Women's Network

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

Alumnae Spotlight

Learn about Chicago Booth alumnae and their career accomplishments. We feature an alumna and her answers to questions that range from topics such as career navigation and career transitions to balancing motherhood and running a business. Please send any questions or potential recommendations to Stephanie Dow, ’08.

Alumna in the Spotlight

Pree Walia ’10

Pree Walia, ’10, is the CEO and cofounder of Preemadonna, and the inventor of its first product line, Nailbot, a robotic manicurist—and, more specifically, a smartphone nail art printer. Read more here >>

Christina Van Houten, '96

Christina Van Houten, '96, shares her experiences as a female leader in the tech industry, and the recent launch of Women@Work - a platform she founded for emerging working women to connect with one another around the world. Read more here >>

Sophia Stone, ’14

Sophia Stone, ’14, came to Booth with a single post-MBA career focus: pursue a marketing career with a luxury brand. Like many others, Sophia augmented her MBA studies with Managerial and Organizational Behavior (MOB) coursework to acquire the “soft skills” for managing others. Little did she know at the time that her interests in MOB would lead to big career changes and land her the job of her dreams. Read more »

Charlotte Sibley, '70

Charlotte Sibley, ’70 is accomplished, well-recognized, savvy and witty. She has forged an impressive career in the healthcare industry, pioneered functions within companies and continues to ingest innovation through her work on for profit and nonprofit boards! Read More »

Katlin Smith, ’15

Katlin Smith, ’15, founder and CEO of Simple Mills, was recently spotlighted in Crains’ 20 under 20 for 2015. Nominated for this year’s Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, Simple Mills makes delicious, simple, and nutrient-rich baking mixes that are naturally gluten-free. In just over a year, Simple Mills has grown from a retail footprint of under 100 stores to over 1,400 stores nationwide. Katlin was able to sit down and talk to us about her business and Booth alumni network. Read more »

Anya Gezunterman, ’01

Meet Anya Gezunterman, ’01, an alumna from the full-time MBA program. Focused on finance from the get-go, Anya has progressed her finance career from a debt capital markets analyst to a derivatives originator and marketer providing risk management and financing solutions to institutional and high net-worth clients. Read more »

Andrea Sreshta, '16

Meet Andrea Sreshta, '16, co-founder of LuminAID, a company that focuses on innovative solar powered energy products for humanitarian aid and outdoor recreation. Andrea holds a B.A. from Yale University, a Master’s in Architecture from Columbia University, and a MBA from Chicago Booth. Read more »

Joanie Stringer '02

Joanie Stringer, ’02 graduate, and Senior Vice President at Northern Trust was showcased as one of the “Top 20 Professionals under 40 in Miami” for Brickell magazine in May 2015.  In talking with Joanie, we learned about her professional experiences and the intraprenuership that continues to drive her professional growth.

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Loana Baes, XP-84

Loana Baes, recent 2015 graduate of University of Chicago – Executive MBA, has founded moleCures (mol-e-cures), a crowdfunding platform for cancer and medical research. With 14 years of business experience, read to hear about Loana, her experience at Chicago Booth and journey in founding moleCures. 

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Jennifer Alexander '08

Jennifer Alexander, ’08 alumna, and Carlos Monzon, ’07 graduate, are the founders of Chapín Coffee LLC.  Chapín was founded to bring Fair Trade and Organic certified specialty coffee to consumers and give back to the coffee-growing communities in Guatemala. With the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America, about 3 of every 4 kids in the rural coffee-growing communities of Guatemala are suffering.  For every bag sold, Chapín works with the non-profit Pueblo a Pueblo, to deliver children living in the coffee-growing area 3 school meals. We were able to talk to Jennifer and learn about the mission of her growing business and the value the Booth network has brought her and Carlos. Read more »

Leslie Pratch, '00

Leslie Pratch, '00, is the founder and CEO of Pratch & Company. Pratch & Company advises organizations on the human dimensions of executing corporate strategy. In addition to her role as CEO of Pratch & Company, Pratch recently published a book, Looks Good on Paper?: Using In-Depth Personality Assessments to Predict Leadership Performance. In her book she shares insights from more than 20 years of executive evaluations and offers an empirically based approach to identify executives who will be effective within organizations—and to flag those who will ultimately fail—by evaluating aspects of personality and character that are hidden beneath the surface. Read more »

Rebecca Sanda, '08

Rebecca Sanda, '08, created and currently manages an APAC marketing organization as a corporate initiative to build a global marketing function for the first time in Bloomberg LP’s 30-year history. As the head of marketing, Asia Pacific, and Japan, Rebecca is the regional leader and manager of a team of 30 professionals. Read what about how her experience at Chicago Booth created a foundation to launch her amazing career that has spanned roles in public relations, business development, and marketing. Read more »

Clare Hare, '88

A love of fabric led to a line of clothes. Clare Hare, '88, was on maternity leave from her investment banking job when she began to brainstorm with another new mom about a new venture. After five years, the idea for a classic women's resort-wear line was born in 2002. Clare has grown the line from a five-piece idea to include sun-protective clothing that address the increasing problem of skin cancer. Initially, Clare funded her venture with angel investors and later found a crowd-funding platform for women entrepreneurs. Read more »

Emily Oster

Associate Professor of Economics, Chicago Booth

Emily Oster, an associate professor of economics at Chicago Booth, has gained some well-deserved attention based on her findings in her new book, which challenges the rules on pregnancy. Have you read it? It's called Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know. If not, you can find it here. Read more »

Janet Pucino, '94

Janet Pucino, '94, was inspired to write a book after spending a weekend with fellow women MBA students and alumnae from Chicago Booth. Her new book, titled Not in the Club: An Executive Woman's Journey Through the Biased World of Business, won the 2012-13 Los Angeles Book Festival Award in the Business Category. Janet draws on her own experiences and conversations with men and women in the workplace, as well as research on the subject. She took some time recently to tell CBWN more about her book and insights. Read more »

Ruchi Talati, '11, and Jennifer Parkes, '11

Chicago Booth classmates turned business partners, Ruchi Talati, '11, and Jennifer Parkes, '11, founded Catch22Dating, the online dating service targeting successful graduates and young professionals across the US. Determined to pursue their shared goal of entrepreneurship, Ruchi and Jen utilized their Booth network and education, especially the benefits of rigorous quantitative analysis, to launch the company. The two women cite passion and discipline as key factors for success. Here, Ruchi and Jen answer a few questions for CBWN. Read more »

Sue Warshal, '04

Meet Sue Warshal, '04, whose career has focused on health care. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she earned her MBA to move into management and now is the director of a nonprofit in the mental health field. Here Sue answers a few questions for CBWN about her experiences. Read more »

Terri Lydon, '05

Meet Chicago Booth alumna Terri Lydon, '05, whose career in marketing has spanned from traditional corporations to start-ups. Her love of the dynamic atmosphere at new and growing businesses led to her current role at PromoAid. She also values the time it gives her with her family. Here Terri answers a few questions for CBWN about her experiences. Read more »

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