Community

The Executive MBA Program consists of a global community of individuals who bring expertise from a wide range of industries and functions. The entries shared here will seek to illuminate how our students share a passion for learning, a humility of spirit, and a commitment to support one another.

Participants of Chicago Booth's On Board 2017 Conference gather to talk

Chicago Booth's On Board conference is a day long event hosted by the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), a unique initiative supporting the aspirations of Chicago Booth students and alumni to impact social issues. Take a look into this year's event and learn more about how Booth creates impact from the classroom to the boardroom.

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GNVC Chicago Semi-finals winner Pronto

In the summer of 2016, Conrad Caplin (EXP-21, ’16) and Michael Longe (EXP-21, ’16) traveled to Chicago to further develop the skillset needed for their recent shift from the corporate world to entrepreneurship. The return to Chicago Booth created other opportunities that had a monumental impact on their new business, Pronto CX.

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It was a 15-hour flight from Hong Kong to Chicago and after over 10 years away from the classroom, I was feeling quite nervous to begin.

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Sheela Agarwal, MD, is Head of US Medical Affairs for Radiology at Bayer HealthCare in New York City and an executive MBA student at the London Chicago Booth campus. She has been competing in this year’s Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC] with her team, 3DMed. GNVC is the executive branch of Chicago Booth’s New Venture Challenge, a top-ranked business launch program designed to help students turn their ideas into viable businesses. There are several "rounds" in the competition where teams present their business plans during live pitch sessions in front of investors, alumni, and business leaders. The competition culminates with a final round featuring the winning teams from our Chicago, London, and Hong Kong campuses on March 17. We spoke to Sheela just after she learned her team would be advancing in the competition.

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Christian Heim is Vice President of Information Technology at GCM Grosvenor in Chicago and an executive MBA student at Chicago Booth. Below he writes about his experience competing in the Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC], an immersive, experiential learning program that helps Chicago Booth students turn their ideas into viable companies.

Over the course of GNVC, students form teams to create a business plan and receive coaching from Chicago Booth faculty and industry experts. There are several "rounds"; in the competition where teams present their business plans during live pitch sessions in front of investors, alumni and business leaders. The competition culminates with a final round featuring the winning teams from our Chicago, London and Hong Kong campuses on March 17.

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Concepción Prado is Principal and Founder of the Greenfield Group and an executive MBA student at Chicago Booth. She is also a member of the Chicago Innovation Exchange. Below she writes about her experience rebranding her company with the help of the Chicago Booth community.

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