspx

Rec__Guest_: Not being a student yet, I wonder what selection criteria you focus on the most in the admission process.

Patty: Everything that we ask for in the application is carefully reviewed. We do not weight pieces, but your past and present professional experiences in addition to your potential for advancement are certainly attributes that we look at very closely.

Vikram__Guest_: What comprises the total work experience ? Is the post master experience considered?

Toby: It really depends on what YOU would consider your work experience. Please note that there is no formula. We are going to spend more time evaluating the quality of your experiences and how you would be able to leverage those experiences to add value to your classmates throughout the program.

Franklin__Guest_: Besides the academics, which certainly reign supreme, what was the most memorable experience of any of the graduates?

Brian: Franklin: Two experiences are extremely memorable. The travel between the first year and the second year to London & Singapore was awesome. Traveling with your classmates made for some great stories, and really neat friendships. In addition, many students had dinner/drinks on Friday nights of class weekends - and that too was a great part of the program.

Adrian__Guest_: Can you be more specific about the Pre-MBA courses?

Anthony: The Pre-MBA courses take place the weekend before Kick-Off Week. There are 2 courses, Math and Accounting, both of which are extremely helpful! They're geared towards those with little experience in either field, but they're helpful to any level.

Anthony: Speaking as a current student, I find that those who did take the Pre-MBA courses have had a slight leg-up, especially when it comes to the more advanced topics.

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kguest__Guest_: This article specifically states that Booth alumni are not as committed to Booth as some other programs. Any thoughts? http://poetsandquants.com/2010/07/02/chicagos-booth-vs-northwesterns-kellogg-school/

Rafi: Nice article. In respect to alumni bonding, I have this take. Unlike schools like Kellogg and Harvard in which alumni openly wear sweatshirts, etc. announcing their affiliation, Booth grads do not do this. This being said, I have had great experiences in engaging Booth alumni for new job networking and for subject expert advice.

Tony__Guest_: Are the pre-MBA courses offered on-site or can they be done remotely?

Anthony: They are all on-site.

Anthony: It's also a great opportunity to meet many of your new classmates before the big show begins!

G-145368130__Guest_: I am sorry if this information was already provided, for the former students, what industries and postion level did you hold at the beginning vs. the industry and position you hold today?

Rafi: I personally went from a product manager to a global marketing manager.

GoormasticMa2__Guest_: What were the three most mind-blowingly awesome courses you've taken so far?

Brian: Absolutely. In no specific order:

Brian: Accounting with Roman Weil: He's a tough cookie, but if you don't learn accounting through him (and be highly entertained in the process), you're probably not going get it.

Brian: Corporate Finance with Kevin Rock: he's a true legend, and has been involved in almost every significant M&A deal in the last 20 years. He takes an academic exercise and turns it into fantastic stories that entertain you like a James Patterson novel.

Brian: Macro-Econ with Dave Altig: He teaches Macro the way the Fed looks at the economy. It's unlike the way you'll learn it anywhere else, and boils it down in to simple, easy to understand concepts. Plus, his commentary on the economy is always spot on and very entertaining.

G-145350555__Guest_: Any advice in communicating to your superiors(what worked/didn't) on setting expectation for your workload shift as you attend the XP?

Rafi: A good manager should recognize what a Booth MBA skill set will bring to the organization. Be up front with the time commitments. Stress that teaching from each weekend can be immediately applied on Monday.

Rafi: Thank you very much for attending! I hope to see you at Gleacher soon.

Brian: Thank you everyone! Enjoyed the chat. The XP program was one of the best decisions I've made in life, not only because I learned a great deal, but also because it helped me create life-long friendships that continue to push me intellectually and professionally beyond the program. I highly, highly recommend it.

Brad: Thank you for taking time to meet with us today. I hope it has been helpful.If you have any additional questions please feel free to email us at xp@chicagobooth.edu

Patty: Thank you for spending part of your day with us online! Please let us know if you have more questions off-line.

Anthony: Best of luck to all with your search and in your application process- I look forward to meeting you as a visitor to our class!

Toby: Thanks for joining us today! If you have any further questions please contact us at xp@chicagobooth.edu or by phone at 312.464.8750. Also join us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In to keep up to date on other opportunities to interact with members of the Booth Community!

Mary: Thanks everyone for your questions and have a great week!

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