Fireside Chat with Professor Harry Davis and Distinguished Alumni Ghian Foreman '01

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

October 29, 2019: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join Professor Harry Davis and Ghian Foreman, '01, President and CEO of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, for a discussion on leadership and impact.


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At our Annual Meeting, we'll feature a fireside chat with Professor Harry Davis and 2001 alumni Ghian Foreman. As the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Honoree for Public Service and a former student of Professor Davis, Ghian will revisit some of the key learnings he took from the class and how he continues to use those learnings to shape his career and impact.

The meeting will also feature an update on Chicago Booth including recent successes and upcoming priorities and a vote on the new roster of the CBAC board. Appetizers and drinks will be provided during the networking portion of the evening.

5:30-6:30 pm: Check in, Networking, Drinks & Appetizers
6:30-8:00 pm: Fireside Chat and Q&A
8:00-8:30 pm: Networking


$50 after 10/19 

Includes appetizers, drinks, and program.


Register Online

Deadline: 10/28/2019

Speaker Profiles

Ghian Foreman (Speaker) '01
President and CEO, Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative

2019 Distinguished Alumni Honoree for Public Service

Foreman has had a lifelong passion for developing underserved urban areas. Growing up in Hyde Park, he helped his parents, both lawyers, manage rental properties and he always felt a connection to the school. When he applied to Booth, "It felt like a place that I can truly call my alma mater, because I really felt it early, even before I was a student," Foreman said. "I felt that it was calling me."

Foreman has held a number of impactful roles since graduation including Founder of Maktub Development, a real estate development firm focused on inner cities and Executive Director of the nonprofit Greater Southwest Development Corporation. In 2019, Foreman became the president and CEO of Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative. The group works to develop and support South Side communities through a focus on commercial-corridor expansion, sustainable housing, and workforce development.

Foreman's business philosophy includes a respect for the needs of the community and focuses on developing real estate in the area where he grew up. "It's really important to show positive images about the South Side of Chicago," Foreman said. "Not just [to counter] what we hear on the news—the violence—but to show the good things that are happening: the good people, the good stories that are happening in the community."

Harry Davis (Speaker)
Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Professor Davis studies leadership, strategy, creativity and innovation. Since joining the faculty in 1963, Davis has been a major force of innovation at Chicago Booth with respect to the curriculum and the way students develop lifelong habits of learning from their own experience. Under Davis's direction, the school has become recognized for its many contributions to experience-based learning and leadership development.

The common thread throughout Harry's work is curiosity about human beings: why and how we do what we do, personally as well as professionally. Harry's major work at Booth always started with the students and often has been crafted by them. He is the first to acknowledge that none of his work is immutable. With Harry's zest for experimentation, the same course taught two years, even two quarters in a row is never the same.


Nicole Yelsey, '12