Asatu Shannon Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended American University and majored in international finance.
Prior to Booth: I started my career as a business analyst for an oil and gas investor and an assistant fund manager on the Africa desk for an asset manager. I spent the three years before business school at a British private equity fund focused on frontier markets and based out of Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Concentrations: Finance and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Chicago Africa Business Group, Investment Banking Group, and Chicago Women in Business.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment banking.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I chose to apply to and then attend Booth because of its strong reputation in the business world and its flexible curriculum. I wanted to jump right into the program by choosing the courses I found relevant to my new career goals.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Challenging, fast-paced, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? "Freedom Friday" is a sometimes-themed party planned once a month at different bars around Chicago. It attracts a young professional crowd. The latest event was organized in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Ask me about...: Being an African woman at Booth and recruiting for investment banking.
Sam Yamoah Class of 2014
Undergraduate school/major: I attended Luther College Dublin, majoring in management information systems.
Prior to Booth: I worked for eight years in the health care industry for a Fortune 14 company focusing on process improvement (lean and six sigma), IT Service management, and project management.
Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, and strategic management.
Activities: Member of the Management Consulting Group, AAMBAA, Operation Strategy Group, and DSAC.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? I was drawn to Booth's strong quantitative and discipline-based teaching approach. I experienced this approach first hand when I attended two classes during my campus visits. The flexible curriculum was very attractive because I felt it will provide me to the opportunity to chart my own path. I chose to to attend Booth because I felt the experience will equip me with the skills needed to adapt to the ever-changing business world. As a career switcher, this was very important to me. Booth has a great proven track record about supporting career changers with one of the best career services team in the world.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Amazing, engaging, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must do" activity in Chicago? Laugh at a comedy club or improv group, try a burger at Kuma's Corner, visit the ROOF at the Wit Hotel, one of the best rooftop lounges in the world.
Ask me about...: Changing careers, starting business school with a spouse.