University of Chicago

An Unexpected Path For Alumna Susan Axelrod, ’82

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Susan Axelrod, ’82Susan Axelrod, ’82, didn't go looking for her career; it came knocking on her door, full force. The founding chair of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) has a deeply personal stake in the organization's mission.

"When I was in business school I had a grand life plan, including the birth of my firstborn daughter. What was not in the plan - and what threw a lifelong curve ball at my family - was that she developed epilepsy at 7 months.

And this wasn't what you might envision when you think about epilepsy - a minor inconvenience, where drugs would control the seizures. This was epilepsy with a vengeance."

As she and her family grappled with her daughter's illness, Axelrod also saw the bigger picture and realized through connecting with other families that her situation was not unique.

Many of the students at Booth come a variety of non-traditional backgrounds, or go on to work in industries outside of finance, and consulting. At Booth, the diverse student body enables students to not only learn from faculty, but also embrace differing points of view from classmates, and think about solutions to problems in new ways. Learn more about recent Chicago Booth Distinguish Alumni Award honoree, Susan Axelrod