Joanna Banks Class of 2013
Undergraduate school/major: I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science and majored in systems engineering with a financial focus and mathematics minor.
Prior to Booth: I worked in Kingston, Jamaica for Pan Caribbean Financial Services Limited, one of Jamaica's leading universal banks, as a manager of Corporate Financing & Derivative Products; assistant manager of Structured Products; and senior officer of Research.
Activities: Member of the Corporate Finance Group, Corporate Management & Strategy Group, Giving Something Back, and Booth Caribbean Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for general management.
Why did you choose Chicago Booth? One could spend a substantial amount of time highlighting the benefits found in Chicago Booth's exceptional faculty, superior facilities, and incomparable alumni opportunities, all confirmed by its consistent top five rankings. However, I believe that Chicago Booth's true advantage and pull on me is rooted in its intangibles. Chicago Booth's MBA program acknowledges that the perfect student is never found in a defined package; instead the ideal class is comprised of unique persons, all of whom are willing to contribute to collective growth and learning. It also provides adequate room for experimentation, time for relationship building, and flexibility in curriculum, all to formulate individualized experiences. It accepts people who have unbridled potential for success and are willing to simply contribute to these accomplishments, as Chicago Booth's success is derived from its participants' achievements, which will have varying forms.
What do you consider a "must visit" place in Chicago? Request a song at Howl at the Moon.
Ask me about...: What it's like to cycle for two hours beside Lake Michigan.