Student Voices

Our students are the best ambassadors to convey the Executive MBA experience. They are a diverse and varied group, representing over 28 different industries and 22 different job functions. They are also interesting people! Here, they share perspectives on the program and the impact it has had on them.

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Maria Scott is co-founder and CEO of TAINA Technology Limited and an Executive MBA student at the London Chicago Booth campus. Scott is building TAINA with the help of Chicago Booth’s Global New Venture Challenge [GNVC]. Below, she writes about her business, colleagues, and insights gained through GNVC.

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A multinational group of Hong Kong students are creating an app that will allow foreign domestic workers to set aside money for savings, invest in future returns, and securely transfer funds back home as part of this year's Global New Venture Challenge.

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Employer Sponsorship

It’s no secret that employer sponsorship of Executive MBA Programs has shifted over the last decade. While sponsorship to an MBA Program used to be commonplace, more EMBA students are self-funding their way than ever before; industry-wide, 39.8% of incoming EMBA students were self-funded in 2014. However, there is still reason to believe that you can successfully petition your company for help with financing your MBA. We reached out to several students to get their take on how they created a successful path towards entering a sponsorship agreement with their companies

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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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Frederic Mahieu is a Mathematics teacher at the Lycee Francais de Chicago and an executive MBA student at Chicago Booth. Below he writes about his experience competing in the Social New Venture Challenge [SNVC]. SNVC is a business launch competition organized by the Social Enterprise Initiative and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Chicago Booth. Qualifying companies and organizations must show a focus on social impact as well as a model for financial sustainability.

Similar to the NVC, 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.

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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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