One of the reasons Kevin, a former consultant at McKinsey & Company, chose Booth was for the comprehensive education in business fundamentals, a knowledge base that will be helpful as he continues to build his nonprofit venture Dot-to-Dot
During my first quarter, I took a course called Entrepreneurial Selling taught by Craig Wortmann, and, at the time, I was actively involved in the sales process for Dot-to-Dot, a start-up I founded before Booth. The class couldn’t have been more impactful at any other time in my career, and the flexibility that Booth offers that enabled me to take that class when I needed it most was invaluable for me.
There is a lot of momentum in Chicago’s entrepreneurial community. Groupon and Lightbank are driving a lot of activity, but there are also great organizations like Excelerate Labs that are new, and growing.
Chicago is also a very open entrepreneurial community. If you’re interested, entrepreneurs love to hear from you and your ideas. And at Booth, there is hardly any barrier between you and the entrepreneurial community, which makes it an exciting
place to be.
One of the things I discovered while founding Dot-to-Dot is that every time we came across a new business function required to build the business, I had to learn everything from scratch. Repeating this over and over again became a daunting process. I realized how valuable it would be - and how effective I could be as a leader - if I had a sound foundation in business fundamentals across all functions. I wanted a broad base of knowledge and skills, which is what ultimately turned me
on to Booth.