About the Conference

The 19th Annual Recruiters Conference offers essential information to develop a successful recruiting strategy at Chicago Booth, and gives you the tools to find the perfect fit for your organization in our premier candidate pool.

For information about hotels, map, and directions, visit the Logistics page.

Conference Schedule


Title and Speaker



8:30 - 9 a.m.

Check-In, Breakfast & Meet-n-Greet with Employer Relations Team


HC104 A&B

9:05 - 9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Career Services Update 

Julie Morton, Associate Dean, Career Services and Corporate Relations 

This session will recap the 2014-2015 recruiting season with insightful statistics on the industries and functions in which our students will be working for full-time positions and summer internships.  Details will also be provided on the sources of students' jobs and the percentage of students who accepted full-time positions through their internships.  An overview of the number of companies that interviewed on campus and the number of job postings will also be provided.  We will also share updated recruiting processes and policies.  

HC104 A&B

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Update from the Dean

Stacey Kole, Deputy Dean for the Full-Time MBA Program and Clinical Professor of Economics


HC104 A&B

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Leadership Development at Chicago Booth 

Christopher Collins, Associate Dean LEAD, Max Eckman, Sr, Coach, LEAD & Student Facilitators

Booth's approach to leadership development begins with the LEAD class in which we help build students' self-awareness of their current strengths and growth points as leaders.  Students are put in a variety of situations where they work with each other, reflect on their performance, and get feedback concerning how they performed and how they were perceived by others.  One critical lens for perceiving others is through the cultural norms individuals employ based on their personal histories.  This session shares a small part of the content of one LEAD class in which students not only identify their own cultural norms, but also think about how their actions are perceived by those with a different cultural perspective.

HC104 A&B

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Admissions Update

Donna Swinford, Director of Admissions Operations & Colin Davis, Senior Associate Director

This session will include a discussion on the admissions process at Chicago Booth. Demographic information on the Class of 2017 will also be provided so you can start to learn more about your future candidate pool

HC104 A&B

Noon  - 1 p.m.

Lunch with Students and Career Services Staff

Please join us for lunch with your fellow colleagues, students, and Career Services staff. We invite you to network and dine with colleagues in your industry, as well as meet the first-year co-chairs from our career-focused student groups

HC104 A&B

1 - 1:15 p.m.



1:15 - 2 p.m.

Wiser:  Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

Reid Hastie, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science 

Behavioral scientists have been persistently critical of the quality of decision-making and problem-solving activities carried out in interacting face-to-face teams and committees.  They have cited biases and mistakes such as Groupthink, polarization, and escalation of conflict.  Even James Surowiecki who wrote about methods to harness collective intelligence, advised against face-to-face group work, and prescribed various indirect statistical methods to extract the 'Wisdom of Crowds.' Prof. Hastie will review some new findings consistent with the limits on group performance.  He will also talk about the necessity of working in groups and how to proceed to leverage the highest levels of performance from interacting teams. 


2 - 2:15 p.m.



2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Industry Breakout Sessions with Student Panelists









3:30 - 4 p.m.

Event Departure

Career Services staff members will be on hand to answer any last minute questions.



Recruiters Conference
Thursday, April 30

Check-In and Breakfast:
8:30 - 9 a.m.

Panels and Presentations:
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Chicago Booth
Charles M. Harper Center

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

For additional information, please email Janice Farrar.

Last Updated 4/28/15