Student Stories

Roland Photo

Collaboration and community at Chicago Booth have given Roland Cole the tools to pay it forward in future business endeavors and pay it back now to fellow students.

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Sam Steiny

As someone from the Bay Area working in sales at Yelp, Sam Steiny realized that she wanted to move into product marketing, while staying in the tech industry. Sam knew that becoming an effective product marketer in today’s world meant being able to analyze the data.

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pevc

Boothies excel in their roles in private equity and venture capital because they learn the fundamentals in class and put theory to practice while gaining experience in firms. Students earn credibility to enter a hard-to-access industry with a working understanding of the business.

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erik underwood

Every Booth student gets something different out of their two-year MBA experience. For Erik Underwood, '17, the time was pivotal to advance his career in the energy industry and make the move back to the US after living abroad in Santiago, Chile. Here’s what he had to say in response to a few candid questions.

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Erik Underwood

Erik Underwood was developing solar energy projects in Santiago, Chile when he decided to go back to school to get his MBA. Erik wanted to continue in his field while broadening his understanding of how global businesses grow and innovate.

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Ziad

Ziad Abouchadi was born in Morocco and spent 19 years in North Africa before moving to France for a career in finance. Coming from an emerging country, Ziad ultimately saw himself shifting from the trading floor in Paris to investment management in an emerging market.

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valentina

Originally from Russia, Valentina Durand was living in New York and working in sales and trading at Merrill Lynch when she realized her future was in investing. Given her strong finance background, Valentina wanted an MBA program where she could step directly into advanced level courses that would immediately take her beyond her current knowledge.

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